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Russian Winter in Golden Ring
8 Days

ITINERARY

8 Days: Moscow, Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Pereslavl, Sergiev Posad

Tour Overview
Arrive in Moscow and start your journey on the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns. Drive to scenic Vladmir, one of the ancient Russian capitals. Visit the almost thousand year old city of Suzdal, a small fairytale town with an unsurpassed collection of ancient Russian architecture. Explore Kostroma, located on both sides of Volga River, offering impressive views and a well preserved city center. Depart for the historic city of Yaroslavl, renowned for its 16th and 17th century monasteries and churches. End your Russian sojourn trip in the dynamic capital city of Moscow, world renowned for its architecture and iconic buildings such as the Kremlin.

Day 1 –  Arrival Moscow

Arrival in Moscow, transfer to Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.


Day 2 –  Moscow, Vladimir, Suzdal

In the morning we start our journey on the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns. We first drive through scenic Russian landscapes to Vladimir, one of the ancient capitals of Russia. During the city sightseeing tour, we visit the St. Demetrius Cathedral and see the Assumption Cathedral, both world heritage sites, and the Golden Gate. In the late afternoon we continue to Suzdal and check-in at the Hotel Azimut Suzdal **** or similar. (B)


Day 3 –  Suzdal

Dating back almost thousand years, Suzdal is a small fairy-tale town with an unsurpassed collection of ancient Russian architecture. During the optional whole day tour, we discover all the treasures of Suzdal including the Kremlin, the Nativity Cathedral, the Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral. (B)


Day 4 –  Suzdal, Kostroma

In the morning we continue along the Golden Ring to Kostroma. Kostroma is located on both sides of the Volga River and the high banks offer impressive views of the Volga expanses. During the afternoon sightseeing tour we see the city center with the well-preserved 18th and 19thcentury merchant houses, the treasure of the town, the 13th cenrury Ipatiev Monastery with the Trnitiy Cathdral and we visit the beautiful Resurection Church. Check in at Hotel Azimut Kostroma*** or similar. (B)


Day 5 –  Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Pereslavl

Today we continue to Yaroslavl. Situated at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers the historic city of Yaroslavl is renowned for its numerous 16th and 17th-century monasteries and churches. We pay a visit to the Monastery of Transfiguration, the Church of Elijah the Prophet and see the Belfry Tower of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery. From Yaroslavl we drive towards Pereslavl making a stop to visit to the Monastery of St. Jacob the Savior at the shores of Lake Nero, just outside Rostov Veliky. In late afternoon we reach Pereslavl-Zalessky. Check in at Hotel Azimut Pereslavl****. (B)


Day 6 –  Pereslavl, Sergiev Posad, Moscow

Pereslavl-Zalessky at the oval-shaped Lake Plescheevo is famous as the birthplace of Russian hero Aleksandr Nevsky. The pictoresque town has no less the six monasteries and we vist the oldest of them, the Nikitsky Monastery in the morning. We continue to quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra was beautifully restored for the 700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Redonezh. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Azimut Smolenskaya**** or similar. (B)


Day 7 –  Moscow

Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes the highlights of the vast city: The Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and we visit the Kremlin grounds and one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. (B)


Day 8 –  Moscow Departure

Transfer to airport. (B)

 


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
June-August 2021, 10 days/ 9 nights
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jun 15 - 24, 2021 2115 2965
Jul 13 - 22, 2021 1875 2675
Jul 27 - 05 Aug, 2021 1875 2675
Aug 10 - 19, 2021 1875 2675
Optional Tours Price Person
4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace 115
Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace 95
4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace 110
3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum 70
Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti 70
Guided channel cruise 70
3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour 35
3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise 80
8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad 115
6-hours tour of Suzdal and visit to the Nativity Cathedral, Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral 115
Half board (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea) 370
2022
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 09 - Jan 16 1135 1615
Jan 30 - Feb 02 1135 1615
Feb 20 - Feb 27 1135 1615
Mar 13 - Mar 20 1135 1615
Optional Tours Price Person
6-hours tour of Suzdal and visit to the Nativity Cathedral, Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral $115
3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour $35

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 7 overnights at centrally located 3-4 star hotels
  • 7 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Entrances to St. Demetrius Cathedral in Vladimir, Ipatiev Monastery and Resurection Church in Kostroma, Monastery of Transfiguration amd the Church of Elijah the Prophet in Jaroslavl, Monastery of St. Jacob the Savior, the Nikitsky Monastery in Pereslavl- Zalessky, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in Sergiev Posad and Moscow Kremlin
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort
  • Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort
  • Service of 1st class cars or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary

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