Tour Moscow and the Golden Ring of Russia

6-day tour for pre-formed tourist groups; minimum 10 participants

Moscow, Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, Suzdal

This is a perfect tour to get a first impression of Russia. In 6 days you will explore both the capital of Russia and its ancient regional cities. Moscow is a modern megalopolis with ancient roots. From a small rural village, Moscow has transformed over the centuries into the capital of the largest country in the world. Now it is one of the most influential cities in the world and the center of Russian-speaking culture and art; however Russia is not only Moscow. During this tour you will discover only few kilometres from Moscow the magnificent ancient cities along the Golden Ring: Sergiev Posad with the famous Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius; Vladimir with the Cathedral of Dormition; and Suzdal with it’s gorgeous Kremlin and Cathedrals.

 

Upon request we can also book flights from your country to Moscow and St. Petersburg at group rates,

This program can be edited and adapted to any of your requests,

→  Minimum number of participants is 10 people.


To receive a quote, please fill out the form above or send us an e-mail at info@incoming-russia.eu. Please provide us with the necessary information about your group, your wishes, and requirements and we will tailor a program exclusively for you.

 

Special rates are available for travel agencies and tour operators. 


Travel Program

Day 1    Moscow

Dinner in the hotel

Arrive in Moscow. Meet with the guide and transfer to the hotel. Check-in.

 

Day 2    Moscow

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

morning: Moscow city tour. Sightseeing with the guide, main tourist attractions: Red Square with Saint Basil's Cathedral, fortified walls and towers of the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the GUM Department Store, elegant Tverskaya Street, Teatralnaya Square, the Bolshoi Theater, Lubyanka - the headquarters of the former KGB, and Sparrow Hills adjacent to Moscow State University with a spectacular view of the city.

Cathedral of Christ the Savior rebuilt in the 1990s with extensive use of marble and gold. Considered to be the most significant religious structure in Russia - home to the main Orthodox Church ceremonies.

afternoon: The Moscow Kremlin and Cathedrals. Excursion inside the Kremlin - the center of political, religious and cultural life of Russia. Visit 3 main cathedrals inside the Kremlin territory.

 

Day 3    Moscow - Sergiev Posad - Suzdal

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

morning: Sergiev Posad and Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius tour. Tour with a guide to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in the town of Sergiev Posad (60 km from Moscow) - the spiritual center of Orthodox Russia. The area holds many splendid churches built in the 15th century - masterpieces of Russian Orthodox architecture.

 afternoon: Transfer to Suzdal. Check in to the hotel.

 

Day 4    Suzdal - Vladimir - Moscow

 morning: The Golden Ring - Suzdal. Suzdal is one of the oldest Russian towns and undoubtedly the sparkling diamond in the Golden Ring. In 12th century Suzdal served as a royal capital when Moscow was merely one of its subordinate settlements and was a major monastic center as well as an important commercial hub for many years. The city is protected by UNESCO and until today has retained its historical appearance and the splendour of a glorious past. During the guided tour you will visit to the Kremlin, the Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius, Museum of Wooden Architecture, and the Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral.

 afternoon: The Golden Ring – Vladimir. Vladimir was founded in 1108 and became one of the most powerful cities in Russia when Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky moved his capital there from Kyiv in 1169. Thus began Vladimir's Golden Age, when many of the beautifully carved white-stone buildings for which the area is renowned were built. Guided city tour with the visit to the Cathedral of Dormition. After the excursion program transfer to Moscow and check in to the hotel.

 

Day 5    Moscow

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch / Dinner in the hotel

 morning: Arbat Street and Moscow Metro. Walk along the famous Moscow pedestrian street, Arbat, frequented by Moscow artists and full of craft shops and clubs of all kinds. Guided tour of Moscow Metro’s most impressive stations representing masterpieces of Soviet design and architecture. 

 afternoon: Novodevichy Monastery. Founded in 1524 by Grand Duke Vasily III to celebrate Smolensk's reconquest against the Lithuanians, Novodevichy Monastery is one of the most beautiful sites in Moscow. The Cathedral of Our Lady of Smolensk is the oldest and most important structure of the monastery.

 

Day 6   Moscow

Breakfast in the hotel / Free time for lunch

Free time. Transfer to the airport (with an English-speaking assistant). Departure. 


Important notes

Visa

→  2020: While some countries have bilateral agreements in place to allow visa-free travel to Russia for their citizens, most foreign nationals are still required to have an Entry Visa.  You will need to complete the application for a visa through a visa center or consulate in your home country and we will provide support in terms of the required standard "tourist voucher" issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency. Please read the information on the Russian entry visa requirements here.

 →  2021: The Russian government has announced its plans to implement simplified Electronic Visas for Russia starting Jan. 1, 2021. Foreign citizens of 53 countries will be able to obtain a 16-day, single-entry tourist visa online. 

Caution: The Russian Parliament has yet to approve the law that would put into effect the Electronic Visa program of 2021. While it is likely to pass, the hearing on the law is expected soon, therefore please contact us at info@incoming-russia.eu to clarify the current status.

 

General information

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