Golden Ring of Russia

Stay in Suzdal for more than one day. It is very pleasant to walk along its quite streets where almost every house is a masterpiece of wooden architecture. The Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius is one of the most picturesque places. There are quite many craftsmen working in Suzdal so you can attend different master-classes and try yourself in pottery, icon painting, blacksmithing, birch bark weaving or traditional doll sewing. And of course in Suzdal you should try medovukha – a traditional honey-based alcoholic beverage.
In Kostroma, don’t miss ‘Snegurochka’s house. She is a fairy-tale girl, the granddaughter of Ded Moroz (Russian version of Santa Claus) and was born in Kostroma. Kostroma is also a native town of one of the most popular heroes in Russian history – Ivan Susanin, a simple pheasant who according to a legend saved Moscow from the Polish invasion.
Take a boat trip along the greatest Russian river Volga in Yaroslavl, or just walk along its picturesque embankment. Don’t pass by a monument to the Bear, which is a symbol not only of the city itself but also of the whole country. You can hear the Bear roaring at noon. It might be interesting to visit the first Russian professional – the Volkov theatre found here in 1750. Nowadays it is one of the biggest theatres in Russia.
In Rostov Velikiy Kremlin visit the museum of enamel – the typical craft of this area. You can buy enamel jewelry at the souvenir market near the Kremlin.

After visiting Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius in Sergiev Posad take a look at the first 8-piece matreshka – a famous Russian souvenir in a local Museum of Toys. There is a version that the first ‘matreshka’ was made in Sergiev Posad by a local artist Mamontov in the end of 19th century.