Viking LogoViking River Cruises have become a household brand thanks to their brilliant sponsorship of Downton Abbey and other PBS series. But did you know that Viking began in Russia. Their history of river cruising along the Volga between Moscow and St. Petersburg is long and their contacts superb.

Follow my extraordinary trip this past August through Russia’s past, and into the present day.

DISCLAIMER:  I was an invited guest for this expedition but I never accept a trip in exchange for any promise of positive reviews. The opinions and findings are all my own and always… unedited. It speaks for the integrity of these suppliers that they trust their product will shine, without any quid pro quos in exchange for travel. I choose who I work with very carefully for this reason.