3 Pearls of the Golden Ring Tour (2 days, 1 night)

Golden Ring

3 Pearls of the Golden Ring Tour (2 days, 1 night)

from 374 $

The Golden Ring is the pulsing heart of Russia’s spiritual and historic core. It is an unofficial loop through the countryside, just outside Moscow, traversing towns scattered with onion-domed cathedrals, world-class museums, and elegant charm. The whole circuit is an absolute dream for history buffs, but will also please those who simply enjoy getting a more candid and well-rounded look at a country’s identity. This tour is the perfect length for those who want to get acquainted with all the special sights of The Golden Ring.

PACKAGE DETAILS

As with all of our tours, we aim to provide you with a comfortable and worry-free experience. So, you will be picked up directly from your hotel in Moscow to start off on the road to Sergiyev Posad. It’s about a 2 hours’ drive to this unique town, sometimes referred to as “The Russian Vatican”. The medieval past of Sergiyev Posad is immediately palpable, from the streets and signs, to the numerous soaring belfries and large religious buildings, the most important of which is The Trinity Lavra of St Sergius.

This monastery is a complex of many buildings with colorful and varied features. There are still 300 monks living an ascetic life at the Lavra and it continues to be the most important monastery in Russia to this day. In addition to the remarkable exteriors and grounds of The Trinity Lavra, the interiors are just as incredible. Here, the original icons The Trinity by Andrei Rublev and The Last Supper by Simon Ushakov were executed, two of the most famous icons in the whole country. Your tour guide will explain the challenging construction of its many buildings and how they were defended through medieval and Tsarist times. However, the Soviet history of The Trinity Lavra is will also intrigue.

We will also explore what adorns the walls of the local History and Art Museum. Icon painting, ancient tomes, and opulent gold ornamentation make this a must-see—some pieces in the museum are literally one of a kind.
Many say that the best way to understand a new place and connect with people of a different culture is through food. Your friendly tour guide will introduce you to some amazing Russian cuisine at a typical rural restaurant, where you can also refresh with a cold beer or warm up with a hot tea (depending on the season!).

After this we will check into your hotel for the night. There will be ample free time for you to get out on your own, or simply rest up for the next day’s activities. Also, when booking a tour, please remember that we offer either 3-star or 4-star accommodation depending on your needs.

Enjoy a pleasant breakfast and a prompt departure to Suzdal, our next stop along The Golden Ring. This transfer is included in the tour and should take just over 2.5 hours. Suzdal is one of the smallest and oldest towns on in The Golden Ring, making it also one of the most enchanting! On the banks of the Kamenka river the Suzdal Kremlin (a fortress complex) stands proud, the subject of many invasions including the Mongols. The exact location of this Kremlin is strategic, but also makes for amazing photos and impressive views.

We will also visit the most notable religious site in town, The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos. It’s massive pure-white exterior walls showcase the famous architectural style of the region and it is included on the list of the eight great white monuments of Suzdal and Vladimir. This cathedral is also a perfect example of how the whole course of history can be reflected by one building. You will hear a tale that starts in 1102 and outlines the great eras of Russian art and culture.

Before driving to the last city on our tour, we will eat a delicious lunch at a local eatery. Next up is Vladimir, a city full of white monuments and unbelievable art, just a short distance from Suzdal. The most singular trait of Vladimir is the intricate relief work on the exterior of its historical buildings. Some of the wild motifs evidence the diverse range of artists who inhabited the city in medieval times. Perhaps the story of King David told through carvings on the limestone bricks of the Cathedral of Saint Demetrius exemplifies this the best.

After two full days of sightseeing we will head back to Moscow, aiming for a 5:30pm departure. We hope you had a great time!

PRICES

Number of People3-star hotel4-star hotel
1$1157$1168
2$646$661
3-4$483$497
5-6$374$400
Private Supplement*$38$67

*Please note that prices are per person. If you are travelling in a group, but wish to have a private room, add the “private supplement” to your group cost. Please don’t hesitate to inquire about rates for large groups.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Cost of transportation for all side-trips, museums, etc.
  • Entry ticket to all museums and sights
  • A guide who speaks your language
  • Meals, as detailed in the itinerary

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • All related costs of your visa to Russia
  • Your airline tickets. We will take care of airport transfers, but leave it to you to pick out the flight that suits you best for a price that matches your personal budget.
  • Travel insurance. Please buy at your own discretion.
  • Some optional side-tours and entry to performance arts events

If you have any special requests, please let us know! We can accommodate a wide range of personal interests, extra adventures, world-class performances, and our tour dates are totally flexible.

HOW DO I BOOK A TOUR?

Once you decide on a tour, a deposit of 30% will be required in order to reserve it. Then, the whole tour must be fully paid one month prior to your arrival in Russia.

CAN I CANCEL?

Yes! If you cancel more than 2 months before your departure, you will incur a 15% cancellation fee. When cancelling with 15-60 days’ notice, the fee will raise to 30% of the value of the tour. And finally, no refunds are given within 15 days of the start of the tour.