Introducing Golden Ring
Ancient Rus grew up in the clutch of towns northeast of Moscow that is now known as the Golden Ring. The whitewashed walls of these once-fortified cities still stand, in many cases. The golden spires and onion domes of their monasteries still mark the horizon, evoking medieval Rus. Bells ring out from towering belfries; robed holy men scurry through church doors; historic tales recall mysterious, magical times.
The Golden Ring - so called for its wealth of architectural and artistic riches - is among Russia's most enchanting destinations. Some of these spots are accessible from Moscow by day trip. But if you have a few days to spare, it is worth leaving behind the big-city bustle to immerse yourself in the age-old allure of the Golden Ring.
Golden Ring destination guides
Classic Russia & Ukraine
Discover the hidden secrets, spectacular landscapes and intriguing imperial tales of Russia and Ukraine on this unique journey through the region’s highlights and backroads. Walk in the footsteps of literary greats in staggering St Petersburg, be astounded by the opulent former palaces of the Tsars and behold magical St. Basil’s Cathedral by night.
Travel to Russia and experience a country where extreme landscapes, diverse cultures and turbulent histories coexist. From the forests of Siberia to the beautiful canals and Baroque architecture of St Petersburg, and the church domes of medieval Suzdal to the sombre, bloody history of Yekaterinburg, Russia fascinates and captivates all those who travel within its vast lands.