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‘Golden Ring of Russia’ Tour with Rostov the Great

Overview

Visit six historic destinations in five days with this action-packed Golden Ring Tour. From cathedrals to the Kremlin, this trip has got you covered! If you are looking to see as much of the Golden Ring as possible in a small amount of time, then this is the tour for you. This 5-day tour has plenty to offer tourists with a combination of city and cathedral tours as well as a visit to the Rostov Kremlin.

  • City tours of Rostov, Vladimir, Suzdal, Sergiev Posad, Yaroslavl and Kostroma

  • Assumption Cathedral

  • Tour of Ipatiev Monastery

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

  • Rostov Kremlin

  • 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

  • Options available

  • St. Dmitry Cathedral

  • Suzdal Kremlin

Travel to

Kostroma

Kostroma is a historic city founded in the 12th – 13th century situated at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma rivers; it is known for being part of Russia’s Golden Ring. The city is home to many famous landmarks including the 10th century Our Lady of St. Theodore of Byzantium and its shining example of old Russian architecture including the five-domed Epiphany Cathedral and Ipatyevsky monastery built in the 16th century.

Day 3

Exploring the Golden Ring – Kostroma

Waking up to another action-packed day exploring the Golden Ring, you will have just enough time to grab a bite to eat before moving onto your next destination, Kostroma.

Exploring the Golden Ring – Yaroslavl

After a short lunch break, you will head on over to Yaroslavl, an important Volga port founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Epiphany Cathedral

  • Ipatiev Monastery

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfiguration Monastery

Travel to

Rostov

A historic town situated in Yaroslavl Oblast, Rostov, is one of the oldest towns in Russia and part of its famous Golden Ring. The town is often called Rostov Veliky (Rostov the Great) by locals to distinguish it from Rostov-on-Don and was founded in the 9th century and became the capital city of the prominent Vladimir-Suzdal principality. The town is known for its Kremlin, considered second only to Moscow, and its beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedrals.

Day 4

Exploring the Golden Ring – Rostov the Great

After spending the night in Yaroslavl and having a quick breakfast, you will spend your final day exploring one of Russia’s oldest cities, Rostov the Great.

Exploring the Golden Ring – Sergiev Posad

After lunch, you will continue onto Sergiev Posad (often referred to as the Russian Vatican), the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour by car

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Rostov Finift’ Museum

  • Rostov Kremlin

  • Trinity-Sergius Monastery

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day 5

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 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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