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‘And Quiet Flows the Don’ History Tour
Follow in the footsteps of the Don Cossacks starting in their former capital of Starocherkassk. Uncover more about the lives of the Don Cossack people beyond the stories with this 7-day cultural history tour. If you are looking for the best Cossack history tour that takes in plenty of the historical sites and more, then this is the perfect choice for you. This tour includes a city tour of the former Cossack capital, a trip to the Azov State Archaeology Museum and fortress, a visit to the birthplace of Anton Chekhov, and a wine tasting experience.
City tour of Rostov-on-Don and Starocherkassk
Exploring the Ataman Palace and the Don Cossack History Museum
Sea cruise around Azov and Taganrog Bay
Traditional Cossack-style lunch
Visit to the Army cathedral and Ataman Efremov compound in Starocherkassk
Visit to the Azov Archaeology Museum and Fortress overlooking the River Don
Wine tasting at Vedernikov Winery Estate
A popular port city situated 20 miles from the Sea of Azov, and north of the Caucasus. Rostov-on-Don is home to various landmarks including the Temple of the Holy Trinity, the Rostov Regional Museum of Fine Arts and the Maxim Gorky Academic Drama Theater. It is best known for the Cathedral of Virgin’s Nativity, designed in the late 19th century by Konstantin Thon. It was also a host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Starocherkassk is a rural area in Aksaysky District of Rostov Oblast, Russia, situated near to the Don River. The area has a long history dating back to the 16th century and is best known as the centre of Don Cossack culture and politics for nearly 200 years, and the capital of the Don Host Oblast. It is now known for its unique heritage and cultural sites including the 19th century Resurrection Cathedral.
Taganrog is a large port city in South West Russia at Taganrog Bay in the Sea of Azov. The city is best known as the birthplace of the famous Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov, and features a museum dedicated to his life and family artifacts. The city remains a beacon of local culture with various museums, parks and palaces including the Taganrog Museum of Art which includes many works from the Old Russian Masters.
Azov is a historic town situated in Rostov Oblast near to the Don River and the Sea of Azov from which its name derives. The area has strong links with military history throughout the ages and is particularly prevalent during the 15th to 17th centuries during the wars between the Don Cossacks and Ottoman Turks. It was the seat of its own government for 7 years, before declining in importance in favour of neighbouring Rostov-on-Don.
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Mercure Rostov-on-Don Central
Congress Hotel Don Plaza
Mercure Rostov-on-Don Central
Congress Hotel Don Plaza
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