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Golden Ring

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Golden Ring

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 'The Golden Ring' is one of the oldest Russian routes. It goes to the north-east of Moscow and forms a circle. There are many interesting ancient Russian cities and towns along the way, full of history and unique Russian architecture of the XII-XVII centuries. The 'classical' route (counter clockwise) starts from Moscow, goes through Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov Velikiy, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Sergiev Posad. All cities and towns are located relatively close to each other, the 'Golden Ring' forms a ring, so from one place you can reach another and make a circle until you get back to the one you started with. The 'Golden Ring' route is known for the famous old cities and towns along the way, so one of the reasons to go there is to see Russian architecture, old churches made of white stone, hear the bell-ringing, see old fortifications, fortresses, beautiful monasteries, and learn more about history of Russia. For such a trip, the 'classical' route (Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Sergiev Posad) will be the most interesting.  Also, you'll be interested in visiting the biggest towns of the Golden Ring, if you want to experience another, provincial way of  life in Russia. Such towns as Vladimir, Ivanovo, Kostroma, Yaroslavl can give you opportunity to have a look at the Russian province: more traditional way of life, not yet as much westernized, fancy and hectic as in big cities, with some relics of the Soviet times. All the 7 main cities of the Golden Ring can be visited in 6-8 days. The most reasonable way of travelling around the Golden Ring is a group tour, which helps to save time, have lunch and dinner in good cafés or restaurants and see the main sights with the qualified guide.

You can learn more about the programs around Golden Ring here:

Moscow-Golden Ring 5 days

Moscow-Golden Ring 8 days

Weather in the cities of Golden Ring

Time zone

Golden Ring has the same time zone with Moscow

How to get there

You can use trains to visit the main cities of the Golden Ring

  • To Yaroslavl train No.102Я 07:35-10:51 (3 hrs 16 min) from Moscow Yaroslavsky railway station.
  • To Kostroma train No.148Я 23:20-05:33 (6 hrs 13 min) from Moscow Yaroslavsky railway station. Or from Yaroslavl to Kostroma 06:03-09:04 (3 hrs13 min), train No.045A
  • To Vladimir train No.702Н Sapsan 06:45-08:30 (1 hr 45 min ) from Kursky railway station 732H “Lastochka” 11:00-12:45 (1 hr 45 min) from Kursky railway station 734H “Lastochka” 14:15-16:45 (1 hr 45 min) from Kursky railway station
  • To Nizny Novgorod train No.702Н Sapsan 06:45-10:40 (3 hrs 55 min ) from Kursky railway station 732H “Lastochka” 11:00-15:00 (4 hrs) from Kursky railway station 734H “Lastochka” 14:15-18:15 (4 hrs) from Kursky railway station
  • To Suzdal or Bogolubovo by regular bus from Vladimir
  • To see some small towns, such as Bogolubovo you’ll need local regular bus.

If you prefer comfortable travelling without time/money limit you can also make the Golden Ring trip by car.

Hotels in Golden Ring

  • Vladimir
    • Russkaya derevnya
    • AMAKS Golden Ring ***+
    • Golden Gate hotel ***
  • Suzdal
    • Pushkarskaya sloboda ***
    • BEST WESTERN Art Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad ****
    • Heliopark Suzdal ****
  • Rostov Veliky
    • Moskovsky Trakt ***
    • Usad’ba Pleshanova ***
  • Yaroslavl
    • Sviatoy Georgy(Saint George) ****
  • Nizhny Novgorod
    • Marins Park Hotel ***

Activities in Golden Ring

Monasteries, churches, kremlins are the main attractions in the Golden Ring. We also recommend visiting local museums, which give you more information and ideas about local way of life, customs and art.