«Golden Ring of Russia» - one of the most fascinating and exciting destinations of the country. So called tourist route to the north-east of Moscow, which includes eight major cities - Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl, Rostov, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Suzdal, Ivanovo, Vladimir.

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These cities played an important role in the history of Russia, including the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church, and kept the most valuable cultural and historical monuments, as well as many ancient crafts. In the cities there were preserved unique buildings of XII-XVIII centuries - kremlins, churches, monasteries and cathedrals.

The «Golden Ring» route goes across five regions of Russia's Central Federal District (The Moscow Region, the Ivanovo Region, Kostroma Region, Vladimir Region and Yaroslavl Region). They formerly comprised the region known as Zalesye.

The distances between the principal cities of «Golden Ring» do not exсeed 100km, most of them are located between 60km and 100km of each other, so moving between cities is convenient and fast.

Time zone MSK(UTC+3)

The climate of these cities is moderate-continental. The summers is warm. In winter it is cold with frosts and often with snowdrifts. The average temperature of summer +23-25, winter -5-10

Season –all year round.

The recommended length of stay is 3-7 days.


The main cities of the Golden Ring:


Yaroslavl is another ancient city with many architectural objects of the 16th and 17th centuries. The name of the city is associated with many legends and historical events. It was founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise and was named after him.

Must see:

  • Transfiguration Monastery,
  • Epiphany Church,
  • Tolga Convent.


Vladimir was founded in 990 by Vladimir the Great. The town built as a fortress on the Klyazma River, and for more than 250 years was the capital of the ancient Russian state.

Must see:


Now it is a small and quiet city, which in ancient times was the capital of a large principality. It calls also the heart and soul of the Golden Ring for a variety of architectural monuments and churches.

Must see:
  • Suzdal's Kremlin,
  • Trading Square,
  • The Museum of Wooden Masterpieces,
  • Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius.

Sergiev Posad

The nearest city to Moscow, It is the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy.

Must see:

  • The Trinity Sergius Lavra,
  • Chernigov Monastery,
  • Gremyachiy Falls.

Rostov Velikiy

 Is known as Rostov-Veliky (Rostov the Great) to distinguish it from the larger Rostov-on-Don. It is among the oldest of cities in Russia, having first been mentioned in chronicles in 862.

Must see:

  • The Kremlin in Rostov Veliky,
  • Assumption Cathedral,
  • Spaso Yakovlevsky Monastery.


Kostroma is located at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers. The river divides the city into two parts, each of which is full of various attractions. The history of the city began in 1152 and is linked, like most towns of the Golden Ring, with the name of Yuri Dolgoruky.

Must see:

  • Epiphany Monastery,
  • Ipatievsky Monastery,
  • Church of the Resurrection.


The birthplace of Alexander Nevsky and the birthplace of the Russian fleet. Pereslavl-Zaleski was founded by Yuri Dolgoruky in 1152. The city on the shore of the beautiful Pleshcheyevo Lake, is small and cozy, full of ancient temples and monasteries.

Must see:


The youngest city of the Golden Ring with a rich history and many historical monuments and cultural attractions. Ivanovo is the historical center of tissue production in Russia.

Must see:

  • Nikolo-Shartomsky Monastery,
  • Ivanovsky Printed Cotton Museum,
  • Revolution Square, Shchudrovskaya Palatka,
  • Transfiguration Cathedral,
  • Church of Dormition.
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