My husband and I just returned from the 2 week cruise on Viking Ingvar. We sailed spent 3 days in St Petersburg, then sailed on the Volga River stopping in Mondrogy, Kitzi, Uglich and Yaroslavl then 3 days in Moscow. We had cabin 219 which is a regular cabin without a balcony - the size of the cabin & bathroom were ample for the 2 of us. We used the Panorama Lounge & the top outside deck when we wanted to be somewhere else besides our room. We loved this arrangement.
Viking does an excellent job with choosing guides, tours, bus drivers, etc & making you feel part of the culture of Russia. We felt that Viking used local guides that were very familiar and knowledgeable on all the tours that we attended. Guests have headsets to be able to hear the commentary of the guides and this works great when you are in group tours. In St Petersburg we chose the optional tour of Peterhoff, St Petersburg by Water tours & Cossack Dance show which were wonderful. We attended all of the other tours offered by Viking on the regular itinerary which were all very worthwhile. In Moscow, we chose Moscow by Night and Kremlin Armory tour which were also wonderful. For our free day in Moscow, we hired a private local guide from Happy Moscow Tours (Ludmilla who one of the best private guides we have ever had) to take us on a full day private tour. We did not feel like we were able to see some of the more important sites in Moscow with Viking tours so we were thrilled to have the private guide on our free day. Ludmilla took us to Lenin's tomb to see his remains, gave us a detailed tour of St. Basil's cathedral, revealed some of the interesting history of the GUM Department Store, showed us a number of the more interesting & beautiful subway stations and guided us through the Statute Park (discarded soviet statutes in a beautiful park setting) as well as choosing a traditional Russian restaurant experience for our lunch.
The first 3 days in St Petersburg are very busy & we were ready for the 5 days of cruising and relaxing that sailing on the Volga River afforded us. We were rested when we arrived in Moscow & ready to tour and experience Moscow & tackle the long trip back to the US. We traveled from August 9-22 and the weather was just about perfect - 60s-70s during the day. We had 2 days of misting weather while we were cruising in the north which were chilly but the rest was pretty perfect!
We had cabin 219 which is a regular cabin without a balcony - the size of the cabin & bathroom were ample for the 2 of us. We used the Panorama Lounge & the top outside deck when we wanted to be somewhere else besides our room. We loved this arrangement.