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Svir Travel Guide

The Svir River, which runs for 139 miles and is located in the northeast Leningrad oblast, offers river cruisers a chance to experience Russia up-close. Peter the Great linked the Neva and Svir rivers with the Ladoga Canal in the 1700s. It is now part of the Volga-Baltic Waterway and is used for river cruise travel and for shipping cargo. Svir River cruises are usually connected with the Neva River in St. Petersburg and begin or end in St. Petersburg and Moscow. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Svir river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Svir River Cruises Highlights

  • Savor delicious Russian cuisine onboard and in local restaurants on your Svir River cruise tour.
  • Visit port cities and attractions, such as St. Petersburg and Moscow, and Mandrogy, Kizhi Island, Kuzino, Yaroslavl, and Uglich.
  • Most of the river cruises run for about 13 days and operate from May through October.
  • Participate in Vodka taste samplings – the "wine" of Russia.
  • Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of your river cruise package.
  • Participate in fully guided tours.
  • Visit Kizhi Island, located on Russia's second-largest lake – Lake Onega.
  • See the one-of-a-kind Preobranzhenskaya Church, a structure built in 1714 that does not contain a single nail!
  • Visit Yaroslavl, one of Russia's "Golden Ring Cities," which commemorates Russia's history. 
  • Shop for handcrafted Russian souvenirs at the towns' covered food markets.

Svir River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Make sure you have all your travel documents, including passport and visa, and that your name and information are correct on the documents.
  • If you travel in the summer, wear a long-sleeved blouse or shirt and slacks or pants, as mosquitos like to bite during this time of year.
  • Pack a lightweight waterproof jacket and small and sturdy umbrella, as rain showers can occur throughout the year.
  • If you enter a Russian Orthodox church, you may be requested to cover your head or shoulders with a shawl if you are a woman. You may be refused access if you wear shorts.
  • Exchange currency for Russian roubles either in Moscow or St. Petersburg. 
  • You can choose between escorted river cruise tours or solo river cruise tours.
  • Wear a sleep mask to cover the eyes if you travel during a time when the Midnight Sun is high in the sky, or during the Russian white nights in late May and June.
  • Learn some basic Russian before you go because Russian signage usually displays the Cyrillic alphabet. Knowing some basic Russian and everyday phrases can be useful while traveling.

Svir River Cruises Things To Do

  • St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg

    Most Svir River cruises begin in one of the two capitals of Russia - St. Petersburg or Moscow. Usually, an itinerary that begins in St. Petersburg will permit you to stay in the city for about 3 days before you embark on your river cruise journey. The Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) and Peterhof (the summer palace of Peter the Great) are two structures you want to plan to see.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to tour St. Petersburg is from June to September. The Midnight Sun and the city's White Night celebrations take place primarily during June.


    You Should Know

    The Hermitage Museum, which includes the Winter Palace, was founded by Catherine the Great, and opened, officially, in 1852. Today, the museum is the world's second-largest only the Louvre Museum in Paris is larger. Commissioned by Alexander I in the 1830s, the tall Alexander Column in the large Palace Square public area commemorates Russia's victory against Napoleon. Peterhof Palace, which replicates the Palace of Versailles in design, is best known for its 64 fountains, also called the "Grand Cascade." The series of fountains are located on terraces outside the palace's entrance.
  • Mandrogy

    To get to Mandrogy, you will spend most of a day sailing the Neva River before crossing Lake Ladoga, which is Europe's largest lake. From there, you will sail the Svir River to your destination. Madrogy is the ideal place to get a taste of traditional Russian village life.  

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to travel to Mandrogy is during June when the high temperature during the day reads around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. During this time, the nights are short (about 4 hours long).


    You Should Know

    Mandrogy features an open-air museum where you can learn more about Russian village activities. Handmade Russian crafts abound in this part of Russia. The Vodka Museum showcases the history and making of the libation.
  • Kizhi Island
    Kizhi Island

    You will continue your river cruise journey by sailing over Lake Onega and docking at Kizhi Island. This is a great place to see the sights and discover wooden Russian architecture up-close. Just make sure you know the rules. Smoking is prohibited on the isle except in certain locations. That is because a large number of wood buildings makes smoking hazardous. Also, no overnight stays are allowed. Therefore, booking a river cruise holiday is the best way to see Lake Onega island and its fascinating attractions up-close.

    Best Time To Visit

    Plan a river cruise from mid-May to August. While you may see some scaffolding, due to renovation, even that process can be interesting.


    You Should Know

    Wood buildings, original to the island, are on UNESCO's listing of World Heritage Sites. Built in the 18th century, the Church of the Transfiguration features 22 onion-shaped domes and was notched together rather than built using nails. The first churches on the isle featured pyramid-shaped roofs rather than onion-type domes. The open-air museum represents a reconstructed village that displays peasant life in the Karelia region. Locals reside in some of the houses.
  • Kuzino

    Continuing your Svir River cruise along the Volga-Baltic waterway, your next destination is the village of Kuzino. This stopover usually docks in the morning and departs in the afternoon, giving you time to take a guided walking tour of the village and its unique sites.

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit Kuzino in the late spring and early summer when the temperature is agreeable (around 68 degrees Fahrenheit) and the sun shines most of the time.


    You Should Know

    Explore the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, which was founded in 1397 by Saint Cyril. Visit a museum, wooden chapels, and the Assumption Cathedral during your stopover in Kuzino. Some river cruise lines allow you to visit the village's Merchant House or the local children's school. Check out Viking River Cruises for these types of activities.
  • Yaroslavl

    Your Svir River cruise may also take you to the Golden Ring city of Yaroslavl, one of the places in Russia noted for preserving Russian historical events. This town is the ideal place to find that perfect handcrafted souvenir. This town is rich in stone monuments and Russian architecture and culture.

    Best Time To Visit

    If you are seeking drier weather, you should visit Yaroslavl in August, February, or April. The lowest amount of precipitation happens, on average, during the week of April 23rd. Significant precipitation, such as rain or snow, normally happens during the week of September 24th. Therefore, it pays to keep a close eye on the weather.


    You Should Know

    The covered food market features handcrafted souvenirs. Visit the Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, which features detailed icons and frescoes.
  • Uglich

    The best way to see the provincial village and Golden Ring town of Uglich is by taking a walking tour. After breakfast or lunch onboard your river cruise ship, you can walk off the calories by visiting several historic churches and sites. 

    Best Time To Visit

    If you visit in May, be prepared for some precipitation and dress in layers. June is the best time to see Uglich, as the days are sunnier and drier. The temperature hovers around 68 degrees Fahrenheit during this sunnier and warmer time of year.


    You Should Know

    Visit the grounds of the town's Kremlin citadel, which surrounds a green-domed Transfiguration Cathedral. An ornate display of icons is featured on the church's wall. The Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood memorializes the death of 16th-century Russian leader Ivan the Terrible's son. The church's frescoes tell the story of the untimely death. Visit a hydropower museum or see the exhibits of religious artifacts and old weaponry at the Uglich State Museum.
  • Goritsy

    Located on a Volga River tributary, Goritsy serves as an access point to Kirillov and the Kirillo-Belozersk Monastery, an impressive fortress among Russian trees and hills. This is a good stop to enjoy the outdoors and brisk Russian air if you travel in early spring.

    Best Time To Visit

    Enjoy the scenery in this part of northern Russia in the spring and summer. Dress in layers if you go in the early spring and wear a waterproof jacket in case it rains. 


    You Should Know

    The Kirillo-Belozersk Monastery was found by St. Cyril at the end of the 15th century. The Museum of the Icons is located in the Kirillo-Belozersk Monastery and occupies several of the building's ancient rooms. The museum features one of the world's best collections of icons, as well as manuscripts, documents, and books.
  • Moscow

    Like most Svir River Cruises, your river cruise journey will either end or begin in the Russian capital and largest city in Russia, Moscow. Typically, you will have 3 days to explore the city and its vast array of sites – monuments, stores, historic buildings, and landmarks. Whether you walk through Red Square or visit the Bolshoi Theater, you can find a diverse range of sites to discover.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see Moscow is during April and May when the temperature languishes between 55- and 65-degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to see Moscow when it is more bustling, choose to go during the summer, or from June to August.


    You Should Know

    See the vibrant St. Basil's Cathedral, located in Red Square, and the Tretyakov Gallery, which displays Russian fine art. Take a Jewish Moscow tour, which allows you to learn more about the history of the Jewish people who settled here. Visit the Kremlin and see the Tsar's Bell and Tsar's Cannon behind red-bricked Kremlin walls. Moscow is home to Lenin's tomb and mausoleum, the site is free and is located in Red Square but the wait could be either short or long, depending on when you go.

Svir River Cruise Packages

Quick Facts

When it comes to taking a Svir River cruise, you will find that the river cruise season starts in May and concludes before October. Therefore, you only have a short span of time in which to plan a trip. You can avoid the crowds and see more attractions without disruption if you choose to travel in the spring or the months of April or May.

Many river cruise-goers like to travel down the Svir River during June, or when the area has longer days and much shorter nights.  A number of celebrations take place at this time of year.

If you want to enjoy a Mediterranean type of climate, the best time to take a Svir River Cruise is during July or August. If you travel during this time, you will experience sunnier days and idyllic temperatures. The temperature registers around 72 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale during this period.

Svir River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is a Svir River Cruise?

    One of the easiest ways to visit Russia is to take a Svir River cruise, as you don't have to worry about presenting travel documents as you do when taking trains or crossing borders. A Svir River cruise normally lasts from 12 to 13 days and may begin or end in Moscow or St. Petersburg. 

  • What’s Included on Svir River Cruises?

    Your Svir River cruise includes deluxe cabin accommodations, free meals during the length of your trip, and transfers during arrival and departure. You can also enjoy off-shore excursions and can participate in onboard activities that are related to your river cruise holiday. 

  • What’s the Best Cruise for a Svir River Cruise?

    Scenic Luxury Tours and Viking River Cruises offer the best amenities and itineraries for Svir River cruises. When you choose a tour, you will usually benefit the most from taking a longer trip of about 8 to 12 days. While going on a Svir River cruise is more expensive in July or August, the temperatures are also the most agreeable. The best river cruise for you will be based on the length of your cruise trip, what you can afford to spend, and when you can go.

  • How Much Does a Svir River Cruise Cost?

    If you choose a river cruise of 12 days, expect to pay around $500 per day per person, which will cost around $6,000 for each person taking the river cruise trip. You will pay around $1,000 per person more if you book all-inclusive travel that covers 15 days. Expect to pay this price for a fully guided tour when traveling in an off-shoulder season, or during September.

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