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(Review ID: 392)
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
One of the world's great river cruises, September 13, 2010

Reviewer: Todd Todd
Pros: Different, unique, and it's light until midnight sometimes
Cons: Some cabins are really small
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Overall   5.00/5  (5)

This is the wonderful cruise between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Either way it is a must-do for cruising. Two amazing towns at either end. In the middle there is everything from the subtle joys of being in the middle of a trackless forest to the splendor of Imperial Russia.

The ships are old Russian ships. Some with remodeled cabins others without. Don't expect the glitz and flash of the European river cruise boats. Although the food is fine, again, remember where you are. Sometimes you are really out in the middle of nowhere.

Get used to icons. It might be a good idea to do a little research on your own before going to really enjoy and appreciate the icons from the start. It can be hot.

The canals are amazing. Again, a little study before you go will give you a much better appreciation of what went into these watery highways. The first lock gets everyone out taking pictures, but by the end of the week nobody will even get up. The river going up/down to/from St. Petersburg is some of the best scenery. Kizhi Island is a highlight.
(Review ID: 167)
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Beautiful, serene, fun-filled, and over-all one of the best experiences of life!, August 14, 2010

Reviewer: kdkessler
Pros: Wow - the people, the scenery, the ports, the food, the locks - too much to list
Cons: Sometimes not having enough time in each port
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Overall   5.00/5  (5)

This is my first river cruise and hopefully it won't be the last. The waterway is well run and learning about the lock system was interesting. Our tour was from Moscow to St. Pete with stops in Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritsy, Kizhi, and Mandrogi.

There were many tourist stalls at each port, but that is to be expected. This is a country that is just now getting used to tourism It is easy to walk by and see the towns, greet the people. The local guides all spoke English very well and were willing to answer questions. Their stories were fun to listen to and brought their history to life. I highly recommend this trip.
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