A river cruise through the heart of Russia

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A river cruise through the heart of Russia

Two-week journey on the Volga explores country’s long history
Multiple cruise ships are on the Volga River at the same time, and if ships run behind schedule, it can cause issues at ports. The Russ was following this ship as we made our way from Moscow to Uglich.
Uspenski Cathedral (the Cathedral of the Assumption) was initially built in Yaroslavl in 1215. It was destroyed in 1937, but rebuilt in 2010, the 1,000th anniversary of the city. Its golden domes are visible from the Volga River.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, along with local specialties, were plentiful in open-air markets at most towns along the Volga River. This market in Kostrama was busy as shoppers stopped on their way home from work to buy food.
This young woman was among a group that met cruise passengers at Cheboksary in native Chuvashi dress. She explained that married and unmarried women wore different costumes, although they all featured elaborate embroidery and coins.

A river cruise through the heart of Russia

Multiple cruise ships are on the Volga River at the same time, and if ships run behind schedule, it can cause issues at ports. The Russ was following this ship as we made our way from Moscow to Uglich.
Uspenski Cathedral (the Cathedral of the Assumption) was initially built in Yaroslavl in 1215. It was destroyed in 1937, but rebuilt in 2010, the 1,000th anniversary of the city. Its golden domes are visible from the Volga River.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, along with local specialties, were plentiful in open-air markets at most towns along the Volga River. This market in Kostrama was busy as shoppers stopped on their way home from work to buy food.
This young woman was among a group that met cruise passengers at Cheboksary in native Chuvashi dress. She explained that married and unmarried women wore different costumes, although they all featured elaborate embroidery and coins.
A few details

Visas are required for entry to Russia; visa services are relatively inexpensive and eliminate the headache of trying to get everything right. I used GenVisa in Washington, D.C.If you have time, arrive in Moscow a day before the cruise. It helps with the time change and ensures you won’t miss your ship if there are delays.Along with a round-trip flight to Moscow, you’ll need to book a one-way flight from Astrakhan to Moscow after docking (or a flight to Astrakhan if your cruise starts in the south).Carry rubles for shopping in local markets.Check if bottled water is included in the cost of the cruise (or a drinking water dispenser to refill water bottles). More information: https://www.bestrussiancruises.com; https://www.expresstorussia.com; https://www.travelallrussia.com/russia.

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