Why is river travel so important to russia

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Europe is the best destination for the best river cruises. If you want to choose one of the river cruises in Europe you should know that the Rhine River is one of the rivers that has more cruises sailing through its waters and cities. Depending on the itinerary, you can go through Switzerland, Germany, France, Holland? Incredible, isn’t it? You can see here all the cruises on the Rhine.

Cruises on the Danube are also among the most popular and you can take a cruise in Europe passing through Germany, Romania, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia and Bulgaria. Undoubtedly you will find the best river cruise ships on the Rhine and Danube cruises.

If this is not enough we recommend you to take a look at the cruises in the Netherlands which are river cruises in Holland and Belgium with departures in Amsterdam and Antwerp and river cruises in France. If you want a romantic trip we recommend river cruises from Paris. We could not miss in the travel offer the river cruises in Italy to the beautiful Venice.

River cruises on the Volga River

YAROSLAVL – ROSTOVIn Yaroslavl, one of the brightest cities of the Golden Ring, visit of the monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior with a view of the church of the prophet Elijah, built in the middle of the 17th century. Lunch. Optional: “Rostov the Great”. Rostov, founded in the 11th century on the shores of Lake Nero, is one of the oldest cities of the Golden Ring. Sightseeing tour. Visit of the Kremlin and the Dormition Cathedral. Dinner and overnight on board.

ST. PETERSBURGPanoramic tour of St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city and one of the most beautiful in the world. The palaces, the squares, the statues, the great perspectives that seem fresh from the hands of their builders. Passing by the islands of the Neva delta, this wonderful city is an enchanting place for art lovers. Visit of the church of St. Nicholas of the Seafarers, an impressive example of religious baroque. Lunch in the city. Visit of the Peter and Paul Fortress and its cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Russian Tsars. Dinner and overnight on board. Optional: “Cruise on the canals”.

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Another option to start your Volga cruise is St. Petersburg, where you will find the city of the Tsars. You cannot miss a visit to the Winter Palace, today converted into the Hermitage Museum. Inside, in addition to enjoying the splendor of the tsars, you can admire an extensive collection of more than 3 million pieces of art.

Without leaving St. Petersburg, the Kazan Cathedral is one of the most impressive Orthodox temples in Russia, built in the image of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Its colonnade has 96 pillars, which guard one of the most remarkable relics in the whole country, an icon of the Virgin of Kazan.

On the outskirts of the imperial capital you can enjoy a visit to the Pushkin Palace, or St. Catherine’s Palace. It is the best example of Russian Baroque luxury. The Amber Room, a room completely covered with amber panels, is a real spectacle for the eyes.

During the trip you can also visit the cities of Yaroslav, whose historic center has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, or Goritzy, which has several temples and churches in Russian style that will leave you amazed.

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The importance of waterways is reflected in this map from a 1773 world atlas, which shows a continuous chain of populated places (probably, just towns) along the Angara, Ilim and Lena rivers. A modern map shows instead another chain of towns, this time along the more direct railroad route, from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk, (of which nothing appears in 1773), with only a few towns on the Angara (associated with modern hydroelectric dams).

Alternative: The Obi River was only traveled 450 km upstream to its confluence with the Vakh River, which was followed upstream for another 500 km; then a portage was made to the Simb River and downstream to the Yenesei. Finally, the Yenesei was traced upstream to the city of Yeniseisk.

The southern border of Siberia corresponds to the forest-steppe border. Russian penetration into Asia was limited to the forest zone, both because the Cossacks had the skills to travel across rivers and forests, in an area where indigenous peoples were few and weak, and because their expansion was paid for by the fur trade. Unlike Russia proper, there were few attempts to penetrate the steppe. Road construction began in the 1730s. Although there are always some peasants, mass peasant settlement did not begin until the 1860s. The Trans-Siberian Railway began in 1891. In the 20th century roads were built, but the northern stretch of the Amur is still not complete. Naturally, all this development was carried as far south as possible. The result is a pattern analogous to that of Canada, where the Russians established a long, narrow belt along the southern border with branches to the north, mainly where mineral deposits existed. The rivers are still used, but mostly on north-south transport routes from the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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