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Never having been on a cruise, we were unsure of what we would experience. We were very pleasantly surprised, the staff were excellent, food was delicious, entertainment was enjoyable, lectures opened our eyes to the history of Russia and in general we had a wonderful time. Our fellow passengers also made our trip one with wonderful memories.
Peter & Annemieke English
Founded in 1397 by Saint Cyril, throughout its history it was visited by tsars seeking forgiveness for their sins and hoping to store their many treasures in the safety of the monasteries huge walls. Many priceless relics remain in the monastery including some of the earliest pieces of Russian religious writings and 500 year old icons painted by the Russian master Dionysius
the Wise. The village of Goritsy itself is populated by just 600 people, who live in traditional painted wooden izbas, or log cabins and continue to make a living through fishing and farming. Walking around the peaceful back roads of the village reveals dozens of beautiful houses decorated with intricate wooden carvings and the chance to buy local crafts and homemade snacks.