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Measuring a total distance of 3,692km, the Volga is Europe's longest river and can take passengers on a fascinating journey through central Russia. The most common cruise itineraries along the Volga River take passengers between the mesmerising cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg; but it is possible to embark on a Lower Volga cruise. These itineraries will carry passengers between Moscow and the city of Astrachan - where you will have access to the glistening Caspian Sea.

Each journey along these fascinating waterways will provide an unparalleled insight into the magnificent palaces, cathedrals, and landmarks that Russia has to offer. Upper Volga cruises will take passengers to a number of cities as well as the Svir River, which provides access the village of Mandrogi; while Lower Volga cruises will dock in Uglich, Yaroslavl, Kazan, and Volograd.

Volga River Factfile

  • The Volga is the longest river in Europe. Flowing through Central Russia to Southern Russia and into the Caspian Sea
  • It has a length of 3,531 km and a catchment area of 1,360,000 km²
  • Many people see it as the national river of Russia
  • The word 'Volga' is derived from a Slavic word meaning 'moisture, wetness'
  • Major cities that the Volga River passes through include Astrakhan, Volgograd, Saratov, Samara, Ulyanovsk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavi, and Tver
  • The Volga River has 10 dams along its route