SUGGESTION FROM THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST: TOUR OF VLADIVOSTOK
Sightseeing, Cultural, Lunch not included
An intriguing journey into the eclectic city of Vladivostok partly by coach and partly on foot from the panoramic peak of one of its picturesque hills down to the ocean with its large sandy bays and lush islands passing by the centre offering a glimpse into Russian life and history: an Orthodox church to discover the local spirituality, a lively port turned into a meeting place and monuments and artefacts dating back to the Soviet past and to the Second World War.
What we will see
- Spectacular Zolotoj suspended bridge
- Eagle’s Nest: breathtaking views from the highest point in the city
- Monument of Cyril and Methodius
- Stop in a souvenir shop
- Visit of an Orthodox church: discovering Russian mysticism
- Lively picturesque Sportivnaja Gavan port
- Stroll around the city centre: Arbat street and central square
- S-56 submarine and Triumphal Arch
- Monument to Soviet Admiral Nikolai Kuznetsov
What we will do
- We leave the port and set off on our coach tour to discover Vladivostok, an amazing city in the far east of Russia overlooking the Golden Horn Bay and characterised by a dual ancient and modern soul.
- We drive along the Zolotoj bridge, suspended over the bay with its spectacular white tie-rods standing out against the blue of the ocean to reach the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint located on the highest point in the city where we can admire and take photographs of spectacular views of the seas and of the city below us.
- At the top of the viewpoint we find the monuments to saints Cyril and Methodius who evangelised the Slavic peoples and who are particularly venerated in Russia. Our cameras capture the combination between ancient and modern, with the statue of the two saints surmounted by a futuristic metal structure in the guise of a chapel.
- We then head to a souvenir shop where we can indulge in the purchase of arts and crafts typical of the Russian tradition such as colourful shawls, samovars, lacquered boxes, Matryoshka dolls, jewellery, wooden and amber artefacts.
- We continue our tour with a visit to an Orthodox church that provides us with an invaluable opportunity to understand Russian spirituality and the ancient religious traditions of these people better.
- We then reach the picturesque Sportivnaja Gavan port, one of the most popular and busy places in the city brimming with cafés, food stalls and entertainment of all kinds along the beach.
- We go on a lovely walk along the Arabat, a busy pedestrian street with fashionable shops, chic restaurants and exorbitantly high prices.
- We end up in the Main Square overlooking the port and also used for events and markets. We stop to take a few photos of the palaces and monuments embellishing the square and continue on our excursion.
- We pass by the huge S-56 submarine now a naval museum and reach the triumphal arch, a copy of that erected in honour of the future tsar Nicholas II destroyed by the Bolsheviks. We admire its structure resembling that of an Eastern pagoda, an example of the fusion of different cultures that characterises the city.
- We then return to the port as we continue to observe Vladivostok’s most important sights such as the Golden Horn Bay where majestic warships are still moored or the monuments in memory of important figures such as Admiral Nikolai Kuznetsov, who fought during the Second World War and is considered one of the best sailors in Russian history.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season.
- Money cannot be exchanged in the port, we recommend buying Russian currency beforehand.
- Visibility during the tour is subject to weather conditions.
- Comfortable shoes with a low heel are recommended.