Most tourists use to travel to Russia cars, buses, airplanes and railway. But we must not forget that Russia has unique opportunities to organize of river travels. In the European part of Russia is an extensive network of rivers and lakes.
Constructed canals allowed to contact rivers and lakes and to connect the Baltic, White, Azov, Black and Caspian seas. United water transportation system connects the North-West, Central and Southern regions of the country.
There are many fans of river cruises in Russia. A lot of them are also among foreign tourists coming to Russia. Most ships travelers attract Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara cities.
Cruises from Moscow to Uglich and Tver and from St. Petersburg to the island of Valaam in Lake Onega, Kizhi Island are also popular. Tourists are attracted by rivers Ob, Irtysh, Lena, Yenisei and the Amur in the east of Russia.
The Russian Federation has access to the shores of three oceans, and 13 seas. Russia has more than 38 thousand kilometers of coast. The length of the internal waterways of Russia exceeds 90 thousand kilometers. The most important rivers for shipping in the European part of Russia are the Volga, the Northern Dvina, Sukhona, Svir, Neva. There are the Yenisey River, the Lena, Ob and its tributaries in Siberia. The most important river of the Far East is the Amur River.
United inland water transportation system of the European part of Russia links the White, Baltic, Caspian, Azov and Black Seas. The transport system includes the Volga-Baltic Waterway, Ladoga and Onega lakes, the White Sea-Baltic Canal.
Volga-Baltic Waterway is a system of canals, rivers and lakes in northwestern Russia that connects the Volga with the Baltic Sea. Waterway passes through the Rybinsk Reservoir, the river Sheksna Belozersky channel, the river Kovzha, Vytegra River, Onega Canal, Lake Onega, the river Svir, Lake Ladoga and the Neva River. The length is about 1,100 km.
White Sea-Baltic Canal connects the White Sea with Lake Onega, and then across Lake Ladoga and Svir River Neva to the Baltic Sea. The canal was built between 1931 and 1933. The total length of the channel is 227 km.