St. Petersburg is one of the most famous, historic and beautiful cities in the world. It is also a thriving modern metropolis undergoing a renaissance. The sheer grandeur of the city is just as advertised and will not disappoint. Palaces, gilded steeples, monumental art, colourful facades lining canals. It just goes on and on and on. Absolutely iconic, spectacular, bucket list. What better idea than to enjoy our favourite sport here?  Then there is Novgorod, called the birthplace of Russia. Centuries of history are found along the banks of the Volkhov River, which served as a major trading route bringing riches to this city. The city has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often called a city-museum. Beautiful churches graced with onion domes seem to pop up everywhere but the most beautiful is Cathedral of St Sophia, the oldest church in Russia. We row the rivers and canals of the St.Petersburg as well as two days rowing in Novgorod.  Our base is the English Rowing Club, a powerhouse of Russian rowing, but a club that appreciates the beauty of where they row, and Andrej will show us his favourite spots.