A Russian river cruise from The River Cruise Line is a fantastic way to see a different side of Russia’s landscapes and cityscapes.
Russia is the world’s largest country and extends over northern Eurasia, covering 11 time zones. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. Despite this, Russia is only the ninth most populous country in the world with a population of approximately 143 million.
Europe’s largest river, the Volga, can also be found running through central Russia. The Moscow to St Petersburg cruise is one of the most popular cruises we have, so snap it up quickly. If you miss the opportunity, it may be worth watching for it on our late availability page.
If you’re interested in our river cruise through Russia, you may also be interested in our French and German river cruises. Neither country is as large as Russia, but their river cruises are some of the longest out there.
Russian River Cruises
Guide to cruising in Russia
Russia is a vast and mysterious nation with a long history, a fascinating culture and lots to offer tourists. A cruise along the Russian waterways will offer visitors a glimpse of urban and untouched rural areas and unveil the opulence of ancient Russia. A cruise through this great country is most definitely a sight seer’s dream.
A cruise through Russia will take you to some fantastic cities with fascinating stories and plenty to discover. This includes the capital city of Moscow, which boasts thousands of historical and architectural points of interest – not to mention the world-famous Red Square. St Petersburg displays a softer image of Russia and is known for its romantic feel, with its canals, palaces and pretty avenues.
There are also the Golden Ring cities to explore, just north of Moscow, which include Yaroslavl, Uglich and Sergiev Posad. Each of these cities played an important role in Russian history, most significantly in the formation and development of the Russian Orthodox church. A visit to these cities will especially appeal to history lovers.
Great food and wine
Russian cuisine is diverse as a result of the sheer size and cultural variation of the country. However, there are some distinguishing dishes, such as the varieties of dumplings, often called pelmeni, which are usually filled with ground beef, pork or lamb and boiled in a broth. You’ll also discover vareniki, a larger, flatter dumpling filled with potatoes and berries.
Arguably, Russia is best known for its vodka but it also produces cheap and tasty local beers. The nation’s drink of choice, though, is tea (known as chai), which brews on a stove and is then diluted to taste
Cruising along Russia’s intricate network of waterways will introduce you to rolling countryside dotted with farms, villages and farms that are distinctly Russian with their onion-domed architecture and awe-inspiring cities sitting on the banks of the water.
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• Moscow is the country’s political capital, economic powerhouse and cultural innovator. Yet it still proudly displays its rich history. Key sites are the Red Square, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the iconic Kremlin.
• St Petersburg is a city of Russian emperors and it is famed for its fascinating waterways, impressive architecture, and vibrant cultural life. Sites not to be missed include the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage Museum and Peterhof Palace.
• Uglich is part of the Golden Ring and is a beautiful sight with its green- and blue-domed buildings.
• Yaroslavl is one of the best preserved Golden Ring destinations and sits on the banks of the Volga river.
• A trip to Kirillov will unveil the 14th century Monastery of St Cyril, which is famous for its Museum of Icons.
• Mandrogui is known for its local crafts such as matryoshka dolls, lace and ceramics.