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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.

Tour  Itinerary

Day 1

6.30 am Meeting with a driver who will take you to the train station 
7.35 am Train to Rostov the Great
10.08 am Meeting with a guide and the driver at the train station
10.30 am - 12.30 pm Rostov Kremlin tour which covers the visit of a couple of churches as well as the exhibition  of Finift (painted enamel)
Optinal boat tour (at extra charge) along Nero lake
1 pm - 2 pm Lunch break
driving to Yaroslavl
In Yaroslavl we'll stop to see a picturesque Church  of  John  the Baptist which is on 1000 banknote (outside)
3 pm - 3.30 pm Short orientation tour of Yaroslavl ceter
Free time
Overnight in the hotel

Day 2

10 am Meeting with a guide
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,  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.
2 pm - 3 pm Lunch break
3 pm - 6 pm A visit to a local village and 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 dinner
Finally your private Yaroslavl guide will take  you to the train station by taxi to catch 19.34 train back to Moscow which arrives at 22.53
Transfer to your Moscow hotel

Options to add

  • Boat tour on Nero lake in Rostov
  • Enamel painting master class (for groups only) in Rostov
  • Boat tour (available only on weekends) along Volga River in Yaroslavl
  • 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

More images from the trip to Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl. The embankment of Volga river
Yaroslavl. The embankment of Volga river

Music and time museum
Music and time museum

The view from the bell tower in Transfiguration monastery
The view from the bell tower in Transfiguration monastery


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