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The Golden Ring

Duration 5 days

Destinations visited :
  • Russia
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Visit the historic sites of Yaroslavl and Suzdal—that stood witness to some of the most significant, nation shaping events in Russian history. Seek out the multicolored churches of Sergiyev Posad, journey to the ivory covered Kremlin of Rostov-the-Great and tour the towering golden domes of Trinity Cathedral in Kostroma—on this 5-day Russian adventure. Delight your eyes in Vladimir at the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures and bring home your own version of a famous Russian souvenir, after a hands-on Matryoshka doll workshop. Explore Suzdal with the Insight Choice of visiting the Monastery of the Saviour St. Ethimius or learn about the ancient art of icon painting from an Orthodox priest. Don’t leave without trying Shchi’ cabbage soup—a local favourite and a Russian staple.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

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.
Hotel: Ring Premier Hotel, Yaroslavl.
Meal: 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 where to see the fabulous Trinity Cathedral. Continue to charming Suzdal.
Hotel: Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel, Suzdal.
Meal: 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 lunch with a meal typical of the region. Learn the secrets of painting icons, using only ancient traditional techniques and natural material, when you meet a local priest in the studio of the St. Nicolas Church.
Hotel: Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel, Suzdal.
Meal: 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. Return to Moscow where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Moscow.
Meal: 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.
Meal: Breakfast

Authentic Dining

  • 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.

Insight Experiences

  • Suzdal: Visit St. Nicolas Church and meet a local priest who will share his insights to the ancient techniques of painting icons.

Stay in style

  • Yaroslavl: The Ring Premier Hotel is a bright modern hotel, surrounded by historical and cultural sights.

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.

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.
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The Golden Ring

Visit the historic sites of Yaroslavl and Suzdal—that stood witness to some of the most significant, nation shaping events in Russian history. Seek out the multicolored churches of Sergiyev Posad, journey to the ivory covered Kremlin of Rostov-the-Great and tour the towering golden domes of Trinity Cathedral in Kostroma—on this 5-day Russian adventure. Delight your eyes in Vladimir at the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniatures and bring home your own version of a famous Russian souvenir, after a hands-on Matryoshka doll workshop. Explore Suzdal with the Insight Choice of visiting the Monastery of the Saviour St. Ethimius or learn about the ancient art of icon painting from an Orthodox priest. Don’t leave without trying Shchi’ cabbage soup—a local favourite and a Russian staple.