Spend one week getting to know the members of FF Krasnogorsk (Moscow) as they immerse you in Russian customs, and then enjoy a seven-day bus tour to eight ancient, historical cities of Russia (Golden Ring of Russia). The Golden Ring consists of the cities northeast of Moscow, that formerly comprised the region known as Zalesye. These ancient towns played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church and preserve the memory of the most important and significant events in Russian history. Cities of Golden Ring include Vladimir, Suzdal, Ivanovo, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, and Rostov Veliky.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Krasnogorsk.

Live With a Local

  • Members will have an opportunity to connect with each other and with members of FF Krasnogorsk during the seven-day homestay, while enjoying the cultural and historical highlights of Moscow and cities of the Golden Ring.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Red Square
  • The Tretyakov Gallery
  • The Kremlin
  • Alexandrovskiy Garden and Manezhnaya Square
  • VDNH, The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (Moscow)
  • Cities of the Golden Ring of Russia

Discover Moscow and Cities of the Golden Ring

15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:

September 7, 2019 – September 21, 2019
Coordinator: Oyuna Sengeeva, FFI
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Sept. 7, 2019

Arrive in Moscow

Host families meet ambassadors at airport

Time with host families

Sept. 8, 2019

Moscow city tour: Varvarka Street – ancient cathedrals, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum (we do not go in the mausoleum during the tour), Senate Palace, GUM (a famous department store), Kremlin, Alexander Garden, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Lunch in the city

Welcome party

Sept. 9, 2019

Tour on Moscow subway

Lunch in GUM (department store)

Park Zaryadye

Sept. 10, 2019

Tretyakov Gallery

VDNH – Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva is a permanent general purpose trade show and amusement park in Moscow. Between 1991 and 2014 it was also called the All-Russia Exhibition Centre.

Sept. 11, 2019

Kolomenskoye is a former royal estate situated several kilometers to the southeast of the city center of Moscow, Russia, on the ancient road leading to the town of Kolomna. The 390 hectare scenic area overlooks the steep banks of the Moskva River.

Sept. 12, 2019

Sparrow Hills – (Vorobyovy Gory), named after the village Vorobyovo, is a famous Moscow park, located on one of the so called “Seven hills of Moscow”

Ambassadors invite their hosts to a restaurant

Sept. 13, 2019

Free day


Farewell party

Sept. 14, 2019

Departure to Vladimir

Dmitriyevsky Uspensky Cathedrals

Departure to Suzdal

Hotel accommodation


Sept. 15, 2019


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

Lunch in the restaurant of the city with tasting of tinctures included in I.  Kechter’s book “To Insist on the” which is about Russian house drinks

Departure to Kostroma

Hotel accommodation


Sept. 16, 2019


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 and the Volga expanses

Departure to Kostroma

Hotel accommodation


Sept. 17, 2019

“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

Lunch in the restaurant of the city

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. Visiting the Metropolitan Chambers, visiting the exposition “History of the Beard”

Hotel accommodation


Departure to Yaroslavl

Sept. 18, 2019


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

Sept. 19, 2019

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


Sept. 20, 2019

Departure to Rostov the Great

Sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Rostov Kremlin. Rostov is one of the oldest cities in Russia. Now the state museum-reserve is called “Rostov Kremlin”

Departure to Pereslavl-Zalessky

Sightseeing tour around the city

Lunch with a unique fish tasting

Departure to Moscow in the evening

One night in hotel near the airport

Sept. 21, 2019

Departure home


$2400 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, (including seven days of homestay in Moscow and seven days of double accommodation in tour cities of the Golden Ring, Russia), visa application, and hotel in Moscow. Does not include airfare or trip insurance.


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Know before you go

  • Journey Number 15376
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  • After the homestay, ambassadors will depart on a special tour of the cities of the Golden Ring of Russia. This portion is a bus tour and we will be spending our nights in hotels.
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