The Volga, the longest river in Europe, flows almost 2,300 miles through Russia. For cruisers, most itineraries will take them the 400 or so miles between the country's biggest cities -- St. Petersburg and Moscow (shown on the Volga River cruise map). Passengers will usually spend several days in both cities, experiencing excursions to major sites during the day. They use the ship as their home base, returning for dinner and to sleep aboard. When the ship is moving on the river, ports include stops in historic Golden Ring cities, such as Uglich and Yaroslavl.
- St. Petersburg