As a feng shui consultant / environmental psychologist, I am very critical about physical spaces and how they affect our feelings and behavior. The Volga Dream is SUPERB. The ship, the food, and the service are excellent. The staff is extremely friendly and always fills your requests. Thank you for one of the most excellent vacations and by far the best river cruise we have taken!
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.