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A four-day journey through Russia's historic 'Golden Ring'

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In Brief

  • 2 Nights Suzdal
  • 2 Nights Yaroslavl


Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Rail journey | Short break

This four-day trip begins in Moscow, from where you'll journey east by car to Vladimir and Suzdal before heading north to the town of Yaroslavl on the banks of the Volga River. Travelling in a counter-clockwise direction, this four-day tour is an excellent opportunity to escape the busy cities and explore the real Russia. Monastic spires and onion domes still pepper the horizon, bells ring out from towering belfries, prayers are muttered in white-stone churches and flower-drenched meadows meet shimmering lakes.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Take a car transfer from Moscow to Vladimir and continue to Suzdal, founded in 1024 as a fortress on the Kamenka River. Its protected status has preserved a decidedly rural atmosphere and an abundance of architectural gems. See the 14th century monastery and the frescoes and tombs within, the Archbishops Palace and collection of 13th century churches known as the Kremlin, and the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture & Rural Life.

Stay: Nikolaevsky Posad or Pushkarskaya Sloboda or similar

Day 2

From Suzdal, enjoy a full-day excursion to Vladimir and the churches of nearby Bogolyubovo. High on Vladimir's slope sits the Assumption Cathedral, built to announce the city's claim as the capital of ancient Rus and one of three unesco World Heritage Sites that the city has to offer. Bogolyubovo is a small settlement just 10km from Vladimir, whose convent conceals a venerated icon of the Holy Virgin Mary. The last visit of the day is to the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl, built among the water meadows a kilometre and a half from the convent.

Stay: Nikolaevsky Posad or Pushkarskaya Sloboda or similar

Breakfast included

Days 3-4

Transfer to Yaroslavl on the mighty Volga River and check in to your hotel. Founded in 1010 by Yaroslav the Wise, Yaroslavl boasts a skyline dotted with domes and spires and churches hidden around virtually every corner, including the 12th century Spassky Monastery and the Church of Elijah the Prophet, famous for its five green domes. As poet Apollon Grigoryev once wrote, 'Yaroslavl is a town of unsurpassed beauty; everywhere is the Volga and everywhere is history'. On day 4, return to Moscow by car.

Stay: Ring Premier, Yaroslavl or similar

Breakfast included


Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

4-day itinerary from £1,410 pp


Valid for travel: daily from January to December 


  • 2 nights accommodation in Suzdal
  • 1 night accommodation in Yaroslavl
  • Transport and transfers to and from Moscow
  • Sightseeing in Vladimir, Suzdal and Yaroslavl with private English speaking guide

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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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