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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

What to Do: Take a River Cruise

MTApproaching the Kremlin aboard a river tram.
For a different perspective on the capital, take a ride on one of the Moscow River "water trams," which have returned for the 2007 season.

The rechniye tramvaichiki pass such must-see sights as the Kremlin, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Gorky Park, Neskuchny Sad and Moscow State University. They leave every 17 to 25 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and follow a 90-minute route between the riverbank beside Kievsky Station and Novospassky Bridge, near the Taganskaya metro station.

Tickets cost 250 rubles for adults and 150 rubles for children. Passengers may get on or off at any stop along the way, but those breaking the journey must pay for a new ticket.

Another option is to take an hour-long trip on a Raketa hydrofoil from Kievsky Station to Gorky Park and back. Running between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., the ride costs 500 rubles for adults and children alike.

Longer trips taking you outside Moscow are available from the Rechnoi Vokzal northern river port. Three different routes are offered this year: a one-hour trip around Khimki reservoir costing 250 rubles for adults and 150 rubles for children; a four-hour trip to Gorki costing 450 or 250 rubles; and a six-hour hour trip to Bukhta Radosti for 650 or 300 rubles.

The Bukhta Radosti trip takes two hours each way, leaving two hours to spend on the beach. Due to an increase in moorage costs, the speedy Raketa hydrofoils are no longer running to this popular recreation spot. Instead, "Moskva" and "Moskva Cafe" boats are planned, departing once or twice a day. The schedule is determined two days in advance, so call ahead to find out exact times.

Rechnoi Vokzal port, 51 Leningradskoye Shosse, 457-4050, M. Rechnoi Vokzal

Stolichnaya Sudokhodnaya Kompaniya, 101-35-60, 457-40-50,