Suzdal | Russia
FROM: £2,045 pp

PRIVATE TOUR: Russian history and architecture, famous old cities and towns. The Golden Ring is one of the oldest Russian trade routes. It heads to the north-east of Moscow and forms a circle, exploring Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Rostov Velikiy before returning full circle to Moscow.

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Trip Highlights

Moscow - UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral
Suzdal - 11th century village - kremlin, UNESCO-listed cathedrals, wood houses and rural surrounds
Yaroslavl - Transfiguration of the Saviour Monastery, St. Nicholas Nadein and Elijah the Prophet church frescoes
Vladimir - ancient golden ring town - Golden Gate, Fort and Assumption Cathedral
Kostroma - Epiphany and St Ipathy Monasteries, Trinity Cathedral and the Volga River
Rostov Veliky - 16th century Assumption Cathedral


Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer and day 7
Professional English speaking guide
Guided sightseeing to all sights listed
Entrance fees to the museums as per the itinerary
Breakfast daily
6 nights standard, superior or deluxe hotel

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 10 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture.


Day 1


Welcome to Russia’s famed historical heartland! Airport arrival transfer, hotel check in and overnight.
Overnight: Moscow

Day 2

Red Square

Today enjoy a guided tour of Moscow’s most famous sites - in Red Square see the beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral, with its wildly colourful turban shaped domes, wander around the historic GUM department store and if open, pay your respects to Lenin at the mausoleum. This afternoon explore the grounds of the mighty Kremlin - Russia’s powerhouse, visit its gold domed cathedrals, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Armoury, where you can see incredible jewels and ancient artifacts.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Vladimir and Suzdal

Moscow - Vladimir - Suzdal. Driving onward to Vladimir, the city which gave way to Moscow as Russia’s capital. Tour the impressive defensive fort built in 1108, the beautiful Assumption Cathedral with frescoes by the greatest of old Russian painters, Andrei Rubliov and the famous Golden Gate.

This afternoon head to the beautiful, rural Suzdal. Exploring the town mostly on foot, see the enchanting wooden houses, medieval churches and the Assumption Refractory and prison, built on the order of Catherine II, to house those who committed crimes against the church. Suzdal is also famed as a place of exile for many Russian ladies of noble birth, including Peter the Great’s first wife, Evdokia.
Overnight: Suzdal  |  Breakfast

Day 4


Suzdal - Kostroma. Today, travel to Kostroma, known as the ‘Cradle of the Romanov dynasty’, as it was home to first Tsar of the Romanov Dynasty. Take a guided tour of this 12th century town which sits on the banks of the Volga River. Visit the Epiphany and St Ipathy Monasteries, see the frescoes inside the Trinity Cathedral and wander around Susanina Square.
Overnight: Kostroma  |  Breakfast

Day 5


Kostroma - Yaroslavl. This morning drive to Yaroslavl, which was founded by a Kievan prince. The main attraction is the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour - founded in the 12th century, it was one of Russia’s richest and most fortified monasteries by the 1500’s. Other sights of interest on the tour include the beautiful frescoes in the churches of St. Nicholas Nadein and Elijah the Prophet.
Overnight: Yaroslavl  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Rostov Veliky

Yaroslavl - Rostov Veliky - Moscow. Today enjoy the sights of the lakeside town of Rostov Veliky. This historic town is rich in ancient architecture, with many monuments dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Dominating the central square is the impressive 16th Century Assumption Cathedral and between the square and the lake is the Kremlin, which has eleven beautifully ornate towers and is home to several elaborately decorated churches and palaces. This afternoon travel onward to Moscow.
Overnight: Moscow  |  Breakfast

Day 7


Your tour concludes after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport.

In Brief

Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 6
The gleaming golden domes of the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir
An aerial view of the city of Yaroslavl with its neat urban layout, green parks and towering churche

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