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The Pinega Land

Reserved Chud - Ecological tour

1st day: Meeting at the railway station in Arkhangelsk. Sightseeing tour in Arkhangelsk. Breakfast. Excursion to the Museum of Wooden Architecture Malye Korely. Lunch. Transfer to the tourist complex Golubino (about 4 hours). Accommodation. Dinner.

2nd day: Breakfast. Acquaintance with the nature reserve Golubinskiy. Excursion to the karst cave. Lunch. Walk along reserved forest. Visit of the falls Holy Spring. Dinner.

3rd day: Breakfast. Transfer to the Pinega village. Excursion Merchants Volodins heritage. Lunch. Excursion to the museum of local lore. Exposition of exiled of XIX XX centuries, exhibition of crafts, returning to the tourist-complex. Dinner.

4th day: Breakfast, visit to the Krasnogorsky ancient Monastery Red mountain, visit to the place where prince V. V. Golitsin and monk Nikon from Optinskaya wasteland were buried. Returning to the tourist-complex Lunch. Free time. Dinner.

5th day: Breakfast. Free time. Lunch. Transfer to Arkhangelsk.

Days of visiting: Monday Friday.

Kargopol

Kargopol belongs to the most ancient Russian towns. It was first mentioned in 1146 in connection with the Belozersky Prince Vyacheslavs campaign to the Northern Chud. The town is situated 420 km to the southwest of Arkhangelsk, on the left bank of the Onega River, in the centre of transportation corridor Finland - Karelia Arkhangelsk.

Kargopol is one of the few ancient northern towns which has preserved the whole ensembles of architectural and military monuments, elements of a Medieval Russian town plans. Unique monuments of the white stone architecture of the 16th - 17th centuries make the town landscape. The value of these monuments lies in the fact that they were a new approach to the facades decoration. The academician I.E. Grabar considered the Kargopol tracery a chef doeuvre of the wall decorations and to be highly competitive with those of the Renaissance Florentine Palaces.

The Kargopol Land has always been famous for folk crafts and arts. The flourishing of all the artistry was in the 16th - 17th centuries, in later centuries they developed further. There were workshops of icon painters and smiths, silversmiths and coppersmiths, potters and wood carvers. Kargopol was a centre of gold embroidery, the world famous were the Kargopol clay toys which had preserved some pagan symbols and rituals.

The living cultural landscapes, unique architectural and artistic monuments, the rich archeological heritage allowed Kargopol enter the list of small historic towns of Russia and the Federal Target Program Preservation and Development of Architecture in the Historic Towns of the Russian Federation.

We can offer the wonderful program The necklace of Kargopol. You are plunge into amazing world of the northern nature history and beauty and to visit Kargopol, an ancient northern Russian town: cosy wooden houses, majestic cathedrals, merchant mansions and the Onega River keeping mysteries and legends of Ancient Russia.

Lomonosov's Land

Kholmogory is one of the ancient settlements in the Russian North. For centuries it used to be an administrative, religious and cultural centre of the whole of the Dvina Land; Russia used to arrange all its external economic links via Kholmogory.

The settlement of Kholmogory is situated on the bank of the Northern Dvina, 75 km south-east of Arkhangelsk. The Kholmogory first mentioning in chronicles belongs to the year of 1137. As legend says, the main settlement of Chud Zavolotskaya tribes used to be at the place; later there appeared a Scandinavian trading colony where the Vikings stopped to trade peacefully with the locals.

The history of Kholmogory is connected with the name of Peter the Great, who visited the place three times. The Kholmogory Land was a native place of M.V. Lomonosov, a freat Russian scientist and reformer, of F.A, Popov, an explorer who first reached the Bering Channel in 1648, of sculptor Fedot Shubin, of poet Nikolai Rubtsov, of Hero of the Soviet Union P.I.Galushin.

Since the 17th century the functions of the Russian North administrative and cultural centre were delegated to Arkhangelsk, and Kholmogory became a provincial town which has preserved its northern character. Centuries-old traditions, industries, and folklore of the Pomor people are reflected in the expositions of the History Museum Memorial of M.V. Lomonosov.

Kholmogory is famous for being a centre of a specific craft, the carved bone of Kholmogory. The traditional craft appeared here in the 17th century, today it is supported and promoted by artisans working at a bone carving workshop named after M.V. Lomonosov.

The event tourism embraces traditional annual Lomonosov Readings in Kholmogory and Recitals in memory of the poet Nikolai Rubtsov held in Yemetsk.

We can offer different tours to the homeland of the great Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov.

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Tourist-excursion Company Pomor-Tour has been operating since April 1994. Welcome of tourists in the Russian North.