Contrasting with imperial Moscow and St. Petersburg, there is another type of Russia east of Moscow called the Golden Ring - a land of small historic towns and villages, ancient white churches with golden onion-domed cupolas, unspoiled nature, and a quiet provincial life. 

Touring a string of medieval towns of the Golden Ring is like settling into the Russian pastoral world of whitewashed churches with golden onion domes, green meadows blanketed with flowers, and tea bubbling in samovars in colorful cottages. These ancient towns are a spiritual respite for the Slavic soul, the heart of the Orthodox Church, the cluster of historic architecture, religious art, traditional cooking, and handicrafts. 

The best way to explore the area is by hiring a private car and a guide. Depending on the time you have, you can do a one-day trip to Sergiev Posad, or a 2 day trip to Sergiev Posad, Vladimir and Suzdal. Going further to Yaroslavl, Kostroma and Rostov Veliky will require 4-5 days but is well worth it.

Russian Golden Ring Explorer
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Discover a quiet life outside Moscow as you explore the ancient Russian towns of Sergiev Posad, Vladimir and Suzdal, Russia of Ivan the Terrible and Boris Godunov, a kingdom of whitewashed churches and golden onion domes, landscapes of meadows and rivers, and small cottages
3 days
2 nights
Moscow and Golden Ring Tour Package
Small group
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7 days
6 nights
May 27, 2022 - Jun 02, 2022 
Jun 24, 2022 - Jun 30, 2022 
Jul 08, 2022 - Jul 14, 2022 
Jul 22, 2022 - Jul 28, 2022 
Aug 05, 2022 - Aug 11, 2022 
Aug 19, 2022 - Aug 25, 2022 
Golden Ring Explorer
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4-day exploration of the ancient Russian towns of Vladimir, Suzdal, Yaroslavl, Rostov Veliky, historic cities of Kostroma and Sergiev Posad - jewels of Russia's historical and architectural heritage bypassed by 20th-century modernization.
4 days
3 nights
Golden Ring Detour
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"Detour" means taking the alternate road, deviating from a regular route. This itinerary is a perfect detour from the busy life in Moscow. A great extension for those who are already in Moscow, but want to explore the countryside and the old towns of Suzdal, Vladimir and Sergiev Posad.
2 days
1 nights
I wish to thank you for all your help in planning our trip from St. Petersburg to Moscow. All went very well. The train ride was uneventful. We did need some assistance from the concierge at our hotel in St. Petersburg in deciphering the signs in the railroad station. We had her write our the words "departure" and "arrival" in Russian, so we would know what track our train would be leaving.