The Russian waterways cruise from The River Cruise Line is a wonderful way to take in the diverse beauty and culture of Russia’s waterways, between Moscow and St Petersburg.
The Russian waterways comprise of an intricate pattern of connecting rivers, canals and vast lakes. The key points along the waterways are bookended by the Russian capital, Moscow, and the country’s ‘window to the west’, St Petersburg.
Linking these cities are dozens of ancient locks that connect the lakes and rivers in the region, providing a distinct and usable transport route through the country. Navigating these locks gives passengers the chance to see the historic cities, rolling Russian landscapes and typical Russian architecture.
A journey on one of our beautiful river cruise ships also offers the chance for cruisers to immerse themselves in an experience of rural Russia, with visits to the settlements of Mandrogi, Kizhi and Goritsy which reveal the rich cultures and traditions of this great nation.
Our inspiring cruise itinerary is designed to encompass the full palette of experiences a Russian river cruise should include, perhaps one of the reasons why we have received so many positive reviews over the years. If a waterways tour is your cup of tea, you may also be interested in our Dutch and Flemish waterways cruises.
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Russian Waterways Cruises
A journey across the rivers, lakes and canals of Russia will give you an unforgettable experience. As you cruise to iconic landmarks, discover the opulence of a mighty country and contrast it with the rural villages sitting on the banks of the rivers.
The waterways include the Volga and Neva rivers and Lake Onega. The rivers flow past Moscow, the most populous city in Europe, with a population of 10 million people. They also flow throw St Petersburg, an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. The waters visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kizhi Pogost, as well as Russia’s ‘Golden Ring’ cities, which include Yaroslavl and Uglich.
It is a centuries-old engineering feat created to link Moscow, 400 feet above sea level, with the wider country. It was once used by the tsars, which makes the cruise ideal for any history lovers.
• Along the waterways is Moscow, home to the iconic Kremlin and Red Square.
• St Petersburg, Russia’s ‘window to the west’, is another key call point on a cruise of the Russian waterways. Attractions in this city include Peterhof Palace and the Hermitage Museum.
• Aside from the big cities of Russia, there are also quieter, more traditional areas to explore on the route. Lesser known villages such as Mandrogi, which specialises in local craft such Matryoshka dolls, lace and ceramics, offer you a peek into an older Russia.
• Discover Yaroslavl, one of Russia’s ‘Golden Ring’ cities. It stretches for 18 miles along the banks of the River Volga.
The island of Kizhi is one of the largest open-air museums in Russia, with a unique historical, cultural and natural complex.
The small village of Mandrogi is a romantic vision from the past surrounded by picturesque scenery. During our visit you can see the outside and inside of typical wooden houses called ‘izbas’, browse numerous craft exhibitions and visit the Vodka Museum (entrance not included).
Russia’s capital is one of the greatest cities in the world, a fascinating destination with endless sightseeing opportunities.
St Petersburg is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with lavish architecture, extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions.