Located 155 miles from Moscow, the Russian city of Yaroslavl was first founded around 1010. Today, it is home to more than 600,000 inhabitants and remains an important industrial and commercial center.
The Yaroslavl City Centre has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its astonishingly well-preserved churches, mosques and theatres, many of which date back to the 16th century.
Your River Cruise Ship Docks…
River cruise ships calling on Yaroslavl tie up near the city center, located along the Volga River.
When in Yaroslavl…
Among the best ways to spend your day in this historic Russian city:
- Walk. Particularly in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-recognized city center, walking can be one of the best ways to get around this fascinating city.
- Church of Elijah the Prophet. Yaroslavl is noted for its impressive churches, and the Church of Elijah the Prophet doesn’t disappoint, boasting some of the most impressive frescoes of any church in the country.
- Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, known in English as “Transfiguration of the Savior,” is the oldest building in the city, having been constructed over the course of a decade between 1506 and 1516.
- The Assumption Cathedral was originally built from stone in the 12th century, and was entirely rebuilt in 2010 out of modern materials. Still, it provides an impressive insight into ancient Russian architecture and style, and is a must-see attraction.
River Cruisers Should Know!
- The currency of Russia is the Russian Ruble (RR).
- Citizens of the United States and Canada, as well as other countries, are required to have a tourist Visa in order to enter Russia. Travelers to Russia must have their passports on them at all times.
- Crime in Yaroslavl is usually limited to the normal pickpocketing that tends to occur around busy railway and metro stations. To be safe, exercise the same amount of caution you would in any unfamiliar major city.
- Traffic, particularly at rush hour, is congested and filled with cars, trucks and busses jostling for positions. Be alert when crossing busy streets.
- While it’s not necessary to know if you stick with your river cruise tour group, knowledge of even basic Russian can really help you out in a pinch. While many people in Russia do speak English, its use is not nearly as widespread as in other European countries.