3 Days – 2 Nights
Sun – Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal (D)
08:00 – Group departure from hotel Marriot Royal Aurora (in case you stay at different hotel you can book a transfer with us)
- Arrival to VLADIMIR.
City tour includes visiting the Golden Gates (1158-1164) that is the only preserved instance of the ancient Russian City Gates. Visiting the Uspensky (Assumption) Cathedral (constr. 1158-61, reblt. 1185-89). The Cathedral used to be a mother church of medieval Russia in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is a part of the World Heritage Site entitled “White Monuments” of Vladimir and Suzdal.
- Departure from Vladimir to SUZDAL.
City tour in Suzdal includes visiting the Kremlin, dating back to the 10th century; built originally as a fortress or citadel it was the religious and administrative center of the city for centuries. Continue the city tour by visiting Spaso-Evfimievsky monastery (1352), that is included into the Unesco World Heritage List. Visiting the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture, an ensemble of 18th and 19th century buildings brought here from all areas (villages) around Suzdal and Vladimir.
- Check-in to the hotel “Pushkarskaya Sloboda” in Suzdal.
- Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Mon – Suzdal – Kostroma – Yaroslavl (B,L,D)
- Breakfast at hotel and check out
- Departure from Suzdal to KOSTROMA (after breakfast )
Panoramic tour of Kostroma to view Ipatievsky Monastery (early 14th cent) and take pictures of its white stone walls with towers and the domes of the cathedral look very picturesque against the backdrop of amazing landscapes. Visiting the Museum of Flax and Bark to learn interesting facts about the traditional Russian handicrafts and to have a master class (to make souvenirs of birch bark or mascots of flax)
- Transfer to YAROSLAVL & check-in at hotel “SK Royal”
Free time to relax after long trip. For those, who wish to continue sightseeing for this day and to have some more experience in the Russian countryside we offer optionally a boat tour (which depends upon availability and weather conditions)
- Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Tue – Yaroslavl – Rostov-The Great – Peryaslavl-Zalessky – Zagorsk (B,L)
- Breakfast at hotel and check out
Overview tour to Transfiguration Monastery (13th cent) that was one of the biggest monasteries in Russia for the centuries.
- Rostov The Great
A photo stop to view the Kremlin, a complex of palaces, churches, and towers, that was constructed between 1670 — 1683
- Departure from Yaroslavl to PEREYASLAVL-ZALESSKY
Visiting the “House of Berendey” – a traditionally decorated Russian “Izba” (wooden house), where you will have a master-class of baking pancakes. After the master class enjoy a tea-drinking pause with the pancakes.
- Arrival to ZAGORSK.
Visiting St. Trinity – Sergius Monastery in Zagorsk (1345), the most important Russian Monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church.
- Lunch at restaurant “Russkiy Dvorik”.
The trip ends in the evening in Moscow. Drop off at hotel Marriott Royal Aurora (in case you stay in different hotel you can book a transfer with us).
**Hotels of the tour:
- Suzdal – “Pushkarskaya Sloboda” (3+*** – city center) ;
- Yaroslavl – “SK Royal” (4**** – city center) ;
** Comfortable car/minivan on the tour;
** English speaking guide escorting the group throughout the tour:
** Entrance tickets to all museums as per program with services of Russian speaking guides in some of the museums where it is needed and regulated by the museum in particular;
** Extra meals (dinners and lunch) as per program.
Terms and Conditions:
* The deadline date for all reservations without penalty charges – 21 days before the arrival date.
** The tour operates for min 2 persons.
*** All services are on private basis with English speaking guide.
Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal – Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Rostov-the Great – Zagorsk – Moscow
HOTELS OF THE TOUR
SUZDAL: PUSHKARSKAYA SLOBODA***+
Lenina str., 45, Suzdal Tel (49231) 2-33-50, 2-33-63
The hotel complex “Pushkarskaya Sloboda” is situated in the south-west of Suzdal, on the bank of the Kamenka River. The hotel’s architectural composition consists of the 19th century pieces of architecture and new buildings designed accordingly. There are in total 33 objects on the territory of the hotel complex, 5 of them are restored pieces of architecture of the 19th century, 8 are wooden houses (log huts) of the «Russkoye Podvorye» (Russian Yard), and the rest are stone buildings.
Here one can feel the spirit of old times, have a rest in a Russian village. Its hospitable staff, an impeccable service and a unique interior create excellent conditions for work and leisure.
Hotel offers a wide choice of very comfortable rooms in warm shades and colors, equipped with modern security system, satellite TV, the hotel channel, air-conditioning system, Internet access.
Restaurant “Traktir” is open till late evening. You will admire a wide range of dishes of the traditional Russian cuisine and a hospitable atmosphere. The chefs of the restaurant “Pushkar” will demonstrate their skills, offering dishes of Russian and European cuisine.
YAROSLAVL: Hotel SK ROYAL****
55 Kotoroslnaya embankment, Yaroslavl Tel/ fax: +7(4852) 67-29-29
Presenting elegant accommodation and friendly service, the SK Royal Hotel is a perfect venue for an unforgettable vacation in Yaroslavl.
Located on the picturesque banks of the river Kotorosl in the
heart of ancient Yaroslavl, which harmoniously combines history and extraordinary natural beauty. It is close to the many churches, museums and other attractions.
Rooms: Designed for your comfort and convenience, 153
comfortable accommodation units are well-appointed and come with all the modern amenities. All rooms are equipped with climate control, mini bar, phone, Interactive TV, access to the Internet, bath and hair drier, safe-box.
Restaurant: Excellent restaurant “Legran” is on Kotorosl waterfront and it is part of the hotel complex. Guests can relish delicious cuisine in an elegant setting of the on-site restaurant.
TOWNS OF THE GOLD RING TOUR
Vladimir is one of the towns of the Gold Ring located 170 km from Moscow. The town is
situated on the banks of the Kliazma River, a small tributary of the Volga. It was founded in 1108. The town is recognized by UNESCO as one of the most valuable treasures of the international heritage.
Suzdal is the town that was awarded The Golden Apple Prize by the International Journalists’ Organization for preservation of its architectural ensemble and tourist development in the area. The name of Suzdal appeared in the annals for the first time in 1024. The first stone church was built here in the 12th century. In Suzdal there are 33 churches, 5 monasteries, 7 chapels and … no any modern constructions in the centre of the town.
Kostroma is known as an important trade and handicraft centre in the Old Russia. In the 17th century it became the 4th largest city of Russia, after Moscow, Yaroslavl and Nizhni Novgorod.
In 1010 Prince Yaroslavl the Wise founded a fort on the banks of the Volga that is later turned
into a beautiful town. The abundance of frescoes and ceramic ornaments in its churches earned the town the title of the “Florence of Russia”.
Rostov-the-Great is the town frequently referred to as “a symphony in stone” and “Russia’s
Eternal city”. It is about 193 km from Moscow. The town was founded in A.D. 862. Rostov is famous for its enamels, they are the trademark of the town.
Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, the “town-on-the-waters”, is the birthplace of the Russian Navy. The town
was founded by Prince Yury Dolgoruky in 1152, five years after the foundation of Moscow.
In Zagorsk (Sergiev Posad) there is the monastery of Trinity-St.Sergius that is a kind of Mecca for Orthodox pilgrims. The monastery is a museum of national importance, it is also a major religious centre.
– Moscow – Suzdal – 203 km
– Suzdal – Kostroma – 179 km
– Kostroma – Yaroslavl – 76 km
– Yaroslavl – Rostov-the-Great – 57 km
– Rostov-the-Great – Pereyaslavl-Zalessky – 66 km
– Pereyaslavl-Zalessky – Zagorsk/Sergiev Posad – 65 km
– Zagorsk/Sergiev Posad – Moscow – 60 km