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‘And Quiet Flows the Don’ History Tour

Overview

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

Itinerary

Rostov-On-Don

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.

Day 1

Arrival in Rostov-on-Don

Welcome to Rostov! After arriving at Platov Airport, your driver will meet you outside the arrivals terminal and take you to your hotel in Rostov-on-Don.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Walk around Rostov-on-Don

Your first day will kick off with a city tour of Rostov-on-Don. You will visit the popular Bolshaya Sadovaya Street known for being the best place to go shopping in the city, the magnificent Cathedral of the Nativity, and the central market filled to the brim with aromas, spices and seasonal fruit and vegetables.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Bolshaya Sadovaya Street

  • Cathedral of the Nativity

  • Central market

  • Don River

  • River cruise

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Travel to

Starocherkassk

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.

Day 3

Tour of the Don Cossack capital of Starocherkassk

Wake up to an early breakfast before meeting your guide in the hotel lobby. Your driver will pick you up from the hotel at around 9:00am before taking you to the ex-Cossack capital of Starocherkassk where you will begin your tour.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Transfer

  • City Tour

  • Ataman Efremov Compound

  • Sts. Peter and Paul Church

  • Ataman Palace

  • Museum of history of Don Cossacks

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 4

Wine tasting at Vedernikov Winery Estate

After breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby where your driver will pick you up and take you to your next destination, the Vedernikov Winery Estate. The drive will take approximately 3 hours and you should arrive at the estate around 12:00pm. On arrival, you will be able to stretch your legs on a tour with the winemaker who will guide you through this magnificent winery, its vineyards and tell you more about the history of the land. You will even get to taste some of the award-winning wines for yourself!

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Vedernikov Winery Estate

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Wine tasting

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Expert Guide

  • Prominent Landscape

Travel to

Taganrog

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.

Day 5

Taganrog city tour

After having breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide in the lobby before being picked up by your driver for the 2-hour journey to Taganrog. Your day will start with a city tour of Taganrog where you will visit a series of famous houses including Alexander I, Tchaikovsky, and the birth house of Anton Chekhov.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Transfer

  • City Tour

  • Birth house of Anton Chekhov

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Azov Sea

  • Taganrog Bay

  • Prominent Landscape

Travel to

Azov

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.

Day 6

Visit to the Azov State Archaeology Museum

The penultimate day of your Don Cossack experience! After breakfast your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby before you set off on the hour journey to Azov.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Azov State Archaeology Museum

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Azov fortress

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 7

Departure from Rostov-on-Don

Enjoy a leisurely morning breakfast in your hotel before your 12:00pm check out. Your driver will meet you outside your hotel at the time agreed and take you to your scheduled departure point (Rostov airport or railway station).

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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