Golden Ring

The medieval towns of Russian province

Golden Ring

The Golden Ring is a group of medieval towns that form a ring-route to the northeast of Moscow. These towns played a significant role in early Russian history and in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. The towns are full of ancient Russian architecture from the Middle Ages including kremlins (walled fortresses), monasteries, cathedrals and churches. Visiting the Golden Ring will give you a chance to go back in time and imagine a Russia that used to be.

Founded during the 11th–12th centuries, the towns of Vladimir, Suzdal and Rostov played a significant role in Russia’s early history. Vladimir, founded as a fortress by Prince Vladimir Monomakh, later became the capital of Grand Principality. The Prince’s son, Yury Dolgoruky, known as the founder of Moscow, set up a number of new towns in the area. Among them are Pereslavl-Zalessky, Kostroma and Yuriev-Polsky. Simultaneously, as was a common practice of those days, Orthodox churches and monasteries sprang to serve both as spiritual centres and fortresses for the local people.

Each town along the way has an individual charm, giving the visitors the feeling of Russian provincial life: more slow, calm and peaceful than overcrowded and busy Moscow. In Golden Ring towns, the way life is more traditional and less westernized. It’s a good chance to take a break from the noise of the capital and experience the hospitality of local people.

Tours in Golden Ring

Golden Ring tour

Golden Ring at a Glance

Private tour | Any dates of your choice
Sergiev Posad * Suzdal * Vladimir

Take a short detour from Moscow to discover the age-old allure of Russia. Travelling from the capital to the countryside, where golden spires and the onion-shaped domes of colourful monasteries dot the horizon, explore the historic and enchanting towns of Suzdal, Vladimir and Sergiev Posad.

2days From(USD) $795 View Tour
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Golden Ring - Reflections of Russian Heritage

Private tour | Your Dates, Your Group
Vladimir * Suzdal *Plyos * Kostorma * Yaroslavl * Rostov * Peresalvl Zalessky * Sergiev Posad

The tour will take you to the eight cities of the Golden Ring, starting from Vladimir. The 'classical' route will take you to the fascinating sites of ancient cities. Get to see calm, slow, peaceful life in rural Russia and enjoy its architectural gems, culture and history.

4days From(USD) $1,590 View Tour

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