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    Dispatches from Russia

    Travel Weekly's Michelle Baran was on a Russian river cruise on the Viking Pakhomov, a 210-passenger ship that was recently renovated. Pictured here, the Viking Pakhomov and Uniworld's River Victoria docked at the village of Mandrogi. Photos by Michelle Baran, unless otherwise noted.

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    The 18th century wooden church at Kizhi Pogost, an Unesco World Heritage Site, is a major attraction on the Volga-Baltic Waterway.

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    Touring an orthodox church in Uglich, Russia.

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    Toasting our host during a home visit outside of Uglich.

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    A home visit is an optional tour that Viking offers.

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    Passengers were impressed with the high-tech navigation equipment in the Viking Pakhomov's wheelhouse.

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    Dispatches from Russia

    The Pakhomov's reception area.

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    A stateroom on the upper deck of the Pakhomov.

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    The bathrooms are equipped with a standing shower and L'Occitane products.

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    Dispatches from Russia

    Tourists fill the seats at the Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg for a ballet performance of Swan Lake.

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    St. Petersburg's Winter Palace.

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    The restaurant onboard the Pakhomov, where most meals are served.

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    An optional Russian-themed lunch on the Pakhomov's sky deck.

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    Learning about former Russian President Vladimir Putin in one of the onboard lectures.

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    Travel Weekly Senior Editor Michelle Baran played a prince in the Viking Pakhomov passenger play. Photo by Mike Roche

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    Dispatches from Russia

    Moscow's central Revolution Plaza subway station.

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    Taking a trip on Moscow's subway system.

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    Visiting Moscow's Red Square is a highlight of Viking's 13-day Waterways of the Czars river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow.

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    A small footbridge in Moscow where couples getting married come to attach symbolic padlocks.

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    Moscow's famous Church of Christ the Savior in the background of the hip Strelka Bar across the Moscow River.

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