Vladimir – Suzdal – Sergiev Posad 2 days tour.
Moscow – 2 nights, Kazan – 1 night, St.-Petersburg – 3 nights
Day 1 – Trip to Vladimir & Suzdal
08:00 Pick up in the hotel and departure to Vladimir which is located in 200 km. to the North-East from Moscow. On arrival to Vladimir you will begin the tour from the Golden Gates (outside) which were built in 1158 when Andrey Bogolyubski made Vladimir the capital of Ryazan-Suzdal principality. The aim of the gates was to fortify the town and to give it majesty and pomp.
Lunch in the local café
Continue exploring the city visiting the Cathedral of St. Demetrius (inside) the most expressive and probably well-known example of pre-Mongol period. It was build in 1190s as a palace temple of the prince Vsevolod the Big Nest. The cathedral is well preserved and now and is functioning as a museum.
The next point of the tour is the Assumption Cathedral (outside) – orthodox temple built in the 12-th century. The cathedral was the largest building of the new capital, the center of its architectural ensemble. By taking the most favorable point of the urban terrain – at the edge of the cliff, it reigned over the city and its surroundings; the golden dome of the cathedral was seen for many kilometers around.
Departure to Suzdal.
The first place to visit in the town is the Kremlin of Suzdal (inside). The appearance of the Kremlin had been formed during many centuries since the 12-th century under the influence of each prince of Suzdal.
To see how do people lived in Russian villages centuries ago and how that villages looked like you will visit the Museum of Wooden Architecture (inside) which is located on the picturesque shore of Kamenka river. You will see wooden buildings (houses, windmill and even a functioning orthodox church) of 18-19-th centuries, which were taken here from different villages of the country.
Dinner in the local cafe.
20:00 Check-in at the hotel.
Day 2 – Trip to Sergiev Posad
Breakfast at the hotel. 09:00 Departure to Sergiev Posad. Excursion to the Saint Trinity Sergius Lavra. You will be impressed by the medieval Russian architecture: gorgeous cathedrals with gold covered domes and the tallest in Russia 88 meters high beautiful belfry.
Souvenir shopping in the small souvenir fair near the entry to the lavra.
Lunch in the local café.
Master-class in Matryoshka factory.
Sergiev Posad is known as the motherland of traditional wooden toy – matryoshka. During the excursion you will know about the technology of production of the doll from the procurement process to the hand painting. On the master-class you will play a role of a painter: you will be taught the basic techniques of painting and take home your hand-made souvenir.
17:00 Departure to Moscow.
- 1 night twin / double accommodation in the hotel 3*
- Guide service
- Entry tickets to the Saint Trinity Lavra, Cathedral of St. Demetrius, Museum of Wooden Architecture, Suzdal Kremlin.
- Master class
- 1 Breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
- Pick up / drop off – your hotel in Moscow
Terms & Conditions
Prices are “from”, per person based on group of 10 persons. Charges for extra time (per hour): minivan $20, guide $20. Supplement for 4* hotel – $30 per pax.