Highlights of Russia

 (Moscow /Sergiev Posad / Rostov the great / Pereslavl / Yaroslavl /Kostroma / Suzdal / Vladimir / Moscow / St.Petersburg)

11 Days / 10 .Nights





The program of the tour aims to give a traveller comprehensive understanding of the Russian history, architecture and culture through visiting two Russia’s capitals and the historical places of the Golden Ring – chain of the ancient cities of the Russian heartland.
Sergiev Posad
The history of the city (founded in 1742) is closely connected with the history of the Troitse-Sergiev Monastery (The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius), which was founded in the 14th century by St. Sergius Radonezhsky, one of the most revered saints of the Russian Orthodox Church. For many centuries the monastery was Russia’s largest religious and cultural centre. The Cathedral is also known for unique frescoes painted by the genius Russian icon painter Andrew Rublev and his teacher Daniil Cherny. The icon of Holy Trinity by Andrew Rublev, one of the most inspired masterpieces ever created by a human being, is kept now in the Tretyakov State Art Gallery in Moscow.
Rostov the Great
The very name of the city reflects its significance in the history of Russia. Mentioned firstly in 862, it reached its heyday as the capital of the principality of the same name by the early 13th century. Though destroyed several times by the Mongol hordes, the city came back to life persistently, staying one of the most beautiful cities of the medieval Russia
Founded in1152 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky, the town of Pereslavl remains in the history of Russia connected to the names of the two most popular Russian rulers. Prince Alexander Nevsky, the most able general, politician and diplomat of ancient Russia, was born and for some time ruled there. Later the first Russian Emperor Peter the Great spent his youth in Pereslavl and there he built his “poteshny”(amusing) flotilla, the prototype of the Russia’s first navy. Among the town’s sights, are the Transfiguration Cathedral of the Savior (1152), and Peter the Great’s estate, where one of his boats is kept.
It is considered that this Volga city was founded in 1152 by Prince of Rostov and Suzdal Yuri Dolgoruky, who is also known as the founder of Moscow. After a short period of rapid growth (16-17th centuries) Kostroma lost its commercial significance, but stayed the city that played noticeable role in the national history. Enough to say, that the noble family of the Romanovs, the royal dynasty, ruling Russia from 1613, originated from Kostroma. Among the main city’s attractions is the Ipatiev Monastery complex (13th century) with its famous Trinity Cathedral and Chamber of the the Romanov boyars.
Founded on the Volga river in 1010, this is a city of great history and rich cultural traditions. For a few centuries it had been one of the most prosperous and developed cities of imperial Russia. Known as a tourist center of many outstanding architectural monuments, Yaroslavl was included in 2005 in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The local Museum of Fine Arts keeps one of Russia’s largest collections of the icons. The city is also known as the birthplace of many Russian celebrities.
Founded in 1108, the city is a part of the popular Golden Ring travel itinerary, known for many masterpieces of the ancient Russian architecture. Until the mid of 14th century (when Moscow overshadowed it) Vladimir was de facto the political and cultural capital of the old Russia and the residence of the Russian metropolitans. The best architectural masterpieces of pre-Mongolian Russia, including splendid golden-domed cathedrals build of carved white stone and the magnificent Golden Gates, can still be seen inside and around the city.
With its population of only 12 thousand citizens, this town nevertheless is one of the country’s most popular tourist centers, a real pearl of the Golden Ring travel itinerary. It was the capital of its own principality in the first half of the 14th century, but later lost. Nowadays this charming little town, frozen in time looks right like a picture from a Russian fairytale, untouched by the modern development, with many brightly-colored domes of the churches and monasteries razing to the sky.

The program of the tour:


Arrival in Moscow. Check-in. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of the city. Lunch. Tour of the Kremlin and one of its Cathedrals. Dinner.


Day 3

Breakfast. Trip to Sergiev Posad (70 km away from). Tour of the Troitse-Sergiev (St.Sergius) Monastery. Lunch. Departure to Yaroslavl. Stops on the way in Rostov (for the tour of the Kremlin) and Pereslavl (for a tour of the town). Arrival in Yaroslavl Сheck in. Dinner at the hotel.


Day 4

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of the city, including The Transfiguration Cathedral of the Saviour and The Monastery of Our Lady of Tolg. Lunch. Departure to Kostroma. Arrival in Kostroma. Check in. Dinner at the hotel.


Day 5

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of the city including visit to the Ipatiev monastery. Lunch. Departure to Suzdal. Arrival at Suzdal. Check in. Dinner at the hotel.


Day 6

Breakfast. Trip to Vladimir for a whole day tour of city’s highlights including the Assumption Cathedral. Lunch. Trip to Bogolyubovo for visiting the Church of the Intercession on the river Nerl. Though rather small and modestly decorated, it is one of the most beautiful Russian churches, possibly due to its fantastic location. (supplementary visit to the museum of handicrafts can be also arranged during the trip). Return to Suzdal. Dinner.


Day 7

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Suzdal (the Kremlin, the Transfiguration Cathedral, Spaso-Yevfimiev monastery of the Saviour, the monastery of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God). Lunch. Visit to the Cathedral of Nativity of the Mother of God. Departure to Moscow. Arrival in Moscow. Check in. Dinner at the hotel.


Day 8

Breakfast. Tour of the Tretyakov State Art Gallery. Lunch. Tour of the Novodevichy Convent (New Convent of the Virgin). Departure to St. Petersburg by a night train.


Arrival in St.Petersburg. Check in. Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of the city incl. Peter and Paul Fortress. Lunch. Tour of Cathrine’s Palace in Pushkin. Dinner.


Breakfast. Tour of the Hermitage museum. Lunch. Visit to the St.Isaac’s Cathedral. Dinner.


Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

 The price of the tour is quoted by request.