The Golden Ring of once-fortified cities northeast of Moscow, stood witness to some of the most significant events in Russian history. Considered virtual open air museums, their Kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals and churches feature remarkable architecture from the 12th- 18th centuries. With bells ringing out from towering belfries, whitewashed walls, golden spires and onion domes marking the horizon, they rank among the most picturesque in the land.
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Suzdal: Visit St. Nicolas Church and meet a local priest who will share his insights to the ancient techniques of painting icons
Sergiev Posad: The main attraction is the famous Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Among the colourful collection of churches here, visit the Assumption and Holy Trinity cathedrals.
Rostov-the-Great: Explore the ivory towered Kremlin and the Museum of Enamel.
Yarosavl: Visit the green-domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
Kostroma: During an orientation with your Travel Director see the fabulous Epiphany Cathedral.
Suzdal: Explore inside the mighty Kremlin to visit the Cross Chamber and Museum of Wooden Architecture.
Vladimir: Explore the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures.
Vladimir: See the Golden Gate and visit the five-domed Assumption Cathedral. See the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius.
Suzdal: Dine like a local as you enjoy an authentic lunch with a meal typical of the region.
Dining Summary: 4 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 3 Dinners (D) all with tea or coffee.
Yaroslavl: The Ring Premier Hotel is a bright modern hotel, surrounded by historical and cultural sights.
Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
Day 1 to Sergiev Posad, Rostov the Great and to Yaroslavl.
At 07:45 meet your Travel Director at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Moscow and depart for Sergiev Posad. Visit some of the colourful churches of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Journey to Rostov-the-Great and explore its ivory towered Kremlin and the Museum of Enamel. Continue to Yaroslavl where a delicious dinner is served at a riverside restaurant.
Day 2 Kostroma and Suzdal Experience
During your sightseeing of Yaroslavl, see the domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery. Travel to Kostroma where to see the fabulous Epiphany Cathedral. Continue to charming Suzdal.
Day 3 Exploring Suzdal.
Your exploration starts with venturing inside the mighty Kremlin and visiting the Cross Chamber. Witness the towers of the Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius and visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Dine like a local as you enjoy an authentic lunch with a meal typical of the region. Learn the secrets of painting icons, using only ancient traditional techniques and natural material, when you meet a local priest in the studio of the St. Nicolas Church.
Day 4 on to Vladimir and Return to Moscow.
Journey to Vladimir to see the carved stone walls of the Cathedral of St. Demetrius, and visit the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures. Return to Moscow where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 5 Moscow.
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