Russian Waterways - Views from the Grand Circle M/S Rossia River Ship

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    Saint Petersburg River Terminal Area

    Saint Petersburg River Terminal Area
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Saint Petersburg River Terminal Area. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Cruising Russian Waterways between St. Petersburg and Moscow

    Cruising the Russian waterways between St. Petersburg and Moscow is a great way to see some of the Russian countryside. Many ocean-going cruise ships visit St. Petersburg on cruises to northern Europe and the Baltics, but for those seeking an in-depth experience in just one country, a Russian Waterways cruise is a marvelous way to discover the culture, history, and people of Russia. Since Russia's capital is landlocked, a waterways cruise is the only way to get to Moscow on a ship.

    I sailed on the Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises' M/S Rossia, and loved the ship and itinerary. The small ship sailed the 900 miles separating St. Petersburg and Moscow in seven days, and we passed through 21 locks as the Captain navigated the rivers, lakes, canals of the Volga-Baltic Waterways.

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    The River Terminal is northwest of St. Petersburg on the Neva River, a drive of about 30 minutes to an hour from downtown (depending on traffic).

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    Riverboats at the Saint Petersburg, Russia River Cruise Terminal

    Riverboats at the Saint Petersburg, Russia River Cruise Terminal
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Riverboats at the Saint Petersburg, Russia River Cruise Terminal. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Neva River Bridge and Sunset Near St. Petersburg, Russia

    Neva River Bridge and Sunset Near St. Petersburg, Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Neva River Bridge and Sunset Near St. Petersburg, Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Factory on the Neva River Near St. Petersburg, Russia

    Factory on the Neva River Near St. Petersburg, Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Factory on the Neva River Near St. Petersburg, Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Neva River Bridge Near St. Petersburg

    Neva River Bridge Near St. Petersburg - Sights Along Russian Waterways Cruise
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Neva River Bridge Near St. Petersburg - Sights Along Russian Waterways Cruise. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Neva River Sunset in Russia

    Neva River Sunset in Russia - Sights on a Russian Waterways Cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Neva River Sunset in Russia - Sights on a Russian Waterways Cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cargo Ships on the Neva River in Russia

    Cargo Ships on the Neva River in Russia - Russian Waterways Cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Cargo Ships on the Neva River in Russia - Sights on Russian Waterways Cruise between St. Petersburg and Moscow. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Svir River in Russia

    Cruising the Svir River in Russia on a Russian Waterways Cruise
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Cruising the Svir River in Russia on a Russian Waterways Cruise. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Industrial Area Along the Svir River in Russia

    Industrial Area Along the Svir River in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Industrial Area Along the Svir River in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Small Russian Village on the Svir River

    Small Russian Village on the Svir River
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Small Russian Village on the Svir River. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruising the Svir River in Russia - Evergreens and Beech Trees

    Cruising the Svir River in Russia - Evergreens and Beech Trees
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Cruising the Svir River in Russia - Evergreens and Beech Trees. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Svir River Bridge

    Svir River Bridge
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Svir River Bridge. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Riverboat on the Svir River in Russia

    Riverboat on the Svir River in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Riverboat on the Svir River in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Russian Village on the Svir River

    Russian Village on the Svir River
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Russian Village on the Svir River. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Russian Riverboats at the Dock on Kizhi Island in Lake Onega

    Russian Riverboats at the Dock on Kizhi Island in Lake Onega
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Russian Riverboats at the Dock on Kizhi Island in Lake Onega. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cargo Ship on the Kovzha River Section of the Volga-Baltic Waterway of Russia

    Cargo Ship on the Kovzha River Section of the Volga-Baltic Waterway of Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Cargo Ship on the Kovzha River Section of the Volga-Baltic Waterway of Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    River Traffic on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia

    River Traffic on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow River Traffic on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Fishing from the Banks of the Kovzha River in the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Fishing from the Banks of the Kovzha River in the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Fishing from the Banks of the Kovzha River in the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Ship's Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Ship's Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Ship's Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Ships in Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Ships in Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Ships in Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Water Pouring into Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Water Pouring into Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Water Pouring into Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Gates Opening in Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Gates Opening in Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Gates Opening in Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Leaving a Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Leaving a Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Leaving a Lock on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Houses Along the Shoreline of the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Houses Along the Shoreline of the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Houses Along the Shoreline of the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    River Traffic on the Kovzha River Section of the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    River Traffic on the Kovzha River Section of the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow River Traffic on the Kovzha River Section of the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    River Ships on the Kovzha River in Russia

    River Ships on the Kovzha River in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow River Ships on the Kovzha River in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Village on the Kovzha River Section of the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia

    Village on the Kovzha River Section of the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Village on the Kovzha River Section of the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia

    White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    White Lake Village and Church on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    White Lake Village and Church on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow White Lake Village and Church on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Tug Pulling Logs in White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Tug Pulling Logs in White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Tug Pulling Logs in White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Riverboat on White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia

    Riverboat on White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Riverboat on White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Pleasure Boat on White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Pleasure Boat on White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Pleasure Boat on White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    White Lake Church on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia

    White Lake Church on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow White Lake Church on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    M/S Rossia's Sister Ship, the M/S Tikhi Don, on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    M/S Rossia's Sister Ship, the M/S Tikhi Don, on White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow M/S Rossia's Sister Ship, the M/S Tikhi Don, on White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The M/S Rossia rendezvoused with her twin sister ship, the M/S Tikhi Don in the White Lake of the Volga-Baltic Waterway.

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    Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises' M/S Tikhi Don on the White Lake

    Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises' M/S Tikhi Don on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises' M/S Tikhi Don on the White Lake of the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Crew Transferring Package from M/S Tikhi Don to M/S Rossia

    Crew Transferring Package from M/S Tikhi Don to M/S Rossia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Crew Transferring Package from M/S Tikhi Don to M/S Rossia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    We all speculated about what cargo was in this large box. Imagine our surprise when we learned it was a box of Matryoshka dolls, ready for painting.

     

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    Tikhi Don River Cruise Ship - White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Tikhi Don River Cruise Ship - White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Tikhi Don River Cruise Ship - White Lake on the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Krokhino Church - Flooded Remains of 15th Century Church

    Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River

    Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Krokhino Church sits on the edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway. It was built in the 15th century, and it was flooded when the Soviets built the hydroelectric stations along the river in the 20th century.

     

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    Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River

    Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Krokhino Church - Between the White Lake and the Sheksna River

    Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Krokhino Church - Located on the Juncture of theWhite Lake and the Sheksna River

    Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Krokhino Church - Edge of the White Lake on the Sheksna River of the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Village of Goritsy, Russia on the Sheksna River on the Volga-Baltic Waterway

    Village of Goritsy, Russia on the Sheksna River on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Village of Goritsy, Russia on the Sheksna River on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Goritsy Church of the Resurrection on the Sheksna River in Russia

    Goritsy Church of the Resurrection on the Sheksna River in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Goritsy Church of the Resurrection on the Sheksna River in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Church of the Resurrection in Goritsy, Russia

    Church of the Resurrection in Goritsy, Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Church of the Resurrection in Goritsy, Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The somewhat dilapidated Church of the Resurrection is the most prominent site in Goritsy, Russia.

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    Church in Uglich, Russia as Seen from the M/S Rossia River Ship

    Church in Uglich, Russia as Seen from the M/S Rossia River Ship Sailing the Volga-Baltic Waterway
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Church in Uglich, Russia as Seen from the M/S Rossia River Ship Sailing the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Church of Saint Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich, Russia on the Volga River

    Church of Saint Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich, Russia on the Volga River
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Church of Saint Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich, Russia on the Volga River. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    View of Church Domes in Uglich, Russia

    View of Church Domes in Uglich, Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow View of Church Domes in Uglich, Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Church of Saint Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich, Russia

    Church of Saint Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich, Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Church of Saint Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich, Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Russian Naval Ship on the Volga River

    Russian Naval Ship on the Volga River
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Russian Naval Ship on the Volga River. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Most of the ships on the Volga-Baltic Waterway were either cargo or passenger ships. However, this military ship was also patrolling the river.

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    Russian Orthodox Church on the Banks of the Volga River

    Russian Orthodox Church on the Banks of the Volga River
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Russian Orthodox Church on the Banks of the Volga River. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Tourist Camp on the Moscow Canal

    Tourist Camp on the Moscow Canal
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Tourist Camp on the Moscow Canal. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    We saw several tourist camps and campgrounds along the river, especially as we neared Moscow.

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    Volga River Bridge

    Volga River Bridge
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Volga River Bridge. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Church on the Banks of the Volga River in Russia

    Church on the Banks of the Volga River in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Church on the Banks of the Volga River in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Belfry of the Flooded Church of the Trinity in Kalyazin on the Volga River

    Belfry of the Flooded Church of the Trinity in Kalyazin, Russia on the Volga River
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Belfry of the Flooded Church of the Trinity in Kalyazin, Russia on the Volga River. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Church of the Trinity Belfry in Kalyazin, Russia

    Church of the Trinity Belfry in Kalyazin, Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Church of the Trinity Belfry in Kalyazin, Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Volga River View - Hotel on the Banks of the Volga River in Russia

    Volga River View - Hotel on the Banks of the Volga River in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Volga River View - Hotel on the Banks of the Volga River in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Church of the Trinity and Satellite Dish - Old and New of Russia

    Church of the Trinity and Satellite Dish - Old and New of Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Church of the Trinity and Satellite Dish - Old and New of Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The contrast between the belfry of this flooded 17th century church and the modern satellite dish is interesting.

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    Large Satellite Dish on the Volga River Near Kalyazin, Russia

    Large Satellite Dish on the Volga River Near Kalyazin, Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Large Satellite Dish on the Volga River Near Kalyazin, Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    This gigantic dish looked very out-of-place along the Volga River, especially since most of what we saw was countryside, villages, and churches.

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    Moscow Canal Lock in Russia

    Moscow Canal Lock in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Moscow Canal Lock in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Leaving a Lock on the Moscow Canal in Russia on the M/S Rossia River Ship

    Leaving a Lock on the Moscow Canal in Russia on the M/S Rossia River Ship
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Leaving a Lock on the Moscow Canal in Russia on the M/S Rossia River Ship. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Moving through locks is always fascinating, and this one has a vertical gate that drops down and lets the ships pass over it.

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    Village on the Volga River in Russia

    Village on the Volga River in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Village on the Volga River in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Riverboat on the Moscow Canal in Russia

    Riverboat on the Moscow Canal in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Riverboat on the Moscow Canal in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Fisherman on the Moscow Canal in Russia

    Fisherman on the Moscow Canal in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Fisherman on the Moscow Canal in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Fishing is certainly a world-wide activity, as I see determined fishermen everywhere I cruise.

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    Sailing on the Moscow Canal in Russia

    Sailing on the Moscow Canal in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Sailing on the Moscow Canal in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Moscow Canal View in Russia

    Moscow Canal View in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Moscow Canal View in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Homes on the Moscow Canal in Russia

    Homes on the Moscow Canal in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Homes on the Moscow Canal in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Church on the Moscow Canal in Russia

    Church on the Moscow Canal in Russia
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Church on the Moscow Canal in Russia. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Northern River Terminal on the Moscow Canal at the Khimki Reservoir near Moscow

    Northern River Terminal on the Moscow Canal at the Khimki Reservoir near Moscow
    Russian Waterways Cruise Between St. Petersburg and Moscow Northern River Terminal on the Moscow Canal at the Khimki Reservoir near Moscow. Russian Waterways Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Kizhi Island Open Air Museum on Lake Onega - Karelia, Russia

    Wooden Church in Kizhi, Russia
    Kizhi Island Is Port of Call on Russian Waterways River Cruises Wooden structures at Kizhi made it a World Heritage Site. Russia River Cruise (c) Linda Garrison

    Kizhi Island is one of over 1650 islands in Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe, which is in the Karelia Republic. Kizhi is one of the largest outdoor museums in Russia, and focuses on peasant life and customs in the Russian north and includes 83 wooden structures, most of which date back to the 18th or 19th century.

    Kizhi Island is often included as a port of call on Russian Waterways cruises between St. Petersburg and Moscow. The museum has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990. The open air exhibit includes churches, homes, and other old wooden buildings that were either built on Kizhi or have been collected from around northern Russia and preserved on Kizhi.

    We visited Kizhi for a day from the Grand Circle M/S Rossia and loved walking around and learning about this fascinating part of the world. It was a rainy day, but the trails were wooden or paved, so we just wore our rain suits and carried umbrellas.  

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    Svirstroy, Russia - Russian Waterways Cruise Port of Call on the Svir River

    Svirstroy Back Yards and Gardens
    Typical Russian Village of Svirstroy Is Good Example of Life in Karelia Svirstroy Back Yards and Gardens. Svirstroy, Russia Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Svirstroy is a small village of about 1000 residents located on the Svir River about 150 miles east of St. Petersburg. The Svir connects the two largest lakes in Europe--Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega.

    Svirstroy is sometimes a port of call on Russian Waterways cruises between St. Petersburg and Moscow. The highlight of our day in Svirstroy was a walk through the small village and a visit to the home of Julia, a retired widow who served us tea and piroshkis while we queried her about life in Svirstroy over the past 75 years.

    We also loved the shopping in Svistroy, which was much cheaper than in the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. The residents of this small village have built wooden kiosk-sized shops and sell all sorts of Russian handicrafts and artwork. Needless to say, everyone loaded up on souvenirs and gifts. Fortunately, it was a short walk back to the river ship!

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    Yaroslavl, Russia - The Russian Florence - City of Churches and Bears

    Transfiguration Cathedral in Yaroslavl, Russia
    Yaroslavl Is 1000-Year Old University Town with Many Churches Transfiguration Cathedral in Yaroslavl, Russia. Yaroslavl (c) Linda Garrison

    Yaroslavl, Russia is a town of about 600,000 residents at the junction of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers. Yaroslavl is almost 1000 years old, having been founded in the year 1010 by Kiev Prince Yaroslav the Wise.

    Yaroslavl is home to many churches, most dating back to the 16th or 17th century. We went inside the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet and were mesmerized by the magnificent icons and frescoes of the church. A small men's choir serenaded us, which added to the atmosphere. Next, we rode the short distance to the Spassky Monastery, which is one of the oldest complexes in Yaroslavl. We gazed up at the Spaso-Preoprazhensky Cathedral (Savior Transfiguration Cathedral) and were entertained with a bell concert outside the cathedral.

    Finally, we enjoyed watching a wedding motorcade of gaily decorated cars zip through the streets.