Russian Winter in Golden Ring
8 days with SITA World Tours Rating:
Day 1 – Sunday: Arrival Moscow
Arrival in Moscow, transfer to Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
Day 2 – Monday: Moscow, Vladimir, Suzdal
In the morning we start our journey on the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns. We first drive through scenic Russian landscapes to Vladimir, one of the ancient capitals of Russia. During the city sightseeing tour, we visit the St. Demetrius Cathedral and see the Assumption Cathedral, both world heritage sites, and the Golden Gate. In the late afternoon we continue to Suzdal and check-in at the Hotel Azimut Suzdal or similar. (B)
Day 3 – Tuesday: Suzdal
Dating back almost thousand years, Suzdal is a small fairy-tale town with an unsurpassed collection of ancient Russian architecture. During the optional whole day tour, we discover all the treasures of Suzdal including the Kremlin, the Nativity Cathedral, the Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral. (B)
Day 4 – Wednesday: Suzdal, Kostroma
In the morning we continue along the Golden Ring to Kostroma. Kostroma is located on both sides of the Volga River and the high banks offer impressive views of the Volga expanses. During the afternoon sightseeing tour we see the city center with the well-preserved 18th and 19thcentury merchant houses, the treasure of the town, the 13th cenrury Ipatiev Monastery with the Trnitiy Cathdral and we visit the beautiful Resurection Church. Check in at Hotel Azimut Kostroma or similar. (B)
Day 5 – Thursday: Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Pereslavl
Today we continue to Yaroslavl. Situated at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers the historic city of Yaroslavl is renowned for its numerous 16th and 17th-century monasteries and churches. We pay a visit to the Monastery of Transfiguration, the Church of Elijah the Prophet and see the Belfry Tower of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery. From Yaroslavl we drive towards Pereslavl making a stop to visit to the Monastery of St. Jacob the Savior at the shores of Lake Nero, just outside Rostov Veliky. In late afternoon we reach Pereslavl-Zalessky. Check in at Hotel Azimut Pereslavl. (B)
Day 6 – Friday: Pereslavl, Sergiev Posad, Moscow
Pereslavl-Zalessky at the oval-shaped Lake Plescheevo is famous as the birthplace of Russian hero Aleksandr Nevsky. The pictoresque town has no less the six monasteries and we vist the oldest of them, the Nikitsky Monastery in the morning. We continue to quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra was beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Redonezh. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya or similar. (B)
Day 7 – Saturday: Moscow
Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: The Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. (B)
Day 8 – Sunday: Moscow Departure
Transfer to airport. (B)
All This Included
Arrive in Moscow and start your journey on the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns. Drive to scenic Vladmir, one of the ancient Russian capitals. Visit the almost thousand year old city of Suzdal, a small fairytale town with an unsurpassed collection of ancient Russian architecture. Explore Kostroma, located on both sides of Volga River, offering impressive views and a well preserved city center. Depart for the historic city of Yaroslavl, renowned for its 16th and 17th century monasteries and churches. End your Russian sojourn trip in the dynamic capital city of Moscow, world renowned for its architecture and iconic buildings such as the Kremlin.
Moscow: Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya
Suzdal: Hotel Azimut Suzdal
Kostroma: Hotel Azimut Kostroma
Pereslavl: Hotel Azimut Pereslavl
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