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Essential ‘Golden Ring of Russia’ Tour

Overview

A shortened version of Russia’s famous Golden Ring. Visit three historic locations, Vladimir, Suzdal and Sergiev Posad, and uncover Russia’s spectacular history. If you want a shorter Golden Ring experience that includes a visit to Sergiev Posad then this is the excursion for you. As part of this 4-day excursion, you will see the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir, the Wooden Architecture Museum in Suzdal, and the Holy Trinity St Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad.

  • City tour of Vladimir, Suzdal and Sergiev Posad

  • Assumption Cathedral

  • Cathedral of St. Dmitry

  • Suzdal Kremlin with Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ visit

  • Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinity-Sergius Monastery

  • Choice of bellringing at the Spaso-Euthymius Monastery or a visit to the Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture

Itinerary

Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow

Your driver will meet you at the airport or railway station and take you to your hotel ready for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

Vladimir

One of Russia’s medieval capitals dating back to the 12th century, Vladimir is a popular tourist destination on Russia’s Golden Ring. It is home to various cathedrals, a monastery and other landmarks that have been designated as UNSECO World Heritage Sites including the imposing white stone towers of the Golden Gates as well as the St Demetrius Cathedral, Dormition Cathedral and Assumption Cathedral.

Day 2

Exploring the Golden Ring – Vladimir

After an early morning breakfast and check out your driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to Moscow train station where you will catch the 2-hour bullet train to Vladimir.

Exploring the Golden Ring – Suzdal

After lunch, you will head over to Suzdal where you have a full sightseeing tour of the 10th century Kremlin, with a chance to admire the Cathedral of Nativity Christ.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Assumption Cathedral

  • Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ

  • City Tour by car

  • Golden Gate

  • St. Dmitry Cathedral

  • Suzdal Kremlin

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

Travel to

Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad is a historic town situated in Central Russia and is often included in Russia’s popular tourist route, the Golden Ring. The town has grown around its main tourist attraction and one of the largest monasteries in Russia, the Trinity Lavra, established by St Sergius of Radonezh in the 15th century. The town is immersed in culture and is home to various museums including the Gagarin Palace of Culture and the Museum of Toys.

Day 3

Exploring the Golden Ring – Sergiev Posad

After spending the night in Suzdal you will have time for a quick breakfast before heading to Sergiev Posad (often referred to as the Russian Vatican), the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Trinity-Sergius Monastery

Day 4

Departure from Moscow

On the morning of departure, you will have time for breakfast and some spare time to rest and relax or to do some last-minute exploring before checking out (around 12:00 noon).

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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