The «GOLDEN RING» Journey


The Golden Ring is the name given to the chain of historic Russian cities and one of the oldest Russian tourist routes. This is a touch to the Russian history chased in the unique image of cities and architectural ensembles of Russian churches and monasteries.

The main cities of the Golden Ring


1. Sergiev Posad is home to one of the most revered monasteries in Russia – the UNESCO-protected Troitse-Sergeiva Lavra. Its numerous architectural structures were built by the best architects of XV-XIX centuries. The ensemble of the monastery includes more than 50 buildings of different occupancy.

2. Pereslavl Zalessky is a birthplace of the famous Russian prince and saint Alexander Nevsky. This old Russian provincial town has its own Red Square and is famous for its monasteries, old churches such as the Spaso-Preobrazhensky cathedral, and museums: “Botik of Peter the Great”, museums of irons and steam trains.

3. Rostov Veliky is one of the most interesting and ancient cities (it was founded in 862, more than 1000 years ago) which has the most beautiful Kremlin and monasteries among which can be named the Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery and the Avraamiev Bogoyavlensky Monastery.

4. Yaroslavl is an unofficial capital of the Golden Ring and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tourists can visit the historical center of the city which architecture is an outstanding example of the urban planning policy of Catherine the Great, as well as the beautiful St. Elijah the Prophet Church and the Transfiguration Cathedral.

5. Kostroma is a historic city founded in the 12th century by Yury Dolgoruky. Visitors should not miss the historic city center around Susaninskaya ploshchad which has several buildings of note, including the Fire Tower and the Trading Arcades. St. Ipathy monastery is the most important monastery in Kostroma.

6. Ivanovo is jokingly called "the city of brides" and “the Russian Manchester”. Tourists usually confine themselves to a general sightseeing tour and visit the historic city center which is notable mainly for the former houses of famous merchants of the 19-20 centuries. The city boasts buildings and monuments of the period of constructionism like the Ship-house.

7. Suzdal is probably the most interesting of the Golden Ring cities primarily famous for its beautiful Kremlin which is the oldest part of the city dating from the 10th century. The Kremlin earth ramparts and moats of the ancient fortress enclose a number of houses and churches, Archbishop’s Chambers and the Cathedral of the Nativity.

8. Vladimir is the ancient capital of medieval Russia which preserves several of the finest monuments of white-stone medieval architecture in Russia such as Assumption Cathedral, Cathedral of St. Demetrius and the Golden Gates included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Please note that an invitation for a tourist visa can be issued only by a specially accredited Russian tour operator such as ALVIST.

We recommend using Google Trips application to organize your travel to almost all major cities of Russia. You will be able to find the best transfer from the airport, find out the cost, schedule and routes of public transport, select excursions and entertainments you wish. All you need to do is to download the GoogleTrips app on your phone. To cut the costs of mobile roaming traffic, we recommend buying Russian SIM card with the appropriate tariff plan (see «Be online»). ALVIST will help you to arrange all the other things.


To make a trip around the Golden Ring cities, you'd better arrive to Moscow and start your journey from the capital.


Moscow is serviced by three international airports:

Sheremetyevo –

Domodedovo –

Vnukovo –


To select and book online tickets, you may use the following services:,


To reach from the airport to the city (and back), you can use:


1. Aeroexpress trains departing every 30 minutes from Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports. The journey takes 30 or 40 minutes and costs RUB 420 (~$7)


2. Taxi. We recommend using the online taxi services:,, rather than taking a taxi at the airport. A trip to the city centre costs RUB 1500 (~$25) and takes 30-40 minutes.


3. Bus or shared taxi. A trip to the nearest metro station costs RUB 50 (~$1) and takes 40-50 minutes.


To travel within the city, you can use the following means of transport:


1. Metro. One trip costs RUB 50 (~$1). The price of a trip is fixed and does not depend on the distance.


2. Public transport (bus, tram, trolleybus). One trip costs RUB 50 (~$1). The price of a trip within the city is fixed and does not depend on the distance.

To arrange your itinerary across the city, we recommend using an online map


3. Taxi. An average taxi fare for a trip within the city is RUB 600 (~$10).,


4. Rental car. The service costs from RUB 2000 (~$33) per day


We recommend you to plan your route well in advance. Since there is no direct circular route between all the cities of the Golden Ring, it will be easier for you to return to Moscow.

The most popular routes are:

  • Moscow – Vladimir (a night in the city) – Suzdal – Moscow
  • Moscow – Rostov Veliky – Yaroslavl (a night in the city) – Pereslavl Zalessky – Moscow
  • Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Moscow

To get to Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo and Vladimir, it is better to take a train: the ticket price is from RUB 700 to 3,000 ($10-50). To select and book online tickets, visit

To get to Suzdal and Pereslavl Zalessky, we recommend taking an intercity bus. A ticket costs RUB 500-1000 ($8-17). To book online tickets, visit

To get to Sergiev Posad, it is better to take the suburban trains. You can see trains schedule and fares on

You can also rent a car and drive from one city of the Golden Ring to another and so on.

Please be noted that, unfortunately, this type of a service is almost undeveloped in Russia.

To rent a car, visit


In cities of the Golden Ring you can use a well-developed public transport or take a taxi.

An average public transport fare: 1 trip – RUB 25 (~$0,5).

An average taxi fare: RUB 300 (~$3) per trip.

To call a taxi in any city, visit


In Moscow:

Hotels in Moscow are located in the central part of the city as well as in its suburbs. However, the hotels may differ only in costs of services but have the same comfort level.

A room in 4-5 stars hotels costs from RUB 6000 (~ $100) per day.

A room in 3-4 stars hotels costs from RUB 1500 (~$25) per day.

A room or dorm bed in hostels costs from RUB 600 (~$10) per day.

To book a hotel room, you can use the following online services:,


In cities of the Golden Ring:

We recommend you to book your accommodation in cities of the Golden Ring well in advance. Prices are generally lower than in Moscow.

A room in 4-5 stars hotels costs from RUB 2500 (~$40) per day.

A room in 2-3 stars hotels costs from RUB 1300 (~$22) per day.

To book a hotel room, you can use the following online services:,


Russia offers the tourists a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars for any taste and budget. Furthermore, the prices in the provinces are much lower.

A dinner in high-end restaurants may cost from RUB 2500 (~$42).

In mid-range restaurants and cafes an average bill may be RUB 800 (~$13) per person.

Many restaurants offer lunch specials a set of several courses costing RUB 250 (~$4) and valid in the afternoon.


There are also restaurants of fast food chains and food courts in large shopping malls located throughout the city, an average bill per person: RUB 200-400 ($4-7).


To have the food delivered to your home or hotel room, you can use the following services:,


You can find more detailed information on restaurants and cafes location, their menu and customer reviews as well as make online booking on


Russia may offer you a very wide range of different excursions, historic sites and entertainment facilities. As a rule, the prices in the provincial towns are lower than in the capital.


Excursion, museums, exhibitions, monasteries and temples. The choice of excursion and museum programs in cities of the Golden Ring is very wide. We recommend you to plan and confirm your program well in advance as some museums, churches and monasteries are open to the public only a few hours a day.


Theatres. You are always welcome at the most popular Moscow theatres such as the Bolshoi and Maly Theatres, the Moscow Art Theatre and Operetta as well as the Yaroslavskiy Theatre. There are also popular private theatrical enterprises with famous film and theater actors.


Bars, nightclubs. Nightlife in the province is not so diverse and outrageous like in Moscow but has its own special and unique flavor.


You can find more detailed information regarding exhibitions, museums, theaters and clubs location and hours of operation, as well as book tickets on


International roaming is very expensive in Russia, so we strongly recommend you to purchase a SIM card from one of the four all-Russian mobile phone operators:,,,


For example, the tariff plan "Smart" for RUB 550 (~$9) per month includes 600 minutes for calls across Russia and 4 GB of Internet –

If you need just a few calls, you may use tariff plans without subscription fee. For example, the tariff plan "Vse prosto" supposes RUB 1.6 ($0,03) per minute for calls in one region of Russia –

In Russia the cost of calls and using Internet may differ depending on the region. To save money, we recommend connecting additional options.


Mobile calls from Russia to other countries are very expensive. We recommend using Skype, WhatsApp and Viber services via the mobile Internet and Wi-Fi which is often provided for free in cafes and hotels.

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To enter Russia, you have to obtain a Russian visa at the Russian Consulate in your country.


The main document in the set you should submit to the Russian Consulate is the Invitation for a Russian visa.


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Only the Russian organization that invited you to Russia and whose name is indicated in your visa can help you in case of visa problems occurred during your stay in Russia. ALVIST managers are always ready to help you by phone +7 495 721-10-21 and e-mail


* - besides of cases of visa-free countries.



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