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Volga River Cruises

Europe's longest river at 2294 miles, the Volga can take passengers on a fascinating cruise through central Russia. Most journeys tend to be between Moscow and St Petersburg along the upper Volga. Visit medieval kremlins, fortified monasteries and onion domed churches. This majestic river has played a vital role in the lives of the Russian people with cities including its capital being situated in the Volga basin.

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Why Visit Volga?


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Experience the best that Russia has to offer.

Nothing is better than a cruise through Russia to understand just how immense the country is.

The journeys along these fascinating waterways will offer cultural experiences mixed with history, architecture, and a chance to see for yourself just a small portion of this immense country. From the Red Square in the capital Moscow, you will encounter such towns as Uglich famous for it's stunning cathedrals, Yaroslavl founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise of Kiev, Kuzino with its renowned Kirillo Monastery, Kizhi famed for its Open Air Museum of Architecture, and St Petersburg, also known as the "Venice of the North" for its many islands, canals and bridges.

Accessing Moscow is done via the Moscow Canal which connects the Volga and Moskva rivers. The network of waterways surrounding the Volga is so impressive that it allows river cruise ships to travel many thousands of miles through the Russian Federation.

From around March to December, the Volga is most navigable throughout its full length, although it is subject to flooding in May and June, when an immense amount of melting snow affects the water levels. Many of the canals connect the Volga with such points as the Baltic Sea, Sea of Azov, Black Sea, River Don, and of course Moscow.

The Volga Delta is a must for anyone interested in nature. The marshland climate has become a refuge for beavers, otters, and many species of birds from herons to the great bald eagle. Another must for nature-lovers is the Samara Bend National Park, famous for its woodland hikes and stunning views of the Volga.

The landmarks and excursions in the major cities are the mainstay of any cruise but along the way you'll be able to witness the softly undulating countryside and pick out traditional towns and villages by the onion-domed churches stood on the horizon.

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