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1 Day: Vladimir and Suzdal by train

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During your Moscow tours you've probably seen lots of Old Russian churches and monasteries.  But if you really wish to find yourself travelling back in time we highly recommend that you visit two old towns Vladimir and Suzdal.

Vladimir is most famous for its three 12th century monuments : the five-domed Assumption Cathedral with magnificent frescoes of Andrey Rublev, the warrior-like cathedral of St. Demetrius notable for its unique carvings and the Golden Gate, which used to be a tower over the city's main gate.

A real wonder of the trip is an ancient Russian town Suzdal.  It was once the capital of Rostov-Suzdal principality. This town is like a museum under the open sky, its medieval monuments can tell you its old story.  This place is very quiet for there are no train stations or industries. Gazing at its blue river, wooden houses, picturesque meadows you may feel that time has stopped here.

Tour itinerary:

8.30 am  meeting with a driver who will take you to the train station 
9.30 am – 11.14 am Train to Vladimir
Meeting with your guide-driver or a guide and a driver
11.30 am – 12.30 pm The tour of the central part of Vladimir includes Assumption cathedral interior (it is open), St Demetrius cathedral (outside), Golden Gates (outside)
12.30 pm – 1 pm Driving to Suzdal
1 pm – 2 pm Lunch break
2 pm – 5 pm Sightseeing tour of Suzdal includes the Museum of Wooden Architecture, famous for beautiful 19th century wooden houses of wealthy peasants,  St Euthimius monastery  where you can listen to bell ringing (or Intersession convent)Suzdal Kremlin and  trading square where you can buy something from locals.
Driving back to Vladimir to take 5.59 pm train back to Moscow  which arrives at 7.40 pm

In summer time it is possible to stay a bit longer and go to Bogolyubovo famous for the  beautiful Pokrova-on-the-Nerl church which is located in the meadows.
8.15 pm – 10 pm Train back to Moscow
10 pm Meeting with a driver. Transfer to your hotel

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