Moscow – Astrakhan
Uglich is an ancient town on the bank of the Volga. Nowadays it is difficult to tell why it got such a name. Some researchers claim that it is about the coal mines here, others - in the Volga, which in this place changes direction, forming an angle.
But, whatever the case, Uglich remains one of the most beloved cities, and since 2017 he has been part of the Golden Ring of Russia. Travellers are attracted to the atmosphere of comfort, silence and peace, picturesque streets, beautiful architectural monuments and unusual museums.
This excursion will allow you to get acquainted with Uglich 's centuries-old history in its development. To see ancient churches located on the territory of the Kremlin and to visit the Museum of Hydropower opened in 2006. Together with the tour guide tourists will study exhibits of 11 halls. Here you can learn about the history of hydropower in the USSR and Russia, study the types of hydropower plants, and see how the water mill works. This museum is a real interactive complex, the motto of which is "Touching with hands is allowed!." Therefore, it will be interesting for both adults and young travellers.
You will get acquainted with the city of Uglich, its architecture and centuries-old history.
The walk will begin with a visit to the Kremlin, located on the picturesque bank of the Volga. On its territory the princely chambers, the oldest building in the city and one of the oldest samples of residential architecture in Russia are preserved. Here is also the Cathedral of Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy, built in the 18th century and painted by a group of artists headed by the fortress peasant Timothy Medvedev. Travellersare invariably admired by biblical stories that decorate walls and resemble the works of famous Italian Renaissance artists. The six-tier iconostasis with unique icons of the XVII-XVIII centuries also deserves special attention.
Getting to know with Uglich will continue in one of the monasteries.
This small city, which is part of the Golden Ring of Russia, which has been enjoying the love of tourists for a year. Many of them return to Uglićover and over again. What is the secret to his attraction? We invite you to answer this question yourself after the excursion.
Uglić is a picturesque city based on the bank of the Volga. It attracts tourists not only beautiful landscapes and monuments of architecture, but also museums. Among them are many original, for example, the Museum of History of Russian Vodka.
It is not by chance founded in Uglich: many years ago here worked as a waiter in the buffet PetyaSmyrnov - the future vodka king. Later, his spirits won medals at international exhibitions, and were supplied to the court of the Russian Emperor and to the royal courts of Italy and Norway. The brand founded by him flourishes to this day and is familiar, probably, to everyone.
In the museum you will learn its history, you will see dozens of different exhibits related to the production of this drink: self-driving machines, ancient labels, dishes used to drink vodka, as well as an impressive collection of bottles.
There are also other exhibits, the number of which is constantly growing - guests bring vodka from different countries of the world to the museum. By the way, everyone can purchase the products of the most famous liquor plants of Russia in a separate hall.
Ancient Kostroma is one of the most popular cities of the Golden Ring of Russia. During the bus tour you will be able to photograph the famous Red Trade Ranks, which were "shot" in the film "Violent Romance," and the fire kalanchu, for a hundred years considered the most beautiful in the country. And you also visit the Epiphany-Anastasin Monastery, where the main Orthodox shrine of Kostroma is stored: the Feodorovsky icon of the Mother of God.
Another popular attraction Kostroma found very recently. The unusual Cheese Museum was opened only in 2017, and today is already considered one of the tourist symbols of the city.
The exhibition platform operates in an ancient merchant house. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to the famous Kostroma variety, but it is not limited to them. Walking through the halls of the museum, you will hear a story about the history of cheese making in Russia and abroad, learn how cheeses were cooked in ancient times and how production differs these days, you will see special tools used by professionals.
By the way, the collection of cheeses in the Kostroma museum is constantly replenished - both cheese "classic" and unusual innovations. For an additional fee you will be able to participate in the tasting, after which you will have a chance to buy the favorite variety.
Kostroma is one of the cities of the Golden Ring that surprise with its diversity. We invite you to open your own Kostroma, visiting excursions during which you will see the main attractions of the city.
You will be able to photograph the 35-meter fire kalanchu, one of the symbols of the city, and the drama theatre named after Ostrovsky, one of the oldest in Russia. You visit the walls of the medieval Ipatievsky Monastery, where Mikhail Romanov agreed to become the new Russian tsar. The route will include the Epiphany Monastery - behind its walls is stored the Feodorovsky Icon of the Mother of God, one of the most revered Kostroma images.
In the center of Kostroma you will walk through the busy Red Rows, spread for a whole quarter - here there is a bargaining for more than 200 years. Fans of Soviet cinema will seem familiar: the ranks "played" in the film "Cruel Romance."
Another place in Kostroma, where it is worth visiting a tourist, is the museum of wooden architecture under the open air. On the picturesque river cape lined age-old houses and small wooden churches, barns and stands. All the buildings are original - for them to survive, they were specially brought here.
The beauty of the landscapes and the special calm atmosphere lead to the Plös of travellers at any time of the year.
The love of the residents of the city and its guests is enjoyed by the embankment of the Volga River. Slow walks allow you to enjoy clean air and picturesque views of the majestic river.
Interesting will be a visit to the bazaar square with its souvenir shops. Rising on the Cathedral Slide,it will be possible to enjoy the famous landscapes of Plös and see the monument to Vasily I, who built here in the 15th century a fortified gate.
After you visit the museum and exhibition complex "Perspective Places," where numerous objects of the archaeological collection and exhibits of the "Alabama Treasure" are presented: women 's decorations made in the 7th century A.D. On the second floor there are exhibitions of modern art.
The beauty of the landscapes and the special calm atmosphere lead to the Ples of travellers at any time of the year.
The love of the residents of the city and its guests is enjoyed by the embankment of the Volga River. Slow walks allow you to enjoy clean air and picturesque views of the majestic river.
Interesting will be a visit to the bazaar square with its souvenir shops. Rising on the Cathedral Slide,it will be possible to enjoy the famous landscapes of Ples and see the monument to Vasily I, who built here in the 15th century a fortified gate.
In the museum "Art Crafts of IvanovskyKrai" you can get acquainted with the main directions of art crafts of the region: linen and jacquard weaving, Ivanovsky embroidery, lacquer and jewelry business.
Nizhny Novgorod is a city that stands at the confluence of two rivers: Oki and Volga. One of its attractions is the Kremlin erected in the early 16th century. Nizhny Novgorod is proud of him and tells that these walls were not taken by any enemy. Moreover, in the 17th century Nizhny Novgorod became one of the centers of the people 's militia: it was here that the troops of KuzmaMinin and Prince Dmitry Pozharskiy gathered.
During the excursion the travellers will get to the territory of the Kremlin and will see Mikhail-Archangel Cathedral, the oldest stone temple in Nizhny Novgorod.
Tourists will also visit Greater Kolskaya Street. In the 19th century, it began to build stone buildings, houses of officials and representatives of princely genera, thanks to which it was often called "noble" in the people. Travellers also visit Christmas Street, a peer of Nizhny Novgorod, where there are more than 30 monuments of architecture! One of them is the carved and dressed cathedral of the Holy Virgin.
The tour of Nizhny Novgorod is good that you will be able to learn more about this city, find yourself in places where history has been done, as well as to admire the views of Volga, which open from the embankment of Fedorovsky and Chkalovsky stairs.
For centuries life has been boiling in Nizhny Novgorod monasteries: icons and books have been written, a record has been conducted, according to which we today learn about the events of distant years.
The oldest residence of Nizhny Novgorod is considered the Annunciation Monastery. Its first walls, at that time still wooden, ascended about 800 years ago near the place where Oka flows into the Volga. The main attraction of the monastery is the snow-white Annunciation Cathedral, where an amazing porcelain iconostasis is installed.
Equally popular is the Pomersky Monastery. Once there lived monks in dug caves. Today Pomerskoe abode is included in the lists of the most beautiful on the Volga, it has a museum dedicated to the history of the Novgorod Diocese.
Against the background of medieval monasteries, the next attraction seems quite young. The age of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, standing on the arrow of Volga and Oki, is slightly more than 150 years. However, it also ranks high in various ratings every year: the cathedral of an unusual sand shade is included ТОП-5 the list of the highest Orthodox churches in Russia.
The history of Sviazhsk goes back to the distant past, in the time of Ivan the Terrible. In 1551 the fortress was assembled in only 4 weeks, and already in 1552 it became a base of troops at the siege of Kazan. As we know, Sviyazhsk fully justified his purpose: Kazan fell. Thetownbuiltontheislandcontinuedtogrow.
After 3 years, the Virgin-Assumption Monastery was founded. For several centuries, until the 18th century, it was the center of the spiritual and cultural life of the region. Thus, at the monastery the printing house appeared before Ivan Fyodorov started his business in Moscow.
Nowadays this monastery is an architectural monument, which has no analogues in the Middle Volga region. He is interested in both specialists and tourists. Especially valuable for researchers Assumption Cathedral, erected and painted by masters in 1561.
Kazan is a city that combines two different cultural traditions. Mosques and Orthodox churches not only rise on neighboring streets, they are adjacent even on the territory of the ancient white-faced Kremlin. It is from it that a tour of the beauty of Kazan will begin. You 'll see the famous Kul Sharif. It stands in the place where the legendary multi-diamond mosque was once located, which was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible when he took the city.
What is important, the capital of Tatarstan not only carefully stores its history and protects monuments of architecture. It is constantly developing and remains a modern city. Therefore after visiting the Kremlin tourists will go to objects specially erected for University games of 2013. Let s remind, the Kazan University games was recognized as the best in history student and youth competitions. At the same time "Cultural University games" was held. Also at this time there was a national Tatars holiday Sabantui, international festivals of opera and ballet.
After the guests of the city will examine objects built for the World Aquatics Championships 2015. This event also had a huge scale: a record number of countries took part in competitions. Theywere 190.
How successfully Kazan manages to combine old and modern, slender minarets and glitter of gold crosses, respect for folk traditions and interest in the development of culture - everyone draws conclusions himself. But before it is worth visiting this picturesque city at least once!
Kazan is one of the most beautiful capitals of the Volga region, officially having the status of the third capital of Russia. It is an ancient city in which several cultural traditions are adjacent to each other. Thus, on the territory of the Kremlin you will see both restored Orthodox churches and the Kul-Sharif Mosque, one of the symbols of Kazan.
While walking through the Kremlin, it is also worth paying attention to the fact that it has been built up for many centuries. Therefore, there are buildings of the 20th century and monuments of architecture, among them the falling tower of Xümbike of the 18th century and the Annunciation Cathedral, which began to be built in 1555.
TuganAvylyom 's door will also open in front of you. From the Tatars these words are translated as "native village." This place, located in the middle of the city, fully corresponds to its name: cozy village, wooden houses and pond.
The tour of the capital of Tatarstan will be similar to a bizarre mosaic. You will be able to see with your own eyes the richly decorated cathedral of Peter and Pavel and the oldest mosque of Marjan, built with the permission of Catherine II. This mosque became the first in the territory of Kazan after Ivan the Terrible captured the city. You love Lake Kaban, on the bottom of which, according to legends, lie the innumerable treasures of the Tatars khans. Kamala Theatre, founded in 1906, and Kazan University, one of the oldest in Russia!
The bus tour will introduce you to the main attractions of Khvalynsk, located near the mountains of the same name.
You visit the museum of local history, where the national suits of the Volga region, weapons and household objects of different epochs are presented. Visit the art gallery, whose history is closely related to the famous painter Petrov-Vodkin. This is not surprising: the artist was born in Khvandynsk, and here a lot reminds about him. For example, in the city there is a house, which he gave to his parents, now under his roof there is a museum where visitors are told about the dynasty of Petro-Vodkin.
Bright impressions will be given by a visit to the Kvalynsky National Park. The trip here is an opportunity to admire the unique nature of the Khravyn Mountains and to walk along one of the ecological paths. One will take you to the mysterious cave of the monk, the other to the birch grove, the third to the age-old oak. In total there are 10 similar paths, so there will be a route for any taste.
You will also have the opportunity to drink fragrant herbal tea in the tourist complex "Sunny Polyana" and look into the Museum of Bees located on its territory.
Saratov is a large city on the Volga. It is almost unrealistic to see it during the walk, so we offer to go on a bus tour - so you will see the most famous sights of the city in a few hours.
You will be able to photograph the legendary bridge that connects Saratov and Engels, and climb the Sokolova Mountain to admire the picturesque view. You will see the stela "Zhuravli," a symbol of the city, you visit the park with combat equipment, garden with exotic fruits or in the "National Village." Under the open air there were Russian and Armenian houses, Kazakh yurt, Ukrainian and Belarusian khats, Dagestan stone fortress and even Korean pagoda with a garden of stones. Some people will even buy you national cuisine.
The historical center of Saratov will also be remembered for you. There you are waiting for the local Arbat, so called Kirov Avenue, decorated with the colonnade Opera and Ballet Theater and the Art Museum named after Radishchev - in 1885 it was the first to open doors for visitors of all classes.
By the way, we advise to photograph for memory an ancient market and an unusual building resembling a Gothic palace. In fact, it is a conservatory, one of the oldest in Russia.
Founded more than 500 years ago, Saratov has remained one of the centers of Russian trade for centuries. Therefore, one of the most interesting excursions around the city is connected with the history of influential merchant families, which changed the life of the native city and the whole country.
You visit the main street of Saratov, Kirov Avenue, where life boiled back in the time of Catherine II. Nowadays "Saratov Arbat," as the citizens respectfully call it, became completely pedestrian. Locals like to meet here for a cup of coffee in cosy cafes.
Along the avenue the magnificent buildings - witnesses of the old times - stretch in succession. In one once lived a Catholic bishop. The other was a famous hotel. The third erected for the family Petr Nikitin (it is to him and his brothers we owe to the fact that in Russia the first stationary circus arose).
Another landmark of Saratov, located on Kirov Avenue, is the Indoor Market, built in 1916 according to unique technology for the time. According to legend, when laying the foundation, citizens lowered money and jewels into the concrete solution to thus tame the spirits of the trade.
The market is an architectural symbol of old Saratov. The snow-white building is decorated with elegant stony details: the coat of arms of the city, the head of the bull, the horn of abundance, the image of the god of the trade of Mercury. In the inner yard there is a fountain: two slender girl peasants surrounded by water jets.
The famous market has been operating for more than 100 years, here and today you can buy fresh products.
Volgograd is a symbol city that in our consciousness is connected with the feats of its defenders during the Great Patriotic War.
Founded in the 16th century, it has changed its name more than once. Before the revolution he was Tsaritsin, then - Stalingrad, and in the 1960s became Volgograd.
Travellers will begin to get acquainted with the hero city from the visit to the Central Embankment. Nowadays it is a place to which Volgograd citizens are proud and call it the most beautiful park on the bank of the Volga. It was broken in memory of the battles that took place here during the Battle of Stalin.
Then you are waiting for the Alley of Heroes and the square of Fallen Wrestlers, the ancient square in the center of the city where the Eternal Fire burns. You will also see the local planetarium, one of the largest in Russia, and Mira Street, one of the first restored streets in the post-war city.
The culmination, of course, will be a visit to the memorial complex on Mamayev mound. From its foot to the top lead 200 steps: this is how long the Battle of Stalin lasted. The mound crowns the tallest statue in Europe, the sculpture "The Motherland Calls!."
Volgograd is a city familiar to everyone in many photos in school textbooks. This tour is an opportunity to see the sights you used to read about and to feel the atmosphere of a city whose name has become synonymous with selfless courage.
Ancient Astrakhan (the first written references to it date from the 13 century) - a place of "meeting" of the Volga and the Caspian Sea, a place of interweaving of two cultures: Asian and European. In this city, which has spread on the territory of more than 200 square kilometers, there are many interesting excursion objects, and the most significant among them - the Astrakhan Kremlin, the "business card of the capital of the Lower Volga region." Here the bus will make a stop, and tourists will visit this monument of medieval architecture of the 16 century, will hear a story about the history of the Astrakhan khanate, its entry into the Russian state in 1557. Another stop is in the main square of Astrakhan, which once bore the name Alexander II, and now - the leader of the world proletariat. Lenin Square is the center of cultural life of the region, where the main festive events take place, it has long become a favorite place of recreation of citizens. And of course, tourists will be brought to the famous Astrakhan fish market, where you can buy everything - from inexpensive wobble to delicate sturgeon, black caviar, etc.
Excursion "Crossroads of Religions" with visit to Orthodox churches, Muslim mosque, Catholic church.
In Astrakhan there are harmoniously different religions and nationalities. So, the cathedral of St. Prince Vladimir seems to have been moved to Russia from ancient Byzantium. According to legend, the temple in the years of "lush" saved the Mother of God himself, falling from heaven to the dome, and on the ground behind it there were Tatars. The main mosque is also famous for the cohesion of believers. This place is so revered that Muslims from all over the country flock to it, and Christians come to admire Islamic architecture. The whole world also opened the Armenian Church in the city. Experts of different faiths rightly consider it the successor of five Armenian temples standing here before the revolution.
Even the Greeks contributed to the harmony of cultures - for the church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, the main miraculous shrine was brought from far Athos. And the Assumption Cathedral, in the restoration of which art historians from different cities participated, is among the highest churches in the world. Only in it you can see a grandiose iconostasis, unusual in that instead of seven in it eight tiers.
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