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3-day tour: Sergiev posad, Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Vladmir, Suzdal
Three-day tour is the best-seller tour of the Golden Ring! You will visit all the main spots of the Golden ring: Sergiev Posad, a mecca for pilgrims and tourists from all over the world, Rostov the Great with its marvelous Kremlin, one of the oldest cities of Russia, Yaroslavl, a millenia-old city with some ot the most beautiful churches of Russia, dating back to the 17th century, Kostroma, the crandle of the  Romanov dynasty, Vladimir, once the capital of the Russian lands and cosy Suzdal, a museum-like town. You will be accompanied by our professional guide and driver all the way.

 

Tour Details
From 178$ per person
Start Time   9:00 a.m.
Duration   3 days
Group Size   16 people max, more on request
     
Price     1250 USD per group not per person (1-2 people, car)
  1650 USD per group not per person (3-8 people, minivan)
  2000 USD per group not per person (8-16 people, minibus)
     
Airport Pick Up     200 USD (SVO, VKO)
  150 USD (DME)
  FREE (Leningradsky Railway Station)
     
Included    All transport
  Licensed Guide
     
Not Included     Meals
  Gratuities
  Tickets to museums
    Hotels fee
Important      
   
   Ladies will need a scarf and a skirt for visiting active monasteries and convents
     
Tour Itinerary
As this tour will be completely private you’ll have some flexibility to modify the stops throughout the day. Just talk to your guide to see what is possible. The itinerary below is a sample and the order of stops will vary depending on each individual client and the pickup location.
Day 1
1. Hotel pick up

One of our comfortable vehicles will pick you up from your hotel  at around 6 am. Sit back, relax and just enjoy. You will have enough time to sleep in the car before the first stop or discuss all the key points with your guide.

 

2. Sergiev Posad, St. Trinity St. Sergius Lavra

We will arrive at the most famous spiritual center and biggest monastery in Russia. You will have  a 1-hour guided  tour around the monastery where you will be able to see the original coffin of St.Sergius, a monk who lived in the 14th century as well as the place where his holy relics are kept.

 

3. Market in Sergiev Posad

Near the monastery you can find the  cheapest market with beautiful souvenirs, especially matreshka dolls produced right here in Sergiev Posad, a famous manufacture center of matreshka dolls of 19th century.

 

4. Rostov the Great

Next stop of our trip is a small town Rostov the Great. We'll visit the Kremlin of Rostov the Great, one of the most beautiful and unique architectural ensembles of Russia dating from the 17th century. Upon your wish and in case we have enough time we might visit the Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery.

 

5. Break for lunch

In Rostov the Great we suggest visiting one of the traditional Russian restaurants.

 

6. Yaroslavl. Night at the hotel

At around 5 or 6 p.m. we will come to Yaroslavl and leave you at your hotel or offer you some restaurant in the city center to have dinner.

Day 2
7. Yaroslavl. City tour

We will visit the cenral area of Yaroslavl: the Spaso-Saviour Monastery, Elijah the Prophet church and some other beautiful places.

 

8. Lunch in Yaroslavl

We will try traditional Russian cuisine in a city restaurant

 

9.Kostroma

We are arriving at Kostoma to visit the  "pearl" of the Russian medieval architecture, the Ipatievsky Monastery where the first Russian tsar from the Romanov dynasty was staying during the rule of Lzhedmitry II

 

10. Suzdal. Night at the hotel

At about 7 or 8 p.m. we are coming to Suzdal and leave you at your hotel or offer you some restaurant in the city center to have dinner.

 

Day 3
11. Suzdal

We'll visit the Kremlin of Suzdal, the ancient part of this small town and some churches and monasteries. You will be amazed at findng so many churches at every turn. We are going to visit Suzdal's open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture where you can learn about the Russian way of buiding houses in the 19th century. This peaceful place is ideal for relaxation and contemplation.

 

12. Vladimir

Vladimir is an old Russian capital which preserved some of the best examples of pre-Mongolian achitecture. The Assumption Cathedral, St. Demetrius Cathedral and the Golden Gate are on UNESCO heritage list.

 

13. Bogolyubovo (optional)

On the way to Suzdal if time allows and if you wish we might visit the Bogolyubovo Monastery as well as enjoy the exceptional beauty of the 12th century Intercession church on the Nerl River standing on a slightly elevated man-made hill in a meadow

Important! The way to the church takes around 20 minutes on foot and 20 minutes back. No way for car! But the view is extremely beautiful especially in the spring when the river floods the surroundings.

 

14. Break for lunch

After the city tour in Vladimir we will have lunch in one of traditional restaurants.

 

15. Go back to your hotel

On the way back you can relax or discuss the impressions with your guide, the way back takes about 3-4 hours depending on the location of your hotel in Moscow.

 

 

 

 

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