Capitals of the Golden Ring | IMPERIAL RUSSIA TRAIN

Capitals of the Golden Ring

Capitals of the Golden Ring

Moscow — Rostov Veliky — Yaroslavl — Vladimir — Suzdal — Moscow

2-days trip with overnight onboard the train to immerse yourself into the atmosphere of countryside in Suzdal and Rostov, as well as experience provincial towns’ life in Yaroslavl and Vladimir.

Board our steam train to explore Old Russian towns, many of which are older than Moscow. On this trip you will have a unique chance to immerse yourself into the atmosphere of countryside in Suzdal and Rostov, as well as experience provincial towns’ life in Yaroslavl and Vladimir.

Day 1 
Shortly after midnight, board your train to start your Golden Ring adventure! In the morning when you disembark in Rostov you will hear the harmonious ringing of the famous town bells. After breakfast we will explore the extremely picturesque Kremlin and make a stop at the Savior-Jakob-Monastery enjoying the marvelous view of the Nero Lake. We will continue to the local Enamel Factory and will see exquisite masterpieces of this local medieval art.

On bus ride to Yaroslavl we will make a stop for a stroll on the premises of the Boris-Gleb-Monastery & have a cup of hot chocolate with semolina cake.

At lunch time, we will enter into the town of Yaroslavl. After lunch break we will explore this picturesque town. We start at Transfiguration monastery, the oldest monastery in Yaroslavl. If you would like to capture some great views, you might climb the bell tower (optional at the extra cost). You will continue by walking along the embankment to see the stunning views of the Volga river. You will have a stop at the Church of Elijah the Prophet, masterpiece of Yaroslavl architects.

After dinner, we will board the train to arrive the next day in Vladimir.

Day 2
Upon arrival in Vladimir, we will head for breakfast first to get strengths for another eventful day. A short trip leads to the nearby Suzdal. The small town of Suzdal is a living museum and seems to have sprung from a fairytale. The main street is lined with colorful wooden houses with carved arches. Above the Kamenka River rises the Kremlin, which takes us back to 18th-century Russia. We take our time to get captured by the Savior Euthymius Monastery with its imposing defensive wall and see the open-air museum of timber architecture.

After lunch break we depart for Vladimir, a vibrant small town. One of the few, but worth seeing old Russian architectural monuments is the excellently restored Demetrius Cathedral. We will see the Golden Gate, which has been shining for 800 years, & of course the Uspenski Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage) with its marvelous frescos.

Before to board the train you will have time on own to feel the vibe of this cozy provincial town. On your journey back to Moscow, you may want to discuss your impression of the trip over a cup of tea with your fellow travelers in your compartment.