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Christoph Lingg


I booked my stay at hotel Gallery in Perm through Ost-West and can only recommend Ost-West as well as the hotel, which is clean, nice and charming!

Jussi Itkonen


We booked excursion to Tsarskoje Selo for 6 people via Ostwest's website. Confirmation came the next day and guide Svetlana met us in hour hotel. She knew everything and we spent information packed 5 hours learning so much about past and also present in St. Petersburg.

Max Ockum


Ich habe meine Transfers vom Flughafen zum Hafen in St.Petersburg und vom Hafen zum Airport in Moskau über Natalia Zolotareva gebucht. Der Kontakt war hervorragend. Die Transfers wurden pünktlich und zu voller Zufriedenheit durchgeführt. Vielen Dank an Natalia und Ihre Fahrer.

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Golden Ring. 12 cities. Route Map

Golden Ring. 12 cities. Route Map. Click picture to enlarge

The Golden Ring features two of Russia’s most important historical and cultural regions located to the North-east of Moscow. The title of Golden Ring was devised in the early 1970-s to describe the belt of old Russian towns which includes, amongst many others, the old towns of Vladimir, Suzdal, Yaroslavl, Rostov Veliki, Sergiev Passad, Pereeslavl Salesski, Kostroma, Uglitch, Vologda and Kirilov (Goritsi).

The title refers to the historical and cultural background shared by these towns. It also relates to the golden domes of Russian medieval churches and the autumn colours of the Russian Northern landscape.

Amongst many options of how to structure a visit to this part of the country is a trip by a boat. However popular it might be, please bear in mind that it still ties you to the designated stops and the group only guided tours.

For genuine individual travellers small individual tours are available. They run from Moscow. Most take about 1-to-3 days and include travelling by car with assistance of experienced guides in each visited town. The last leg of a tour is from St. Petersburg and includes travelling by a night train. If you are interested in the individual tour option, please contact us and we will send our detailed instructions to you.

We are happy to offer you an invitation letter free when you book your accommodation with us!

  • Hotels in Golden Ring
    Here you will find a list of hotels in Golden Ring with a reservation option. You may book any of the listed hotels via our agency and get a reduced price. If you book your hotel with us, your visa support (letter of invitation for a Russian visa) will be free of charge. If you are interested in booking a different hotel, please, contact us.
  • River Cruises in Golden Ring
    A superb route between St. Petersburg and Moscow shows off sleepy old Russian small towns and their beautiful surroundings. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with the history of the country. The cruise starts at River Neva, takes you along Ladoga Lake, River Volga and via other waterways into River Moscow. You will spend 5 days and 5 nights (any other duration is available on request) on board of one of the two motor ships: "Georgy Chicherin" and "Yuri Andropov"
  • Sightseeing in Golden Ring
    The Golden Ring features many different historical-cultural heritages of Russia so there is a lot of exciting things a tourist might do. Here you will find a list of excursions and day trips we recommend. On request, extra excursions can be organised. If you are interested in this option, please, contact us
  • Transfer in Golden Ring
    Here you will find a list of our transportation services (including the rent-a-car option). We offer individual transfers by private car and group transfers by bus. Usually the transfer does not include a guide, but it's possible to arrange this. The guide (who speaks one of the available languages) will accompany you to your accommodation and will generally show you around.