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31 Jul 2015 | Valaam Pilgrimage Service

Valaam Pilgrimage Service

For those who are planning to visit Valaam island as part of a cruise group, it would be interesting to know that this island is more than just another touristic site with some history. Here visitors are able to connect with the sacred life of an active orthodox monastery, and this connection, in fact, begins already at the planning stage of the trip. People rarely think about how their trip is being organized. In fact, each cruise to the Valaam island is not being done without the supervision of a Valaam Monastery Pilgrimage Service.

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24 Jun 2015 | Volga River Cruises - Yaroslavl

Volga River Cruises - Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl city is the must visit site along the Volga river cruise route. This city is one of the oldest cities in Russia, which played its prominent role in Russian history.

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14 May 2015 | Cruise routes are being changed due to low water level of the Volga.

Cruise routes are being changed due to low water level of the Volga.

Due to low water level of the Volga and other navigable rivers, cruise tour operators are forced to change cruise routes and move passengers to ships with a smaller draft, Mosturflot cruise company representative Svetlana Goncharova said.

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7 Apr 2015 | Uglich – a Popular Stop on Moscow to St. Petersburg River Cruise

Uglich is a small town in the Yaroslavl region. It is located on the banks of the Volga River, in the place where it makes a sharp bend which was called "Ugilets" or "Uglich". Probably this is what gave the city its name. According to another version, coal was burned in the area in the old days, and the city’s name derives from Russian word “ugol” which means “coal”. Uglich is also a part of Golden Ring – a group of ancient towns located to the northeast of Moscow and famous for their rich history and amazing architecture.

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10 Mar 2015 | Kizhi

Kizhi

The island of Kizhi is one of the most popular stops among travelers on river cruises between Moscow and St. Petersburg. The entire island and the nearby area form a national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures. The most famous being the Kizhi Pogost, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is composed of two main churches (the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church) and a bell tower built in the 18th century.

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3 Feb 2015 | Mandrogi village is unique.

Mandrogi village is unique.

These lands have always been famous for carpentry. The tradition is still alive, and the works of local craftsmen can hardly be surpassed. Mandrogi village is a true open-air museum of wooden architecture.

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30 Dec 2014 | 72-Hour Visa-Free Regime Brings More Visitors to St. Petersburg.

72-Hour Visa-Free Regime Brings More Visitors to St. Petersburg.

According to St. Petersburg Tourism Development Committee, 500 000 cruise passengers visited St. Petersburg in 2014. This is largely due to recent introduction of 72-hour visa-free regime.

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26 Mar 2014 | The Valaam Island

The Valaam Island

The Island of Valaam is a sacred spiritual place in the heart of Ladoga Lake. This Island is 9.6 km length and 7.8 km wide. Nature of this place is not disturbed by noisy cars or plants. In the 1843 the steamship service started operating between main land and the island, since then the charm of this place has never stopped attracting people.

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12 Dec 2013 | The longest Cruise Liner ever hosted in St. Petersburg

The longest Cruise Liner ever hosted in St. Petersburg

In may 2014, the Royal Princess Cruise Liner will visit North Capital of Russia. It's length from bow to stern is 330 meters, and it will be the longest Liner ever hosted in St. Petersburg.

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22 Aug 2013 | Russian Flag Day

Russian Flag Day

Today Russia celebrates National Flag Day, which was created on Aug. 22nd 1994 by former president Boris Yeltsin.

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12 Jul 2013 | Jet Ski Competition in St. Petersburg

Jet Ski Competition in St. Petersburg

Last weekend jet ski racers and stuntmen were in the city center of St. Petersburg performing tricks and racing around the Neva River.

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28 May 2013 | Russian Choir Sets Record

Russian Choir Sets Record

A Russian choir set a record this past weekend in St. Petersburg during celebrations for the city's 310th birthday. The choir consisted of over 4,000 members.

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25 Mar 2013 | EasyJet Opens UK to Moscow Flight

EasyJet Opens UK to Moscow Flight

The cost of a plane ticket between Moscow and London just got a lot cheaper. EasyJet has begun daily flights between London's Gatwick airport and Moscow's Domodedovo.

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25 Feb 2013 | Russian Wildlife Exhibition

Russian Wildlife Exhibition

The Loft Project Etagi in St. Petersburg is currently hosting the Zolotaya Cherepakha (The Golden Turtle) photo exhibition featuring 160 photographs of wild life from 59 countries around the world.

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25 Jan 2013 | Vysotsky's 75th Birthday

Vysotsky's 75th Birthday

Russian rock icon Vladimir Vysotsky would be celebrating his 75th birthday today if he was still alive. In many ways he is still alive, Russians adore him and celebrate his life!

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