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Russian Waterways

A rich cultural experience awaits along the hugely varied waterways of Russia

The Volga river is Europe's longest and Russia's main waterway, travelling more than 2,000 miles from northwest of Moscow to the Caspian Sea. Known traditionally as 'Mother Volga' and immortalised in song, the river travels through landscape ranging from forests to steppe and semi-desert, passing towns and cities such as Uglich with its links to Ivan the Terrible, and Ulyanovsk, the birthplace of Lenin.

North of the Volga, the River Svir connects the two largest lakes in Europe, while west of Moscow the Denieper River starts its 1,367 mile journey to the Black Sea.