Need a break from busy Moscow? You should definitely visit a couple of Golden Ring cities and discover fascinating rural landscapes during a 2-day car trip to Vladimir and Suzdal! Enjoy the tranquility of these historical municipalities.
We start our journey with Vladimir (about 115 miles northeast of Moscow), one of the medieval capitals of Russia. Vladimir is full of old buildings dating from the 12 century. One of them is the Golden Gates, a towering fortress which was an important part of this defensive outpost.
Troitskaya (Trinity) Church now houses the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniature Painting, & Embroidery. It possesses an amazing collection of traditional Russian handicrafts and folk art.
Patriarch Gardens is a stunning place for all people who want to admire the beauty of the trees, flowers, and fountains at this peaceful location.
Next stop is Dormition Cathedral, also known as Assumption Cathedral, is a unique monument of white-stone architecture. It was built in 12 century by the order of Prince Andrew the Pious. The exterior walls are covered with gorgeous carvings; the interior was repainted by famous Andrey Rublev. Some fragments of the frescoes are still surviving.
Then you will visit the small (compared to its previous configuration) Cathedral of St. Dmitry, formerly the private chapel of Vsevolod, known as the Big Nest because of his large family. The church is famous for its white-stone carvings. The decorations represent creatures and scenes from the Bible and persons like Alexander the Great, King David, King Solomon, and Prince Vsevolod himself.
Finally, you can enjoy the enchanting view from the observation platform.
Then, it’s time to rest and, if you want, you can take a steam bath (Russian banya).
After spending the night in a fine hotel in Vladimir, Suzdal is waiting for you. Suzdal has many monuments, so it is actually an open-air museum.
The Suzdal adventure begins with the Kremlin, at the heart of the city, the oldest part of Suzdal (10th century). The architectural complex includes the Archbishop’s Chambers, Cross Hall, bell tower and some churches. The Cathedral of the Nativity is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Cathedral is famous for being built not for the exclusive use of the knyaz (Prince). Due to the numerous rebuilding and design changes, there are frescoes dating from the 13, 15 and 17 centuries.
At The Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life, discover the life of Russian peasants. There are many wooden houses (izba), windmills, and churches, which were constructed without a single nail.
The Cathedral of the Deposition has a tower that is the highest building in Suzdal (72 m). The tower is newer (19 century) than the other constructions (13 century).
Discounts for groups (4 and more)
Tired of noisy and busy Moscow my friends and I wanted to spend some days watching quiet Russian towns. The company Russia with Love arranged a nice tour for a group of four people. Driving in a comfotable car we got Vladimir and spend a remarkable day there. The town differs greatly from the capital city and we were happy just to walk watching beautiful cathedrals and listening to the interesting stories of our guide. In the end of the day RUssian banya was the best choice to relax. The next day we went to Suzdal which made a great impression as well. Highly recommend this tour for everybody!