During this 7-day tour you will visit the most popular places of Golden Ring region: Vladimir, Suzdal, Bogolyubovo, Yaroslavl, Kostroma and one of the largest centers of Russian Orthodox Church – St. Sergius Holy Trinity Monastery in Sergiev Posad. This tour is combined with visiting of Russian capital – Moscow.
Arrival in Moscow. Transfer without guide to the hotel. Accommodation since 14:00.
Breakfast. 3-hour Moscow city tour: Red Square (Cathedral of St. Basil, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, History Museum building, Kremlin towers, Upper Trading Arcades (GUM), Lenin's tomb and necropolis), The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, New Maiden Convent, The Moscow State University campus and panorama platform on the Vorobiovy (Sparrow) Hills, Moscow boulevards, The Theatre Square with the Bolshoi Theatre and the Metropol hotel. Free time for lunch (to pay on spot). Kremlin grounds tour: Cathedral Sq. – breathtaking architectural ensemble of the 15th-17th cc. including visit of one of cathedrals (the Annunciation Cathedral where Moscow and Russian grand princes and tsars were baptized, the Assumption Cathedral where they were crowned or the Archangel Michael Cathedral where they were buried), Bell the Tsar and Cannon the Tsar – stunning examples of casting of the 16th c., Grand Kremlin Palace (residence of emperors and president’s gala reception quarters), the Senate, the Arsenal and the Palace of Congresses specially built in communist times for XXII Congress of CPSU (1961) fixed new CPSU programme (plan of building of communism by 1980). 1-hour Moscow Metro tour. You will be acquainted with spectacular system of underground public transport with fantastic mosaics, statues, stained glass panels and chandeliers. Return to the hotel by metro. (B)
Breakfast. Meeting with guide at the hotel lobby. Start of guided Golden Ring tour by private vehicle. Transfer to Sergiev Posad (62 km) – a spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy. St. Sergius Holy Trinity Monastery grounds and churches tour. Architectural ensemble of the Monastery reflects all steps of the Russian architecture development. The Trinity Cathedral has an unique iconostasis of Andrei Rublev. The Dormition Cathedral is a sepulcher of the Russian patriarchs. Transfer to Vladimir (202 km). Free time for lunch (about RUR 400; to pay on spot). Vladimir city tour. You will see three great samples of Russian architecture: Cathedral of the Dormition (1157-1160) and Church of St. Demetrius (1194-1197) standing close to the Cathedral and Golden Gates (1158-1164) – white-stoned Arch of Triumph with Church over the Gates. Museum of Glasswork and Miniature Lacquered boxes tour (or visiting the Old Vladimir Museum at the building of old water tower acquainting with the life of the inhabitants of the Russian provincial town in the early 20th c.). Transfer to Suzdal (30 km). Accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast. Transfer to Bogolyubovo (40 km). This small town was the first stone town of Northern Russia. If weather is good you have a chance to see the only fragment of Russian civil architecture of the XII c. - white stone the Intercession Church on the Nerl River. If weather is not favourable you will visit functioning convent built in the place of prince Andrei Bogolyubsky residence. Unfortunately there is not enough time to visit the both places of interest. That's why we don't guarantee this. Return to Suzdal (40 km). Free time for lunch (about RUR 600; to pay on spot). Suzdal city tour. Suzdal is one of the oldest and the best-preserved Russian towns. You will see Suzdal Kremlin with the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady, the Bishop's Palace (former residence of local clerical sovereigns built in XVII-XVIII cc.), the Monastery of the Saviour and St. Euthimius, the Convent of Intercession, folk wooden architecture open-air museum (or Golden Treasury exposition) and many other places of interest. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)
Breakfast. Transfer to Kostroma (179 km). Kostroma city tour. Kostroma is one of the oldest and most beautiful Russian cities. Shopping Arcades was one of the largest marker centers of the late XVIII c. and early XIX c. that was preserved till nowadays. Beautiful local churches add unforgettable flavor to the unique setting of old architecture and picturesque views of Kostroma. St. Hypatius Monastery tour. In 1600 tsar Boris Godunov exiled Fyodor Romanov (then the head of Romanov family) there. His son Mikhail was there when Zemsky Sobor in Moscow elected him tsar (1613). Free time for lunch (about RUR 400; to pay on spot). Transfer to Yaroslavl (76 km). Accommodation at the hotel. (B)
Breakfast. Yaroslavl city tour. Yaroslavl is city of trades and crafts, city of numerous churches striking your imagination with its original beauty: Transfiguration Monastery (XII c.), The Prophet Elijah Church. Transfer to Rostov (57 km). Free time for lunch (about RUR 400; to pay on spot). Rostov city tour. The city is famous for its well-preserved ensemble of the Kremlin built in the XVII c. as the residence of the Rostov Metropolitans. You will have a chance to enjoy the ringing of the unique bells of the Dormition Cathedral belfry. Transfer to your hotel in Moscow (191 km). 22:00 Approximate time of arrival in Moscow. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)
Legend: B- breakfast, L – lunch, D - dinner
The order of the excursions might be changed and some excursions might be changed for equivalent.
- TWN standard accommodation hotel 3*/4*;
- meals per programme;
- service of English-speaking guide and local guides in museums;
- excursion per programme with entrance fee included;
- transfers per programme;
- service in Moscow;
- service of left-luggage rooms.