1 Awesome Russian River Cruise Down Volga River this Fall

Awesome Russian River Cruise Down Volga River this Fall

Posted on October 19, 2015 by tim

In Russia there is one type of leisure that remains unchanged since 19th century. I am speaking about Russian river cruises. Especially the cruises down the Volga River, Russia’s most famous river. 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. So here, thanks to Russian blogger Russos we can see how it goes this September – when nature is already changing its colors before the winter and the air is often freezing especially in the mornings.

Russos says that those 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.  His cruise started in Northern river port of Moscow and he says that security measures are same as at the airport.

Russos took his flying camera with him so the first thing he photographed  was the ship from the air.

That was his room.

And this is the river port building.

Russian rivers are guarded by Navy too.

This is a Khimki bridge in Moscow.

When the cruise starts the captain comes to the guests and introduces all major players in his crew.

Dmitrovsk highway bridge.

This part of the river is called “Moscow Channel”.

Then the boat arrives at the first lock. There is a whole system of locks which compensate the uneven terrain level.

Passengers go out to see how the lock’s water level changes.

Because this is already past the busy season most travelers were elderly people. Also, Russos says it is the last cruise for this year.

This is called library.

While you travel down the river you can see the Russian architectural landmarks.

Including the Soviet architectural examples of the gateway arches like this one.

And here is another lock. The water level here is higher than after the previous lock. So the water level is lowered together with the ship and then it would continue going.

 And finally out of the channels the ship goes to the wide river Volga.

When the boat arrives in  Myshkin town which translates to “Mouse Town” local artists dressed as fairy tale mice arrive to greet the boat.

The name of the boat is Ilya Repin which is named after the famous Russian painter.

When you are off the ship you can visit local small museums. Like this museum of Russian felt boots “Valenki”.

Or go inside old Russian churches and see them from inside.

If you have drones you can fly them freely anywhere and make cool photos like this.

Another Russian church.

And a spherical panorama of Myskin town.

Also with the help of the drone you can make unique shots like this.

Sometimes the captain conducts drills to insure his passengers are prepared for emergencies.

Among the passengers was some Russian celebrity who was giving  seminars to the passengers.

Kostroma Russian city.

Russos like it a lot. Went to a local park.

And a textile factory where he got this cat pillow.

And here he tested his drone camera for taking shots while ship is moving. He says his Phantom 2 camera is pretty ok in chasing the ship.

Ancient depiction of Russian coats of arms on the walls of one of the churches.

Sometimes people stay ashore while the cruise ship goes to a “gas station” to refuel itself.

And then comes back.

Sometimes a few cruise ships park next to each other.

They arrive at another city – Uglich and made some aerial photos of the local Hydro Power Plant.

Hope you liked his trip and the whole feel of the river travel. Thanks a lot for Russos for his photos, here is his website below:


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One Response to “Awesome Russian River Cruise Down Volga River this Fall”

  1. Dan says:

    Very interesting photographs. May the people of Russia enjoy peace and prosperity.

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