Experience the best that Russia has to offer on an exciting Volga river cruise. Immortalised in Russian folklore as 'Mother Volga', this majestic river has played a vital role in the life of the Russian people, with 11 out of the 20 largest Russian cities, including its capital Moscow, situated in the Volga basin. The longest river in Europe, it flows 2,300 miles from its origin in the Valday Hills northwest of Moscow through western Russia before emptying into the Caspian Sea. Therefore on a Volga river cruise, you’ll get chance to visit a host of amazing destinations across Russia’s beautiful heartland.
Connected to the River Neva by Lake Ladoga, Volga cruises are the perfect way to discover not only the iconic sights of Moscow and the Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl, but also the peerless cultural and architectural treasures of St Petersburg. The Volga-Don Canal connects the Volga with the Don River and the Black Sea, while links to Lake Onega enables access to the Baltic Sea through the Volga-Baltic Waterway. The route to Moscow is available through the Moscow Canal, which connects the Volga and the Moskva rivers. Such an impressive network of waterways allows Volga river cruise ships to travel many thousands of miles throughout the Russian Federation, visiting some of nation’s most important destinations.
Moscow – Russia’s historic capital – is a hub of historic culture and fascinating heritage and visitors will savour time spent in the city, especially when they opt for a city tour of some of the metropolises most important landmarks.
A trip to the world-famous Red Square is essential and offers the chance to see wonderful landmarks including St Basil’s Cathedral and the Lenin Mausoleum. Another unmissable Moscow landmark is the colossal and historic Kremlin building, which has been a long-standing icon of Russian culture and heritage. Elsewhere in the city, visitors will find the beautiful Bolshoi Theatre as well as a number of tranquil and stunning parks and gardens to explore.
St Petersburg is a truly awe-inspiring city, brimming with colourful and beautiful architecture alongside a wealth of wonderful cultural experiences to enjoy. Perhaps the city’s most famous and impressive landmark is the Hermitage Museum – also known as the Winter Palace. This colossal structure showcases over three million priceless works from some of the world’s foremost artists including Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Rubens.
The city is full of iconic architecture, many examples of which are recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the stunning Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the amazing St Isaac’s Cathedral. St Petersburg is a joy to explore, so why not make the most of your time in the city with a guided tour?
Elsewhere along the Volga...
Aside from the major cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, an array of quaint villages and scenic destinations offer a taste of Russian culture for those all who embark on a voyage along the Volga. Visit splendid destinations on the banks of this mighty river including Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritsy and Kizhi to experience Russian life in a more low key but equally captivating setting.
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