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1 Day: Yaroslavl by train

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Yaroslavl is a picturesque town on the Volga River, famous for its beautiful 17th century churches, parks and gardens, luxury merchants' mansions and the oldest drama theatre of Russia. It will appear a real highlight of the Golden Ring tour.

Church of Elijah the Prophet
Church of Elijah the Prophet

Yarolslavl is one of the oldest Russian towns, founded in the 9th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise.  In 2010 Yaroslavl celebrated its millennium. For the beauty and unique character Yaroslavl is nicknamed the 'Florence of the North."

During the private tour you will explore the charming historic centre which is the UNESCO World Heritage site, learn about the city turbulent history.

17th century is the golden age of the Yaroslavl. During that period 35 stone temples were built by wealthy merchants or city authorities.  The best Russian masters of mural paintings worked in Yaroslavl, making each church a unique monument of the Russian art. A real wonder is the Church of Elijah the Prophet. Its architectural forms, tiles and brick decorations dazzle the eye and the murals might appear a real encyclopedia of evangelical and biblical scenes.

Transfiguration monastery in Yaroslavl
Transfiguration monastery in Yaroslavl

You can visit Yaroslavl during the 3-4 day Golden Ring tour or have a 1-day tour from Moscow.

Tour itinerary:
6.30 am meeting with a driver who will take you to the train station 
7.35 am (3.18h) train to Yaroslavl
10.53 am meeting with a guide and the driver
11 am - 2 pm  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 embankment to see the stunning views of the Volga river. You will have a stop at the Church of Elijah the Prophet, one of the masterpieces of Yaroslavl architects which can be visited only during the summer time.
2 pm - 3 pm Lunch break in one of the local places
3 pm - 6 pm Driving to a local village to discover a unique museum of Russian dolls. You'll see its rare collection of dolls, learn about the life in a village, get involved in a doll making master class and have a Russia tea accompanied with pirozhki (Russian pastries).
6 pm - 7 pm Time to have diner
Transfer to the train station to catch 19.34 train back to Moscow which arrives at 22.53
11 pm Transfer by car back to the hotel

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In Yaroslavl you might climb on top of the bell tower of the Transfiguration monastery, which gives an impressive view of the city center, however it might appear rather tiring to climb the stairs.

Church of Elijah the Prophet : ceramic tiles and frescoes
Church of Elijah the Prophet : ceramic tiles and frescoes


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