Hurray, we did it: my daughter and I drove the entire Golden Ring in 8 days, so I hasten to share information on prices and planning. According to my observations, most compatriots prefer to surrender to the will of travel agencies, buying one of the proposed options for numerous tours along this popular tourist route. While an independent journey opens the Golden Ring from a completely different side: you can see not only popular tourist attractions, but also see how these cities live, taste and smell them))), yes, literally! And spend no more on such a trip than you give to the travel agency, but see everything without haste, at your own pace!
So let's go! Must see of the Golden Ring of Russia: Vladimir, Suzdal, Ivanovo, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov the Great, Uglich, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Sergiev Posad. Plyos logically joined these cities during planning, and the trip began from Nizhny Novgorod. Of course, these cities are not included in the listed tourist brand in any way, but starting and ending a trip in Moscow is unbearably tired, therefore - Nizhny; and to visit the Ivanovo region and not reach Plyos is tantamount to a crime against common sense! And it turned out that in a full 8 days we saw 11 cities. There will be a separate story about each of them, and now I will give an approximate list of mandatory expenses.
Each of the tourists will have their own "entry point" to this route. For many, this will be Moscow, from which you can easily get to any city of the Golden Ring in a few hours. We started from Nizhny Novgorod, thus "opening" the ring and seeing another wonderful Volga city.
The ticket prices are per person! And further calculation is the same. UPD. I indicate prices in 2020, full recalculation!
Saratov - Nizhny Novgorod. Bus, 1563 rubles
Nizhny Novgorod - Vladimir. Train, from 600 to 1100 rubles
Vladimir - Bogolyubovo. City bus, about 30 rubles.
Vladimir - Suzdal. Bus, 120 rubles.
Suzdal - Ivanovo. Bus, 230 rubles.
The most outstanding tourist route in Russia is considered the "Golden Ring" - a real treasure of folklore, culture and history of the Russian people. This unique route passes through many wonderful cities that will acquaint everyone with the long history of our country.
The cities of the route have originality and unique history.
Sergiev Posad is proud of the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, which is represented by white-stone Moscow architecture, and is the abode of the patriarch.
Pereslavl-Zalessky meets the traveler with the famous Alexander Mountain and Pleshcheev Lake - places where pagan statues used to be worshiped. Amazing nature, architecture, the Pereslavl Kremlin and the famous Transfiguration Cathedral, as well as local attractions are the hallmark of the city.
Next comes Rostov the Great, a small and quiet town where peace and tranquility rule. Everyone who is not indifferent to the history and spiritual heritage of Russia simply needs to see the Assumption Cathedral, Spaso-Yakovlevsky and other monasteries.
Spaso-Yakovlevsky Dimitriev Monastery in Rostov.
Assumption Cathedral in Rostov the Great.
The ancient city of Yaroslavl arouses the interest of tourists with the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Chapel of Our Lady of Kazan (Minin and Pozharsky), as well as other priceless cultural monuments, of which there are a huge number.
Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist in Tolchkovo, Yaroslavl.
Kostroma attracts its guests with its famous Trade Rows, Fire Tower, Romanov Museum. The unusual layout of the city, presented in the form of a fan, will not allow tourists to get lost, and all the main streets lead to the central square of the city.
Church of the Resurrection of Christ on Debra in Kostroma.
Ivanovo is considered the main textile center in the region, as well as a treasure trove of unusual architectural structures. The House-Horseshoe and the House-Bird are considered to be outstanding representatives; similar projects cannot be found anywhere else.
The Golden Ring of Russia
Tour route: Sevastopol - Simferopol - Feodosia - Kerch - Rostov-on-Don - Tula - Sergiev Posad - Pereslavl-Zalessky - Rostov the Great - Yaroslavl - Kostroma - Ples - Ivanovo - Suzdal - Bogolyubovo - Vladimir - Ryazan - Rostov-on-Don - Kerch - Feodosia - Simferopol - Sevastopol
Duration: 8 days/7 nights (NO night transfers!)
Date 2021 cost of the tour (rub.)/1 person Adult Tour cost (rub.)/1 person Children 7-14 years old Pensioners 60+ Special price conditions for friendly companies and organized groups! PROMOTION until 31.3.021! Hurry up to book at last year's prices! ADVANCE PAYMENT only 999 rubles/person. 3.7 04.929500 2750028500 26500 Tourists 8 800 777 54 92 (free) +7 978 748 00 61 (Viber, WhatsApp) comandor-club @ mail. uAgencies + 7978 261 73 60 comandor-club @ mail. u * the cost is indicated including the discount
Supplement for single occupancy - 9300 rubles.
The best opportunity to experience true Russia is to drive along the Golden Ring!
The Golden Ring project was developed in the 1960s in order to present to the world the unique cultural and architectural heritage of ancient Russia. The magnificent palaces, fortresses, cathedrals and bell towers in these ancient cities look as if they were transferred from the book of Russian fairy tales.
There is no approved list of cities that make up the Golden Ring, but undoubtedly it includes Vladimir, Suzdal, Sergiev Posad, Rostov Veliky, Yaroslavl, Kostroma. The Golden Ring area covers parts of the Moscow, Vladimir, Yaroslavl, Kostroma and Ivanovo regions. All stages of the development of ancient Russian architecture are represented in cities and villages: majestic white-stone temples of the 12-13th centuries, tent buildings of the 16th century, exuberant patterns of the 17th century, works of architectural and pictorial schools in Rostov, Yaroslavl, Suzdal. The nature of central Russia is attractive at all seasons. Picturesque places with the Volga open spaces and quiet forest streams, pine forests and birch groves.
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The Golden Ring. The most famous tourist brand in the country, which can only compete with Moscow, St. Petersburg and Baikal. Residents of the Moscow region are lucky, they can travel to the cities of the Golden Ring in the format of weekend trips: they left in the morning, spent the day in the historic city and returned home in the evening. It is an amazing feeling when you can touch with your hands what you read about in a school history book. Imagine how interesting it will be to teach history to schoolchildren if parents say: “And we will study this paragraph about the Rostov-Suzdal principality on the spot,” or like this: “Have you asked an essay about white-stone architecture? Let's go and see Pokrova-na-Nerl this weekend, at the same time we'll have a picnic on the beach of the Nerl River ”.
Do you know when the very concept of the "Golden Ring" arose? Two hundred, three hundred years ago? Not. Maybe 100 years ago? Close, but wrong. 1967 year. It was then that Yuri Bychkov got behind the wheel of his "Moskvich" and went to Suzdal to write an essay on the development of tourism for the newspaper "Soviet Culture". Having reached Suzdal, he decided not to stop and went on. The result was a whole series of articles about the ancient cities of North-Eastern Russia. The question arose how to title the series:
The editor calls me and says: “Well, what are you talking about with a common name? Come up quickly! " The next day, hungover, I walk down the street, slowly move my legs ... I walked through Red Square, I stand on the Bolshoi Kamenny Bridge. It was raining fine, fine rain, and the domes of Ivan the Great were smeared with golden oil. And then a general title comes to my mind - "The Golden Ring". The hops faded away immediately.
Yuri Bychkov. Photo: Evgeny Ptushka, © Country. y
They say that at that time the Soviet Union was in dire need of foreign currency, and the country's leadership decided to use the Golden Ring brand to attract foreign tourists to the country with their dollars, pounds and marks.
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In the book by Yuri Bychkov "On the Golden Ring of Russia" (publishing house "Planet", 1984) seven cities are described: Zagorsk (now Sergiev Posad), Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Suzdal and Ivanovo ...
Armed with this guide, we drove around the first six. Why haven't you been to Ivanovo? There are several reasons. The most important one is that the Ivanovo region does not border on the Moscow region, which means that this is no longer the Greater Moscow region. The second reason follows from the first - far away, and there is no point in going for one day. Well, the third reason is that Yuri Bychkov included the "city of brides" in the Golden Ring to please the then ruling communist party. After all, "Russian Manchester" was famous for its revolutionary past.
Since we like to travel in small groups, we prefer to get to the place by car. An exception was made only for Yaroslavl, where we went by train. If you need to take a whole class or colleagues on an excursion, then it makes sense to study the offers of travel companies. Our guide to guides and tour guides will help you with this. And for those who travel by car with small children, our article "Weekend trips with children" may be useful.
As you can see from the map, four cities of the Golden Ring stand on the old Moscow-Arkhangelsk road, now known as Yaroslavka. Many drivers would like to add "infamous". The slowest section of the route is between the Moscow Ring Road and MMK (Pervaya Betonka). If you go on Saturday, you will be standing at the exit from Moscow. If it's Sunday, then at the entrance. You can try to bypass part of the traffic jam through Pushkino, but recently there are also traffic jams there.
What are the cities of the Golden Ring of Russia in the classic travel itinerary? What is worth visiting and seeing? What to go on a trip - by car, boat or bus? We answer these and other questions. We tell you about the prices for tours, cruises, the cost of living.
The phrase "Golden Ring" arose in the 70s of the last century - this is the name under which Yuri Bychkov's literary works about ancient Russian cities were first published. Later the name was given to the most popular tourist route in the country.
Initially, the Union of cities that formed the classic route of the Golden Ring included eight settlements: Vladimir, Suzdal, Ivanovo, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov Veliky, Pereslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad. Kasimov and Kaluga joined later. Gradually, the list of attractions has expanded. Other route options were developed, including Uglich, Myshkin, Rybinsk, Tutaev, Ples, Yuryev-Polsky, Aleksandrov, Kaluga, Shuya, Murom and Moscow.
Travels can be both along the Golden Ring of Russia, and radial, lasting 2-3 days or 7-14 days in duration. Tour prices depend on the excursion program and the duration of the trip. Weekend programs start at 7 thousand rubles. The cost of a classic bus tour for two for 4-6 days with meals and accommodation (half or full board) - from 25 thousand rubles.
Weekly cruises along the Golden Ring by motor ship cost from 10 thousand rubles. per person. Prices depend on the ship, the cabin, the route chosen and the duration of the trip.
Sergiev Posad. It is more convenient for residents of Moscow to start their journey along the Golden Ring of Russia from this city - it is located closest to the capital. The asphalt surface is excellent and the whole road will take less than an hour. Most visited sites: Trinity-Sergius Lavra, Holy Spirit Hermitage, Chernigov Church and cave church. On weekends and holidays, there are always a lot of people here - pilgrims flock to the holy places.
Pereslavl-Zalessky is the next point of travel along the Golden Ring of Russia. This ancient city was founded by Yuri Dolgoruky. It is located on the shores of Lake Pleshcheevo. There are several Orthodox churches in the city, a museum-estate where the boat made by Peter the Great is kept, and the sacred Blue Stone - an object of worship of pagans and followers of non-traditional teachings. Children and adults alike will love Berendey's colorful house. There they sell wooden toys and amulets, arrange various master classes and excursions, and on holidays they hold noisy folk festivals.
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