I am fond of traveling by water and at first I didn’t expect anything extraordinary in my trip by the river Volga. But I was mistaken, this river cruise was something unforgettable, an incredible experience I had never had before. I was sure that we would admire just the ship, floating along the river bank, and observe the local landscape. Indeed, the program surprised me on the board and after the disembarking: we had an excellently planned tour around the historic places of the cities, interesting video presentations on the most significant moments in the history of old Russia. My trip was worth passing it through!
Rivers Lakes & Locks
For most, the word Volga is as synonymous with the geography of Russia as the words Siberia or St. Petersburg. Its banks are scattered with ancient towns, fortresses, monasteries and villages and unique wildlife, while its waters have been fished by generations of fishermen and sailed by countless leaders. The great ‘Mother Volga’ holds a unique place in Russia’s past, present and future.
Through a system of canals, reservoirs and waterways, the Volga is linked to Russia’s largest cities Moscow and St. Petersburg and no less than four seas, in an engineering feat that still remains one of the most ambitious in history. The construction of this grand Soviet scheme to control nature came at the cost of many lives, whilst hundreds of old towns were flooded to make way for shipping channels. Today many old bell towers and church domes can still be seen rising eerily from the free flowing waters, whilst huge locks topped with Soviet memorials remain a testament to Russia’s more recent history.