Golden Ring – 2 nights (extension from Moscow)

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Day 1, Sun: Moscow — Vladimir — Suzdal

08:00 — Departure from hotel in Moscow.

11:00 — Arrival to Vladimir, city tour including the Golden Gates (1164), the Uspensky (Assumption) Cathedral (constructed in 1158–61, rebuilt in 1185–89).

Departure from Vladimir for Suzdal.

Vladimir is one of the towns of the Gold Ring located 170 km from Moscow. The town is situated on the banks of the Kliazma river, a small tributary of Volga. It was founded in 1108. The town is recognized by UNESCO as one of the most valuable treasures of the international heritage.

14:00 — Arrival to Suzdal, city tour including Kremlin, Spaso-Evfimievsky Monastery, the open-air museum of wooden architecture.

Suzdal is the town that was awarded The Golden Apple Prize by the International Journalists’ Organization for preservation of its architectural ensemble and tourist development in the area. The name of Suzdal appeared in the annals for the first time in 1024. The first stone church was built here in the 12th century. In Suzdal there are 33 churches, 5 monasteries, 7 chapels and no any modern constructions in the centre of the town.

18:00 — Check-in to the hotel “Pushkarskaya sloboda” in Suzdal. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2, Mon: Suzdal — Ples — Kostroma — Yaroslavl

09:30 — After breakfast departure from Suzdal to Kostroma.

On the way — a “green stop” in Ples (small town located 65 km from Kostroma).

Ples is a small town located in picturesque place on a bank of the river Volga, it is an ideal site for a picnic or a walking tour. Ples was a home place of a Russian artist Ivan Levitan who was inspired by the local nature to paint his famous landscapes.

We invite You to try the traditional Russian hospitality of the 18th­–19th centuries: a housewife will greet You, invite to the “izba” (a wooden house) and offer to taste her cooking; a husband, craftsman, will show his works of handicraft.

14:00 — Arrival to Kostroma. HD city tour of Kostroma including Ipatievsky Monastery and the Church of Resurrection-on-Debra.

Kostroma is known as an important trade and handicraft centre in the Old Russia. In the 17thcentury it became the 4th largest city of Russia, after Moscow, Yaroslavl and Nizhni Novgorod.

19:00 — After city tour in Kostroma departure for Yaroslavl. Checking in hotel “Ring Premiere”. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

In 1010 Prince Yaroslav the Wise founded a fort on the banks of the Volga that is later turned into a beautiful town. The abundance of frescoes and ceramic ornaments in its churches earned the town the title of the “Florence of Russia”.

 

Day 3, Tue: Yaroslavl — Rostov the Great — Pereyaslavl-­Zalessky — Zagorsk

08:30 — After breakfast check out from hotel and departure to Moscow. Visits on the way: city tour in Yaroslavl including visit to Transfiguration Monastery.

12:00 — City tour in Rostov the Great.

Rostov the Great is the town frequently referred to as “a symphony in stone” and “Russia’s Eternal city”. It is about 193 km from Moscow. The town was founded in A.D. 862. Rostov is famous for its enamels, they are the trademark of the town.

14:00 — “Photo-stop” in Pereyaslavl-Zalessky.

Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, the “town on waters”, is the birthplace of the Russian Navy. The town was founded by Price Yury Dolgoruky in 1152, five years after the foundation of Moscow.

16:00 — Arrival to Zagorsk. Visit to St. Trinity — Sergius Monastery.

17:00 — Lunch in local restaurant in Zagorsk.

In Zagorsk (Sergiev Posad) there is the monastery of St. Trinity — St. Sergius that is a kind of Mecca for Orthodox piligrims. The monastery is a museum of national importance, it is also a major religious centre.

The trip ends in the evening in Moscow.

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