One of the most fascinating regions in Russia is the famous 'Golden Ring' of cities north-east of Moscow. The Golden Ring cities with their timeworn white town walls and grand onion-domed churches had become the world's definition of the medieval Rus. In this enchanted region, time stands still.
The Moscow KremlinThe Moscow Kremlin is the oldest part of the city that includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with towers. The name "Kremlin" means "fortress inside a city". Moscow's fortified complex is located at the heart of the Russian capital. The Kremlin serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation and is linked to all the most important historical and political events in Russia since the 13th century.
The State Tretyakov GalleryThe State Tretyakov Gallery is one of the biggest collection of Russian art and a great museum you shouldn't miss while in Moscow. The gallery's 62 exhibit halls display thousands of artworks charting the development of Russian arts from the 10th century icons to the 20th century pre-impressionists.
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 along with its cultural and artistic monuments illustrate the profound spiritual life of the Russian people and 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 the 11th century chronicles, is considered to be one of the best preserved Russian towns. No other town possesses as many splendid examples of Russian architecture of different periods whilst retaining its original character and appearance. The hilly green town is very seductive, and walking around is a pleasure. The monasteries and old beautiful churches are picturesque.
KostromaA very inviting town located on the Volga River, Kostroma played an important role in Russian history as the birthplace of the Romanov Dynasty. In 1613, Russian Boyare, gathering at the Ipatiev Monastery blessed the young Mikhail Romanov to become the Tzar of Russia. Kostroma 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 received its name from Yaroslav the Wise, who founded the town at the junction of two rivers - Volga and Kotorosl - at the beginning of the 11th century. Many poets have written about Yaroslavl's unique architecture, its heroic past, and its famous craftsmen and stone-masons, potters and blacksmiths, painters and sculptors. Here you will find numerous churches, striking and original in their beauty. The entire panorama of the Kotorosl embankment consists of a row of magnificent churches giving visitors plenty to explore.
Sergiev PosadSergiev Posad is the former religious capital of Russia. During the tour, you will visit a beautifully restored monastery and feel what smaller towns in Russia are like. The Trinity Lavra is one of Russia's most important religious centers founded in the mid-14th century. In 1993, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The picturesque monastery complex comprised of over 50 buildings is a true gem of Russian architecture.
Day 1: Welcome to MoscowWelcome to Moscow. On your arrival, Fremad Russia will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Take some rest and prepare for an exciting sightseeing tour of Moscow tomorrow!
Day 2: MoscowIn the morning, we will take you the heart of Russia: you will visit Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of The Moscow 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-YaroslavlCheck out from your hotel and take a sightseeing tour of Kostroma. Visit to an open-air museum “Kostromaskaya Sloboda” . Transfer to Yaroslavl. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of Yaroslavl. Check in to your hotel.
Day 6: Yaroslavl-Sergiev Posad-MoscowCheck out from your hotel and transfer to Sergiev Posad, a symbol of Russian clergy. In the afternoon, transfer to Moscow and check in to your hotel.
Day 7: MoscowIn the morning, explore The State Tretyakov Gallery, one of the biggest collection of Russian art. In the afternoon, explore Moscow independently.
Day 8: Leaving MoscowThis day marks the end of an unforgettable vacation to Moscow. Check out from your hotel by 12:00 pm. Fremad Russia will transfer you to the airport/railway station.