Lower Volga and Don
The Volga is the most important waterway of Russia and the longest river in Europe. Russians call it “Mother Volga”. A river cruise along the entire Volga (19-20 days) from Moscow to Astrakhan and back leaves the best travel experience.
Astrakhan is located on eleven islands, which are connected by numerous bridges. There you will find a monumental Kremlin with white walls up to 8 m high and a bell tower, which is seen from almost anywhere in the city.
One of the most interesting and popular places in this region is the valley of lotuses in the Volga delta. Lotus blooming in Astrakhan is so fascinating that having seen it once you will want to return again.
The Don is one of the major rivers of Russia. The main city on the river is Rostov on Don.
In antiquity, the river was viewed as the border between Europe and Asia by some ancient Greek geographers. During the times of the old Scythians, it was known in Greek as the Tanaïs and has been a major trading route ever since. Tanais appears in ancient Greek sources as both the name of the river and city on it, situated in the Maeotian marshes.
The Don Cossacks, who settled the fertile valley of the river in the 16th and 17th centuries, were named after the river. Representing military estate they served in the horse guards of the Russian Empire, but their everyday life and folklore are also very interesting. River tourists can learn more about it in the Cossack villages.
The Don is a southern river. Due to fertile soil, this area is known for its rich harvest and is good for making wines. Travelers can participate in wine tasting cruising along the Don.
Throughout the world, the river is associated with images of the turbulent and colorful Don Cossacks—romanticized in a famous series of novels by the 20th-century Russian writer Mikhail Sholokhov.
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