What could be more romantic and relaxing than a cruise? And you don’t even need the ocean for that. Hop on a comfortable ship from a pier in Moscow or St.Petersburg and head along beautiful Russian rivers around the Golden Ring, or towns on the sides of Volga or Kama. This is probably one of the best ways to see Russia, as you can stay in a cozy cabin, sleeping peacefully, admiring the views, away from the noise of motorways and train stations, while the ship is taking you places far-far away.
The selection of destinations is extremely extensive and routes are flexible. You can take just a few hour cruise around Moscow in a restaurant ship of Radisson hotel, which looks more like a glass palace. Or spend your entire vacation on the water, exploring ancient towns and marveling dense forests or vast fields of Russia. You can even go as far as Perm by Ural Mountains, or all the way down south along the great Volga River to Volgograd and Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. This surely will take much longer than a usual tour around the Golden Ring, but it will definitely be a trip to remember!
Think of a more exotic destination and go north, to Valaam and Kizhi, where ancient wooden churches and monasteries stand graciously over strikingly beautiful virgin lakes. You will have a wonderful chance to see grand Russian nature in all its glory and touch its ancient history.
The best time to go is from May to September. Cruises vary from 3 hours to 14 days. You can also select the class of a ship and cabin from budget to luxury.