Cruise boat sailing through sluice gates on the River Volga in Russia

Volga River Tours and Travels

About Volga River

Discover the stunning architecture and unique cultural heritage of Russia's most interesting cities on a Volga River cruise that combines the Volga River, the Moscow Canal and various other waterways. The longest river in Europe, the powerful waterway flows through Russia, all the way to the Caspian Sea. As the Volga passes through all manner of different landscapes, a cruise along it gives passengers the chance to truly appreciate the vastness and diversity of Russia.

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Many Volga River cruises visit Kostroma, where the streets fan out from a central square in a classical 18th and 19th century layout and you can see medieval peasant homes and the golden dome of Ipatievsky Monastery and museum. On your Volga River cruise, you may also enjoy an excursion to Nizhni Novgorod, home to political exiles for years and recently opened to tourism, or a stop in the ancient seat of the Tatar Empire, Kazan, where a unique blend of Muslim and Christian influences still exists. Many Volga River cruises also sail to Uglich, one of the oldest towns in Russia, and Volograd, which used to be called Stalingrad and is the site of the famous WWII Battle.

Kizhi Island on Lake Onega has an open air museum, UNESCO protected churches and the fine arts museum. Over the coming days, stops and sightseeing visits are made at Goritzy - the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake and the Museum of Icons. Also on the agenda is Yaroslavl (250km northeast of Moscow), which includes the village market, Church of Elijah and Governor’s House. Finally you will visit Uglich for a walking tour and to see the Kremlin, Church of St. Dimitry on the blood and Transfiguration Cathedral.

Volga River Hotels

If you are planning a Volga River holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Dostoevsky Volga River

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Cruise

The M/S Dostoevsky is a modern river motor ship built in Germany in 1981 (project 301) and fully renovated in 1996. Suites come equipped with televisions and all room have river-facing windows, climate control and modern ensuite facilities. Spread over four decks, the ship includes a variety of restaurants, bars, a souvenir shop, theatre and beauty salon so passengers have all of their needs adequately catered for. A cruise along the Volga River on the MS Dostoevsky is an excellent way to see Russia from a unique viewpoint.

Furmanov Volga River

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Cruise

The MS Furmanov is a modern river cruise ship built in Germany in 1985. It was extensively renovated in 1995, and furnished with carpeting and furniture imported from the USA and Finland. Each room is equipped with a panoramic window or porthole and a private shower. The restaurant on board the ship serves up a fantastic selection of Russian and Continental food. After eating, passengers can move to the lounges or music room for some entertainment, which could come in the form of a concert or dancing.

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