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Downtown Walks. Spiritual Route.

With this post I’m starting a new series of post on theme walks of Novosibirsk, mostly downtown, each of which can be booked as a tour, of course. Read, enjoy, explore Novosibirsk the way YOU want, choose, AND book YOUR walk!

Spirituality and Faith is our core. It is what supports us in times of troubles and what makes us grateful in times of joy and glory.

New for you! Itineraries for self-guided tours!

Dear travelers!

Right now we are all physically prevented from travelling. God knows how long the pandemics will last, but no pandemics ever lasted forever, and history knows a lot about all sorts of pandemics and other troubles and disasters. Sometimes they took months, sometimes years, but there is always something in common — they NEVER lasted forever!

I guess you are having as much free time as everyone out there right now. Let us not waste this precious time, but let us make plans and DREAM about the future to come. And when it comes, we’ll be ready to start right away.

Perhaps you have always wanted to visit Siberia, or have though about getting here in the near future. Or maybe you are planning your Siberian travel right now? Great! Me and the whole team of AskNovosibirsk is here to help you.

Many places in Russia, including Siberia, still remain a big ‘white spot’ for travelers. Exactly that’s why lots of globetrotters still prefer addressing travel agencies when it comes to Siberia. Their common fears: lack of information, especially in the English (let alone other than English) language; no knowledge of the Russian language and enormous difficulties to grasp at least some bits of it due to the high complexity of the Cyrillic script;  lack of information on lifestyle in Russia, cultural and social peculiarities, etc. One feels more protected in a group, and, though there is not much freedom and not many opportunities to see and explore real life, people turn to agencies.

I assure you — a travel across Russia and Siberia is NOT dangerous. Thousand or maybe millions of travelers have already tried that and they were happy. I constantly get mails from my past customers with thank-you words and wonderful memories of their travel to Novosibirsk and many other Siberian destinations.

So, again — it’s exactly the time to plan and dream, and this is my today’s offer: exactly for YOU I create and thoroughly develop itineraries of your future travels to Siberia including Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Omsk, Yekaterinburg (which is not exactly Siberia but still), Krasnoyarsk and the Krasnoyarsk Territory, and Altai Mountains! If you want an itinerary for St.Petersburg or Moscow, or any other Russian destination, this can be arranged, too.

You describe what you want, what your budget is and what your dreams are, and I’m giving you the itinerary with all contacts, recommendations and schedules of your walks/drives. Being a local, I know best how to get around, how long it takes, what the best museums or restaurants are, what off-the-beaten track or traditional sights you should visit, the most interesting open-airs and events, all this translated to either English, German, French, Italian or Spanish.

For the cities and places other than Novosibirsk you book all hotels, trains/planes. For Novosibirsk, Omsk and Tomsk I offer the FULL range of services, including  booking hotels and restaurants, and purchasing tickets to museums, theatres, arranging meetings with locals, etc.

You arrange your Russian visa yourself, however, if you need assistance with this, I give you the most reliable contacts.

I offer you the complete PLAN of your travel and stay. All recommendations are be given with account of the weather during the season you travel across Siberia.

I offer itineraries you can use completely on your own. However, if you still want to be guided around or want to know as much as possible from a local’s perspective, me and my team are always there for you!

Contact me for more info and order your itinerary of the Siberian travel right now!

A Day in Blagodatnoye

Blagodatnoye is a so-called «kinship homestead» settlement (родовое поместье, rodovoye pomest’ye) located 100 km to the south of Novosibirsk, overlooking the picturesque Ob Reservoir. A ‘kinship homestead’ is somewhat similar to the popular concept of an eco-settlement, however, the concept is broader and is based on the idea of Vladimir Megre, a Siberian businessman and writer best known as the author of the Ringing Cedars of Russia (also known as Anastasia) series of books, which since the 1990s has given rise to a very special socio-religious movement focused on the correct approach to planning, conceiving and raising children, which should all occur at the same location: a family homestead, or self-sufficient plot of land surrounded by a hedge with a water source, dwelling, woods, a meadow, vegetable gardens, berries, herbs, mushrooms, a greenhouse, a banya and beehives.

Rocks on the Berd, Novosibirsk Region, all year round

Rocks on the river Berd, also known as Zveroboy, in Maslyaninsky District, is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole Novosibirsk Region. Tastes differ, of course, but I think there is hardly any person, who would feel indifferent standing on top of a rocky hill looking at the curve of a small river.

Winter Fun in Novosibirsk. Huskypulled Sled Riding!

AskNovosibirsk is happy to announce an absolutely new winter fun for the city guests and residents. The one you can experience only in areas with snowy winters, and, despite global warming, Siberia is still snow-covered for nearly five months, mid November to late March! 

The Holy Spring in Lozhok Village, one of the Former GULAG Locations.

There is a quiet and peaceful place to the south of Novosibirsk, on the outskirts of Lozhok village. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to get there from the center of Novosibirsk. An elegant newly built Orthodox  church overlooks a tiny chapel off a small creek surrounded by picturesque birch trees. On popular Orthodox holidays the place is packed with worshipers,  but even on ordinary days the place is never empty. People from nearby villages and even from Novosibirsk arrive with bottles, cans, and barrels to get some water from the creek, while the most courageous ones dive into the ever-freezing waters in specially arranged pools, some doing it even in the middle of Siberian winter.

Kolyvan’

Kolyvan’ is included into the list of historical places of the Novosibirsk Region; it is one of the oldest settlements in the region. Located only 30 km to the north of Novosibirsk and close to the river Ob, this settlement was founded much earlier than Novosibirsk, and it is definitely worth visiting if you are interested in Russian history and the history of Siberia in particular, or just want to enjoy picturesque and peaceful landscapes of the Siberian countryside or get an idea of the typical lifestyle in the country.

Suzun. Old Copper Factory and Mint.

I invite you for a day trip to Suzun, a settlement located approximately 150 km to the south of Novosibirsk.

Surrounded by everlasting pine woods, this settlement was officially founded by the order of Catherine II in 1763 for construction of a copper factory and a mint. Copper was excavated in Altai, but it was very expensive to transport it to the European Russia for making coins, so a mint in close proximity to the mines was necessary. 

Winter Walking Tours of Novosibirsk.

You’ve finally determined to book a walking tour of Novosibirsk in the middle of winter? Congratulations! Snow-covered trees, beautiful ladies in luxurious fur coats, happy kids in funny snow suits, snow and ice figures, Christmas decorations — you will experience the REAL Siberia! You’ll surprise your friends with great pics you are about to have! 

Tours in Novosibirsk are now available in multiple languages!

Dear guests from non-English speaking countries! Good news for you!

All tours of Novosibirsk and its surroundings listed and presented in this blog are now available not only in English and German, which are my working languages. If your native languages are Spanish, Italian or French, or if you prefer these languages to English, I work with a team of dedicated colleagues, who are professionals in those languages. All of them are great guides with lots of experience.

When contacting me, please indicate the language you would like to have your tour in.

Our team is constantly expanding, so in summer 2019 I will be able to offer you tours in languages, which are not in the list yet.