Affordable Russian River Cruise
A number of companies offer cruises on the Volga River between St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia's largest and most interesting cities. The itineraries include stops at a number of smaller places that have always intrigued me--places like Yaroslavl and Uglich.
However, the cost of these trips tends to be high. For example, Viking River Cruises(http://www.vrc.com) has a 13-day cruise on the Volga with extensive sightseeing en route and in the two large cities, but the price for 2017 starts at a stunning $6,899 per person, or more than $500 a day. Other providers have similarly elevated prices.
Gate 1 Travel (http://www.gate1travel.com) is now providing similar cruises at much lower cost. Their 12-day cruise next year starts at just $1349 per person. Now the ship is not as fancy as a Viking ship, and perhaps the food is not as good. This is a re-conditioned older Russian ship with smallish cabins. But for a cost of not much more than $110 per night, how can you go wrong? Gate 1 emphasizes that prices may rise if their costs increase, but they would have to escalate a lot to get anywhere near the other lines' rates. Below is the rastral column in the Neva River in St. Petersburg.