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Volga, Dnieper and more rivers

Whatever your travel style may be: a bespoke, private or a group tour, we offer a variety of amazing options for you to enjoy your Russian or Ukranian cruise travel experience. Start by browsing the categories below or the Cruise Finder to discover your ultimate cruise Itinerary.
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Moscow, Russia
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Odessa, Ukraine
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BEST RIVER CRUISES IN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE

We present you the best cruises on the rivers of Russia and Ukraine. River cruises are ideal for those who want to relax from the hustle and bustle of daily life in a pleasant atmosphere with friends and relatives, for those who want to be closer to the shores. Explore new horizons on breathtaking river cruises, start with browsing the categories below or the Trip Finder to choose the itinerary for you.

CRUISE BY RIVER – easily find the cruise that suits you

For those who prefer exploring the world in comfort, who want to get the most from itineraries, who enjoy discovering cultural and historic treasures, our cruises are pure bliss. Experience a voyage with Cruise By River. Welcome on board!

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Choose the cruise line that's right for you! For travelers who enjoy the finer things in life, there's nothing more relaxing than a luxury river cruise. Let your worries melt away! A luxury river cruise by Volga river is sure to be an unforgettable experience!

Great Mother Volga Cruises

This is the grand Volga River Cruise that covers 90% of the superb Volga River. The cruise ship sails some of the Upper Volga, the Middle Volga, the Lower Volda and reaches the Volga River Delta most of the times – in case there is Astrakhan city in the itinerary. Our Russian river cruise ‘Great Mother Volga’ covers vast territories of the Central and the Southern Russia between Moscow and Rostov-on-Don. Some of these stunning Volga River cruises also stop at Russian ‘Caviar Capital’ Astrakhan, offering great opportunities to explore the Volga River Delta. The Volga is one of the greatest rivers in the world and is the longest one in Europe. The Volga River appears to be one of the fundamental cores of Russian culture: consciously and subconsciously this river is frequently perceived as a living being by Russians – that is why she is commonly addressed as ‘Great Mother Volga.’ Songs and legends personify Volga with the best human features an ideal Russian should match. She is identified with the Motherland, and she is a symbol of freedom, breadth and strength of the Russian Spirit. Nevertheless, the Volga Region is very multinational: Tatars, Bashkirs, Chuvashs, Mordovians, Udmurts, Mari, Ukrainians, Kazakhs, Armenians, Komi-Permyaks, Azerbaijanis, Germans, Cossacks and several other nationalities have their homeland there. Some of these people originate from the ancient states of the Golden Horde or the Volga Bulgaria. So, get ready to listen to exciting legends and informative stories while cruising the Great Mother Volga!

Russian cities that are normally visited on our ‘Great Mother Volga’ River Cruise: Moscow, Uglitch, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Plyos, Gorodets, Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary, Kazan, Ulyanovsk, Samara, Saratov, Volgograd (Stalingrad), Astrakhan, Rostov-on-Don. City sightseeing tours are included in every port – enjoy great cultural experience! Please, contact our Russian River Cruise Experts for information on the prices and on the actual itinerary of a Volga River Cruise of your Deams.

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Moscow - St. Petersburg 11 days
Moscow - Saint Petersburg
  • Services in English/German/French/Italian/Spanish languages from speaking board guides.
  • Excursions included in the program, no additional charges for mentioned languages.
  • Discover every bit of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Explore the cities during the several days and experience service in comfort on the ship.
  • Immerse yourself in Russian culture and reach history with extended tour program on board!
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Moscow - St.Petersburg 7 days
Moscow - Saint Petersburg
  • Services in English/German/French/Italian/Spanish languages from speaking board guides.
  • Excursions included in the program, no additional charges for mentioned languages.
  • Discover every bit of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Explore the cities during the several days and experience service in comfort on the ship.
  • Immerse yourself in Russian culture and reach history with extended tour program on board!
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EXPLORE THE DESTINATIONS

River cruising is an increasingly-popular way to travel. Spending longer amounts of time in port and docking in the heart of major cities make river cruising an attractive alternative for travelers who are interested in destination-intensive cruising. We offer some of the most exciting river adventures in the world in Russia and Ukraine. Cruise leisurely through spectacular scenery and broaden your horizons during the trip.

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Savor a rich landscape of beauty and culture as you explore beautiful – the Volga, the Danube and the Dnieper. Discover the fortresses, grand cathedrals, modern cities, ancient villages and enjoy spectacular and ever-changing views of most enchanting, legendary and scenic waterways. The advantage of river cruises is the opportunity to savor the unique coastal landscapes throughout the journey.

The Dnieper river
The Dnieper is the fourth longest river in Europe after the Volga, the Danube and the Ural. Its length is 2285 km, its basin area is 504 thousand square kilometres, and it has the longest channel within Ukraine. The Dnieper passes through 3 countries: Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The Dnieper comes from the Valdai Hills (at an altitude of 220 m), beyond Kherson the river divides into branches and forms a huge delta of 350 square meters, and carries its waters to the freshwater Dnieper-Bug estuary. Its depth is more than 12 meters. The Dnieper is divided into three parts: the upper Dnieper, from the source to Kiev, the middle Dnieper, from Kiev to Zaporozhye, and the lower Dnieper, from Zaporozhye to the river mouth. Enjoy the cruise “Ukrainian waterways” sailing through magical Slavic hinterlands and exploring the territory between Kiev and Odessa. The greatness of the water expanses of the Dnieper river makes an amazing and memorable impression.
Ladoga Lake

Lake Ladoga is the largest in Europe. Its area is 18.4 thousand square kilometers. Its depth in the Northern part is from 70 to 200 m, and in the southern part is from 20 to 70 m. The largest length of the lake from North to South is 219 km, and the width is about 80 km.

Many rivers flow into the lake; the largest of them are the Svir, Olonka and Volkhov. Only the Neva flows out of the lake. The Ladoga has about 600 Islands, mostly in the Northern part; the Valaam archipelago is the most famous.

The southern shores of Lake Ladoga are low and boggy, while the northern shores are rocky and steep. Ladoga granite and other types of building stone, which was used in particular during the construction of St. Petersburg, are mined there.

The most intensive navigation is carried out on the southern part of the lake from the Neva River to the Svir River. The Novoladozhsky canal, which is 169 km long, runs along the southern shore of Lake Ladoga. The Channel is used for the passage of river vessels that are not adapted to lake conditions.

Onega Lake

Lake Onega is the second largest in Europe after the Ladoga. Its length is 248 km, the width is 89 km, and the basin area is 9890 square kilometers. Its notable capes are New Nose, Demon Nose, Peter and Paul, Andom and Chapel.

Lake Onega is usually divided into northern and southern parts along the line of Petrozavodsk - the mouth of the Vodla River. In the southern part it consistently (from north to south) contains the Central, Southern and Svir Onego, from which the Svir River flows. In the northern part there are Big and Small Onego, Petrozavodsk Bays.

There are numerous islands between them. Bolshoi Klimetsky with an area of almost 150 square kilometers and Kizhi Island, which is the pearl of many Russian river cruises, are located there.

The shores of the lake are heavily indented by numerous bays and estuaries of small rivers. Since ancient times, these small rivers have been famous for their river pearls. About 40 rivers flow into Lake Onega, only the river Svir flows out.

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OUR CRUISE SHIPS

Ships cruising along the rivers of Russia and Ukraine are first-class liners with the latest technology, where you find comfortable accommodation in cabins of various classes, excellent food, a rich entertainment program and fascinating excursions. The important thing for a successful trip is to choose the ship that is going to become your home in the near future, and an interesting route with stops in beautiful cities and colorful villages you like.

Cruise by River

4.55 based on 4 customer reviews
Janet J

Just a very belated note to thank you again for all the work you did to ensure Ralph Magel and I a wonderful trip in April and May of this year. I will not fail to recommend your cruise line to anyone I know who is thinking of taking a trip to Europe. Your generous offer to have us picked up at the airport has left us breathless. Is there someone I can write to (email) to let them know how helpful you have been with Russian Visa matters, because I really believe that without all your help (above and beyond the call of duty) we would not be going to Russia at all? Thank you so very, very much.

A TourRadar Traveller

People are amazed when I tell them about the cruise, the wonderful people and the areas we visited. They are enjoying my pictures also. Thanks again for this cruise !

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