Travel Russian countryside: Volga River ecotour
There is a great difference between Moscow, St. Petersburg, and all other Russia... It is not easy to understand life here when you are stuck in a traffic jam on your way to Kremlin with a coffee in your hand! The concept of this tour is to show you the real Russia, not just a beautiful pictures for your Instagram!
>> Road-tripping from Moscow to St. Petersburg
>> Ecotour along the Volga River
>> Real Russian countryside
>> Underground adventures in limestone quarries
>> One day in a traditional Russian village: plowing the soil, helping with livestock, horse riding and local people
>> Novgorod The Great: the oldest town in Russia
Once a month we make the 5-days tour from Moscow to St. Petersburg. This tour includes Staritsa town and Novgorod the Great, beautiful places to see in Russia!
In Staritsa, we will have an ecotour along the Volga River to see its light evergreen forests, limestone cliffs and the crystal waters of numerous small creeks. You will learn a lot about Russian nature and life of the people here. We will also visit the ramified network of underground quarries where people mined limestone for churches and monuments. The Russian bathhouse («banya») will bring the relaxation after the very active day.
Next days we will visit an elderly couple living in a traditional Russia village. They have a small farm with several horses, cows and ducks. We will help them with their daily work - plowing the land (not by tractors, but by horses), caring for the livestock and cooking food in a traditional Russian oven… And surely we will taste some real fresh milk and eggs while they will be telling us about their common life, their habits, and the households.
Finally, we will drive to Novgorod the Great and walk there. Novgorod is the oldest city in European Russia, famous for its history. It was a people's republic at 9-12 centuries! Oh, good times... The city is known for the variety and age of its medieval monuments. The huge fortress at the city center is even more impressive than the Moscow Kremlin!
The itinerary is perfect for those who are going to St. Petersburg. It takes only 4 hours to get there from Novgorod by a cheap local train.
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