Journey along the "Sovereign's Road" – Road.Travel

Journey along the "Sovereign's Road"

Road Trip Route. The largest national park in Western Russia, Unique masterpieces of local craftsmen, Open air wooden architecture museum.

You will travel along the most beautiful places to the North of Moscow. You will follow the "Road of the Sovereign", repeating the path of Empress Catherine II. You will see ancient churches, monasteries and works of art in the style of the Russian wooden architecture. And also unique monuments of architecture, which were built without a single nail. In different cities you will be able to taste local culinary masterpieces. Some recipes are a couple of centuries old. Finally, you will visit one of the biggest and most beautiful national parks of the European part of Russia. There you will be able to admire pristine nature and clean lakes. In addition, you will be able to feel the atmosphere of small towns. Still, they have their own charm. **Tour features** - Natural sights; - Ecological trails; - Ancient churches, monasteries and monuments; - Plenty of places for beautiful photos; - The itinerary includes a visit to the Valdai National Park. It is necessary to request permission in advance [on the website](https://naturerussia.travel/oopt/natsionalnyy-park-valdayskiy/request/) and pay for the visit. **Recommendations**. - In addition to architectural, you'll visit beautiful natural sights. So take sunscreen and insect repellent with you. - It is better to have comfortable clothes and shoes with you. - In sunny weather you may need sunglasses and a hat to protect you from the sun. - You will visit a couple of very beautiful lakes, so you can bring a swimsuit and a towel. - Don't forget to take as many pictures as possible!

History and Culture, Uninhabited Nature, Arts and Creativity. From: Moscow

Lina Solo. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Serednikovo Estate, house-museum of P.I. Tchaikovsky and a walk around Tver

Today you will visit two historical manors and feel the atmosphere of the late 19th century. You will visit the oldest music memorial museum in Russia. Then, you'll stroll along the central streets and the Tver embankment. You'll find out which famous navigator and discoverer was born here. You'll understand why Tver is sometimes called "Little Petersburg", and you'll also see landscapes reminiscent of St. Petersburg and a bit of Budapest. Автор фото: [Melodica007](https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%D0%92%D0%B8%D0%B4_%D0%BD%D0%B0_%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%8B%D0%B9_%D0%BC%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82_2.jpg)

Усадьба Середниково

In his youth Mikhail Lermontov spent his summers in Serednikovo. He wrote many poems and poems here. Sometimes the estate is called "Mtsyri". By 1992 it fell into decay. And then Lermontov descendants restored it at their own expense. Take a walk through the manor park. It has three stone bridges, cascading ponds and a small waterfall in the back. - Entrance to the park: adults - 100 rubles, pensioners - 30 rubles, schoolchildren, disabled people - free of charge. The homestead works seven days a week from 10:00 to 20:00. The park is open daily from 09:00 to 20:00.

Coastal Grove

Senezhskoye Lake, or more precisely, the reservoir, appeared in 1826. At that time a canal between the rivers Istra and Sestra was being built. It was needed to deliver stone from the Volga for the construction of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. So Senezh is one of the most ancient man-made lakes of Moscow region. It is popular among fishing enthusiasts and those who want to relax in nature. Here you can stop for a while, admire the views and take some beautiful pictures.

OBLAKA

You can dine in the restaurant with a panoramic view of Klin. It will please you with its stylish design and warm atmosphere. There is a large selection of salads and meat dishes. Try strudel or crème brûlée, they are good here.

Государственный мемориальный музыкальный музей-заповедник П.И.Чайковского

Russia's oldest music memorial museum appeared in 1894. Here the composer lived the last 1.5 years of his life and wrote his Sixth Symphony. You will see diaries, manuscripts, photographs and personal belongings of P. I. Tchaikovsky. There is also a large collection of his contemporaries' works. The manor retains the atmosphere of the late 19th century. Take a walk through the park and see a unique sound sculpture that reacts to movement. Билеты можно заранее купить [на сайте](https://tchaikovsky.house/%D1%83%D1%81%D0%BB%D1%83%D0%B3%D0%B8-%D0%B8-%D1%86%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%8B/?listim_open_widget=1). The museum is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The ticket office is open until 17:00. Weekends are Wednesday and Thursday. Last Monday of the month - sanitary day. Cost of visiting all museum objects: adults - 650 rubles, privileges - 450 rubles.

Trokhsvyatskaya Ulitsa

You will start your acquaintance with Tver from one of the oldest streets in the historical center. There are many cozy cafes, souvenir shops and shops. After a fire in 1763, the Empress allocated a million rubles to rebuild the city. The basis was taken from the blueprints of the centre of St. Petersburg. Thus appeared the charming central streets and the recognizable three-rayed avenues. That is why Tver is called "Little St. Petersburg".

Staryy Most

The Old Bridge is one of the symbols of Tver. It can be seen on postcards, souvenirs, and logos. It has a beautiful view of the Volga, the New Bridge and the embankments. It was built in 1895 designed by a St. Petersburg engineer. The bridge was solemnly opened in 1900, the passage through it was free. At that time it was called "New", and the pavement was wooden. At the entrance there were cast lanterns, which can now be seen next to the monument to A. S. Pushkin on the Stepan Razin embankment.

Naberezhnaya Reki Volga

Charming promenade, which is nice to stroll along in the evening, admiring the city. After the fire of 1773 stone buildings appeared near the embankment of Afanasy Nikitin. Many of them can still be seen today. Later on the bank of the river a garden was laid out. Once on the embankment was a monastery of XIII century - Otroch. Of the entire complex, only the Church of the Assumption has survived. In the 30s, the River Station was built on the site of the ancient monastery. Unfortunately, in 2017 the beautiful building partially collapsed.

Памятник Афанасию Никитину

Not everyone knows that the traveler and author of the "Journey Beyond Three Seas" was born in Tver, in a peasant family. He became a merchant and became interested in trade routes and the economy of other countries. From Tver, Athanasius Nikitin began his journey to Persia and the Turkish state. He became the first European to reach India. Vasco da Gama, the discoverer of the sea route to the "island of spices", got there 30 years later. A monument was erected on the seafront in 1955.

Viet Cook

You can have dinner at a cozy Vietnamese cafe. There are large and delicious portions with original recipes. There's also a warm atmosphere and a pleasant interior. Open daily from 10:30 to 21:00.

Day 2: The most beautiful buildings of Tver and Znamenskoe-Rayok estate

Today you will continue your acquaintance with Tver. You will visit one of the most beautiful buildings of the city. You will see a monument of post-constructivism and a unique example of wooden architecture of the beginning of the last century. Then you'll know about everyday life and creations of the local craftsmen. In the evening, you'll stroll around the atmospheric and mysterious manor house.

Ostrov Pamyati

Memory Island is situated on the arrow of the Totma and the Volga rivers. A beautiful view of the opposite bank of the Volga opens up from here. Two thousand years ago there was already a settlement here. In the XIII century, Fedorovsky monastery was located on the island. In the XV century the city of Lyubovin, designed to defend Tver from enemies, was erected here. Since 1739 was a theological seminary. None of the ancient sights has survived. Now you will see the chapel, Memorial and the Eternal Flame.

Church of St. Michael of Tver

A chapel in the style of Vladimir architecture appeared on Memory Island in 2002. It was built in honor of Prince Mikhail Yaroslavich, the patron saint of Tver, who ruled from 1282 to 1318. Under Prince Mikhail Tver had become the capital of the Tver principality, one of the most powerful in the North-East of Russia. All his reign was in confrontation with the Moscow principality. Prince Mikhail died in 1318 in the Horde, by order of Khan Uzbek.

Tverskaya Oblastnaya Kartinnaya Galereya

The Picture Gallery is located in a historical building dating back to 1766. It is one of the oldest museums in the country and the most beautiful building in the city. The palace was built for the Romanov family according to the design of P. Nikitin. Here lay the St. Petersburg tract, which linked Moscow and the northern capital. The road from Moscow to St. Petersburg is called the "Gosudareva road". In 1767 Catherine II stayed in the palace for the first time. - Ticket price: for adults - 250 rubles. for pupils, students, pensioners - 100 rubles. for foreign visitors - 500 rub. For children under 16 - free of charge. Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00, Friday from 11:00 to 20:00. Cash desk closes one hour earlier.

КРК "Звезда"

The Zvezda Cinema is the oldest in the city. It is a monument of the post-constructivism epoch in the form of a binocular. It was built in 1937 by the project of V. Kalmykov. Later similar cinemas appeared in Simferopol and Smolensk, but only this one survived. Bright building is located on the quay Stepana Razina. From here you can see the view of the opposite bank and the river station. By the way, many parts of the embankment are two-storey. This is done in order to protect the city from the Volga spill.

Дом Мартина

The wooden mansion in the Art Nouveau style was built in 1910. It was the summer cottage of merchant Otto Martin. Hence the name "Martin House". He designed and built the house himself. In 1917, right after the revolution, he left the country and the house was given to the state. The house was destroyed by fire in 2001. The house was reconstructed according to the surviving drawings. There were no pictures of the weathercock left, so a rooster was made. The second name of the building is "The House with a Rooster". Since 2020 you can see its exact copy in Trekhsvyatskaya street.

Breakfast Band

You can have a snack and relax in a cafe. There are large portions and tasty dishes. The menu has sandwiches, soups, salads, waffles. There is a large selection of desserts and good coffee. The cafe is open every day from 8:00 to 23:00.

Muzey Tverskogo Byta

The Museum of Tver way of life is located in the house of 1784, which belonged to the merchants Arefievs, and in the main building of the city manor. After the fire of 1763, Catherine II issued a decree on planning cities in a uniform style. However, only the Arefievs' manor was executed in Baroque style. Now you can visit the main house, outhouses and carriage house. In the museum you can learn about everyday life and admire the works of Tver craftsmen. - Museum opening hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The ticket office closes one hour earlier. Ticket price: for adults - 100 rubles. for students - 50 rubles. for pensioners - 50 rubles. Free for children under 16 years old.

Usad'ba Znamenskoye-Rayok

Not far from Tver there is an atmospheric manor house. Perhaps, the name came from the pogost Rai, which was located nearby. According to legend, Catherine II, passing by, could not contain her admiration and exclaimed "What a paradise! At that time there was an antique fountain in the centre of the courtyard, and peacocks walked around the perimeter and there were cannons for fireworks. The ceiling in the main building was made so that the rays of the sun fell on the lower steps and gradually rose upwards during the day. The manor house is open every day from 9:00 to 17:00

Lira

A cozy cafe on the embankment of the river Tvertsa. Here you can take part in a master class on making Pozharsky cutlets according to the recipe of 1853. Chicken cutlets are a local landmark and one of the symbols of Torzhok. There are two beautiful viewing platforms next to the cafe.

Day 3: The most ancient monastery in Russia, wooden architecture and "Devil's Bridge

Today you will stroll through one of the oldest Russian cities. You will admire the exquisite gold embroidery. You'll see one of the first Russian monasteries. You'll visit a unique manor, where wooden architecture of the past centuries is collected. And you'll find out where a curb becomes a kerb.

Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Sobor

The first mention of the church on the right bank of the Torzhok River is dated 1163. At that time there was a wooden church here. A bright building in the Empire style was erected in 1822. In 1842 a small church of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem was built nearby. The Our Savior and Transfiguration Cathedral was especially decorated with gold frescos and utensils, as well as luxurious folio books. Local noblemen and merchants were not stingy on financing. Unfortunately, in 30th years it was completely plundered and the bell tower was demolished.

Novotorzhskiy Kreml'

Once the city was surrounded by a wooden wall with 11 towers. In the XIV century stone fortifications were built here. In 1139, the Kremlin was taken by Yury Dolgoruky. In annals this is the first direct mention of the town. Only a moat and a rampart on the Upper castle mound survived until nowadays. Nowadays the Kremlin has an exposition of the All-Russian Historical and Ethnographic Museum. The model of the Mikhailovskaya Tower has been reconstructed, and there is also a showplace. You can try on armour and weapons. - Entrance ticket to the exhibition: Adults - 50 rubles. Students, veterans, pensioners, children under 16 - free of charge. The exposition is open for visitors: From April 1 to October 31: from 09:30 to 20:00. From November 1 to March 31: from 09:30 to 18:00.

Boris and Gleb Monastery Novotorzhsky

The monastery was founded in 1038, 12 years before the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra. It owes its name to Boris and Gleb, the first Russian saints. There are no recordings of the older saints yet. It was founded during the reign of Yaroslav I Vladimirovich by boyar Efrem. In 1607 after an attack of Poles on Torzhok the monastery was badly damaged. The Vvedenskaya church was built in 1620. It is the oldest preserved structure of the monastic complex.

Voznesenskaya Kamennaya Tserkov' 1854 G. Vozvedeniya

New Ascension stone church was consecrated in 1854. At that time an old road leading to Staritsa passed next to it. Like many others, it was erected on the site of an older wooden church. It is a "warm" variation of the nearby Church of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God. The church has not been working since 1939. During the war, it was severely damaged and continued to deteriorate. The restoration works are planned to be carried out in the nearest future.

Khram Tikhvinskoy Ikony Bozhiyey Materi

The unique pine log church was first mentioned in written sources in 1625. However, the date of construction is considered to be 1717. In that year the church was dismantled, moved, consecrated and called the Old Ascension or Tikhvin church. Inside it was richly decorated. The 5-tier iconostasis struck the eye. It did not remain, and here paintings on the walls can be seen even now.

Kofeynya "Angelov""

For lunch you can drop in at a cozy cafe in a historic building on the waterfront. There are delicious pies with a variety of fillings, a large selection of teas and good coffee.

Peshekhodnyy Most

The pedestrian bridge was opened for the 1000th anniversary of Torzhok. Earlier it was used for transport movement. From the bridge there is a beautiful view of the river Tvertsa and the city. Now on the bridge as a sign of eternal fidelity lovers like to leave locks. Near him, on the right bank of the river, is the Chapel of the Exaltation of the Cross rotunda, built in 1804. Behind it you can see the main square of the city. In ancient times there was a pier and merchants from different cities and countries gathered here.

Dom Poyasa

From the XIII century Torzhok was famous for its unusual art - gold embroidery. Clothes, footwear, church attributes were decorated with the graceful vegetative ornament. A dress made of blue satin was embroidered with golden lilies for Catherine II. The empress liked the gift so much, that she took the masteress with her to St. Petersburg. The main exhibit of the museum is a 12-meter belt, included in the Book of Records of Russia. It took two years to create it. Before visiting, it is worth ordering a tour by phone: 8(910)840-10-30. - Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Архитектурно-этнографический музей под открытым небом "Василёво"

The ethnographic museum is located on the territory of the late 18th century manor. There are 19 monuments of wooden architecture of the XVIII-XIX centuries: chapels, dwelling houses, barns. A linden alley and three beautiful cascade ponds are preserved on the territory of the museum. One of the most striking sights in Vasilyevo is the 100-meter "Devil's Bridge" with grottoes. It is created from huge boulders without any mortar. The bridge was once used to film the final battle between the forces of darkness and light in Night Watch. - Entrance fee - 100 rubles. for students - 50 rubles. for pensioners - 50 rubles. Free for children under 16 years old. Opening hours: May 1 to August 31: Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00, box office until 18:00. Monday and Tuesday are days off. September 1 to April 31: Wednesday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., box office until 5:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday are days off.

Pamyatnik Bordyur - Porebrik

An amusing monument has recently appeared here - "The place where a curb turns into a kerb". Moscow and St. Petersburg are used to calling many things differently: parades and entrances, arches and gates, benches and benches. It turns out that one of the reasons for some of these differences is the reforms of Peter the Great. At that time two cities were actively borrowing new words from other cultures. Moscow gravitated towards French, Peter - towards Dutch.

«Клёвое Место» Валдай

You can have dinner at a local fish restaurant. Here they catch fresh fish from their own pond. Good food, pleasant interior. In addition to fish, the menu includes kebabs, salads and desserts.

Valday Eco Club

Pristine nature, bell museum, island monastery - you'll see all this tomorrow, but for now it's time to rest.

Day 4: Valdai National Park, ancient churches and unusual museums

Today you will get acquainted with the amazing nature of Valday. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to see some wild animals. Even if not, it's a pleasure to take a walk here. You will see a unique monastery located on the island and learn its history. Chambered and very comfortable museums and ancient churches await you. You will have a chance to get acquainted with the local way of life, folk crafts and handicrafts. You'll also learn a thing or two about the local subway!

Ozero Valdayskoye

The best place to start your acquaintance with the national park is the main attraction - the Valdai Lake. Take a walk along the shore, enjoy the silence and beauty. There are 75 streams and rivers flowing into the lake, and only one river, the Valdayka, flows out. There are about 20 islands on the lake. There is an Iversky monastery on one of them. In the lake there is a place to fish, to ride on catamarans or motorboats, to go horseback riding or bicycle riding.

Museum of the county town

The museum is located in a nineteenth-century mansion in the center of Valday. The first mention of the city was found in the birch bark manuscript of 1151. In 1495, mentions of the settlement Valdai Selishche appeared. Valday was transformed into a town in 1770. It became rapidly prosperous because of its location in the middle of the postal route between St. Petersburg and Moscow. In the museum, you can learn about town planning, local antiquities and crafts, as well as public figures, writers and scientists of Valday. - The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. The first Wednesday of the month is a sanitary day.

Valdaysky National Park

Valdai National Park was opened in 1990. It is now under the control of UNESCO. Most of the major rivers start here: the Dnieper, the Volga, and the Western Dvina. There are more than 20 clear lakes in the park. It is also unique for its historical heritage. Here are the sites of the ancient Slavs, fortresses and manor houses. There are three ecological trails for adults and one for children. To visit the national park you have to buy a [ticket](https://valdaypark.ru/shop/) and get permission [on the website](https://naturerussia.travel/oopt/natsionalnyy-park-valdayskiy/request/) in advance.

Molodezhnyy Tsentr "Mesto.valday"

You can have lunch in the café on the ground floor of the youth centre. It has a pleasant modern design and tasty food. In summer you can take a table outside and admire the lake and the monastery.

Muzey Kolokolov

The Museum of Bells on Valday was opened in 1995. The place chosen was unusual - the traveling church of Catherine the Great, built in 1794. Valday has been famous for its coachman bells since ancient times. Legend has it that in the 15th century, a veche bell split to pieces here. The shards turned into ringing bells. And the local inhabitants picked them up and learned to make the same ones. In the museum you'll learn about the history of the bells and the legends about them. You can touch and even ring all the exhibits. - The museum works from 10:00 to 18:00 every day except Tuesday. The ticket costs 200 rubles.

Trinity Cathedral

The jewel in Valday's historical crown is the Trinity Cathedral, which was built in 1744 by the order of Elizabeth. In 1772, it received the status of a cathedral. The temple has an interesting fate. All the wooden churches that used to stand here were destroyed by fire. In 1854, a fire happened here again during the procession. Only a few relics were saved. In 1930, the church stopped functioning. There was a hospital, and then the House of Officers. In 1993 it caught fire again. It took 8 years to rebuild it.

Iver Monastery

The main attraction of Valday was founded in 1653. The monastery is located on Valday Lake, on Selvitsky Island. It was created in the likeness of the Iversky monastery on Mount Athos. Patriarch Nikon on his way to Solovki in a dream saw a column of flame. Then he blessed the lake and renamed it Svyatoe. At first two wooden churches were erected on the island, later stone churches were laid. - The monastery is open to visitors every day from 7:00 to 21:00.

Bavariya

You can have dinner in the café-bar. Unusual design, pleasant atmosphere, tasty home cuisine. By the way, at the entrance to the cafe you will see a metro sign! It's probably the most unusual subway in the world. It exists only online, in fact, it's a local guide. You can see the scheme [here](https://valday.com/metro).

Day 5: "Tver Kizhi", Lake Seliger and the town of Ostashkov

You'll see where the biggest river in Europe starts. An unexpected surprise awaits you. Then you'll go to a small and cozy village, where you'll see "Tver Kizhi". In the second half you'll go to the town on the shore of a beautiful lake. You will learn something about its culture and history. Photo author: [Vyacheslav.photo](https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Colorful_Sunset_at_Seliger_lakes.jpg)

Исток р. Волга

The first attraction today is the source of the Volga River. It is amazing that one of the largest rivers in the world, 3.5 thousand kilometres long, starts from a small spring. A stream about 1 meter wide emerges from the swamp and sometimes dries up. The source is 228 metres above sea level. Around it a chapel is built, which existed in the beginning of XIX century. In the distance you can see the bell tower of Olginsky nunnery from 1912.

Tserkov' Ioanna Predtechi

The three-tier wooden church of the Nativity of John the Baptist is often called "Tver or Seliger Kizhi". It was built in 1694. Not a single nail was used in the construction. Due to the peculiarities of local soils, the place of the usual foundation were boulders. In 1913 a stone temple of John the Baptist was built next to the wooden one. The church was going to be demolished, but the locals managed to protect it. In the vicinity of the two churches there is a holy spring "Shirkov pogost".

Sobor Vozneseniya Gospodnya

One of the highlights of Ostashkov is the Ascension Cathedral. It was founded on the territory of the Znamensky monastery in 1748. In 1868, after a terrible fire the church burned down. By 1887 it was restored in pseudo-Russian style. The author of the project was the local technician Demidov. Now the monastery is not active, but services are still conducted in the church.

Ostrov Klichen

Klichen Island is a natural monument. It is connected to the Ostashkov bridge. In summer here you can enjoy lingonberries, raspberries, blueberries. There is a small lake in the middle of the island. Once in the north of the island there was the town of Klichen. It was a part of Suzdal princedom. At the end of XIV century it was completely destroyed after the attack of Novgorod troops. According to the legend, only one inhabitant of the town, whose name was Ostashko, survived. The town was later named Ostashkov in his honor.

Джус кафе

You can dine in a café with a stylish and cosy interior. The menu includes burgers, soups, rolls and hot dishes. The cafe is open every day from 11:00 to 23:00.

Ostashkovskiy Krayevedcheskiy Muzey

The museum was founded in 1889 at the Ostashkov College. Now it occupies three buildings: the Trinity cathedral of 1697, the four-hall and the bell tower. In the museum you can learn about the crafts, cultural and historical traditions and handicrafts of Seliger. The exhibition includes artefacts from the excavation of mounds of the Slavs and stone age sites. There is an interesting collection of spinning wheels and samovars. In the bell tower of the cathedral you can admire the exhibition of bells. From the observation deck a beautiful view of the city and the lake opens up. - Ticket price: for adults - 100 rubles. for students and pensioners - 50 rubles. Children under 16 - free of charge. Opening hours: Wednesday-Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00, Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00. The ticket office closes one hour early. Monday and Tuesday are days off.

Пожарная каланча

The fire station with a fire observation tower is an architectural monument of the 19th century, one of the oldest buildings in the city. It was in Ostashkov in 1843 appeared the first in Russia non-professional fire brigade. In 1869 for a fire brigade in the city center was built a red brick building. The second floor was crowned with a wooden fire tower. Beyond the gates there were first water barrels and later fire engines. The fire station only moved to a new building a few years ago.

Valsky pillar

In the XV century Ostashkov became part of the western border of the Moscow principality. It became necessary to defend against Lithuanians, Swedes and Poles. The wooden fortress was built and destroyed several times. After it was burnt down again in 1711, they decided not to rebuild it. The North, South and East towers were replaced by Baroque chapel pillars. Only the Valský pillar, located at the South Gate, has survived to this day.

Orkhideya

You can have dinner at a cozy cafe in Staritsa. There are quite tasty soups, salads and beautifully served dishes. The cafe is open every day: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 21:00. Friday from 10:00 to 20:00. Weekends from 10:00 to 23:00.

Hotel "House at the Karl Marx"

Rest and gain strength, the most interesting things are ahead!

Day 6: Staritsky Assumption Monastery, "Dvor Proletarka" and the lighthouse on Lake Senezh

On the last day of the trip you'll walk around the XIII century city and visit a beautiful ancient monastery on the bank of the Volga river. You'll learn something about the history of creating traditional tasty pastries. In the afternoon you'll stroll along the unique historical district of the beginning of the last century. And closer to the evening you'll see a beautiful lighthouse on the lake. Автор фото: [Belliy](https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%D0%A1%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%86%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B9_%D0%A1%D0%B2%D1%8F%D1%82%D0%BE-%D0%A3%D1%81%D0%BF%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B9_%D0%BC%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%81%D1%82%D1%8B%D1%80%D1%8C.jpg).

Staritskiy Most

An aerial arch bridge connecting the two banks of Staritsa. It was built after the war in 1959-1963. It offers a beautiful view of the city and the Holy Dormition Monastery. The bridge itself is not neglected by travelers and photographers. For a few kilometers from Staritsa there are no other bridges across the Volga. Before its appearance here was a ferry crossing. In winter people crossed the river on ice.

Staritskiy Holy Dormition Monastery

The chronicles say that in 1110 two monks, Tryphon and Nikandr, came to the Stary Bor area and built a cell. And in 1292 the town of Staritsa appeared. The first mention of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Staritsa dates back to the XIV century. In 1559 archimandrite Job served here. Later he became the first Moscow Patriarch. The monastery complex includes the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the rectory, the Gateway Church of John the Theologian, and the Trinity Church.

Muzey "Pekarskogo Dela"

A small cozy museum is located in a XIX century building in the house of the merchant Shchukin. It is dedicated to the history of creating waffles, cupcakes, cakes, printed gingerbread and other delicious pastries. There are many baking moulds from different eras, pre-revolutionary cast-iron moulds, and gingerbread boards from Russia and Europe. - The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. It is worth ordering an excursion in advance by phone: +7 (930) 160-30-03.

Ресторан BAR. B.Q.

You can have lunch at an atmospheric restaurant in the centre of Tver. There are delicious steaks, burgers, salads, good desserts. - The restaurant is open every day: Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 to 01:00. Sunday and Monday from 12:00 to 00:00.

Морозовский городок

The historical complex on the embankment of Tver was built in 1856-1913. It was the first attempt to create a microdistrict for workers at the Tverskaya manufactory. On the territory were built theatres, laundries and a pharmacy. On the roof of one of the houses was located an observatory. One of the first public parks in Russia was laid out here. Along the central street you can reach a beautiful building - barracks 70. Locals call it "Paris". The buildings, which are over 100 years old, now house dormitories.

Mayak.

The lighthouse appeared on Lake Senezh quite recently: in December 2020. Since 2018, a promenade with recreation areas and piers for fishermen has been under construction here. The lighthouse has become part of the new landscaping concept. Its height is 10 meters, it glows in the dark and is located on the shore of Nikolsky Beach. Senezh Lighthouse has become popular among tourists and locals, and has become one of the best places for romantic walks. During the day you can take a lot of beautiful pictures here, and in the evening you can take in the atmosphere.

Mamma Italia

You can have dinner and rest after a bright trip in a good Italian restaurant. There is a pleasant interior and cozy atmosphere. The menu has a large selection of salads, appetizers, hot dishes and desserts.