Volga-Baltic Waterway - Russia, West

The Volga-Baltic Waterway is system of rivers, lakes, inland seas and canals in western Russia linking the Volga River with the Baltic Sea and thus Moscow with St Petersburg. River cruising is a safe, secure and informative way of exploring the timeless Russian countryside with its medieval kremlins, fortified monasteries and churches as well as providing access to Moscow and the other cities making up the famous Golden Ring. The Moscow Canal links Moscow to the Volga River and the Waterway at Ivankovo. The system starts at Rybinsk, on the Volga River and the Rybinsk Reservoir, and goes northward by way of the Sheksna River and reservoir to Lake Beloye. Crossing the lake, now within the Sheksna Reservoir, the waterway follows the Kovzha River, which is linked by a canal section to the canalised Vytegra River. The Vytegra River flows into Lake Onega, and from there the waterway continues westward through the canalized Svir River. It follows the Svir to Lake Ladoga and the Novoladozhsky Canal, and then to the Neva River, which empties into the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea at St. Petersburg. The Volga-Baltic Waterway connects with the White Sea-Baltic Canal at Lake Onega. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.