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Moscow and the Golden Ring
Moscow and the Golden Ring.
Moscow – Vladimir – Suzdal – Rostov – Sergiev Posad
6 Days / 5 Nights
Departure dates 2015
Day 1. Moscow
Arrival, transfer to the hotel, check in.
Day 2. Moscow
Today we will get acquainted with Moscow, the capital of Russia, during a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, we will drive along the main streets and squares, make photo stops at the most picturesque places of the city and see Red Square, the Bolshoy Theatre, St. Basil Cathedral, the building of Lyubyanka, the former KGB headquarters; and many others. We will make a stop to admire the beautiful Novodevichiy Convent, visit the famous Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which has a tragic history of its own. Afterwards we will go down on a fascinating trip of Moscow Metro that is considered to be among the most beautiful metros in the world. Some say that stations are as beautiful as palace halls. We will continue our tour by walking along the famous Arbat street, one of the oldest streets of the city that remains to be the cultural and tourist centre of the capital.
Day 3. Moscow
This morning we will visit the historical and political centre of Moscow – the Kremlin.
During an unforgettable walk around the impressive territory of the Kremlin, the ancient citadel of Moscow we will visit one of the Cathedrals, see the Palace of the President, the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon.
Day 4. Moscow/Vladimir/Suzdal
Today we will get acquainted with the famous towns of the Golden Ring. The Golden Ring is a tourist route that passes through the ancient towns located around Moscow. White stone architecture of the towns of the Golden Ring was included in UNESCO World Heritage list.
Transfer to Vladimir.
A tour of the historical centre of Vladimir will tell us about the history of the town. Today we will visit the Assumption Cathedral, one of the principal churches of medieval Russia of the 12th-14th centuries that is now part of World Heritage. The exterior walls of the church are covered with elaborated engravings. The interior was painted in the 12th century and repainted by Andrei Rubliov. We will definitely see the Golden Doorsand Cathedral of St. Dmitry.
(Optional)Transfer to Bogolyubovo. Visit to the Church of Intercession on the Nerl and the ensemble of Bogolyubovsky monastery.
Transfer to Suzdal.
In 1024 the town of Suzdal was mentioned in the chronicles for the first time. Very soon the town became a major religious centre that counted numerous monasteries and churches. Today the town is an important tourist centre that has a large number of finest examples of ancient Russian architecture.
A sightseeing tour of the town includes a visit to the Kremlinof Suzdal, the Nativity Cathedral, the Euthymios Saviour Monastery, the cathedral of Transfiguration, the museum of Wooden Art and the monastery of the Intercession.
Check in at the hotel.
Day 5. Rostov / Sergiev Posad
Transfer to Rostov.
Rostov is one of the most ancient towns in Russia. Starting 988 it was one of the principle Russian eparchies. In the 13th century Rostov became the capital of one of the most prominent Russian principalities. Even after it lost independence Rostov continued being an extremely important religious centre. We will visit the Kremlinand the Museum of Smalts, and walk to lake Nero.
Transfer to Sergiev Posad.
Check in at the hotel.
Day 6. Sergiev Posad
(Optional) As an optional tour you can visit the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius that is one of the most important monasteries in Russia and the spiritual centre of Russian Orthodox Church. UNESCO listed this Monastery in World Heritage Sites in 1993 stating that it is "a good example of a functioning orthodox monastery that has some military features typical for the 15th-18th centuries, the main period of its development”. UNESCO also notes that one of the treasures of the monastery is the famous Trinity icon by Andrey Rubliov.
Transfer to the airport.
Price in EURO per person includes tour operator commission.
Price is valid for the requests of 4 and more guests
THE PRICE INLCUDES
-Accommodation: 3 nights at the Marriott Tverskaya Hotel 4*
1 night at the Goriachie Kliuchi Hotel 4*
1 night at the Imperial Village 4*
-Buffet breakfast in the hotel
-Transfers (transfer upon arrival with an English speaking guide and departure transfer without a guide)
-Tours and excursions in Moscow: city tour, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Metro, a walk along Arbat Street, Kremlin.
-Tours and excursions in Vladimir, Suzdal, Rostov according to the programme
-Transport: a/c minibus or bus for all the tours and transfers
-English speaking guide
-Entrances to the museums as per the itinerary