Welcome to Kostroma


Its major sight, the Monastery of St Ipaty, is across the Kostroma River to the west. A number of museums can be found in the area around Susaninskaya pl, the parks south of which are perfect for a riverside ramble. If you have an extra day, take a trip out to the countryside to see one of Russia's few elk farms.


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$981.09 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Golden Ring Tour from Moscow

ItineraryDay 1: Moscow – VladimirStop At: Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, Vladimir, Vladimir Oblast, Central RussiaStart with the historical settlement of Vladimir. See the sights on a coach tour, hearing the history of the town once known as the capital of Russia, and then head inside the magnificent Assumption Cathedral (once Russia’s main cathedral). Admire treasures like Rublyov’s The Last Judgement frescoes, and then board your coach to travel to the Cathedral of St Dmitry, marveling at its incredible stone carvings from the outside. Your coach tour also includes Vladimir’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites like the Golden Gates and the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniature Painting and Embroidery.Stop for lunch and a drink in a traditional Russian restaurant, enjoying a bowl of hearty Russian borscht (beetroot soup) with dumplings, and then check in to your hotel. Spend the rest of your afternoon and evening at leisure.Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight: 4-star Vladimirskaya Sloboda in VladimirDay 2: Vladimir – Suzdal – KostromaStop At: Suzdal Kremlin, Suzdal, Suzdalsky District, Vladimir Oblast, Central RussiaCheck out of your hotel after breakfast and then leave your hotel by coach, traveling the short distance north to the 11th-century fortress town of Suzdal. Explore the town by coach, seeing the ramparts of Suzdal’s Kremlin and learning about the town. As you sit back and relax, your guide will talk to you about the town’s history, explaining how it was once a favorite town of the Soviet government, who strived to retain its original architecture and charm.Pass through the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life to see traditional old izbas (wooden houses) and churches – all built without using a single nail. Then, continue your tour back into town to see Suzdal’s monasteries and churches. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Monastery of st Ipaty, Kostroma, Kostroma Oblast, Central RussiaAfter a break for lunch, travel north to Kostroma, a town sat on the banks of its namesake river. See its highlights on a city tour, marveling at its star attraction – the 14th-century Monastery of St Ipaty. Hear tales of the Godunov family who founded the place of worship, and learn about the rivalries between them and the Romanov dynasty – another powerful Kostroma family. Check in to your hotel and enjoy free time in town.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight: 3-star Ostrovsky Prichal in KostromaDay 3: Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Rostov-VelikyStop At: St. John the Baptist Church, Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central RussiaLeave Kostroma after breakfast and travel west to the ancient town of Yaroslavl that was once a major political and economic hub. As the second largest city in Russia, Yaroslavl holds a collection of sites to rival the country’s capital. See the best sites on your city tour, admiring the onion-domed St John the Baptist Church and Strelka Park where the town’s founder (Yaroslavl the Wise) fought a sacred bear to save his people. Stop to visit the Monastery of Transfiguration of the Saviour – one of Russia’s richest monasteries – and then head inside the Church of Elijah the Prophet to see some of the brightest frescoes in the Golden Ring.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Strelka Fountains, Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central RussiaLeave Kostroma after breakfast and travel west to the ancient town of Yaroslavl that was once a major political and economic hub. As the second largest city in Russia, Yaroslavl holds a collection of sites to rival the country’s capital. See the best sites on your city tour, admiring the onion-domed St John the Baptist Church and Strelka Park where the town’s founder (Yaroslavl the Wise) fought a sacred bear to save his people. Stop to visit the Monastery of Transfiguration of the Saviour – one of Russia’s richest monasteries – and then head inside the Church of Elijah the Prophet to see some of the brightest frescoes in the Golden Ring.Duration: 1 hourStop At: State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, Rostov, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central RussiaEnjoy lunch in town, and then travel south to Rostov-Veliky, a town that’s often considered the prettiest in the Golden Ring with its silver-domed Kremlin. See the highlights on your city tour, stopping outside the Kremlin and the fairytale-esque Monastery of St Jacob. Check in to your hotel, and then spend your night at leisure.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight: 3-star Usadba Pleshanova in Rostov-VelikyDay 4: Rostov-Veliky – Pereyaslavl-Zalessky – Sergiev Posad – MoscowStop At: Pereslavl-Zalessky Historical, Arhitectural and Art Museum, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central RussiaSay your goodbyes to Rostov-Veliky after breakfast, and then head to Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, a small town popular with vacationing Muscovites. Sat on the shores of Lake Pleshcheevo, the pretty town is best known for its two main attractions: Red Square and the Cathedral of the Transfiguration (one of Russia’s oldest buildings. See them both on a city tour by coach, and then travel further south to your final Golden Ring town of your tour, Sergiev Posad.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Sergiyev Posad, Sergiyevo-Posadsky District, Moscow Oblast, Central RussiaThe town’s undisputed highlight is the Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius, an active monastery that sprawls around the town. Taking a well-deserved place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the colossal monastery comprises onion-domed churches and countless buildings with eye-catching architecture. See the best bits, such as the Cathedral of the Assumption, on your coach tour and hear stories of St Sergius, after whom the monastery is named.Stop for lunch in town and then return to Moscow, where your tour finishes.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$2000 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tailor-made Arctic adventure tour: Explore the tundra wilderness

The 4x4 Arctic Exploration and Adventure starts in March 2018. This is the best time to visit Russian North because of long days, good state of winter roads and better weather than in the middle of the winter.We will drive two jeeps which are fully equipped to survive in tundra wilderness. One of our jeeps, "CrazyBuuu" van is an authentic Russian military UAZ-452 van (year of issue 2010) designed in the 1950s as a support car for military forces. Now it‘s still being produced as it was sixty years ago… And, surprisingly, it looks almost like in 1965! Our second jeep is UAZ Patriot, modern Russian jeep. Years from now, it will become a legend, too.In the first days, we will drive North-East from Moscow and visit such wonderful Golden Ring towns as Yaroslavl and Kostroma. They are amazing for architecture and history lovers because of their 12th. Then, for the second to third day, we will spend our time in and around Syktyvkar town. If you have limited time, it's better to fly here from Moscow. You can also arrive by train - another adventure travel in Russia.By the third day, you will see how dramatically nature changes... a lot of evergreen forests, open spaces of snow and only rare settlements. We will still drive normal roads. From the third to fourth day we will spend some time in Ukhta town, the last bastion of civilization in front of tundra wilderness. Ukhta is the middle of nowhere even for our Russian countryside.Our next plans will mainly depend on the road conditions. Ukhta is the last town with normal roads, after which we will drive on winter roads of local oil companies. There will be rescue teams with emergency vehicles as well as a lot of tractors, bulldozers, rovers and just trucks. A lot of people live and work there, usually for gas and oil companies. If the weather is OK (not a snowstorm), we will drive about 100 km of winter road for about one or two days.If all goes well, we'll reach Vorkuta town by the sixth day to enjoy its main attractions – interesting town with five-storey block of flats and everything about the coal industry, including its monument, coal companies, coal miners and their abandoned settlements :) If you want to see how post-apocalypses look in the Arctic, you will be in the right place! We also visit GULAG memory sites and learn more about Arctic regional developments during the Soviet times.Then we will spend two days near Vorkuta traveling through Ural mountains by an old train and then by snowmobiles to see reindeer breeders of aborigines ethnic origin. We will have a Banya (Russian sauna), play with reindeers, talk to reindeer breeders, have a lunch in their tent, and maybe do some trekking to the mountains. Finally, depending on the weather, our wishes and time limits, we will slowly drive back to Moscow.

$65 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Moscow Folk Dance Show Kostroma

Visit: Marina Wilson Private Tours, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictSee the most beautiful folk show in Moscow! Russian national ballet “ Kostroma” presents a series of shows from June 15th to September 15th and includes a historical perspective of Russia from the christening of Rus to the USSR. The show reveals the traditions and lives of people living in the North, South, Caucasus mountains and in Central Russia. The Russian National Dance Show “ Kostroma” cleverly and with great prowess unites lyrical sketches with elements of folklore and ancient Russian epic. It uncovers the Russian culture through the nature of its people, social status and national colouring. You can witness the temporal, urban, village, military culture of Russia. The accurately created images of mother, wife, daughter, son, husband and warrior reflect the heritage of the many generations and the unique spirit of the Russian nation. Kostroma show involves 50 dancers, 15 reincarnations, 10 tons of freight, 600 unique costumes, 300 items of props, 8 sets changes. The signature image of Kostroma is the Girl in Silver - a woman dressed in blue and silver embroidery. In local culture, it is represented by all kinds of handcraft - pottery, knitting, sewing etc. This truly Russian heritage is skillfully transmitted through ballet dance and costumes.

$21 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kostroma City Tour with Private Guide

The guide will meet you at the hotel, from where, depending on the locating of the hotel, you will go by foot or by public transport to the center of Kostroma. You will get an impressive story about the legends and stories connected with the names of the Kostroma streets. You will tour along the magnificent embankment of the Volga River and take unbelievable photos against the backdrop of architectural monuments of the 13-17 centuries.During your tour at Kostroma, you will have the possibility to examine the process of turning flax kernels into the fabric and even try to make such a flap yourself in the flax museum. An expert will guide you through all the stages of growing this crop, tell you how the fabric was bleached and how it was painted. You will go up to the view deck to observe the city and to explore all the beauty of the Volga river and Kostroma landscapes.Explore one of the cities of the Golden Ring of Russia, which was first recorded in the chronicles for the year 1213, but historians believe it could have been founded by Yury Dolgoruky more than half a century earlier, in 1152. After the tour guide will bring you to the hotel.