Discovery of Yaroslavl




We’ll leave for a tour of Yaroslavl. A prosperous town dating back to 1010, it is often referred to as the capital of the Golden Ring. Famed for its beautiful riverside promenade, medieval churches and frescoes, Yaroslavl also has a city center filled with 18th- and 19th-century Russian architecture that is peppered with huge medieval gates and towers. We’ll visit the Spaso-Preobrazhensky (Transfiguration of the Savior) monastery. Dating back to the 13th century, for hundreds of years it was one of the biggest monasteries in Russia. Climb the bell tower to take in some great views of the river. We’ll then see the facade of the most beautiful church in the city: the Church of Elijah the Prophet. This spectacular church was built between 1647 and 1650 by Anikey and Nifantey Skripin, two brothers who were extremely wealthy fur traders. Lastly, we’ll visit the Church of Saint Nicolas Nadein. The first of Yaroslavl’s stone merchant churches, built in 1622, it has a sparkling baroque iconostasis and frescoes showing St. Nicholas performing miracles. We’ll return on board after our tour.




Length: Approx. 4 hours

  • The order of the visits may change.
  • The times are given as an indication.
  • Some churches, cathedrals and sacred sites have required dress codes: Long pants for men, and a skirt and a head scarf for women.
  • Shorts, t-shirts and hats are prohibited.
  • Most cathedrals and churches have regular worship services, and we cannot guarantee tours or visits during these services or during religious holidays.