River cruises in Russia
River cruises in the European part of Russia make it possible to visit cities located on the banks of rivers and reservoirs. Routes run along the Volga, Kama, Oka, Don and reach the White Sea. River cruise combines relaxation on a comfortable boat, as well as exciting excursions to ancient and modern cities.
Cruises from Moscow
The direction of cruises on ships lasting 3-4 days is up the Moscow Canal to Myshkin and down the Moscow River to Ryazan. This is the best solution for those whose goal is to visit located near the capital of the city.
Cruises of average duration – 5-7 days. On the Volga you can reach Ples, visiting Myshkin, Yaroslavl, Kostroma. The final destination on the Oka – Murom with the entrance to Ryazan, Konstantinovo, Kasimov. Such trips are chosen for a week-long rest.
Circular route – 9-11 days. During the route, no city is visited twice. An exit – from the Southern river station of Moscow to Oka. There is a stop in Nizhny Novgorod and an ascent along the Volga to Myshkin. Return to the capital passes through the channel to them. Moscow.
One-way (6-8 days) or two-way (11-14 days) route to St. Petersburg. Appeared recently, but is very popular.
From Moscow to the Solovetsky Islands (11-13 days) – a rare and very interesting cruise to the White Sea. The ship goes up the Volga and crosses a number of large reservoirs.
From Moscow you can go to Perm (15-19 days), Astrakhan (18-21 days), Rostov-on-Don (21-23 days). All routes are two-way. There are many interesting excursions.
Cruises from St. Petersburg
Weekend cruise – descent along the Neva through the Ladoga reservoir in the river. Svir. The route may end in Mandrogi. The average duration is 3-4 days. By boat you can sail to Petrozavodsk, visiting Kizhi and others located along the city.
A cruise to the Volga and Kama takes 11-20 days. During the trip, all significant cities are visited. After Kazan, the route can continue to Ufa, Perm, Astrakhan or Rostov-on-Don.
Cruises from Nizhny Novgorod
Weekend route. Kazan will become an extreme point, which can be reached in 1.5-2 days (one way).
Nizhny Novgorod – St. Petersburg – a ring route lasting up to 14 days. One way cruise will take up to 8 days.
One of the most popular routes is to Astrakhan. It takes up to 14 days and is great for a vacation. Tourists will find many interesting excursions. In 10 days you can visit Perm and return to Nizhny.
In addition to the above destinations, you can go on a cruise from Perm and Samara. Routes are generally identical – only the starting point is different.
On the rivers of Russia motor ships of different series ply. There are compact models for short-term travels (days off) – 785 (production Czechoslovakia) and 305 (production Hungary) projects.
301, 302, 92-016 – luxury houses on the water. These are comfortable, roomy swimming facilities, adapted for long journeys. You can order cruises on the Q-040 and Q-056 projects. They are also quite comfortable. There are many restaurants on the decks of large motor ships. Other places are provided for organizing long, varied leisure activities.
Projects 588 and 26-37 are an intermediate category of river transport between compact and roomy models. They are convenient to travel at any distance.
When going on a trip, it is important to remember that the Solovetsky Islands can be reached without changes only on the ships of the 646th project. If you take a cruise to 588 models, after Belomorsk you will have to change to local river transport.
Schedules of river cruises are planned in advance and the trip can be booked in a few months. But at the same time, the occupancy rate of the ships is often incomplete, so if you decide to go on a cruise a few days before departure – this is also quite solvable.