The Golden Ring

Northern Europe & Russia

Regional Journey

The Golden Ring (Summer 2019)

Duration: 5 days Visiting: Russia

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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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Day 5

    Depart Moscow.

    Departure transfers will arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport at 05:00, 08:00 and 11:00 and at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport at 05:00, 10:00 and 13:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Suzdal: Visit St. Nicolas Church and meet a local priest who will share his insights to the ancient techniques of painting icons.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • 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.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Yaroslavl: The Ring Premier Hotel is a bright modern hotel, surrounded by historical and cultural sights.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • 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.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • You may purchase transfers from/to Moscow's Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports on arrival and departure days, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Ring Premier Hotel

Yaroslavl (Traditional) - Russia

The Ring Premier Hotel is a bright modern hotel, surrounded by historical and cultural sights.

Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

Suzdal (Traditional) - Russia

Located just a few minutes drive from the town centre, the Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel has converted original 19th century Suzdal townhouses and Russian log cabins, into a quaint country village with rooms decorated in a traditional style, that will give the sense of living like a local.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Moscow.

Moscow (Historic) - Russia

The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Moscow, is centrally located overlooking the Moskva River. With it's palace-like architecture is a striking landmark of the city and is known as one of the seven Stalinist-style skyscrapers, referred to as the Seven Sisters. The sense of grandeur continues inside with luxurious decor and elegant furnishings throughout the lobby and guest rooms.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11478 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 16 September, 2018

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: Excellent throughout the tour from driver, local guides and tour director.

    Service: Excellent from driver, local guides & tour director.

  • 16 August, 2018

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: Very few companies organize trips around Moscow's Golden Ring. This trip efficiently covered the bulk of the sites.

    Service: The tour director was extremely considerate and helpful.

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