River cruising is the perfect way to discover the magnificence of Russia and Ukraine – two lands rich in fascinating history. Sail Russia’s Volga River through the heart of great cities – like Moscow and St. Petersburg – and remote islands, vast lakes and gorgeous countryside. Alternately, travelers could take in the best of Ukraine as they sail past ancient cathedrals aboard an intimate river ship along the Dnieper River.
River Cruises in Eastern Europe
River cruises upon the Dnieper River, which flows through Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, often begin in Ukraine's capital, Kiev. Surrounding the Dnieper, cruise passengers will notice ancient towns, vast forests, large lakes and rolling country. It’s not uncommon for Dnieper River cruises to feature stops in Nova Kachovka, Zaporozhye or Massandra, all of which glow with the region’s vibrant culture. Passengers can expect to tour monasteries, palaces and botanical gardens as they tour the villages along the Dnieper – each bearing the distinct influences of the various inhabitants, including Vikings, Cossacks and Tartars.
Ukraine Viking River Cruises
For the deepest cultural experience, there’s no better way to explore Russia than by river cruise upon the Volga River. Volga River cruises often carry guests through Russia’s great cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg with additional diversions down smaller rivers along the way. In Moscow, popular attractions include the wonderfully colored St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Red Square. Visits to St. Petersburg are often marked by unforgettable journeys to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the State Hermitage museum and the Peter and Paul Fortress.
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