Russia the Great

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Cities of the golden ring

Vladimir – Bogolyubovo – Suzdal – Plyos – Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Rostov – Preslavl-Zalessky – Sergiyev Posad – Moscow – Vyazma – Smolensk - Pushkinskiye Gory – Izborsk – Pechory – Pskov – Staraya Russa – Veliky Novgorod – Tver

10 days/ 9 nights

Day 1

07:30 Our guide will meet you near the Cosmos Hotel (VDNHa metro station).

08:00 Departure for Vladimir. The guide will tell you some useful information on the way.

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Guided sightseeing tour of Vladimir.

While driving through the historical center of the city you will admire major attractions: Uspensky (Assumption) Cathedral, the Golden Gates, you will visit Dmitrievsky Cathedral and the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniature and Embroidery, or the Old Vladimir exposition.

Travel to Bogolyubovo. You will visit Bogolyubovsky Monastery and The Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River (depending on the weather).

Departure for Suzdal.

18:00 Check-in

19:00 Dinner


Day 2

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Sightseeing tour of Suzdal.

You will see the heart of the town – the Suzdal Kremlin, visit the Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Intercession Convent.

12:30 Lunch

13:00 Departure for Plyos. During this panoramic tour of Plyos you will admire the following unforgettable landmarks: Sobornaya gora, Uspensky (Assumption) Cathedral, which dates back to the XVI century. You will also see the monument to the founder of the city, Prince Vasiliy I, surrounded by its landscape park and the houses of the famous Plyos merchants.

Departure for Kostroma

18:30 Check-in

19:00 Dinner


Day 3

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Sightseeing tour of Kostroma.

 The tour will take you to the Market Place, the Epiphany cathedral, Church of the Resurrection, Ipatiev Monastery, and the Romanov Chambers.

12:00 Departure for Yaroslavl

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Sightseeing tour of Yaroslavl

You will admire the city’s numerous ancient churches and monasteries, visit the Uspensky Cathedral and the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery (the territory).

18:00 Check-in

19:00 Dinner


Day 4

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Departure for Rostov Veliky.

10:00 Guided tour to the Rostov Kremlin.

You will visit the ensemble of the Episcopal Yard and Sobornaya Square. In addition, you’ll walk through the Kremlin corridors and see Nero lake and the interiors of the churches of the Resurrection of Christ, St. John the Apostle and Savior Church-na-Senyakh, or the Museum of Finift. Then we will take a walk along the bank of lake Nero.

12:00 Departure to Pereslavl-Zalessky

Sightseeing tour of Pereslavl. During the tour you will see the Red Square, Transfiguration Cathedral and enjoy the panoramic view of Lake Pleshcheyevo.

14:00 Lunch

15:00 Departure for Sergiyev Posad. Guided tour to the Trinity Lavra (grounds), Annunciation and Trinity cathedrals (interiors).

17:30 Departure for Moscow

Check in at the Cosmos Hotel. Dinner is not included in the price.

Day 5

07:30 Meet your guide to the right of the hotel.

08:00 Departure for Vyazma.

While driving through the streets of Vyazma you will get acquainted with the architecture of the XVII – XIX centuries and the main landmarks of the city, including the amazing three-tented church of Our Lady of Smolensk, which is on the territory of John the Baptist Monastery.


Departure for Smolensk.

 This city, founded in the IX century is situated on the bank of the Dnieper. During the excursion we will walk on the fortress wall and take a look at the Smolensk highway.

Then we will visit the historical sights of 1609-1611 city defenses, the monuments to the heroes of the 1812 war and the Great Patriotic War, and the monuments to the famous citizens: M. I. Glinka, M.V. Isakovsky, Y.A. Gagarin, A. T. Tvardovsky, and the hero of his poem, Vasili Tyorkin.

After that we will visit Uspensky Cathedral, with its unique icon-screen, the icon of Our Lady of Smolensk Hodegetria, and the Holy Shroud dating back to the XVI century.

19:30 Check-in

20:00 Dinner

Day 6

07:00 Breakfast

08:00 Departure for Pushkinskiye Gory - you will love this place with every facet of your being.


Excursion to Mikhaylovskoye, Trigorskoye (or Petrovskoye) and Svyatogorsky Monastery where Alexander Pushkin is buried.

Check-in at the hotel. (You will stay there for two nights).

20:00 Lunch

Day 7

08:00 Departure for Izborsk, the northwest outpost of ancient Russia.

The tour will take you to the Izborsk Fortress Complex: the Truvor Settlement, a fortress from the XIV-XVI centuries, Nikolsky Cathedral from the XIV century, and the Izborsko-Malskaya Valley. You will also visit the Slovensky Springs – a natural phenomenon and simultaneously a sacred Orthodox site . Ground waters leak through the carbonate solid, and form separate streams and noisily fall from the steep slope. What an impressive sight!

Departure for Pechory

Guided tour to the Pskov-Caves Monastery, which was founded in the bottom of the ravine through which the Kamenets River flowed. This unique monastery has never been closed throughout its 5 century history. There are 7 churches on its territory, including Unspenskaya Church. Back in 1473 the monastery was just a cave in the slope of a hill. Nowadays there is a necropolis with thousands of hallows of monks, the Streltsy, soldiers and ordinary citizens.


Departure for Pskov

Guided sightseeing tour of Pskov.

We will explore the main highlight of this ancient town – the Kremlin. You will be fascinated by Trinity Cathedral – the holy symbol of the Kremlin. It used to be a sacred place, and the center of political life in Pskov. All the major riches and relics were hidden here: ancient diplomas, the Duke’s Stamp and the state treasury. And in the cellars and storehouses located to the north, the important supplies such as bread, weapons, gun powder and armor were kept.

Return to the hotel

20:00 Dinner

Day 8

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Departure for Staraya Russa


Guided sightseeing tour of Staraya Russa

You will see Resurrection Cathedral, the Transfiguration Monastery dating back to the XII century, the Church of St. George, with a miracle-working icon of Our Lady of Staraya Russa. and Trinity Church, which was built in the XVII century.

After the excursion, you will visit the Staraya Russa health resort, the oldest spa. We will take a walk in the magnificent park and see the famous Muravyov fountain discovered in 1854 - a column of water shooting up from underground.

Then we will proceed to Dostoevsky Memorial House Museum. Dostoevsky spent a lot of time working on his books here. He wrote Demons, The Adolescent, Pushkin speech, and a large part of the Brothers Karamazov, where you will recognize the real streets and buildings of Staraya Russa, the amazing nature and atmosphere of the town, and even some incidents from the lives of the local people.

Departure for Veliky Novgorod

Check-in at the hotel (You will stay there for two nights).

20:00 Dinner

Day 9

08:30 Breakfast

09:30 Sightseeing tour of Novgorod, the first capital of ancient Russia. You will see the architectural complex from the XII-XVIII centuries - Yaroslav court and the Trade Mart. These are must-sees!

During your excursion to the Kremlin you will see its walls and towers, the Cathedral of St. Sophia with its unique interior, and the biggest belfry preserved to this day, which was built in the XVI century. You will be particularly interested in the monument to the Millennium of Russia, the encyclopedia of Russian history immortalized in bronze.

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Excursion to the Vitoslavitsy Wooden Architecture museum, a great architecture and nature reserve. You can find all the preserved types of wooden churches: tent-shaped, an octagon placed on a quadrangle, crossed on the ground floor with three altars, tiered and celled churches, and a unique collection of peasant houses and household implements.

Leisure time

18:00 Travel to the hotel

19:00 Dinner

Day 10

07:30 Breakfast

08:30 Departure for Tver.

14:00 Lunch

15:00 Sightseeing tour of Tver.

The unique planning of the city has persevered since the XVIII century. You will see all the major tourist attractions: The Trident, Stepan Razin Embankment, Uspensky Cathedral, the Monument to Afanasiy Nikitin (the famous merchant and traveler), the Putevoy Palace and the Church of White Trinity.

16:30 Departure for Moscow (you will arrive at around 20:00)