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In the Footsteps of Russian Princes

Destination:
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
Days
Highlights
  • Visit of medieval Russian Princes' lands
  • Visit of main spiritual landmarks of the Russian Orthodoxe Church
  • Discovery of handwork traditions of the Golden Ring
  • Discovery of culinary ans cultural russian traditions
Tour Overview

You dream to visit Russia's craddle? you wish to listen to breathtaking stories about first Russian Princes? you would like to have an insight into Russian culture and traditions? you are interested in Russian orthodox Art?

An unforgettable adventure across the Golden Ring awaits you!

During those 6 days, you will discover some of the oldest russian cities which have been built between the 12th and the 14th centuries. Located north-east from Moscow, they are nowadays known as Golden Ring's cities. Their convenient location on a rich black soil  along the Volga river and its tributaries made them the political, economical, cultural and religious centre of medieval Russia after Kiev desintegrated due to Mongol invasions.

The cities of the Golden Ring have been many times described as an open-air museum. Indeed, their magnificient historic buildings tell us better than any book the history of Russia and its first Princes.

In the early moring you will meet your guide at the hotel, heading to Sergiyev Possad to visit the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church: the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius. At the end of the visit, you will have the opportunity to put russian decorative arts into practice with the help of professional artists. In the afternoon, you will visit the Botik museum, clamed to be the birth place of Russian Navy, located on the picturesque shores of Lake Pleshcheyevo.

After a good night of sleep, you will visit Rostov Veliky and its charming Kremlin. Later on, you will discover the pretty town of Uglich, which is forever linked to the tragic history of Tsarevich Dmitry. Then a Russian vodka tasting will cheer you up!

The next day, you will head to Kostroma, visit the monastry St Ipaty and discover traditional architecture and peasant life as it was in the old times.

Our trip on the footsteps of Russian Princes goes on with the visit of the two Pearls of the Golden Ring: Suzdal and Vladimir, former capital of the medieval Russian State, after Kiev collapsed.

In Suzdal, you will visit magnificient middle-aged religious places and taste local honey wine (mead).

The next day, you will discover Vladimir, its famous Assumption Cathedrale, its Golden Gates and its crystal, lacquer miniatures & embroidery exhibition.

 After your return to Moscow, you will visit the historic centre of nowadays Russian capital city.


 

 

Tour programme
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  • Day 5
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  • Day 6
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              Detailed description
              New departures available soon
              Price includes
              • English-speaking guide
              • Accommodation as per itinerary
              • Transport as per itinerary
              • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
              • Administrative registration
              • Letter of invitation
              • Breakfasts
              • Dinners
              Price does not include
              • Lunches
              • Medical insurance
              • Personal expenses and tips
              • Visa fees and travel insurance
              • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
              • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
              • Optional activities
              • Photo and video permit at visited places
              • Beverages
              • Airline tickets
              For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
              Note

              Guaranteed departure: minimum 6 guests

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