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Stop At: Svetlanskaya Street, Vladivostok Russia
"The central street of Vladivostok used to be called Amerikanskaya (American) before 1873. The city’s first and main five kilometer stretch was named in honor of the steam-ship “America” from the Russian Imperial Fleet.
The street was renamed Svetlanskaya in honor of the frigate “Svetlana,” on which the Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich arrived in Vladivostok. In 1924, the year of Lenin's death, Svetlanskaya was named after the Soviet leader, and in 1992, a year after the fall of the Soviet Union, the street became Svetlanskaya once again.
Svetlanskaya begins not far from Sportivnaya Bay with its ferry’s wheel and Ocean movie theater, then flows along music bars, museums, city’s main shopping center and has way more to offer then just beautiful sea views of the Golden horn bay and Vladivostok’s Zolotoy bridge."
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Vladivostok Fortress, Batareinaya St., 4A, Vladivostok 690091 Russia
The old Vladivostok Fortress is the city’s most popular and distinct sight. This complex of unique fortifications is rightfully considered one of the most powerful coastal fortresses in the world. The construction of the fortress started in the late 19th century: after the fall of Port Arthur during the Russian-Japanese war of 1904–1905, the Vladivostok defense fortifications had to be improved. In the year 1923, an agreement between Russia and Japan about Vladivostok's demilitarization was signed. However, the Vladivostok Fortress was reactivated in the early 1930s when a new war with Japan was brewing. This was the time when the Voroshilov Battery was built on Russky (Russian) Island. The Vladivostok Fortress is a giant compound that includes numerous facilities and units. They are scattered over a vast territory, from the suburbs of Vladivostok to the islands of the Peter the Great Bay. You can stumble on fortifications everywhere in Vladivostok. The Vladivostok Fortress Museum restored the old rituals: the change of the guard of honor, the rising of the flag, and the daily shot of the cannon at noon. The Vladivostok fortress has not been involved in military actions, however, the mere fact of its existence accomplished its mission: the military power of the fortress was so imposing that nobody dared to attack the city.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: S-56 Submarine Museum, Korabelnaya Embankment, Vladivostok Russia
Like most maritime cities, Vladivostok erects monuments dedicated not only to people, but also to ships. Perhaps the most interesting among them is the S-56 submarine. The building of a diesel-electric Soviet S-class submarine S-56 (“S” stands for “Srednyaya”, which means “medium” in Russian) began in Leningrad (now known as St. Petersburg) and was completed in Vladivostok by Ship Repair Center. She was launched and commissioned in October 1941. A year later, the sub made an unprecedented move for duty to the Northern Fleet — crossing both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.In the north, the S-56 successfully fought against a fascist’s fleet. She engaged in eight military campaigns, sunk four targets (two warships and two cargo ships), and damaged numerous other targets. In 1944, the sub was awarded the ‘Order of the Red Banner’, and in 1945 she was honored with the prestigious ‘National Guard’ title. The S-56 is believed to be the most successful Soviet submarine that fought in World War II. Today the Soviet S-class submarine S-56 is one of the highlights of the “Military Glory of the Pacific Navy Fleet” memorial complex. It is also listed as a branch of the Military Historical Museum of the Pacific Navy Fleet, meaning that her service, despite decommissioning, continues. The original interior of the submarine’s central and bow compartments is well preserved, so one can see real sailors’ bunks, peer inside the torpedo tube, and look out through the periscope. They say that during the war, the “Fifty-Sixth” was declared dead 19 times, yet she always returned; and now she is unsinkable forever.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Marine Passenger Terminal, ul. Korabel'naja naberezhnaja, Vladivostok Russia
You will be able to enjoy the city view from the water.
When the tour boat pulls away from pier, Vladivostok is revealed from a viewpoint that the city’s founders saw. You will find out how interesting it is to change your perspective, when instead of a seascape opening from a bird's-eye view, you discover all kinds of capes, hills, and coves from sea level. During the trip, you can take many amazing shots and capture the most interesting places from previously inaccessible angles.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Funicular in Vladivostok, Pushkinskaya St., Vladivostok Russia
To complete the tour, you will lift on the famous Vladivostok’s funicular to see the panoramic view of the city from its highest point - Eagle’s Nest Observation Platform.
The funicular is one of the brightest representatives of a unique vehicle of transportation not only in the Far East, but also in Russia. Such a structure is only at one of the resorts in Sochi, but it works only for the transportation of clients of a health institution. The first funicular was carried out in 1962 and connected the area not far from the Eagle Nest species platform with the central part of the city, the Pushkin Theater, the building of the Far Eastern Federal University, etc. Now the journey takes only 1.5 minutes, during which a beautiful view of the Golden Horn Bay opens up. The initiator of the construction of this facility was Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev, who, after visiting Vladivostok, wished to make it the second San Francisco. So in the city there were two cable cars, which move along a single track line, with a crossing in the central part. After major repairs, they are painted in the colors of the Russian tricolor (blue and red). Along the path of the funicular there is a staircase, the total number of steps of which is 368. Locals call it the “staircase of health” and are often used as a simulator.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Eagle's Nest Mount, Vladivostok 28-13 Russia
Vladivostok is a city in the hill, and the hill makes a perfect natural lookout with its breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Eagle’s Nest is the most popular and well-kept observation point. In fact, it is an excellent place to start getting familiar with the city of Vladivostok.The vantage point offers a magnificent bird’s-eye view over the city and Zolotoy Rog (Golden Horn) Bay. Visitors enjoy a stunning city skyline, the bay view, and fresh sea air. After all, Vladivostok is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in Russia.Here you will also find a monument of the creators of the Slavic alphabet, Cyril and Methodius, a mural of the critically endangered Far Eastern leopard painted by the South African artist Sonny, a friendship stone with Vladivostok’s sister city in Japan, and the Arch of Desires. If your time in Vladivostok is limited, a visit to Eagle’s Nest viewpoint will be your chance to see the city in the best light. Here, scenic views are offered at any time — day or night!
Duration: 1 hour