TROIKA RIDE AT PAVLOVSK PARK
The sprawling Pavlovsk Park was established in 1780 after Catherine the Great had bequeathed the land to her son, the Grand Duke Paul, in 1777.
Much of the grounds represents the trend at the time for English gardens, with the seemingly natural landscape sprinkled with areas to host informal parties and quaint ‘ruins’ designed as romantic scenery. The best way to see the gorgeous park is by troika, the Russian word for a sleigh. The ultimate Dr Zhivago-esque experience, the troika is drawn by three horses, and will delight romantics. Guests will enjoy sliding majestically over the snow-covered grass, with only the sound of sleigh bells mixing with the crunch of sledge runners to disturb their winter peace. If you’re feeling a little cold after your ride, then warm up the way Russians do – with a shot of vodka provided for you by your driver.