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River Tour, Moscow

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Moscow's streets are so congested that a tour bus risks never reaching the sights. For a more stress-free form of sightseeing, board one of the riverboats that run daily during the warm-weather months (the exact dates change annually, depending on the weather, but they usually operate from April to October). The boats aren't huge—more like water shuttles than Circle Line ferries—and offer tantalizing views of the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ, and, depending on which direction you go, the Novospassky Monastery (which was turned into a Soviet prison), the Novodevichy Monastery, and the Stalin-era spire of Moscow State University. The schedules change but the most central, easiest-to-find docks remain the same: In front of a theater called Teatr Estrady (across the footbridge from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior); in front of the Kievsky train station (under the observation deck); in front of the Ukraina Hotel (along the embankment past the Kievsky train station); and by Krymsky Most (a bridge near Park Kultury). Tickets are approximately $10 for adults. The full ride is about one and a half hours; you can disembark at any point en route, but you'll have to purchase another full-price ticket to board the boat again. A company called Vodnoe Taxi (Water Taxi) offers boats for private tours, starting at about $110 an hour (7-495-542-7882;;

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