• Experience the classic tour of ‘Golden Ring’ towns circling Moscow, as well as less frequently visited sites away from the tourist trail
• Highlights will include the beautiful architecture of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad and the kremlin at Rostov
• Visit the architecturally impressive Tolga Monastery, accessed via boat along the Volga, Europe’s longest river
lecturer in art history and architecture
Depart London Heathrow 1055 on British Airways, arriving Moscow 1650. Transfer to Sergiev Posad for overnight at Tsarskaya Derevnya Hotel.
Morning visit to Trinity-Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad. Continue to Pereslavl-Zalessky (Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour) and Rostov Veliky (kremlin). Two nights in Yaroslavl at SK Royal Hotel.
Morning in Yaroslavl: Spassky Monastery (one of the oldest monasteries of the Upper Volga region), Transfiguration Cathedral, Church of St John the Baptist, Church of Elijah the Prophet (built by wealthy merchants in the 17th-18th centuries) and Art Museum (featuring huge collection of Russian icons). Afternoon boat trip on the Volga to Tolga Monastery.
Vologda: St Sophia Cathedral and Tower, kremlin. Afternoon: Spaso-Prilutsky Monastery. Two nights at Hotel Palisad, Vologda.
Excursion to the vast walled enclosure of Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and Ferapontov Monastery (stunning examples of Russian medieval wall paintings by 15th century artist Dionisy) and Church of St Martinian.
Transfer to Kostroma for visits to 14th century Ipatiev Monastery, Church of the Resurrection (17th century with patterned exterior) and Epiphany Monastery. Overnight at Moskovskaya Zastava Hotel, Kostroma.
Transfer to Suzdal for visits to kremlin (vast white fortress) and Museum of Wooden Architecture. Two nights at Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel, Suzdal.
Suzdal monasteries: Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery) and Rizopolozhensky Convent (early 13th century) followed by 14th century Monastery of Spasso-Ephimovsky.
Bogolyubovo (Church of the Intercession on the Nerl River and monastery with remains of princely residence), Vladimir (Golden Gate, Dormition and Demetrius cathedrals). Afternoon transfer to Murom for overnight at Hotel Svyatogor.
Morning in Murom: Saviour, Trinity and Annunciation monasteries. Afternoon: continue to Ryazan for Dormition Cathedral and kremlin (exterior). Overnight at Hotel Old Town, Ryazan.
Depart Ryazan via Kolomna (kremlin, Pyatnitsky Gate, Dormition and Staro-Golutvin monasteries). Transfer to Moscow for overnight at Hilton Leningradskaya Hotel.
Morning: New Jerusalem Monastery at Istra (founded 1656 and inspired by Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre). Depart Moscow 1810, arriving Heathrow 2020.
4 Aug — 15 Aug 2020
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“Tour Director Alex Koller was, as always, amazingly knowledgeable, an excellent communicator, and full of energy to enthuse and interest us”
“Alex Koller was excellent throughout. His enthusiasm and knowledge was impressive and this was accompanied by patience and consideration”
ACE customers on previous Russia’s Golden Ring tours
This tour requires a good level of fitness, as the tour will involve walking and standing for long periods of time and we have a full itinerary involving several hotel changes, some early starts and long coach journeys of up to 4 hours.
Own flight reduction: £300
Cost of £3595 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £365.