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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$1003.78 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Golden Ring Tour from Moscow

Leave Moscow and travel by luxury coach around the Golden Ring – a collection of historical towns and cities just northeast of the capital. Often called the ancient heart of Russia, the enchanting ring of old fortified cities is a land where time has seemingly stood still for centuries. Hear the history of the region and admire wooden houses, UNESCO-listed monasteries and onion-domed cathedrals on coach tours seven Golden Ring towns: Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov-Veliky, Pereyaslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad. Overnight stays are scheduled in the most vibrant Golden Ring towns – Vladimir, Kostroma and Rostov-Veliky – and hotels are centrally located, allowing you to easily explore the towns independently between excursions and transfers. All meals are at your own expense, and your guide will happily recommend restaurants and traditional local dishes to try.

$2000 Outdoor Activities

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

See 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.