Day 1: Moscow to Yaroslavl
Early morning departure from Moscow for Sergiev Posad. Today this town is the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The town is 70km north of Moscow and the “Monastery Fortress” contains buildings dating from medieval times. Enjoy a three hour orientation tour of the monastery. Don't forget to buy a photo permit - there are some wonderful views, especially if you climb the bell-tower. Drive to Rostov-Veliky (60 km) where you will be given a three hour orientation tour. Then onto Yaroslavl (60km). Overnight Yaroslavl.
Day 2: Yaroslavl to Kostroma
After breakfast you will be taken on a three hour orientation tour of Yaroslavl. After lunch drive to Kostroma (80km) where you will be given a three hour orientation tour. Overnight Kostroma.
Day 3: Kostroma to Suzdal
Morning free to explore Kostroma before departing for Suzdal (150 km). Upon arrival you will check into your accommodation. Overnight Suzdal. Suzdal has a visual appearance that many of us perceive we will see in all Russian towns or cities; scenes made real in our minds by books, television and the movies. Within the small precincts of the town, you can see some of the best examples of monastic and village architecture possible. There is a fine ‘folk village’ museum where examples of old Russian architecture are on display in an open air museum. Here amongst many wonderful sites you can approach the white walls of an ancient, but still practicing, Orthodox convent and pass through its gates.
Day 4: Suzdal to Moscow
Morning tour of Suzdal and Vladimir, one of the early capitals of old Russia. Here you will see such famous sights as the ‘Golden Gate’. As the day’s sightseeing concludes it is time to farewell the Golden Ring and drive back to Moscow.Map of Golden Ring Region
Maps of Suzdal and Vladimir
Video gallery Golden Ring
Departures: Daily to order.
Car and driver, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and local guide for three
hours and local guided tours and entrance fees in Sergiev Posad, Rostov, Yaroslavl,
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