Yaroslavl is one of the oldest cities in Russia (it recently celebrated its 1000th anniversary) and a popular destination on the Golden Ring of Russia tourism route. Many important events in Russian history took place here and one of the masterpieces of mediaeval Russian literature - The Tale of Igor's Campaign - was discovered here. Yaroslavl's historical centre is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and several of its landmarks, such as St Elijah's Church and St John the Baptist's Church, are considered masterpieces of Russian architecture.
In addition the city is located on the River Volga - the largest river in Europe - and its beautiful embankments make great places was walking, relaxing and taking in the views.
Moscow → Yaroslavl → Moscow
Total distance of the tour: 564km
• 06:30 •
Transfer to Moscow's Yaroslavl Station. Please note that the check-in for Russian trains starts 30 minutes before departure. You must have your passport with you and present it at check-in. A driver with a sign saying will wait for you at the lobby of your hotel or place where you stayed.
• 07:35 •
Departure of the express train to Yaroslavl.
Duration: 3½ hours
• 10:53 •
Arrival in Yaroslavl. A driver will wait for your next to your carriage with a sign saying . City tour around Yaroslavl - the highlights of this tour include:
- Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery – this is the oldest structure and the main sight in the city, often mistaken for the Yaroslavl Kremlin which no longer stands. It was founded in the 12 century, then on the outskirts of the city. In the 16th century the state treasury was transferred here and in 1612 it became the headquarters of the volunteer army of Minin and Pozharsky. The main feature of the monastery is the Transfiguration Cathedral which in its past served as the final resting place for princes and rich inhabitants of Yaroslavl. It is closed from October to May to protect its wonderful frescoes. CLOSED FROM 1ST OCTOBER TO 1ST MAY AND ON WEDNESDAYS.
- Volga Embankment - this embankment runs along the longest river in Europe - the Volga. The river has been the life-line of the city since the very first kremlin was founded here establishing the city. When walking around these beautiful surroundings, you will be treated not only to great views of the river, but also of the historical churches situated around the embankment.
- St Elijah the Prophet’s Church - this unique mid-17th century church is a masterpiece of ancient Russian architecture. The original version was founded during the reign of Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The interior of the church was decorated in 1668 with frescos by the famous icon painters from Kostroma Guri Nikitin and Sila Savin and their team from Yaroslavl.
- Beheading of St John the Baptist Church – this stunning example of Russian architecture was built between 1671 and 1687 in the Tolchkovskaya Sloboda just outside Yaroslavl. It is the largest church in the city and today features of the 1,000 rouble note. It is considered the peak of the Yaroslavl architectural style, mainly thanks to its wonderful domes. CLOSED ON MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS.
Transportation: by private car | Duration: 4 hours
• 15:00 •
Free time in the city. You can explore the city yourself or take one of our optional excursions.
• 18:45 •
Transfer to the railway station.
• 19:32 •
Express train to Moscow
Duration: 3½ hours
• 22:53 •
Arrival in Moscow. A driver will wait for you next to your carriage with a sign saying .
- 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.
- Some religious sights such as active monasteries require a specific dress code in order to be allowed to visit - for women a scarf to cover your head and a skirt covering your knees (no trousers); for men no shorts and all headwear must be removed.
• CANCELLATION POLICY •
DATE OF CANCELLATION
(with respect to the date of the departure)
(with respect to the total price of the tour)
|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%|
|Excursion to the Tolgsky Convent|
Tolgsky Convent – this convent has buildings dating from the 17th to the 19th century and is located on the left-bank of the River Volga, outside of Yaroslavl. It was founded as a monastery in the 14th century by Bishop Prokhor of Rostov to commemorate the discovery of an icon depicting the Virgin Mary, which has since become known as the Our Lady of Tolga Icon. Over 100 sisters now live at the convent.
The convent’s main cathedral in the Presentation of Virgin Mary Cathedral which was built between 1681 and 1688. Another interesting building is the Saviour Church which dates from the early 18th century and is attached to the convent's medical ward. It is the only example of Moscow baroque in the whole Yaroslavl Region. Another highlight of the convent is the cedar garden which dates back to the second half of the 17th century.
Duration: 3 hours | Transportation: by a private car | Distance: 15km
|Excursion to the village of Vyatskoe|
In 2015 the village of Vyatskoe was officially crowned the most beautiful village in Russia. Although there may be other claimants to this title, it is certainly worth visiting Vyatskoe as, for a village, it has more than its fair share of sights. The village was first mentioned in historical sources in 1502 when it was considered the centre of the Vyatskoe Parish. In the 17th century the village was part of the votchina (patriarchal lands) of Patriarch Filaret.
A century later it had become a trading centre where fairs were often held. In the 19th century it gained fame for the cucumbers grown here. The vegetables were sold at markets in the region and were even transported further afield, including all the way to Arkhangelsk. Many wealthy merchants and artisans of various skills also lived in the village, and at one point the village was a centre for Old-Believers.During the tour you will see beautiful views of a provincial Russian village and also visit the local museums - the Russian Enterprise Museum, the Peasant Trade Museum, the Local Merchants' Rooms and the Museum of the Returned Relic.
Duration: 4h | Transportation: by a private car | Distance: 50km