We invite you to go on a journey … into a fairy tale. But you do not need to travel on a flying carpet into a magical kingdom, you can just get on a bus and come on our excursion to the quiet town of Pereslavl-Zalessky, surrounded by beautiful lakes, marshes and dense forests. The places guard many secrets and mysteries. From the depths of the ages have come down to us legends of the magical properties of the mysterious Blue Rock on the shore of Lake Pleshcheevo. This region was at one time inhabited by the Berendey tribe who worshipped nature and aimed to live in harmony with it. They believed that their king, also called Berendey, had his residence in the forests nearby. Centuries passed and the powerful forces of Nature still reign supreme in Pereslavl. Still not sure? We invite you to visit the legendary palace of King Berendey the Wise, learn about the legends of this region and experience its unique charm!
In our program:
Explore old Pereslavl, this quiet town «behind the woods and the fields», shrouded with an aura of myths and legends. You will see Red Square with its 12th century church, surrounded by ancient earthworks, Lake Pleshcheevo and the famous Blue Rock, which has been here since the last Ice Age, and several Orthodox cathedrals, churches and monasteries.
Enjoy a colorful festival for the whole family in the Home of Berendey, with traditional folk dances, jokes, riddles, entertainments and games. Wise King Berendey himself with his comic servants will greet you on the carved porch of his house, and offer you bread and salt - the traditional symbols of hospitality - and delicious mead. Both children and adults will be able to try their hand at traditional Russian games of skill.
Visit the former Goritsky monastery, founded on the site of an ancient pagan temple in the 14th Century, during the reign of Ivan Kalita. It is now the home of the Pereslavl-Zalessky Historical Museum, with a fascinating collection of art and exhibits relating to the history and folklore of the town.
Visit the «The Boat of Fortune» exhibition in the Peter the Great's Boat Museum. Pereslavl is known as the cradle of the Russian navy, as it is here, on Lake Pleshcheevo that the young Tsar Peter launched his first «toy» flotilla of 100 boats - of which only one survives - the «Fortune». The Museum was built in 1803 to house the boat, and is the oldest museum in Russia outside St. Petersburg or Moscow.
This excursion to the magical town of Pereslavl-Zalessky is a wonderful chance to escape from the big city and experience one of Russia’s most beautiful and historic landscapes.
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