Golden Ring. Part 2

An exciting Golden Ring Tour showing tourists number of medieval towns and cities forming a ring to the northeast of Moscow is one of the most well-known and popular. During the second day of your trip, you will visit Kostroma and Yaroslavl cities.


Kostroma is the big capital city of Kostroma Oblast and a part of Russia’s Golden Ring circuit. It  was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky in the middle of 12th century.

Golden Ring. Part 2

Kostroma is situated on the bank of Volga river, and from the river, you can see a beautiful view of the city with golden-domed churches and green parks. Kostroma is a historical city, as it is one of the oldest Russian cities and an administrative, cultural and industrial center of Kostroma region.

The population of Kostroma city is about 278 thousand people.
Many remarkable sights of Kostroma are associated with outstanding historic figures, like artist Boris Kustodiev, poet Nicolai Nekrasov, founder of the Moscow Tretyakov Gallery Pavel Tretyakov, philosopher Vasily Rozanov. A famous Russian fairytale about Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost, a Russian Santa Claus) and his granddaughter Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden) is highly connected with the Kostroma city, as it is a birthplace of Snegurochka, one of the most popular characters in the Folklore of Russia. Snegurochka’s tale was made by great Russian playwright Alexander Ostrovsky (original Kostromite) with
magnificent music by Petr Tchaikovsky.

Though the city of Kostroma is not big, this place offers plenty of cultural facilities and has a picturesque area.


Yaroslavl is the second-largest city in Central Russia after Moscow. With a population of 600,000 people and 1000-year history, it is located in the middle of Golden Ring , which makes Yaroslavl a good point for a visiting trip. Yaroslavl is located 155 miles (250 km) northeast of Moscow. It takes about 3-4 hours to drive to Yaroslavl from Moscow, and 4 hours to go there by train.

Golden Ring. Part 2. Assumption Cathedral in Yaroslavl winter on waterfront. Russian landmark
Assumption Cathedral in Yaroslavl winter on waterfront Russian landmark

The historical center of the city is located at the river confluence which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The architecture in Yaroslavl is mostly Classicism era of Catherine the Great.
In the summer tourists can stroll along the Volga river bank, full of trade pavillions. In March of every odd-numbered year, the Traditional International Jazz Festival takes place, gathering a lot of visitors to the city from all over the country.
Located at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl rivers, the city of Yaroslavl is not only a historical city but also a marvelous example of the blending of social, cultural and architectural influences between Western Europe and Russian Empire.

As one of the most popular and attractive parts of Golden Ring Tour, Yaroslavl worth visiting for its exceptional architecture, great historical sights, and beautiful prospects.

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