There are a lot of cities full of history around Moscow. And a lot of foreigners who come to Moscow deside to go to the tour that has got the name: The Golden Ring. The eight old Russian towns formed the Golden Ring on the north-east from Moscow: Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl, Rostov, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Vladimir and Suzdal. Some of churches and buildings in these towns belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage. We invite you to make a small virtual tour to see the beauty of these cities. If you like we can organize private tour to some of these towns with us. For a good choice of hotels with discount prices, visit Hotel in Moscow for more information.
Description: The Golden Ring Tour
The Golden Ring is very popular tourist destination. It could be quite hard to get to some cities in the list of the Golden Ring but they are worth it. How to get there? There are two options how you can get to some of these cities. The first one is to hire the car (if the group not more than 3 people), the price for the car is usually around 15-25 USD per hour. The second option is to get to this cities by the train. It is much cheaper but could be quite tough to use the trains. The tour lasts from 6 hours to several days and depends on how many cities do you want to visit.
The Map: The Golden Ring Tour
Take a look at the map of the Golden Ring with the small description of all the cities from this tour.
The Golden Ring: Sergiev Posad (#1)
54 km from MoscowWhat to visit? This city grew in the 15th century around one of the greatest of Russian monasteries, the Trinity Lavra established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. It is imposisible to miss Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius that has got more than 50 historical buildings (including churches and cathedrals). The most famous architets worked there to build this place. The monastery itself was founded in 1345 and the main building there is The Trinity Cathedral. The greatest icon painters of medieval Russia, Andrei Rublev and Daniil Chyorny, were summoned to decorate the cathedral with frescoes. The lavra continued as the seat of Moscow Patriarchy even during Soviet Era.
The Golden Ring: Pereslavl-Zalessky (#2)
140 km from MoscowWhat to visit? This city was founded in the 12th century by Prince (Russian: Knyaz) Yuri Dolgoruky the same one who founded the capital of Russia - Moscow. This city is known for its monasteries. There are six of them and 4 is functional till nowdays. The main sight of this city is Transfiguration Cathedral - this is the only one of the 5 first stone-builded Russian churches of the Kievan Rus that has survived till nowdays. The famous Prince of Russia Alexander Nevsky was baptised in that church.
The Golden Ring: Yaroslavl (#3)
270 km from MoscowWhat to visit? This city is usually known as the official capital of the Golden Ring. It was founded in 1010 by the Prince Yaroslav the Wise. And now it is one of the oldest cities that were built on the river Volga. The Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl belongs to the World Heritage of UNESCO. The oldest building in this city is Transfiguration Monastery, that was built during 1506-1516. Also one of the hidden gems of Yaroslavl is St. John the Baptist Church (XVII) with its fifteen onion domes. And the beautiful >Church of St. Elijah the Prophet (XVII).
The Golden Ring: Rostov (#4)
202 km from MoscowWhat to visit? Once Rostov was one of the biggest and strongest Russian city. And for nowdays this city is famous for its unique Kremlin with its 13th bells (XVII) and Avramiev Monastery (XI). The streets of Rostov themself preserved the architechure of pre-Soviet times with their wooden and white-stoned houses. In this city you can really feel what was Russia in the past.
The Golden Ring: Kostroma (#5)
340 km from MoscowWhat to visit? The main attraction for this city is Ipatiev Monastery (with its Trinity Church) that was founded in 1330. It has played the main role in Russian history during XVI and XVII centuries. In this place on March 14, 1613 the Zemsky Sobor announced that Mikhail Romanov, who had been in this monastery at that time, would be the Russian tsar. So now it has got the nickname as the Home of the Romanov's Dynasty. The streets of Kostroma and some of the buildings in city are from the times of Catherine The Great.
The Golden Ring: Ivanovo (#6)
300 km from MoscowWhat to visit? The most interesting buildings in this city are about Constructivism (30-s of XX): Boat-House, Horseshoe-House. A lot of monuments have their connection with the Russian Revolution of 1917. This city has also been known as the “City of Brides”.
The Golden Ring: Vladimir (#7)
185 km from MoscowWhat to visit? The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius (1191) belongs to the World Heritage of UNESCO and is famous for its white-stone carvings. The Golden Gate of Vladimir is also belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage and inside you can find a museum that focuses on the history of the Mongol invasion of Russia in the 13th century. The Dormition Cathedral has got frescoes that were made by Andrei Rublev and Daniil Chyorny.
The Golden Ring: Suzdal (#8)
120 km from MoscowWhat to visit? The Suzdal Kremlin (X) together with several structures in the neighboring city of Vladimir, it was named a World HeritageUNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Also very notable the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos. The Cathedral of the Nativity is surrounded by a ring of earthen walls in an oxbow of Kamenka River. It is notable for being the first city cathedral not built for the exclusive use of the knyaz or his relatives. The cathedral contains the remains of a son of Yuri Dolgoruki, knyazes of the Shuisky family and others.
What You Will See: The Golden Ring Tour
- Sergiev Posad
- Rostov Veliky
How much will the tour cost?
Prices for our tours starts usually from 35 USD. This price is per hour, per group (not more than 4 people). We offer almost the lowest prices in Moscow for our tours and you'll get more than expected.
We are not a tour company - we are two private guides so that makes it easy for you to contact us and get your own private tour with the best price.
What's included and excluded?
Price's included personal help and planning of your private tour. Guided services during your trip in Moscow. Tips about food, restaurants, bars, transportation, accommodation etc. Any additional requests that you could have during your private tour. And of course full supports of the group.
Price's excluded entrance fees to the museums, churches or other attractions of Moscow. Souvenirs, food, bevarages.
What Determines the Price?
The price can vary according to special requests that you've got (e.g. when you'd like to visit the Golden Ring's Cities that means that you'll need to pay extra for train or car), dates that you've chosen and the number of days (the more you choose the less you pay).