Russian Golden RingTour 2022

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May – October

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Places to Visit

Accomodation


Suzdal
Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel
1 night

Kostroma
Old Street Hotel
1 night

Daily information

Day 1

Suzdal

08:00 Meeting with a tour guide at a centrally located hotel in Moscow and departure by a comfortable minibus for 3 days tour of ancient Russian towns located around the capital city. We are heading to the first stop in the tour – the town Sergiev Posad, the home of Trinity St. Sergius Monastery, a significant spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

10:00 Tour of the Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra).

11:30 Departure to Vladimir: make yourself comfortable, admire landscapes and scenery and listen to our guide’s story about the settlements that will be passed by.

Lunch in a local restaurant “Kolhozny Club”. Afterwards continue driving to Vladimir.

Approx. at 17:00 Panoramic city tour in Vladimir.

19:00 Transfer to Suzdal to check in at the hotel.

Dinner on your own account. Overnight in the hotel “Pushkarskaya Sloboda

Day 2

Kostroma

09:00 After breakfast we will start our day with the сity tour in Suzdal and continue by visiting the Kremlin and the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture.

The tour will be finished at the Gostiny Dvor in the city centre, where you can buy some traditional Russian specialties (free time for shopping). 

12:00 Departure to Kostroma: make yourself comfortable, admire landscapes and scenery and listen to our guide’s story about the settlements that will be passed by.

13:30 Free time for lunch in Ivanovo (1 hour)

15:00 Guided tour to Ivanovo Textile Factory Museum.

17:00 We continue driving to Kostroma.

19:00 Check in at hotel. Dinner on your own account. Overnight at hotel “Old Street“.

Day 3

Yaroslavl

09:00 After breakfast meet with your tour guide for a morning tour to discover highlights of Kostroma.

11:00 Check out from the hotel. Departure to Yaroslavl.

12:30 Overview city tour in Yaroslavl.  On the tour you will visit the Church of Elijah the Prophet, take a walk along the Volga River embankment and have a look at the Russian Golden Ring in miniature:

14:00 Before to depart from Yaroslavl you are offered to taste some local tincture drinks and enjoy traditional food for lunch in a local restaurant “SOBRANIE“.

16:00 Departure to Moscow: make yourself comfortable, admire landscapes and scenery and listen to our guide’s story about the settlements that will be passed by. On the way a quick technical stop can be done in Rostov-the-Great.

Approx. at 21:00 we will finish our day and the trip in full back in Moscow.

Information

Currency

Rouble (RUB; symbol руб). Notes are in denominations of 5,000, 1,000, 500, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of 10, 5, 2 and 1.

Banking

Major European and international credit and debit cards, including Visa and MasterCard, are widely accepted. American Express cards are rarely accepted.

ATMs are widely available throughout Russia, although if you’re venturing into rural areas, they may be less widespread so carry a reserve amount of cash. Most ATMs will offer English as well as Cryllic translations.

Foreign currency should only be exchanged at official bureaux and authorised banks. You will usually need your passport to change money. It is wise to retain all exchange receipts. Bureaux de change are numerous and easy to locate. Large shops and hotels offer their own exchange facilities. All major currencies can be converted in big cities.

As you’d expect Russia’s climate is hugely dependent on where in the country you find yourself. With temperatures known to hit a tarmac-melting 37°C (99°F) in the cities and fall to -30°C (-22°F) and lower during the Siberian winter, there’s no point generalising about Russia’s weather except to say, be prepared.

While the notion of visiting a snow-blanketed Moscow or St Petersburg has a definite romance, most tourists prefer to come calling in the warm summer months of June, July and August. This means the shoulder seasons of April, May, September and October are good options for visitors keen to avoid the peak crowds – prices are generally lower from September to May, and tourist sites almost invariably less crowded.

Spring is often characterised by slushy roads. And if your heart’s set on that winter wonderland, December’s the best bet. Seasonal climates apply elsewhere in Russia – Siberia can have devastatingly cold winters, while its summers are generally fairly pleasant, if a little rainy. The region of Russia near the Black Sea has mild winters, but again attracts a fair amount of rain.

Those visiting over summer should pack a mixture of lightweight and mediumweight clothing – natural fibres such as cotton and linen are best. For the winter visitor, meanwhile – layers, layers, layers. Wools and cashmeres are great material for keeping in the warmth. Sturdy shoes are always a good idea, no matter what time of year.

Wi-Fi is available within most establishments in larger cities (although they may charge) and at internet cafes. Although Russia does not ostensibly censor the internet, there is an internet blacklist of sites which you will not be able to visit from inside Russia, which includes some independent news sites.

Electrical sockets in Russia are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The “Type C” Europlug and the “Type E” and “Type F” Schuko. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.

Electrical sockets in Russia usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you’re plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.  If your appliances are not compatible with 220-240 volt electrical output, a voltage converter will be necessary

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