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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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Yaroslavl City Tour with a Private Guide

2. Yaroslavl City Tour with a Private Guide

Meet your guide at your hotel, from where, depending on the location of the hotel, you will go by foot, by public transport or by taxi (optional) to the central part of Yaroslavl. Learn the unforgettable story about the life of Yaroslav the Wise and his contribution to the history of Russia. Walk along the ancient streets and take incredible photos of architectural monuments of the 16th-17th centuries. Next, visit the main temples of the city as an experienced guide tells you about what happened in the city during the revolutionary events of the year 1917. Yaroslavl is the pearl of the Golden Ring of Russia, a beautiful ancient city with the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour ends in the center of the city.

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Kostroma: Private City Tour

3. Kostroma: Private City Tour

The guide will meet you at the hotel, from where, depending on the location of the hotel, you will go by foot or by public transport to the central part of Kostroma. Here you will hear unforgettable stories about the legends and stories associated with the names of the Kostroma streets. You will walk along the beautiful embankment of the Volga River and take incredible photos against the background of architectural monuments of the 13th-17th centuries. During your tour at Kostroma, you will have the opportunity to see the process of turning flax kernels into fabric, and even have the opportunity to make such a flap yourself in the flax museum. An experienced guide will take you through all the stages of growing this crop, and tell you how the fabric was bleached and how it was painted. You will then go up to the observation deck to see the city at a glance and to examine all the beauty of the Volga river and Kostroma landscapes. Discover one of the cities of the Golden Ring of Russia, which was first recorded in the chronicles of the year 1213, but historians believe it could have been founded by Yury Dolgoruky more than half a century earlier in 1152. At the completion of your tour, your guide will accompany you back to your hotel.

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Pereslavl-Zalessky: Private City Tour

4. Pereslavl-Zalessky: Private City Tour

Your guide will meet you at the hotel and from here, depending on the location of the hotel, you will go by foot or by public transport to the central part of the city. During your tour, you will walk through the most historically significant part of the city, Red Square. Here the most ancient city temple the Transfiguration Cathedral is located, as well as the Church of Peter the Metropolitan, the Vladimir Cathedral and the Church of Alexander Nevsky. From here you will see the ancient walls of the current St. Nicholas Convent. Walking along the river Trubezh, you will come to one of the most beautiful places of Pereslavl, where you will find Plescheevo Lake and the Church of Forty Martyrs of Sebaste. You can enjoy an amazingly scenic view as you learn of the many legends associated with this place. While passing the typical buildings of Pereslavl, you will discover the wall of the former Assumption Goritsky Monastery, where the Pereslavl-Zalessky Museum is located. You can admire the panorama of Pereslavl-Zalessky and Plescheevo lakes from the bell tower. After the tour, your guide will accompany you to your hotel.

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