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Life of Russian classics

Road Trip Route. V.D.Polenov Museum-Reserve, A leisurely life in Yasnaya Polyana., Stroll along modern Kazanskaya embankment, Tula Kremlin, Old town Zaraiska, Esenina Museum-Reserve.

What could be better for a lover of Russian classics than spending a weekend with Polenov, Tolstoy and Esenin. That's what awaits you on this journey. You will start it with traditional Russian landscapes, which can be found in Polenov's paintings, then your way will go to Yasnaya Polyana, to Tolstoy's ancestral home, where you can learn how his most famous novels were born, how his "Childhood", "Adolescence and Youth" passed. And at the end of the trip you will find the place where the famous Russian poet Sergey Esenin was born and grew up and actually started his way in the world of literary art.

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Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: In the places of Polenov and Tolstoy.

You will start your journey from Zaokskie expanses, from the places where the artist Polenov lived. Polenov loved to get out of the city and watch the endless Russian fields, he found beauty in painfully familiar views - in slender birches and mighty pines. Immerse yourself in his paintings and look at the world through the eyes of an artist. Then you will be no less deeply immersed in culture - you will find yourself in the family estate of L.N. Tolstoy in Yasnaya Polyana. Here the writer was born and died, he really loved this land, and it helped him to create masterpieces. The night you will meet in Tula, strolling along the embankment along the Kremlin.


Gazpromneft filling station #232

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

V.D. Polenov Museum-Reserve

The territory of the manor includes the house-museum, the artist's studio "Abbey", outbuildings, the Trinity Church in the village of Bekhovo, and the manor park. Take a walk on the territory of the reserve to really feel the love for the Russian nature and to understand the artist. The museum is waiting for you every day from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00. Tickets can be purchased online at [website](

Noble Estate" Restaurant

A special feature of the "Noble Estate" restaurant, located on the territory of the hotel "Yasnaya Polyana", are dishes cooked according to recipes of Sophia Andreyevna Tolstoy. Try the dish "Macedoine de Freud", which was mentioned in "Anna Karenina".

Dom L.n. Tolstogo

Here you will visit not only the house-museum, but the entire exposition of "Clear Glade", which includes, in addition to the house of Tolstoy, a literary museum, an ancient fake park, the writer's grave and dozens of other objects that are associated with the life of the writer. The whole environment of the estate is preserved in the form in which it was left by Leo Tolstoy. It is recommended to buy tickets for excursions in advance [on site](

Kazan embankment

The embankment was built in 2018 and very quickly became not only a favorite place for walks for locals, but also the property of the whole city.

What Else?

"WhatElse?" - is a modern gastro-bistro in the historic heart of the city. It is a joint project of creative guys from "Doma 15" - chef Igor Sindeev and bar managers Pyotr Potylchak and Alexander Glukhov.

Day 2: From Tolstoy to Esenin.

Today you will start by getting to know the city of Tula and walking its streets, then you will look into the Kremlin, make a wish at the Horseshoe of Happiness and see the flea Lefty. After you, another amazing old Kremlin awaits you in Zaraysk, where you will stay for lunch. And you will finish your day with another classic - Sergey Esenin in the village of Konstantinovo.

Памятник прянику

To visit Tula and not to meet a gingerbread would be wrong, so today your first stop is a monument to the Tula gingerbread. The gingerbread has a date of 1685. It's believed that that's when this famous delicacy was born.

Городской кремлёвский сад

There are many monuments in the park, in fact, they can be used to tell most of the history of Russia.

Horseshoe Happiness

The horseshoe of happiness symbolizes the same horseshoe with which the flea was horsed, only slightly different sizes. The horseshoe is a symbol of happiness of the family hearth, not only the Tula people, but also the whole country.

Памятник Левше

The Levsha monument is a monument to the legendary Tula master, the hero said Nikolai Leskov. Here you can see all the pride of the inhabitants of Tula at the moment when the flea was finally horseshoe.

Тульский кремль

The Tula Kremlin is a monument of architecture of the XVI century. For several centuries it defended the southern borders of the Russian state and never gave in to the enemy. You can order the excursion in advance on [site]( or take a walk in the Kremlin by yourself. Museums of the Kremlin open daily at 10 am.

Café Old Town

Park your car by the Kremlin and walk 2 minutes to the restaurant. Dine in the historical place with traditional Russian dishes.

Zarai Kremlin

Zaraisky Kremlin is associated with Dmitry Pozharsky, who was the voivode of Zaraisk during the Time of Troubles. It is not as big as the Tula one, however it has no less historical value. The Kremlin is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The museum is open daily from 9:00 to 18:00. Some of the Kremlin's exhibits are now temporarily closed, but it is definitely worth a look at least from the outside: it is beautiful.

State Museum Reserve S.A. Esenin

In the house-museum you can see how young Esenin grew up and where he got the ideas of his magic lyrics. Here you can see real things of that time: a chest in which Esenin kept his favorite books, a real Russian stove, a samovar and even a letter of commendation from school. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but the register closes at 5 p.m. You can order the excursion in advance by contacting the official [site](

Café Grese

Dinner is waiting for you in a small cafe on the way home.


Welcome home after a busy day. Today you have learned many new and interesting things.