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 public.
Having been founded in the 11–12th centuries, the towns of Vladimir, Suzal, 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 brake from the noise of the capital and experience the hospitality of local people.
Arrival to Moscow and transfer to the hotel by car (without guide).
Accommodation at Novotel Moscow Centre.
09:30 AM guide will wait at the hotel’s reception desk.
Out –of-city limits excursion to Gorki Leninskie, lunch included.
Three-hour City Sightseeing tour with photo stops, no entrances included.
Return to hotel by 06:00 PM.
09:00 AM check out of hotel with luggage.
10:00 AM tour of Kremlin Grounds and Armory. 02:30 PM transfer to railway station.
Departure to Vladimir by day train (03:30 PM-05:19 PM). Transfer to Suzdal and accommodation at hotel Sokol.
Dinner at hotel.
09:00 AM city tour of Suzdal including Kremlin grounds, Cross-vaulted Chamber, Cathedral of Nativity, Spaso-Efimievsky Monastery with bell ringing.
Museum of Wooden Architecture in summer and Gold Room in winter. Lunch.
City tour of Vladimir with visits to Assumption or St. Demetrius Cathedral, Museum of Lacquer Miniature.
Departure to St. Petersburg by night train (11:00 PM-09:45 AM), 1st class, 2-berth compartments.
10:00 AM meet guide at railway station.
Three-hour city sightseeing tour with photo stops, no entrances included.
In the afternoon visit to Peter and Paul Fortress (1,5 hours), check in to hotel Radisson Sonya. In October-April on Day 5 visit to Hermitage, on day 6 city tour and Peter&Paul Fortress.
09:30 AM meet guide for Hermitage visit (10:30 AM-01:00 PM)
09:00 AM meet your guide for visit to Pushkin, Catherine Palace.
Moscow: 4* Novotel Centre Hotel, Standard Room
Suzdal: Sokol, Standard Room
St. Petersburg: 4* Radisson Sonya Hotel, Standard Room
Attention!We leave the right to substitute these hotels with alternative ones
• 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
• 2nd class seat train Moscow – Vladimir, 1st class train 2-berth compartments Vladimir – St Petersburg
• English speaking guide
• Excursions as per program.
PRICES PER PERSON
|January – March 31 and October 01- December 24||Twin Accommodation||$1,590.00|
|Single Room Supplement||$280.00|
|April and July 21 – September 22||Twin Accommodation||$1,650.00|
|Single Room Supplement||$325.00|
|May 12 – 26||Twin Accommodation||$1,760.00|
|Single Room Supplement||$410.00|