Starting in the Valday Hills in Northern Russia and ending in the Caspian Sea more than 3500 km later, the Volga river is the longest river in Europe. Called 'Mother Volga' by the Russians, it is thought of as the country's blood of life, with over 40% of its inhabitants living near it. The river has been one of the major trading routes for transporting merchandise to Asia, Persia, India and Caucasus. Thus several cities and towns have been founded along its strategically important points. This is the case for Yaroslavl, which is located where Volga meets the River Kotorosl.
Volga River Cruises
A river cruise on the Volga allows you to see Russia from an angle seen by merchants and travelers for thousands of years. It is also an economical way to explore the country with meals, drinks and guided tours usually included in the price. With a cruise on the river, you will not only be taken on a journey through the history of the city where it starts, but also to some of the other great places along Volga. The oldest city is however Yaroslavl, where you can visit the historical city center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to this, the city is also well renowned for its many churches which with its onion-shaped domes have defined the Russian architecture. The guides will take you through some of Yaroslavl's key sights with their river boat tours of the city.