The Volga Part II

Although walking along the Volga Embankment can be relaxing, there are many other types of activities along the river available for your enjoyment. One of my personal favorites was the Cable Car ride above the Volga.

I paid 70 rubles each way to ride in the cable cars. The cars take you high above the river and provide you with a clear view of the water and several of the small islands nearby within the river. I went with some other students around sunset (so, 8-9pm) and the view was absolutely gorgeous! Due to the glare of  the car’s glass windows, these pictures do not do justice to just how stunning the sunset was.The actual machinery of the cars is very quiet and peaceful. It feels like you are floating above the river.

When you arrive at the other side, be sure to disembark and pay your way for the next ride across. The tickets have a barcode which is scanned at a turnstile. Then you have the chance to enjoy the other view of the River!

The volga from the Cable Car.

The volga from the Cable Car.

The Cable Car.

The Cable Car.

A view of the sun setting over the Volga. Ignore the scratches in the window!

A view of the sun setting over the Volga. Ignore the scratches in the window!

The Volga.

The Volga.

A Cable Car going over the Volga.

A Cable Car going over the Volga.

More of the sun setting.

More of the sun setting.

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I was also able to go with some students on a cruise along the Volga. The view of Nizhny is gorgeous. Once again, do not let the glass windows fool you with their glares. Pictures may also be taken from a window-free upper deck for glare-free photographs The lower deck would be ideal if it began to rain during the trip, which is about an hour and a half. The cost of the cruise was 250 rubles and it was worth every kopec! Be sure to bring food with you if you are going during lunchtime, as there was only a vending machine.

Part of Nizhny from the river.

Part of Nizhny from the river.

Pictures of the city taken through the glass window.

Pictures of the city taken through the glass window.

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