Russia Cruise

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Take an Exciting Russia Cruise

Remember when Russia was virtually closed to visitors? Remember when its citizens were afraid of the decadent Western civilizations? Remember when all of the grandeur and incredible beauty of that magnificent land could not be seen by outsiders? Things have certainly changed. Now you can take a cruise through Russia that will take you to the cities where czars ruled and ancient churches and cathedrals and museums were built to last forever.

The best Russian cruises are the river cruises. After the completion of the Moscow-Volga Canal in 1937, the system of navigable waterways from St. Petersburg to the Caspian Sea was completed, allowing modern travelers to cruise from St. Peterburg to Moscow. On your cruise you will be able to stop at Yaroslavl, a trading port founded in 1010. It is home to hundreds of churches, many of which are still in great condition today.


Uglich is one of the most beautiful cities on the Volga River. Unlike most Russian cities, there are no towering stone walls to hide the beauty of its spectacular churches whose gold, red, and blue spires rise to the sky. Uglich was a favorite of Ivan the Terrible who used the city as a base for campaigns against the Golden Horde.

Other Russian city names might be more familiar to you. Nizhin Novgorod, Russia's third largest city, was a closed city until just a few years ago. Volgograd, once known as Stalingrad, was founded in the 16th century to defend Ivan the Terrible's newly acquired Tatar lands. Stalingrad was attacked by Hitler with a force of over 500,000 men. The battle was long and costly, but in the end, the tenacious Russians held out until the devastated city could be rescued by other Russian forces. Thus, the incredible history and beauty of Russia can be yours to enjoy on your Russia cruise along rivers that were ancient trade routes.

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