The Golden Ring
‘The Golden Ring’ is one of the oldest Russian routes. It goes to the north-east of Moscow and forms a circle. There are many interesting ancient Russian cities and towns along the way, full of history and unique Russian architecture of the XII-XVII centuries. The ‘classical’ route (counter clockwise) starts from Moscow, goes through Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov Velikiy, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Sergiev Posad. All cities and towns are located relatively close to each other, the ‘Golden Ring’ forms a ring, so from one place you can reach another and make a circle until you get back to the one you started with. The ‘Golden Ring’ route is known for the famous old cities and towns along the way, so one of the reasons to go there is to see Russian architecture, old churches made of white stone, hear the bell-ringing, see old fortifications, fortresses, beautiful monasteries, and learn more about history of Russia. For such a trip, the ‘classical’ route (Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Sergiev Posad) will be the most interesting. Also, you’ll be interested in visiting the biggest towns of the Golden Ring, if you want to experience another, provincial way of life in Russia. Such towns as Vladimir, Ivanovo, Kostroma, Yaroslavl can give you opportunity to have a look at the Russian province: more traditional way of life, not yet as much westernized, fancy and hectic as in big cities, with some relics of the Soviet times. All the 7 main cities of the Golden Ring can be visited in 6-8 days.