Istra (city)

Istra (city)

Classic route along the Istra river. Relaxed rafting on the famous rafting river Istra in the Moscow region. Picturesque nature and interesting places. Everyone will love this route!

We are waiting for everyone at our base "Three Elements" on the territory of VSK "Burevestnik" in Moscow, st. Letnaya, d. 99A

Participants gather at the Burevestnik base. After the safety briefing, the participants load their things into the minibus, arrive at the starting point, change into rafting equipment, are assigned to kayaks and, accompanied by instructors, go along the route. At the end of the route, delivery by minibus to the Burevestnik base.

Group size for 1 instructor - no more than 7 participants.

We give you everything you need for a comfortable stay:

  • Polyethylene kayak (kayak), single or double, depending on the composition of the group (in our tours we use high-class boats from manufacturers from the USA and Europe).
  • Paddle to each participant (lightweight Harmony kayak paddles).
  • Life vest for each participant (specialized vest for kayaking, Harmony, Paddler).
  • Hermetic bag for 10 liters for small items if necessary.
  • Light snack to replenish energy (sandwich, water, sweet)

What you need to bring with you:

  • A change of clothing. It is recommended to bring a separate set of clothing for kayaking. Clothing should be taken taking into account the weather and the fact that when rowing, spray and waves can wet the rower. If it's hot - a long-sleeved T-shirt (ideally with an SPF), light pants, sneakers or trainers, any gloves (cycling or fitness). If it's cool - thermal underwear, waterproof jacket, sneakers or trainers, any gloves (cycling or fitness).
  • A hat - whatever the weather! It will protect you from the sun and splash from the paddle.
  • Sunscreen - on the water you can get sunburn very quickly and imperceptibly even in cloudy weather.
  • Drinking water - depending on your needs. Remember that Coca Cola and other sugary drinks will not quench your thirst.

09:00 Gathering of the group at the Burevestnik base, boathouse # 2. 09:00 - 09:30 Briefing, kayak assignment. 09:30 - 10:30 Loading into a minibus and a trip to the starting point. 11:00 - 14:30 Rafting on the Istra river. 14:30 - 15:00 Rest, snack near Luzhkov. 15:00 - 18:00 Continuation to Pavlovskaya Sloboda. 18:30 - 19:30 Loading into a minibus, return to the base. 19:30 End of the event.

Time on the route may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances (traffic jams, weather conditions, etc.)

The hike is accompanied by an experienced instructor along a scenic route with equipment, a first aid kit, a hermetic bag for things. The route has been learned by instructors and allows you to change the duration slightly depending on your physical condition.

The most famous Istra route starts in the city of Istra with the same name. The river, although narrow, is deep and fast enough to cover almost 30 km in a day.

Istra sports tourism


Many interesting sights are located near Moscow itself. For example, the city of Istra, which has a five-hundred-year history, is known for the “New Jerusalem” monastery, and the banks of the river of the same name, on which it is located, is an excellent place to relax.

On the banks of Istra

Istra is located just 40 km from Moscow in the northwest direction. Novorizhskoe highway passes nearby. The nearest station is called Novoierusalimskaya. There is also the Istra platform. Most of the world's settlements are built on river banks. Istra is no exception. The river of the same name flows through its center. The local landscape is a hilly plain.

In the 16th century, the village of Safatovo was located in these places, which was later renamed Voskresenskoye. In the second half of the 18th century, the settlement received the status of a provincial town. At that time, there was a monastery, a post station and a couple of factories in the town. The number of inhabitants barely exceeded 3 thousand people. In 1930, Voskresenskoye was renamed Istra. Now 34 thousand people live in Istra.

The local climate is characterized as temperate continental. This predetermines warm summers and cool winters. The average air temperature in July is +23 degrees, in February - minus 10 degrees. This is despite the fact that February is considered the coldest month of the year. In general, the weather in the area is relatively comfortable in any season.

New Jerusalem

The main attraction of Istra is the New Jerusalem Monastery. Patriarch Nikon founded the monastery back in 1656. The name was chosen for a reason. Its creators wanted to repeat the holy sites of Palestine. The Resurrection Cathedral, for example, was designed in the image and likeness of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Resurrection Cathedral on a postcard from 1890

It is curious that the monastery has become a kind of cultural center. Back in the 17th century, he had a rich library, including books on philosophy and history. In total, there were about 600 folios. There were poetry and music schools at the monastery. The first Russian church museum was opened here.

Time passed. The fame of the monastery spread throughout the country. Not everyone could afford to make a pilgrimage to real Palestine, and New Jerusalem was relatively accessible. Many pilgrims were drawn to the banks of Istra. At the beginning of the last century, up to 35 thousand believers came here during the year. In the 20th century, the fate of the monastery was typical. The cloister was closed, and the premises were given to the regional museum of local lore.

At the very beginning of the war, Istra was captured by the Germans. During this period, the Resurrection Monastery was destroyed, which the Nazis mined and blew up. Only a quarter of a century after the end of the war, the monastery was rebuilt from the ruins. Services in the temple began in the 90s. Now the complex has about 20 architectural structures. There is the New Jerusalem Museum and the Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture.

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