Small Golden Ring of Russia
(Moscow - Vladimir - Suzdal - Kostroma - Yaroslavl - Pereslavl Zalessky)
Anyone who has ever thought about visiting Russia and feeling the Russian spirit must have considered the opportunity to drive along the famous Golden Ring. Here that you can see the whole collection of amazing Russian architecture: the most beautiful churches, medieval buildings, cathedrals, monasteries, kremlins, Russian huts and noble estates. Walking along the streets and embankments of majestic cities, visiting markets, tasting real Russian cuisine, riding a horse-drawn carriage, meeting with the Snow Maiden from Russian fairy tales will open in you an unquenchable love for beauty and return you to your childhood when it was so easy to surprise you with even a little thing and you were eager to learn the world with special zeal.
The starting point of our tour will be the capital of Russia - the city of Moscow. You can arrive a day or two before the tour, or stay here after the program and see the capital yourself, take a sightseeing tour of the center or let us organize your leisure time in the capital.
The first city on the Golden Ring will be the city of Vladimir which for two centuries was the nominal capital of North-Eastern Russia. Grand dukes were married here and here you can see the famous Golden Gate built in the 12th century being a powerful defensive structure that withstood the onslaught of the Tatar hordes during the siege of the city by Batyi.
Suzdal - the second city that we will visit was built in the 10th century. Almost all of its main buildings have survived to this day. The open air Museum of Wooden Architecture contains authentic buildings of the 17th- 18th centuries. There are peasant huts, merchant houses and even mills the interior decoration of which has been recreated to the smallest detail.
There is no way to get past Kostroma. Its main attraction is the white-stone Ipatiev Monastery, “the cradle of the Romanov dynasty” which looks amazing from the shores of Volga River. The Ipatiev Chronicle is stored in the library of the monastery - this is one of the most significant documents for history which covers a period of almost 500 years and tells about the history of Ancient Russia from the 9th to the 13th centuries.
The fourth city on our way will be Yaroslavl. We will definitely visit the historical part of the city with the Church of Elijah the Prophet which has been preserved in its original form along with ancient frescoes and a baroque carved iconostasis of the 17th century, will take a walk along the embankment, visit the shopping center and the "Music and Time" Museum.
In the last city of Pereslavl Zalessky you should definitely visit Lake Pleshcheyevo where in the 17th century Peter-I began the construction of a “funny flotilla”. Today, a museum has been opened here where the only boat “Fortuna” preserved from Peter the Great’s times is exhibited. There is also a Blue Stone on the lake that changes color when it rains. You can make a wish standing at its side and in order for it to come true tie a bright ribbon to a neighboring bush, and leave a coin on the stone.
All this and even more you can visit, learn, touch, feel and even taste on our tour of the Golden Ring. Join now!