Russian River Cruises 2018
The Waterways of Russia

Volga River Cruise
White Canal Neva River - Moscow to St Peterburg
Lena River Artic Circle

St Petersburg Moscow Yaroslavl Nizhny Novgorod Kazan
Samara Saratov Volgograd Rostov On Don

 
Clients Comments
From John

The cruise was excellent. We very much appreciate your having arranged it, particularly since various agents in Sydney, who both claim to specialise in travel to Russia, wouldn’t make an effort beyond flogging what’s in their brochures. You must also convey our appreciation to your man in Moscow. These class ships are quite adequately appointed. The itinerary was much as the cruises on the MV Bauman and MV Kraisin, on which Passport Travel had allocations, but included Vallaam Island in Lake Ladoga, which was a highlight – the cathedral there had been re-opened only 3 weeks before our visit, after restoration, and is awe-inspiring.

The Crokes and ourselves, and an American threesome (who had also found the cruise by surfing the net) were the only Anglo passengers. For the daily excursions ashore, we 7 and our English-speaking Russian guide were a small group, always the first away, and able to pursue a flexible agenda. For example, whilst the other passengers, in groups of 40 or so, languished in the long queue to get into The Hermitage, St Petersburg, our local guide organised that her small group enter straight away.

Most of the other passengers were German, though many spoke English. There were a few Russian passengers – these ships had been commissioned to take Russians on holiday during the Soviet era. The crew was Russian. Also on board was Howard Shernoff, an American resident of Tallinn, and previously of St Petersburg, researching the next edition of his book, “Russia by River”, which is a km by km guide of Moscow – St Petersburg river travel, and very knowledgeable and pleasant company. He had taken this cruise because it included Vallaam. The ethnic mix made the travel enjoyably different to being on a ship full of Anglos. Passport Travel might recommend cruises that include Vallaam,

Rivers were the main long distant (fast) transport highways of old Russia. As roads and motorised technology developed they were still a preferred means of travel by many.

Due to larger populations the Western Russian rivers were busier. As Russia expanded its Empire the Siberian rivers also became transport water highways. When Vitus Bering set out from St Petersburg (under a commission from Catherine the Great) to explore beyond the Eastern region of Russia and find the continent of America it took him three years just to get to Kamchatka! He used several rivers to move his large entourage and tons of supplies and equipment.

These rivers, still to this day, carry large commercial cargoes, the same as their Western European compatriots on the Rhine, Elbe and Danube to name but three rivers.

This is a general video presenting an overview of river cruising
 


Classical Moscow to St Petersburg - both directions
Volga River Northern Russia to Black Sea!

Motor Ship Anton Chekhov