Cruising is a great way to unwind and relax. It is also convenient to visit the places that you want since everything you need will be available on the cruise ship already. For starters, you can get a cruise itinerary to Russia or Europe and see their beautiful sceneries, discover their tourist attractions, and experience easy-access to their cities as ports are placed near the metro centers.
Here are some of the best cruise destinations around Europe and Russia, and what you should do when you visit them:
What to visit in Russia
Two of the most important river cruise destinations in Russia are the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. With its rich culture and great history, you will have an unforgettable experience when you visit these places.
Here are some of the tourist spots that you should visit when you cruise around Russia:
- Hermitage Museum
This second largest museum in the world contains the biggest collection of art, which is located in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. With over 3 million art pieces and objects, it is impossible to finish looking at all of it in just one day. You’ll see famous artworks from Renaissance artists Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as antique art and ancient Egyptian collections.
- St. Basil’s Cathedral
Also known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed and commissioned by the first Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible, St. Basil’s Cathedral is a museum with domes shaped like an onion or a bonfire that points up to the sky. It is located at Red Square in Moscow. As one of the most attractive structures in the capital, it’s very colorful and Instagram-worthy. So make sure to visit this attraction when going to Red Square.
- Bolsohoi Theater
It is the oldest theater in Moscow, which is suited for people who love watching ballet performances and the opera. This historic theater has more than 200 dancers who are performing opera and ballets showing the rich culture of Russia. You might not want to miss out and watch one of these performances.
- Kremlin Museum
Your cruise in Russia will not be complete if you will not visit the Kremlin Museum. There’s a complex within this place that includes the Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Cathedral Square, Annunciation Cathedral, several churches, and the Armoury Chamber where you’ll see the royal jewelries of the emperor or empress.
- Khizi Island
At about 300 miles in the northeastern part of St. Petersburg is Russia’s Onega Lake, where Khizi Island is located. It has two historic churches that are built side by side in the 18th century. One of it is the Church of Transfiguration, which has 22 domes, and the other one is the Intercession Church, with 9 domes. Both structures appear to be silver in color because they are made of interlocking wood, with no metals used to build them.
What to visit in Europe
Visiting Europe via cruise is way cheaper than traveling by land. Since cruise fares include meals, accomodations, entertainment, and others, you’ll save more and you can have a more convenient tour. The Western Mediterranean, which is the border of Italy, Spain, and France, is perfect if you want to cruise, especially if it’s your first time to go around Europe.
Here are some of the tourist spots that you should visit when you cruise around Europe:
- The City of Pompeii
This ancient city was destroyed in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It is situated near Naples and is one of the most historic places that you should visit.
- Sorrento, Italy
Along the coastline of Southern Italy are towns with beautiful sceneries, and one of those is Sorrento. Its streets are filled with gelato stands, luxury stores, souvenir shops, and leather goods. From here, you can enjoy the view of the Bay of Naples, Isle of Capri, and Mount Vesuvius.
- Isle of Capri
In this romantic island, you’ll see the blue grotto, historic hotels and luxurious shopping malls, marinas which are full of cafes and boats with a breathtaking view of cliffs and mountains, the town of Anacapri, and the Roman ruins. Its landmark is the sea stacks or the limestone crags.
- Vatican City
Vatican City in the heart of Rome is a state ruled by the Pope or the head of the Catholic Church. This is one of the best places to visit because this is where you’ll find the most significant artworks ever made, like the frescoes of Michelangelo, which can be found in the Sistine Chapel. Other tourist spots that you should visit are St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican museums, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
- French Riviera
In the southeast corner of France lies the Mediterranean coastline, which is the French Riviera. Visit Cannes where the Cannes Film Festival is being held every year, and Nice, which is the largest city in Cote d’ Azur that has a lot of historic buildings and hotels, including Hotel Negresco. Monaco should also be on your list when visiting French Riviera, which is where the Monaco Grand Prix is located.
These are just some of the best destinations or tourist spots around Europe and Russia. You’ll see more breathtaking views and experience a lot of new things when you cruise around these places. So pack your bags, book a cruise, and enjoy every moment while on tour.