The Volga, Europe’s longest river at 2,293 miles, winds its way through Russia’s heartland, taking in 11 of this colossal country’s largest cities. With its world-class museums, mesmerising architecture and vibrant history, Russia has much to offer travellers.
A river cruise will take you from the might of Moscow to the heart of small-town rural Russia and past many areas of fascinating cultural heritage.
Expect tranquil waters, sublime landscapes and fascinating wildlife. A cruise along the heart of Russia’s waterways will reveal the world’s largest country like you've never seen it before.
This vibrant, exciting and culturally fascinating city will surprise and delight you in equal measure. Red Square lies at the heart of this city's immense landscape, both culturally and politically. This public space has witnessed coronations, executions and military parades since the 15th Century. It's also home to Lenin’s tomb and the eye-catching swirls of St. Basil’s Cathedral, so be sure to take a walk and marvel at the historical figures who have trodden the very same path
For a taste of more contemporary Russia, visit Gorky Park, a sprawling green space built in honour of the Communist-era writer Maxim Gorky. The area is now home to hip cafes, an open-air cinema and relaxing hammocks when the sun comes out.
Lovingly referred to as 'the Venice of the North', St Petersburg is home to some 342 bridges and many miles of canals. The city is a treasure trove of art and history (no trip to St Petersburg is complete without a visit to the world-famous Hermitage museum) and you can spend an eclectic day visiting Egyptian mummies, viewing original masterpieces by artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Rembrandt, and watching world-class ballet.
In the summer months, the sun barely dips below the horizon and the flower-strewn parks are the place to be for all-night parties. But the city is just as beautiful in spring and autumn; in fact, it has plenty to dazzle you whatever the season. The sheer grandeur and history of this magnificent place never fails to amaze, and while Russia is not famed for its cuisine, many of its dishes are tastier than they sound. Try the Russian-style cabbage soup and prepare to have your preconceptions shattered.
There's fascinating history around every turn and corner during a cruise along the Volga, so make sure you pack your camera and get ready to create some great memories of your own.