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The Golden Ring of Russia by Rail

Moscow, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Sergiev Posad & St Petersburg

Best time to travel
Apr - Oct
Ideal length
10 nights
Perfect for

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Moscow and home from St. Petersburg.
  • All private transfers and reserved seats aboard the express train.
  • 10 nights’ luxury accommodation in Moscow, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Sergiev Posad, St Petersburg.
  • Explore Russia’s culture and history during tailored experiences, a guided boat ride on the Volga and landmark explorations.
  • Privately guided tours of Moscow, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and St Petersburg.
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Largely untouched by Soviet industrialisation, The Golden Ring of Russia is a pastoral realm of historic architecture, religious art and traditional Russian cooking. On this suggested itinerary, delve into Russia’s rich history and cultural heritage as we take you on a memorable journey through the five ancient towns northeast of Moscow. In contrast to capital’s cosmopolitan chaos, The Golden Ring offers a slower pace of life, with the opportunity to uncover a more authentic side of this vast nation. Leave the urban marvels of the cultural capitals behind as you venture into rural settings straight from Russian fairytales.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Moscow.

Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury hotel in the heart of Russia’s capital. Your home for the next two nights, settle in, relax and enjoy a refreshing cocktail in one of the city’s rooftop bars.

Soak up the sights and sounds of the nation’s vibrant capital.

With your guide, marvel at the city’s most important landmarks. Wander the Red Square before strolling through a labyrinth of vaulted chapels and frescoed arcades of St Basil’s Cathedral. Continue to explore Moscow’s Arabat Street and the Kremlin.

Continue to Russia’s Golden Ring.

Head north by private transfer, making stops along the way visit the UNESCO-listed city of Vladimir. See the local monuments and old churches on a guided tour, then travel a short distance to the nearby town of Suzdal for an overnight stay.

Rise early and spend the morning getting to know Suzdal.

We’ve arranged a guided tour of Suzdal’s kremlin followed by a mead tasting session. In the afternoon continue along the Golden Ring to Kostroma with a stop at Plyos, a lovely town in the upper reaches of the Volga River.

Suzdal Kremlin
Explore Kostroma and Yaroslavl, two great historical Golden Ring cities.

Admire the neo-classical streets of Kostroma and discover Ipatiev Monastery, one of the city’s most popular sites with close ties to the Romanov dynasty. Enjoy an afternoon boat ride along the Volga River before spending the night in Kostroma.

Continue to Sergiev Posad with a stop in Rostov Veliky.

Spend the night in one of Russia’s oldest towns, and one of the most beautiful in northwestern Russia. With your guide, pay a visit to the city’s Kremlin and learn about all about the art of finifit at the Enamel Museum. Afterwards, explore the historic city of Sergeiev Posad.

Sergiev Posad
Return to Moscow and board the express train to St Petersburg.

Upon arrival, privately transfer to your luxury hotel on the banks of the River Moyka. Why not begin your four night stay with a decadent Russian afternoon tea, enjoying lashings of cake and champagne.

St Petersburg
Wander the grand boulevards of St Petersburg.

Over the next few days, we’ve arranged guided tours of the lavish Hermitage Museum, Catherine’s Palace and Pavlovsk Park & Palace. We’ve also arranged a full day exploration of Peterhof’s series of palaces and gardens.

Catherine's Palace
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Where to rest your head

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Ya Hotel

Ya Hotel

Ya Hotel is a modern, stylish property boasting contemporary rooms and exceptional hospitality. Situated in the heart of Kostroma, it is within walking distance of the town’s historical and cultural highlights.

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Tsarskaya Derevnya (Imperial Village Hotel)

Tsarskaya Derevnya (Imperial Village Hotel)

A charming village-style complex not far from Trinity St. Sergius monastery, the Imperial Village Hotel features modest rooms and suites with unique, individual styles. Excellent facilities include a spa and Russian bathhouse.

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Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

Centrally located in Suzdal and surrounded by lush gardens, this traditional riverside hotel is bursting with rustic charm replete with authentic 19th-century architecture throughout. Guests are welcome to enjoy superb facilities.

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Ararat Park Hyatt

Ararat Park Hyatt

Ararat Park Hyatt is centrally located in the heart of Russia’s capital of Moscow. Perfectly situated for exploring, it is just a short stroll from iconic landmarks.

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Kempinski Moika 22 Hotel

Kempinski Moika 22 Hotel

Kempinski Moika’s luxury hotel lies within an aristocratic mansion along St Petersburg’s River Moyka. Built in 1853, interiors are grand and opulent.

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Park Inn Yaroslavl

Park Inn Yaroslavl

The Park Inn’s prime location makes it the perfect base for exploring with local points of interest all within easy travel distance. Vibrant, contemporary rooms feature modern decor with views overlooking the cityscape.

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