One of the popular tourist routes in Russia got a name the Golden Ring of Russia. This is a circle of cities belonging to five Oblasts, often excluding Moscow. The Golden Ring includes the following cities: Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov Veliky, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal, Vladimir and several small towns. All of these cities represent the unique Russian architecture from the 12th to the 18th century, featuring the recognizable onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Church. These picturesque medieval cities remained mostly untouched, preserving the authentic atmosphere of Russian history that will leave you in awe. You can visit the Golden Ring by yourself since the ride between the cities is about an hour or so, but you can also book one of the numerous organized tours.