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From Moscow: Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

1. From Moscow: Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

Suzdal and Vladimir are the main towns of the famous Golden Ring of Russia - the name for several cities and smaller towns north-east of Moscow. This is a great route to travel if you want to enjoy the quiet and peaceful life in the Russian province, view the beautiful countryside, and discover ancient architecture. This 1-day trip allows you to experience the flavor of old Russian towns, religions and culture. On the tour, take in the beautiful sights of the Russian countryside, see Russian architecture such as old churches made of white stone, and visit old fortifications, fortresses and beautiful monasteries. The first town in the Golden Ring, 179 kilometers to the east of Moscow, is Vladimir, an ancient capital of all Russian principalities. It is also the first stop along the Trans-Siberian route. The city dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest and the most important towns along the Ring. Next visit Suzdal, a calm ancient Russian town 38 kilometers north of Vladimir with around 13,000 inhabitants. Suzdal is officially protected from industries and the old-style architecture and buildings are kept intact. The hilly green town is very serene and walking around it is a pleasure. It’s a region known for its mindblowing number of churches, convents and monasteries. Judging by the spires and cupolas, Suzdal may have as many churches as people. If you are looking to discover old Russia with its picturesque landscapes and white-stoned beautiful churches, then this trip is for you. 

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Vladimir and Suzdal: Private Tour

2. Vladimir and Suzdal: Private Tour

Start your journey in the early morning with your private guide, on a comfortable high-speed train to Vladimir, where you will meet your driver to go to Suzdal. Visit the open-air museum of wooden architecture and peasant life and learn about the Russian rural community. Head toward Suzdal Kremlin where the history of the town dates back to the 11th century. Walk to the Market Square and taste Medovukha - a traditional Russian honey-based alcoholic beverage. Marvel at the inexpugnable walls of St. Euthymius Monastery which once was a prison for dissidents. Drive to Vladimir - the capital of the Golden Ring and once the capital of Russia. The city was a cosmopolitan and artistic center at the end of the 12th century and the Seat of the Orthodox Church in the 14th century. Admire the shallow relief carvings on the white tall walls of St. Demetrius cathedral that were created by various artists. Your guide will explain to you the significance of the Assumption cathedral, which was the main cathedral in Russia before Moscow became the capital of the country, in the 15th century. Walk along Bolshaya Moskovskaya street - the main street of Vladimir that leads right to Moscow - to see the authentic architectural look of the city. Finish your day at the foot of the Golden Gate - the only surviving gate out of the 7 that protected the ancient borders of the city from enemies. Head to the railway station to travel back to Moscow.

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Private Tour in Suzdal and Kideksha

3. Private Tour in Suzdal and Kideksha

Accompanied by a guide, you will go on a tour to the central part of Suzdal. You will visit the famous Pokrovsky Convent, one of the largest in Russia. There are the relics of St. Sophia of Suzdal - the first wife of the great Moscow Prince Vasily Ioanovich. You will also observe the architecture of the Savior-Euthymius monastery, the main one in the Suzdal-Nizhny Novgorod principality. Stroll through the streets of the city, get acquainted with the history of the Suzdal Kremlin, see the oldest shopping arcades, and learn everything about cucumbers and mead. View the Suzdal Kremlin and the panorama of the Museum of Wooden Architecture, as well as visit the museum itself. Then you will go to the ancient village of Kideksha - the residence of Prince Yuri Dolgoruky. There is the first white-stone building of North-Eastern Russia - the Church of Saints Boris and Gleb (dated 1152). Sarcophagi and frescoes are dated to the 12th century inside, the works of unknown masters have been preserved in the prince’s tomb of this Church. Anyone who is interested in the history of ancient Russia must visit Kideksha definitely - the sovereign court of Yuri Dolgoruky. After exploring the village of Kideksha, you will return to Suzdal, where the tour ends.

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Full Day Tour - Vladimir, Bogolyubovo, Suzdal - From Moscow

4. Full Day Tour - Vladimir, Bogolyubovo, Suzdal - From Moscow

The guide will meet you at your hotel, from where you will go on an unforgettable journey by comfortable car. At first, you will have an excursion at Vladimir city. During the tour you will walk through the historical part of the city: through the very center of the city, from the Cathedral Square through Pushkin Park, you will see the monument to Prince Vladimir the Holy. Walk along the old street with its historic buildings and visit the masterpiece of white stone architecture, the Golden Gate. Then you will go to the ancient village of Bogolyubovo and visit the Bogolyubsky monastery with the unique monument of Russian architecture - The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl. Then you will go to Suzdal, where you will have a tour of the central part of the city. You will visit the famous Pokrovsky Convent, one of the largest in Russia. You will also see the architecture of the Savior-Euthymius monastery and get acquainted with the history of the Suzdal Kremlin. After that, you will go to Moscow with your guide, who will accompany you to the hotel.

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What people are saying about Suzdal

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 14 reviews

A worthwhile look into the history of Russia

Vasily took us to the beginnings of the Orthodox Church, adjusted perfectly to us, told a lot about the country and its people, and sharpened our view of the country. That was very interesting. The excursion is very worthwhile ... In contrast to lively Moscow, there is a more contemplative and devout side of the Russian soul. But you have to be prepared for a long day ... Depending on the traffic jam ... If you want to capture the places and the atmosphere intensely, you should treat yourself to an overnight stay in Suzdal. We were very satisfied ... maybe we were lucky with our guide.

best tour guide ever, we had so much fun learning everything about Russia