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3 Days/2 nights: Sergiev Posad, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Suzdal, Vladimir

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This 3 day  Golden Ring tour will allow you to explore old Russian towns, many of which are older than Moscow. It will give you a unique chance to  plunge into the atmosphere of countryside in Suzdal and Rostov, as well as experience provincial towns’ life in Yaroslavl and Vladimir.
Please note that this tour is rather intense. For more relaxed way to explore these towns,  you might consider 4 days/3 nights option.

Day 1

At 8 am our guide-chaperone picks you up from the hotel to leave for Sergiev Posad. It will take you approximately 2 hours to get there where you visit the famous pilgrimage sight, the Holy-Trinity St. Sergius Monastery, quite often referred as Russian Vatican. The Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius was founded in the early 14th century by one of the most venerated saints of Russia St. Sergius. For centuries, Russian czars and common people set out on pilgrimage to the monastery. It remains one of the most sacred places in Russia today.
Lunch at the local restaurant.
Transfer to Rostov the Great.
Rostov the Great has been known since the 9th century. It is famous for the 17th century Kremlin with numerous churches and gorgeous views from the Kremlin walls. (Unlike in Moscow Kremlin, here you might walk along the fortified wall or even climb the bell tower).
Tour of Rostov Kremlin  and Finift (Rostov enamel) exhibition.
Transfer to Yaroslavl  to check in the hotel.
Dinner at any restaurant of your choice (not included, but can be arranged upon request).

Day 2

9 am Sightseeing tour of Yaroslavl.  As the city lies on a high, steep bank of the Volga river, it offers myriads of photo opportunities of the ¨mother Volga¨, quite often called so by the Russians.
On the tour you will see the Volkov Theatre, the oldest drama theatre in Russia, where the first staging of Hamlet was put, walk along the Volga embankment, see the well-known church of John the Baptist which can be found on 1000 Ruble banknote, get amazed with gorgeous frescoes of  Elijah the Prophet Church (only in the summer).
Lunch break.
After lunch you'll drive to visit  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).

Transfer to Suzdal (about 3 h) and check in the hotel.
Late dinner at any restaurant of your choice (not included, but can be arranged upon your request).

Day 3

9 am  sightseeing tour of Suzdal which was once the capital of Rostov-Suzdal principality. This town is like a museum under the open sky, its medieval monuments can tell you its old story.  During the tour, you will visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture, St Euthymius monastery (or Intercession Convent), Suzdal Kremlin.
Driving to Vladimir to see the Assumption cathedral (if it is open), St. Demetrius cathedral (outside), Golden gates (outside) and learn the old history of Vladimir,  which used to be the capital of Russia in old days.
At about 5 pm we set back to Moscow which takes about 4 hours.

This tour is available each day except Saturday due to the heavy traffic.
Tours can be customized to your preferences. Additional sights and workshops might be included on your request.

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