The Volga-Baltic Waterway, formerly known as the Mariinsk Canal System is a series of canals and rivers in Russia which link the Volga River with the Baltic Sea. Its overall length between Cherepovets and Lake Onega is 368 km. The Waterway starts in Rybinsk and follows along the Svir and Neva Rivers, emptying into the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea in St. Petersburg.
Travel along the Volga-Baltic Waterway takes in Moscow and St. Petersburg. As well there are many villages and quaint towns along these Waterways, like Yaroslavl, Uglich and Goritzy. See grand monuments and opulent palaces, discover fortified monasteries and beautiful cathedrals.
Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus three hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7
Port Location – The main ports are located at Moscow and St Petersburg.
Travel Links – Moscow lies at the western end of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing, Ulaanbaatar and Vladivostok. You can reach here from almost anywhere in Europe and Central Asia. Moscow has nine train stations, 8 of them offering long-distance and local train services.
Moscow has four main airports. Sheremetyevo, north of the city centre, is the closest airport to downtown Moscow but the major thouroughfare leading to it, Leningradskoye Shosse, is one of the busiest in the city and is normally a giant traffic jam most of the day.
Intercity buses to Russian and some former Soviet Union cities depart from the intercity bus station at Shelkovskaya Metro station.