Pereslavl: the Glory of Medieval Russia

Pereslavl was founded in 1152 by the Prince of Suzdal Principality Yury Dolgoruky, who also founded a number of other Golden Ring towns. There were already two Pereslavls in Russia: the first on the territory of Kievan Rus (Ukraine nowadays), the second is called 'Ryazan' now.

Pereslavl-Zalessky is as pretty much colonists' locality, as New Orleans. Just like the French, having landed on an unfamiliar coast, gave to their new settlement a native mellifluous name, the ancient Slavs, having completed the thousand-kilometers trip from Kiev Rus to Pleshcheevo lake area, did not fantasize much, and named and the town“Pereyaslavl”, having added to it instead of "New" word "Zalessky" (which means «situated behind the woods»), apparently sincerely rejoicing to enter the open spaces after dense and terrible woods of the Central Russian Upland. 

Russian Prince Alexander Nevsky (1220-1263), one of the key figures of medival Rus, who is famous due to his glory military victories over the German and Swedish invaders (The Neva battle of 1240, the Battle of the Ice on 5 April 1242), was born in Pereslavl-Zalessky. Alexander Nevsky was baptised in the Cathedral of Transfiguration of the Saviour (1152). The Cathedral is the age mate of the whole town and is the oldest Cathedral in Central Russia.

One of the most famous Russian emrerors - Peter the Great - spent his childhood in Pereslavl. Here, in 1688, Tsar Peter the Great began building boats and galleys on Lake Plechsheyevo.

Pereslavl: The Glory of Medieval Russia

  • Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral

    Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral

    The white stone age mate (1152–1157) of Pereslavl
  • Winter view

    Winter view

Moscow - Alexandrov - Pereslavl Zalessky - Moscow 

The route passes through Moscow, Vladimir and Yaroslavl regions. 

Total route mileage is 500 - 550 km.

On our way we will:

  • taste the purest water from the wonderful springs of Sergius of Radonezh, one of the greatest Russian saints
  • sing the legendary "Dubinushka” Russian song in chorus under the shelter of the church, where the famous Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin got married to his Italian wife
  • have a look at how the largest pumped-storage hydroelectrical plant of Russia works
  • re-enact the scene "Ivan the Terrible kills his son" in the original decorations at the site of crime
  • ride a real handcar on an abandoned railway
  • recall the valor of the Russian arms by traveling in time from the first victory over Polish invaders in 1609 to the uncared Soviet base of anti-aircraft missile system S-200.


Daily run is about 250 km; time spent behind the wheel is around 6 hours per day. With stops and a lunch break. 


Off-road can be easily overcome by beginners provided that you follow guides’ instructions.

The complexity of the route

Prices start from 125 000 rubles for a team of 2 (62 500 rubles per person) and include the following:

  • Car rent
  • Fuel
  • Accomodation
  • Meals (1st day: coffee break in the morning, lunch, dinner, 2nd day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 3rd day: breakfast, lunch)
  • Car insurance (Third party liability+car damage)
  • Life and health insurance of all passengers
  • A separate car with 2 guides
  • Equipment needed for the off-road
  • Excursions
  • Off-road basics learning

Please contact us and we will provide you with all nessesary information.

Tour so far in the calendar.