Richness in historical monuments exceeds reasonably an
average level round the country. Still what is more important is that it all
lies in an ecologically virgin land, known for its unique natural reserves and
monuments, and its amazingly hospital, friendly people. The offered tour
discloses a traditional Russian health care (sanitary) system, based on the use
of local climate, landscape and water resources, Russian “izba”, “banya”,
and national crafts.
A new tourist pilgrim route has been recently discovered in
this area and has been immediately taken under protection by the Russian
International Tourism Academy, pilgrim international service “Radonezh”,
and a range of other pilgrim and tourist organizations. The latter didn’t
happen by mere accident, for there are such beautiful, original and unique
towns as Shuya, Palekh, Rodniki, Lukh, Pestyaki, and some ancient villages
known particularly for their antiquity, such as Vasilievskoye, Mit. The
Parskoye village celebrates its 600-th anniversary this year. Besides, they
all are situated in Ivanovo region at only 300 km distance from Moscow, 80 km
from Suzdal and 100 km from Nizhny Novgorod.
The main tour’s duration – 6 days / 5 nights.
Program of Tour
1 day. Arrival in town of Shuya. Visit to churches of
the Svyato-Nikolo-Shartunski monastery. The Icon of the Smolensk’s God
Mother. Trip to town of Palekh. Excursion to the Palekh museum of the varnish
miniature. Lessons of varnish painting. Visit to the Krestovozdvijenski church.
The Palekh’s holy icon-painting and art. Visit to Holy Springs. Departure to
town of Pestyaki. Accomodation, “banya” (the Russian bath), supper.
2 day. Breakfast. Visit to church of the Saint Virgin
Assumption and Lukanin’s draw-well. Acquaintance with the traditional
domestic crafts. The stitch and fine needle work factory, the flax factory,
the factory of “valenki” (Russian warm boots) production. Lessons of the
flax article making. The Handicraft house (children’s works, ancient
3 day. Breakfast. Church in Nijzni Landekh. Visit to the places where
lived Saint Photi and Saint Kiprian (the Metropolitans of the Whole Russia),
Saint Pakhomi Nerekhtski and Saint Prince Dmitri Pojzarski. The rest on the
lake Svyatoe. The dinner with the “ukha” (fish-soup) prepared in a pot on
the camp-fire. Acquaintance with the mode of the peasant’s life. Supper in
town of Pestyaki.
4 day. Breakfast. Church in the Voronyata village. Visit to town of Mit:
Museum of the Regional Studies. Lessons of the rod weaving. Visit to town of
Lukh: the Tukhono-Lukhovski monastery, Holy pool, draw-well. Dinner. The town
of Rodniki: accommodation at the Sanatorium-dispensary. Supper.
5 day. Breakfast. The garden-town. Visit to Shmelev’s house. The
landscape architecture. The worsted factory. The botanic garden. Dinner at the
factory. The church in Parskoi. Parkhachevo-Parskoi. Supper in town of Shuya.
6 day. Excursion along town of Shuya. Visit to the monastery workshop.
Carving of the wooden peaces by own hands. The wine-vodka factory. Vodka of
Shuya. The Svyato-Nikolo-Shartomski monastery. Dinner. Departure to Moscow.
Accomodation: Russian “izba” (country house)
with “banya” (Russian baths).
Food: two meals a day from locally produced natural
Group size: 20 members.
Transportation: by a comfortable bus.
Equipment: no special equipment is required.
Weather conditions: temperate climate.
Medic aid: rendered in case of need.
Escort: English or German speaking guide for a
Cost: $ 450 per person.
The cost does not include: medical insurance and
vine and vodka tasting.