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: Vladimir – Bogolubovo – Suzdal – Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Rostov – Sergiev Posad
At 8.30 am our Moscow guide will pick you up at the hotel to start driving to Vladimir. It will take about 3-4 hours to get there. During the sightseeing tour of Vladimir you will see the highlights of the city 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 Bogolyubovo, famous for the ancient Pokrova-na-Nerli Church. It is a 15 minute walk to the church of 12th century located on the Nerl river among picturesque meadows, and a 15 minute walk back. Driving to Suzdal (about 40 min). Check-in at the hotel.
Free time. 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.
Lunch at the local restaurant. Driving to Yaroslavl. Check-in at the hotel. Free time. Dinner and overnight
After breakfast travel north to Kostroma, a town sat on the banks of its namesake river. During a city tour you’ll visit the 14th century Monastery of St Ipaty: the territory and the Trinity Cathedral. Transfer back to Yaroslavl, that was once a major political and economic hub. After lunch continue with sightseeing city tour. 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 of the Golden Ring.
Enjoy free time. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Travel south to Rostov-Veliky, 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.
Lunch at the local restaurant and transfer to Moscow. Visiting Pereyaslavl-Zalessky on the way back with a photo stop on the Red Square.
Then we travel further to our final Golden Ring town of our tour, Sergiev Posad. The town’s undisputed highlight is the Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius, an active monastery that outspreads around the town. Taking a well-deserved place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the colossal monastery comprises onion-domed churches and countless buildings with an eye-catching architecture.
Return to Moscow.