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Northern Europe & RussiaRegional Journey
Duration: 5 days Visiting: Russia
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.
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.
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 to see the fabulous Trinity Cathedral. Continue to charming 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 Home-hosted lunch with a meal typical of the region. Meet a local priest in the studio of St. Nicholas Church and learn the secrets of icon painting. This ancient technique uses only traditional and natural materials.
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. Visit a Matryoska Doll making workshop and try your hand to decorate your own. Return to Moscow where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.
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.
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.
Yaroslavl (Traditional) - Russia
The Ring Premier Hotel is a bright modern hotel, surrounded by historical and cultural sights.
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.
Moscow (Historic) - Russia