The Golden Ring lay to the east from Moscow , embracing a number of small historical towns with picturesque onion-domed churches, traditional cottages with craven wood décor and largely unspoiled pastoral landscapes preserving the spirit of authentic Russian countryside all in sharp contrast with imperial splendor and scope of Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
The Golden Ring is a route created back in the 60-th, when the USSR started opening up for foreign visitors. The idea was to boost the numbers of foreign tourists travelling to the country thus the authorities devised a circular route through this area called the Golden Ring. Until now it remains one of the most popular routes for both foreigners and domestic travelers.
Most of the towns are located in 200-300 km from Moscow, the closest one – Sergiev Posad – is as far as in 75 km from the capital.Many of these towns are connected by railway (trains and expresses), but some of them are not – which makes them less explored by travelers and more virgin in terms of tourism. However, you can get there by bus or by taxi. Considering the low costs of the latter it is quite a reasonable way of travelling in case you prefer travelling on your own.
The lodging offers of the Golden Ring towns are very abundant and though you will unlikely find a 5-star hotel in any of these places you can still easily find a decent hotel with high service quality and for a decent rate. In regard to cafes and restaurants you may be sure, you can find a good selection of options here as well.