If you're looking for a fun and exciting new way to experience Russia, a river cruise down some of its greatest rivers can be the perfect opportunity to get to know this beautiful and mysterious country. Enjoy traditional Russian cuisine like borsch (beet soup), blini (fried pancakes), or pelmeni (dumplings) on board, and experience the enchanting folk music and decorative arts of the region, all from the comfort of your seat.
Learn about the history of Russia as you head out on land tours in some of Russia's most prominent cities. See the colorful domes of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow and stroll through the historic State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
View breathtaking Russian landscapes as you peacefully glide down some of the greatest bodies of water in Europe including the Caspian Sea, the Volga River, Lake Beloye, Moskva River, Lake Ledoga, Svir River, Sheksna River, Onega Lake, Neva River, and White Lake. Enjoy scenery unlike anything you've ever seen before as you sail over these ancient waters, and have your camera ready each evening to capture the most gorgeous sunsets you'll ever see. The magnificent colors that paint the sky in front of you are so miraculous, you almost won't believe your eyes!
With cruise lines like the M/S "Nikolay Chernyshevsky" named after the revolutionary democrat, philosopher, socialist, and critic, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, or the M/S "Tolstoy," named of course after the Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, famous for his long novels including, "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina," you'll feel as though you're riding on a little piece of Russian history. Other lines include the M/S "Alexander Pushkin," the M/S "Maxim Gorky," the M/S "Shashkov," the M/S "Volga Dream," and the M/S "Russ," all comfortable four-deck vesseled ships named after the most important Russian writers and philosophers.
You will have the great pleasure of riding on one of these ships while on your Russian tour and you can rest assured that they are of the highest quality and standards. Each ship offers a wide variety of activities to experience while on board. Whether it's relaxing in the sauna, working up a sweat in the fitness room, strolling the souvenir shop, grabbing a drink in the bar, or devouring a delicious meal in one of the restaurants on board, your trip to Russia on one of these amazing vessels is something you're sure to remember forever.