• Enjoy a river cruise in Russia this summer

    2012-04-12

    Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises can be fantastic, but seasoned travelers may want to try something new for their next excursion. One thrilling area to explore via ship is Russia, as its scenic waterways pass by many major cities and gorgeous landscapes. There is a wide array of cruising options for choose from when considering this part of the world, whether tourists wish to sail in the lap of luxury or stick with an adventure travel experience packed with land excursions.

    Several rivers, such as the Moskva, Volga and Lena, host a number of river cruises that offer the best of Russia's natural beauty and manmade wonders. Cruise ships may be small and accommodate only a few passengers for an intimate getaway or be much larger for a more social experience. The cruising vessels can be equipped with all the latest services and amenities, just like any other modern ship in the world offering top-notch trips. Travelers may book with a company that caters to the needs of American travelers specifically or try a cruise organization that focuses more on Russian culture and style.

    Cities remain popular ports for cruisers taking to Russian rivers. For instance, a great starting point is Moscow. Travelers may spend a few days there before heading out on a cruise to see all the fascinating sights. According to Frommer's, adventure-seekers may want to try a traditional Russian bathhouse that are often elaborately designed and have several rooms with different spa treatments. Other attractions to see in Moscow include  Red Square, which is lined with iconic domed buildings, or the Tretyakov Gallery, which houses an extensive collection of historical and local pieces.

    The cruises that begin in Moscow usually conclude in St. Petersburg, which is another breathtaking Russian city worth exploring. Its historical importance is so significant that a large area of the center of the city was honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site. When travelers encounter this locale during their river cruise, they may want to visit some of the iconic churches first, such as Khram Spas-na-Krovi, reports World Travel Guide. Translated to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, this structure boasts colorful stained glass windows, mosaics and large domed ceilings.

    No matter what type of river cruise travelers choose to indulge in, a trip through Russia on a ship can be a wonderfully memorable vacation. 

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