This article will help you to plan your Golden Ring Tours around small Russian villages and Towns in the countryside North-East from Moscow. With this Golden Ring Travel Guide you will find out what Towns to visit, which hotels to book, how to travel from one town to another and other comments and travel tips.

Standard Golden Ring Travel starts in Moscow. If you are for the first time in Moscow we recommend you to check our Moscow Tours. But if you have already been to Moscow or if you want to start your Golden Ring from Moscow straightaway, then first thing you should do – is to find out what Towns you would like to visit. Russia Golden Ring is a special route along ancient medieval Russian Towns, such as: Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Rostov Velikiy, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Suzdal, Vladimir, Bogolubovo. It is called the “Golden Ring Russia” because you can start Golden Ring Travel at one town and end your trip at the same place making a ring around small towns nearby.

There are two ways of travelling: by trains, by buses and by private transportation. The cheapest way is to travel by russian trains (“eliktrichkas” in Russian), if you contact us, we will help you with Russian train tickets. But on the other side it is very hard to manage the timetables and not to get lost at the different railway stations or not to miss your train. Some Russian trains arrive late at night, others – early in the morning. Travelling by public buses is also not a good idea, because they are usually very crowded and uncomfortable. Besides, the majority of Russians don’t speak English, so they won’t be able to help you in case you are lost.

If you still decided to travel by buses, browse the information about the central bus stations in each town you are going to visit, get to the station, find a ticket office and purchase your ticket before getting on the bus. Seats are assigned, if you don’t have a number on your ticket – you will have to stand. Unfortunately, you can’t buy bus tickets online beforehand.

The easiest and the most comfortable way of travelling along the Golden Ring Moscow is by private transport. Private transportation as well as services of private English-speaking local guide are included in the prices of our tours. We offer the cheapest and the most popular Golden Ring Tours for TWO and THREE Days. It will be enough to see the main capitals of Golden Ring Russia. If you would like to see the whole Golden Ring from Moscow, contact us, and we will organize special customized tours for you. But traditionally, most tourists book tours to Vladimir, Rostov and Suzdal – the most popular Golden Ring destinations. Because in these towns you will find authentic Russian architecture, medieval monasteries, churches and old Russian kremlins.

Concerning Golden Ring hotels, in each Town which forms Golden Ring Russia there are different cheap B&B Hotels, guest houses, 3 and 4-star hotels. Our classic Golden Ring Tours include accomodation in clean 3-star hotels, located in the central parts of Golden Ring Towns. If you decided to book hotel on your own, please, contact us, and we will organize the transfers and excursions for you in all Russian Towns which you are going to visit. We also provide big discounts for big groups!

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If you decided to go on Transsiberian Tour, you should start planning it beforehand. Train tickets in Russia are sold 45-60 days in prior to the departure date, so it’s better to decide with the itinerary around three months before you go on this unique package tour!

You can book any of our standard Trans Siberian railway tours online but if you want to change something in the itinerary, add or exclude some stopovers, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

If you don’t want to book any standard Transsiberian, with this post we want to help you to choose the perfect Trans Siberian or Trans Mongolian itinerary.  So, you are ready to go on the one of the most adventurous journey of your lifetime, Transsiberian or Trans Mongolian trip, what should you do?

How many days do you have for the whole trip?

First of all, you should decide how many days you have for your Trans Siberian Railway or Trans Mongolian Railway tours. If you have just a couple of weeks then you’ll be able to stop at three or four cities and spend a day or two there. If you have around three weeks you can enjoy a trip around the whole Russia! From Saint Petersburg or Moscow to Vladivostok or Mongolia and China, from West to East, all way by train! If you just have a few days we would recommend you to fly out to Irkutsk and spend this time at the shore of the famous Baikal lake – that will be an unforgettable experience, no matter if you travel in Winter or in Summer. So, if you want to book any customized tour, please let us know how many days have you got for the trip so that we can offer you the best cities and the way to see them.

When approximately are you going to do the trip?

Please, let us know in which season do you want to go, so that we could arrange some special Summer or Winter tours for you. In Summer you can enjoy trekking tours and in winter – dog sledging tours, snowmobile tours, etc.

Where would you like to start and end your Trans-Siberian adventure?

Classical Trans Siberian Express covers the area from Moscow to Vladivostok or vice versa, classical Trans Mongolian Railway covers the cities from Moscow  to Ulaanbaatar or vice versa but you can actually start and end your trip anywhere on the way of your Moscow to Beijing train; we can add Saint Petersburg, Kazan and other famous Russian towns, which are not considered as Transsiberian cities but nevertheless can be visited as a part of your adventurous journey!

Do you have any preferences?

If you want to add any specific town to your itinerary: Perm, Tomsk, Omsk, Chita or any other city in Russia, Mongolia or China – we’ll be glad to make an itinerary according to your own preferences, just contact us!

What kind of accommodation do you prefer?

All hotels included in our Trans Siberian Railway Tours or Trans-Mongolian Railway Trips are centrically located. clean and comfortable 3-stars ones. But if you want to upgrade your accomodation or choose any specific hotel in each city, please don’t hesitate to contact us letting us know what kind of accommodation will be perfect for you. Please, also let us know what type of room do you need.

Are meals included in Trans Siberian Railway Tour or Trans Mongolian Railway Tour packages?

Breakfasts at the hotels and some lunches during the tours are included, however meals on trains and dinners are not included.
If you want to travel Russian style, we would recommend you to buy some snacks and drinks before you take the train, because that’s how Russians do. If not, there is a restaurant on each Transsiberian and Trans Mongolian Express and we recommend you to take some cash in roubles with you, 1000 – 1500 roubles per person per day should be enough. You can also buy some food and drinks during short stops that train does on the way. Bed linen is included in the price for the train tickets, so don’t need to worry about this.
If you would like all meals to be included in the price, please, contact us for further information.

Can I pay by credit card in local restaurants or shops?

Credit cards are not accepted everywhere in Russia, though in big cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburg Visa and MasterCard are widely used. We suggest you to take some cash in USD or EUR with you and exchange them in a bank. We do not advice you to change money at the airport because their exchange rate is usually higher than in the city.

What kind of Russian train tickets are included in the package tour? 1st or 2nd class?

Train tickets included in our Trans Siberian Railway or Trans Mongolian Railway Tours are 2nd class (in a comfortable compartment for four persons). If you would like to upgrade your train ticket class, please contact us!

What is your citizenship?

Please, let us know about your citizenship so that we can inform you about visa requirements in Russia, Mongolia and China for your country.

What should I wear?

We recommend you to check weather forecast in each city you are going to visit beforehand and decide what kind of clothes you would like to take with you. Weather in Russia is very unpredictable, so it’s better to check the forecast one or two days before you go.
It’s always better to travel light-handed, so take some warm and comfortable clothes and proper shoes with you as well as other necessary things.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us.