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 the 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. 

  • Stay at the Pokrov Convent Hotel in Suzdal, found in the grounds of the beautiful Pokrov Convent
  • Visit the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius in Serigev Posad, 70km from Moscow, so an easy day visit from the capital.
  • Explore Kostroma, considered the cradle of the Romanov Dynasty.
  • See some fine examples of 17th century architecture in Rostov Veliky.

Beyond the Ordinary

Take tea and traditional cakes with a local family who live in the pretty coloured wooden houses of Suzdal. 

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