Scattered amidst the plains, lakes and marshes northeast of Moscow are a collection of ancient Russian towns known collectively as the Golden Ring.
This region played a significant role in the early days of the Russian state, and the splendid churches, monasteries and kremlins (city forts) that remain provide a wonderful architectural chronicle of this period.
Exploring the Golden Ring
Many of the Golden Ring towns can be visited as a day trip from Moscow, but to truly escape the city and get a feel for the peaceful rural life as it is lived across European Russia we recommend a few days’ exploration with a private car and knowledgeable local guide.
Places to visit in the Golden Ring
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Golden Ring, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Golden Ring
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Golden Ring, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Golden Ring
Places & hotels on the map
Accommodation choices for the Golden Ring
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Golden Ring. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.