• Experience the classic tour of ‘Golden Ring’ towns circling Moscow, as well as less frequently visited sites away from the tourist trail
• Highlights include the beautiful architecture of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad and the Kremlin at Rostov
• Visit the architecturally impressive Tolga Monastery, accessed via boat along the Volga, Europe’s longest river
Depart London Heathrow 1040 on Aeroflot, arriving Moscow 1620. Transfer to Sergiev Posad for overnight stay.
Depart for Yaroslavl via Trinity-Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky (Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour) and Rostov Veliky (including kremlin). Two nights in Yaroslavl.
Morning in Yaroslavl: Spassky Monastery (one of the oldest monasteries of the Upper Volga region), church of St John the Baptist, church of Elijah the Prophet (built by wealthy merchants in the 17th-18th centuries) and Art Museum (featuring huge collection of Russian icons). Afternoon boat trip on the Volga to Tolga Monastery.
Morning: St Sophia Cathedral and tower. Afternoon city tour of Vologda. Two nights in Vologda.
Excursion to the vast walled enclosure of Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and Ferapontov Monastery (stunning examples of Russian medieval wall paintings by 15th century artist Dionisy) and Church of St Martinian.
Transfer to Kostroma for visits to neoclassical town centre, 14th century Ipatiev Monastery, Church of the Resurrection (17th century with patterned exterior) and Epiphany Monastery. Overnight stay in Kostroma.
Transfer to Suzdal for visits including the kremlin (vast white fortress) and Museum of Wooden Architecture. Two nights in Suzdal.
Suzdal monasteries: the Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery) and Rizopolozhensky Convent (early 13th century) followed by 14th century Monastery of Spasso-Ephimovsky and 13th century Church of Yuriev Polsky.
Vladimir area: Bogolyubovo (Church of the Intercession on the Nerl River and monastery with remains of princely residence), Vladimir (Dormition and Demetrius Cathedrals, Golden Gate). Afternoon transfer to Murom for overnight stay.
Morning in Murom: Saviour, Trinity and Annunciation Monasteries. Afternoon: continue to Ryazan for kremlin and Dormition Cathedral. Overnight stay in Ryazan.
Depart Ryazan via Kolomna (kremlin, Pyatnitsky Gate, Dormition and Staro-Golutvin Monasteries). Transfer to Moscow for overnight stay.
Morning: New Jerusalem Monastery at Istra (founded 1656 and inspired by Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre). Continue to Moscow. Depart Moscow 1925, arriving London Heathrow 2125.