One of the most fascinating regions in Russia is the famous 'Golden Ring' of cities to the north-east of Moscow. This ancient heart of Russia with its old white washed city walls and venerable onion-domed churches created the world's definition of medieval Rus. In this enchanted region time stands still.
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The Moscow KremlinIt is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. The Moscow Kremlin submitted to UNESCO World Heritage. The existing Kremlin walls and towers were built by Italian masters over the years 1485 to 1495.
Tretjakov Art GalleryThis spectacular museum is an essential destination for budding Russophiles and all visitors to Moscow. For most Westerners, Russian art is something of a The Tretyakov gives you the chance to discover the rich tradition from which these great artists sprang onto the world stage. The gallery has 62 rooms and 100,000 works charting the development of Russian painting from the 10th to the end of the 19th Century.
VladimirVladimir bears the name of its founder, Prince Vladimir Monomach. In 1108, on the high bank of the Klyazma River, a fortress was built, which soon grew into a town. It rapidly expanded and became the capital of North-Eastern Russia in the 12th century. Its unique architectural masterpieces together with its cultural and artistic monuments tell of the profound spiritual life of the Russian people, the artistry of Russian builders, painters and craftsmen. The main entrance to the city is guarded by the Golden Gate (1164).
SuzdalThis calm Russian town, first mentioned in chronicles in the 11th century, is considered to be one of the best preserved Russian towns. No other town possesses as many splendid specimens of Russian architecture of different epochs whilst retaining its original character and appearance. The hilly green town is very seductive, walking around is a pleasure, the monasteries and old beautiful churches offer dream views.
KostromaA very inviting town, located on the Volga river. Kostroma played a particular role in Russian history as the birthplace of the Romanov Dynasty. In 1613, the boyars gathering at the Ipatiev Monastery blessed the young Mikhail Romanov to become the Tzar of Russia. It is also famous for its Fire-Watch Tower (the symbol of the town) and ancient churches like the Church of the Resurrection with the 16th century iconostasis.
YaroslavlYaroslavl got its name from Yaroslav Mudry, who founded the town at the beginning of the 11th century, where the Volga river meets the Kotorosl. Many poets have written about Yaroslavl and the city's inimitable architecture, the heroic past of the city and its famous craftsmen and stone-masons, potters and blacksmiths, painters and sculptors. Located in the city are numerous churches with striking and original beauty. The entire panorama of the Kotorosl embankment consists of a chain of magnificent, unique churches giving visitors plenty to explore.
Sergiev PosadSergeev Posad is the former religious capital of Russia and offers beautifully restored Monastery, as well as a taste of what smaller towns in Russia are like. Trinity Lavra is one of Russia's most important religious centers founded in the mid-14th century and in 1993 declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The picturesque ensemble of the monastery itself, comprising over 50 buildings and other structures, is a true gem of Russian architecture.
Day 1: MoscowWelcome to Russia! Guided airport arrival transfer and hotel “check in”. Spend the rest of the day preparing for an exciting full day of touring tomorrow!
Day 2: MoscowIn the morning visit the very heart of Russian Capital - the Red Square and see the “stone flower” of the Red Square - St. Basil’s Cathedral. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour the Kremlin.
Day 3: Moscow-Vladimir-SuzdalIn the morning transfer to Vladimir, the ancient capital of Rus. Sightseeing tour around Vladimir, excursion to Bogolubovo. Transfer to Suzdal one of the oldest Russian cities first mentioned in 1024 storing treasures of its ancient culture. “Check in” at hotel.
Day 4: Suzdal-KostromaIn the morning guided tour around Suzdal. In the afternoon excursion to Spaso-Ephimovskiy monastery, where you will see legendary interiors of Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral decorated with paintings of the famous masters of the 17th century. Enjoy the concert of bells during the excursion. Transfer to Kostroma. “Check in” at hotel
Day 5: Kostroma-Yaroslavl“Check out” from hotel. In the morning we offer you a sightseeing tour around Kostroma with visit to an Open-air Museum “Kostromaskaya Sloboda” . Transfer to Yaroslavl. In the afternoon guided tour around Yaroslavl “Check in at hotel”
Day 6: Yaroslavl-Sergiev Posad-Moscow“Check out” from hotel. In the morning transfer to Sergiev Posad, which is considered a symbol of Russian clergy. In the afternoon transfer to Moscow. “Check in” at hotel.
Day 7: MoscowIn the morning explore the best gallery of Russian art, the state Tretyakov Art Gallery. In the afternoon explore Moscow independently.
Day 8: MoscowHotel “check out”. Transfer to the airport