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Golden Ring Explorer

4 days
3 nights

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PER PERSON:
$ 1,390.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,150.00 (4+ people)

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ALL YEAR ROUND

Hotels:

Suzdal - Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad 4*
Yaroslavl - Kupcov Dom 4*
Rostov Veliky - Selivanov 4*

 

Included:

1-night accommodation in Suzdal
1-night accommodation in Yaroslavl
1-night accommodation in Rostov Veliky
Sightseeing, Entrance fee according to the program
Daily Breakfast, 4 Lunches & 3 Dinners
English Speaking Guide
Private Transport w/Driver

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Moscow - Vladimir - Suzdal

The Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir, the Golden Gate, the Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, Suzdal Kremlin and Museum of Wooden Architecture

After breakfast, meet your driver and guide in hotel lobby and transfer to Vladimir - the medieval Russian capital.

Vladimir is an ancient Russian town located on the banks of Klyazma River. This Golden Ring town is famous for its outstanding historical and architectural heritage.  We will go inside the Dormition Cathedral with renowned frescoes by Andrei Rublev dating back to the 15th century,  explore the architectural complex of the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy and walk along a central pedestrian street full of galleries, artists, and local souvenirs.

Our next stopn on the Golden Ring route is Suzdal, a rural jewel mostly bypassed by 20th-century modernization. It still feels like an old Russian town where quaint wooden houses mingle with golden-domed churches, and a  little river slowly flows among green hills and meadows. Suzdal offers rich historical and cultural heritage along with the pleasure of merely relaxing and enjoying the landscape. During the tour we will visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the stunning Kremlin and the ensemble of the Monastery of Saint Euthymius. Continue your trip to the Museum of Wooden Architecture which is an example of classical ancient Russia.

Dinner and overnight in Suzdal (B, D)

Day 2  : Suzdal - Plyos - Kostroma-Yaroslavl

Levitan House Museum, St. Ipaty Monastery

In the morning, after an hour or so in Suzdal, we continue with our Golden Ring itinerary. After 2 hours of driving through fir woods and birch tree groves, and picturesque  Russian villages we arrive in Plyos. A town of wooden cottages on the green hills and meadows descending to the great Volga River, it used to be an artistic colony a century ago and inspired many Russian artists to create numerous landscapes  displayed in major Russian museums. The most prominent and world famous is Isaac Levitan who has a museum of his own in Plyos - the Levitan House Museum.

We continue our tour to the historic city of Kostroma built at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers. A stunning view awaits you as you cross the Volga river heading into the center of Kostroma. Kostroma is known as the place where the first Romanov was petitioned to become a tsar, thus beginning the dynasty that ruled Russia for 300 years. The event happened at the St. Ipaty Monastery which we will visit today.

Another 84km from Kostroma, and we arrive in Yaroslavl – a city as old as Russia itself, and one of the prettiest towns in Russian towns. It has the most significant number of onion-domed churches per square metre and is home to the John the Baptist Church with more domes than any Russian church. You can walk along an excellent riverside promenade and admire the Volga.

Dinner and overnight in Yaroslavl (B, D)

Day 3  : Yaroslavl - Rostov Veliky

Transfiguration Monastery, the Church of Elias the Prophet

City tour of Yaroslavl includes  sightseeing of the Spassky Monastery with Transfiguration Cathedral. During the excursion you will explore the treasure of ancient art - the Church of Elijah the Prophet and the famous, unique Church of St. John the Baptist, depicted in a 1000-ruble banknote, a monument to Nekrasov, Academic Theatre called after Volkov and Volkov memorial, visit the spit of a high point at the confluence of  the Volga River and Kotorosl rivers, where the fortress was founded in the 11th century.

Transfer to Rostov Veliky situated on the banks of Lake Nero. Rostov the Great has been known since the 9th century. It is famous for the 17th century Kremlin with peach pink walls, numerous churches and gorgeous views from the Kremlin walls. (Unlike in Moscow Kremlin, here you might walk along the fortified wall). Tour of Rostov Kremlin and exhibition of Finift (Rostov painted enamel)

Dinner and overnight in Rostov Veliky (B, D)

Day 4  : Rostov Velikiy - Sergiev Posad - Moscow

Trinity Lavra, Sergiev Posad

After breakfast we continue our Golden Ring Tour driving to Sergiev Posad founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After late lunch, return to Moscow. Overnight in Moscow (B, L)