Moscow

Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this heterogeneous metropolis you will get to know the history of the ci...

Uglich

Uglich of today used to be the seat of princedom back in the 13th century. Uglich is the town where one of the most momentous events of the Russian history took place in the 16th century. It was then that the last member of the Ruirik dynasty, the young Tsarevich Dmitry was murdered. That dreadful...

Yaroslavl

Among the precious jewels of old Russian cities Yaroslavl shines with a par¬ticular bright, unfading light. Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the city prospered as a trading port and a center of textile manufactur. No other city in Russia except Yaroslavl can boast such a wealth of the 17...

Goritsy

Welcome to the Northwest of Russia, the village of Goritsy, home to the Resurrection Convent, standing at the shoreline. From Goritsy a bus will drive you to the town of Kirillov, 8 kilome­ters away, to tour one of the major Orthodox strongholds of Old Russia, the Monastery of St. Cyril on the White...

Kizhi

Situated to the northeast of Lake Onega, the island of Kizhi is home to the open-air museum of fascinating wooden architecture. Walking on the island, you can see old wooden churches, chapels, bell towers, peasant houses, granaries, barns, windmills, bathhouses which were all brought from around the...

Mandrogui

Inhabited by talented craftsmen, Mandrogui is a reconstructed village, built on the bank of the Svir River to illustrate the traditions and lifestyle of Russia's past. Experience provincial Russian lifestyle, watch the artisans and craftsmen mak­ing “matryoshkas” (Russian nesting dolls), carving woo...

Svirstroy

Svirstroy is a tiny country-side settlement which is situated on the left bank of the Svir River. It is famous for its natural lake and very picturesque landscapes. You can see provincial food stores there and also try local smoked fish (pollan)....

Saint Petersburg

Known as the cultural capital of Russia St Petersburg allures people from all over the world by its enigmatic mixture of purely European architecture and typically Russian history. Disclose the secrets of St. Petersburg by visiting the Peter and Paul’s Fortress where the Romanov dynasty is buried, S...

Astrakhan

From Moscow to Astrakhan – 3000 km With the completion of the impressive Moscow-Volga Canal in 1937, the capital was finally linked to the great system of waterways that runs from St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland all the way to Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. As a result, it is possible today...

Kostroma

Everything is unusual in Kostroma that is the central square is called "The Frying-pan" by the locals and the fire observation tower looks more like a church or palace in empire style. The city is justly considered to be the home of the Romanov royal family and the Ipatyev Monastery became...

Nizhny Novgorod

At the confluence of the Oka and the Volga Rivers, Nizhny Novgorod (formerly named Gorky), founded in 1221, is the 3rd largest city of Russia is located. Although it dates back to the 13th century, the majority of its most interesting sights are from later periods. The first and foremost among these...

Kazan

The capital of the Tatar Autonomous Republic (Tatarstan) is often called the “Pearl of the Central Volga Region”. Founded in the 13th century by the Mongols, who at that time occupied Russia, it served as the seat of the mighty Golden Horde or “Tatar” Empire. Presently, it is the city of 1 million i...

Samara

The history of today's 1.5-million resident city dates back to the 16th century. Founded in 1586 as a fortress to guard Russian lands against relentless nomadic forays. Samara was but a far-flung peripheral settlement until 1851 when the city became the center of the newly formed Samara gubernia (re...

Saratov

Founded in 1590 by the Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible, Saratov is the boyhood home of Yuri Gagarin, the world's first cosmonaut. Enjoy the landmarks of the city - the 17th-centuryTrinity Cathedral, built in Moscow baroque style, the greenery of "Lime Tree Park" where one avenue was reserve...

Volgograd

First called Tsaritsyn, then renamed Stalingrad and eventually Volgograd, the city has a unique geographic location on the crossroads of land and waterways which link together Europe and Asia. It was established in the 16th century to defend the strategic point where the Volga and Don rivers meet. V...

Vladimir

Vladimir is a part of the Golden ring of the ancient Russian cities and a significant historical centre. Its three chief monuments among which are, Assumption Cathedral with magnificent Andrei Rublev's frescos, St. Dmitrii Cathedral erected more than 800 years ago and The Golden Gate that survived t...

Suzdal

The history of the ancient town dates back to at least the year 1024. The former capital of Old Russia now it is the pearl of the Golden Ring. This beautiful town features many fine examples of Russian architecture such as the Transfiguration cathedral, museum of wooden architecture and St. Epiphany...

Gorodetz

Founded in 1152 by Prince Yury Dolgoruky as a large fortress on the Volga River, in course of time Gorodets turned into a one of the most prosperous towns located on the Volga River with beautiful churches built and commerce developed. Although the Gorodetz of today is a pretty small town it safeg...

Plyos

A small town of Plyos can’t but inspire so beautiful it is. No wonder it inspired the most outstanding landscape painter Issak Levitan. Dating back to the 15th century every year Plyos hosts hundreds of tourists who come to the town attracted by its charm and tranquility and by a great opportunity t...

Rostov the Great

While the official name of the town is Rostov, it is better known to Russians as Rostov Veliky, i.e. Rostov the Great. Indeed,the town with long and amazingly rich history played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. Therefore, the town’s kremlin, includes eleven ornate...

Petrozavodsk

Petrozavodsk is the capital of Karelia-the country of blue lakes and rapid rivers, noisy pine-trees and stern cliffs. The history of the town is closely associated with the name of Peter I. According to his will, the gun-founding factory was build on......

Valaam

Located in the center of the lake’s northern part is the archipelago consisting of fifty islands and named after the biggest, Valaam. There on the high cliffs stands the Valaam Transfiguration Monastery, a major place of pilgrimage in Russia, a realm......

Oreshek

The fortress of Oreshek is situated at the source of the Neva River. It’s located at Orekhovy (“Nut”) island washed by the Neva two channels. The history of the island is dated back to 1228 when it was mentioned for the first time in......

Myshkin

Located on the steep left bank of the Volga river, Myshkin is a “hospitable” provincial town in Yaroslavl region perfectly cherishing true Russian traditions and special beauty of the Russian culture. You’ll surely be fascinated by its unique......

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