In the heart of Russia, there is a necklace of ancient cities and towns known as «the Golden ring». These are places of unique cultural and historical value.
Before 2018 eight cities from five regions of Russia were included in the list of cities of «the Golden Ring» of Russia: Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal, Vladimir, Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov the Great. Uglich became part of «the Golden Ring» of Russia itinerary in February 2018.
Some of the cities (like Yaroslavl and Uglich) are located on the Volga river. The rest of them (like Rostov the Great and Suzdal) are situated nearby so it’s easy to get there by tour bus. This region attracts a great number of tourists. Therefore «the Golden ring» cruises along the upper Volga are being organized every year. Most of them start in Moscow and last for about 5-10 days.
Usually «the Golden ring» cruise ports of call are:
A small provincial town. Its flooded belfry is among the most memorable sights on the Volga. Optionally here it is possible to visit the house of Baba Yaga – a Russian fairy tale character.
One of the oldest Russian towns. Now it is among the most popular stops for cruise ships on the upper Volga. Uglich has a big number of historical monuments and a very interesting new Museum of Hydropower.
Truly a wonderful spot. Being so cosy and friendly it has many unusual places of interest like Felt boots Museum or Flax Museum. But above all Myshkin is famous for its Mouse Museum. A brave mouse is a symbol of this town.
Rybinsk – a merchants place that developed thanks to its favourable geographical position on the commercial routes. The high prosperity times of Rybinsk now may be gone, but the buildings on the embankment still look beautiful.
The treasure of Russia. A city that recently celebrated its millennium is famous for the architectural monuments of the XVI-XVII centuries and also is considered to be the birthplace the first Russian theatre.
This small town on the Volga River has long been famous for its serene atmosphere, picturesque hilltop views of a 3-kilometer-long quay and the house-museum of Isaac Levitan, a prominent landscape painter of the 19th century.
The cradle of the Romanov dynasty. In 1613 the first of the Romanovs – tsar Mikhail – agreed to accept the Russian scepter here. Kostroma is also famous for its architectural monuments.
If you are eager to learn more about Russia – «the Golden Ring» cruise is for you!
This voyage reveals the soul of the great country.