Cities of the Golden Ring, Suzdal & Vladimir, 2 Day Tour
Suzdal & Vladimir, 1 night/2 days out of Moscow
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.
Day 1, Itinerary
This tour starts early at 6:00am. Your English speaking guide/assistant will pick you up and take you to the railway station to catch the high speed train to Vladimir, an important town of historic Russia and part of the "Golden Ring". It would take just 1 hour and 40 min. to get to Vladimir onboard the comfortable modern train. You make your train journey on your own, but upon the arrival to Vladimir meet your local English speaking guide on the platform, this guide/assistant will stay with you until you leave Vladimir next evening.
Your tour will start with the visit to Bogolubovo, a small village between Vladimir and Suzdal. Highlights are the Church of Intercession on the river Nerl, dating from the early XII century that is considered to be the most harmonious Temple ever built in Russia. Alternatively (in case of bed weather, when the Church of Intercession is closed) you explore the territory and churches of the Savior Bogolubovo Nunnery that stands on the sight of the former Palace of Andrew the Pious (Bogolubsky), the only building of Medieval Russia that has survived without renovation.
After this visit you will travel to Vladimir for lunch. After lunch, you will explore the town of Vladimir, one of the medieval capitals of Russia and home to three important monuments that are on the UNESCO on the World Heritage List. The first is the magnificent five-domed Assumption Cathedral. Designed as a sepulcher for Grand Princes, the Cathedral is dedicated to the holy icon Theotokos of Vladimir, which was brought to the city by Andrew the Pious. The Cathedral was constructed in 1158–1160, expanded in 1185–1189, and painted by the great medieval iconographers Andrei Rublev and Daniil Chyorny. You will also visit the inside of the Cathedral.
Next, you will visit St. Demetrius Cathedral (XII century) that is notable for its noble form, ideal proportions and walls decorated with beautiful stone fretwork and more than 600 bas-reliefs! Finally, you will visit the Golden Gate entrance into old Vladimir. Built in 1164, the Golden Gate is a combination of battle tower, overgate church and triumphal arch and is considered a remarkable monument of Russian fortification architecture.
At the end of the day you will be taken to the "Pushkarskaya Sloboda" hotel in Suzdal, where you can get some rest and spend the night.
Day 2, Itinerary
After breakfast, you will continue your tours in Suzdal that is a well-known tourist destination that has many remarkable riverside churches and monasteries dating back to the 11th century, some of which are included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Today, Suzdal has the look and feel of a small provincial town or village, with it's beautiful landscape and rustic unpaved roads and houses. The tour will include visits to the beautiful ancient churches, the former market square, the Kremlin, its grounds and Cross Chamber, Nativity Cathedral and the Wooden Architecture Museum.
Have lunch in a local restaurant
Continue the city tour of Suzdal with a visit to the remarkable St. Euphimius Monastery. The largest of Suzdal's many monasteries, St. Euthymius has a commanding position overlooking the town and river. It is remarkably well-preserved and great example of the might of the Russian Orthodox church in medieval times. After exploring the numerous churches and museums inside the monastery, you can admire the view from outside the formidable walls OR, time permitting, take a walk down to the Pokrovsky Convent for a magical 360 degree view of the town.
Time to explore Suzdal on your own.
In the evening you will be taken to the train station in Vladimir to catch the high speed train back to Moscow.
Return to Moscow late evening. Your Moscow driver will wait for you on the platform to take back to the hotel.
2 day Tour, Itinerary
06:00 Meet your guide in the hotel lobby, transfer to the railway station
07:15 High speed train "Strizh" departure to Vladimir*
08:55 Arrive Vladimir, meet the local guide on the platform, drive to Bogolubovo
10:00 Arrive Bogolubovo, tours in Bogolubovo:Church of Intersession on the river Nerl and Savior Bogolubovo Nunnery
12:00 Transfer to Vladimir
13:30 Vladimir city tour, Assumption Cathedral, St. Demetrius Cathedral and Golden Gates. Transfer to Suzdal
17:00 Arrive Suzdal, accommodation at the "Pushkarskaya sloboda" hotel (3* block)
Dinner is not included in the Tour price, but we are happy to recommend restaurants.
One night accommodation at the Pushkarskaya Sloboda (main 3* block)
single room supplement is around 40 USD / 35 EUR
09:00 breakfast, check out of the hotel
09:45 Museum of Wooden architecture: Kremlin with Cross Chamber and Nativity Cathedral, museum of Wooden architecture, visits to St. Euphimius or Pokrov Convent
12:30 Lunch at a local restaurant
Free time in Suzdal
18:45 Transfer to the railway station in Vladimir to catch the high speed train back to Moscow
20:12 Train departure*
23:00 Arrive Moscow, transfer to hotel
*Train departure time may change slightly. The exact departure time will be known 60 days before the departure date.