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Russia, a transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and North Asia, is considered to be the largest country in the world by area. This country covers more than one-eighth of the inhabited land area of the Earth. Russia’s capital, Moscow, is one of the biggest cities in the world, and the second-largest city in Europe. It is a fascinating country to visit because it has great subtropical beaches, and as well as cold winter regions in the north.
The eastern part of Russia also has lovely cities which are among the most popular places to visit in the country. It is wonderful to go on a land tour in Russia because you will discover lots of beautiful and historical sites. But if you are looking for a more unique and unforgettable experience when you visit the country, then maybe you can try discovering Russia on a cruise.
Russian Cruise Routes
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If you want to have a more relaxing time while on tour and get authentic Russian experiences, then a luxury Russia cruise is perfect for you. If you want to know the things you can experience and see on a Russian cruise, then here are some of the routes you might want to try.
- Moscow and St. Petersburg
Russia is rich in lakes and rivers, that’s why you can also find lots of cruise routes here. But the most popular route, which also has the most traffic, is Moscow and St. Petersburg. The cruises between Russia’s capitals offer lots of exciting sceneries. It will enable you to explore the Imperial heritage of St. Petersburg while enjoying the picturesque and peaceful atmosphere of the Russian countryside in Uglich, Mandrogi, Goritsy, and Yaroslavl.
Aside from those sceneries, also part of many itineraries is the Transfiguration Cathedral on the Island of Kizhi, which is a UNESCO-listed gem of wooden architecture. It is a beautiful church that was built without using even one nail. It was transported by the Bolshevik authorities to a remote island after it was built. In the present time, taking a river cruise is one of the only ways to be able to see it.
The downside to this Russian cruise route is that there’s a sheer number of ships operating here. Meaning, you won’t be able to spend a lot of time admiring the charming cities. They follow a strict schedule during stops. But you will be given a little time for extra activities like buying some souvenirs.
- Visit the Southern Seas
Aside from the famous Moscow – St. Petersburg cruise route, there are many more options to see wonderful sights in Russia. Another one you can try is from Moscow to one of the southern seas along the mighty Volga River. It can be either the Caspian Sea, or the Sea of Azov.
On your way to one of those seas, you will be able to explore the Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod and the temples of Kazan. Aside from those, you will also have the chance to see the magnificence of the Motherland Calls World War II monument in Volgograd before you reach the final destination which is either Astrakhan or Rostov-On-Don, depending on the route of the tour.
It’s great to choose this tour in the summer because it is not busy during that time. It means that you will be able to spend more free time in the cities.
- Cross the 66th Parallel
If you are looking for an adventurous experience when you visit Russia, then there’s a Russian cruise route that will fulfill that goal. This route starts in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, sailing along the volatile Lena River. This cruise passes the incredible panoramic views of the UNESCO-protected Lena Pillars, which is one of the natural gems in Siberia.
Aside from admiring beautiful views, this cruise will also allow you to enjoy fishing, cross the 66th Parallel, and enter the Far North. While on cruise, there’s a lecture about Russian culture and history. A sightseeing tour in local settlements is also included. It is a unique northern cruise that will give you the opportunity to see some of the most remarkable scenery in Russia, and as well as discover life beyond the Arctic Circle.
However, you need to take note that only two cruise boats are equipped to operate in these Siberian conditions. Also, the Lena River is only passable for passenger vessels during summer, which is from July to September.
- Go on a Russian Far East Luxury Cruise
Another fantastic place you can discover in Russia while on a cruise is the Far East if you are aiming to explore new places. Eastern Russia is not very familiar to the general public, that is why it’s a great choice if you will be going on a Russian cruise. It is a place where the winter isolates the Kuril Islands. While on this cruise, you will be able to see magnificent volcanic landscapes and outstanding populations of seabirds and cetaceans.
You will also be able to admire the Kamchatka Peninsula, where the world’s largest bear roams. It will give you the chance to explore the nutrient-rich waters of the Bering Sea, which supports every form of Arctic life. It is also where 32 volcanoes lie, which is between Russia and Japan, forming a Ring of Fire. It is a fantasyland for the fearless explorer. Every landing on this cruise will truly provide you with something amazing.
Perks of Going on a Russian Cruise
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Going on a Russian cruise will give you a more relaxing experience. Plus, it is really exciting, especially if you want to visit not only the main cities in the country but unique places and authentic villages as well. Also, when you take a cruise, everything is planned for you, even onboard activities and meals.
While on a cruise, you can relax on a sundeck while sipping a drink or reading a book. You can also choose to watch a movie, or maybe attend a lecture or watch a special performance. While discovering many wonderful places and things about Russia, a cruise will also give you lots of fun and relaxation.