New Year's mood, decorated corners of Smolensk and a pinch of magic are the main components of our winter sightseeing walk. You will explore the key places of the city, get acquainted with the festive traditions of the Smolyans and collect a collection of fabulous stories that happened here around Christmas and New Years. Individual excursion for 1-10 people Duration 3 hours Children Possible with children How it goes On foot Rating 5 per 1 review RUB 3000 per excursion Price for 1-10 people, regardless of the number of participants
What awaits you
Smolensk with the smell of pine needles and tangerines From the main city tree in the central square, we will walk to the Lopatinsky Garden with the Royal Fortress. Let's take a look at the 17th century Nutcracker House and the Ascension Monastery, and then take a look at Blonie Park with the legendary deer sculpture, around which a special New Year tradition has developed. You will learn how the former house of the Nobility Assembly and the “gingerbread” house of Budnikov are connected with the holiday. Finally, visit the majestic main temple of the city - the Assumption Cathedral
How the residents of Smolensk celebrated the New Year We will visit the places where the townspeople organized festive festivities, rode dashing troikas and gave balls. Let's remember the old city carols, for example, "Give me the sausage, I'll take it home!" You will find out why the ancestors were “warmed” in the Smolensk region, what the locals ate before and after the first star, who guarded the gingerbread and how to properly visit in Smolensk. And we will also figure out why men looked at women after the service in the Ascension Monastery, and women men - after the liturgy in Trinity.
The excursion is perfect for the evening time, when lanterns and garlands are lit in the city. At the same time, it is worth agreeing in advance on the start time of the walk so as not to get into the Assumption Cathedral during the service or when it is closed.
Photos by Evgeny Gavrilov
The beginning of the excursion in the area of Lenin Square. You will find out the exact meeting point immediately after booking.