Golden Ring: all Russian cities included in the itinerary

Small Golden Ring of Russia as an acquaintance with the country

The Golden Ring consists of eight cities that differ in size and importance: Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl Zalessky, Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal and Vladimir. On the map, this famous route stretches for 1000 km. This is a stunning place to visit. Below you will find 5 reasons to see the Golden Ring of Russia in early summer.

Seeing the Golden Ring is like going back in time

Some of the travelers say that traveling the Golden Circle is like going back in time. And it is true. This is a very unique and interesting route that includes cities in the Russian province with an amazing number of churches and monasteries. The Golden Ring cities have escaped most of the urban progress. Many still live their traditional way of life in rural cities.

Take a trip to cities not spoiled by modern industry, with a unique atmosphere and the spirit of the Russian Empire, stay in hotels decorated in a unique style and taste real Russian cuisine.

See amazing sights

The Golden Circle consists of many UNESCO monasteries, cathedrals with golden tops, medieval wooden houses and a number of historical sites.

Sacred Places

The spiritual center of the Orthodox religion, Trinity-Sergius Lavra, attracts pilgrims from all over the country. It is impossible to understand Russian history, its literature or music without referring to faith.

Be sure to visit the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, for which Andrei Rublev painted the most famous icons in the world in the 15th century. Listen to the choir in the same cathedral. In Rostov the Great, the sound of a dozen bells sweeps across Lake Nero every day, only to echo from the forest on the opposite bank. Walk through sacred sites and enjoy the stunning nature.

See with your own eyes the art of Russian life

To truly enjoy the Russian countryside, wake up early in a wooden hut and look out the window at the Volga, where the fisherman returns with his morning catch. Sample hot pancakes from a skillet.

Stunning nature

The medieval towns of the Golden Ring of Russia, nestled among green hills and flowery meadows, with scattered country roads surrounded by forests, lakes, orchards and wooden farmhouses, are the perfect getaway. In this article we will tell you about the Golden Ring of Russia, where to go and what to see.

Getting to know the Golden Ring of Russia

The Golden Ring Cities are living museums - you can feel history in the air as you explore ancient forts, gaze at towering monasteries and admire the magnificent cathedrals that have helped several of the region's historic districts gain UNESCO World Heritage status.

Where is the golden ring of Russia?

The name “Golden Ring” refers to the overland tourist route, which became popular among Moscow travelers in the 60s. The region is located northeast of Moscow and southeast of St. Petersburg. For years, tourists and locals alike argued about which cities were “officially” included in the Golden Ring, which ultimately prompted the Soviet authorities to compile the following list:

  • Sergiev Posad
  • Pereslavl-Zalessky
  • Rostov the Great
  • Suzdal
  • Kostroma
  • Ivanovo
  • Yaroslavl
  • Vladimir

Cities of the Golden Ring on the map

Why you should visit the Golden Ring of Russia

Our story is extremely fascinating - no, let's face it, amazing - with a lot of political intrigue, wars, revolutions, heroes, villains, strange dynasties and mysterious characters, to which the writers of "Game of Thrones" could hope to get closer someday.

Many Golden Ring cities date back to at least the 10th century. Yaroslavl, the oldest living settlement on the Volga (and home to several of Russia's oldest significant buildings), celebrated its millennium in 2010. Many of these cities were once important trading settlements and played a vital role in both the rise of the tsars and the rise of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Greetings to all readers of my blog Allmyworld and I bring to your attention the author's guide to the most interesting corners of the Golden Ring of Russia.

  • When is the best time to go
  • How to get around the Golden Ring
  • Golden Ring: prices
  • Golden Ring of Russia: what to see
    • Bogolyubovo
    • Vladimir
    • Gorokhovets
    • Kostroma
    • Ivanovo
    • Murom <
    • Myshkin
    • Pereslavl Zalessky
    • Ples
    • Rostov Veliky
    • Rybinsk
    • Sergiev Posad
    • Suzdal
    • Tutaev
    • Uglich
    • Yuryev-Polsky
    • Yaroslavl
  • Golden Ring of Russia: routes
    • Route for 1-2 days
    • What to see on the Golden Ring in 3 days
    • Route for 5 days
    • Itinerary for a week
    • Two weeks
    • Three weeks or more

Golden Ring: Best Time to Go

In principle, any season is suitable for traveling along the Golden Ring of Russia, except, perhaps, late autumn and early spring - because of the not very favorable weather for travel. In winter, the Ring attracts no less tourists than in summer, not least thanks to the postcard photographs “golden domes over white snows” and the long New Year holidays in Russia. The disadvantages of this time of year can be attributed to a very short daylight hours - there is little time to see, and again the weather: it is not a fact that it will pamper you with a comfortable light frost. There may be a thaw with blackened snow and puddles underfoot, or such an oak tree that it will be difficult to breathe. So, in light of the above, the best seasons for sightseeing in the Golden Ring of Russia are summer, late spring and early autumn. Autumn is especially beautiful in these parts:

How to navigate the Golden Circle

Best of all - by car, your own or rented. If there is no car, then it is most convenient to travel between the cities of the Golden Ring by intercity buses. In most cases (if the travel time is no more than 6-7 hours), a bus ticket is cheaper than a reserved seat. It is more convenient to travel by train over long distances: for example, if you want to get directly from Moscow to Kostroma. In addition, it is very convenient to get to some cities (Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, Yaroslavl) from Moscow by commuter trains. You can get to Vladimir very quickly by high-speed "Sapsan", however, and such a trip will cost significantly more than a trip by bus. It should be borne in mind that in some small towns the railway stations are located quite far from the historical center (Uglich, Tutaev, Gorokhovets), and it is better to go there by bus.

As for buses, in the direction of the cities of the Golden Ring, they usually leave from the Shchelkovo bus station in Moscow. Buses go to some cities not from the bus station, but from certain metro stations: for example, buses to Sergiev Posad go from the VDNKh metro station. Going on a trip from Moscow along the Golden Ring in the summer, you should keep in mind that on Friday evening all electric trains will be packed to capacity by summer residents, and they will create huge traffic jams on the outskirts of the city.

Useful sites

www. asp. andex. u - timetable of electric trains and trains (Vladimir, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Yaroslavl) and planes from Moscow and St. Petersburg.

www. arcom. u/rasp - transport in the Yaroslavl region. Timetables of buses, trains, electric trains, river transport, planes from/to Tunoshna airport.

www. ostransavto. u - timetable for intercity buses from the Shchelkovo bus station in Moscow and from the VDNKh metro station.

www. irtvladimir. u/vtown/vladimir/orgs/5235/- the schedule of intercity buses in the Vladimir region.

www. utu. u - train and commuter train timetables, ticket prices.

The Small Golden Ring of Russia is one of the most frequently chosen routes among foreign tourists who visit our country. But the residents of Russia who have not yet met the cities included in this list will also be very interested. This is the best way to get to know the country, with its history, sights, and beauty. On a single trip, you can see the most beautiful and worthy cities that are located in the Central Region. Of course, this excursion will not fully understand Russia, but it can be the basis, the first acquaintance with our country. Some tourists choose independent travel for various reasons. If you want to see the entire Small Golden Ring of Russia, how to travel on your own in 2021 is described in this article.

Small Golden Ring of Russia: a little about the route

This tourist route will take those who choose it through eight ancient cities, glorious in Russia. The idea of ​​such a route was born in the mind of a Soviet journalist - in the 60s of the last century.

Visiting the towns of the Small Golden Ring can be interesting to all visiting tourists, as well as residents of our country, even those who have one of these places as their homeland. Indeed, sometimes we simply do not pay attention to the fact that unique historical and cultural monuments are located right next to us.

A huge number of travel agencies offer bus tours in all these cities, but they usually come with a huge mark-up and significantly hit the family budget. In addition, the program is usually very compressed, you have to move quickly and strictly follow the plan.

If you are ready to devote more time to these cities, then it is best to visit all the cities on your own in the same order, but without fuss, deciding which sights deserve attention and which you can skip. After all, it is not a fact that the tour program will coincide exactly with your wishes.

About which cities are included in the Small Ring - in the video:

Organization of an independent tour of the Small Golden Ring of Russia

In general, it takes a couple of weeks to take a close look at all eight ancient cities. However, even for one, you can see the main sights of each of the settlements. It is convenient to move around the cities in the classical order: Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal, Vladimir. Consider the option of traveling from Moscow to these eight beautiful cities.

Road Trip

If you have your own transport, it will be quite easy to travel along this tourist route, without special preparations you can move around the country yourself. In this case, you just need to make a technical inspection of your car in advance, because unforeseen circumstances can become a hindrance and damage your mood during rest. It is also worth buying or checking the navigator by hammering this route into it.

The route called the Golden Ring of Russia appeared after the publication of "travel notes" by art critic Yuri Bychkov. His goal was the cities of the Vladimir region, but he did not go back this way, including Yaroslavl in his route, thereby enclosing it in a ring. Today it is one of the most popular tourist routes through the ancient cities of Central Russia. Small Golden Ring is 8 beautiful cities, united by historical significance and wonderful architectural monuments.

Sergiev Posad - Orthodox Center of the Golden Ring

The Golden Ring of Russia starts from the Moscow region. The first city to be visited is Sergiev Posad, named after the Monk Sergius of Radonezh, the founder of the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra. By the way, it is the only city of the Golden Ring where the main visitors are not tourists, but pilgrims. Even the air is saturated with holiness.

The main attraction of Posad is, of course, the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, to which the city itself owes its appearance. It was around the monastery that craft workshops began to emerge, which provided pilgrims and the monks themselves with everything they needed. The wider the stream of visitors to the Lavra became, the more city buildings appeared. Today Sergiev Posad is the main Orthodox center of Russia. Not only lay pilgrims aspire here, but also representatives of the clergy.

Some come to venerate the holy relics of St. Sergius, others to admire the famous icons of Andrei Rublev in the Trinity Cathedral or visit the cave temples of the Chernigov Skete.

For people far from religion, Sergiev Posad can also offer a lot of interesting things. Indeed, in addition to temples, it is famous for its museums, the most famous of which is the Toy Museum. Its expositions will not leave indifferent either children or adults, and even the most severe people will be transferred to childhood.

Pereslavl-Zalessky - the birthplace of Alexander Nevsky

Pereslavl-Zalessky is one of the pearls of the Golden Ring of Russia, a real fabulous city on the shores of Lake Pleshcheevo. It was founded in 1152 by Yuri Dolgoruky to guard state borders. To this day, you can still see the ancient earthen ramparts around the Kremlin in the historic center.

Tourists from different parts of Russia come to the city to wander around them, because not every day, and not every city can boast of such rare sights.

Throughout its history, Pereslavl has attracted great dukes and kings, starting with its founder. Historians still cannot figure out what made Yuri Dolgoruky move the settlement from Kleshchina to Pereslavl, calling it the most illogical act. But, apparently, there is in him that very charm and grandeur that our ancestor was able to discern, and which is felt today.

Prince Alexander Yaroslavovich was born and raised here, who after the battle with the Swedes on the Neva River will be called Nevsky. Here, on the banks of the Trubezh River, in 1689, Peter I opened the first naval shipyards in Russia, where the young sovereign studied maritime affairs. Since then, Pereslavl has been rightfully called the cradle of the Russian Navy.

The Botniy House, a museum that opened in 1803, is one of the main attractions of the city boasting a unique exhibit. This small boat "Fortuna" is the first ship launched into the waters of Lake Pleshcheevo by Peter I. Its miniature copy should definitely be brought home as a reminder of this wonderful Russian city.

Rostov the Great - the most ancient city of the Golden Ring

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