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Kostroma

Federal District: Central
Founded: 1152
Population: 276 691 (2016 Census)
Area: 144,5 km2
Federal City Day: 2nd Saturday of August

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 brother of the Russian hero Alexander Nevsky. In the early 17th century, the young Mikhail Romanov, who was living at the time at the Ipatievsky Monastery, was offered the Russian throne – thus beginning the Romanov Dynasty and ending the Time of Troubles.

In 1773 Kostroma was devastated by a great fire. From that time on, the Romanov’s always had a special connection to the city and played an important role in its development, for exampling rebuilding the Trinity Cathedral in 1652. Kostroma was frequently visited by the Romanov family including the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II. The city’s most prominent landmarks are the Ipatievsky Monastery, the Trinity Cathedral, the local market and a museum of wooden architecture and monuments. The Monastery is now part of the Kostroma Museum of History and Ancient Monument.

There are overnight trains from Moscow to Kostroma, but being located on the beautiful embankments of the Volga River means that arrival along the river is by far the easiest way to get to the town.

Places of Interest

Epiphany Cathedral

Epiphany Cathedral

Epiphany cathedral is located on the territory of the Epiphany Convent which is nowadays the residence of the archbishop of Kostroma. The cathedral was built in 1559-1565 and it was the first stony building in the city. Inside one can see the miracle-working Icon of Our Lady 'Feodorovskaya'.

Ipatievsky Monastery

Ipatievsky Monastery

The Monastery was founded by Prince Chet around 1330 and it was dedicated to St. Hypatios of Gangara. It was here that a promiment Russian historian Nikolay Karamzin discovered a set of three 14th-century chronicles. Most of the monastery buildings date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The Trinity Cathedral is famous for its elaborate frescoes.

Tours in Kostroma

Golden Ring: Vladimir, Bogolyubovo, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov, Sergiev Posad 4 days 3 nights

4 days and 3 nights

Visitors will enjoy this tour to 6 ancient Russian towns along the Golden Ring. This tour takes you through Suzdal known as the Russian Mecca, majestic Kostroma, beautiful Yaroslavl and Vladimir. One of our most popular tours, you will truly feel the heart and soul of Russia.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Moscow - Vladimir - Bogolyubovo - Suzdal (1 night) - Kostroma (1 night) - Yaroslavl (1 night) - Rostov - Sergiev Posad - Moscow
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars - 4 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$748 From/Per person

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Golden Ring: Vladimir, Bogolubovo, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov, Pereslavl Zalessky, Sergiev Posad, 5 days 4 nights

5 days and 4 nights

This is our most complete tour across the entire Golden Ring. You will visit magnificent Vladimir, serene Bogolubovo, picturesque Suzdal, majestic Kostroma, beautiful Yaroslavl, ancient Rostov Velikiy, and Sergiev Posad sometimes called the Russian Vatican.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Moscow - Vladimir - Bogolubovo - Suzdal (2 nights) - Kostroma - Yaroslavl (2 nights) - Rostov - Pereslavl Zalessky - Sergiev Posad - Moscow
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars - 4 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$981 From/Per person

Details

Two capitals and the Golden Ring: Moscow, Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, Suzdal, Saint Petersburg, 9 days, 8 nights

9 days and 8 nights

This tour covers the best sights of Moscow and St. Petersburg along with a trip to the Golden Ring - a group of medieval towns to the northeast of Moscow. Ancient Kremlins, onion-shaped domes and wooden architecture is just a small part of what awaits you on this amazing tour.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Moscow - Vladimir - Suzdal - Sergiev Posad - Moscow - St. Petersburg
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars - 4 stars - 5 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$1557 From/Per person

Details

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