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Yaroslavl, Russia

Yaroslavl is a town of unsurpassed beauty, everywhere is the Volga, and everywhere is history. The city is over 1000 years old and was founded by Yaroslav, the son of Russia’s first Christian grand prince Vladimir the Great. Yaroslav landed here in 1010 to suppress a hostile pagan tribe that raided passing merchants.

In defense, the tribe released their secret weapon, a sacred bear with a taste for human warriors. Yaroslav, who was later called “Yaroslav the Wise” merely grabbed an axe and dropped it with one blow. As a result, the city's coat of arms today features a bear carrying an axe.

At first, the city served as an outpost of the principality of Veliky Rostov, a river port further down the Volga. Later it became a separate state, a vassal under the pre-Mongol Russian grand principality in 1218. And after Kiev was sacked in 1242, Yaroslavl grew rapidly in importance.


Eventually Yaroslavl became Russia’s political, economic, cultural, and technological center. Despite all the raids, most of the city’s great sights remained almost untouched. Set securely in a triangle defined in part by the junction of the Kotorosl and the Volga rivers. This is where visitors will find the most picturesque of the city’s monuments: the Church of Ilya (or Elijah) the Prophet, the Church of the Archangel Michael, and the Alexander Nevsky Chapel.

Another important cultural treasure is the art gallery, set in the old Governor’s Building, that holds a collection of over 60,000 icons, masterpieces of visual arts, sculpture, and handicrafts, some dating as far back as the 13th century. What is more the mid-sized city of 600,000 also takes pride in giving birth to many famous sons and daughters, among the most renown of which is the world’s first woman to go to space - Valentina Tereshkova.

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Yaroslavl, Russia

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Yaroslavl, Russia

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UNESCO Tour

13 days / Private tour
Moscow Suzdal Yaroslavl Kazan Saint Petersburg

Set off on an outstanding 13-day tour dedicated to Russia's top UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Moscow to Kazan to Saint Petersburg.

Rating: 4.80
From
$3,982

Volga Dream St. Petersburg - Moscow

11 days / 5-star cruise
Saint Petersburg Kizhi Island Yaroslavl Uglich Moscow
FREE FLIGHTS: Reverse sailing of the Volga Dream from St. Petersburg. Free limited-time flight credit for airfares to Russia included.
Rating: 5.00
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$3,598

Volga Dream Moscow - St. Petersburg

11 days / 5-star cruise
Moscow Uglich Yaroslavl Kizhi Island Saint Petersburg
FREE FLIGHTS: Don't miss out on our exclusive limited offer: flight credit for airfares to Russia included for the famous Volga Dream cruise.
Rating: 5.00
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$3,598

Volga Dream Gold Moscow - St. Petersburg

13 days / 5-star cruise
Moscow Uglich Yaroslavl Kizhi Island Saint Petersburg

Set sail on the Volga Dream Gold cruise and see the best of genuine Russia and its two capitals on a 5-star ship.

Rating: 4.99
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$4,495

Volga Dream Platinum Moscow - St. Petersburg

13 days / 5-star cruise
Moscow Uglich Yaroslavl Kizhi Island Saint Petersburg

Get inspired by the beauty of authentic Russian Volga River towns with the Platinum Volga Dream program.

Rating: 4.99
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$6,245

3-Day Golden Ring

3 days / Extension
Sergiev Posad Suzdal Yaroslavl Rostov the Great
Travel 700 years back to the ancient towns of the Golden Ring surrounding Moscow. This is the best place to enjoy old Russian architecture and tradition
Rating: 4.89
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$1,057

4-Day Golden Ring

4 days / Extension
Vladimir Suzdal Yaroslavl Rostov the Great Sergiev Posad
Travel back in time to Russia's ancient towns of the Golden Ring to see authentic traditional architecture and legacy.
Rating: 4.72
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$1,443

Grand Tour of Russia

Saint Petersburg Moscow Ulan Bator Vladivostok
Discover Russia far and wide with the all-embracing 5-star small group tour combining the Volga Dream cruise and the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian train.
Rating: 4.78
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MS Tolstoy Moscow - St. Petersburg

12 days / 4-star cruise
Moscow Uglich Yaroslavl Kizhi Island Saint Petersburg

Cruise Russia on our most popular 4-star ship and enjoy impeccable service, exquisite accommodation and a warm friendly atmosphere.

Rating: 4.59
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$2,576

MS Tolstoy St. Petersburg - Moscow

11 days / 4-star cruise
Saint Petersburg Kizhi Island Yaroslavl Uglich Moscow

Sail from St. Pete to Moscow on board the great value Tolstoy that will give you a deep insight into the unique Russian nature, culture and history.

Rating: 4.59
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$2,399