The “Golden Ring”, which originally included 8 towns, appeared in the 60s of the last century. The name was given by Yuri Alexandrovich Bychkov. He was a journalist in the newspaper "Soviet Culture" and was preparing an article about Suzdal. Bychkov was driving a car, but he saw a pointer to Ivanovo and decided to see that town as well. That is how the story began. From one town he drove to another, starting the route which would then be taken by millions of people.
Gradually, other beautiful Russian cities with their rich history and the Russian spirit were informally added to the Golden Ring. During the trip you can see majestic ancient cathedrals and get acquainted with traditional folk crafts. Of course, our route can not cover all the cities of the route, however, you will see the most outstanding of them.
Departure from Moscow to Pereyaslavl-Zalessky. City tour of Pereslavl-Zalessky, a city on the shores of the most ancient Lake Pleshcheyevo. The names of almost all the great princes and kings of Russia are associated with Pereslavl.
We will visit the local Red Square, which has been preserved from the ancient city to this day. It is now an open-air museum. The pearl and pride of Pereslavl, the Transfiguration Cathedral of the XII century is right in the center of it.
Departure to Rostov the Great.
Excursion to the Rostov Kremlin, the residence of the Rostov bishops and metropolitans. We will see the architectural ensemble of the Rostov Kremlin with its Assumption Cathedral (XVI century). There is also a unique belfry with a fully preserved set of 15 bells. The next must-visit sight is the Museum of Rostov Enamel. Local enamel products are famous for their particular brightness and purity of colors.
Today we will have a walking tour of Yaroslavl. This is the heart of Ancient Russia and a grand monument of Russian history, architecture and culture. The entire historical center of Yaroslavl is included in the UNESCO list of cultural heritage. Yaroslavl is a huge open-air museum, and today we will have an opportunity to admire its unique exhibits.
We will visit magnificent temples of the Yaroslavl School of Architecture and the very "heart" of Yaroslavl - on the arrow of Kotorosl and Volga and enjoy the beauty of the historic part of the city.
Free time after lunch. Departure to Kostroma.<br>
Night in in the hotel of Kostroma.
Kostroma is the same age as Moscow, the oldest jewelry center, a substantial merchant city and one of the largest ports on the Volga. The city is spread over seven picturesque hills at the confluence of two rivers - the Volga and Kostroma. A well-preserved ensemble of rich mansions and wooden houses creates it a unique charm.
You will admire the tall fire tower, see the magnificently preserved ensemble of the Trading rows that are still working. Kostroma’s most romantic monument is the Ostrovsky gazebo with a charming view of the Volga. We will also visit the Ipatiev Monastery of the 15th century and the Romanovs’ Chambers.
Departure to Suzdal. Hotel check-in.
In the evening - we will have even more immersion into the Russian traditions - a visit to Russian banya (traditional bath)
We will start the day with a guided tour around Suzdal, a city of stunning beauty and rare harmony. It is famous for the most picturesque surroundings, ancient majestic monasteries, temples and old wooden houses. High-rise construction is strictly forbidden in Suzdal, so one can feel the true spirit of ancient Russia here.
You will admire the ensemble of the Suzdal Kremlin - the oldest attraction of Suzdal, which is a genuine architectural wonder. We will visit famous Suzdal monasteries, and then see a real wooden fairy tale - the Suzdal Museum of Wooden Architecture. This museum is a rare collection of authentic buildings for various purposes - from the houses of the poor rural people and wealthy villagers to unique windmills.
Then we will go to Vladimir, an amazing city of unique monuments and stunning beauty of landscapes. We will enjoy the beauty of the Assumption Cathedral and Dmitrievsky Cathedral, with their famous ancient frescoes. You will also admire the most famous monument of Vladimir - the Golden Gate.
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What is included?
Private car transportation according to the program
Entrance fees according to the program
Accommodation in 3-4* hotels, depending on the choice of a tour