Book your river cruise through the heart of Russia
The Volga River, with a length of 3,530 kilometers, is the most famous Russian river. For this reason, we are inviting you to join a river cruise along it, sailing from St. Petersburg to Moscow. These two cities, the two largest ones in Russia, are undoubtedly the main attraction of the tourist cruise we offer. Thus, the main part of our route will take place in the Volga River itself, although we will also sail along some other rivers, like the Neva, the Svir or the lakes Onega and Ladoga. In any case, a river cruise on the Volga is much more than that.
Different boarding points and different boats
Our river cruises on the Volga can be made in three different boats: the MS Krasin, the MS Rublev or the MS Rostropovich. They all cover an itinerary of more than 620 miles (about 1,000 km) and match the two most important Russian cities: St. Petersburg and Moscow. They do it in both directions, within a period between 9-13 days, so you can choose the boarding port and the length of the trip you prefer. Nonetheless, the fact is that you will admire the most awesome places in the Russian territory during this route.
Moscow, the Russian capital next to the Volga
Moscow is irrigated by the Moskva, a river connected with the Volga River â€” the main navigation route of our Russian river cruises â€” by a canal. However, before weighing anchor, we give you the opportunity to discover in depth the capital of the country.
Depending on the length of your river cruise vacations on the Volga, we will spend a minimum of two nights in Moscow, to have time enough to go on sightseeing tours around the city. We will walk along the monumental Red Square, the home to the Museum of History and the colorful St. Basil's Cathedral. You can also have a walk through its most famous streets, such as Tverskaya Street or Leningradskaya Street, and ride the Moscow's subway, which is a tourist attraction itself. And the same could be said of the rest of the local cathedrals, the Cathedral of the Annunciation, the Cathedral of the Assumption and the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel.
St. Petersburg, the beginning or the end of the river cruise on the Volga
As we have already said, it is possible to make this trip along Russia starting in Moscow or in St. Petersburg. If you choose this last city, which lies on the banks of the Baltic, you may enjoy the White Nights of St. Petersburg, depending on the dates of your cruise. In fact, at the beginning of summer, the sun slumps towards the horizon but never fully sets, due to the extreme northern latitude of this part of Russia. It is yet another incentive to enjoy this river cruise and the Russian city with the widest range of monuments.
St. Petersburg is named the 'Venice of the North', since the old city is crossed by the channels of the Neva, one of the rivers along our route. Anyhow, before heading to another destination, we will explore such a fascinating city. Once there, we will be able to admire the State Hermitage Museum, one of the most important museums in the world, which opens its doors in the palaces that were the official residence of the Russian tsars. Without going further, this city was the capital of Imperial Russia, a splendid past that can still be felt today in its palaces, mansions, monumental gardens, large squares and its main streets, such as Nevsky Avenue. All these places can be discovered through our guided sightseeing tours, available on all our river cruises in Russia.
The stops of the river cruise on the Volga
Most of our tourist offers are overnight passenger cruises, which allows our customers to rest at night and enjoy the main destinations of the trip during the day. In some cases, we will visit the cities only in the morning hours, to enjoy the afternoon sailing and having a wonderful time with our entertainment suggestions.
The route stops in places like Uglich, one of the amazing cities of the Golden Ring of Russia. Some other interesting towns in the nearby areas of Moscow are Yaroslavl, where two rivers â€” the Volga and the Kotorosl â€” meet, or Goritzy, a famous tourist pole for the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, dating back to the 14th century.
In the areas which are closer to St. Petersburg, we will find some attractions, such as the Valaam Islands, in the northern portion of Lake Ladoga, or Kizhi Island, with some churches made entirely of wood and listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also worth talking about Madrogui, which preserves many traditions of the Russian people. In addition, there is the Russian Vodka Museum, one of the most popular spots in the town.
In short, we offer you the chance of visiting the most beautiful places of Russia with our river cruise trips on the Volga. During your vacation, your only concern will be to enjoy your stay. We will take care of the rest.