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Private tour to Golden Ring - Vladimir, Bogolyubovo, Suzdal (with Lastochka roundtrip train, accommodation included)

Vladimir and Suzdal are two of the most visited cities on the Golden Ring of Russia and it is no surprise as to why. In just two hours from Moscow you can find yourself among the rich history of the Russian provincial cities as well as fresh air and pure white snow in winter or endless green fields in summer.

This trip will allow you to escape the chaos of the capital and immerse yourself in the history and architecture of mediaeval Rus. The tour includes excursions around the main sights of the cities.

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 2 days

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Day 1: Vladimir + Bogolyubovo

08:00 Transfer from your hotel to the railway station. A driver will wait for you at the lobby of your hotel or place where you stay. (OPTIONAL)

Please note that the check-in for Russian trains starts 30 minutes before departure. You must have your passport with you and present it at check-in.

09:30 Departure from Moscow to Vladimir

The way to Vladimir takes 1h 40min. Stations are announced in Russian and English. The train only has a two-minute stop in Vladimir, so be ready to get off in advance.

11:14 Meeting your English-speaking guide and the driver at the Vladimir train station. 

City tour of Vladimir – on this tour you will visit the main sights of the city:

Assumption cathedral– this is an outstanding monument of Rus before the Mongol-Tatar Invasion, dating from 1189. It is one of the few churches where frescos by Andrey Rublev have survived.

St Demetrius’ Cathedral – another masterpiece of ancient Russian architecture. It was built in 1197. 556 carved stones decorate the cathedral and create a magical view of the world where Christian motives stand side by side with more pagan images.

Golden Gates – this structure includes a triumphal arch and a gate-church which was built in 1164 during the reign of Andrey Bogolyubsky. It is a unique monument of ancient Rus military architecture. Similar gates were erected in Kiev at the time, but these have not survived.

Lunch (own expense)

Transfer to Bogolyubovo (10 km). Bogolyubovo can be translated as 'God-loving'. Appropriately, it is famous for its UNESCO-protected monastery and  Intercession Church on the Nerl which is considered a masterpiece of Russian church architecture and the reason for visiting. On this tour you will visit the main sights:

The Bogolyubovo Convent with the remains of the Palace of the Prince, 1157

The Church of the Intervention on the Nerl, 1165, is believed to be a perfect temple of ancient Russia due to harmony of its proportions. It stands on a small hill in the field and fits perfectly into the surrounding landscape. The most notable highlight of the church is white stone carving on the facades depicting beautiful girls’ faces and King David surrounded by fantastic animals. According to calculations of researchers, a carver was to spend about 3.5 thousand days creating this rich ornament

Transfer from Vladimir to your hotel in Suzdal. (Distance: 40km)

Overnight in Suzdal.

Day 2: Suzdal

Breakfast at your hotel.

10:00 City tour of Suzdal - the highlights of the tour include:

Suzdal Kremlin – the most ancient part of Suzdal from where the city began. It is situated in the south of the city on the bank of the River Kamenki. Based on information contained in chronicles, the Suzdal Kremlin has existed since at least 1024 and archaeological evidence suggests it even dates from the 10th century.

Nativity of the Virgin Mary Cathedralwith the unique Golden doors produced in 1230 – this cathedral was built in 1225 on the foundations of an even older building. It is believed that the former church was built during the reign of Vladimir Monomakh. The cathedral is the oldest surviving building in the city.

Spaso-Yefimiev Monastery – in the past Suzdal was surrounded by 15 monasteries and the Spaso-Yefimiev Monastery is just one of the five monasteries which survive today. It was founded in 1352 and today it is one of the main sights in the city as it is now a museum. In imperial and Soviet times the monastery even held a prison.

Museum of Wooden Architecture – many wooden buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries have been brought here from all over the Vladimir Region. By walking around the buildings you will get a good picture of how the Russian provinces looked in the 19th century.

The Transfiguration of Jesus cathedral 1560, the bellman performance at the monastery

The Intercession of the Virgin Nunnery – the place of the exile of the Moscow tsar’s ex-wives

The Market square

14:00 Lunch (own expense)

15:50 Catching the train back to Moscow

17:30 Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to your hotel. A driver will wait for you next to your wagon.(OPTIONAL)

What's included

  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance in Vladimir, Bogolyubovo and Suzdal. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Driver’s services as per the program in Vladimir, Bogolyubovo and Suzdal (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • Roundtrip tickets for the Lastochka high-speed train (2nd class return)
  • Private excursion with a local guide in Vladimir, Bogolyubovo and Suzdal
  • Entrance tickets to museums as per the programme
  • 3/4* hotel accommodation for 1 night in Suzdal (standard DBL room), breakfast included
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Not included in the price
  • Transfers in Moscow to/from the railway station
  • Food / Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
Additional expenses

 

Additional info
  • The tour is available the whole year round starting on any day, but please take into account that the museum’s working hours and days-off vary so we reserve the right to change the itinerary while trying to save the excursion programme.
  • Some religious sights such as active monasteries require a specific dress code in order to be allowed to visit - for women a scarf to cover your head and a skirt covering your knees (no trousers); for men, no shorts and all headwear must be removed.

Visa

Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

Moscow : Golden Ring
One of the most fascinating regions in Russia is the famous 'Golden Ring' of cities to the northeast of Moscow. This ancient heart of Russia with its old whitewashed city walls and venerable onion-domed churches created the world's definition of medieval Rus. In this enchanted region - which has remained relatively untouched by tourist crowds - time stands still. The main currents of history ignored these cities, leaving towns such as Vladimir, S... Read more
Golden Ring : Suzdal
Suzdal is a unique compilation of numerous monuments of material culture, architecture and history. Standing along the banks of the Kamenka River, Suzdal used to be the capital of several Russian principalities. It is a religious hub with numerous monasteries churches making it now an important tourist center, featuring many fine examples of old Russian architecture. The town has almost 300 architectural monuments of the last millennium and a ple... Read more
Golden Ring : Bogolyubovo
Bogolyubovo is a lesser-known destination in Golden Ring region ofRussia. This small settlement about 7 miles east of Vladimir enjoys a legend-decorated past and is the home to a UNESCO-protected church. It’s situated where the Nerl River and the Klyazma River meet, and this historically strategic and picturesque location may have been the reason for its establishment, though the religious enthusiasm of its founder may have also p... Read more
Golden Ring : Vladimir
The City of Vladimir is one of the oldest Russian communities. It is one of the major members of the Golden Ring of communities which have played a significant role in Russian history. Among many other attractions, the city boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read more
Suzdal : Market Square
The Market Square is a raised stone patio that has been served as Suzdal's trading center for the better part of the millennium. Read more
The Museum of Wooden Architecture keeps numerous examples of old wooden architecture and is considered to be a little corner of classical ancient Russia. Read more
Founded in the 14th century to protect the town’s northern entrance, Suzdal’s biggest monastery grew mighty in the 16th and 17th centuries after Vasily III, Ivan the Terrible and the noble Pozharsky family funded impressive new stone buildings and made large land and property acquisitions. It was girded with its great brick walls and towers in the 17th century. Read more
The ancient Kremlin of Suzdal is the place that gave rise to the city. The central street of the city leads there. Even from afar you can see its white-stone walls with bright-green roofs of the buildings. Bright white in the backdrop of the green meadows are the slender silhouettes of churches and the golden domes of ancient monasteries. Read more
At The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery), time seems to stand still. Established in the 14th century, the monastery was the place where the influential men of Moscow would banish their unwanted wives and daughters. Today nuns inhabit the convent (and they're there of their own free will), but everyday life in the monastery remains as it was back in the early days. Soak in the atmosphere, walk the maintained gro... Read more
At the time of the reign of Grand Prince of Vladimir Vsevolod the Big Nest, Vladimir-Suzdal Princedom was in the zenith of its glory. “Suzdal Region back in the beginning of XII century was a forsaken north-eastern corner of Russian Land, but in XIII century was already a Princedom that decisively headed up the rest of Russ,” V. Klyuchevsky wrote. And Dmitrievsky Cathedral built by Vsevolod was purposed to signify this rise of Vladimi... Read more
The Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir (sometimes translated Assumption Cathedral) was a mother church of Medieval Russia in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is part of a World Heritage Site, the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal. Read more
Vladimir : Golden Gates
Golden Gate in Vladimir is a unique example of Russian military architecture of the 12th century. It was erected in 1164 as a part of the defensive wall encircling the ancient Vladimir. The gate was crowned with the tiny Church of the Deposition of the Robe. Along with the Golden Gate there was several other gates, but the Golden Gates were the main entrance to the city. Read more

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