We all know about the sights of Moscow and St. Petersburg, but have you ever wondered how many beautiful places are located between these cities? This trip is suitable for those who want to get away from the rhythm of the city, admire the beautiful scenery, and at the same time to enrich themselves culturally. You will walk through the pine forest, beautiful lakes, admire architecture and ancient manors. [Route from St. Petersburg to Moscow](https://priceless.road.travel/ru/trip/scenario/60c2f8a7e1282fa685b9b246) **Book hotels along the route with up to 10% cashback.**
This day is sure to be busy: you will have to find the lighthouse on the lake shore, walk through the pine forest, visit an old manor house and see the wooden buildings in the historical and ethnographic park.
Solnechnogorsk lighthouse is one of many beautiful photo locations on the shore of Lake Senezh. It is actually an observation platform. The lighthouse does not show the way to ships, but it looks very interesting and unusual.
As you stroll along the shore, you've probably had time to admire the sailing ships on the water and find the mermaid monument. And now just catch the silence and enjoy the moment, looking at the serene smoothness of the lake.
It's a pleasure to walk around the surroundings of Yamsky forest! The scenery looks like it came out of Shishkin's paintings. Even the nearest street has a beautiful name "Picturesque".
Blackbird is a maximally atmospheric cafe located in the centre of Tver. From 11:00 till 16:00 you can get to brunch and taste rather unusual author's dishes. How about a roast beef sandwich in coffee marinade?
There is still a long road ahead, so don't linger long in Tver. Take a walk along the Afanasy Nikitin embankment to stretch your legs before continuing on your way.
The most famous manor in the Tver region, both luxurious and austere at the same time. Lovers of beauty are attracted not only by architectural forms of the manor itself, but also by the incredibly beautiful park that surrounds it.
Architectural and ethnographic complex "Vasilievo" will definitely be of interest to fans of Russian wooden architecture and "Night Watch". It would seem, what does vampire fantasy have to do with it? The answer is quite simple: it is in Vasilievo, on the "Devil's" bridge was filmed scene of the battle between the forces of light and darkness.
The real jewel of Vyshny Volochok is the Kazan Monastery, built at the end of the XIX century. The way of life in the monastery is very strict, so you can see it from inside only on holidays and Sundays. But to examine the exterior decoration you can at any time.
The Valdai region is rich in magnificent scenery, but, alas, there are not many decent restaurants here. The coziest place in the town is a cafe located on the territory of the youth centre "Mesto", on the shore of the Valdai Lake.
Early in the morning, go to admire the island monastery and then continue your way towards the Northern Capital. This day will be no less busy than the day before!
Valday Iversky Monastery attracts pilgrims with its ancient history and tourists with its unusual location. It is easy to reach the island: the road leads directly to the monastery walls.
Thinking about what non-trivial souvenirs to bring from Valday? How about the products of the local brewery? The beer here, by the way, is not craft beer, but craft beer. It even sounds more soulful that way. A warning for early birds: the brewery's shop opens at 10:00.
Before heading out to explore the historic part of the city, take a walk along the shore of Lake Ilmen.
If you are in Veliky Novgorod, be sure to visit the local Zavod restaurant for lunch - it is a gastrogobar where "Russian spirit and Russia smell", and where you can taste the most delicious cabbage soup and pirozhki.
Now go and explore the Novgorod Kremlin, see the ancient fortifications and temples, and be sure to take a picture at the monument "Millennium of Russia". If you still remember the five-ruble banknotes - this particular monument was depicted on them.
There is a special aesthetics in dilapidated old buildings, especially when the buildings are as large as the Arakcheev Barracks. In the ruins even today one can still guess the austere classical forms, and the columns are well preserved.
St. Petersburg is quite close, but if you don't feel like finishing your journey just yet, you can stop for an hour at Maryino Manor. Be careful: the gates of the estate close for visitors at 20:00.
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