Leave for a tour of Nizhny Novgorod. Although it is known as the “Third Capital”, it is actually Russia’s fifth largest city. During Soviet times, the city was called Gorky, after the writer Maxim Gorky who was born here in 1868. Closed off to foreigners during this time, it was also used as the location for sending dissidents into exile, such as physicist Andrei Sakharov. Founded in 1221, the city is located at the confluence of two of the most important rivers in the region: the Volga and the Oka. We’ll discover this splendid city during our tour. We’ll visit the Kremlin, whose massive walls and towers date back to the 16th century. It houses a 17th-century cathedral as well as several museums and monuments. From the ramparts, you'll have an extraordinary view of the Kremlin and the surrounding city. We’ll stop and have a look at the Annunciation Monastery, one of Nizhny Novgorod's oldest buildings, dating back to the 13th century. We’ll also visit the Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God (Stroganov Church), which is has been entirely restored. Afterwards, we’ll pass in front of the famous Great Russian Fair building, whose annual fairs used to attract millions of visitors from 1817 onward. Lastly, we’ll have a stroll down the main pedestrian street in the very center of Nizhny Novgorod (known to the locals as Pokrovka) to admire the mansions built by former noble families. We’ll return on board after our tour.
Length: 3.00 hours
- The times are given for guidance only.
- The order of visits can be modified.
- The church is open for services. Please be prepared to dress appropriately in order to enter the church: long pants for men, and a skirt and a head scarf for women. Shorts, t-shirts and hats are prohibited.