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9 best off-the-beaten-path river cruises

By: Josh Lew on Nov. 1, 2016, 1:18 p.m.
The view of Uglich from the Volga River

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Volga River

Though not necessarily "off the beaten path," the Volga River in Russia is not as popular as other European waterways like the Danube and the Rhine. Still, major cruise lines such as Viking River Cruises have Volga itineraries. Most trips on larger boats take between 10 and 14 days and travel between Moscow and Saint Petersburg (only during the summer and early fall).

The main reason to take a Volga cruise, besides the fact that travel in Russia is relatively cheap because of the weak ruble, is the opportunity for shore excursions to historic cities, quaint villages and the rural forest and farmlands that sit along the river for much of the route.