"Gold Ring of Russia" is the most popular tourist route to the northeast of Moscow. Gold Ring consists of ancients Russian cities with great culture, unique architecture and significant historical monuments.
The term "Golden Ring" was firstly mentioned by Yuriy Bychkov, who in 1967 wrote a series of essays about ancient Russian cities and provided a very accurate description of their beautiful architecture.
Traditionally Gold Ring includes Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Rostov Velikiy, Yaroslavl, Ivanovo, Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Sergiyev Posad. All these cities are called "open air museums" as they present ancient Russian architecture of 12th–18th centuries – cathedrals, churches, kremlins, monasteries, convents and museums.
The route of Golden Ring is extremely popular among both Russian and foreign tourists. Gold Ring of Russia is not just entertaining tourist route, but could be called "the encyclopaedia of Russian history and culture".
Golden Gates in Vladimir, Epiphany Monastery in Kostroma, Kremlin of Rostov and many other places of interest are worth of seeing for every person. Today we can see most of ancient building as they were some centuries ago.
Along with the unique architecture and historical monuments, visitors can enjoy picturesque Russian nature: massive forests, beautiful rivers and lakes.
Cities of Golden Ring give a chance to see national Russian customs and traditions while observing celebration of such holidays as "The day of Cucamber" or "Shrovetide".
Most of the Golden Ring cities are provincial, but nevertheless you can find there comfortable hotels and modern restaurants to your choice.