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Moscow

Russia’s political capital and financial as well as cultural center. The city includes many must see attractions from the Kremlin and Red Square to the Assumption Cathedral. Moscow is the largest city in Europe complete with everything one can expect.

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is really impossible to describe in a few words. The city was founded on May 27th (according to the old calendar) 1703, when a fortress named Sanktpietrbuch in honor of Saint Peter was constructed on Zayachy (Rabbit) island. This marked the beginning of this unique city. One of the most interesting facts concerning the birth of St. Petersburg was that it was founded...

Astrakhan

Astrakhan is an old southern Russian city situated in the delta of the Volga River. Astrakhan has a rich history; before being conquered by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century and thereby becoming part of the Russian Empire, Astrakhan was the capital of Khazaria (the famed Jewish Empire of the 8th and 9th centuries) and was a stronghold of...

Cheboksary

Known as the “pearl on the Volga”, Cheboksary is the capital of the Chuvash Republic, home to the Finno-Ugric Chuvash people. The city is located on the banks of the Volga River and has some beautiful board walks and beaches along the river. Cheboksary also has a man-made bay, which is an extremely popular place for the locals and a...

Ekaterinburg

Founded in 1723, Ekaterinburg is the 4th largest city in Russia. It is probably most famous for the assassinations of the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II and his family on 17th July 1918. The Ipatiev House, where they were murdered was destroyed in the 1970s and in its place now stands the Church on Blood, a beautiful church which...

Goritsy

Goritsy is a tiny settlement 7 kilometres from the St. Cyril on the White Lake Monastery. The Monastery was founded in 1397 by Kirill Belosersky on the shore of Lake Siverskoye. The monastery had wide trade in the 15th to 17th centuries and was used as a fortress to protect Russia’s nobility during the Times of Troubles. During the Soviet...

Irkutsk

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia and is located on the Angara River. It is the starting point for many who adventure to the Lake Baikal area because it is a main transit point on the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian train route. Lake Baikal is situated just an hour away from Irkutsk by train. Founded by Russians in 1652 as...

Kazan

Kazan is the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, and one of Russia’s largest cities. It has an extremely rich history being founded in 1005 as the capital of the Tatars. It was conquered by Ivan the Terrible in 1552 when he began a process of Russification of the city. Almost the entire population was massacred during the...

Khabarovsk

Khabarovsk is the industrial, transport, administrative and cultural centre of the Khabarovsk region. The city was founded in 1858 as a military outpost. It is located 8532km east of Moscow and 30km from the Chinese border. After passing through the isolated Siberian towns on the Trans-Siberian railway, tourists often find Khabarovsk an unexpected surprise with its numerous green parks, riverside...

Kizhi Island

The tiny island of Kizhi is located at the northern end of Lake Onega. It is possible to visit the island en route from St. Petersburg to Moscow on a river cruise. The island is renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture, which is assembled from over 80 monuments of wooden architecture from various areas of the country and restored...

Kostroma

Kostroma is located at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers and is one of the towns in the Golden Ring. It was founded in the 12th century and has played a major role in Russian history. After being destroyed by the Mongols in 1238 it became a small principality under the leadership of Prince Vasily the Drunkard the...

Krasnodar

Krasnodar is located on the Kuban River about 150km north east of the Black Sea. It was founded in 1794 under the original name of Yekaterinador, however after the October Revolution its name was changed to Krasnodar. During WWII the city was occupied by the Germans and after the Russians defeated them there were trials held in Krasnodar to remove...

Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk is located on the Yenisei River and is the 3rd largest city in Siberia. It was founded in 1628 as a Russian border fort to protect the frontier from attacks of native people who lived along the Yenisei. An intensive growth of Krasnoyarsk began with the arrival of the Siberian Road (nowadays the M53) in 1735 which connected Krasnoyarsk...

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world with an average depth of 744.4 m and contains roughly 20 percent of the world’s surface fresh water. The body of water is also known as the “Baikal Sea” and the "Pearl of Siberia" as it curves for nearly 400miles through South Eastern Siberia. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake...

Mandrogi

Mandrogi is really more of a living museum than a live-in village. Located on the north shore of Lake Ladoga, many cruise ships passing from St. Petersburg – Moscow will stop off here for a few hours. The village features a collection of old wooden houses and is geared towards showing visitors what a traditional Russian village resembled in the...

Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod is one of Russia’s major cities. The dominating feature of the city skyline is the grand Kremlin (1500-1511), with its red-brick towers. After Bolshevik devastation, the only ancient building left within the Kremlin walls is the tent-like Archangel Cathedral (1624-31), first built in stone in the 13th century. The city has a truly fascinating history that you will...

Novgorod

Novgorod the Great, referred to simply as Novgorod, was the first official capital of Russia and is one of Russia’s most interesting towns containing some of Russia’s greatest jewels of architecture and steeped in history. Although the name of the city translates as ‘New Town’ it is one of the oldest settlements in Russia. The Kremlin of Novgorod is the...

Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg and the largest Siberian city, often referred to as the capital of Siberia. The city is young in comparison with other Russian cities as it was only founded in 1893, at the future site of a Trans-Siberian Railway bridge crossing the great Ob River. During Stalin’s industrialization...

Pereslavl-Zalessky

Pereslavl-Zalessky was founded in 1152 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky and is one of the towns in the Golden Ring, North East of Moscow. In 1175–1302, the town was the centre of the Principality of Pereslavl and in 1302, the town became a part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Pereslavl-Zalessky was devastated numerous times by the Mongols between the mid-13th...

Rostov

Rostov, sometimes referred to as Veliky Rostov, is one of the oldest settlements in Russia and is one of the towns of the Golden Ring. The town was first mentioned in 862 and was already quite important by the 13th century, as it became the capital city of one of the most prominent Russian principalities. However after the invasion of...

Samara

Samara is located on the east bank of the Volga River and was officially ‘born’ in 1586 when a fortress was built on the site due to its great vantage point along the river. Legend has it that Alexius, Metropolitan of Moscow and later Patron Saint of Samara visited the site of the city in 1357 and predicted that a...

Saratov

Saratov is a major city in southern Russia. The city was initially founded in the 16th century as a fortress to protect the southern districts of the Russian Empire. Situated on the Volga River, Saratov was a major military aircraft manufacturing site, the home of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and a vital part of the Soviet space...

Sergiev Posad

As one of the cities in the Golden Ring, Sergiev Posad is considered by some to be the Russian Vatican, and is the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Sergiev Posad is home to the Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra), built in the first half of the 1340s by the son of Rostov Boyar, Sergius of...

Sochi

Sochi is the Russian Riviera. Sand and pebble beaches stretch nearly 20 miles along the Black Sea coast. Here are the northernmost subtropics in the world. You can swim in the sea from April through October, and ski on the nearby slopes from October into May. Sochi is almost all mountains, forest, and beach. More than 80% of the territory...

Suzdal

Suzdal is often called the “jewel” of the Golden Ring cities and if you are going to visit some of the cities then Suzdal should definitely be on your list. The town dates back to 1024. In its early history it was the capital of several principalities and later on became an important religious centre. The town is full of...

Uglich

Founded in 1148 as a small princedom bordering on Muscovy, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in Old Russia. The view of the town as you approach it from the Volga River is breath-taking with the Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John’s Church rising up on the horizon. The beautiful charm of the town and its history...

Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Buryat Republic of Russia and is located about 100 km (66 miles) south-east of Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia. One of the main attractions of Ulan-Ude is the mix between the east and west. The city was initially founded in 1666 by Russian Cossacks as a fortress. Due to its favourable geographical position,...

Vladimir

Vladimir is the first town of the Golden Ring, 179 kilometres to the east of Moscow. There is a big debate as to when the city was founded, 990 or 1108, however the outcome for the city was the same; in the 12th century it became highly prosperous and was even the capital of Russia for some time. Today, Vladimir...

Vladivostok

Vladivostok which means the Lord of the East is Russia’s largest port city on the Pacific Ocean situated at the head of the Golden Horn Bay and near the border of China and North Korea. The city has recently been renovated and updated, and pedestrianized streets and the harbour promenade are really beautiful spaces. The city is famously home to...

Volgograd

Volgograd is an important industrial city located on the banks of the River Volga. The city was founded as the fortress of Tsaritsyn in 1589 to defend the southern flank of the Russian Empire and played a major role in the Russian Civil War and the development of the Soviet Union. From 1925-1961 the city was known as Stalingrad, and...

Yaroslavl

Stretching for 18 miles on both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important Volga port and one of the towns in the Golden Ring. It was founded in the 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. Yaroslavl was destroyed by the Tatars in the 13th and 14th centuries but then was restored and rebuilt. By the 17th century it had...
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