Explore the Golden Ring - Yaroslavl
250km north-east of Moscow, Yaroslavl is a quiet old town that was founded in 1010. Legend has it that Yaroslavl the Wise, a Kievian prince, was interested in a establishing a trading post here but the locals responded by setting a bear on him. Yaroslavl killed the bear, founded a town on the spot and incorporated a bear into his coat of arms. In the 16th and 17th centuries the town developed as Volga’s first port and became Russia’s second biggest. Walk along the river embankments from the Church of Elijah the Prophet back to the Monastery of the Saviour. The highlight is the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, founded in the 12th century and one of Russia’s richest and best fortified monasteries.
Travel from Yaroslavl to Kostroma
Explore the Golden Ring - Kostroma
Sightseeing tour in Kostroma will include a city tour, visiting Ipatyevsky Monastery, Epiphany Monastery, Trinity Cathedral, and the Museum of Wooden Architecture. The real gem of the town is the Ipatyevsky Monastery, founded in the 14th century by the Zernov Boyars, ancestors of the Godunovs. This large structure is enclosed by a white brick kremlin and topped by tent shaped domes. In 1613, Mikhail Romonov left the monastery to be crowned in the Moscow Kremlin.Kostroma is situated on the left bank of the river Volga and is known by some as the "cradle of the Romanov dynasty". In 1613 an All Russia Council met in Moscow to elect a new Tsar and headed to Ipatiyevsky Monastery in Kostroma, where the young Mikhail Romanov had come from his family estate to hide. After talks with his mother, who was against the idea of her son ruling the country, Mikhail finally consented to take the crown and thus became the first Tsar of the Romanov dynasty.
Travel from Kostroma to Suzdal
A journey of approximately 3.5hrs.
Suzdal is one of the most beautiful cities of the Golden Ring, possessing more than 50 examples of churches and secular architecture dating from the mid-12th to the mid-18th century, whose main features are the numerous domes of medieval churches and wooden houses of local people.
A highlight is the Kremlin, which contains several houses, some churches and the beautiful Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, with its blue, gold domes and sumptuous frescoes. The Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius - Suzdal's biggest monastery was founded in 1352 and by order of Catherine II a prison was built inside holding prisoners who had committed crimes against the church. More recently the German Field marshal von Paulus was held here for some time after his capture in Stalingrad in 1943. The prison is a museum now.
You will be staying at Nikolaevsky Posad, Bed & Breakfast