A Golden Ring tour is a good option if you’re interested in visiting the ancient towns outside of Moscow and St Petersburg. Located to the northeast of Moscow, a string of ancient towns form a ring, and they are a popular destination for tourists looking to see a bit of Russia's past. Often called open-air museums, these towns are well-preserved examples of architecture dating from the eleventh through the seventeenth centuries, and many include excellent examples of the Russian onion-shaped domes on top of churches. Monasteries, cathedrals, and churches will be seen during Russia Golden Ring Tours, all with the added benefit of a knowledgeable guide to share the rich history of the different towns.
Another interesting element of the Golden Ring tour is a chance to experience Russian life outside of the bustling capital city. In much of the country, life has remained unhurried and calm, and this atmosphere can be clearly felt in the towns along the Golden Ring route. Usually lasting anywhere from three days to one week, Russia Golden Ring Tours can be arranged for individuals, couples, or groups. If you are looking to save some money, you can join a larger group. If you have a bit of extra money to spend, a small group is the ideal way to go, as you'll want to leave the large groups behind when you’re wandering the streets of these authentic Russian towns. Booking in advance may also help keep the cost down, as will traveling outside of the peak season of travel, which comprises the warmer summer months.