Cities of the Golden Ring of Russia and their sights

Temples of the Golden Ring of Russia



Instruction for tourists

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program description

ROUTE: Moscow - Sergiev Posad - Pereslavl-Zalessky - Rostov the Great - Kostroma - Yaroslavl - Ivanovo - Suzdal - Murom - Diveevo - Moscow

  • 09-15. Departure from the VDNKh metro station, to the right of the Cosmos hotel.
  • Departure to Sergiev Posad.
  • 10-30. Excursion to the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. The Trinity-Sergius Lavra is a pearl of the Orthodox shrines of Russia with a long history. The architectural ensemble of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra is under the protection of UNESCO.
  • Trinity Cathedral (visit) - the main cathedral church and the oldest surviving structure of the Trinity Monastery, the first stone building of the Lavra. The main shrine of the cathedral is the relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh. Assumption Cathedral (visit) is the architectural center of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. It is inferior in seniority to the famous Trinity Cathedral, but nevertheless, with its location and strict majesty, it heads the Lavra group of buildings.
  • Departure to Pereslavl-Zalessky. Today Pereslavl is a charming city on the shores of the fabulous Pleshcheyevo Lake, with beautiful panoramas and mesmerizing views ... Translated from Old Russian Pereslavl means “adopted the glory”, because the city was founded by the founder of Moscow, Prince Yuri Dolgoruky in 1152.
  • 12-00. Tour of Pereslavl, photo-stop on Red Square. The majestic Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Savior of the 12th century is located on the square - the only one of the first five white-stone churches of North-Eastern Russia that has come down to us almost completely intact. Many Pereslavl princes were baptized in the cathedral, including Alexander Nevsky, who was born in Pereslavl in 1221.
  • 13-00. Lunch (or free time).
  • 15-30. Departure to Rostov the Great.
  • Rostov is called the Great for a reason, because its mentions date back to 862 in the annals. The serene Lake Nero, austere and elegant monasteries, quiet streets and the stately Kremlin help to break away from the hustle and bustle and touch the formation of Russia and Orthodoxy, to flip through the pages of chronicles and history textbooks.
  • Excursion to the Rostov Kremlin. Fenced with powerful walls with towers, outwardly it really resembles the Kremlin - an ancient Russian princely fortress, but in reality for a long time it was the Bishops' court - the residence of the Rostov bishops and metropolitans. The Kremlin is decorated with the Assumption Cathedral (XVI century) with a unique belfry, on which a set of 15 bells has been fully preserved, the Bishop's Court, Cathedral Square.
  • On request, for an additional fee, we offer an excursion:
  • Exposition "Walls and Passages of the Rostov Kremlin" (small passages) - in summer, in winter - "Museum of Rostov Enamel".
  • Accommodation in the hotel "Azimut" 3 *, (Kostroma). Rooms of the "standard" category. (Reserve hotels: "Love 3 *", Yaroslavl; "Shelestoff 3 *", Kostroma).
  • 19-00. Dinner at the hotel restaurant (or free time).

ATTENTION: Seating on the bus is fixed! 3 days before the start of the tour, the system will automatically allocate seats on the bus as booked (in turn).

If it is essential for tourists to sit in a certain place, then for an additional fee it is possible to pre-select free necessary seats (from those that are free at the time of booking).

  • The cost of choosing a seat on the bus for this program is 1500 rubles./person (net price).
  • In case of an emergency, the available places are determined by the guide.

The company does not arrange room sharing for your safety and comfort. * This program is recommended for children over 6 years old.

If the number of tourists in a group is less than 19 people, a foreign minibus can be provided for transport services.

The "Golden Ring of Russia" was developed in the 60s of the last century to attract foreign tourists to show the unique cultural and architectural places of ancient Russia. The route includes the historical cities of Vladimir, Ivanovo, Kostroma, Tula, Moscow, Yaroslavl regions, which gave rise to the Russian state.

Photo: TASS/Vladimir Smirnov

The Golden Ring of Russia

The tourist route "Golden Ring of Russia" traditionally includes eight cities: Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov Veliky, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal and Vladimir. Also recently added to the list are Kasimov in the Ryazan region and the regional center of the Kaluga region - Kaluga. The Golden Ring route is the most branded excursion route; about 2 thousand tour operators include it in their programs. 18 million people pass this route annually.

Photo: TASS/Vladimir Smirnov

The well-known journalist and honorary member of the All-Russian Society for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Monuments (VOOPIK) Yuri Bychkov is considered the author of the very concept of the "Golden Ring". In November 1967, Bychkov drove his car along the planned route: Moscow - Sergiev Posad - Pereslavl-Zalessky - Rostov - Yaroslavl - Kostroma - Ivanovo - Suzdal - Vladimir - Moscow. The result is a ring consisting of ancient cities with priceless architectural monuments and unique culture. As a result of the trip, Yuri Bychkov published a series of essays about ancient Russian cities under the general title "The Golden Ring" - an invitation to travel through the cities of historical North-Eastern Russia. Each essay was accompanied by a diagram of the route along which Bychkov was moving.

There was no place for Moscow

Despite the fact that Moscow is the starting point for excursions along the "Golden Ring" and is the center of the Moscow region, the city has not yet been included in the route. However, the number of tourists visiting Moscow this year could approach 18 million visitors - the annual number of tourists visiting the Golden Ring of Russia.

Moscow Tourism

Since 2010, the number of tourists visiting the capital has increased by almost 3 million: from 15 million, of which 3.5 million are foreign tourists, to 18 million, where 4.6 million are foreigners. Most tourists visit Moscow during the Moscow Seasons thematic festivals, each of which attracts several million visitors. Last year, 13 festivals were held and 55 million people attended them. More and more guests come to the capital especially for city events. The most popular was the "Journey to Christmas" festival, after it was held in late 2016 - early 2017, a record for attendance was set.

Most tourists come to the capital from other regions of Russia. In second place are guests from China. During 2012-2016, the number of Chinese tourists arriving at the capital's airports increased from 82 thousand to 291 thousand people. In just five years, more than 840 thousand people have flown in from China; in the first five months of this year, almost 80 thousand Chinese tourists have visited Moscow. The top ten countries with the most active tourist flow also include Germany, Turkey, Israel, France, Italy, USA, UK and Spain. More than 33 percent of foreign tourists come for cultural and educational purposes, slightly less - to visit friends and relatives, and 28 percent come on business. The reason for the growing interest is also the simplification of obtaining or canceling tourist visas.

The Golden Ring includes several routes, from which a tourist can choose a more convenient one, based on his interests, the time he has, and the cost. The routes themselves on the Ring take from a week to a month, depending on the saturation.

The main points of the Golden Ring:

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

The ring includes 6 regions: Moscow, Vladimir, Kostroma, Tver, Ivanovo and Yaroslavl.

In addition, for a more in-depth study of the treasures of Russia, a number of points are recommended to the tourist:

  • Moscow
  • Murom
  • Alexandrov
  • Uglich
  • Bogolyubovo
  • Gorokhovets
  • Gose- Crystal
  • Palekh
  • Kalyazin
  • Kideksha
  • Plyos
  • Rybinsk
  • Tutaev
  • Yuryev-Polsky
  • Shuya.

In many cities of the Golden Ring, a tourist can get acquainted with ancient cathedrals, monasteries, architectural monuments, handicrafts.

The very name "The Golden Ring of Russia" appeared in 1967 with the light hand of journalist Yuri Bychkov, who wrote a series of articles about 8 Russian cities with invaluable historical and cultural heritage, and opened the most interesting routes for tourists all over the world.

Due to their location northeast of Moscow, the devastation of the Patriotic War did not affect the Golden Ring, but, unfortunately, the development of tourism in Russia is still given little attention, as well as its advertising, therefore such wealth (unlike some western sights, sucked from the finger, but untwisted) does not bring the country due dividends.

That is, there is little advertising, there is even less infrastructure, especially for a spoiled Western tourist. The situation is already beginning to change, but, as usual in our country, slowly and with a creak.

Traveling along the Golden Circle is an excellent choice for the independent tourist by car. The best option for a leisurely acquaintance with the treasures of Russian culture is 14 days. Usually Moscow is chosen as the starting point.

Now let's get to know the cities of the Golden Ring more closely. Let's describe a short route, the so-called suit for tourists.

Tourist routes along the Golden Ring of Russia allow every traveler to find a theme close to his soul. The picturesque nature and impressive beauty of the Vladimir, Ivanovo, Yaroslavl, Tver, Kostroma and Moscow regions amaze tourists. Architectural monuments, centers of folk crafts and ancient churches annually attract admirers of Russian culture. The history of the spiritual life of Russia is captured in amazing ensembles.

The Golden Ring of Russia (temples and cathedrals)

Each city along the route of the tourist route is famous in its own way and keeps pieces of history. The heritage of the churches of the Golden Ring of Russia attracts the attention of pilgrims and ordinary tourists from all over the country. On the main route along the route of the ring, there are significant cities in which visits to architectural monuments are included in the main program. These are the churches of Sergiev Posad, Suzdal, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Vladimir, Ivanovo, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Kostroma and other ancient places.

Golden Anniversary of the Golden Ring

Interest in the route through the places of historical heritage of Russia has not weakened for 50 years. The half-century anniversary was celebrated by the routes of organized tours and independent travel not only by the 8 main cities of the ring. The famous 100 churches of the Golden Ring of Russia are distributed in different iconic historical places. Variations of sightseeing cultural relics in cities such as:

  • Bogolyubovo with its Church of the Intercession on the Nerl, Bogolyubsky and Nativity Cathedrals;
  • Alexandrov with the Trinity Cathedral and the Nativity of Christ, churches - Intercession and St. Seraphim of Sarov;
  • Uglich is famous for the Transfiguration Cathedral of the Kremlin and the Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist, the Church of St. Demetrius on the Blood and the Marvelous Church of the Alekseevsky Monastery;
  • Yuryev-Polsky with St. Michael's and St. George's Cathedrals and the Church of St. John the Theologian.

Gus-Khrustalny and Gorokhovets, Dmitrov and Murom, Tutaev and Zaraysk, Plyos, Palekh and many other pearls of the Golden Ring are famous for their valuable architecture with a unique spiritual content.

Golden Circle: churches and cathedrals

Churches and temples of the Golden Ring of Russia, whose names are associated with layers of Russian history, adorn the traveler's route, helping him to learn the spirit of the country's heritage. A significant place in the formation of the spiritual development of Yaroslavl was taken by the architectural ensembles of such churches as:

The churches of Rostov the Great served as the center of the clergy in Eastern Russia when the city was marked as the capital of the Rostov principality. The main role in the architectural and cultural content is played by:

Surprisingly calm, rich in churches and temples, Suzdal is interesting for tourists and believers at any time of the year. The walls of the Nativity Cathedral were erected in the 11th century and serve as the burial vault of princes. The complex of posad temples is located opposite the Suzdal Kremlin. Suzdal draws spiritual saturation in a great variety of churches: Pyatnitskaya, Kazan, Entry into Jerusalem, Resurrection, Lazarev. The history of each church is unique. Many churches are located in settlements, and their exact number in Suzdal is difficult to determine.

Churches in the cities of the Golden Ring

Traveling along a unique route - the Golden Ring of Russia - is an acquaintance with the unique atmosphere of the most ancient Russian cities, as well as a great opportunity to get to know the country better, get acquainted with its history and culture. A visit to the ancient cities, where the most important events in the history of the country took place, will surely leave an indelible impression.

Information about the Golden Ring of Russia

Being the most popular tourist route, which is almost 50 years old, the trip gives foreign tourists the opportunity to get to know more about the Russian outback, discover perfectly preserved sights, monuments of religious and civil architecture of the XII-XIX centuries. Due to its proximity to Moscow, residents of Russia also like to travel along this route.

During the trip, important stops are such legendary cities as Vladimir, Ivanovo, Kostroma, Suzdal, Yaroslavl, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov the Great and Sergiev Posad. The main reason why they were included in the list of cities in the Golden Ring of Russia is the presence of unique architectural, historical and cultural attractions that reveal the richness of Russian traditions.

Sergiev Posad is an important center of Orthodoxy

The journey begins from Sergiev Posad - the legendary city, famous for the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, which was founded by St. Sergius of Radonezh about 700 years ago. Constantly developing, the city has turned from a small settlement into a center of the Orthodox faith and culture, where people from all over the country come to.

Numerous architectural structures were built here by the best architects in the 15th-19th centuries. The ensemble of the monastery includes more than 50 buildings, each of which has its own purpose. Especially stand out against the background of other snow-white Refectory and Metropolitan's chambers. You can admire this splendor by going up to the observation deck of the Pancake Mountain.

There are other interesting places outside the Lavra:

A lot of cognitive things can be discovered in the vicinity of the city, for example, here is the Gethsemane Chernigov Skete, which previously was not inferior to the Lavra in terms of the number of pilgrims.

Pereslavl-Zalessky - Homeland of Prince Alexander Nevsky

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