A visit to Rostov the Great (founded in 862) is a perfect chance to see one of the main cities of the Golden Ring in an easy day trip.
Rostov is 200 km/125 miles from Moscow. It can be reached by train from Moscow city center in 2 hours 30 minutes. The train departs from Moscow at 7.35 and arrives in Rostov at 10.06 am. Within 4,5 hours we will see:
The tour of the Rostov's Kremlin (XVII century). This ensemble is the peak of the XVII century Russian architecture. Fairy-tale like walls and colourful churches with unique acoustics and the iconostasis painted on the wall. We will also visit the observation platform. There you can take beatuful pictures of a lake and numerous domes. 2 hours.
The Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery (XVIII-XIX centuris). 1 hour.
Walk along the Nero lake and city's ramparts. 30 minutes.
Lunch and transportation. 1 hour.
Tour duration: 11 hours
Tour cost: English - 330 USD. It includes guide's services, local guide's services, transportation in Rostov.
Additional expenses: Train ticket (about 30 USD for a return trip per person + the tickets for the guide), museum entrance fees (about 15 USD per person).