In Russia without much love: Viking Helgi Cruise Review by gnomajor
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In Russia without much love
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Moscow is short of tourist attractions but the voyage along the canals and lakes to St Petersburg suggests that the problem is not limited to Moscow. Russia has not quite worked out what to do with tourists and the unrelieved flat landscape of canals forests and lakes is not one of the great jouneys of the world. There are distractions along the way and the amazing wooden orthodox church was worth the stop although, since it was covered in scaffolding, the impact was somewhat reduced. Other More stops include very forgettable and forlorn small towns and an arts and crafts village devoted to parting tourists from their money. And then you arrive at St Petersburg which makes up for all of the shortcomings of the effort to reach there. It is one of the most amazing culturally and architecturally luxuriant cites on earth and a must see. Viking park their boat a 20 minute ride from the centre - no doubt mooring fees are high in such a place - but it is truly wonderful. We will return to St Petersburg but not with Viking and, on this performance, to nowhere else either. Less
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