Cruise in style From Moscow to St Petersburg

River cruising can be one of the most relaxing ways to travel, cruising through serene countryside with numerous towns, cities and sights to explore, but also time to yourself on the boat to simply watch the world go by and enjoy the onboard services. It is one of the best ways of incorporating culture, history, spectacular views and relaxation into one holiday.

Moscow river cruise

River cruising in Russia in particular is becoming more and more popular, with many tourists opting to visit both of the spectacular Russian “capitals”, St Petersburg and Moscow, by sailing between the two down the majestic Volga River.

Top-of-the-line ships such as MS Peter the First offer a traditional Russian experience, with delicious meals prepared every day and night by trained chefs showing off the best local ingredients. Spacious suite cabins are available, as well as smaller bunk cabins for those on more of a budget. All cabins have large windows, TV, wi-fi and select cabins on the boat deck even have a private balcony from which to enjoy the scenery as you travel.

Volga cruises typically start in Moscow, Russia’s incredible capital famous for its intricate architecture and, of course, world-famous sights such as The Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. From there, you will cruise on to the likes of Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritsy, Kizhi, Mandrogi. A slew of impressive sights along the way include the amazing Cathedral of Transfiguration at Kizhi, a vast orthodox church built entirely of wood, without a single nail! This cruise of a lifetime concludes in St Petersburg, the “second capital” of Russia – a much more cosmopolitan city than Moscow featuring stunning canals and ornate art-nouveau architecture.  One of the largest museums in the world, The Hermitage Art Gallery and Museum, is also found here.

In between destinations there are a variety of distractions to keep you busy aboard the ship including 2 bars, a restaurant and organised entertainment every night. Ranging from traditional folk music to themed evenings, or you can take to the upper deck to relax with a delcious cocktail and just take in the gorgeous surroundings. There is guaranteed to be something for everyone on board these ships!

Kristi Rorison is Director of Outgoing Business at IntoRussia.

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