In the arms of Levitan. – Road.Travel

In the arms of Levitan.

Road Trip Route. Visit the Pavlov Estate., Unravel the secrets of Palekh craftsmen at the State Museum of Palekh Art, Unravel the mystery of the anomalous zones in Kineshma., Try on a valenki in the valenki museum in Kineshma, Immerse yourself in the Levitan landscapes., Become the heroes of the movie "Cruel Romance" at the location of his shooting..

What could be better than spending a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city, immersing yourself in the history of the region. You'll find a modern valenok museum, Levitan House Museum, local brewery, which can easily be compared to many European, as well as leisurely walks along the waterfront, where the famous artist stood for hours and painted landscapes of Mother Russia.

History and Culture, 🎅 Winter Trips. From: Ivanovo

Anna Semochkina. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Ivanovo, Shuya, Palekh, Kineshma.

Start your day with the history of the cathedrals in Shuya and enjoy the snowy beauty of central Russia. Visit the Palekh Art Museum, whose exhibitions provide a complete insight into the history of Palekh and Kholu art of icon-painting from the 17th century onwards. Then your way to the city of anomalies - Kineshma. There is a legend that Stepan Razin drowned a Persian princess in the Volga near Kineshma. She started teasing him with the words "Will you kill me?", and that's what gave the city its name. You'll spend the night here in Kineshma looking for the city's ghosts, and there are many of them.


Gazpromneft filling station No. 158

Start your journey by refueling at Gazprom Neft filling stations, grab coffee and fresh pastries on the way to make your trip more comfortable!


A shopping center in the city with a convenient location where you can park your car and go for a walk through the city to explore its history and culture.

Собор Воскресенский

Start your acquaintance with the city from the second highest bell tower in Russia (of free-standing bells), it was laid in the early XIX century by the Italian architect Maricelli. On the square in front of the cathedral you will also find a monument to priests and laymen who suffered during the persecution.

Kiselevskaya hospital

You can easily walk to the next point. Kiselevskaya Hospital is one of the most remarkable merchant buildings of Shui - a fine example of a large public complex in the style of late classicism.

Balmont Literature and Local Literature Museum

Look inside a historic building that was once the city's governor. The bright green building in the fashionable, early 20th century Russian style attracts attention with its rich decor. From Tuesday to Thursday you can visit the museum from 10 to 17, and on weekends it works only until 16. If you want to order a tour, you should do it by phone: 849351 43110.

Октябрьский мост

After the museum, walk along the October Pedestrian Bridge, which was reopened in the city in 2010. Once it was one of the main arteries connecting the two banks, but now it's preserved only for pedestrians.

Pavlov Estate

Pavlov's estate is located opposite the factory "Shuya chintzes" and this is another iconic building of the city, on which you can imagine how Shuya looked in the 19th century. The Pavlov Estate is the largest and richest estate among the estates of that time. The interior decoration of the house is a combination of elements of classicism and Renaissance and baroque forms. The doors of the Manor are open daily from 8 to 18 o'clock.

Restaurant Sudarushka

After such an active walk, it's time for a refreshment. Sudarushka restaurant with very cozy atmosphere is waiting for you. From the restaurant to your car is less than a hundred meters.

State Palekh Art Museum

In Palekh since ancient times there were many icon painters, muralists, painting temples. After 1918, most of them retrained into ordinary wood painting. Thus, this museum was formed here. The museum is waiting for you every day except Mondays, from 10 to 17:30. You can sign up for a tour at [site](

Крестовозжвиженская церковь, г. Палех Ивановской губернии

Russia - the country of Orthodox churches. One of them is in the village of Pakhe. The Cathedral of the Elevation of the Cross was built in 1774 by master Yegor Dubov. After the museum, take a look at the cathedral to capture it on camera and head on your route.

Church of the Annunciation in Kineshma

Your first stop will be the Church of the Annunciation. This snow-white church is an architectural monument of early classicism and was originally built in the city cemetery.

Volzhsky Boulevard

The region of Kineshma is famous for its anomalies: there are ghosts in the local penal colony. Not so long ago, the builders of the sanatorium witnessed strange phenomena: oaks in the grove disappeared before their eyes, and people jumped from the forests. Many centuries ago, there was a pagan sanctuary on the site of the town of Kineshma, perhaps it was there. Therefore, I suggest you walk along the main street of the city - Volzhsky Boulevard, and try to find traces of the presence of ghosts.

Russian Izba

You can dine in the place where revolutionaries met before 1917 and where the establishment of Soviet power in the city was heralded. You only have to cover your eyes and you can hear the whispers of the conspirators. The soups here are also very tasty, you must try them!

Day 2: Levitan landscapes

Today will take place in a quiet environment, waiting for you at the Valencian Museum in Kineszma, after which you will set off again, this time towards the famous Isaac Levitan city of Ples. Here you'll discover the work of artists. You may even want to learn how to draw, so take a watercolour with you, who knows how much inspiration you will find on you from contemplation of the Volga nature. You will end your day on a more modern note - at the location of the shooting of "Cruel Romance" and already return home full of impressions.

Volzhsky Boulevard

After breakfast at the hotel, take a stroll down the boulevard in the daytime, buy souvenirs and take pictures as a memento.

Valenok museum

This museum opened in Kineshma only in the summer of 2012, and during these 8 years it has gained great popularity. Its creators were the Sokolovs, who have been making felt boots for 20 years. The museum welcomes you every day from 11:00 to 20:00. You can order a tour in advance on the official [museum website](


You can leave your car at the Market Square near the store. Here you can also buy products from the brewery, which is waiting for you for lunch.

Restaurant Brewery Plessky Beer House

Have lunch at the iconic Plyoss Beer House, where you will witness a small culinary miracle: brewing beer before your eyes.

Дом-музей Левитана

After the restaurant you will walk along the magnificent promenade towards the Levitan Museum. In 1888 Isaac Levitan paid attention to the surroundings of Ples, and after that he never left these places. Now there is a museum on the site of his house, which consists of two parts - the work and life of the artist. Such pictures as "Silent Monastery", "After Rain. Plesh", "Evening. Golden Pless", "Birch Grove", which are considered masterpieces of Russian landscape painting. Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays and the last Tuesday of each month is a health day. The excursion can be ordered in advance through the contacts indicated on [site](

Landscape Museum

The next stop will be the Landscape Museum - Isaac Levitan told his companions that when they all become famous, he will save money and buy out his own workshop, and after his death, the students will set up a landscape house in it. That's how it happened. The museum building is the oldest building in the lower part of Plesa, preserved in perfect condition. In the museum you will learn the history of Russian landscape painting. The museum opens its doors for you daily except Monday from 10 to 17:30.

Plessky Cat" sculpture

Ples is also famous for its modern history. Approach the modern sculpture, located next to the same pier, which once approached the steamer with Nikita Mikhalkov on board in the movie "Cruel Romance". The film was partly filmed in this glorious city.

White Wolves

On the way home, stop for dinner in Furoman's town. A quiet atmosphere and delicious food awaits you at the White Roses Café.

Gazpromneft filling station #107

It's been a long journey, isn't it time for gas? Come to Gazpromneft for quality fuel, coffee and fresh baked goods to prolong the pleasure of the trip.