4-Day Golden Ring Tour from Moscow

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Explore Russia’s Golden Ring on a 4-day tour of the region from Moscow! Visiting seven of the old fortified Golden Ring towns, this exciting experience combines sightseeing tours with plenty of free time. See onion-domed cathedrals, whitewashed city walls and pretty wooden architecture, as well as UNESCO-listed sites like Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius in Sergiev Posad. Enjoy overnight accommodation in Vladimir, Kostroma and Rostov-Veliky, and embrace the time-honored allure of the Golden Ring.
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.

What’s included

  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
  • Transport by coach
  • 3 nights of hotel accommodation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • City tours in Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov-Veliky, Pereyaslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad
  • Entry/Admission - Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Strelka Fountains

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Suzdal Kremlin
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery of st Ipaty
  • Entry/Admission - St. John the Baptist Church
  • Entry/Admission - State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
  • Entry/Admission - Pereslavl-Zalessky Historical, Arhitectural and Art Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

Itinerary

Day 1: Moscow – Vladimir Stop At: Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, Vladimir, Vladimir Oblast, Central Russia Start 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 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight: 4-star Vladimirskaya Sloboda in Vladimir
Day 2: Vladimir – Suzdal – Kostroma Stop At: Suzdal Kremlin, Suzdal, Suzdalsky District, Vladimir Oblast, Central Russia Check 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 hours Stop At: Monastery of st Ipaty, Kostroma, Kostroma Oblast, Central Russia After 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 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight: 3-star Ostrovsky Prichal in Kostroma
Day 3: Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Rostov-Veliky Stop At: St. John the Baptist Church, Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central Russia Leave 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 hours Stop At: Strelka Fountains, Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central Russia Leave 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 hour Stop At: State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, Rostov, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central Russia Enjoy 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 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight: 3-star Usadba Pleshanova in Rostov-Veliky
Day 4: Rostov-Veliky – Pereyaslavl-Zalessky – Sergiev Posad – Moscow Stop At: Pereslavl-Zalessky Historical, Arhitectural and Art Museum, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central Russia Say 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 hours Stop At: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Sergiyev Posad, Sergiyevo-Posadsky District, Moscow Oblast, Central Russia The 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 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
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