In Russia there is one type of leisure that remains unchanged since 19th century: river cruises.
There is no river cruise in Russia like the Volga river cruise. No cruise that places you so completely in another place and time. Europe’s longest and largest river stretches fr om Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great to Catherine the Great, and on into today, wh ere live along Russia’s central artery looks very much like it always has — the churches, the villages, the people, comprising scenes from an old painting you may swear you have seen in a gallery.
The routine activity of such cruises stays unchanged for years – you just board a ship, and then eat, sleep, repeat while it goes down the river and you can go off the boat to see the most famous Russian cities. Very popular among the foreigners and travelers too.
Now we can see how it goes this autumn – when nature is already changing its colors before the winter and the air is often freezing especially in the mornings.
These unique cruises are very slow pace ones. Maximum speed of the boat is 23 km/h or around 15 mph. So its a very relaxing adventure. Our cruise started in Northern river port of Moscow where security measures are same as at the airport as Russian rivers are guarded by Navy too.
We took a flying camera with us so the first thing we photographed was the ship from the air. When the cruise starts the captain comes to the guests and introduces all major players in his crew.
Then the boat arrives at the first lock. There is a whole system of locks which compensate the uneven terrain level. Passengers can go out to see how the lock’s water level changes.
With its magnificent cities and world-class museums, historical towns and tree-lined waterways, Russia has much to offer when it comes to cruise holidays. What’s more the country’s remarkable waterways system enables ocean-going ships to travel all the way from the Mediterranean to the Arctic.
Volga, Europe’s longest river at 3,690km (2,293 miles) and historically the cradle of the Russian state, the Volga is western Russia’s main waterway. It divides into three parts: the Upper Volga, from its source in a small lake northwest of Moscow to the confluence of the Oka; the Middle Volga, from the confluence of the Oka to the confluence of the Kama; and the Lower Volga, from the confluence of the Kama to the mouth of the river itself at the Caspian Sea. It has more than 200 tributaries that, if counted with the main river, would add up to 357,000km (221,800 miles).
via englishrussia.com and telegraph.co.uk
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