Golden Ring to Vladimir, Bogolyubovo, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov, Pereslavl Zalessky, Sergiev Posad from Moscow - uVisitRussia
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Golden Ring to Vladimir, Bogolyubovo, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov, Pereslavl Zalessky, Sergiev Posad from Moscow

A complete tour across the entire Golden Ring of ancient Russian cities to the northeast of Moscow. You will visit magnificent Vladimir, serene Bogolyubovo, picturesque Suzdal, majestic Kostroma, beautiful Yaroslavl and the ancient Rostov Velikiy,and Sergiev Posad sometimes called the Russian Vatican. The tour centers on the history and architecture of this truly beautiful and historical region. The Golden Ring is a group of medieval towns and cities that form a ring to the northeast of Moscow. These towns played a significant role in early Russian history and in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. The towns are full of ancient Russian architecture from the Middle Ages including kremlins (walled fortresses), monasteries, cathedrals and churches. Visiting the Golden Ring will give you a chance to go back in time and imagine the fabled Russia of the past. The cities are associated with Russian Princes and knights, early Tsars, the Mongol invasions and many other historical figures and events. Listening to the history and legends told by your experienced guide will evoke memories of storybooks and fairy tales. The towns of the Golden Ring are all in the Russian countryside which is beautiful – full of forests and fields and rivers and lakes. Your visit will be a great break from the bustle of Moscow or St. Petersburg. Walk along ancient Kremlin walls and see the onion domes rising up from cathedrals in which time has come to a standstill or follow paths along old riverbanks – travel back in time during our Golden Ring tours. An unforgettable adventure awaits you.
Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 5 days

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Day 1:

At 8.30 AM, our driver and representative will pick you up to depart forVladimir by car or mini-van. Vladimir is located about 2-3 hours’ drive from Moscow. 
Arrival in Vladimir
Lunch at the local restaurant (included)

Panoramic city tour. During the city tour you will become acquainted with the main highlights of the city. The first stop is the Assumption Cathedral, a unique monument of the white-stone architecture of Vladimir. The cathedral was built in the middle of the XII century byPrince Andrei Bogolyubsky as the main church of the Vladimir-Suzdal Principality. World-famous frescoes by Andrei Rublev are preserved there. You will then proceed to the small, one-domed cathedral of St. Dmitry, built in the beginning of the XII century by Prince Vsevolod as his palace church. The cathedral´s interior still features frescoes of the XII century. 

You will also visit the Golden Gates - considered to be the door to Vladimir built in the early XII century by Prince Andrei Bogolubsky. In ancient times they served as the main military tower of the fortress. 

We will also visit the Museum of Crystal, lacquer miniatures and embroidery. It possesses an amazing collection of traditional Russian handicrafts and folk art, lacquer miniature papier-mâché boxes, embroidery, rock crystal and glass pieces. 

Excursion to Bogolyubovo, the residence of Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky built between 1158 and 1165 at the mouth of the Nerl River. Andrei spent 17 years of his reign here until his murder in 1174. Russian Orthodox Christians believe that Bogolyubovo was founded on the spot where Andrei Bogolyubsky saw a vision of the Virgin Mary who appeared to him in a dream-like vision holding a scroll in Her right hand, and commanded him to build a church and monastery on the place of the vision. On this spot the Church of the Intercession of Neri was constructed. Today the church is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Transfer to Suzdal. Check into hotel.
Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel (included)

A little information on Vladimir. There is a dispute about the founding date of the city, either 990 or 1108 but regardless, the city’s most significant events occurred during the 12 century. Under Yuri Dolgoruky´s son, Andrei Bogolyubsky (1157-1175), Vladimir prospered becoming the center of the Vladimir-Suzdal Principality. The city’s Golden Age is considered to be from the early 12th century until the Mongol invasion in 1237 during which the Golden Gates and the Cathedral of the Assumption were constructed. The architecture of Vladimir’s white stone cathedrals, towers, and palaces is unique and unlike other buildings in Russia, their exterior was elaborately carved with high relief stone sculptures. The decline of Vladimir began when it was attacked and overrun by the Mongol-Tatars in 1238. A great fire destroyed 32 limestone buildings on the first day alone, while the grand prince and all his family perished in a church where they sought refuge from the fire. The bishop of Vladimir managed to escape. Vladimir never fully recovered but from 1299 to 1325, the city was seat of the metropolitans of Kiev and All Rus until the see was moved to Moscow.

Day 2:

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken on a city tour of Suzdal, often called the Russian Mecca. It is just 32 km from Vladimir. Suzdal is amazingly tranquil and beautiful with its numerous churches, wooden houses, bird songs and the ringing of bells throughout the day. 

sightseeing tour will take you to the oldest part of the Kremlin, the heart of Suzdal. Specialists believe the Kremlin dates back to the X century and first appeared in the chronicles in 1024. On its territory you will admire the Cathedral of the Nativity, dating back to the beginning of the XIII century, the largest relic of which is the Golden Gates. The next stop will be to the Archbishops´ Chambers, a large architectural masterpiece that took several centuries to be built. It houses a unique collection of historical and archaeological objects, including the Cross-Vaulted Chamber. 

The open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture recreates the life and traditions of the people of Suzdal in the XVIII–XIX century. The ensemble includes churches, log houses and other structures. 

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

Lunch at the local restaurant (included) 
Free time for shopping 
Dinner at the hotel restaurant (included)


Suzdal dates back to 1024. In its early history it was the capital of several principalities and later on became a important religious center. The town is full of churches and at one point in its history had 40 churches for approximately 400 families. Today the town only has a population of around 10,000 and has retained its country village feel with many of the roads remaining unpaved and livestock roaming the streets. The atmosphere is extremely pleasant due to its rustic, country feel combined with its medieval monuments. In short, Suzdal is an extremely special place and we are certain that you will enjoy your time there.

Day 3:

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kostroma
Lunch at the local restaurant (included)

Welcome to Kostroma. After lunch you will have a city tour which will take you to the five-domed Epiphany Cathedral that was the first stone edifice in the city. You will then visit the Ipatievsky Monastery and admire the frescoes at the Trinity Cathedral painted by the famous Kostroma master, Guri Nikitin and his team of expert icon-painters. 

Transfer to Yaroslavl. The ancient Russian town of Yaroslavl stands on a high, steep bank of the Volga river surrounded by boundless forests. 
Check into hotel 
Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel (included)


Kostroma is located at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers. It was founded in the 13th century and has played a major role in Russian history. After being destroyed by the Mongols in 1238 it became a small principality under the leadership of Prince Vasily the Drunkard the brother of the Russian hero Alexander Nevsky. In the early 17th century, the young Mikhail Romanov who was living at the time at the Ipatiev Monastery was offered the Russian throne – thus beginning theRomanov Dynasty and ending the Time of Troubles. From that time on, the Romanov’s always had a special connection to the city and played an important role in its development. Kostroma was frequently visited by the Romanov family including the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II. The city’s most prominent landmarks are the Ipatiev Monastery, the Trinity Cathedral, the local market and a museum of wooden architecture and monuments.

Day 4:

After breakfast at the hotel, we will go on a city tour with a visit to theSavior Transfiguration Monastery and the Church of Elijah the Prophet*.

*During the low season the Church of Elijah the Prophet will be substituted with the Icon Museum at the Prior´s chambers

Yaroslavl: Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port with a population of 600,000. It was founded in the 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. It was destroyed by the Tatars in the 13th and 14th centuries but then restored and rebuilt and by the 17th century it had become Russia’s second largest city after Moscow and an important cultural and political center. Today, Yaroslavl retains many noteworthy monuments of its colorful past. Of special interest is the magnificent 13th century Spassky(Savior) Monastery ensemble, a group of majestic 17th century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda and remnants of an ancient trading center. The churches of St. Nicholas and Elijah the Prophet have some of the Golden Ring´s most impressive frescoes. 

Lunch at the local restaurant (included) 
Free time 
Dinner at the hotel restaurant (included)

Day 5:

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Rostov Veliky
Rostov Veliky (Rostov the Great) is located on the shores of Lake Nero and is one of the oldest towns in Russia, dating back to 862 AD. You will go on a city tour with visit to the Kremlin and the Museum of Finift (enamel painting)

A little information on Rostov Veliky. It is speculated that Rostov was an important Viking trade settlement along the Volga trade route. First mentioned in 862 Rostov was already quite important and by the 13th century, Rostov became capital city of one of the most prominent Russian principalities. However in 1474 it was incorporated into Muscovy. Rostov has always been an extremely important ecclesiastic center for theOrthodox Church. From 988 it was the see of one of Russia’s first bishoprics. In the 14th century, the bishops of Rostov became archbishops and in the 16th century metropolitans. Rostov was sacked by the Mongols in the 13th and 14th centuries and invaded by the Poles in 1608. The city also saw fierce combat during WWII. 

Transfer to Pereslavl Zalessky.
Lunch at the local restaurant (included)

During the short visit to Pereslavl Zalessky you will have some time to walk on the Red Square, admire Transfiguration Cathedral and take some pictures. 

Pereslavl-Zalessky was founded in 1152 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky. In 1175–1302, the town was the center of the Principality of Pereslavl and in 1302, the town became a part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Pereslavl-Zalessky had been devastated numerous times by the Mongols between the mid-13th century and the early 15th century and was also invaded by the Poles in 1611.

Transfer to Sergiev Posad. Considered by some to be the Russian Vatican, Sergiev Posad is the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Our tour starts with the Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra), built in the first half of the 1340s by the son of Rostov Boyar, Sergius of Radonezh, who remains one the most venerated saints in Russia. The monastery includes more than fifty edifices constructed by Moscow, Pskov and Yaroslavl craftsmen. In 1993 it was entered into the UNESCO World Heritage list. The History and Art museum within the walls of the monastery contains a rich collection of old Russian paintings and various works of art dating from the 14th thru 17th centuries. The collection includes over 120,000 items: ancient icons, medieval manuscripts and old printed books, icon and ornamental embroideries, church utensils, articles of gold and silver, paintings, engravings, folk and contemporary art. Sergiev Posad is also famous for being home to the world´s first matryoshka doll

At around 5:00 PM, you will head back to Moscow. At this point we will say goodbye to the Golden Ring one of the most beautiful and interesting areas in Russia and Eastern Europe full of history, art, culture and legend. We hope to welcome you back to Russia sometime in the future. Do Svidaniya or until we meet again!

What's included

  • Tickets to all museums
  • Transportation to museums and for excursions
  • Guide service
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals according to the program
Not included in the price
  • Visa processing costs. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
  • International airfare (we can assist you in booking discount airfare, contact us to find out more or book the discount tickets yourself through our internet ticket office)
  • Optional services as well as theater tickets
  • Travel insurance
Additional info

Tour dates are flexible. Tours can be customized to your taste. We can include additional excursions or performances on your request. 

Visa

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 : Pereslavl-Zalessky
Pereslavl-Zalessky has great attraction as an ancient cultural and architectural monument: it is coeval of Moscow (was founded in 1152), and now is one of the most interesting centers of Yaroslavl region. Not only architectural masterpieces give grounds to include Pereslavl in the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns. Many events of Russian history took place within the precincts of and on the land of this old town. Among the silent witnesses of ... 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
Next to the bridge across the Volga River there is one of the most beautiful buildings of the city, the multi-domed Church of the Resurrection (1651). This is the only surviving church in Kostroma of the XVII century. It gives the impression of lightness, elegance and gaiety. It is built of bricks and decorated with carved white limestone. Its walls are painted in bright colors of checkered pattern.  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
Founded in the 14th century to protect the town’s northern entrance, Suzdal’s biggest monastery grew mighty in the 16th and 17th centuries after Vasily III, Ivan the Terrible and the noble Pozharsky family funded impressive new stone buildings and made large land and property acquisitions. It was girded with its great brick walls and towers in the 17th century. 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
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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