Golden Ring – reflections of Russian heritage

Eight historical cities of Russia unfolded in four days

Enjoy the breathtaking collection of historical towns and cities just northeast of Moscow.

Often called the ancient heart of Russia, the enchanting Golden Ring of old fortified cities where time has seemingly stood still for centuries. This Golden Ring Russia tour will unfold the history of the region and send you time travelling. Admire Russian ancient wooden houses, UNESCO-listed monasteries and onion-domed cathedrals on a tour of eight Golden Ring towns: Vladimir, Suzdal, Plyos, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov-Veliky, Pereyaslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad.






4* hotels


Action rating

Group size

4 days / 3 nights


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Itinerary View map

Day 1:Vladimir and Suzdal

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Moscow. Board a car for a drive to Vladimir, which used to be one of the medieval capitals of Russia. During our guided sightseeing tour, we will visit the Cathedral of St Demetrius, Assumption Cathedral and the Golden Gates, which feature on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Next we head to Suzdal, the most magical of the Golden Ring towns. We will visit the old Kremlin, the Spass-Evfimievsky Monastery and the Cathedral of Transformation, along with other unique cultural and religious objects.

Day 2:Plyos and Kostroma

We start our day with a short drive to Plyos, a small and picturesque town, a place you will want to come back to, as it has typical Russian views and the indescribable atmosphere of a 19th century city. After a glance tour in the area, we travel on to Kostroma, a historic city which sits on the banks of the Volga River. We will visit the Ipatievsky Monastery which is considered the place where the reign of the House of Romanov began. From Kostroma we travel on to Yaroslavl for the night.

Day 3:Yaroslavl and Rostov

Today we discover Yaroslvl, the unofficial capital of the Golden Ring whose historical centre is protected by UNESCO. It is a town of trades and crafts, of majority of churches impressing you with its original beauty. Of special interest are the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, founded in 12th centuty, and the majestic Church of Elijah the Prophet. Next we head to Rostov, where we visit the Kemlin, a pearl of Russian architecture of the 17th century, and Spaso-Yakovlevsky monastery.

Day 4:Peresalvl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad

From Rostov we travel on to Pereslavl-Zalessky, where we take a short sightseeing tour of Red Square and the ramparts. This town is famous for some unique museums like Museum of Iron or Museum of Kettle. Board a car for a drive to Sergiev Posad, known as "Russian Vatican" for its magnificent blue and golden cupolas scattered all around the town. Here we visit the Holy Trinity Lavra, one of Russia's most important religious centres founded in the mid-14th century and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour of the city. Closer to the evening, you will arrive to Moscow.



4* hotels in Suzdal, Yaroslavl and Rostov


All meals during the tour


Private driver for full 4 days


Local professional English-speaking guide

Activities and sights

All sites included in the program (see detailed itinerary)

Entry fees to the attractions


Russian visa support documents.

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

Travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips

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