Golden Ring of Russia package tour: Travel Russian provinces

Highlights

>> Moscow and Golden Ring «must-see» sites

>> Boat trips in Moscow and Suzdal

>> Bunker-42 adventures

>> Real life of Russian provinces

>> Authentic Russian UAZ minivan

>> Evening activities: Russian bathhouse («banya»), Russian Cuisine cooking master class (bortsch cooking), Russian «zastolie» master class (learn how Russians drink vodka), Sleeping train experience, and Moscow lights

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About the Golden Ring of Russua tour

How to make the most of your Russian vacation

If you want to make the most of your time during your Russian vacation, you can choose a package tour. It's the small group package tour with a friendly guide / driver for the whole time. We will help you with visa invitation letters as well. You can choose a budget or standard package, the price is clear and will be modified depending on your wishes and interests!

Our Russian capital, Moscow, is a first must-see place in almost every trip to Russia. With Moscow's long and exciting history, it's no surprise that there are amazing landmarks scattered all across the city. Whether you're looking to visit medieval monasteries, historic houses, stunning cathedrals, soviet monumental skyscrapers, wonderful parks and more, there are plenty of landmark destinations to visit when you're in Moscow. We recommend you spend 2-3 days in Moscow to experience the bustling atmosphere of the Russian capital.

The next 2-3 days we will see life in the typical Russian provinces visiting small towns of the famous Golden ring of Russia. It is a ring of cities northeast of Moscow, the capital of Russia. These ancient towns, which also played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church, preserve the memory of the most important and significant events in Russian history. The towns are one of the best places to visit in Russia! They have been called "open-air museums" and feature unique monuments of Russian architecture of the 12th–18th centuries, including kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals, and churches. You will also see a lot of rural Russia with its old wooden houses and traditional villages.

Schedule (can be modified)

First day in Moscow

  • 9 – 10 a.m.    Breakfast at the hostel
  • 10 – 1 p.m.    Walking Tour of Moscow Center
  • 1 – 2 p.m.      Lunch
  • 2 – 6 p.m.      Kremlin tour
  • 6 – 7 p.m.      Dinner
  • 7 – 9 p.m.      Free time
  • 9 – 10 p.m.    Russian «zastolie» at the hostel

 

Second day in Moscow

  • 9 – 10 a.m.    Breakfast at the hostel
  • 10 – 1 p.m.    Back in USSR tour
  • 1 – 2 p.m.      Lunch
  • 2 – 6 p.m.      Bunker-42 adventure tour
  • 6 – 7 p.m.      Dinner
  • 7 – 9 p.m.      Free time
  • 9 – 10 p.m.    Bortsch masterclass at the hostel
  • 10 – 12 p.m.  Moscow lights tour

 

Third day in Moscow

  • 9 – 10 a.m.    Breakfast at the hostel 
  • 10 – 1 p.m.    Moscow metro tour
  • 1 – 2 p.m.      Lunch
  • 2 – 5 p.m.      Moscow hidden places
  • 5 – 6 p.m.      Boat trip
  • 6 – 7 p.m.      Dinner
  • 7 – 9 p.m.      Free time
  • 9 – 11 p.m.    Sleeping train to Vladimir

 

Forth day in Vladimir

  • 9 – 10 a.m.     Breakfast at the hostel
  • 10 – 1 p.m.     Church of Intercession on the river Nerl
  • 1 – 2 p.m.       Lunch
  • 2 – 6 p.m.       Walking tour
  • 6 – 7 p.m.       Dinner
  • 7 – 11 p.m.     Russian bathhouse («banya»)

Fifth day in Suzdal

  • 9 – 10 a.m.     Breakfast at the hostel
  • 10 – 11 a.m.   The road to Suzdal
  • 11 – 1 p.m.     Suzdal Kremlin
  • 1 – 2 p.m.       Lunch
  • 2 – 4 p.m.       Museum of wooden architecure
  • 4 – 5 p.m.       Boat trip
  • 5 – 6 p.m.       Spaso-Yefimiev Monastery
  • 6 – 7 p.m.       Dinner
  • 7 – 11 p.m.     Free time

 

Sixth day in the country (Russian village)

  • 9 – 10 a.m.     Traditional Russian breakfast at the hostel
  • 10 – 11 a.m.   The road to Suzdal
  • 11 – 1 p.m.     Suzdal Kremlin
  • 1 – 2 p.m.       Lunch
  • 2 – 4 p.m.       Museum of wooden architecure
  • 4 – 5 p.m.       Boat trip
  • 5 – 6 p.m.       Spaso-Yefimiev Monastery
  • 6 – 7 p.m.       Dinner
  • 7 – 11 p.m.     Free time

 

Seventh day in open-air land-art museum

  • 9 – 10 a.m.     Breakfast at the hostel
  • 10 – 11 a.m.   The road to Suzdal
  • 11 – 1 p.m.     Suzdal Kremlin
  • 1 – 2 p.m.       Lunch
  • 2 – 4 p.m.       Museum of wooden architecure
  • 4 – 5 p.m.       Boat trip
  • 5 – 6 p.m.       Spaso-Yefimiev Monastery
  • 6 – 7 p.m.       Dinner
  • 7 – 11 p.m.     Free time

What is special in our Golden Ring Tour Package?

>> Authentic Russian UAZ minivan. Initially, this vehicle was designed in 1950s as a support car for military forces. Now it‘s still producing as it was sixty years ago… And, surprisingly, it looks almost like in 1965! UAZ-452 looks very similar to VW transporter, but there is also huge difference: VW was designed in German, the country of highways. Our «CrazyBu» van is Land Cruiser 40 at the back of its mind – axles, frame, under drive and robustness in everything. Do you need to build highways if you produce such vans? PS. You can choose the Pajero IV instead.

>> Bunker-42 is ex-military object, which is located at a depth of 65 meters under the ground in the center of Moscow. The excursion is a successful combination of historical and technical parts of the bunker. During the tour you will be visiting the fourth section of the bunker, which used to be a reserve command post. Then you go to the technician section filled with life support systems, where you will have the unique opportunity to go through dark tunnels and creep into a ventilation shaft climbing the footway.

>> Banya (a Russian type of sauna, a kind of steam bath) is one of the oldest Russian traditions. Despite the fact that this tradition is several centuries old, the banya is popular even today. You can find banyas in large cities and small towns. Usually those Russians who have summer cottages, almost always build their own banya there.

>> Borscht is a sour soup of the deep ruby color; it is healthy and nutritious. In the Soviet Union, borscht was one of the most popular everyday dishes: "the common denominator of the Soviet kitchen, the dish that tied together ... the high table of the Kremlin and the meanest canteen in the boondocks of the Urals, ... the beetroot soup that pumped like a main artery through the kitchens of the east Slav lands". Among Soviet leaders, Leonid Brezhnev was especially partial to borscht, which his wife continued to personally cook for him even after they had moved into the Kremlin.

>> Russian zastolie (alcohol drinking party) can hardly be translated as it comprises a broader meaning than just a kind of festive meal or table party and has a special spirit. Russian zastolie is the essential part of every holiday in Russia. It is getting together for long, abundant dinners, enjoying food, drinks and conversation. Alcohol is important part of the zastolie as well as saying toasts. The toasts demonstrate the good attitude to the hosts. Russians toast abundantly and with flourish, showing wit and humor. The toasts can be long and sentimental and include quotes and lyrics.

>> The Russian rail system is one of the largest in the world, and trains serve almost every town and city in Russia. Train travel is a safe, comfortable and inexpensive way to get around. In fact, it can be safer to use Russian trains than internal flights! It will certainly be cheaper and far more interesting. We recommend trying “Platskartniy vagon” class (open-plan dormitory with 54 bunks) just for 2 hours because it is the most popular in Russia.

Golden Ring and Moscow package tour

Transportation: Pajero IV or "CrazyBu" military van  

Included: Airport transfer, accommodation, standard meals, all transportation, Russian banya, evening activities and masterclasses, museum fees (with Kremlin and Bunker-42)

NOT included: Pubs, alcohol, souvenirs, farewell dinner

 

Price per person! For example, everyone in a group of 3 people pays 43 000 RUB for 5-days tour!

The price is FINAL. No hidden charges!

Don't want to pay a lot of money (actually, our prices are lowest...)? Pre-book the tour telling us the desirable number of people in group and your dates. Then just wait a little till the task of finding companions will be done :)

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