The tour is an excellent opportunity to see the most important and beautiful places in Krasnoyarsk – one of the largest cities in Russia, the easternmost city in Russia with a million-plus population.
You will visit the city's main square, Teatralnaya Ploschad. Moving down to the waterfront, you will see a panoramic view of the River Yenisei – one of the longest and most water-abundant rivers in Russia and the world. You can also take a memorable photo against the backdrop of the Universiade Clock and the Kommunalny Bridge, which is one of the main symbols of the city.
The tour will continue in the historical centre of the city, the place where Krasnoyarsk was founded. You will visit Ploschad Mira, the square where the Universiade Park is to be located. At the White Horse Monument to the Cossack Pioneers you will find an interactive platform with folk fun and play.
After visiting the Monument to Andrey Dubensky, the Founder of Krasnoyarsk, you will head towards one of the main symbols of the city – Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel. It is depicted on the front of Russian 10-ruble banknotes. Here you will be greeted with songs performed by a costumed folklore collective.
During the tour you will immerse yourself in a real historical fairy tale, you will discover the most beautiful architecture, Siberia's holy places, the gripping history of how these sights were created and lives of outstanding historical figures, while surrounded by inspiring landscapes.
In the Holy Dormition Monastery, you will familiarize yourself with the history of Orthodoxy in Krasnoyarsk and Russia. Furthermore, in the Uspensky Cultural and Historical Centre you will take part in a master class in traditional crafts of ritual doll making, wool felting and embroidery.
On the Ploschad Mira Square, which is to be part of the Universiade Park during the Winter Universiade, you will take in the view of Vinogradovsky Bridge – the Park's designers suggest that it symbolises a portal to winter and unites Ploschad Mira with the Western part of Tatyshev Island. There is also a monument to Commander N. P. Rezanov, one of the leaders of the first Russian voyage around the world, famous for his love story with Maria Concepción Argüello, the daughter of Commandant of San Francisco. Their lives inspired the plot of the poem "Avos" by A. A. Voznesensky and the poem in turn served as literary inspiration for the rock opera "Juno and Avos" by composer L. Rybnikov and its televised version.
The tour will be followed by some Cossack fun at the White Horse Monument to the Cossack Pioneers with a performance from a folklore group on the city's main viewing platform – at the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel.
Krasnoyarsk is one of the largest cities in Russia, the administrative centre of the Krasnoyarsk Territory (the second largest subject of the Russian Federation), was founded in 1628 and is the largest of Siberia's oldest cities.
The tour will begin with a visit to the St. Nicholas Memorial Steamship. Its rich history is connected with two historical figures who symbolize two of Russia's historical periods. Crown Prince Nicholas (would-be Russian Emperor Nicholas II) sailed to Krasnoyarsk on board of the vessel and the revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was sent into exile on it. The steamship has an exposition narrating the history of the river fleet and it boasts a number of unique exhibits.
After that you will visit the house of the famous Russian painter Vasily Surikov whose main works are exhibited in the Tretyakov Gallery. Today, the estate museum is one of Krasnoyarsk's main attractions, thousands of visitors arrive there every year and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique atmosphere of the Siberian city of the past. You will enjoy a master class in watercolor painting there.
Then you will move on to the viewing platform next to the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel – one of the best places to take in a panoramic view of the city.
The tour will end with a visit to Gennady Yudin’s Estate Museum, the last surviving merchant cottage in Krasnoyarsk. The modest two-story wooden building is famous for housing one of the best private libraries with the largest collection of volumes in pre-revolutionary Russia. The Krasnoyarsk merchant and the gold mine owner spent almost all his money on this collection, fully dedicated to Russia, its history and art.
There will be a master class for you in ballroom dancing, truly adored by Russian merchants.
Krasnoyarsk is the departure point for the excursion programme. City streets, buildings, squares, monuments, parks – all of these places recreate history bit by bit and tell the story of the city's life spanning four centuries.
The tour will begin at the White Horse Monument. It is situated in the historic centre of Krasnoyarsk at the place where a detachment of Cossacks led by Andrei Dubensky disembarked in July 1628. According to one version, the Governor announced that the city would be built on that spot, and went on to inspect the surroundings while his horse was left waiting – that is exactly what is captured in the sculpture. Here you will be met by Cossacks who will help you immerse yourself in the atmosphere of folk festivals and celebrations.
Next you will visit the Victory Memorial Historical Museum, built in 1975 for the 30th anniversary of Victory Day. The Eternal Flame burns in front of the museum building. This is one of Krasnoyarsk special attractions. The complex was created in memory of the Siberians and people of Krasnoyarsk who served in World War II.
After that you will move on to the viewing platform next to the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel. There not only will you be captivated by a breathtaking view of the city, but also enjoy a performance by a folklore group.
To visit the next viewing point you will travel outside the city. The King Fish sculpture, created in the form of sturgeon, stands on top of a rugged 100-meter cliff. It is devoted to one of the works of the Krasnoyarsk writer Viktor Astafyev. Tourists are impressed by the detail of the monument where you can even see the fish scales and scars made by fishing hooks. Here you can take magnificent photographs of the River Yenisei and the surrounding mountains. 0
The tour will end with a visit to the famous Krasnoyarsk Dam and Hydroelectric Power Station, located 40 km from Krasnoyarsk on the River Yenisei. In terms of its installed capacity, it ranks second in Russia and seventh in the world. During the tour you will get acquainted with the history of the construction of the hydroelectric power plant and the development of energy in the region. The Hydroelectric Power Station complex includes Russia's only ship lift.
Krasnoyarsk lies on both banks of the River Yenisei where the West Siberian Plain joins the Central Siberian Plateau and the Sayan Mountains, in the basin formed by the northernmost spurs of the Eastern Sayan. The area surrounding the city is famous for its beautiful nature.
During the tour you will become acquainted with the works of the famous Soviet and Russian writer Viktor Astafyev and visit the village of Ovsyanka where he lived and worked. His and his grandmother's houses are typical examples of village estates in the 1920s and 1930s. Thanks to the work of architects and historians, the estate has been restored in the finest detail according to the memories of eyewitnesses and Viktor Astafyev's book "The Last Bow".
Another place associated with Astafyev is the viewing point with a brilliant wrought-iron monument King Fish, erected to mark the writer's 80th anniversary. It was erected in honor of the writer's work of the same name. The sculpture is created in the form of a sturgeon to symbolize harnessing nature.
The viewing point and the recreational area next to the monument are very popular with local residents, especially newlyweds, as well as visitors to Krasnoyarsk. Visitors toss coins to the foot of the sculpture to come back there again. It is considered good luck to take the brilliant King Fish by its antennae.
Another beautiful viewing platform is located on the territory of the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Power Station, which is the second largest in Russia, second only to Sayano-Shushenskaya, and one of the ten largest hydroelectric power stations in the world. It is depicted on the ten-ruble banknote, and is one of the most famous attractions in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. It is worth noting that the famous cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin poured the first concrete into the dam's foundation.
The tour will take you on a visit to the Stolby Nature Sanctuary – the city's signature landmark. The reserve has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Over time the wind and rain have carved figures out of the stone – bizarre rock pillars reminiscent of animals, birds and people. Almost all of them have their own names, including the Plumage, the Grandfather, The First Pillar, and the Lion's Gate.
The reserve's largest rock is the Second Pillar, which reaches the height of 748 meters above sea level, and 100 meters from the ground up. The most frequently visited rock is the Grandfather; it resembles the head of a stern old man.
Every year the Stolby Nature Sanctuary is visited by almost 300 thousand people, including tourists from Russia and abroad. The protected area covers 47.2 thousand hectares. Fresh air and unique natural conditions at Stolby facilitate the development of sports tourism and outdoor activities in Krasnoyarsk.
The walking part of the route makes up 2 kilometers, so you will need comfortable warm clothes and slip proof shoes.