If you want to experience the atmosphere of medieval Russia and enjoy beautiful country, you should visit Vladimir. May we suggest a 1-day trip (by train – approximately 2 hours), specially structured so that you have an opportunity to see all of the major sites of Vladimir.
The Golden Gates were constructed during the 12th century. Inside there is a museum, focused on the Mongol invasion and occupation.
Troitskaya (Trinity) Church was built in Neo-Russian style for Old Believers (a conservative Russian Orthodox community). Now it is the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniature Painting, & Embroidery. It possesses an amazing collection of traditional Russian handicrafts and folk art.
Dormition Cathedral was built during the 12th century by craftsmen from Kiev, Galich, Greece and Germany. Unlike others in Vladimir, the cathedral survived the Mongol invasion. You can see magnificent carvings outside and beautiful paintings inside. The bell tower was constructed in 1810 and combined Russian, Gothic and Neoclassic styles.
The Cathedral of St. Demetrius has intricately carved facades, influenced by Georgian and Byzantine culture. The walls are covered with about 600 reliefs, portraying enormous animals and historically famous people.
As you finish, you’ll have a chance to take gorgeous photos from the observation platform.
After the tour, if you have energy and desire, you can be transported to Suzdal by taxi (optional). Suzdal is an amazingly tranquil and beautiful town with numerous churches and wooden houses. Singing birds and the ringing of bells can be heard throughout the day.