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Russia Cruises

As the largest country in the world, to sum up Russia in a few sentences is a challenge to say the least. From the historic cities to the vast provinces, it’s an incredibly diverse place with a strong attitude, sincere people and a unique culture all of its own. 

Although revolution and Communism have defined much of Russia’s modern history, there is so much to take inspiration from in this behemoth of a country – from ancient walled fortresses to glittering palaces, as well as the legacy of literary icons like Pushkin and Tolstoy.  

Outside the major cities of St Petersburg and Moscow, the surrounding countryside is sprawling and remote. Unsurprisingly, ecotourism is big here, with much flora and fauna to discover throughout the land. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Moscow has the most billionaires per capita in the world.
  • There are around 10 million more women than men in Russia.
  • Russians are taught not to smile at school, as it’s seen as rude.
  • St Petersburg has three times as many bridges as Venice.
  • St Petersburg has also been called Petrograd and Leningrad.
 

Highlights

City life

Trips to Russia are a delicious feast for the senses – the unique art and culture here is unrivalled. Alongside the stately heritage is a thriving contemporary art and music scene that keeps the cities humming 24 hours a day. Here east meets west, the old melds with the new, and the past seamlessly mingles with the present.

St Petersburg, Russia’s old capital, was established to display Imperial Russia’s growing status. The jewel in the Romanov crown, St Petersburg was the centre of Russian high society and an important industrial centre. Sitting at the mouth of the Neva River on the Baltic coast, it became Russia’s principal trading post with the rest of the world. Today, Neva Bay welcomes cruise ships as well as container ships, making it the main port of call on your cruise to Russia.

Iconic sights

One of St Petersburg’s most iconic sights is Tserkovʹ Spasa na Krovi, or the ‘Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood’. It’s one of the most ornate and colourful churches in the world, with five intricate domes, several thousand square feet of mosaics and classic Russian Orthodox artwork. You’ll also find the world-famous Hermitage Museum here, featuring pieces by Renoir, Raphael, Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso and even Van Gogh. 

 

Food

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Russian food may not be a cuisine that’s famed the world over but that makes it all the more intriguing for the food lover. 

Expect bilinis (small pancakes), caviar, smoked salmon and dressed herring among the usual fare, while meat lovers will love the shashlik (lamb shish kebab) and beef stroganoff on offer. 

Russian salad, also called Olivier salad, made from boiled potatoes, dill pickles, peas, eggs, carrots, meat, and dressed with mayonnaise, is an essential part of most meals here. 

Breads are popular, and a few have their own twist. Try piroshki, which is stuffed with roasted onions, caraway seeds, and Swiss cheese. Or there’s always the traditional black bread, so called thanks to the rye used rather than white flour. 

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Russia

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