The Golden Ring is formed by ancient Russian cities located to the northeast of the capital. You will have a great chance of seeing the country side and enjoy authentic Russian experience. Moscow is an official capital and Saint-Petersburg is considered to be a northern or cultural capital of Russia. It is difficult for Westerners to comprehend what an important place Moscow holds in the Russian imagination as a symbol of both spiritual and political power.
It has always been the heart of this vast country. Moscow has been the center of government ever since the Soviet power moved there in the spring of 1918. The city is more than a metropolis of over nine million people, more than the administrative, legislative, educational, and cultural capital of Russia - it is the embodiment of the Russian Character and of Russian history. Sergiev-Posad is famous for its monastery Trinity Saint Sergius Lavra (1340 A.D.).
It is a seat of the head of the Russian orthodox church. Vladimir (1108 A.D.) has a lot of ancient monuments to be proud of. The first striking monument is the Golden Gate (1164 A.D.). Assumption cathedral (1161 A.D.) is worth seeing, too. Suzdal (1024A.D.), a holy city, is in itself an entire museum - its thronging monuments, towers and domes enable the visitor to follow the history of Russian architecture from the 12th to the 19th centuries.
Day 1: Moscow. Arrival to Sheremetyevo or Domodedovo airport. Guided transfer to hotel. Accommodation in hotel.
Day 2: Moscow. Breakfast in hotel. Bus sightseeing tour of Moscow Red Square, GUM department store, Lenin Mausoleum, Moscow University, Russian "White House". Tour of the Moscow Kremlin including two cathedrals.
Day 3: Moscow - Suzdal. Breakfast in hotel. Tour of the Trinity Saint Sergius Lavra, located 60 km out of Moscow in Sergiev-Posad (former Zagorsk). It is the heart of the Russian Orthodox church, headquarters of the Russian Patriarch and the burial place of Boris Godunov. Transfer to Suzdal. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner on your own.
Day 4: Suzdal - Vladimir. Breakfast in hotel. Tour of Suzdal including Kremlin (fortress), Assumption cathedral (build in 1713). Lunch on your own. Afternoon. Transfer to Vladimir (founded in 1108). Tour of Vladimir, including Golden Gates (build in 1158 -1164), Assumption cathedral (build in 1158-1160, 1185-1189). Dinner on your own. Night in Suzdal hotel.
Day 5: Palekh - Kostroma. Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Palekh. Tour of the museum of lacquered boxes. Lunch on your own. Visit of lacquered boxes and icon production companies. Transfer to Kostroma (founded in 12 century). Accommodation in hotel.
Day 6: Yaroslavl - Rostov the Great - Pereslavl. Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Yaroslavl (1010). Tour of Kremlin (fortress). Transfer and tour of Rostov the Great (first mentioned in chronicles 862 AD). Tour of the Kremlin buildings (16-17 centuries). Transfer to Pereslavl-Zalessky (1152). Transfer to Moscow. Dinner and overnight train to Saint-Petersburg.
Day 7: Saint-Petersburg. Arrival to Saint-Petersburg. Breakfast in train. Bus sightseeing tour of the city. Accommodation in hotel. The tour of Peterhoff (Petrodvorezh).
Day 8: Saint-Petersburg. Breakfast in hotel. Tour of Hermitage. The tour of Peter and Paul's fortress.
Day 9: Saint-Petersburg. Breakfast in hotel. Free time for shopping. Transfer to airport.
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