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 is where time has seemingly stood still for centuries. Our 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.

The Golden Ring is the name for a popular tourist route with the network of ancient towns north-east of Moscow. These Russian towns are famous for unique architectural constructions dating back to the 12-17th centuries. 
During this fascinating Golden Ring tour, you will have an opportunity to visit such towns as Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Rostov. You will see fascinating temples made of white stone, visit ancient monasteries, and listen to the ringing of church bells. The Golden Ring tour is a very good way to learn more about Russian history, culture and traditions.







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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 featured 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. This is a place you will want to come back to as it has typical Russian views and an 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 Yaroslavl, the unofficial capital of the Golden Ring whose historical centre is protected by UNESCO. It is a town of trades and crafts, with the majority of churches leaving you impressed with its original beauty.

Of special interest is the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, founded in the 12th century, and the majestic Church of Elijah the Prophet. Next, we head to Rostov, where we visit the Kremlin, 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 back 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

4 days
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