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A leisurely trip to Essentuki and Kislovodsk

Road Trip Route. Yessentuki Springs #4 and #17, Pyatitysyachnik Gallery, Local history museum Essentuki, Museum of History and Nature, Narzan Gallery, Narzan baths, Ring Mountain, Yessentuki and Kislovodsk Spa Parks.

This will be an unhurried tasting journey: you will try the world-famous city of Caucasian Mineral Waters to taste, smell and color. You will drink mineral water: Narzan, Essentuki № 4 and № 17 and № 2, and also find out what mineral water is good for you. Enjoy the beauty of classical architecture of Kislovodsk and remember the most famous personalities, who were born and lived in this city. You will see "Rio de Kavkaz" and breathe clean mountain air, admire the highest peaks of the Caucasus. And, of course, spice it all up with delicious Caucasian cuisine: try real oriental sweets and Turkish coffee, eat khinkali and incredibly tasty chebureks, try refreshing soups. Please note: there are activities on the trip that need to be booked in advance.

History and Culture, Uninhabited Nature, Relaxing Leisure. From: Pyatigorsk

Maria Gorobets. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: About the mineral waters and nature of the Caucasus

Today will be a day of tastings and new knowledge. You will learn how mineral water differs from table water and why it is so useful. You will try the famous mineral waters: Narzan and Essentuki in hot, cold and warm form. You will see "Rio de Kavkaz" and look into the microscope of time.

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Grecheskaya Chasovnya Matrony Moskovskoy

On the way to Essentuki, see the pretty chapel of Matrona of Moscow. The chapel is open every day from 10 o'clock, so be sure to stop by.

Yessentukskiy Istoriko-Krayevedcheskiy Muzey Im. V.p. Shpakovskogo

The first point of our trip will be the museum of local history. Here you will learn about how a small village became a famous health resort, you will see beautiful furniture with ivory inserts. The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m.

Fontan

Leave your car and go for a leisurely walk to the most famous park of the city - the Resort Park. On the approaches to the park you will be met by a beautiful fountain, a summer theatre and a small touching monument "Kilometre Zero of Love" (the favourite place of all lovers).

Источник № 17

Behind the theatre building there is a pavilion of the spring No. 17. This is the first stone building built for treatment with Yessentuki healing mineral waters. Be sure to stop by and taste the local water. Please note - the water in the springs is medicinal, not canteen water, so do not drink a lot if you are not sure of your body's reaction. It is recommended to drink not more than 250 ml of such water a day. You will be offered to buy a glass for pouring water (be sure to keep it, you will need it for tasting water in other pavilions). It's more helpful to take mineral water before meals (15-90 minutes), that's why all pavilions with springs work during set hours (from 7:30 till 9:00, from 11:30 till 13:30 and from 16:30 till 19:00).

Resort Park

Pass the main gate and enter the Spa Park itself. Drinking galleries, boarding houses and other medical facilities, decorative gazebos, grottos, fountains and beautiful colonnades are gathered here. Admire the openwork musical pavilion, where in warm summer evenings the brass band plays, visit the temple of Saint Panteleimon and certainly taste the mineral water Yessentuki № 4 in the Source № 4. It's slightly less salty here than in spring No. 17. Please note that the mineral water from the springs is curative, so if you are not sure of the reaction of your organism, take the water in small amounts (not more than 200 ml). The springs are open in strictly defined time (from 7:30 till 9:00, from 11:30 till 13:30 and from 16:30 till 19:00).

N.A. Semashko mud baths

Walk through the park and you will see the building of mud cure clinic named after Semashko. For treatment here is used a unique composition of silt mud, which is brought from Lake Tambukan (to date, this mud is recognized as one of the most useful in the world). To undergo any procedures in the therapeutic facility you will need an appointment with your attending doctor, a sanatorium-resort card and relevant analyses. But today we are admiring the hospital building from the outside. By the way, Stanislavsky, Chaliapin, Kuprin, Yesenin, Trotsky, Voroshilov, Lunacharsky, Krupskaya and Utesov visited this building at different times.

Питьевая галерея Источника № 4 и Ессентуки-Новая

On the way to the restaurant for lunch you can stop by the drinking gallery of spring No.4 and drink some mineral water. It is especially useful before lunch! The gallery is open from 7:30 to 9:00, from 11:30 to 14:30 and from 16:30 to 19:00.

Alaverdi

You can have lunch in a Georgian restaurant. There are delicious meat dishes, salads and of course khachapuri. You must try it. Please note - the restaurant is very popular, if you are travelling on holidays or weekends, be sure to book a table by phone at [website](https://georgian-restaurant-146.business.site/#details).

Statue of Christ the Risen One

On your way out of town, look for the Rio De Causa complex, named for its resemblance to the famous statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro. A 22-meter statue of white marble forms the meaningful center of the complex. Jesus' hand is turned towards the Caucasus mountain range in a baptismal gesture; according to the creators' idea, the savior thus blesses the entire Caucasus. From the observation platform of the complex one can see Mount Elbrus - the highest peak of the Caucasus.

St. George Convent

The monastery is located on a hill, which offers breathtaking views of the Caucasus and its highest peaks, as well as Yessentuki. Svyato-Georgievsky monastery is the only female monastery in Yessentuki. It is very pleasant to walk on its well-groomed territory, and in a monastery shop you can buy delicious cheese, honey and herbal teas (for purchases be sure to have cash).

Vizit-Tsentr

In this museum you will learn about the composition and properties of mineral water, get acquainted with the local flora and fauna, feel all the smells and sounds of nature Caucasus and even look into the microscope of time. The museum is open until 18:00.

Narzan Gallery

Today you have already tasted the famous Yessentuki mineral water, and now it's time to try Narzan. This can be done in the Narzanno Gallery, whose bureaus contain mineral water that differs both in taste and in its effect on the body. What water is good for you to drink will be advised by the doctors, who give free advice at the Gallery. If you don't have a doctor, you can refer to the treatment plans on the walls.

Monument to the demon

Next to the Narzanaya Gallery there is the Lermontov Square. There is a bas-relief depicting the great poet and a monument to one of the main characters of his works - Demon.

Monument to Pushkin

And then you will be met by another famous Russian poet. Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin twice visited the Caucasian Mineral Waters and, of course, visited Kislovodsk.

Old park

On a warm summer evening it is nice to dine outdoors, and the "Stary Park" cafe provides this opportunity. The café serves delicious khachapuri and Ossetian pies.

Day 2: Nature's riches for the eyes and body

Today you will continue your exploration of Kislovodsk Resort Park, which is the second largest man-made park in Europe. You will admire 35 varieties of roses, see Elbrus, overcome the way of 400 steps. And in the evening you will relax in the SPA and feel the healing effect of blue clay and anti-stress massage. Please note - there are activities in the day that need to be booked in advance.

Kolonnada

The first point of our route today will be the colonnade, one of the city's "calling cards".

Fortress, Museum

Here you will learn how Kislovodsk became a resort city, how mineral water springs were developed, you will see a lot of archeological antiquities and original manuscript of Lermontov. The museum is open from 10:00 till 18:00.

St. Nicholas Cathedral

St. Nicholas Cathedral is a cathedral temple of Kislovodsk. If you visit the cathedral during a service, be sure to pay attention to the church singing: the double choir creates an unusual effect of three-dimensional sound.

Kislovodsk Arts Museum. Yaroshenko

Everybody knows well the literary works written by great Russian poets in the Caucasus and about the Caucasus, and we know much less about pictorial works. This museum will correct the omission, introducing you to the works of the artists-peredvizhniki, in particular, Nikolai Alexandrovich Yaroshchenko, who owned the estate from 1885 to 1915. The museum is very original; it preserved the look and atmosphere of the period of the artist's life. Among the paintings you can see works that are not found in catalogues. Next to the museum is a charming garden, be sure to check it out. The museum is open from 10:00 from Tuesday to Sunday.

Nikolsky source

Now you will continue your exploration of the Kislovodsk Resort Park, it is the second largest man-made park in Europe. Its area is almost 1000 hectares. There is a small spring in the park, where it is nice to take a swim on a hot day.

Glass Stream and Mirror Pond

You will find one more beautiful place of Kislovodsk - Mirror pond. This is an artificial pond and stylized waterfall, called Glass Stream. The pond receives water from a "seven-degree spring", the most courageous bathe in it even in winter.

The "Lady's Folly" bridge

Continuing your walk through the park, admire the graceful bridge, a favourite spot for photo ops for all holidaymakers.

400 steps

From the waterfall begins the journey to the observation deck on Pine Mountain.

Observation deck on Pine Hill

A beautiful view of the city and the mountains opens up from this observation platform. In clear weather you can see Elbrus.

Tea House Café

After a long climb, it's nice to relax in a beautiful place. The Tea House cafe is one of the best in town. It specializes in desserts and drinks, but the main menu is a full-bodied one, too. You can try such traditional regional dishes as kebab and shashlik. The vegetable dishes are especially good! The cafe is very popular, so you have to wait a bit for your order at peak times.

Red rocks and a sculpture of an eagle

With renewed vigor, set out to explore the natural beauties. The Red Stones, one of the park's main natural attractions, are on your way. These rocks consist of sandstone, but have been washed by water with iron for a long time, so they have become brown on the outside. At the top of the rocks stands a sculpture of an eagle tormenting a snake. According to the legend, the eagle, bitten to death by a snake, survived by falling into the spring of healing waters. Nowadays, the bird is a symbol of the Caucasian Mineral Waters resorts.

Temple of Air

Stop to take a break and admire the panorama at the Temple of the Air, a graceful pavilion that offers a wonderful view of Elbrus and the surrounding mountains. The pavilion is now an outdoor library and reading room.

Valley of Roses

Now our way is to the Valley of Roses. There are over 35 varieties of roses planted in the valley, selected so that from mid-June to the end of September there are blooming bushes in the valley. The main alleyway leads up to the lookout point.

Cascade stairs

On your way out of the park, admire another of its landmarks, the Cascade Stairs.

Old Baku

After a long walk, you're probably hungry, so dinner will be early tonight. In the cafe "Old Baku" you can taste national meat dishes (yes, it is not only shish kebab and kebab), thick rich or light and refreshing soups, pkhali and dolma. And for dessert - baklava, sherbet and rose petals jam.

Flower of Life Spa

After a busy day, when the body is tired, it is so nice to relax in the spa. The Flower of Life Spa is deservedly popular with locals and tourists alike. A blue clay wrap or chocolate wrap, coffee or salt peeling, herbal bag massage or anti-stress massage are just for you to choose. Check [website](https://spasalon26.ru/peeling/) for a full list of services and booking contacts. And be sure to sign up in advance! Please note that the spa is open until 20:00.

Day 3: Sweets and joys

Today will be a feast for the mind and the stomach. You will walk a lot, studying the city architecture, visit Chaliapin and see the balcony, from which he gave a concert, learn, who of famous Russian writers was a native of Kislovodsk. On the way back from the town you will climb the mountain about which Mikhail Lermontov wrote. And spice it all up with delicious Caucasian cuisine: you'll try real oriental sweets and drink Turkish coffee, eat khinkali and incredibly tasty chebureks.

ГК "Гранд-Отель"

Leave your car in the hotel parking lot because you'll be walking through the city center in the morning.

State Philharmonic Society. V.I. Safonov

Admire the Philharmonic Hall, built in 1895. Here Fyodor Chaliapin and Leonid Sobinov sang, Isadora Duncan and Matilda Chesinskaya danced, and Sergei Rachmaninoff played.

Chaliapin's dacha

Look at the ancient mansion, where Fyodor Chaliapin spent the summer with his family in 1917. He once gave a concert for the townspeople right from the veranda of this house. The museum offers interesting excursions. To find out their schedule and sign up, please call [website](http://dacha-shalyapina.ru/index.php?option=com_conte...). Be sure to have cash, as the museum does not accept cards. Last Monday of each month is sanitary day.

Музей А.И.Солженицына

The famous Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was born and spent the first years of his life in Kislovodsk. In the museum you will learn more about the writer's life, see his letters and photos. On Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday the museum works from 11:00 till 18:00, on Thursday from 13:00 till 20:00, on Tuesdays and Mondays the museum is closed.

Tvalchrelidze's dacha

If you like castles, you must see the Kneshinskaya dacha. Kneshinskaya was a famous ballerina, but she never lived in this house, although she visited Kislovodsk. One of the urban legends tells that this ballerina liked the Emperor Nicholas II, and the mansion was a gift from the emperor.

Kurortny Boulevard

Walk along the main promenade, see the singing fountains and the building of the main Narzan baths.

Cafe Ogonyok

You can have lunch in one of the best restaurants in the city. Both Caucasian and European cuisines are prepared here, so every guest will find a dish to his/her taste. And from the restaurant terrace you can enjoy a pleasant view of singing fountains.

Baklava Tatli

After lunch it was time for dessert, stop in for a cup of coffee at the small café Baklava Tatli. Juicy baklava and baklava, delicious churchella and marshmallow, fragrant coffee, beautiful dishes with oriental flavor... You just cannot leave here unsatisfied! Then come back to the hotel where the car is parked and go back.

Ring Mountain

Mikhail Lermontov wrote about this place in his "Caucasian Tales" and "A Hero of Our Time". And also from this place there is a wonderful view of Kislovodsk! At the foot of the mountain and on its paths there is a small market where you can buy slippers made of real sheepskin, jam from local berries and much more. Please note - the ascent is possible only in comfortable footwear and in dry weather.

Parking at Victory Park.

Leave your car in the parking lot at Victory Park.

Victory Monument

Walk through the park, see the well-kept flowerbeds and the monument commemorating the victory in World War II. And also in the park is the largest Ferris wheel in the Caucasian Mineral Waters, the height of the ring - 65 meters. It will be possible to ride the wheel from the summer of 2021.

Millennium Drinking Gallery (Victoria Sanctuary)

You've seen more than one mineral water drinking gallery, but you haven't been here yet. Five Thousand Mile Gallery is interesting because of its size - it is the largest drinking gallery in the whole Europe, it is able to receive 5000 people per day. From the windows of the gallery you can see Mount Beshtau. The gallery contains water from all Yessentuki drinking springs: the famous Yessentuki No.4 and Yessentuki No.17 and Yessentuki No.2-Nova, the latter contains fewer salts and is therefore more versatile. Please note that the gallery is open until 19:00.

Cafe "At Seryozha's"

After drinking the mineral water your appetite grows much stronger and you can have it satisfied in "U Seryozha" café. The Caucasian cuisine is delicious here (and some of the guests even consider it to be the best restaurant in all the Caucasian Mineral Waters). And, of course, there is a very cozy atmosphere and attentive service.

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