If you travel to Russia, plan enough time to visit the world’s largest country. This formula includes Moscow and Saint Petersburg as well as a full tour of the Golden Ring.
Particular attention is paid to the towns on the Volga: Yaroslavl, Kostroma and Plyos. In Russia, the famous singer Lyudmila Zykina had a famous song: "And so flows the Volga”. She is talking of a Russian woman who returns to her country of birth at different times of her life and thinks about her past on the banks of this iconic river. This song shows the importance of the Volga, not only as a waterway but as a metaphor of the sheer vastness of Russia.
Visiting the small town of Plyos is a particularly memorable part of the trip. It is further from the main road and tourist groups never venture that far. Furthermore, in Plyos, there are no large hotels. This town is a historic destination for writers and artists, who travelled here to capture the peace of its isolated scenery. The high banks of the Volga are home to many chalets, or dachas. This is where our visitors stay. You can relax on the veranda and enjoy homemade zakuski while gazing out over the Volga.
The silence and calm of Plyos create the perfect atmosphere to reflect on Zykina’s song, “And so flows the Volga”, which refers specifically to this little town. The song is an invitation to approach the river and dip your fingertips in its cool waters. You should try it too!