The Volga is Europe’s longest river. It flows through central Russia for 3,692 kilometres before emptying in the Caspian Sea. During its epic journey, the river’s watershed claims 11 of the country’s largest cities, including the capital of Moscow.
A river cruise on the Volga most commonly sails between the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. While travelling this epic waterway you will also enjoy time on the Svir, a 224-kilometre-long river that connects Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga. You won’t be surprised to discover that the Volga is rooted in Russian culture and is often referred to as ‘Mother Volga’ in literature and local folklore. With so much to see and so much ground to cover, a Russian river cruise is one of the easiest and most fulfilling ways to navigate this epic land of stark contrasts.
Discover the hidden depths of Russian culture
Like the country itself, Russian culture is impressively vast. With rich architectural wonders, colourful folklore and tales of a turbulent past, there is much to discover in this enigmatic and fascinating country.
From the might and grandeur of Moscow to the haunting nostalgia of Mandrogi, the Volga meanders through Russia’s cultural heart — introducing you to many of the country’s most memorable highlights.
Start your enriching voyage in the city of St. Petersburg, and pay a visit to the city’s historic gems — Catherine’s Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Yusupov Palace to name but a few. Or, make straight for the Hermitage, former home to the Tsars of Russia and now one of the world’s most distinguished art galleries.
Next, stroll the banks of the Volga in the ancient city of Yaroslavl, gazing upon architectural treasures that have stood since the 11th century. Then, it’s on to Moscow, Russia’s fabled capital, renowned for its imposing Red Square and the beautiful St Basil’s Cathedral.
With historic wonders around every bend, a Volga river cruise showcases Russian culture in all its splendour.
Sail the Volga in style
Unique and boutique, Scenic Tsar serves as a luxury floating hotel during an unforgettable Volga river cruise. Accommodating just 112 guests, this vessel offers intimacy in abundance, and benefits from the incomparable service found on every ship in the Scenic fleet.
From the opulence of the Neva Lounge to the perfectly proportioned cabins; every inch of the Scenic Tsar has been carefully considered to offer unprecedented levels of luxury on this fascinating waterway.