**Moscow-Podolsk-Serpukhov-Tarusa-Moscow** In the period of pandemic and lockdown it is especially pleasant to escape from the city to the secluded nature. A whole day is ahead of you among endless Russian fields and forests. Old estates, reserved corners, picturesque places for photos and the best restaurants of the Moscow region are waiting for you. Arrange yourself a perfect weekend! **Itinerary features: **Features of the route - Best places for hiking; - Exciting excursions for history lovers; - Visit to a unique nature reserve and a holy spring. **Recommendations:** - Take comfortable and warm clothes and shoes for hiking. - It is important to keep a social distance when visiting restaurants and while walking in crowded places, as well as to use personal protective equipment. - You should also remember that checking into hotels and museums is possible only if you have a valid QR-code or a negative PCR-test for not more than 72 hours. *The information is current as of autumn 2021.
Getting out of town is always a great idea! Today you will have a walk through nature reserves, meet red-listed animals, learn the history of ancient estates and legends of a holy spring. And you can also enjoy fresh fish dishes from one of the best restaurants near Moscow.
There is an exciting journey ahead. In order to make it all happen, it's best to leave no later than 8 a.m. Fill up your tank and get on with the adventure!
Have you ever been to a museum that... isn't? Today we will! Go through the main gate to the Dubrovica Manor. It belonged to the Golitsyn family and later to the favourites of Catherine II. Yes, the empress wasn't stingy with gifts. After the revolution there was an agricultural college, a rest house, a military garrison. There is no museum here. However, you can walk along the linden alley and admire the baroque church, as well as visit [*virtual museum*](https://dubrovitsi.ru/expo), created by enthusiasts. **The territory of the estate is open round the clock** The schedule of services in the temple can be found on the website. Website: [https://www.dubrovitsy-hram.ru/](https://www.dubrovitsy-hram.ru/raspisanie-bogosluzheniy-v-hrame-znamenie)
A snack in the cosy gastrobar is just what you need after a walk. The menu includes meat and fish dishes, salads, soups and desserts. There's also a bakery, where fresh, soft bread is created. You can take it with you as a tasty souvenir from your trip. **Limitations due to November COVID-19 lockdown:** During the lockdown period, the restaurant is open for take-out. It is also possible to order delivery to your convenient location and have a picnic. Restaurant is open daily from 13:00 to 23:00. Phone: +7 (925) 659-06-00. Website: [https://www.instagram.com/kitchen_market_gg/](https://www.instagram.com/kitchen_market_gg/)
One of the smallest in size, but very important nature reserve. After all, bison, the same age as mammoths, live here! Until recently they were on the verge of extinction, but now the situation is improving. You can get acquainted with these animals during an hour and a half walk in the reserve. On weekdays groups are formed at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00. And on weekends, every hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ticket sales close 15 minutes before the start time. Tuesday is a day off. Ticket prices are listed on the website. Website: [https://pt-zapovednik.ru/](https://pt-zapovednik.ru/uslugi/) Phone +7 (496) 770-71-45 **Limitations due to November COVID-19 lockdown:** Information on the Reserve's operation during the lockdown period is published [on the official website](https://pt-zapovednik.ru/uslugi/).
This homestead is the fruit of artist V.D. Polenov's boundless love for the Motherland, its nature and people. He saw the Oka River and its expanses through the train window, after which he had a dream to build a house and open a museum there. It took 5 years to buy the land and another 13 years to build. The big house has been fully preserved since 1904, as well as other buildings. Miraculously, fate saved the estate from destruction, war, and nationalization consequences. For more than a century, its owners are members of the Polenov family. Buy tickets in advance on the website of the museum. Website: [http://www.polenovo.ru/ru](http://www.polenovo.ru/ru). Museum-reserve is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00. Phone: +7 (48734) 3-38-38.
The picturesque places near the Talezh spring are a great opportunity to take a walk and rest your soul. The spring itself is considered sacred and is surrounded by many beautiful legends. **Important information:** For girls, a skirt below the knee and a head covering are required during the visit. For men, trousers are required. The spring can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. **Limitations due to the November COVID-19 lockdown:** Information about the Reverend David's Spring lockdown period can be found at [official website](https://talezh.ru/).
For dinner, check out the chic fish restaurant on the riverbank. The rich menu and the opportunity to catch your own dinner will not leave anyone indifferent! Book a table in advance, because in the evening there will be a lot of people who want to taste Kamchatka crab and rich soup. **Restrictions due to November COVID-19 lockdown:** During the lockdown period, the restaurant is open for pick-up and there is also an option to order delivery to a location convenient to you. In addition, the restaurant offers the opportunity to rent a fishing cabin for the evening and enjoy the evening fishing, as well as delicious dishes from the menu of the institution. Website: [https://fishpointrest.ru/](https://fishpointrest.ru/) Phone: +7 (495) 220-36-65.
All good things come to an end sometime. Like this day, full of bright impressions and new discoveries. Until we meet again!