Amazing Private trip to Ivan Terrible’s fortress - “island-city” of Sviyazhsk

A private guide will take you to the amazing trip around the ancient Russian town, founded by Csar Ivan the Terrible in 1551. You will find out why emperor Paul the First fell in love with this place and how Sviyazhsk got its name. The landscape makes you forget about the fuss and problems, and the water space surrounding the island from all the sides will remind you of Eternity and Harmony.

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  • What's included :
    • Lunch
    • Professional art historian guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Private tour
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Skip-the-line access
    • Entry/Admission - Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Holy Trinity Church
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Sviyazhsk, Sviyazhsk, Republic of Tatarstan, Volga District

    Sviyazhsk is located in the water area of three rivers, which are the Volga, the Sviyaga and the Schuka, and is based as a powerful fortress. The city has preserved numerous monuments of ancient Russian architecture, Orthodox culture and history. You will have a panoramic walking tour on the island. For several centuries the city was an Orthodox shrine for all Russians.

    A professional guide will help you to get acquainted with the stunning monuments of the island architecture, authentic frescoes of the 16th century, you will get into the enchanting atmosphere of a county town with an amazing history, legends, characters and beautiful landscapes. Every street, every house will tell you their own story here, and the temples of Sviyazhsk will narrate about the greatest man-made creations, about talented architects-Pskovians, who brought to us the unique beauty of white-stone monasteries.

    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery, Uspenskaya, 1, Sviyazhsk 422520 Russia

    Assumption Cathedral is a male monastery, included in UNESCO World Heritage list. It was built in 1555, in the same time as Diocese of Kazan was established, and was the main educational and enlightenment center there during XVI—XVIII centuries, in the program of Russian tzar Ivan the Terrible to colonize Volga region. In particular, it had one of the first printing presses in Russia, along with Moscow Print Yard. The frescoes of the monastery are among the best in Russia.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Holy Trinity Church, Troitskaya St., 3, Sviyazhsk 422520 Russia

    The 450 year old wooden Church of the Holy Trinity has undergone a number of reconstructions during its time. In 2011 the monument was returned to its original form, and now the church looks almost the same as it did back in 1551. The interior has remained practically unchanged: the surprisingly strict beauty of the golden logs of the walls, wide floorboards, massive doors and wooden benches leaning against the walls of the refectory give the church a homely feel, which was potentially the initial idea of the architect. The decor of the Trinity Church is a very rare tetral four-level carved iconostasis, which contrasts with the extremely modest appearance of the church. It's unusual that the saints’ images are equipped with explanatory inscriptions in Latin; this inscriptions manner of writing is not typical for Russia.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure and return point: your Kazan hotel
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by U Visit Russia

Activity ID: V-7772P121

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