“Hidden Treasures between St. Petersburg and Moscow” (authentic local experiences)
5 days/4 nights’ program
Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia/Abkhazia and Russia. The Greater Sochi area, which includes territories and localities subordinated to Sochi proper, has a total area of 3,526 square kilometers along the shores of the Black Sea near the Caucasus Mountains.
Amid plains, lakes and marshes of vast country are scattered these old Russian towns. Known collectively as the Golden Ring of Russia, they actually form a circle which extends from Moscow towards the north-east. Each of these towns played an important part in the history of the Russian State, both in its early period, when the Russian lands and principalities were being united under the sway of Moscow, and later, when the independence of the country was at stake.
“Plios – A taste of luxury in the Russian Countryside”
The small and relatively unknown town of Plios lies on the banks of the Volga river about an hour from Kostroma in the Golden Ring. Founded in the 12th century, it is known throughout Russia as one of the most picturesque regions of the country and many of Russia’s finest artists have made the pilgrimage to capture its beauty on canvas including Isaac Levitan whose museum is located in the town.
Start your 12 Days tour from so-called Northern Venice – Saint Petersburg. During your stay here enjoy the main sights of the city such as Hermitage, Peter & Paul Fortress, St Isaac Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood.
Then you will move further to Northern part of Russia called Karelia. You’ll visit here Kizhi Island with unique wooden architecture. Get acquainted with Karelian culture – take part in master class in the Karelian culture centre, visit ancient village Kenerma which still keeps up old traditions and customs. Enjoy the beautiful northern nature visiting Kivach reserve and taking boat ride on lakes and rivers system of Solovki Islands.