Golden Ring: hiking & culture tour

The Golden Ring is the name given to the chain of ancient towns lying to the north and east of Moscow. These ancient towns, which also played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church, preserve the memory of the most important and significant events in Russian history. Our tour shows Golden Ring in untypical way. The feature of the program is a lot of pleasant walks, visiting national parks and unique unhacked places. The charm of ancient churches and nature monuments, communication with locals, amazing workshops, Russian entertainments - banya and fishing, present you deep immersion to original culture of Russian people.


Highlights:

- 12 ancient towns - "open-air museums"

- meetings with locals

- walks in National Parks

- typical Russian things - banya and fishing

  • Activity
  • Culture
  • Comfort
  • Avaliable: end of May — September
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Group: from 4 people
  • Border permits: no needed
Languages: English German French Italian
  • Car distance: 1200 km
  • Accommodation: hotels 3*-4*
  • Flight to: Moscow
Day 1
Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at hotel 4* in Moscow.
Day 2
Walking tour of Red Square and Alexander Garden. Walk in Zaryadye Park. Walking to Vorobyovy Hills along Moskva River embankment. Option: visiting Lomonosov Moscow State University (Stalin building) - the biggest university in the world.
Day 3
Walking tour around the Izmailovsky Kremlin territory. Visit to craft workshops. Walk in Izmailovsky Island. Pleasant nature views and architecture. Walking tour in Losiny Ostrov National Park (Elk Island). Option in Izmailovo: the excursion program in Tsar's Manor ХVII century.
Day 4
Morning train to Vladimir. Vladimir walking city-tour - the ancient capital of Rus. Seeing the sights dated the 12th century. Highlights: Golden Gates, Assumption Cathedral with world-famous frescoes by Andrei Rublev, Cathedral of St. Dmitry. Walking to the one of the oldest Russian convents – Bogolyubovsky Convent and The Church on the Nerl River.
Day 5
Suzdal walking tour. This city is a city-museum, there are about 200 historical monuments many of which have a status of UNESCO World Heritage. Seeing the architectural ensemble of the Suzdal Kremlin, Museum of Wooden Architecture. Lunch with local family - traditional Russian cuisine. Russian banya.
Day 6
Walking tour in Shuya - Russian provincial town with ancient history. Visiting Ponkino village. Lunch with local family which has traditional house. National dishes cooked in the Russian old style stove. Master-class: cooking pirozhki (pies) with Russian "babushka".
Day 7
Hiking through Russian villages - picturesque Volga coast. Walking around Pljos - a little cozy town with amazing Volga views from Levitan Gora (Levitan Hill) and Sobornaya Gora (Cathedral Hill).
Day 8
Walking tour of Kostroma. Meeting the merchant town which has preserved its 18th century appearance till nowadays. Walking into The Ipatiev Monastery area. Walking in Kostromskaya Sloboda Open Air Museum.
Day 9
Departure to Yaroslavl. Walking tour of Yaroslavl – a capital of the Golden Ring. A unique architectural ensemble of the central part of Yaroslavl is included in the List of the UNESCO World Heritage. Boat trip 1,5 hour along the Volga.
Day 10
Departure to Uglich. Walking city sightseeing tour. The beauty of the Volga nature and the eminence of ancient sights. Visiting The History of Russian Vodka Museum. Departure to Rostov Veliky. On the way – a stop in Kalyazin, seeing a unique “floating” bell-tower standing on a small island.
Day 11
Walking tour around the Rostov Kremlin – residence of Rostov bishops and metropolitans. Walking along Lake Nero embankment. Departure to Pereslavl-Zalessky - a native town of Alexander Nevsky and a birthplace of the Russian fleet. Walk around historic part of the town and dendrological garden of the Pleshcheevo Lake National park. Meeting sunset on the lake embankment.
Day 12
Relax on the lake. Fishing, cycling, walking in the forest. Picnic - pilaf or meat cooked on the fire. After lunch departure to Sergiev Posad. Visiting the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. Departure to Moscow.
Day 13
Transfer to the airport. Flight home.
Included
  • Invitation for a tourist visa
  • Transport service according to the program
  • All excursions and activities according the program
  • (English-speaking guide)
  • Hotel accommodation 3*-4*
  • 2 meal a day
  • Entry tickets
Not included
  • Flights to Simferopol and return tickets
  • Tourist visa
  • Meals at 1st day
  • Dinners
  • Souvenirs
  • Additional paid services
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