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Golden Ring to Vladimir, Bogolyubovo, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov, Sergiev Posad

The trip to Vladimir, Bogolyubovo, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov and Sergiev Posad will help you to see the treasury of Russian history and culture, masterpieces of ancient art, unique monuments and museums. This 4 day Golden Ring tour is the best way to explore thoroughly old Russian cities and countryside life. This tour is designed for those who would like to breath in local culture as well as enjoy majestic scenery of Suzdal and Bogolyubovo, study century old architecture Rostov and Kostroma, see big provincial centers of Yaroslavl and Vladimir, visit the pilgrimage sight of all Russians. The villages and small towns are very picturesque and attractive for the tourists who want to feel the real life of Russian people, to plunge into russian traditional culture. One of such treasures is the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra which is situated in a beautiful ancient russian town Sergiev Posad. Experience old Russia with its old churches, wooden architecture and tranquil lifestyle.
Type: Private Tour
Duration: 4 days

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Day 1:

You will meet our driver and company representative at approximately at 8.30 a.m. Then you will be driven by car or mini-van to Vladimir, one of the oldest Russian cities that used to be the capital of Russia. It is about 2-3 hours’ drive from Moscow. 
In Vladimir you will have lunch in one of the city’s top restaurants

Continuing your travel you will have the sightseeing tour of Vladimir. You will have a chance to see the masterpieces of Russian architecture of XII century - the Assumption Cathedral, the Golden Gates. You will be able to see the best works of the prominent icon artist Andrei Rublev.

The Cathedral of the Assumption was the religious center of all Russia. The cathedral was constructed in 1158–1160, and painted by the great Andrei Rublev. It is part of the World Heritage Site entitled White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal. You will then proceed to the cathedral of St. Dmitry. This one-domed cathedral with fabulous frescoes was built in the beginning of the XII century. 

Built in 1163, the Golden Gates are one of Vladimir's most prominent landmarks. They are an integral part of the City's heritage, having witnessed its history over many centuries. The Gates were built as an impregnable fortress with massive oak doors bound with gilded copper. Ancient Vladimir had several other gates, but the Golden Gates were the main entrance to the City. Among others, they saw Alexander Nevskii and Dmitri Donskoi enter Vladimir when they were crowned grand princes of ancient Rus.

You will also visit the fabulous Museum of Crystal. Some of the crystal and glass on display was produced more than 250 years ago. There are also examples of contemporary experimental work. The examples of lacquer painting include icons from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as contemporary icons. Traditional Vladimir-style embroidery is also showcased.

Then you will be taken to Bogolubovo, a former residence of Prince Andrei Bogolubov which is situated on the high bank of the former river of Klyazma. It's 14 km from Vladimir. There you will be able to have a look at the Church Pokrov-on-Nerl (also called Church of the Intercession on the Nerl). It is a true gem of Medieval Russian architecture - its understated forms wonderfully complement the natural beauty of its location. The church was built in 1165 by Andrey Bogolyubskiy, the grand prince of Vladimir and Suzdal, in memory of his favorite son. The church was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the site White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal.

After the tour, you will be taken to the fabulous old Russian town of Suzdal, situated 38 kilometers north from the city Vladimir, on the Kamenka river.

Check into hotel.
Dinner at the restaurant is included.

Some information about the city. The City of Vladimir is one of the oldest Russian communities. The city was founded in either 990 or 1108, depending on which historians you consult. For the better part of two centuries (from 1157 to the mid-1300s) it was the capital of ancient Rus. Vladimir is now considered one of the major members of the Golden Ring of communities which have played a significant role in Russian history. Among many other attractions, the City boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is also home to several award winning museums, art galleries and theaters; a number of world-class performing groups, artists, and artisans, and several first rate institutions of higher learning. Tourists from all over the world travel to Vladimir to enjoy its vibrant culture and its rich religious and secular historic architecture. The city is one of the most visited destinations within the popular Golden Ring circuit, as it preserves several of the finest monuments of white-stone medieval architecture in Russia, along with a number of later buildings from the 16th–20th centuries.

Day 2:

Suzdal is one of the most striking and unique cities in Russia that has preserved its ancient monuments. Suzdal is an old centre a few kilometers from Vladimir and nerve site of religious tourism for the excellence of the golden ring, is UNESCO World Heritage Site with its countless monasteries, churches and historical monuments. The history of the city, built as a fortress on the river Kljaz'ma, dates back to the twelfth century, when it became the capital of the Rostov-Suzdal principality, was progressively enlarged and embellished with splendid monuments, palaces and monasteries. At that time Suzdal is already among most important Russian cities. It has also emerged as a central tourist destination to exemplify fine and ornate Russian architecture. Suzdal is one of Russia’s major religious centers with housing monasteries, churches, and cathedrals.

After breakfast at the hotel you will have a sightseeing tour around Suzdal, one of the fabulous ancient Russian cities that preserved their unique historical and cultural monuments.

During this sightseeing tour  you will see architectural monuments and other sights, which are now protected by UNESCO world heritage. The architectural ensemble of the Kremlin, which consists of the Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, Archbishop’s Chambers and St. Nicholas Church, is worth seeing. The ancient Kremlin dates back to the X century. It is the most famous landmark of Suzdal, the place that gave rise to the city. The main building in the Kremlin is the Nativity Cathedral, which stands right in the middle. It was originally built in the 12th century under Vladimir Monomakh. The Cathedral became the first Christian church in Suzdal. Its glory spread all over Russia. Majestic and solemn, it was decorated by the best Byzantine masters. The next stop will be to the 16th century Archbishops´ Chambers, the oldest civic building of the town. It has a unique collection of historical and archaeological objects. 

The Museum of Wooden Architecture* contains fabulous log houses, ancient wooden churches and unique windmills brought there from all over the region. This open-air museum, illustrating old peasant life in this region of Russia, is a short walk across the river, south of the Kremlin. It accumulates everything that has preserved from the 18th and 19th centuries until our times. 

* During the low season the Wooden Architecture museum is substituted with the Spaso-Yevfimievsky Monastery of Our Savior

After lunch at the local restaurant (included), you will be taken to the town of to Yaroslavl.
Check into hotel. Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel is included.

Day 3:

After breakfast our driver and guide picks you up from the hotel to leave for Kostroma. During the city tour you will visit the five-domed Epiphany Cathedral, which is the first building made of stone in Kostroma. Inside you can see the holy icon of Fedorovsky Bogomater (around 800 years old). Then you will take you to the Ipatiev Monastery, once the shelter of Mikhail Romanov, the first tsar of the Romanov Dynasty. He was offered the Russian throne in 1613 thus ending the Time of Troubles and Polish Intervention in Russian. You will also see the Trinity Cathedral, known for its frescos as well as walk through the central part of Kostroma to admire 18th century architecture of provincial town.

Kostroma, a beautiful city on the great Russian Volga River, was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky (he was the one who founded Moscow also) on a famous trade route "from the Variags to the Greeks" in the middle of the 12th century. The location was so good that the new settlement soon turned into one of the largest trade and handicrafts centers in Russia. By the end of the 17th century Kostroma became the third biggest town in Russia, after Moscow and Yaroslavl. It became an important cultural and commercial center. Now Kostroma is a nice and calm provincial town, with historical center kept intact. It is one of the best places in Russia to see old wood buildings richly decorated with carved wood: in the open - air museum of the 16th - 18th centuries visitors can see, among other wooden objects, wind mills, peasant's izby (huts), Russian bath houses, and wood churches.

Transfer to Yaroslavl. As the city lies on a high, steep bank of the Volga river, it offers myriads of photo opportunities of the mighty Volga river.
Lunch at the local restaurant is included. During the city tour of Kostroma, you will visit Saviour Transfiguration Monastery, one of Russia’s richest and best-fortified monasteries by the 16th century,and Church of Elijah the Prophet* with its impressive frescoes.

* The Church of Elijah the Prophet will be substituted with the Icon Museum at the Prior´s chambersin low season.

Dinner at the hotel is included.

Yaroslavl: The treasure of Russia – Yaroslavl – is an ancient Russian city with a 1000 - year history, located on the Upper Volga, in which there are a lot of unique monuments of architecture and art that have been preserved. It is the biggest city of the Golden Ring. Yaroslavl was founded by Prince Yaroslav the Wise who gave his own name to the new stronghold on the Volga. By the XVII century Yaroslavl prospered, it became Russia’s second largest city and even performed the functions of a capital, while Moscow was occupied by the invaders. Modern Yaroslavl is a constantly developing industrial and cultural centre that keeps its traditions. Historic centre of the city has been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Yaroslavl is also famous for its romantic embankment of the Volga River decorated with elegant pavilions. Furthermore the city is considered to be the birthplace of the first Russian theatre, founded here by Fyodor Volkov in the middle of the XVIII century.

Day 4:

After breakfast at the hotel our driver and guide picks you up to leave for Rostov the Great.

Rostov the Great has been known since the 9th century. It is famous for the 17th century Kremlin with numerous churches and gorgeous views from the Kremlin walls. (Unlike in Moscow Kremlin, here you might walk along the fortified wall).
During the city tour of Rostov the Great, you will visit Rostov Kremlin, a pearl of Russian architecture, and fabulous museum of Finift (Rostov enamel). Enamel came to Old Rus from Byzantium (together with Christianity, in the 10th century). It is used for creating jewelry, icons, miniature portraits, coats of arms, and other luxury.

Rostov the Great is located on the bank of Nero lake, this lake is one of the oldest lakes in the European part of Russia. The city was first mentioned in the ancient chronicles in the year 862. The exceptional role of this town in the development of Russian culture and its unique architectural ensemble secured for it a place of prominence among the museum cities of European and world significance. In Rostov the first Episcopal faculty, the first Uspenski cathedral (991) was based. Rostov was the constant participant of all political events connected to activity of Grand dukes, Tsar Ivan Grozny, Romanov House. This fascinating town, whose very stones embody the inexhaustible genius of Russian masters, has retained for us a heritage which arouses deep emotions and enriches everyone who appreciates artistic accomplishments of past ages.

Lunch at the local restaurant is included.

Transfer to Pereslavl Zalessky.
You will have the short tour to the old Russian town – Pereslavl-Zalessky, located on the southeastern shore of the Lake Pleshcheyevo. You will visit The Red (Cathedral) Square, the heart of the ancient Pereslavl. Here, in 1152, Yuriy Dolgorukiy laid down «...the stone church of the Holy Savior...».

Pereslavl Zalessky: Pereslavl was founded in 1152 by Yury Dolgoruky in Zalesye region, which had got its name due to the forests and fields covering the area. The history of the city is full of the events which were quite bright and important for entire Russia. For example, it was the place where Alexander Nevsky, an outstanding Russian commander, was born in 1220. In 1276-1294 Pereslavl had been an actual capital of the North-Eastern Russia, and in 1688 here, on Lake Pleshcheyevo, Peter the Great started to build so-called Poteshny (fun) Flotilla which is considered to be the forefather of the Russian Fleet. The center of the Pereslavl Kremlin is the Red square. In the 12th-13th centuries there were oak columns with a bell which informed people about Veche (public gathering). In the end of the 20th century the square was reconstructed: shabby wooden houses were demolished and the overall territory was furnished well. As a result one can have a better look of the outstanding architectural monuments of the Red square: besides Savior's Cathedral there are also Vladimir-Sretensky Cathedral and Churches of Alexander Nevsky and Metropolitan Peter.

Transfer to Sergiev Posad 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. In 1993 the monastery was entered into the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Sergiev Posad: The ancient town of Sergiyev Posad on the River Konchura was founded and grew up around the monastery, which has made Sergiyev Posad a place of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians from all over the world, as well as for tourists entranced by the spectacular architecture. The monastery's magnificent domed churches have seen generations of Russian rulers baptized there, while Peter the Great sought sanctuary from a bloody revolt inside the monastery's walls. The tsar Boris Godunov is buried within its confines, and it was here that Russia's most revered icon painter, Andrei Rublyov, created his renowned Trinity icon. Sergiyev Posad is also famed for its rich tradition in the carving of wooden toys and crafts, including Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshkas. Nowadays, the town's streets are populated by a mix of pilgrims, monks and tourists.

You will return to Moscow at around 5:00 PM. At this point we are saying goodbye to Russian history and architecture, famous old towns, yet, we hope to see you again soon in Russia. Each town along your way has an individual charm, giving the visitors the feeling of Russian provincial life. For many this is where the true soul of the country lies. Hope you had a great time!


Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

Golden Ring : Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl makes a lasting impression on people from all parts of the world. Yaroslavl is possibly one of the most ancient settlements of Russians on the Volga River. An ancient legend says that construction began on the city's fortress on the site where Yaroslav the Wise slew a bear. The fortress quickly became a vibrant city on the crossroads of trade routes. Today, Yaroslavl is one of the most popular tourist destinations, and the unofficial c... Read more
Golden Ring : Kostroma
Kostroma is a major tourist centre, and part of the "Golden Ring of Russia", and one of the prettiest towns on the Volga. Kostroma has more than a two-century history. The city was founded in 1152 by prince Jury Dolgoruki. It was a centre of the events of national importance, a birthplace of the Romanov Dynasty, as in 1613, Mikhail Romanov became the Tzar of Russia in Ipatiev monastery in Kostroma. Kostroma city is not only famous for its ar... Read more
Golden Ring : Suzdal
Suzdal is a unique compilation of numerous monuments of material culture, architecture and history. Standing along the banks of the Kamenka River, Suzdal used to be the capital of several Russian principalities. It is a religious hub with numerous monasteries churches making it now an important tourist center, featuring many fine examples of old Russian architecture. The town has almost 300 architectural monuments of the last millennium and a ple... Read more
Golden Ring : Rostov the Great
Known since the 9th century Rostov the Great is one of the oldest city of Russia and one of most interesting stops of the Golden Ring tour. This fascinating town, whose very stones embody the inexhaustible genius of Russian masters, has retained for us a heritage which arouses deep emotions and enriches everyone who appreciates artistic accomplishments of past ages. The exceptional role of this town in the development of Russian culture and its u... Read more
Golden Ring : Bogolyubovo
Bogolyubovo is a lesser-known destination in Golden Ring region ofRussia. This small settlement about 7 miles east of Vladimir enjoys a legend-decorated past and is the home to a UNESCO-protected church. It’s situated where the Nerl River and the Klyazma River meet, and this historically strategic and picturesque location may have been the reason for its establishment, though the religious enthusiasm of its founder may have also p... Read more
Golden Ring : Sergiev Posad
Sergiev Posad is obviously a town that deserves a special visit. Despite incredible number of old towns in Moscow Region, Sergiev Posad is the only one of them that is always included in the famous Golden Ring excursions. The major point of attraction here is Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, the largest orthodox men's monastery in Russia. Read more
Golden Ring : Vladimir
The City of Vladimir is one of the oldest Russian communities. It is one of the major members of the Golden Ring of communities which have played a significant role in Russian history. Among many other attractions, the city boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read more
Church of Elijah the Prophet, standing on Sovetskaya Square in the center of Yaroslavl, is an outstanding architectural monument of Yaroslavl school of architecture of the 17th century. This church almost completely preserved its original appearance. Read more
Yaroslavl starts from the Spassky monastery (Saviour monastery), that was founded in the 12th century at the place where Kotorosl river meets Volga river. The main entrance to the monastery were the Saint gates (Svyatye vorota), that were built in 1516, but were changed since then (the decorations and the small church on top were added in 1621). Read more
Visit Monastery of st Ipaty to see red Romanov chambers that house a historical exhibit and a refectory featuring religious items and old icons. Watch the footage of Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov family visiting Kostroma in 1913 on a large screen at the entrance. The focal point of the monastery is the Trinity Cathedral, which was built by Tsar Boris Godunov in 1590. It features more than 80 frescoes by a school of 17th-century Kostroma painte... Read more
The Museum of Wooden Architecture keeps numerous examples of old wooden architecture and is considered to be a little corner of classical ancient Russia. Read more
The ancient Kremlin of Suzdal is the place that gave rise to the city. The central street of the city leads there. Even from afar you can see its white-stone walls with bright-green roofs of the buildings. Bright white in the backdrop of the green meadows are the slender silhouettes of churches and the golden domes of ancient monasteries. Read more
Finift is the oldest decorative and artistic craft of Russia, one of the most interesting and vivid types of miniature painting, which has always belonged to the elite art forms. The exclusive nature of enamel miniatures is due to the artist's high artistic skill and extremely difficult, labor-intensive process of their manufacture.The history of the fishery in Rostov Veliky is more than 200 years old. Read more
Rostov the Great : Rostov-Veliky Kremlin
Rostov-Veliky’s main attraction is unashamedly photogenic. Though founded in the 12th century, most of the buildings date to the 1670s and 1680s. Read more
The white-stone Church of the Intercession on the Nerl, built in 1165 by Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky, still remains a model of beauty and harmony. The occasion for the construction of the temple became dramatic events of medieval history. The army of Prince Andrey in 1164 won a victory in the campaign on the Volga Bulgaria. But in the battle the prince's son Izyaslav was killed. In memory of his son and the victory, gained such a bloody price, a ch... Read more
Pereslavl-Zalessky : Red Square
The Red Square is the heart of the ancient Pereslavl. Here one can see several ancient churches: Savior Transfiguration Cathedral, Vladimirsky Cathedral, Church of Alexander Nevsky, and the Church of Peter the Metropolitan. Read more
Pereslavl-Zalessky : The Transfiguration cathedral
This most ancient Pereslavl temple decorates the historical centre of the town – Red square. It is built in Byzantine style from white limestone and is situated in complex with artificial mound of XII century. Pereslavl Transfiguration cathedral was founded in 1152 by the founder of the town Jury Dolgoruky. It is one of the main sights not only of Pereslavl, but of the whole north-eastern part of Russia. Read more
Sergiev Posad : Matryoshka Factory
The Russian nesting dolls turned Sergiev Posad into the fantastic «toy capital». It happened before the revolution, but even today the skilled craftsmen can please us with the skillfully made toys. The known factory of toys produces the fabulous classical Russian nesting dolls. There in the museum we can see many old Russian nesting dolls like "An old man", set of 8 pieces matryoshka, "Getman", 8 pieces se of nested doll, matryoshka "... Read more
The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 70 km to the north-east from Moscow by the road leading to Yaroslavl, and currently is home to over 300 monks. Read more
At the time of the reign of Grand Prince of Vladimir Vsevolod the Big Nest, Vladimir-Suzdal Princedom was in the zenith of its glory. “Suzdal Region back in the beginning of XII century was a forsaken north-eastern corner of Russian Land, but in XIII century was already a Princedom that decisively headed up the rest of Russ,” V. Klyuchevsky wrote. And Dmitrievsky Cathedral built by Vsevolod was purposed to signify this rise of Vladimi... Read more
The Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir (sometimes translated Assumption Cathedral) was a mother church of Medieval Russia in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is part of a World Heritage Site, the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal. Read more
Vladimir : Golden Gates
Golden Gate in Vladimir is a unique example of Russian military architecture of the 12th century. It was erected in 1164 as a part of the defensive wall encircling the ancient Vladimir. The gate was crowned with the tiny Church of the Deposition of the Robe. Along with the Golden Gate there was several other gates, but the Golden Gates were the main entrance to the city. Read more
In Vladimir city there is a unique Museum of the Crystal, placed in the building of the Trinity church, not far from The Golden Gate. In its exposition represented about 1000 samples of the crystal glass and about 100 of the finest works from the porcelain. All of them were made perfectly by the best craftsmen, you cannot avert your eyes from some of them. Read more
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