Historical tour along the Gulf of Finland – Road.Travel

Historical tour along the Gulf of Finland

Road Trip Route. Visit the Imperial Palaces, Find a giant stone head., Conquer the Copor Fortress, Have a rest on Lake Copanskoe, Meet Kingisepp., Find out where N.K.Roerich was doing it., To feel the spirit of the time in the abandoned estates., .

This journey is suitable for those who are looking for adventure, mysterious stories, dilapidated buildings and beautiful views. This variety of events will surely overwhelm you and make you forget about everything. You will plunge into the Middle Ages, Classicism and Palace Coups. You will touch the traditions of painting at Roerich Manor and even learn the culture of the Izhora people. You'll see well-preserved palaces as well as ghost manor houses, which have only a history written on paper, and the wild beauty of the Gulf of Finland and Lake Copan. The way will be interesting and long, enjoy! ** 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!

History and Culture. From: Saint Petersburg

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Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Imperial lands

This day will be full of grandeur and beauty radiated from the monuments of history and architecture left from the era of classicism. You will see rich estates and luxurious park ensembles. And once it was someone's home or summer residence. Be sure to learn the secret stories of estates and estates and their owners.

Saint Petersburg

The Konstantin Palace (The National Congress Palace) (Константиновский дворец (Дворец Конгрессов))

The front seaside residence in Strelna, superior in beauty to the famous French Versailles, was conceived by Peter I. For a long time it was the Grand Ducal residence of the Romanovs. The territory of the complex is strictly guarded and can be accessed only as part of an organized group together with a guide. It is better to specify the start time of excursions in advance by contacts indicated on the official [site](https://www.konstantinpalace.ru/). Mode of operation: daily, 10:00-18:00. Excursion service on Wednesdays is available only for tickets purchased online on the official website. Ticket office: 10:00-16:00.

Дворец Максимилиана Лейхтенбергского

This is an ancient building, located in Sergievka Park. Its walls still preserve the history and magic of that time. Be sure to take a stroll around and breathe in the ancient luxury.

Валун «Голова» в Сергиевке

Giant sculpture "Head" by an unknown author, presumably made in the XVII century. The monument is located in a ravine, at the beginning of the spring, and only its upper part is visible above the ground. It is noteworthy that it is mentioned in the "Diary of travel to Russia" by the British writer Lewis Carroll in August 1867.

GrillBar Academia

The exquisite and simultaneously popular grill bar menu consists of different interpretations on the grill theme. Indulge yourself with burgers cooked to the best international recipes, juicy steaks, pastas, soups, light salads and desserts in a variety of combinations.

Собор Архангела Михаила

Next stop is by the Archangel Michael Cathedral. The first wooden temple on this place was built in the middle of XIX century, and in 1911 the stone cathedral was illuminated. In the post-revolutionary years the church of the Archangel Michael, like many others, was seriously damaged and served as a warehouse, the interior decoration was also damaged. Today the facades and interiors of the temple have been carefully restored and regular divine services are held.

Большой (Меншиковский) дворец / The Grand (Menshikov) Palace

It's the oldest structure in Oranienbaum. In the palace and its surroundings you can clearly feel the spirit of the time - the era of transformation and struggle for access to the Baltic Sea. The first owner of the magnificent estate was an associate of Emperor Peter the Great Alexander Danilovich Menshikov. The luxurious palace and park ensemble was conceived as a symbol of victory in the Northern War.

The Sliding Hill Pavilion (Павильон «Катальная горка»)

One of the most beautiful structures of the palace and park ensemble is the "Catalina Hill" pavilion. It was built according to the project of Rastrelli, and was part of a summer attraction, which had no analogues in the world at that time. Visiting the pavilion inside is closed for winter. You can take a walk and explore it from the outside.

GORKI Golf Club Restaurant

The restaurant is made in classical style with Scottish accents. Here you can enjoy a panoramic view of the magnificent landscape of the golf course. Restaurant's team offers its guests dishes of traditional Russian and European cuisine, prepared with the freshest farm products and special recipes.

Day 2: Ruins and Nature

Today will be so diverse that you will not notice how one event is replaced by another. The first stop is the ancient Kopor buildings with centuries-old history, which have been perfectly preserved to this day. Then you will arrive at the picturesque coast of Lake Kopan. Here you can have a good time to go for a walk and do whatever your soul wants. At the end of the day you'll get acquainted with the history of Izhora people in the national museum. Be sure to book a thematic excursion in advance.

Копорская крепость

It is one of the outstanding monuments of Old Russian stone military-defensive architecture of the beginning of the XVII century, preserved in pristine condition on the territory of the Leningrad Region. The fortress occupies a small square of rocky promontory, bounded by a deep ravine of the Koporki river. The origins of the fortress go far back in the history of Russia and are associated with the period of the birth of the state. Now inside the fortress is being restored, but to come and look at the historical monument all the same is worthwhile!

Храм Преображения Господня

Once inside the fortress, walk along the alley, at the end of which, on the left side, there is a temple that goes back to its history since the construction of the fortress itself - the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior. During its history, it has repeatedly rebuilt, burned, suffered from military operations, but still survived, becoming a kind of chronicler of the Kopor fortress.

База Отдыха "Копанское"

The base is located on the shore of the extraordinary lake Kopanskoye, in the village of Peipia. Pine air, cleanest lake water, sandy shore - everything you need to forget about the city fuss! The base offers a variety of activities, in warm times you can rent a boat or play volleyball, mini-football and badminton, and in winter you can rent skates or tubes. If you just want to relax, a Russian sauna is at your disposal. There is a café on the territory, where excellent fish and meat dishes are prepared. The base has its own cages with live fish and henhouse. You can book the services by contacting the official [site](https://копанскоебаза.рф/booking.php?rpp=999).

Берег Финского Залива

Take a leisurely stroll along the Gulf of Finland and enjoy the silence and beauty of the local landscape.

Izhora Museum

The museum's exposition is dedicated to the culture and everyday life of the Ijora people. Its collections include more than a thousand and a half exhibits: traditional fishing tools, authentic household items, clothing, photographs and historical documents. The exhibits collected on the territory of the Soikinski peninsula are the gifts of the local residents. Be sure to book the thematic tour in advance by calling the number listed on [website](http://izhora-museum.ru/about-us/) The museum can be visited from Wednesday to Sunday.

Николаевская церковь на Сойкиной Горе

The Soykin shrine as a Christian centre arose on the site of more ancient pagan sanctuaries of the local Finno-Ugric population - Vodi and Izhora. Orthodoxy itself on the Soykinskiy peninsula became more widely spread and supported only in the middle of the XVII century.


Kurgala Restaurant Complex is located in the tourist village. It is a restaurant in medieval style. Be sure to try dishes on coals and baked goods produced locally.

Day 3: Continuing to study history

Today you will learn about the history and sights of the wonderful town of Kingisepp. On the way home you'll stop at the famous manor of N.K. Roerich and learn interesting facts about his creative path, after which you'll walk along the ruins of the manor of Baron Wrangel and St. Nicholas Church in Russo-Vysotsky. Photo: [Lion10 @ Wikipedia Commons](https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Кингисепп._Собор_Св.Екатерины_02.jpg)

Екатерининский Собор

The appearance of the main cathedral of Kingisepp combines features of Baroque and Classicism, it was built by order of Empress Catherine II in the second half of the XVIII century. The cathedral was badly damaged during the Great Patriotic War, after restoration many details of the decor were lost, however, even nowadays the temple looks luxurious and impressive.

Kingisepp Local History Museum

At the Kingisepp local history museum, you can see exhibitions devoted to small indigenous peoples, examine ancient battle cannons from the Yam fortress, and everyday objects from the times of Tsarist Russia and the USSR. Weekends of the museum: Monday, the last Thursday of each month, holidays.

Усадьба Н.К. Рериха

Favorite estate of the great artist NK Roerich, where he spent time in work and sought inspiration. Few of the original interiors of the house have been preserved. The only room that has been restored from the existing reproduction is the dining room. However, the manor house carefully preserves the artist's personal belongings and several original sketches from the early period of his work. The manor museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday.

Арт-кафе «Извара»

Lunch in Izvara, in a cafe where everything is imbued with the spirit of creativity of Nicholas Roerich. And while the order is being prepared, you can get drunk spiritually, immersed in reading one of the books in the mini-library.

Усадьба барона Врангеля

Like many noblemen's estates, Baron Wrangel's estate has a very tragic story: its owner was accused of concealing a spy, and after being killed by revolutionary sailors, and the Baron's wife secretly fled to Petrograd with her children. During Soviet times, the manor building long served as a rural school, after which it was looted and turned into ruins, just reminiscent of former glory. However, the contours of the dilapidated building even today can easily guess the features of English Gothic.

Храм Святителя Николая Чудотворца

The cross-shaped stone church in the village of Russkoe-Vysotskoye was built by order of Count Orlov, and has been repeatedly completed and expanded at the expense of landlords. After the October Revolution the temple was almost intact, and during the Great Patriotic War the high bell tower served as a reference point for military operations. The temple was finally destroyed already in the postwar period. Today there is a small active chapel next door, where divine services are held. Access to the ruins of the ancient temple is open, you can walk around and assess its extent, or you can look inside, take atmospheric photographs and reflect on the eternal.

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