Russian Capitals and Golden Ring towns by train

The "Golden Ring" is already a world known tourist route around ancient cities and towns of central Russia. In fact, the brand "Golden Ring" appeared only 50 years ago. Once a Soviet journalist who wrote a set of articles about old Russian towns thought that these towns make a kind of circle and thus would make a nice tourist route. So he took his friends, and they visited Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl Zalessky, Rostov the Great, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal and Vladimir. Being greatly impressed by their dramatic history and beauty of shining onion-shaped gilded domes in every town, the travellers called this route the "Golden Ring". Our tour starts in Moscow, the capital of Russia and passes through the majority of the Golden Ring towns finishing in St. Petersburg. Though the latter is not a part of the Golden Ring route, we are sure you will enjoy this splendid city, the former Russian capital as well.

Main hightlights of the trip

  • The astonishing Russian capital – Moscow, a modern city with more than 870-year history
  • Opportunity to visit Sergiev Posad and Russian spiritual center – the St. Sergius Trinity Lavra
  • Vladimir and Suzdal – the most well-known towns of the Russian Golden Ring
  • Yaroslavl with its newly reconstructed embankments and parks; you can spend there a couple of days or take optional trips and explore the neighboring Kostroma and Rostov the Great
  • Beautiful Russian nature, hospitality, and delicious cuisine
  • Real diversity of Russian crafts, both world-known brands and hidden treasures: Khokhloma, Rostov finift, Dymkovo toys, Palekh miniature, Zhostovo painting and much more
  • Impressive St. Petersburg with its numerous palaces and cathedrals


Itinerary map