The small Golden Ring

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Tours  Golden Ring The Small Golden Ring.

  A tour around the Golden Ring with visits to the cities of Vladmir, Suzdal, Yuriev-Polsky, Pereslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad. This is one of the main options for a Golden Ring tour (the so-called Small Ring), but with the addition of the wonderful provincial city of Yuriev-Polsky.

  On the trip you will see a whole range of architectural masterpieces in each city. In Vladimir there are the St Demetrius and Dormition Cathedrals, Suzdal has the Kremlin and many example of wooden buildings, and in Yuriev-Polsky you will see the stunning St George’s Cathedral and its beautiful engravings. Further north in Pereslavl-Zalessky there is the Transfiguration Cathedral which is one of just five original white stone churches of north-eastern Rus which survive today. It was also here that the Russian hero, prince and saint - Aleksandr Nevsky - was baptised. Finally Sergiev Posad is home to one of Russia's greatest monasteries which attracts thousands of pilgrims each year, who come to pray at the relics of St Sergius of Radonezh. In addition it also attracts thousands of tourists who are drawn by the beauty of the monastery and its frescos which were painted by Andrey Rublev.

  On your trip you will see the main cathedrals, historical buildings and other sights of all five cities and find out a lot about the history of mediaeval Rus. You will not be accompanied with a guide when travelling on the route, but local guides will take you on excursions in the cities themselves. At your request and for an additional fee, we can add a guide to accompany you on the whole route. The tour begins and ends in Moscow, but it is also possible to continue this tour further around the Golding Ring or along the Trans-Siberian Railway or with a visit to St Petersburg. 

   Total distance of the tour: 505km -  191km |  314km

 DAY 1 | VLADIMIR - SUZDAL

 Morning transfer from your hotel to Moscow’s Kursky Railway Station. The driver will wait for you in the reception of the hotel with a sign saying .

 Lastochka express train to Vladimir.

 Duration: 2 hours


Arrival in Vladimir and transfer to the starting point of the excursion. The driver will meet you outside your carriage with a sign saying .

  City tour of Vladimir – Vladimir was once the mediaeval capital of the Russian state and so is an important city in terms of Russian history. The highlights of this tour include:

  • Dormition Cathedral - the main cathedral of the city. For over 200 years this cathedral held the revered Our Lady of Vladimir Icon, which Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky brought from Vyshgorod in Ukraine to Vladimir. The icon was later transferred to Moscow and can now be seen in the Tretyakov Gallery. According to legend, the icon was created by Luke the Evangelist.
  • Golden Gates - a rare monument of Russian 12th century defensive architecture and all that remains of the walls which once surrounded Vladimir.
  • St Demetrius’ Cathedral - one of the most remarkable monuments of mediaeval Rus. It was built in the 1190s as a palace temple of Grand Prince Vsevolod the Big Nest of Vladimir and is decorated on the outside with engravings of plants and animals, while the interior still retains fragments of frescos by Andrey Rublev.

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 Duration: 2 hours |  Transportation: by car

 Transfer from Vladimir to your hotel in Suzdal.

 Distance: 40km

 Night in Suzdal.

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • SUZDAL •

  Guided tour of Bogolyubovo 

  • Bogolyubovo is famous due to its place in Russian history and for having the most beautiful church in Russia - the Intercession Church on the Nerl. Please note that to get to the church you need to walk about 1km as the surrounded area is protected by UNESCO and no cars are allowed.

        

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 3250 4680 4940 6240

 Duration: 2 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

  Russian Banya Experience
  • Russian Banya – the banya (a traditional Russian steam room) occupies a special place in traditional Russian life. All visitors should try a real Russian banya if they get the chance and what could be better than going to a traditional banya in the picturesque city of Suzdal. At the banya you will be provided with a towel, sheet, aromatic tea and homemade jam. You could also even order in advance shashlyk (Russian kebab), tea from a samovar, a traditional homemade Russian meal and, weather permitting, the chance to refresh yourself after the heat of the steam by jumping into a pile of snow or into freezing water through a whole cut in the ice. Can you imagine a more Russian experience?!

 Duration: 2 hours

  

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 4000 4000 6000 7000


 DAY 2 | SUZDAL 

  Breakfast in the hotel.

  City tour of Suzdal - Suzdal is perhaps the highlight of the Golden Ring, as the whole city is an open-air museum thanks to it being practically unspoiled by modernisation and industrialisation. The highlights of the tour are:

  • Suzdal Kremlin - this is the oldest part and historical core of the city. Although the kremlin's walls no longer stand, parts of the earthen mound fortifications do remain. The buildings inside the kremlin are now used as museums.
  • Nativity Cathedral (1222) – the kremlin’s cathedral is the Nativity Cathedral and the current version stands on the place of an 11th century version which was built on the orders of Vladimir Monomakh. The interior features stunning frescos as well as a necropolis where the sons of Yury Dolgoruky have been interred along with several members of various noble families from Suzdal.
  • Spaso-Yefimiev Monastery (1352) – this is the largest monastery in Suzdal and with its large fortified walls it is often mistaken for being the Suzdal Kremlin. Today it is a museum with various exhibitions including its main cathedral with its amazing frescos.
  • Museum of the Wooden Architecture and Peasant life – this collection of wooden buildings, including churches and windmills, from various parts of European Russia is one of the best of architectural museums in Russia. It now resembles a village in itself made up of beautiful examples of 17th - 19th century wooden buildings which have been brought here to protect them from fire or from being dismantled.
  • Trading Rows (1812) – Suzdal’s set of trading rows are still used for their original purpose and a souvenir market is held outside where you can buy a whole range of souvenirs, including bottles of the mead for which Suzdal is famed.

 Duration: 3½ hours |  Transportation: by a private car

 Free time in Suzdal.

  Night in Suzdal.


 DAY 3 | SUZDAL - YURIEV-POLSKY - PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY

  Breakfast in the hotel.

  Transfer from Suzdal to Yuriev-Polsky.

During the transfer you will pass through the territory known as Opolye where the landscape is not at all typical for the north-eastern part of European Russia and is characterised by its open fields and wide open spaces.

 Distance: 60km

City tour of Yuriev-Polsky - this tour includes the following main sights:

  • The Kremlin mounds and the Mikhailo-Arkhangelsky Monastery – this monastery, located within the earthen mounds which are all that remain of the city’s kremlin, has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The buildings of the surviving building date from the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • St George’s Cathedral – the most famous sight in the city. It was originally built in 1234, becoming the last cathedral to be built in Rus before the Mongol-Tatar Invasion.  Stone carvings were a popular decoration on cathedrals in mediaeval Vladimir-Suzdal and they can be seen covering half of St Demetrius’s Cathedral in Vladimir and also feature on the Intercession Church on the Nerl in Bogolyubovo. However the art form reached its peak on St George’s Cathedral in Yuriev-Polsky as they cover the whole exterior of the building. They depict plants and animals, including, rather surprisingly for a 13th century Russian church, an elephant. Try and find it, and there is a prize awaiting for the first one to find it unaided!

 Free time for lunch and walking around the city independently.

 16:00 | Transfer to from Yuriev-Polsky to Pereslavl-Zalessky.

 Distance – 70km

   17:00 | Arrive in Pereslavl-Zalessky and check-in at the hotel. Night in Pereslavl-Zalessky.


 DAY 4 | PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY

  Breakfast in the hotel.

 City tour around Pereslavl-Zalessky - on this tour you will see:

  • Uspensky Goritsky Monastery – the most beautiful monastery in Pereslavl-Zalessky which stands on a hill overlooking the city. Today it is the main museum-reserve in Pereslavl.
  • Earthen Mounds – these 12th century mounds were once the base for defensive kremlin walls which marked the boundaries of the city. Located inside the mounds is Red Square which has several ancient cathedrals.
  • Transfiguration Cathedral - this 12th century cathedral is one of the main sights of Pereslavl-Zalessky and the oldest surviving building in the city and indeed the oldest surviving example of ancient Vladimir-Suzdal architecture. It is one of the first stone monuments to be constructed in the mid-12th century after a long break in construction work following the death of Vladimir Monomakh. (CLOSED FROM OCTOBER TO MAY)
  • Nikitsky Monastery – this is the oldest monastery in Pereslavl-Zalessky and is believed to have been founded in the 12th century and named in honour of St Nicetas (Nikita) of Pereslavl. St Nicetas was a stylite, which meant he enclosed himself at the top of a pillar, and his reputation as a healer bought fame to the monastery. In the 15th century the monastery came under the patronage of Ivan the Terrible, who believed that prayers held at the monastery helped cure his son.
  • Peter the Great’s Boat Museum-Estate – in 1692 a young Peter the Great came to Pereslavl to test out his toy flotilla which became the first naval flotilla in Russia. The boat Fortuna is the only surviving vessel from this toy flotilla which you can see preserved at this museum.

Duration:  3½ hours  |  Transportation: by a private car

 Free time in Pereslavl.

 Night in Pereslavl

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • PERESLAVL • 

  Guided Tour of the Lokomotiv Museum 
  • A unique museum displaying various railway equipment, including trains and carriages. An additional charm of this museum is that all the equipment is located in a clearing in the forest. You can even have the chance to try out a railroad handcart.

 Duration: 1h | Transportation: by a private car

  

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 7280 8840 12220 15470
  Horse Riding and fishing.
  • Excursion to the countryside around Pereslavl. One hour's horse-riding (if you are an experienced horse rider) or a ride in a horse drawn carriage. After the horse-riding a peaceful fishing trip in a boat on Lake Plescheevo will help you relax and allow you to enjoy the beauty of Russian nature. Children can also ride on ponies or donkeys, and if you really want to relax, for an addition charge, you can have a Russian banya and then jump into the lake to cool off.

        

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 11700 17550 24700 31850

 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

  Russian Banya Experience
  • Russian Banya – the banya (a traditional Russian steam room) occupies a special place in traditional Russian life. All visitors should try a real Russian banya if they get the chance and what could be better than going to a traditional banya in the picturesque city of Suzdal. At the banya you will be provided with a towel, sheet, aromatic tea and homemade jam. You could also even order in advance shashlyk (Russian kebab), tea from a samovar, a traditional homemade Russian meal and, weather permitting, the chance to refresh yourself after the heat of the steam by jumping into a pile of snow or into freezing water through a whole cut in the ice. Can you imagine a more Russian experience?!

 Duration: 2 hours

  

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 4000 4000 6000 7000

  Boat Trip along Lake Plescheevo (from May till October)
  • A two-hour excursion around Lake Plescheevo by boat, during which you will not only get to enjoy fairy-tale views of the city with its multitude of monasteries, churches and old buildings, but also find out a lot about the nature and wildlife of this place.

Duration: 2 hours

  

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 6760 9750 12350 16250


 DAY 5 | PERESLAVL - SERGIEV POSAD - MOSCOW

  Breakfast in the hotel.

  Transfer from Pereslavl-Zalessky to Sergiev Posad.

 Distance – 70km

 Guided tour around the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra – this includes a visit to three of its churches:

  • Trinity Cathedral (1422) – a masterpiece of Russian architecture and the oldest surviving building inside the monastery. It is here that the relics of St Sergius are held. The cathedral’s ancient iconostasis also holds icons which were painted by Andrey Rublev and his pupils.
  • Dormition Cathedral (1559-1585) – built on the orders and using the donations of Ivan the Terrible taking the Moscow Kremlin’s Dormition Cathedral as an example.
  • St Sergius’ Church and Refectory (1686-1692) - here you will see the stunning Moscow-baroque style interior which has one of the most beautiful carved iconostases in Russia.

 Duration: 1½h

 Free time in the city. It is possible to visit the local market and buy souvenirs or eat in a restaurant, including restaurants serving Russian cuisine.

 15:00 | Transfer from Sergiev Posad to Moscow. It can take up to 2 hours to get to Moscow depending on traffic.  

 Distance – 70km

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  • Individual excursions according to the programme.
  • Entrance tickets to the museums
  • Transfers in a private car according to the programme.
  • Railway tickets from Moscow to Vladimir in 2nd class of Strizh High-Speed train
  • Accommodation in a hotel of a category of your choice, central location, standard DBL rooms with breakfast.
  • 24h emergency support during the tour
  • Visa support documents
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  • Meals (except for breakfast where stated).
  • Tips for the guides and drivers.
  • Optional excursions.
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  • The tour is available the whole year round starting on any day, but please take into account that the museum’s working hours and days-off vary so we reserve the right to change the itinerary while trying to save the excursion programme.
  • Optional excursions should be booked before the start of the tour to schedule the itinerary.
  • Tickets to museums cannot be sold without an excursion with a guide.
  • In cities of the Golden Ring where there are no 4 star hotels, the calculation includes hotels of 4 stars.
  • All excursions/guided tours included in the itinerary are private which means private guides and private transport along the programme - unless otherwise stated.
  • Best time to travel on this route: from the end of April to mid-October and from December to mid-March.

• CANCELLATION POLICY 

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CANCELLATION CHARGES

FROM 60 TO 45 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 10%
FROM 44 TO 15 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 30%
FROM 14 TO 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 50%
LESS THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 100%

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