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Golden Ring Explorer - 3 days Moscow to Moscow

Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 879

The Golden Ring tour, which comprises all main cities - Vladimir, Sergiev Posad, and Suzdal is the perfect "expanded" tour around the greater regions of Moscow.

Generally the Golden Ring consists of small ancient towns around Moscow. It is the most popular tourist route through the Russian provinces. During the tour you will have a chance to see Russian towns' beautiful churches, monasteries, fortresses, kremlins; enjoy the scenery of a country side, take hundreds of photos and have a wonderful time.


This 3-day round trip from Moscow uncovers some of Russia’s most historic towns around the legendary Golden Ring, lifting the lid on a country that is still a great mystery, even to many seasoned travellers.

Set out early from Moscow, bound for Sergiev Posad, home of the Holy Trinity-St Sergius Lavra – affectionately known as the Russian Vatican. It holds the world’s largest religious library as well. Go on to Suzdal, where you’ll spend the night, and visit Vladimir, the capital of ancient Rus for almost 200 years. You’ll see the Golden Gates, the Assumption Cathedral, and St Dimitry Cathedral. You’ll also visit the town of Bogolyubovo, famed for its monastery and history as a 12th-century fortress. That’s not to forget Suzdal, one of the most picturesque towns in all of Russia. The iconic domes of St Euthymius, the Convent of the Intercession, and the fascinating Museum of Wooden Architecture watch over Russia’s only ‘city museum.’ In fact, Suzdal may be the greatest concentration of cultural heritage sites in Russia.

Return to Moscow for your onward journey.


 

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Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 879

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Day 1

Moscow to Sergiev Posad, Suzdal to Vladimir

After breakfast you will be picked up at 900AM and head to Sergiev Posad. The town of got its name from Saint Serguis, who was born in the neighboring town of Radonezh and in the middle of the 14th century founded the largest and most famous Russian monastery. That monastery, known as the Holy Trinity-St.Sergius Lavra (the word "lavra" in Greek means the most significant monastery), is now something like a Russian Vatican. It also holds the Theological Seminary, the largest library of religious literature, the famous icons, historical and artistic treasures. The architectural complex of Trinity-St.Sergius Lavra was developed in the course of several centuries. The oldest church on its territory is the Holy Trinity Cathedral (1422-1423) famous for its icons painted by the renowned icon painter Andrey Rublev and the 17th century frescoes.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before travelling to Suzdal. Hotel Sokol

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Russian Village Hotel

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    Russian Village Hotel



    Russkaya Derevnya is located in Vladimir in the region of Vladimir Region, just 35.4 km from Suzdal. The hotel has a terrace and ski storage, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking ...

    Russkaya Derevnya is located in Vladimir in the region of Vladimir Region, just 35.4 km from Suzdal. The hotel has a terrace and ski storage, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 hour Front desk
    • ATM
    • Baggage storage
    • Business Facilities
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Picnic Area
    • Private Check In and Check Out
    • Room Service
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Spa
    • Terrace
    • Wellness facilities

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Day 2

Vladimir

Vladimir was founded in either 990 or 1108, depending on which historians you refer to. For the better part of two centuries (from 1169 to the mid 1300s) it was the capital of ancient Rus. Vladimir is now considered one of the major towns of the Golden Ring community towns which have played a significant role in the Russian history. Among many other attractions, the city boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are the Golden Gates, Vladimir's unofficial symbol; the Assumption and St. Dimitry Cathedrals. If tourists go to Vladimir, they should not miss Bogolyubovo as it is also a part of Golden Ring tour. Among the sights worth visiting we should mention the Bogolyubovsky Monastery and the Church of the Intercession. The town of Bogolyubovo was originally founded as a fortress in the 12th century by Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky ("Bogolyubsky" means "loved by god").

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Suzdal return to Moscow

Suzdal was first recodred in 1024. However the city has remained young and beautiful. Suzdal stands along the banks of the Kamenka River. The scenery gives you an idea of the boundless territory of Russia. This is a picturesque green town, where you can at the same time feel the Russian country life and enjoy walks around fairytale dome convents. Inside Suzdal the atmosphere is as if nothing had changed since the nineteenth century, goats, chicken and cows graze freely next to the kremlin and monasteries, and on the grassy lanes.

The sights include St.Euthymius Monastery of Our Savior, Convent of the Intercession, Museum of Wooden Architecture. Suzdal is the only city-museum in Russia. Why? Because more than 300 monuments - which are a cultural heritage sites not only in Russia, but also the world - are concentrated in an area of 15 km. For this reason, in 1978 by UNESCO included monuments of Suzdal in the list of objects of the World heritage. Unless it is not the reason to visit this small, but very sincere city? Especially all necessary conditions for rest are created in the city: comfortable hotels and guest houses, restaurants with Russian cuisine and the magnificent Central Russian nature.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily (April - October)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All accommodation
  • Meals as listed
  • English Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Transport

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Visa and fees
  • Passport & Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Meals where not listed
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire. 

To visit Russia, a visa is required. Requirements change and is different for each nationality, so please check with your nearest Russian embassy at the time of application for the latest information.

TB PARALELMOS18SG: GRE 2
20 Oct 2018
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