Win a Russian river cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg, with Viking Cruises

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow. Picture: Diana Lange/Shuttersotck
St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow. Picture: Diana Lange/Shuttersotck

Majestic. Immense. Intriguing. Russia is all those things and more, and always a popular destination for adventurous travellers. Now that international travel is becoming possible again, here's an opportunity to see the culture and architecture of Russia up close, travelling between ports in an elegant cruise ship stateroom.

In conjunction with Viking Cruises, Australian Community Media and Explore are giving away a 13-day cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg. The cruise, valued at up to $22,990, twin share, is for two people and departs on September 15, 2022.

On board the Viking Akun, you can relax in your private stateroom with verandah while the countryside cruises by. Picture: Viking Cruises

On board the Viking Akun, you can relax in your private stateroom with verandah while the countryside cruises by. Picture: Viking Cruises

All you have to do to enter, is visit our Explore travel website and look for the competition story, or head straight to the entry form here. The competition opens at 12.01am on Saturday, April 10 and closes at 11.59pm on Saturday, May 8. Full terms and conditions are on the link on the entry form.

Viking's Waterways of the Tsars 13-day, 12-night cruise starts in Moscow, Russia's political, economic and cultural capital and home to the famous red-bricked Kremlin. You have four days to explore the sights and sounds of this magnificent city, including the Bolshoi Theatre and brightly coloured St Basil's Cathedral.

Moscow's famous red Kremlin. Picture: Shutterstock

Moscow's famous red Kremlin. Picture: Shutterstock

Return each evening, or take a relaxing time out during the day, on board the Viking Akun, a state-of-the-art ship that combines understated elegance with modern Scandi design to deliver an intimate cruise experience.

As part of your prize you'll be staying in a stateroom with private verandah, with all onboard meals, beer or wine with lunch and dinner, wi-fi and port charges and government taxes covered. A shore excursion in every port is also included in the prize, although you can add on additional experiences if you'd like. To see the full itinerary and options, visit the Viking Cruises website.

Your 13-day Russian cruise travels from Moscow to St Petersburg.

Your 13-day Russian cruise travels from Moscow to St Petersburg.

After Moscow, the cruise moves on to stops at quintessential villages and towns like Ulgich, Yaroslavl, Kuzino, Kizhi and Mandrogy, an open air museum that keeps the traditions of Russian villages alive. Finally, the ship arrives in St Petersburg, Russia's most western city with a distinctly European style.

Spend four days here, to take in the opulence of palaces once home to Peter and Catherine the Great, museums such as the world-famous Hermitage and churches like the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, with fascinating stories. During your stay, enjoy a performance of Russian ballet.

To find more inspiring travel ideas, overseas or closer to home, become a regular visitor to exploretravel.com.au, the new dedicated travel website of ACM, publisher of this website.

Explore is the perfect destination to discover places to visit, tours, cruises, great deals and clever travel tips. Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple or with a family, exploretravel.com.au will have an idea to suit.

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  • The Viking Cruises/Explore Russian cruise competition is authorised under NSW Authority Number TP/00287, ACT Permit Number ACT TP 21/00439 and SA Licence Number T21/408.