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About Yaroslavl

The largest of Russia’s historic Golden Ring cities, a collection of cities which are noted for their prominent role in the country’s history, Yaroslavi features on a number of Volga River itineraries and is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site historic area and a number of notable architectural landmarks. This area lies at the point where the Volga meets the Kotorosi River and is naturally where most visitors head. Yaroslavi can trace its history back to 1010 and was once Russia’s second largest city and even its capital for a time, when Moscow was occupied by Polish forces in 1612.

Exploring Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl is best known for its impressive architecture, a great deal of which has survived the ravages of various wars and conflicts to remain a truly compelling attraction. In classic Russian style, you’ll find a profusion of onion-domed architecture most notable atop the impressive St John the Baptist Church, which is a classic example of Russian Orthodox architecture and boasts no fewer than 15 of them. So celebrated is the church that it features on Russia’s thousand ruble note. It’s as much of a must-see on the inside too, featuring a range of stunning 17th century frescos.

The Church of Ilya the Prophet stands in stark white contrast to the red brick of St John the Baptist, though it has a number of things in common, namely onion domes, a 17th century origin and some truly beautiful interior frescos. History shows that this architectural gem, unlike so many other Russian places of worship, escaped the destructive hand of Stalin to survive today as one of the country’s finest showcases of religious art, boasting some beautiful examples inside. Similar in colour on the outside, Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent is another popular attraction in the city, famous for its calming atmosphere and distinctive interior frescos.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Yaroslavi is not a city which is famous for its novel tourist experiences, yet a visit to the famous Bear Monument is a tourist must-do, in that every hour on the hour, the bear on the statue roars. It’s built to reference an important moment in the founding of the city, when the city’s founder, Yaroslav himself, fought a bear after his arrival in the area, so be sure to get your picture with the modern-day bear when you visit. A more architecturally contemporary attraction is the Valentina Tereshkova Planetarium, which boasts an absorbing programme of Star Shows, a fascinating museum as well as a café if you feel like taking a load off.

Yaroslavl tips

If you’re in search of authentic gifts, Deputatskaya Street is the place to go, featuring a number of traditional clothing and other stores, while conveniently, the Volga promenade area is where you can find some of the best places to eat in the city.

Yaroslavl Itineraries

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Waterways of the Tsars - St. Petersburg To Moscow

41 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2020
12 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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43 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2020
12 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St Petersburg
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1 sailing date May 2020
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7 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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A Russian Odyssey

7 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
11 Nights From Moscow, to St Petersburg
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1 sailing date May 2019
11 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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Russian Waterways

2 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2020
12 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St Petersburg
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The Imperial Charms of Russia

1 sailing date July 2019
11 Nights From Saint Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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The Imperial Charms of Russia

4 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
11 Nights From Moscow, to St. Petersburg
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2289pp
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Imperial Russia - Stalingrad (Volgograd) to Moscow

1 sailing date October 2019
14 Nights From Stalingrad, to Russia , St Petersburg
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Mandrogi

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3 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
12 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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1 sailing date September 2019
14 Nights From Moscow, Russia to , Volgograd (Stalingrad)
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Jewels of Russia - Moscow to St. Petersburg

5 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St Petersburg
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3 sailing dates June 2019 to July 2019
11 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
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4 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From St Petersburg, Russia to Moscow
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3939pp
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Imperial Waterways - Moscow to St. Petersburg

3 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
11 Nights From Moscow, Russia to St Petersburg
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