Retro Steam Train Tours to Pskov and Novgorod

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Refurbished 19th-century steam trains are to start historic two day tours in a bid to boost tourism in Russia’s north-west.

Passengers can choose between travelling in luxury or regular sleeper cabins as they travel from St. Petersburg to the provincial Russian cities of Pskov and Novgorod. The route is part of Russia’s ‘Silver Ring’ project – a rival to popular Moscow tourist trail, ‘The Golden Ring.’

“This is the first railway tour route in the North-West of Russia since the Soviet era,” Vladislava Vishnevskaya, First Deputy Chairperson of Pskov Oblast State Committee for Culture, told the TASS news agency.

“People usually take a bus trip from St. Petersburg if they want to visit Pskov – this offer combines two cities and it is more comfortable to travel overnight.”

In Pskov, the tour will include a visit to the Kremlin and St. Trinity Cathedral, the Monument to Alexander Nevsky, the Princess Olga Chapel, the medieval fortress of Izborsk, and a trip to Pskov-Caves Monastery.

In Novgorod, tourists will explore numerous churches and the St. Sofia Cathedral, a visit the Millennium of Russia Monument and see the jewelry collection in the Kremlin.