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2 Days/1 night: Weekend trip to Rostov and Yarolslavl by train

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Rostov and Yaroslavl are beautiful medieval towns of Russia; both are a part of Russia's Golden Ring of ancient cities. The towns are not far from each other and can be easily visited in one day. During this tour you'll visit the stunning Kremlin of Rostov, walk along the banks of  Lake Nero,  see the collection of the famous Rostov enamels, explore the charming historic centre of Yarolslavl, visit its beautiful churches and enjoy the great views on the Volga river.

The Kremlin in Rostov
The Kremlin in Rostov

Rostov the Great is one of the oldest Russian cities, first mentioned in the 9th century. There are 323 monuments of architecture nowadays in Rostov  but the most significant is the Kremlin.  Built in the 17th century it is considered the finest kremlin outside of Moscow. Clusters of domes rising above the walls will really wake up your imagination. Don't miss the chance to walk along the Kremlin walls and enjoy the splendid views. Rostov is built on the banks of  Lake Nero, there're not many tourists and the area is very peaceful.

Yaroslavl. The murals in the church of Elijah the Prophet
Yaroslavl. The murals in the church of Elijah the Prophet

Yaroslavl is a much bigger town, an important port on the Volga river with a population of 600,000 people. Its history goes back to the 11th century.  The town was badly damaged during the Tatar-Mongol invasion but by the 17th century it had become Russia's second largest city after Moscow. The 17th century is often called the golden age of the Yaroslavl. During that period 35 stone temples were built by wealthy merchants or city authorities. Among the most significant sights of Yaroslavl are the ensemble of the Savior Monastery, majestic 17th century churches including the church of  Elijah the Prophet famous for its impressive frescoes, an elegant rotunda on the embankment of Volga River.

Draft Itinerary

Day 1
6.45-7 am meeting with a BtM representative who will take you to the train station by metro, put you on the train
7.35 am  train to Rostov the Great
10.08 am meeting with a guide and the driver at the train station
10.30-12.30 Rostov Kremlin tour which covers the visit of a couple of churches as well as the museum of Finift (painted enamle)
lunch break
driving to Yaroslavl
orientation tour of Yaroslavl
Free time
Overnight in the hotel

Day 2
10.00 Meeting with a guide in Yarolslavl.
During your walking tour of Yaroslavl you will visit Transfiguration monastery, the oldest monastery in Yaroslavl. If you would like to capture  some great views, you might climb the bell tower (optional at the extra cost). You will continue by walking along the enbankment to see the stunning views of the Volga river. You will have a stop at the Church of Elijah the Prophet,  masterpiece of Yaroslavl architects which can be visited only during the summer time.
One of the highlights is  "Music and Time" museum which has a great collection of  bells (door bells, church bells, carriage bells etc), clocks, irons and many other curious objects.
Finally your private Yaroslavl guide will take  you to the train station to catch 19.34 train back to Moscow which arrives at 22.53


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