Golden Ring at a Glance

Detour from Moscow to the Russian province

Explore three charming cities of the Golden Ring of Russia: Sergiev Posad, Suzdal and Vladimir.

Golden Ring is the name for a popular tourist route with a network of ancient towns north-east of Moscow. This Golden Ring tour will take you on a quest for unique architectural constructions dating back to the 12-17th centuries. During this short detour from Moscow, you will discover the age-old allure of Russia. Travel 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 and learn more about Russian history, culture and traditions.

Touring the Golden Ring, a string of medieval towns northeast of Moscow is like settling into the comforting arms of Mother Russia: it's a bucolic realm of whitewashed churches with golden onion domes, rippling meadows blanketed with flowers, and samovars bubbling away in colourful gingerbread cottages. In contrast to Moscow's cosmopolitan chaos, these ancient towns are a cultural salve for the Slavic soul: you'll find the spiritual heart of the Orthodox Church here, as well as historic architecture, religious art, traditional cooking and time-honoured handicrafts. Centuries ago this was the power core of eastern Kyivan Rus, but it declined as Moscow took political centre stage. Largely untouched by Soviet industrialisation, it now attracts flocks of Russian and international tourists searching for a lost idyll.






4* hotel


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Group size

2 days / 1 night


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Day 1:Sergiev Posad

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Moscow. 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. After lunch we depart to Suzdal, where we stay for overnight.

Day 2:Suzdal and Vladimir

In the morning we embark on the tour of 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.

After lunch, we head to our last destination, 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. Later in the evening, you will be transferred back to Moscow.



4* hotel in Suzdal


All meals during the tour


Private driver for full 2 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

2 days
Moscow to Moscow
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