Yekaterinburg, or Ekaterinburg, on the Iset River, is the historical and economic centre of the Urals which forms a natural border between Europe and Asia. Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723 by Tsar Peter the Great and named after his wife, Catherine. The city witnessed the death of monarchy in Russia, as it was here that the last Russian Tsar Nicolas II, with his family were assassinated by the Bolsheviks on 16th July 1918 in Ipatiev's House.
The city is associated with another famous political figure, Boris Yeltsin, who was born in the village of Butka not far from Yekaterinburg. On the place where the Tsar and his family were killed, a wooden cross and a chapel were erected. This place has been recognised by the Russian Orthodox Church as sacred and the 'Cathedral-on-the- Blood' was constructed where the Ipatiev house once stood. Other sights in this attractive Russian city are some fascinating museums and the attractive Opera House. There are also plenty of excellent Russian restaurants and café-bars to keep you occupied at night.
Experiencing a Russian banya, a traditional Russian steam bath in ‘black style’. During your time in the steam room, your guide will explain the rituals of a Russian banya and why it is referred to as ‘black style’. Hitting yourself with dried birch leaves and branches is optional!
Siberian Countryside Tour
One of our most popular trips in Yekaterinburg is a day trip to the village of Koptelovo, which is located 130km from Yekaterinburg. This old and beautiful Siberian village was founded in the 17th century and has a rich history. People who live in the village still stick to their old traditions. You will see a Russian house, called an ""izba"". Your guide will tell you how people lived, what they ate, how they worked, how they spent their leisure time and how they live now.
You will visit one of the museums containing many antiquities and facts about the history and old traditions of the village. At the end of the excursion you will have an opportunity to have lunch with the most popular local dishes and drinks.