Motorcycle tour over the Golden Ring goes through most ancient Russia cities that preserved unique history and traditions of the country. You will see lots of interesting places, most of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites that will help you understand Russian Soul.
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Moscow – Tula – Ryazan – Suzdal – Ples – Yaroslavl – Pereslavl-Zalessky – Sergiev Posad – Moscow
Arriving in Moscow
Today you arrive in Moscow. We will take care about of the transfer to the hotel in the city center. After some rest there will be a kick off meeting regarding the tour. We will brief you on the details, an itinerary, and give some advice about rules and customs in Russia.
After the kick off we will go for a walk and explore Moscow, as well as have a dinner in a nice restaurant near Kremlin with the Russian cuisine.
Moscow – Ryazan, 390 km
In the morning we will go to the Red Square to make photos with the bikes, and then we leave Moscow and head for Tula. Here is our first stop, where we will attend State Arms Museum and the museum-estate Yasnaya Polyana, a place where Leo Tolstoy was born, grew up and was buried. In Yasnaya Polyana, Leo Tolstoy wrote his most famous works: "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina". We will visit the grave of the great Russian writer and take a walk along the paths where he walked once.
After that we go to Ryazan, where we will stay for the night in a suburban area called Solotcha, the local resort. Leaving our luggage at the hotel, we will go to Ryazan, where we will take a walk through the city, visit the Ryazan Kremlin, the Airborne Forces Museum and the Long Range Aviation Museum. Back in Solotcha, we visit the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian. If you wish, you can call in at Pirogov Brothers' House Museum at Novosyolki (four of the five brothers were opera singers in the Bolshoi Theatre) and access to the National Park "Meshchersky". In the evening relaxing Russian bath awaits us.
In the evening we will also try traditional Ryazan’s medovukha. It is a Slavic honey-based alcoholic beverage with an alcoholic strength of 5 to 16 percent by volume, which has been produced in Russia since the 18th century. Medovukha is made from honey, water, and yeast.
Ryazan – Vladimir - Suzdal, 270 km
In Vladimir, we will make a stop to see the Dormition (Assumption) Cathedral, a great architectural wonder of the 12th century. It is one of the few temples, which preserved the unique frescoes by Andrei Rublev, who is considered to be the greatest medieval Russian painter of Orthodox icons and frescos.
Then we will leave Vladimir for Suzdal, a calm provincial town nearby. It is a virtual time capsule that will take visitors back to medieval Russia. The millennial history of the city has been preserved, it has been the princely capital and a complete and utter backwater. The city has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On a relatively small territory there are about 200 monuments of architecture, old Russian architecture of the pre-Mongol period (late 10th – early 13th century). We will be able to navigate between the centuries on foot, walking at a leisurely pace. For the night we will stop at the real manor-house, in the evening we will try Suzdal medovukha.
Suzdal – Plyos – Yaroslavl, 290 km
In the morning after breakfast we will set off to Plyos, a historical-architectural and ethnographic city-reserve on the banks of the Volga River. Plyos covers an area of three square kilometers and is one of the smallest cities in Russia. However, it is here, where the spirit of the Russian countryside has been preserved, cherished and supported, as it was before the historical upheavals of the 20th century.
Our next stop is Yaroslavl, situated on the banks of the Volga.The city is founded in the 11th century (in 2010 the city of Yaroslavl celebrated its millennium), and it is one of the oldest cities in Russia, whose historical appearance has been preserved up to the present day. This ancient Russian city of the Golden Ring has nearly 800 architectural monuments protected by the state. The historic city center of the city is included in the list of the UNESCO world heritage sites. In the evening we will go to a Russian bath and have a typical Russian dinner.
Yaroslavl – Pereslavl-Zalessky – Sergiev-Posad – Moscow, 300 km
In the morning we have one more walk around Yaroslavl, probably the most beautiful city of the Golden Ring. After that, we go to Pereslavl-Zalessky. We will see Plesheevo Lake, Yoga Dacha and Nikitskiy Monastery.
After lunch, we leave for Sergiev Posad. The main attraction of Sergiyev Posad is the Trinity Sergius Lavra, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centrer of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Besides the Lavra we will visit the chapel dedicated to St. Sergius of Radonezh, who, from his youth, committed his life to God and he is the father of Russian monasticism. Near the chapel there is the font to wash in water. According to the legend, the springs that are located on the steep bank of the river Vondigi between the villages of Vzglyadnevo and Lyapino, appeared through St. Sergius' prayers. T the wooden chapel of St. Sergius of Radonezh was built to mark this event. Under the chapel three powerful streams spurt from the crevice and run down the trough.
By the dinner we arrive in Moscow, check-in to the hotel and have a walk around the city center, Red Square and Kremlin. It’s less crowded in the evening and very peaceful. We will finish the day in the best beer restaurant in Moscow.
This day we have an excursion around the city. Starting with Kremlin and Red Square, we will see GUM (The main shopping mall) and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Later on we will explore the subway (Metro) and have a walk on Arbat, which is the most famous pedestrian street in Moscow, where you can buy authentic Russian souvenirs. And lastly, in the evening we will have a farewell dinner.
Departure from Moscow
This is the last day before you catch your plane. If your departure is rather late, we will be able to visit Tretyakov Gallery, The Bolshoy Theater or Central Park. We will also take care of your transfer to the airport.