Golden Ring

Day 1, Sun: Moscow — Vladimir — Suzdal

08:00 — Departure from hotel in Moscow.

10:30 — Arrival to Vladimir, city tour including the Golden Gates (1164), the Uspensky (Assumption) Cathedral (constructed in 1158–61, rebuilt in 1185–89).

Vladimir is one of the towns of the Gold Ring located 170 km from Moscow. The town is situated on the banks of the Kliazma river, a small tributary of Volga. It was founded in 1108. The town is recognized by UNESCO as one of the most valuable treasures of the international heritage. The Uspensky Cathedral used to be a mother church of medieval Russia in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is part of the World Heritage Site entitled White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal.

Departure from Vladimir to Suzdal.

14:00 — Arrival to Suzdal, city tour including Kremlin and Spaso-Evfimievsky Monastery.

The Kremlin — is the oldest part of the Russian city of Suzdal, dating from the 10th century. Like other Russian Kremlins, it was originally a fortress or citadel and was the religious and administrative center of the city. After you will visit Spaso-Evfimievsky monastery, constructed in 1352, which architectural ensemble is included to Unesco World Heritage

15:00 — Lunch at local restaurant.

16:30 — Visit to Open-air museum of wooden architecture. The ensemble of this open-air museum consists of 18th and 19th century wooden buildings brought here from various places of Vladimir Region.

17:00 — Visit to unique place “Suzdalskaya Medovukha” where you will taste one of the oldest Russian drink based on honey, enjoy the local folklore dance performance and participate in traditional Russian games.

18:00 — Check-in to the hotel “Pushkarskaya sloboda” in Suzdal.

19:00 — Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2, Mon: Suzdal — Kostroma — Yaroslavl

09:00 — After breakfast departure from Suzdal to Kostroma.

11:00 — Arrival to Kostroma. Visit to the Snow Maiden House, where you will meet Russian fairytale heroes, like Cat “Bayun”, “Domovoy” and many others. City tour of Kostroma including Ipatievsky Monastery which was founded in the early Middle Ages, the 14th century. Its white stone walls with towers and the domes of the cathedral look very picturesque against the backdrop of amazing landscapes.

14:00 — Trip to Yaroslavl.

15:00 — Arrival to Yaroslavl, lunch in restaurant “Demidov”.

16:00 — City tour of Yaroslavl including visit to Transfiguration Monastery — Yaroslavl’s most important monastery that dates back to the 13th Century. For centuries it was one of the biggest monasteries in Russia and by 1764 it owned vast amounts of land and had some 14,000 serfs.

18:30 — Pleasant boat ride by Volga River.

19:00 — Checking in hotel “Ring Premiere”.

20:30 — Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3, Tue: Yaroslavl — Rostov the Great — Pereyaslavl-­Zalessky — Zagorsk

08:30 — After breakfast check out from hotel and departure to Moscow.

10:30 — City tour in Rostov the Great. This city founded in 862. City tour including visit of Kremlin that is constructed between 1670—1683 by the Metropolitan Iona and is a complex of palaces, churches, and towers.

13:00 — Arrival to Pereyaslavl-Zalessky with visit to the “House of Berendey” — traditionally decorated Russian “Izba” (wooden house), where you will have a master-class of baking pancakes after which you will have a tea-drinking pause with pancakes.

14:30 — Arrival to Zagorsk. Visit to St. Trinity — Sergius Monastery in Zagorsk, which was founded in 1345 by one of the most venerated Russian saints, Sergius of Radonezh. It is the most important Russian Monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church.

15:30 — Lunch at restaurant “Russkiy Dvorik”.

The trip ends in the evening in Moscow.

Dates of departures in 2014:

Sunday - Tuesday (May - October).

Hotel accommodation for the last night in Moscow is not included. It can be quoted and added depending on the client's wishes. In this case please specify the number of nights that is needed and the category of hotel.