The pearls of the Golden Ring
"Wooden Architecture Museum, Suzdal"
Explore the towns of the historic Golden Ring, Vladimir, Suzdal, Yaroslavl, Rostov Veliky and Sergiev Posad
Day 1: Vladimir and Suzdal
You devote the first day of this tour to Vladimir and Suzdal, towns whose white monuments have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Vladimir was one of the medieval capitals of Russia and nowadays boasts significant buildings surviving from the 12th century. Upon arrival to Vladimir, you will be met by your English-speaking guide at the train station before you embark on a city tour to discover Vladimir’s history as an influential and prosperous town of the 13th century. Feel astonished as you see the Assumption Cathedral, Dimitriev Cathedral and the Golden Gate, all UNESCO World Heritage sites.
One hour away from Vladimir, is nestled the ancient town of Suzdal, a town that once served as the capital of Russia. After lunch, you will have a three-hour city tour and visit the medieval sites of the 13-16th centuries – the St-Euthymius monastery and the Suzdal Kremlin. You will spend the rest of the day in the Museum of Wooden architecture to get a glimpse into a classical ancient Russia.
Day 2: Yaroslavl and Rostov the Great
You will depart to Yaroslavl, a well-preserved ancient town on the bank of the river Volga whose historic centre is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While strolling along the medieval streets you will get a sense of this place’s historical significance. The Yaroslavl tour will include the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, and the Museum of Ancient Icons. After three hours of exploration, your discovery of Yaroslavl will conclude with lunch.
Following this, a departure to your next exciting destination – Rostov the Great, a town first mentioned in the 9th century. Enjoy walking along the Kremlin’s walls, and visit the Rostov Kremlin and the Assumption Cathedral.
Day 3: Sergiev Posad
The final day of this tour will be devoted to Sergiev Posad, a gem of the Golden Ring, whose Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will have time to explore the stunning Lavra, the largest Orthodox Monastery in Russia, and the cathedrals and feel the unique atmosphere and peace of the place. Lavra’s blue onion domes, with a touch of gold, that dominate the city will take your breath away and will be engraved in your memory forever.
Location: Russia, Moscow
Category: Culture and History
Duration: 3 days
Accomodation, transfer for three days, English-speaking guide, entrance to the museums.
Includes a local guide and any entrance or other fees. Meals and transfers included only where stated.
Transfer from/to Moscow is not included. Meals are at own expense.
For groups of more than 6 people, price will be provided on application.
Duration of the excursion is approximate and may vary according to local conditions.
Physical rating: Easy - Suitable for all