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.
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