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Maslenitsa in Yaroslavl imageMaslenitsa in Yaroslavl

Golden Ring Tour, Day 3

➤Visit Yaroslavl cathedral

➤Yaroslavl city tour

➤Sovereing Maslenitsa Residence & museum

➤Lunch with local specialties

➤Transfer to Rostov the Great

➤Visit Rostov the Great Kremlin

➤Rostov finift museum and master-class

➤Transfer to Moscow

The legend has it that the future Grand Prince of Kiev Yaroslav Vladimirovich, being at that time the Prince of Rostov the Great, was inspecting his lands back in 1010 and met an unknown pagan tribe in the place where the Volga River and its tributary the Kotorosl River flow into each other. The locals were hostile towards the prince and set a ferocious she-bear on him. Yet the prince had no fear and killed the beast with a pole-axe. The pagans submitted themselves to the prince’s control and he decided to found a city with a fortress on this site in order for freight boats to sail freely across the Volga River and trades and crafts to be developed here.

Yaroslavl was the first Christian city on the Volga River. Apparently, there are plenty of decent cathedrals and churches here to visit, however, we feel it's better to skip and instead, visit the Residence of Maslenitsa.

Here you will learn about the customs and traditions of the Maslenitsa celebration in Russia, visit the Sovereign's office, see her dressing room with luxurious outfits for all seasons, the Pantry with gifts from other cities and states, as well as the Throne Hall with a unique operating Russian oven.

Rostov the Great imageRostov the Great

After lunch, transfer to Rostov the Great, which has been known since the 9th century. It is famous for the 17th century Kremlin with numerous churches and gorgeous views from the Kremlin walls. (Unlike in Moscow Kremlin, here you might walk along the fortified walls - don't miss an opportunity to make great photos while visiting! Rostov Kremlin looks like exactly a castle from an old failty tale.

Rostov finift imageRostov finift

Visit exhibition of Finift (Rostov painted enamel) and make your own Russian souvenier. Local craftsmen do not willingly share their secrets however they will make an excemption to our travelers.

Transfer to Moscow is a bit of enigma and depends on a traffic jam. We shall be back to Moscow somewhen between 10:00 pm and 01:00 am.

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