The Volga River is the longest in Europe, in the world's largest country. The Volga is located in the western portion of Russia and flows south to the Caspian Sea. This river has many tributaries, including the Kama and Oka rivers. Unlike the Lena River, the Volga River is home to many large reservoirs that provide hydroelectric power and irrigation. Despite this interruption of nature, the wildlife along the river is astounding. During Volga cruises, visitors can see flamingos and pelicans in their natural environment.
Volga travel is part of many itineraries of Russia cruises. River cruises are a popular method of travel for visitors hoping to see both St Petersburg and Moscow during one trip. River cruise companies typically also take care of visa requirements and generally make traveling within Russia much simpler. The Volga River is a substantial portion of any cruise between the two major cities, and visitors are frequently delighted by the landscapes between destinations.
The river also has historical importance, as it was used by the military to transport goods. During Volga travel, visitors will pass and may stop to see Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, where one of the bloodiest battles of World War II took place and which is now home to the Stalingrad Memorial on Mamayev Kurgan. Visitors may not expect a history lesson during Volga cruises, but the complex history of this section of the country may provide just that.
Architecture is another stunning component of any cruise on the Volga River. From the deck, you will see examples of medieval homes and monasteries. If you’re interested in cruising a large portion of the river, some tour companies also arrange accommodation with hotels along the journey. Arrival in Moscow will include further immersion into the history and architecture of Russia, especially at historic attractions such as Red Square, the Kremlin, and St Basil’s Cathedral.