Cities of the Golden Ring, Suzdal & Vladimir
1 day tour, out of Moscow. A two day tour of Suzdal & Vladimir is also available.
This trip to Vladimir and Suzdal introduces you to the treasury of Russian History and Culture, masterpieces of Ancient Art, unique monuments and fascinating museums.
One day Tour, Itinerary
Suzdal and Vladimir are part of Moscow's 'Golden Ring', a chain of ancient towns and cities located to the North-East of the Capital. The Suzdal and Vladimir tour enables you to discover treasures of Russian history and culture, masterpieces of ancient art and unique monuments of Old Russia.
This tour has an early start. At 6:15 am meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby, they will take you to the railway station to catch the high speed train "Strizh" to Vladimir, one of the medieval capitals of Old Russia and also part of Moscow's Golden Ring. It would take just 1 hour and 40 min. to get to Vladimir onboard of the comfortable modern train.You make your train journey on your own, but upon arrival meet your local English speaking guide on the platform, who stay with you until you leave Vladimir by train the same evening.
Upon your arrival you will be driven to Suzdal, which dates from the 11th century. Suzdal is a well-known and popular tourist destination. It has many remarkable riverside churches and monasteries dating from the 11th - 13th century, some of which are included in UNESCO World Heritage List as fine examples of ancient Russian architecture. The town, once an important religious centre, has the look and feel of a provincial village with its beautiful landscape, rustic houses and unpaved roads. The tour includes visits to the beautiful ancient churches in the town, the Kremlin, its grounds, Cross Chamber and the Wooden Architecture Museum.
We will also visit St. Euphimius Monastery OR the Pokrovsky Convent.
Lunch in a local restaurant is included.
In the afternoon, after lunch, you visit Vladimir. The town has three monuments on the UNESCO World Heritage List:
- The magnificent five-domed Assumption Cathedral was designed as a sepulcher of grand princes and dedicated to the holy icon Theotokos of Vladimir, which had been brought to the city by Andrew the Pious. The cathedral was constructed in 1158–1160, expanded in 1185–1189, and includes major frescoes by the great artists Andrei Rublev and Daniil Chyorny.
- St. Demetrius Cathedral (end of the C12) is notable for its noble forms and ideal proportions. Its walls are decorated with beautiful stone fretwork - it has more than 600 bas-reliefs.
- Golden Gate (1164), a combination of battle tower, over-gate church and triumphal arch, is considered a remarkable monument of Russian fortification architecture.
After the tours have some free time in Vladimir to explore the town on your own. After that you will be transferred to the railway station in Vladimir, where you catch the high speed train "Strizh" back to Moscow.
Upon your arrival to Moscow your driver will transfer you to the hotel.
1 day Tour, Itinerary
06:15Meet with the guide and driver in the hotel lobby, transfer to the railway station
07:15Train departure to Vladimir*
08:55Arrive Vladimir, meet the guide and driver, drive to Suzdal
10:30Tours in Suzdal: Kremlin; Cross Chamber (inside); Nativity Church (outside); Museum of Wooden
13:00Drive to Vladimir (30 km), lunch in Vladimir (included into the tour price)
15:00Vladimir city tour, Assumption Cathedral, the Golden Gate
19:30Transfer to the railway station in Vladimir
20:12Train departure back to Moscow*
23:00Arrive Moscow, meet with the driver, transfer to the hotel
*Train departure time may change slightly. The exact departure time will be known 60 days ahead the departure date.