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River cruising in Russia is synonymous with the Volga River. At close to 2,300 miles in length the Volga is a mighty river, made famous in music and literature, which cuts through the heartland of Russia. And even though it flows through central Russia, geographically it is considered to be the largest and longest river in Europe, and the 15th longest in the world. Originating in the hills northwest of Moscow, the Volga flows east for several hundred miles before making a sharp turn to the south where it ultimately empties into the Caspian Sea. View all Volga River cruises in the cruisGENIE™ CRUISE CHART below!

Interestingly enough, although cruise companies have always marketed cruises in Russia as on the Volga, the two major ports of St. Petersburg and Moscow are not on the river itself. St. Petersburg is connected to the Volga by a series of waterways including the Svir and Neva rivers and the two largest lakes in Europe, Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga. Moscow is actually on the river of the same name and is connected to the Volga by a canal constructed in the 1930’s by prisoners of the harsh Soviet Gulag system.

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Most river cruises on the Volga and its associated waterways average 12 to 13 days. Actual cruising time is usually 5 or 6 nights with the rest of the time spent on the ship which will be docked in St. Petersburg and Moscow before and after the cruise. This works out well as the ship is a great base from which to explore these two fascinating cities and remember on a Russian River cruise, all your sightseeing is included in your price. One thing to know, though, is that the river cruise ships do NOT dock in the heart of either of these two cities — in fact, the ports are anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or an hour and a half away by bus or by metro from each cities downtown center. When not on an included shore excursion, you will have the option of going into each city either by cruise line provided shuttle service or by metro as there is a stop located near each ship. By all means use the metro — they are clean, fast, and efficient and are among the deepest subway systems in the world. I can remember going down one of the stations in St. Petersburg — the escalator kept going and going! I found out later that we were more than a football field underground!

So what will you see on your river cruise? Of course you will experience all the well-known landmarks, from the UNESCO World Heritage Red Square in Moscow, where you will see the Kremlin, Lenin’s tomb, and the magnificently colored onion domed Saint Basil’s Cathedral, to the historic center of St. Petersburg with its canals and over 400 bridges, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between these two cities you will cruise and explore the Russian heartland including the “Golden Ring” cities of Uglich, known for the richness of its cultural treasures such as the Transfiguration Cathedral and the Church of St. Dmitri, and Yaroslavl with its historic city center, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more in-depth understanding of the sights and sounds of a Russian river cruise, please take a few moments to read the Russia destination article.


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