Mandrogi, Russia

The north shore of Lake Ladoga contains many fascinating sights that have been around since Peter the Great moved the capital to the shores of the nearby…

Kizhi, Russia

Kizhi is an island near the geometrical center of the Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. It is elongated from north to south and is about 6…

Goritsy, Russia

Dive into the medieval atmosphere of this extraordinarily picturesque tiny river town of Goritsy, one of the most tranquil places in Russia. Today, cruise…

Yaroslavl, Russia

Yaroslavl is a Russian city, northeast of Moscow. It’s part of the Golden Ring group of ancient towns. On the grounds of the 12th-century Spaso-Preobrazhensky…

Uglich, Russia

Uglich is a town in west Russia. The grounds of its Kremlin citadel surround the green-domed Transfiguration Cathedral, which has an ornate wall of icons.…

Goris, Armenia

The endlessly winding roads that leap through the gorges over the mountains of Syunik come to a major junction at Goris, making this an inevitable stop…

Jermuk, Armenia

Since Soviet times, the upmarket spa town of Jermuk has been a popular vacation spot due to its precious mineral water treatment sanitoriums. In the old…

Minsk, Belarus

Minsk, capital of Belarus, is a modern city dominated by monumental Stalinist architecture. Many of its museums, theaters and other cultural attractions…