If you like to eat delicious food and listen to interesting stories, then devote your weekend to exploring the Don land. During the trip, you'll visit winery No. 1 in Rostov region, where the best oenologist in the world will tell you all about wine production. You'll also have an exciting excursion to the museum, where you'll try yourself as a real chocolatier and get a delicious souvenir. You'll visit the lavender field, and you don't have to go to France for this. Traditional Don feasts await you in ethnographic museums. All of the above is just a small part of what awaits you in this unforgettable adventure. It will be delicious, fun and bright! ** Book hotels along the route with cachebacks up to 10%. At the end of the route you will find a special offer for Mastercard holders!
Relax away from the bustle of the city and the noise of cars. The sights you will visit today are surrounded only by wildlife. Visit the ethnographic complex "The Lost World" for a real tea ceremony. Afterwards, head to the most beautiful farm in the south, where lavender blooms and the open-air museum "The Quiet Don" is located. If you are a fan of Mikhail Sholokhov's art, you will definitely like it here.
Do not hurry to leave Rostov, there is a very interesting place that will delight gourmets! Have you seen the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and would you like to be in a place like this? Today you have the opportunity, go to the Chocolate Avenue Museum. Here you can taste different kinds of chocolate, take part in master classes and become a chocolatier for an instant. By the way, all exhibits in the museums are made of chocolate. You can learn more about the museum and sign up for the master class at [site](https://www.avenurnd.ru/#rec142533110).
To make the road not to seem so long and tiresome, turn to Novocherkassk and continue learning the history of the Don Cossacks. Here you can visit the architectural monument of the XIX century "Ataman Palace", which served as the residence of the Don atamans and the highest persons during their visit to the Don region. Information on tours can be found at [official website](http://www.novochmuseum.ru/ekskursii/51-muzey-atamanskiy-dvorec-priglashaet.html).
In fact, there are two interesting tourist complexes in Pukhlyakovsky farm. Today visit the first one, and by the second one come back tomorrow. The Ethnomuseum "Lost World" is situated far away from the bustle of the city and surrounded by untouched nature. Tourists here are offered various interactive and excursions - time travel, during which you can learn ancient crafts, appear before the Cossack ataman and even visit the cave of ancient people, as well as look into the yurt, where you will be a real tea ceremony with halva. And if you're really hungry, you can also have lunch at the complex. You can order the tour at [official website](https://zatermir.ru/muzei/ekskursii).
A piece of France in the Rostov region. You can breathe in the smell of lavender and take a stunning photo near the farm Starozlatovsky. But it is worth coming here not only for lavender, but also for the most beautiful farm in the south and perhaps visit the open-air museum "Quiet Don", where you can see the scenery of the film of the same name by Sergei Ursulyak. More information about the museum and the excursions taking place there can be found [on the official site](http://xn--d1acfcagdvij3btt.xn--p1ai/).
For dinner you can stop at the local cafe "Randevu" with a very pleasant atmosphere and original interior. The menu offers a variety of national as well as European dishes.
Today's day will begin with a visit to a small but already very well established winery. Then you'll go to the legendary Tsimlyanskoye water reservoir, and after that you'll walk around the smallest and perhaps the most atmospheric city in the Rostov region.
The first point of today's VINABANI route is a family winery, where the best varieties of wines are produced using the most modern technology. The winery is always welcoming guests, the main thing is [in advance](https://vinabani.ru) to inform about your visit. During the tour an enologist will tell you about grape varieties and secrets of production, features of drinks and the best combinations of dishes and wines. At the end of the excursion you will be waited by tasting of wines and snacks.
Then we'll go to Volgodonsk to take a look at the Tsymlyanskoye reservoir. If you get hungry on the way, we recommend you to visit one of the best local cafes "Balcon". Bright loft interior, rather varied menu. And also there are quite often creative and culinary workshops for children and adults, the schedule is announced in the official [group](https://vk.com/public172631638).
So we got to the only reservoir of the Don River, or as it is called by the locals - the Tsimlyansky Sea. The atmosphere here is really like the sea - wide sandy beach, endless turquoise water and even the sounds of surf. And also here you can safely go for atmospheric photos, as there are many interesting objects along the coast, take at least a lighthouse and a hydroelectric power plant. Locals, by the way, say that over the reservoir there are unidentified flying objects. Maybe we can film them as well?
Take a little walk around Tsimlyansk and feel the atmosphere of this small but very picturesque city. Take a photo in the Seaside Park, walk along the alley of heroes and look at the architectural center of the city, most of whose buildings are made in the style of Stalin's Empire.
Have dinner already in a familiar place in Konstantinovsk. If you are not tired for a day and still ready for new discoveries, after dinner you can walk to the river, walk along the quay street or look at the ships arriving at Konstantinovsky airlock.
What's the day coming for us? A lot of pleasant surprises. Get acquainted with Russian baroque in the ancient cathedral, visit the winery and learn more secrets of the production of fragrant beverage, actively spend time in the cultural and entertainment complex "Cossack Watch", and finally, finish the evening in Rostov cheese restaurant.
So that the return journey does not seem so long, we will stop in the village Starocherkasskaya near the Resurrection Cathedral, which is famous for its extremely interesting architectural forms and rich history. It was built in the early XVIII century by order of Emperor Peter I. The old Baroque iconostasis deserves special attention - you can look at it for a long time, and the massive church panicade weighs more than half a ton!
If you're hungry, you can stop for a snack at the colorful Old Town café. Cooking here is simple, but delicious - in all traditions of Cossack cuisine.
Winery No. 1 in the Rostov region, which started its work only in 2010. The total area of the winery is about 70 hectares. It grows red grape varieties: Cabernet Fran, Merlot, Pinot Noir and white varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. The winery offers guided tours by the world's number one enologist Michel Rolland. You can leave your application at [site](https://elbuzdwine.ru/vinnye-jekskursii/jekskursija-v-donskoe-vinodelcheskoe-hozjajstvo-jelbuzd-s-degustaciej-vin-i-obedom/). Here you will learn everything from A to Z about wine making and some secrets of winemakers. During the tour you will have a tasting and at the end of the tour you will have lunch on the terrace.
After wine tasting and a delicious lunch in Chateau Elbusd, head to the cultural and ethnic complex dedicated to the history, traditions and culture of the Don Cossacks. On the territory of the complex you can visit a museum, stables, a zoo and even go fishing. There is also an excellent restaurant with four halls in a unique design: the upper hall, the theme of the hall is dedicated to the night expanses of the Don steppes; the armory, there are exhibits of cold and firearms; the fireplace room, perfect to warm yourself by the fire under a spell of red wine; Ataman Hall, which is decorated in the style of the portrait gallery of the Don Atamans, who ruled the army from 1550 to 1920. In the museum located on the territory of the complex you can learn the history of the Don Cossacks, see weapons, household items of the Cossacks and costumes of the atamans. In the zoo you can not only look at animals, but also feed them and even play. Camels, peacocks, ponies, geese, horses, llamas live here. And after the zoo, visit the stable, which is home to many thoroughbred horses. And fishing enthusiasts should go to the Kagalnik River for a nice pike. You can learn more about seasonal excursions and sign up for them on the [complex website](http://kazachy-dozor.ru/kontakti/).
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