Golden Ring: Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov
The Golden Ring is a cradle of Russian culture. The cities in the Golden Ring are Sergiyev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Vladimir, Rostov Velikiy, Uglich, Alexandrov, Gus-Khrustalny, Ivanovo, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Rybinsk and Suzdal. Nowadays the towns are called “open air museums” comprising the real masterpieces located in authentically picturesque nature.
Travel along the Golden Ring to see and experience the living history, admire the strict forms and ornaments of the ancient Russian architecture , feel the antiquity of the white stone masonry or the warmth of centenarian oaks laid in logs; to taste Russian dishes prepared in the traditional way, watch or even participate in historical reconstructions, wander through Levitan’s Ples, see numerous museums and workshops of traditional crafts, listen to church chants and folk songs that cannot be heard anywhere else…
Tour destination: Sergiev Posad – Vladimir – Suzdal – Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Rostov
At 8.30 am our Moscow guide will pick you up at the hotel to start driving to Sergiev Posad.
It will take approximately 2 hours to get there where you visit the famous pilgrimage sight, the Holy-Trinity St. Sergius Monastery, quite often referred as Russian Vatican. The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius was founded in the early 14th century by one of the most venerated saints of Russia St. Sergius. For centuries, Russian czars and common people set out on pilgrimage to the monastery. It remains one of the most sacred places in Russia today.
Lunch at the local restaurant. Transfer to Vladimir. The sightseeing tour including the Assumption cathedral (famous for Andrey Rublev frescoes), St Demetrius cathedral, Golden gates and learn the old history of Vladimir, once the capital of Rus.
Driving to Suzdal. Check-in the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Suzdal sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Museum of Wooden Architecture (During the low season it will be substituted with the Intercession Convent), St Euthimius monastery (or Intercession Convent), Suzdal Kremlin.
Travel north to Kostroma. Lunch at the local restaurant. During the city tour you’ll visit the 14th-century Monastery of St Ipaty: the territory and the Trinity Cathedral. Driving to Yaroslavl. Check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing tour of Yaroslavl, that was once a major political and economic hub. Stop to visit the Monastery of Transfiguration of the Saviour – one of Russia’s richest monasteries – and then head inside the Church of Elijah the Prophet to see some of the brightest frescoes in the Golden Ring.
Transfer to Rostov, a town that’s often considered the prettiest in the Golden Ring with its silver-domed Kremlin. See the highlights on your city tour, stopping outside the Kremlin and Monastery of St Jacob.
Return to Moscow.