GOLDEN RING OF RUSSIA
11 days/10 nights – 12 ancient towns in 1 tour!
In the ancient times the Norse people called Russia ‘Gardarike’,which means ‘the country of cities’. Indeed, Russia had many small towns.Some of them played a significant role in Russian state’s formation and though Moscow was founded much more later then some of these towns, it so happened the towns formed ‘a ring’ around Moscow. We call this ring ‘Golden’ as these towns feature unique monuments of Russian architecture of the 12-18 c.c., including kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals and churches. These monuments are included into the World Heritage List and are protected by UNESCO. Usually we offer this route for groups of tourists, as it is much cheaper than for individual tourists. In Moscow, we get to know the city, see Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, GUM, Alexander Park,Zaryadye Park, the Kremlin, in the cities along the route we’ll visit all the main sights included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. At the request of the group, we can remove a city from the visit in advance or include something else. In any case, we always discuss the entire route, services with you!
GLANCE ON ANCIENTRY
7 days/6 nights
BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN OR BY OUR VEHICLE MOSCOW-VLADIMIR-SUZDAL-MOSCOW*(POSSIBLE TO ADD KIDEKSHA, BOGOLJUBOVO OR SERGIEV-POSAD IF BY CAR)
If you are not a fan of long car trips but want to plunge into ancient Russia, we can offer you a tour with a short stay in Vladimir-Suzdal, where you can get by train. Vladimir is an ancient Russian city founded in 1108. The capital of North-Eastern Rus’ in the 12th century. The most important trading center. Tourists from all over the world come here to see the unique monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is the Assumption Cathedral, and the Dmitrievsky Cathedral and the landmark of the city – the Golden Gate. Just 26 km from Vladimir is the city of Suzdal, founded in 1024. It seems that time has stopped here. Small wooden houses on a par with modern supermarkets, restaurants, hotels. Horse-drawn carriages, important geese crossing the road are also not uncommon in the city. Suzdal’s monuments are also included into UNESCO World Heritage. It’s Suzdal Kremlin, open air wooden museum, Spaso-Evfimiev monastery and others. We arrive to Vladimir station by train from Moscow and then our professional local driver bring us to Suzdal. Your guide will accompany you for the whole itinerary.
ONE DAY EXCURSIONS FROM MOSCOW
for the whole day, by train or by our vehicle
SERGIEV-POSAD, PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY, ROSTOV, YAROSLAVL, KOSTROMA, MYSHKIN, UGLICH, ALEXANDROV, PLES, PALEKH, DMITROV ETC.
If you are limited by time, you have a free day in your busy schedule of your stay in Moscow, then we offer you to make an exciting one-day trip to one or two cities of the Golden Ring.
Officially, the Golden Ring of Russia includes 8 cities: Vladimir, Suzdal, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov, Ivanovo. But we look at the map more broadly and include other ancient small cities in the routes, which are now also considered part of the Golden Ring: Murom, Plyos, Palekh, Uglich, Myshkin and others.
Usually we leave the hotel at 8 o’clock in the morning and return also by 8-9 o’clock in the evening. It depends on the number of cities you would like to visit in one day. Choosing a bus as a means of transportation between cities, you have time to see and visit more. Since you do not need to be at the station by a certain time. On the other hand, this route is more tiring. What to choose – you decide! We’ll help you to plan the trip in the best possible way, taking into account all your wishes.