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GOLDEN RING CRUISE
The historic towns spread in an arc between Moscow and the Volga, with their picturesque old churches and walled monasteries, never fail to fascinate the travelers. They are often referred to as the Golden Ring of Russia. "Golden" for the gold of the church cupolas rising into the sky above them. "Ring" - because the tour will guarantee you an endless chain of new experiences.
At the confluence of the Oka and the Volga Rivers, Nizhny Novgorod (formerly named Gorky), founded in 1221, is the 3rd largest city of Russia is located. Although it dates back to the 13th century, the majority of its most interesting sights are from later periods. The first and foremost among these is the city’s great, brooding Kremlin, built during the 16th century. Today Nizhny Novgorod is a large river port, trade and cultural centre.
Vladimir is a part of the Golden ring of the ancient Russian cities and a significant historical centre. Its three chief monuments among which are, Assumption Cathedral with magnificent Andrei Rublev's frescos, St. Dmitrii Cathedral erected more than 800 years ago and The Golden Gate that survived the Mongol destruction of Vladimir in 1237 are inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List.
The history of the ancient town dates back to at least the year 1024. The former capital of Old Russia now it is the pearl of the Golden Ring. This beautiful town features many fine examples of Russian architecture such as the Transfiguration cathedral, museum of wooden architecture and St. Epiphany monastery. The juxtaposition of stunning medieval architecture with its pastoral setting makes Suzdal the source of inspiration for artists and a lovely place to visit at any time of a year.
Founded in 1152 by Prince Yury Dolgoruky as a large fortress on the Volga River, in course of time Gorodets turned into a one of the most prosperous towns located on the Volga River with beautiful churches built and commerce developed. Although the Gorodetz of today is a pretty small town it safeguards its peculiar charm and a very special atmosphere of old days.
A small town of Plyos can’t but inspire so beautiful it is. No wonder it inspired the most outstanding landscape painter Issak Levitan. Dating back to the 15th century every year Plyos hosts hundreds of tourists who come to the town attracted by its charm and tranquility and by a great opportunity to visit Levitan museum where his best paintings are exhibited.
Everything is unusual in Kostroma that is the central square is called "The Frying-pan" by the locals and the fire observation tower looks more like a church or palace in empire style. The city is justly considered to be the home of the Romanov royal family and the Ipatyev Monastery became the family's sacred place: it was from there that Mikhail Romanov was called to take the Russian throne.
Among the precious jewels of old Russian cities Yaroslavl shines with a par¬ticular bright, unfading light. Founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the city prospered as a trading port and a center of textile manufactur. No other city in Russia except Yaroslavl can boast such a wealth of the 17th - cen¬tury architecture. In 2010 the city celebrated its millennium.
While the official name of the town is Rostov, it is better known to Russians as Rostov Veliky, i.e. Rostov the Great. Indeed,the town with long and amazingly rich history played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. Therefore, the town’s kremlin, includes eleven ornate tower bells, numerous palaces, several small belfries, and the dimunitive baroque Church of Our Lady of Smolensk (1693). All the churches are elaborately painted and decorated.
Uglich of today used to be the seat of princedom back in the 13th century. Uglich is the town where one of the most momentous events of the Russian history took place in the 16th century. It was then that the last member of the Ruirik dynasty, the young Tsarevich Dmitry was murdered. That dreadful event gave rise to what later became known as the time of trouble and only after 15 years the Romanov’s dynasty’s succeeding to the throne. Today’s Uglich does cherish its history and you can still see the relics of the past. That is the Church of St Dmitry on the spilt Blood. Built in 1690 on the spot where Dmitry had been murdered it appears on the horizon with its red walls and blue domes as one sails north on the Volga.
Welcome to the city that never sleeps, the third Rome, the place that does enjoy diversity, the capital of Russia – Moscow. Moscow is the largest city of the great country with almost 11 million inhabitants. During your stay in this heterogeneous metropolis you will get to know the history of the city and to visit the most prominent sights of Moscow- the breathtaking Red Square with the beautiful ensemble of St.Basil’s cathedral and GUM, the Kremlin and its famous insides, Tverskaya street and the Bolshoi Theatre. There is so much waiting for you in the city of Moscow.