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We then drive 150 km (2.5 hours) to the iconic small town of Plyos. Plyos is one of the oldest towns in Russia, dating back to the twelfth century. It is one of the best preserved; but its rare beauty, art heritage and authentic historical atmosphere of the nineteenth century truly set it apart. Plyos was made famous by many great Russian painters who lived and worked here, and admired this beautiful Volga River settlement. Their art works are now exhibited in the State Tretyakov Gallery.

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What are you most keen on? Here in Plyos there is a museum of ancient Russian estates; a Russian home museum; there are interesting art galleries; Russia’s only Landscape Art Museum; historical homes of several of Russia’s most famous painters; and an astonishing number of old beautifully carved wooden houses Accommodation: 4* boutique hotel “Grand Sova”.

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