This Journey gives ambassadors a unique opportunity to really get to know the people and the cities of Russia. Start off with a week-long homestay with members of FF Korolev who will introduce you to their culture and lifestyle, as well as showing you around Korolev and Moscow. Then, depart on a week-long tour of Russia's Golden Ring - a circular path of some of Russia's oldest and most historically influential cities.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Korolev.

Live With a Local

  • Spend one week with hosts from FF Korolev
  • Try several unique cultural dishes
  • Learn about the history of many different Russian cities

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Moscow Kremlin
  • Armoury Chamber
  • Red Square
  • Tretyakov Gallery
  • Zvezdniy Gorodok (Star City - a training place for astronauts)
  • Bolshoy Theater tour
  • Kremlin in Rostov, Suzdal, and Vladimir
It was a great first trip to Russia and I would love to see more now. - Previous ambassador

Korolev and Russia's Ancient Cities

15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:

May 23, 2020 – June 6, 2020
Coordinator: Oyuna Sengeeva, FFI
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

May 23, 2020

Hosts meet ambassadors at the airport

May 24, 2020

Sightseeing tour of Moscow

The Tretyakov Gallery

Welcome party

May 25, 2020

Tour of Moscow City (modern part of Moscow)

Federation Tower (360 meters high) and high-rise ice cream factory with tasting

Shopping in Moscow City

Moscow river cruise with light lunch

Back to host families

May 26, 2020

Visit a public school in Korolev, meeting with students, and having lunch in the school canteen. You can bring small gift, souvenirs for students. (pins, flags, magnets etc.)

Walking tour of Korolev

VDNH park of architecture in Moscow

Back to host families

May 27, 2020

Meeting at Bolshevo railway station in Korolev

Tour of Moscow subway

Red Square and Aleksandrovsky Garden

(Ploshad Revolyucii station)

The Kremlin tour

Back to host families

May 28, 2020

Star city (astronauts’ training place)

Private museum of exclusive military and rare vehicles, tank riding (optional), and tasting soldiers’ ration

Back to host families

May 29, 2020

Bolshoi theatre museum tour

Interesting buildings in Moscow

Walk along the Alexander Garden where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Internal Flame, Bolshoi theatre, Russian government (Duma) and KGB building (Soviet time)

Ambassadors invite their hosts to dinner

May 30, 2020

Lunch in the monastery Chernigovsky Skit in Golden Ring city of Sergiev Posad

Visiting Golden Ring city of Pereslavl-Zalessky

Plescheyevo lake

Tsar Berendey Palace with folk ceremonies and traditions, painting master class, folk dance and games

Farewell party in Tsar Berendey Palace

Back to host families


May 31, 2020

Golden Ring tour

Departure to Vladimir

Dmitriyevsky Uspensky Cathedrals


Departure to Suzdal

Hotel accommodation


June 1, 2020


Excursion program in Suzdal

Visit to the Suzdal Kremlin – architecture, Trade Square, panorama of the Intercession Monastery, Spaso-Evfimiev Monastery with a tour of the Trinity Cathedral and a small bell concert


Departure to Kostroma

Hotel accommodation


June 2, 2020


Departure to Ples – the smallest provincial town, whose population is only about 2000, but strikingly takes the soul with its views and the city and the Volga expanses

Departure to Kostroma

Hotel accommodation


June 3, 2020

“Kostroma Sloboda” – Kostroma is the flax capital of Russia. Until now, the Great Linen Manufactory of the Tretyakov brothers is functioning, one of which was the founder of the Tretyakov Gallery

Visit to the Museum of Flax and birchbark


Departure to Yaroslavl

Sightseeing tour around the city: walk along the embankment of the Volga, inspection of the arrows, places where the city was founded according to legend

Visit the Metropolitan Chambers, visit the exposition “History of the beard”

Hotel accommodation


Departure to Yaroslavl

June 4, 2020


Departure to Vyatkoe – Historical and Cultural Complex “Vyatskoe” – Laureate of the state award in the field of literature and art for contribution to the revival and development of traditional cultural and historical values

Lunch in the restaurant at the hotel

Continuation of the excursion program in Vyatkoe

Visit to the rural church of the Resurrection of Christ (with the bell tower)

The Museum of Kitchen Machinery

Free time

Return to Yaroslavl


June 5, 2020

Departure to Rostov the Great – one of the oldest cities in Russia

Sightseeing tour of the city

Visit the Rostov Kremlin – the state museum-reserve

Departure to Pereslavl-Zalessky

Sightseeing tour around the city

Lunch with a unique fish tasting

Departure to Moscow

Arrive to hotel near the airport

Check in

June 6, 2020


Transfer to airport, depending on your flight time


$2550 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, bus tour of Golden Ring, hotel (double accommodation), meals in program, and entrance fees.


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 20098.
  • It is nice time for travel to Russia, as it is the start of the summer.
  • We will walk and use public transportation.
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Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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