Golden Ring

Golden Ring of old Russian cities

The Golden Ring around Moscow consists of several historical towns, all well worth a visit. Velikiy Novgorod – Suzdal and Vladimir are praised in every guide book. The cities are located northeast of Moscow and were the north-eastern part of the ancient Rus‘. The Golden Ring of Russia formerly comprised the region known as Zalesye.

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 have been called “open-air museums” and feature unique monuments of Russian architecture of the 12th–18th centuries, including kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals, and churches. These towns are among the most picturesque in Russia and prominently feature Russia’s onion domes.

We offer the best of what the Golden Ring has to offer in a range of add-on modules which can start in either Moscow or St Petersburg and which go between Moscow and St Petersburg.

We can also book the direct train from Moscow to St Petersburg if you do not have an interest in the other Cities.

Orthodox Church, Suzdal, Russia



Vladimir holds the key to the best of Russian creativity, with its world reknown stone architecture and awe-inspiring performances. Today the city provides an atmosphere that nurtures spiritual values that underlies the work of recognized creative collections, artists, musicians, and writers. From the beautiful carvings and paintings of the Assumption Cathedral, to the grandeur of the Golden Gates, Vladimir offers a spectacular view of a history rich in culture and traditions.

Orthodox church in Suzdal, Russia

Velikiy Novgorod

Velikiy Novgorod (Cyrillic: Вели́кий Но́вгород) situated on the main route from Moscow to St Petersburg and so makes a convenient stopover.
It is the oldest city in Slavic Russia dating from 859 (despite that Novgorod literally means “new city”) and became the second most important city after Kiev. According to a custom, the elder son and heir of the ruling Kievan monarch was sent to rule Novgorod even as a minor. Of all their princes, Novgorodians cherished most the memory of Yaroslav the Wise, who promulgated their first written code of laws (later incorporated into Russkaya Pravda) and sponsored construction of the great St Sophia Cathedral, standing to this day and the highlight of any visit to the city. As a sign of gratitude for helping him to defeat his elder brother and obtain the Kievan throne, Yaroslav conferred numerous privileges on the city.

Suzdal, Russia