This trip will be full of picturesque nature, fresh air and historical places. You will have a chance to see the Old Ladoga fortress and ancient temples located near Volkhov, visit the mound of Prophetic Oleg, walk to the waterfall and go through the Lava River canyon - this adventure will offer an exciting activity for everyone, whether you are a history buff or an active adventurer! Bring your camera, or, better still, paint and a sketchbook - the scenery will be something you'll want to paint! **Recommendations:** - It is important to keep a social distance when visiting public places and to wear personal protective equipment. - It is also worth remembering that when checking into hotels and visiting museums, a valid QR code or negative PCR test is required for a maximum of 72 hours.
Today you will go to Volkhov, visit Old Ladoga Fortress and see ancient temples and monasteries. The day promises to be rich and full of impressions. Have a good trip!
To make the road not seem so long, make a short stop in the village of Kobona. Here there is a beautiful stone church, built in the style of classicism.
Here we are in the village of Staraya Ladoga. We will stop at the beautiful monument on the background of Staraya Ladoga fortress.
And before visiting Old Ladoga Fortress, you should have a good meal. You can do it in a cozy cafe, located in a historical building with a real Russian stove.
The main attraction of Staraya Ladoga is an ancient fortress - a real portal to the past, which will help you travel back to the Middle Ages. The opening hours of the museum complexes vary depending on the season, you can check the schedule and cost at [website](https://ladogamuseum.com/biletyi/). And you can explore the massive walls and ancient buildings surrounding them at any time of the year. **Check out! *From October 30, 2021 when visiting the museum-reserve "Staraya Ladoga" it is necessary to show a valid QR-code, detailed information on [website](https://ladogamuseum.com/biletyi/) of the museum.
The Church of St. George is one of the oldest temple buildings on the territory of Russia, according to historical data, it was built in the pre-Mongolian period. According to the annals, Prince Alexander Yaroslavich, who was called Nevsky after his victory over the Swedes, stayed here with his squad.
Dmitry of Thessaloniki, as well as St. George, is known in Orthodox tradition as the patron saint of warriors. The temple was built during the restoration of Ladoga after the events of the Time of Troubles. The external shape of the temple has remained intact. A part of the ancient iconostasis was lost, some icons were given to the Russian Museum. The ornate forged door lock is considered to be the oldest surviving element of the whole temple building.
There is a legend that the monastery was founded by Prince Alexander Nevsky immediately after his victory over the Swedes. Although the monastery was rebuilt during its history, it is still one of the oldest and most important architectural monuments in Russia.
You can have dinner in the cafe "Knyaz Rurik". The menu includes homemade Russian dishes. The interior is styled like a historical courtyard, with wooden furniture and lots of interesting details like iron armour or old pottery.
The second day of the trip will be devoted to active walks in the open air, you will visit the burial mounds where according to the legend Prophetic Oleg's grave is located, you will have a walk by the waterfall at the picturesque canyon of the Lava river.
One of the most beautiful and highest waterfalls on the territory of the Leningrad Region is located on the territory of the Staroladozhsky Nature Reserve. It is easy to reach the waterfall, on the way you will meet the signs and hear the noise of water streams. The main thing is to wear high boots or boots in order to get closer.
A little north of Staraya Ladoga on the left bank of the river Volkhov there are several hillocks which are called Barrows of Prophetic Oleg. Many other legends are associated with this place. In addition, tourists here can enjoy the incredibly picturesque scenery of the river and the surrounding area.
The building, which belonged to the Kalyazin merchants, is now home to a museum of merchant life. The museum was created by the citizens and descendants of the old merchant family. The exposition includes clothes, furniture, home decor, and a fully reconstructed late twentieth-century interior. Please note, the museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday. **Come to attention!** *From October 30, 2021 when visiting the museum-reserve "Staraya Ladoga" it is necessary to show a valid QR-code, detailed information on [website](https://ladogamuseum.com/biletyi/) of the museum.
Before heading towards St. Petersburg, it is worth having a hearty lunch. Visit a cafe you are already familiar with, for sure, there are dishes on the menu that you haven't had a chance to try.
The canyon was formed when the river crossed the Ordovician escarpment. Such landscapes are considered abnormal for the rivers of the Northwest region. The Lava River Canyon is surrounded by picturesque views and the local forest belt is home to rare flora. The water has a delicate green tint - tinged with clay. The banks of the canyon are dotted with age-old fossils.
Osinovets lighthouse is considered to be one of the most beautiful places on the shore of Ladoga. It does look very picturesque, especially if you look at it from the beach - a tall structure surrounded by green pines attracts attention.
Your fascinating journey has come to an end. It's time to end it with a delicious dinner at this cozy restaurant overlooking Lake Ladoga. Here you can taste homemade dishes.