The Golden Ring is the name for a popular tourist route with the network of ancient towns north-east of Moscow. These Russian towns are famous for unique architectural constructions dating back to the 12-17th centuries. Golden Ring of Russia tour During this fascinating tour you will have an opportunity to visit such towns as Vladimir, Suzdal, Kosroma, Yaroslavl and Rostov. You will see fascinating temples made of white stone, visit ancient monasteries, and listen to the ringing of church bells. The Golden Ring tour is a very good way to learn more about Russian history, culture and traditions.
City tour of Rostov the Great
Trip to Russian Great city Rostov
Rostov the Great is the one of the cities of the Russian Golden Ring. It is a small cozy town which has so many unique historical and architectural monuments situated there.
Nowadays Rostov the Great is an open-air city-museum rich with treasures of Russian national culture, attracting many tourists who travel around the Russian Golden Ring.
Rostov the Great city tour will start from Rostov's Kremlin, which is located not far from Nero island shores. Long time ago this place was a residence of Rostov's priests and metropolitans but few centuries ago it became the center of Orthodox Russia. Rostov's Kremlin is a masterpiece of the world architecture.
The city is surrounded with high walls and tower, that look like the Moscow's Kremlin. You'll be pleased to walk around in the Uspensky Cathedral. This cathedral was the center of the Rostov Diocese, in its necropolis were buried all the Yaroslavl's bishops from the 6th century to the 8th century. The Uspensky Cathedral has a belltower that contains 13 bells, the biggest bells weight nearly 33000 kilograms.
Also you'll visit here the Finift museum. Finift is hot enamel which is burned in sizzling hot furnace. It's a traditional craft in Rostov the Great. And you can watch it nowhere else.
Duration: 3 hours
Cities: Rostov Veliky
City tour of Yaroslavl
Trip to Russian Golden Ring city
Trip to Russian Golden Ring city
Yaroslavl is a magnificent city situated on a high bank of the Volga river, it is rich with cultural and architectural monuments of Russian history. Yaroslavl is one of the cities of Russian Golden Ring.
During Yaroslavl city tour you will visit Transfiguration monastery. This is main sight of the city. The monastery was built in the 12th century for defence purpose. Central building of the monastery is the Transfiguration cathedral. It became a burial place not only for rulers but also for rich citizens of the city.
Belltower of the monastery is located at the eastern side of the central monastery square, it was built in the 16th century. From a viewpoint on the top of the belltower you will enjoy splendid view of the city.
Inside monastery there are Yaroslavl's historical and architectural art museum with rich collection that includes icons, precious textiles, manuscripts and church plates.
After you'll see the Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Church of Nicola Idein - the first stone church in the city. Also you'll see the beautiful Archangel Michael's Cathedral and recently renovated the Uspenskiy Cathedral.
Also city tour includes visit to the Yaroslavl's Volga River Embankment. Here you will enjoy a beauty of the embankment and will see the Strelka - high cape where the Kotorosl river flows into the Volga river.
Those who like the music would likely visit the first private museum of Russia - John Mostoslavskiy's museum called "Music and time". Here you'll find wide collection of various bells: door bells, fishermen's bells, church bells and many others.
Old Kostroma is situated on the hill-covered bank of the Volga river. Kostroma had kept its historical center till present times. And despite the fact that landscape near the city was changed, Kostroma is still very green. From the Volga river you can see a beautiful view of the city with golden-domed churches.
During Kostroma city tour you'll follow old streets of the city, will watch old buildings, white-stoned churches, old shopping arcades. Also you will see famous fire tower of the 19th century, the most beautiful church of Kostroma - twelve-dome church of Christ Ressurection, the only cathedral of the 17th century saved untill these days.
After you'll visit the legendary Ipatiev Monastery dated from the 14th century, situated on the strelka between the Volga river and the Kostroma river. Here was held the rites of election to the throne of the first Romanov dynasty's Tsar. You'll be pleased with splendid view of the monastery with its cogged stone walls, towers and golden domes. Also you'll see the Troitsky Cathedral, Boyars Godunov's burial place, the Chambers of Romanov Boyars and exterior of monastery's belltower.
Suzdal is known as a city-museum, the reserve of old architecture. From faraway distance Suzdal looks like a big city. This illusion comes from concentration of monuments - on the territory of 2 square kilometers there are nearly 70 monuments.
Suzdal is one of the few cities in Russia which don't have any industry and railroad. It's a very calm and tranquil city. Trip to Russian great city Suzdal.Suzdal city tour includes visits to the functioning cathedrals and monasteries: Alexandrovsky and Vasilievsky frieries, Pokrovsky and Rizopolozhensky nunnaries, the Cathedral of Kazan's Icon of Theotokos and the complex of Archangel-Michael buildings. Trip to Russian great city Suzdal
You'll also visit Suzdal's white-stoned Kremlin. Here you'll feel an atmosphere of medieval prince residence. Here you'll also find the unique building of the Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral, built in the 11th century.
During city tour you'll have an opportunity to watch different exhibitions such as collections of old icons, unique frescos from times of Vladimir Monomach, objects of decorative arts and crafts, fancywork, hand seweings, paintings and caskets.
Vladimir is a very old Russian city and one the Russia Golden Ring cities. The city situated on the high bank of the Klyazma river amazes with its size and beauty, magnificent golden-domed churches and buildings. Smart Trip to old Russian city
A huge number of the architectural monuments in the city made it one of the largest tourist destinations of Russia.
Vladimir city tour consists of sightseeing of such place as Golden Gate - the symbol of the city. Long time ago the gate was an entrance to the city but nowadays it is a center of Vladimir. Recently renovated, they will tell you history of Vladimir.
During city tour you'll also visit the Dmitrievsky Cathedral and the Uspensky Cathedral. They were founded in th 12th century and resisted Tatar-Mongol invasion. For the last 30 years the Dmitrievsky Cathedral was closed for visits but today you can enjoy the magnificence of the Cathedral not only from outside, but from the inside too.
The Uspensky Cathedral is very beautiful. Its splendid golden domes and high belltower are seen from a distance. Inside of it you'll see the walls covered with frescoes of great Russian icon-painters.
You'll find the largest museum of Vladimir - The Chamber - just near cathedrals. Here you'll have an opportunity to watch exhibitions of Vladimir's painters, to know the history of children toys and wrinting,
peasants' mode of life.