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Church of Elijah, Suzdal, Golden Ring, Russia

Golden Ring

Amid plains, lakes and marshes of this vast country are scattered traditional Russian towns such as Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Serigev Posad. Known collectively as the Golden Ring, they form a circle, which extends from Moscow towards the north-east.

It is this region, easily reached from Moscow, which will give a more detailed and historical insight into Greater Russia.

Each of these towns played an important part in the history, both in Russia’s early period, when the principalities were being united under Moscow, and later, when the independence of the country was at stake. While the architectural monuments found in these charming towns are the stone chronicles of the country’s history, it is also a region known for preserving artistic traditions, particularly the painting of the lacquer boxes, for which Russia is so famous.


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Rostov Veliky

See some fine examples of 17th-century architecture in Rostov Veliky.


Explore Kostroma, considered the cradle of the Romanov Dynasty.

The Golden Ring

Explore ancient Russian towns, where time stands still.

Trinity Monastery of St Sergius

Visit the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius in Serigev Posad, 70km from Moscow.

Pokrov Convent Hotel

Stay at the Pokrov Convent Hotel in Suzdal, found in the grounds of the beautiful Pokrov Convent.


If you only have time to visit just one of the towns in the Golden Ring, visit the charming riverside town of Suzdal.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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