These are two off the beaten track destinations overlooked by almost all guidebooks. Ivan the Terrible's residence in Alexandrov and a serene Yuriev-Polskiy with a beautiful kremlin and a unique Saint George Cathedral dating back to the 13th century. I’m not a licensed guide and I won’t bother you with history lectures though I do know all the essential facts about the attractions we're going to see and we can always look up detailed information online. There is no tight schedule, feel free to change the itinerary as you like. Discover new places at your own pace and I’ll be around as your personal assistant and fellow traveler. My vehicle is a Subaru Outback (4WD estate car) in an excellent condition. It is very comfortable for 3 passengers but might be ok for 4 persons, too.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Alexandrovskaya Sloboda, Aleksandrov, Aleksandrovsky District, Vladimir Oblast, Central RussiaAlexandrov Kremlin (Александровская слобода) is an impressive Old Russian fortress closely associated with the name of the notoriuos Tsar Ivan the Terrible and the violent political regime of oprichnina he established to battle his alleged opponents. The kremlin is well preserved and has a great museum which definitely makes it worth a visit.Meanwhile, the town of Alexandrov itself is quite nondescript – a jumble of unsightly Soviet and post-Soviet buildings covered with fussy signboards. Fine examples of architecture are scarce. Yet, it might be enlightening to take a brief walk around the town to get the idea how modern day settlements beyond the capital city look like.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Yuryev-Polsky Museum of History, Architecture and Art, Yuryev-Polsky, Vladimir Oblast, Central RussiaYuriev-Polsky is another ancient town unfairly overshadowed by its more renowned neighbours like Suzdal, Vladimir and Pereslavl. Most guidebooks don’t even bother to mention it on its pages. Which is a pity, indeed, because Yuriev has that ineffable provincial charm where farmhouses adjoin the centuries old monastery and life goes by unhurriedly. It shouldn’t be looked down on though – St. George Cathedral which dates back to the 13th century is reason enough to pay a visit.Duration: 4 hours