Welcome to Vladimir
Vladimir (Владимир) may look like another Soviet Gotham City, until you pass the medieval Golden Gate and stop by the cluster of exquisite churches and cathedrals, some of the oldest in Russia. Hiding behind them is an abrupt bluff with spectacular views of the Oka Valley. Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky chose Vladimir as his capital in 1157 after a stint in the Holy Land where he befriended European crusader kings, such... Read More
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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 Walking Tour: Ancient Kiev and City Center
You will start your walking tour from the famous Golden Gates, which were the main entrance to the town of Kiev during the ruling of Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The name “Golden Gates” proceeds from the beauty of this building and not from the material it is made of. You guide will show you the Yaroslav the Wise Statue, situated nearby. Then you will pass towards the St. Sophia Square and admire the amazing National Reserve Sophia Kievskaya. It was founded in XI century and is one of the most significant constructions of old Kiev, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (The visit of the St. Sophia Cathedral is optional, for an additional fee). In front of the St. Sophia Cathedral there is an impressive Hetman Bohdan Khmelnitskiy Monument. Our tour continues as we visit St. Michael’s Golden Domed Cathedral. You will uncover the history of this sight and find out that the original old Cathedral was ruined during the Soviet period but it was rebuilt 15 years ago. Now it is a male Monastery and you can visit it and admire its splendid interior. The Princess Olha Monument, who was one of the first Christian rulers of Kiev, is standing in front of the Monastery. Then you will come to the oldest part of Kiev – the town of Prince Vladimir the Great. Not many sight are left from that period, however you can still see the place of the entrance to Vladimir town, marked with the red stones on the road. The pearl of this walking tour is St. Andrew’s Church, located right near the Starokievska Mountain, which is the cradle of Kiev. It was built in the Baroque style 300 years ago and now it’s one of the must-see sights of Kiev.Then, travelling from the antiquity to the present days you will enjoy a pleasant walk through the central part pf the city - Kreschatik Street and Maidan Nezalezhnosti. This tour ends in the city center.
Kiev by Night
According to one song it is impressive to imagine the monument to Vladimir without a cross in his hand. It is true that nobody including Soviet authorities have ever succeeded in taking away his cross from the monument on Vladimir’s hill. This cross was lit up with electrical bulbs more than a hundred years ago. Now many sights of Kiev are illuminated in the evening hours, and we offer You to enjoy the city of Kiev by Night. 2 hours tour begin at 09:00pm with meeting your guide and he show you the beautiful Kiev by Night. You can choose the walking tour by Down Town or get more experience take a tour by car. Our tour will bring You across the river Dnieper and along it for you to enjoy the panoramic view of the Lavra Monastery with its multitude of demes plated with 20 kilograms of gold and 102-meters tall Iron Lady Memorial – Museum of WWII faced with its stainless steel and titanium shell (over 100t of metal used). You will see Paton bridge (1.5 km along), subway and pedestrian bridges connecting central Park to Hydropark and Trukhanov islands. You will drive along old colourful streets of Podol and visit Independent Square - Maydan Nezalezhnosti with its monuments and concert halls (former school of the daughters of nobility and Peter Chaikovsky’s Centre) – all these structures and buildings are nicely lit up in the evening. Same it true about Khreschatyk – the main street of Kiev with its City Hall and old Bessarabian farmer’s market. Finally, we’ll bring You to the revolutionary red-colour Taras Shevchenko State University building (1842y. architect Beretti), Opera and Ballet House, churches of old upper Kiev – byzantine St. Sophia’s Cathedral, St. Michaels Golden Domed and St. Andrew’s Church.
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
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.