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Go on the Golden Ring tour and enjoy old and unique Russian architecture, beautiful monasteries with onion domes and old churches made of white stone, hear the bells ringing their old and magical melody, and learn more about history of Russia.

  • Region in Russia: Central Russia, Moscow Region, Golden Ring
  • Topic: Sightseeing, Multiday trips
  • Best Season: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
  • Family & Kids: Yes

The Golden Ring – Calm and Peaceful Beauty of old Russian Towns

If you want to feel the atmosphere of old Russia with its traditions and customs, unique architecture, old fortresses and white churches, if you are eager to see all the monasteries and church that hold within themselves a history of the whole country, if you can’t wait to heat the bells ringing their old sincere and beautiful melody, then the towns of the Golden Ring are waiting for you.
The Golden Ring is the name for several towns North-East of Moscow. The classical route starts from Moscow and goes East to Vladimir, than North to Suzdal, Kostroma, turning West to Yaroslavl and Rostov Veliky, than South to Pereslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad and finishes back in Moscow. The Golden Ring form a ring, where all cities are located relatively close to each other, so you can make a circle from any of them until you get back to the one you set off from. Multiple day tours are organized to visit the Golden Ring – it may be a week-long tour, a weekend trip or a one-day tour to one of the cities.

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The Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl ©

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The Towns of the Golden Ring

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As any town of the Golden Ring, Vladimir offers its visitors the beauty of old Russian architecture. Enter the old town through the Golden Gate of Vladimir and get surrounded by the cluster of exquisite churches, some of the oldest in Russia. Tour the impressive defensive fort constructed in 1108, visit the beautiful Assumption Cathedral with frescoes by the greatest of Russian painters, Andrey Rublev.


If you want to find a town of pure old Russian architecture, untouched by the pace of 20th and 21st centuries, harmonious with nature, then you have found it – tiny charming town of Suzdal. With only 13 000 citizens, Suzdal is governmentally protected from industries, and the architectural sights are kept intact. Suzdal is the same as ages ago with cute wooden houses mingling with golden cupolas that reflect in the river, set in a dreamy landscape. The hilly green town, though small, offers rich architectural and cultural heritage. Among the sights of old Russian architecture are the Suzdal Kremlin (built in the 10th century), the beautiful Cathedral of the Nativity with its picturesque blue cupolas, wooden Church of St. Nicholas and great many monasteries – places of exile for many Russian ladies of noble birth.


Located on the mighty Volga river, the city of Kostroma was founded in the 12th centuries by Yury Dolgoruky who is also known as the founder of Moscow. Kostroma is famous as the cradle of the Romanov dynasty because the first Tsar of the Romanov royal family comes from this town on the Volga river. Among the sights of old Russian architecture is the Epiphany Cathedral that houses town’s most precious relic – a 10th century icon “Our Lady of St. Theodore”. The icon is considered to be a protector of the Romanov dynasty: with this icon the first tsar Mikhail Romanov was blessed by his mother when he went to Moscow to claim the rights on the Russian throne. Another highlight of old Russian architecture is the Ipatiev Monastery.


Embraced by two rivers, the wide and deep Volga and the smaller Kotorosl, Yaroslavl was founded in 11th century, and is now the biggest city along the Golden Ring. The main sight of old Russian architecture is the Monastery of Transfiguration of the Saviour, one of the richest monasteries of Russia by 1500’s. The Church of Elijah the Prophet is another tourist highlight of Yaroslavl. But an absolute gem of the old Russian architecture in Yaroslavl is St. John the Baptist church which features 15 onion domes.

Rostov Veliky

Coloured in the same pink sunsets they have seen for centuries and centuries, Rostov Kremlin with its impregnable walls and perfectly proportioned towers rise majestically above the waters of Lake Nero. Looking down on Moscow for its younger age, Rostov, first chronicled in 862 and founded much earlier, was the original capital of Kyivan princes who moved to northern lands which would become known as Muscovy and Russia. The architectural harmony of Rostov’s churches is beyond words.


Situated not far from Moscow, on the banks of Pleschayevo Lake, Pereslavl-Zalessky is an old Russian town, famous for its six monasteries – beautiful samples of old Russian architecture. One of the oldest Russian churches – Savior’s Cathedral built in 1150s and preserved in its original form – is located in Pereslavl-Zalessky.

Sergiev Posad

Blue and golden cupolas, snow-white walls – a classic sample of the old and unique Russian architecture. This is one of the most holly places in Russia – the Trinity Lavra, around which the town of Sergiev Posad grew in the 15th century. The great monastery – the Trinity Lavra was founded in 1340 by Russia’s most revered saint, St Sergius of Radonezh. Since that time, pilgrims have been travelling here to pay homage to the saint.

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Central Russia, Towns of The Golden Ring

How to get there – ARRIVAL INFORMATION

The town of the Golden Ring are located not far from Moscow.

Vladimir – 187km East from Moscow by M7 highway

Suzdal – 219 km East from Moscow by M7 highway

Kostroma – 345 km North-East from Moscow by M8 highway

Yaroslavl – 270 km North-East from Moscow by M8 highway

Rostov Veliky – 215 km North-East from Moscow by M8 highway

Pereslavl-Zalessky –  150 km North-East from Moscow by M8 highway

Sergiev Posad – 70 km North-East from Moscow by M8 highway

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