Welcome to Suzdal
The Golden Ring comes with a diamond and that’s Suzdal (Суздаль). If you have only one place to visit near Moscow, come here – even though everyone else will do the same. In 1864, local merchants failed to coerce the government into building the Trans-Siberian Railway through their town. Instead it went through Vladimir, 35km away. As a result Suzdal was bypassed not only by trains, but by the 20th century... Read More
Top experiences in Suzdal
Private Tour: Golden Ring Day Trip to Suzdal and Vladimir from Moscow
Leave your central Moscow hotel by luxury minibus, and then travel northeast out of the city to the visit the famous Golden Ring – a series of charming, medieval fortified cities and towns. Built just after the death of the Grand Prince Vladimir, the towns of the Golden Ring attracted power and wealth from Moscow – leading to the name the Golden Ring.After traveling for roughly three hours, stop in your first Golden Ring town of the day: the historical settlement of Vladimir. Stretch your legs on a walking tour, hearing the history of the town once known as the capital of Rus. Head inside its star attraction, the regal-looking Assumption Cathedral (once Russia’s main cathedral), and admire treasures like Rublyov’s The Last Judgement frescoes, and then stroll over to the equally enchanting Cathedral of St Dmitry. Its exterior walls are its main attraction – adorned in incredible stone carvings.Take a stroll around the town, admiring monuments like the Golden Gate, and then return to your coach for the short journey north to Suzdal. Stop for lunch (own expense) at a Russian restaurant called Traktir in the town, and then head out to explore Suzdal. Walk around the ramparts of Suzdal’s Kremlin, and hear little-known facts about the town’s history and culture, learning how it was once a favorite town of the Soviet government.Besides Suzdal’s fine architecture, the town boasts several world-class museums, too. Pay a visit to the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life to see wooden houses, barns, windmills and churches – all built without using a single nail. Then, head inside the Museum of Crystal Glass to see a collection of Gus-Crystalny’s glass designs. Learn about the craft of glass blowing the area, and admire exquisite Russian jewellery boxes.After exploring Suzdal, learning all about its culture, history and architecture, return to your minibus for the journey back to Moscow. Your tour ends around 10pm in the evening back at the start point.
Day Trip to Suzdal and Vladimir from Moscow
Vladimir and Suzdal are two of the most popular cities on the Golden Ring of Russia tourist route and it is no surprise why, as the historical centres of the these cities will take you back to Mediaeval Rus. Vladimir is believed to have been founded at the end of the 10th century. Famous figures from mediaeval Russian history are connected with the city, such as Andrey Bogolyubsky, Vladimir Monomakh, Vsevolod the Big Nest and Aleksandr Nevsky. Vladimir eventually become the capital of north-eastern Rus, with the grand prince of Vladimir becoming the most senior ruler in Rus, and these grand princes set about building white stone cathedrals and founded monasteries to decorate the new capital. Suzdal was also the capital of north-eastern Rus before the emergence of Vladimir, but today it is quiet Russian provincial town, albeit one like no other. Only in Suzdal have so many beautiful architectural monuments been preserved. In all there are 33 churches, five monasteries and 14 bell towers. For this reason the city is often described as an open-air museum. The highlights of the tour include: Visiting two ancient cities on Russia’s Golden Ring The Dormition Cathedral and St Demetrius’ Cathedral (closed on Tuesdays) – wonders of ancient Russian white stone architecture Excursion to the Suzdal Kremlin (closed on Tuesdays) and the Spaso-Yefimiev Monastery Visit to the Russian provinces Possibility to try real Russian cuisine A morning transfer to the railway station in Moscow. It takes just under 2 hours to get to Vladimir from Moscow on this train. As soon as you arrive in Vladimir you will be met by your driver. An excursion around Vladimir with a professional guide awaits on which you will learn about the rich history of the city and its wonderful monuments of architecture. After the excursion in Vladimir you will head for Suzdal. Here you can try traditional Russian cuisine. Your guide will let you know the best restaurants in the city. After lunch you will have an excursion around Suzdal. You will visit the most beautiful cathedrals in the city and see masterpieces of Russian wooden architecture. After the excursion you will have free time to walk around the city by yourself and buy souvenirs. In the evening you will have a transfer to the railway station in Vladimir to catch the high speed train back to Moscow. You will arrive in Moscow at 22:00 and be transferred to your hotel. The driver will wait for you next to your carriage.
Private Day Trip to Vladimir from Moscow
Head east from Moscow for a medieval and culture-packed adventure in Vladimir and Suzdal (optional) 12-hour Trip to Vladimir from Moscow 08:30 – Hotel pick up 09:10 – Taking train/bus to Vladimir 12.30 – Arriving to Vladimir. Make it to this fairytale town by 12.30 pm and make sure to stop off for a snack before you hit the old town of one of the most beautiful Golden Ring cities 12.40 – 13.10 – Lunch in a local café 13.20 – 13.40 – Holy Assumption Cathedral 13:30 – 15.00 – Cultural and historic walk around the city: Golden Gate Chapel and Military Monument, Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, Andrey Rublev Statue, Chamber Official Place, Sobornaya Square, strolling down the main street in town - Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street and exploring ancient Russian architecture and wooden houses, as well as enjoying great viewpoints and gardens Optional quick visit into one of the museums: History Museum, Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, Gingerbread Museum, Spoon Museum, History Museum 15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break. Cool off at a local coffee shop trying local desserts (optional) 16.00 – Leave by late afternoon back to Moscow by fast train or bus 19.30 – Arriving to Moscow 20.00 – 20.30 – Hotel drop-off Or 15.00 – Taking taxi to Suzdal 15.00 – 15.30 – Suzdal Kremlin 15.30 – 17.00 – Cultural and historic walk around the city and seeing some of these churches: Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, the Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life, The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery), Churches of Saints Peter and Paul and St Nicholas, St Alexander monastery, Prepodobenskaya Bell Tower, Monastery of the Deposition (Rizopolozhenskiy), The Church of the Resurrection of Christ and The Kazan Church, Saint Antipius and Saint Lazarus churches, Assumption Church, Center of National Creativity of Suzdal, Church of the Entry into Jerusalem and Pyatnitskaya Church, Resurrection Church 17.00 – 17.30 – Round out the trip with a dinner in a local traditional café 17.30 – Taking taxi back to Vladimir 18.30 – Taking train/bus to Moscow 22.00 – Arriving to Moscow 22.30 – 23.00 – Hotel drop-off
4-Day Golden Ring Tour from Moscow
Leave Moscow and travel by luxury coach around the Golden Ring – a collection of historical towns and cities just northeast of the capital. Often called the ancient heart of Russia, the enchanting ring of old fortified cities is a land where time has seemingly stood still for centuries. Hear the history of the region and admire wooden houses, UNESCO-listed monasteries and onion-domed cathedrals on coach tours of seven Golden Ring towns: Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov-Veliky, Pereyaslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad. Overnight stays are scheduled in the most vibrant Golden Ring towns – Vladimir, Kostroma and Rostov-Veliky – and hotels are centrally located, allowing you to easily explore the towns independently between excursions and transfers.
Epic Trans-Siberian Journey
Imagine trying to cover ground across Russia far west to far east – a crazy thought, huh? The solution: Get on the Trans-Siberian with us and watch this epic land glide by through the window of a comfortable train. After visiting the historic sights of Moscow, take the train through the Ural Mountains (and cross into Asia!) to Yekaterinburg, before heading to the heart of Siberia in Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. Learn about Buryat culture in Ulan Ude before heading to the coast in Vladivostok. The whole trip covers 9,300km (5,778 mi) and crosses seven time zones. Whether you go in the summer or winter, this trip is the definition of epic.
Golden Ring of Russia
Experience the treasures of Russian culture, history and architecture on this 8-day journey—wander picturesque towns older than Moscow and marvel at Orthodox frescoes and golden domes. An expert CEO will lead the way and locals will uncover what was hidden behind the Iron Curtain for years. Visit the Kremlins in the cities along the Golden Ring and contemplate European masterpieces in St Petersburg's Hermitage. The onion-domed churches dotting the skylines of rural villages coupled with the grandeur of Moscow are waiting to be discovered.