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9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Tour Details
THE GOLDEN RING
 
9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
MOSCOW-VLADIMIR-SUZDAL-KOSTOMA-ST.PETERSBURG
 

The Golden Ring refers to a 700km long route around architectural and artistic riches of old Russian towns which is еру most enchanting way of learning more about Russia. It forms a circle of big and small old towns preserved their great historical and architectural wonders. This is the ancient heart of Russia as it was many centuries ago. The fortress walls made of white stone, golden onions of the domes, bell rings of the monasteries, frescoes and icons — the Golden Ring give a chance to catch the spirit of the medieval Rus. Due to immense restoration work done, genuine masterpieces of Russian art are revealed for the public.

Having been founded in the 11–12th centuries, the towns of Vladimir, Suzdal, Rostov played a significant role in Russia’s early history. Vladimir, founded as a fortress by Prince Vladimir Monomakh, later became capital of Grand Principality. The Prince’s son Yury Dolgoruky , known as the founder of Moscow set up a number of new towns in the area, among them are Pereslavl-Zalessky, Kostroma, Yuriev-Polsky. Simultaneously, as was common practice of those days, Orthodox churches and monasteries sprang to serve both as spiritual centers and fortresses for the local people.

Each town along the way has an individual charm , giving the visitors the feeling of Russian provincial life: more slow, calm and peaceful than overcrowded and busy Moscow. In Golden Ring towns the way life is more traditional and less westernized. It’s a good chance to take a break from the noise of the capital and experience the hospitality of local people.

Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVAL TO MOSCOW

Arrive in Moscow. Our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Day free. Relax after your overseas flight.

Day 2MOSCOW SIGHTSEEING CITY TOUR

Enjoy your breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast we will start our private guided tour in Moscow . During the tour Old and New Moscow – A journey through the history of Moscow. Tour the Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, considered a masterpiece of Orthodox art. Kitai Town, GUM, Vorobyovy Hills, Moscow University, Olympic Sport Complex and Luzhniki Stadium. Stroll through Victory Park and visit the Bolshoi Theater, Novodevichy Convent and Moscow White House.

Day 3TOUR TO KREMLIN GROUNDS

Breakfast at the Hotel
After breakfast we are going to visit Moscow Kremlin and Museums of the Kremlin . As you step onto this iconic landmark, be transported through history from Imperial Russia to today’s modern country. The Kremlin’s tower-studded, walled complex of domed cathedrals and palaces, dates to 1156 but occupies a site used for far longer, was the religious center of the Russian Orthodox Church and also the residence of the tsars.
Departure to Vladimir by day train (03:30 PM-05:19 PM). Transfer to Suzdal and accommodation at hotel Sokol.
Dinner at hotel.

Day 4TRANSFER TO VLADIMIR. CITY TOUR TO VLADIMIR .VISIT BOGOLYUBOVO.

Today we are going to Vladimir, a Russian city east of Moscow. It’s part of the Golden Ring, a cluster of ancient towns. In the city center, the Assumption Cathedral houses a richly decorated altar and 15th-century frescoes. The white stone walls of St. Demetrius Cathedral are carved with animals and biblical figures. West of here is an imposing white stone tower known as the Golden Gate, with 12th-century copper-gilded oak doors.
Afternoon we are going to Bogolyubovo ,a picturesque village located 13 km east from Vladimir. In ancient times, it served as a princely residence. It was founded in 1158 by Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky. The Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River is an Orthodox church and a symbol of medieval Russia. The church is situated at the confluence of Nerl and Klyazma Rivers in Bogolyubovo. Visit The Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River is an Orthodox church and a symbol of medieval Russia. The church is situated at the confluence of Nerl and Klyazma Rivers in Bogolyubovo.
Overnight in Suzdal

Day 5SUZDAL CITY TOUR. VISIT KOSTROMA .

Breakfast at the hotel . Today we will explore the city of Suzdal .
Visit to Kremlin, Spaso Yefim monastery with mini concert of bells, Pokrovsky Monastery. Museum of Wooden Architecture
After lunch at a local restaurant we are going to Kostroma .
Tour the Ipatiev Monastery (Holy Trinity Cathedral, the House of the Romanov Boyars, Epiphany-Anastasia Monastery and other temples and monuments.
After dinner at a local restaurant we are going to be transferred to the rail way station in Vladimir for departure to St Petersburg by train.
Departure to St. Petersburg by night train (11:00 PM-09:45 AM), 1st class, 2-berth compartments.

Day 6ARRIVAL TO ST. PETERSBURG

When we arrive in St. Petersburg, our representative will transfer you to our hotel.
After a short rest, we will start our private guided city tour.
The city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and was named the Northern Palmira or the Northern Venice. We will tour The Nevsky Prospect, the Winter Palace, Admiralteystvo, the Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Summer Garden and the Statue of the Great Catherine, Peter and Paul Fortress and many other amazing sights.

Day 7HERMITAGE, ST. PETERSBURG

Today, enjoy a spectacular private guided tour of the Winter Palace and The Hermitage. The Winter Palace, one of the grandest palaces in history, was the official home of the Russian Emperors. The Hermitage houses one of the most important art collections in the world. See works by Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rodin, Monet, Matisse, Faberge, and many others.

Day 8TSARSKOYE SELO

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we will explore Pushkin town, famed for the Tsarskoye Selo complex of parks and palaces, once home to the Romanov imperial family.The Baroque-style Catherine Palace, containing ornate staterooms, stands within the landscaped gardens of Catherine Park. Neighboring Alexander Park, featuring decorative bridges and a cemetery for royal horses, is home to colonnaded, 18th-century Alexander Palace. The Catherine Palace’s Amber room was completely restored and is one of the most impressive pieces of artwork in the world.

Day 9DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer.

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SERVICE INCLUDES

• Accommodation:
Moscow: 4*  Hotel, Standard Room
Suzdal: 4* Hotel, Standard Room
St. Petersburg: 4*  Hotel, Standard Room

• Meals: B&B in Moscow and St Petersburg
• Full board on Golden Ring itinerary
• Transfers on arrival and departure without guide in Moscow and St Petersburg;
in Vladimir with driver
• 1st class train 2-berth compartments Vladimir – St Petersburg
• English speaking guide
• Excursions as per program.

 

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