The Golden Ring
5 days with
Day 1 To Sergiev Posad, Rostov-the-Great and to Yaroslavl.
At 07:45 meet your Travel Director at the Radisson Collection 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.(Dinner)
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 to see the fabulous Trinity Cathedral. Continue to charming Suzdal.(Breakfast / Dinner)
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 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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
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. 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.(Breakfast)
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.(Breakfast)
All This Included
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yaroslavl: Ring Premier Hotel
Suzdal: Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel
Moscow: Radisson Collection Hotel
* International travel often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
* If travellers have not booked their flights with Insight Vacations, flight details must be provided at least 60 days prior to departure.
* A valid passport with at least six months validity after your return date is required.
* Canadian passport holders require a visa for Russia. Guests need an Invitation Letter from Insight Vacations before they can apply for their Russian visa. The entire visa process should start a min 90 days prior to departure, within 30 days rush fees will apply.
* Note: Smaller coaches without washroom, 40 seats or extra legroom may be used. Frequent comfort stops will be made.
* Day 1: This trip starts at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Moscow. Guests will meet with the Travel Director at 7:45am. Transfers to this hotel are not included, pre-night accommodations are recommended.
* Day 5: Transfers will arrive at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport at 5:00am, 8:00am and 11:00am. Transfers arrive at Moscow's Domodedovo airport at 5:00am, 10:00am and 1:00pm.
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