Tour Golden Ring Russia - 10 cities in 5 days


When touring the historical cities and rural cities of the Russian Golden Ring, you can trace the history of the country as many times as each of them became the scene of events that played a key role in the future of the Russian state. Thanks to the perfection of their forms and the purity of their colors, the voice of ancient Russia speaks with our hearts.

We offer the best tour option for a detailed acquaintance with the cities of the Golden Ring of Russia on the basis of 4* accommodation (if you need a more budget option, we can offer the same tour on the basis of 3* accommodation). If necessary, we add accommodation and a program in Moscow before and after the tour.

The program is preliminary. The excursion blocks can be replaced with the similar ones, without changing main waypoints.
Program 5 days/4 nights - Tour Golden Ring 10 cities in 5 days
Meeting with a guide at a hotel lobby at 08:45.
Depart from Moscow hotel by bus for Vladimir (~ 200 km, 3 h).
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Bus city tour of Vladimir.
Vladimir is the old capital of north-eastern Rus’. Visit the city’s sights dating back to the 12th century: the Golden Gates, symbolizing the grandeur and power of the ancient Rus’, St. Dmitry cathedral dating back to the period prior to the country’s invasion by the Mongols, and the Assumption cathedral – the masterpiece of a white-stone architecture which boasts frescoes by Andrey Rublyov. Visit to the museum "Crystal, lacquer miniature painting and embroidery".
Transfer to Bogolyubovo (~ 15 km, 0,5 h).
Visit to the castle of Grand Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky and the church of the Intercession on the Nerl.
Andrey Bogolyubsky's castle is a white-stone masterpiece, the oldest building on the territory of the Holy Bogolyubsky monastery, built on the site of the former princely residence in 1158. It contains a unique relic-the icon of the Mother of God, considered the first written image of the virgin Mary in Russia. White stone temple on a green hill. The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl, near Vladimir – is one of the most famous monuments of ancient Russian architecture. This miracle, preserved from the XII century, is also called the Swan-temple.
Transfer to Suzdal (~ 35 km, 1 h).
Check in to the hotel. Free time.
Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast in the hotel. Check out.
Bus city tour of Suzdal.
In Suzdal everything is like on a postcard. People come here to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of an old Russian city, ideally blended with the classic Russian landscape with vast fields, river bends and hills.
Suzdal counting more than 200 historical monuments, many of which are UNESCO Heritage sites. Visit Trading Rows and the Trading square, the Suzdal Kremlin, the Savior monastery of St. Euthymius and listen to the concert of church bell music, visit the museum of wooden architecture with the buildings of the 17-19th century, enjoy the panorama of the city from the observation platform Ilyinsky lug.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Depart for Kostroma (~ 180 km, 2,5 h).
Check in to the hotel. Free time.
Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast in the hotel. Check out.
Bus city tour of Kostroma.
Welcome to this trading city which preserved till today the old look of the architectural ensemble of the 18th century trading rows. A sightseeing tour of Kostroma will help you touch the historical heritage of this ancient Russian city. Strolling through the quiet streets of a hospitable and unhurried town, you are sure to feel the atmosphere of harmony and peace. Visit the city’s central square (nicknamed as "a frying pan") and the fire tower of the 19th century.
Visit to the Ipatiev monastery. Ipatiev monastery occupies a special place in the glorious series of spiritual abodes. Founded at the beginning of the XIV century, the monastery is considered one of the oldest in our Country.
Visit to the Museum of cheese and cheese tasting.
Kostroma cheese is famous throughout Russia! Sometimes Kostroma is even called the cheese capital of Russia. Learn about cheese tales and traditions of different nations, cheese records and the most unusual varieties and, most importantly, try real Kostroma cheeses!
Transfer to Plyos (~75 km, 1 h).
Lunch in a local restaurant in Plyos.
City tour of Plyos.
Plyos is a unique place where you can personally see those magnificent Russian landscapes that so beckoned the famous artist Isaac Levitan and his friends. It is thanks to their canvases that the views of Plyos became known throughout the world. Visit the Market Square Resurrection Church, built in honor of the victory over Napoleon in the war of 1812, take a walk along the Embankment and admire the former residential buildings of wealthy Plyos merchants, now architectural monuments of the 19th century.
Departure for Yaroslavl (~ 145 km, 2,5 h).
The road to Yaroslavl will also run over the Kostroma bridge – the only road bridge over the Volga on the section between Yaroslavl and Kostroma. The bridge is 1236 m long and offers incredible scenic views.
Check in to the hotel.
Free time.
Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast in the hotel.
Bus city tour.
Bus city tour of Yaroslavl with the visit to the grounds of the monastery of Our Savior’s Transfiguration. Outside view of the church of Elijah the Prophet. You will hear the review of the city’s history and see its major sights: the confluence of the rivers Volga and Kotorosl ("Strelka"), the Assumption cathedral, the Volga embankment reconstructed to honor the millennial anniversary of Yaroslavl, drive through the central quarters of Yaroslavl boasting unique architectural monuments included in the UNESCO Heritage list.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Free time (explore the city at your own).
Excursion to Vyatskoye village-winner of the contest "the Best village of Russia". You will plunge into the atmosphere of the largest shopping village of Yaroslavl. You will see a lot of restored and restored rural monuments: Shopping area with shopping and tavern establishments, majestic resurrection and assumption churches, stone 2-3-storey mansions. There are about 12 museums in the village.
Optional: Dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast in the hotel, check out.
Depart for Rostov Veliky (~ 60 km, 1 h).
Excursion to the Rostov Kremlin – residential quarters of the Rostov bishops. View the architectural monuments on the kremlin grounds, the Bishop’s house, the Cathedral square, and Metropolitan’s garden. Visit the ceramics workshop. Exhibition "Walls and passages of the Rostov kremlin" (smaller passages).
Transfer to Pereslavl-Zalessky (~ 65 km, 1 h).
Pereslavl-Zalessky is the home city of Alexander Nevsky and the cradle of the Russian fleet. During the tour, you will learn how the history of this amazing place was formed, what famous people left their mark on it, what the city lives today and what is the secret of its special charm. You will visit the heart of the ancient city – red square, walk along the earthen walls of the XII century and see one of the oldest churches in North-Eastern Russia – the Transfiguration Cathedral. In addition, take a walk along the picturesque shore of Pleshcheyev lake and visit one of the ancient Pereslavl monasteries.
Lunch in a local restaurant in Pereslavl-Zalessky.
Transfer to Sergiev Posad (~ 75 km, 1 h).
Excursion to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.
The excursion will introduce you to the shrines, architecture and sights of one of the most famous Russian monasteries, the largest center of Russian spiritual culture and enlightenment.
You will learn about the life of the founder of the monastery-one of the most revered Russian saints, St. Sergius of Radonezhsky. Get acquainted with the history of the monastery is associated with key events in the history of our country and with the names of famous figures of Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian state.
Transfer to Moscow (to the hotel) (~ 75 km, 2 h).
End of the tour.
Departures calendar
22 Feb – 26 Feb
07 Mar – 11 Mar
21 Mar – 25 Mar
03 Oct – 07 Oct
10 Oct – 14 Oct
17 Oct – 21 Oct
24 Oct – 28 Oct
07 Nov – 11 Nov

04 Apr – 08 Apr
18 Apr – 22 Apr
02 May – 06 May
16 May – 20 May
23 May – 27 May
06 June – 10 June
13 June – 17 June
20 June – 24 June
27 June – 01 July
04 July – 08 July
11 July – 15 July
18 July – 22 July
25 July – 29 July
01 Aug – 05 Aug
08 Aug – 12 Aug
15 Aug – 19 Aug
22 Aug – 26 Aug
05 Sept – 09 Sept
12 Sept – 16 Sept
19 Sept – 23 Sept
28 Sept – 02 Oct
What is included and not included in the tour?
Our prices include:
  • Double accommodation in Suzdal in 4* hotel (Sokol or similar)
  • Double accommodation in Kostroma 4* (Hotel Ostrovsky or similar)
  • Double accommodation in Yaroslavl 4* (Park Inn by Radisson Yaroslavl)
  • Breakfast in hotels
  • Catering per program (including all mentioned degustations)
  • Excursion program with entrance tickets when necessary
  • Transport and transfers service per program
  • Local English, French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking guides or assistants for translation from local Russian speaking guides
  • Accommodation and catering for drivers and guides when necessary

Supplemenatry (for prebooking only):
  • Accommodation and program in Moscow for pre/post tour per request
  • Single supplement
  • Non obligatory insurance of medical, medical transport and other expense
  • Non obligatory accident insurance
  • Optional visit in Yaroslavl (Visit to Vyatskoye village)
  • Dinners at the hotel in Kostroma
  • Dinner at the hotel in Yaroslavl
  • Dinner at the hotel in Suzdal

* If restrictions are imposed on the entrance to museums for a certain number of people, we can serve group requests with the division of groups into smaller ones, with the predominant use of the same transport (or with a different number and capacity of transport), but with a large number of guides.
** Some museums or excursions can be excluded from the program if circumstances beyond the control of the tour operator require it (time constraints due to covid-19 / bans on the operation of facilities). At the same time, as far as possible, we will offer an alternative replacement.
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