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Highlights of the Golden Ring Tour

Overview

The ultimate Golden Ring experience takes no less than 8 cities in 7 days. Discover Russia’s ancient past through its magnificent Cathedrals and historic Kremlins. If you are looking for the complete Golden Ring experience with no exceptions, then this is the tour for you. This 7-day tour visits all the major tourist hotspots with added extras including cheese tasting, extended walking tours and plenty of free time along the way. 

  • Assumption and Dmitry Cathedrals

  • Visit the castle of Grand Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky

  • Suzdal Kremlin

  • Visit to the Museum of Cheese with a unique cheese tasting experience

  • Sightseeing in Plyos and Yaroslavl

  • The Golden Gate of Vladimir

  • The Museum of traditional Russian craft Finift’

  • Visit to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius

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

Welcome to Moscow! Your driver will pick you up from your scheduled arrival point (airport / railway station), before taking you to your hotel for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

Golden Ring

The Golden Ring refers to the chain of Medieval towns to the North and East of Moscow including Suzdal, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Rostov, Kostroma, and others. The region is one of Russia’s oldest routes and has become a popular tourist hotspot due to its beautiful landscapes, churches, and ornate architecture. The Golden Ring contains several UNESCO designated sites dating between the 12th and 17th centuries.

Day 2

Exploring Vladimir

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and begin your Golden Ring tour.

Exploring Bogolyubovo

The rest of your afternoon will be spent in Bogolyubovo where you will visit the Bogolyubovo monastery, and the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Assumption Cathedral

  • Golden Gate

  • Expert Guide

  • Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 3

Sightseeing in Suzdal

After breakfast, your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of one of the most beautiful places in the Golden Ring, Suzdal. As part of your tour, you will visit the Kremlin including the Nativity Cathedral and the Museum of wooden architecture, before visiting the Monastery of Saint Euthymius for a bell ringing mini concert. You will then stop for lunch in a restaurant within the heart of the city.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Suzdal Kremlin

  • Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ

  • Monastery of Saint Euthymius

  • Options available

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 4

Exploring Plyos

Wake up for an early breakfast before checking out and meeting your driver and guide at the hotel.

Cheese tasting in Kostroma

In the afternoon, you will set off for Kostroma. On arrival, you will have a city tour where you will get to see the exteriors of The Resurrection Church on the Debra, the Epiphany monastery, and the Ipatiev monastery, before heading to the Museum of Cheese with a unique cheese tasting experience.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Church of the Resurrection

  • Epiphany Cathedral

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Museum of Cheese

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

Day 5

Sightseeing in Yaroslavl

Today, you will experience one of the Golden Ring’s most popular destinations. After breakfast, you will begin your sightseeing tour of Yaroslavl including the Yaroslavl Museum, Church of the Epiphany, Saviour Monastery and more.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Yaroslavl Museum-Preserve

  • Epiphany Church

  • Transfiguration Monastery

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Options available

Day 6

Visiting the Rostov Kremlin

The final day of your Golden Ring highlights tour. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checking out and heading out on the 1-hour drive to Rostov Veliky. While in Rostov, you will get a bit of free time to look around the city before heading to the Kremlin and the Museum of Finift.’

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Rostov Kremlin

  • Rostov Finift’ Museum

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Trinity-Sergius Monastery

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 7

Departure from Moscow

Your tour will end with an extra day of free time in Moscow which you can use to do some last-minute exploring before checking out of your hotel and meeting your driver for the transfer back to the airport / train station.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Departure Transfer

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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