East of St. Petersburg: 6 cities, 2 Kremlin and 1 fortress. – Day 1: From Operation Iskra to the wanderings of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God.

In the morning we will take part in Operation Spark in the museum-reserve "Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad". Then we will move to the first Old Russian capital, where we will walk along the Old Artistic fortress. We will spend the evening in the Tikhvin Monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God, where we will learn the history of the wanderings of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God.
East of St. Petersburg: 6 cities, 2 Kremlin and 1 fortress.
Visiting:

Trip duration: 6 days

Alina Maslova

Hyundai Creta

Музей-диорама «Прорыв блокады Ленинграда»

History Museums


The first stop is the museum-reserve "Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad", which includes a number of memorial objects dedicated to the heroic defenders of the city on the Neva. Let's see a diorama (panoramic canvas 40 m long), depicting Operation Spark for breaking through the blockade of Leningrad, which lasted a week in January 1943. Further we will move to the 3D panorama to become a witness and, maybe, even participants of the battle of the 45th Infantry Division, which took place on January 13, 1943 on the Nevsky patch. Important: the museum is closed on Mondays. Tours on the diorama are held every hour from 10:00 to 17:00, on the panorama - every half hour. More precise information can be found [on site](http://lenoblmus.ru/museum/muzey_zapovednik_proryv_blokady_leningrada/).

Old Ladoga castle (Староладожская крепость)

Castles


Do you remember anything about Old Ladoga from the history course? Let's say it's where Rurik began his reign in 862. So, welcome to the first capital of the ancient Russian power. Our goal is the Old Artistic Fortress, which covered the waterway from the Baltic Sea into Novgorod Russia. The fortress was repeatedly attacked and destroyed. Its last version is dated XVI century. On the territory of the fortress there is St. George's Church, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The temple was built in the XII century thanks to the fresco "The Miracle of St. George about the Snake".

Ustyzhna Hotel

Старая ладога

Buffets, Russian Restaurants


We'll have lunch in an almost real Russian hut with a stove inside. We will taste grandmother's pies and the sweetest, as the sign at the cafe says, mead.

Самолёт МиГ-21

Monuments / Landmarks


At the entrance to Tikhvin make a stop at the soaring MiG-21. It is like a vivid reminder of the glorious feats of the pilots who defended the city during the Great Patriotic War.

Тихвинский Богородичный Успенский мужской монастырь

Monasteries


We will visit one of the main monasteries of north-west Russia, the main relic of which is the Tikhvin icon of Our Lady of Hodegetria. The icon was stolen by the Germans in 1941, but, oddly enough, at the end of the war it was discovered in Riga. Bishop John Harclaws took the icon to America, promising from his adopted son that it would be returned to Tikhvin. The Mother of God returned home in 2004.

Баранка

Cafés


Moving towards Cherepovets. On the way we will have dinner with dishes of Russian and European cuisine in a modern roadside cafe. A playground and a play corner await little guests.