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
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 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.