Day 1: Vladimir, Bogolyubovo
Your private driver will pick you up at your hotel in Moscow and take you to Vladimir, located few hours away. Upon arriving to Vladimir you will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch you will visit XII century Dmitrovsky Cathedrals and the Museum of Crystal and Varnished Miniature. For this afternoon, we have planned a visit to Bogolyubovo and to ancient Pokrova-na-Nerli Church (built in 1164!). Afterwards, we will return to Vladimir and stay there overnight in Hotel "Vladimir." Dinner at the hotel in evening. Uspenskiy Cathedral: The construction of it started in XII century, at the same time with the defensive fortifications around the city. Cathedral is located on the hill above the city of Vladimir. The location choice was important, so that people would see that the God in a face of new religion of Christianity is above them, directing and helping them. Zolotie Vorota of Vladimir: Zolotie Vorota of Vladimir are the main sight of the city. It was almost thousand years ago when Mongols captured and destroyed Vladimir. Zolotie Vorota (Golden Gates) were the last place to stand against intruders. Mongols burned it down with the rest of Vladimir citizens. Bogolyubovo: Today Bogolyubovo is a small village just 5 miles avay from Vladimir, located on the river Nerli. But back in XII century it was a place where major political decision were made. It was a residence tzar Andrew Bogolyubskiy.
Day 2: Suzdal and Kostroma
After breakfast at the hotel we will proceed to Suzdal. Suzdal has its own Kremlin and you will go inside of it to explore museum of wooden architecture and to listed to the Bell Concert of the Spaso-Efimievsky Monastery. We will then travel to Kostroma. Lunch at a local restaurant in Kostroma followed by the city tour. Visit to Ipatiev Monastery, the Romanov's Palace and Trade Galleries. This evening you will depart to Yaroslavl. Hotel Check in and dinner at a local restaurant. The Kremlin of Suzdal: The oldest part of Suzdal is Kremlin, with a St. Maria Cathedral being a central part of it. North and South gates are made using a unique fire gold technique, and are one of the best saved monuments of the old Russ architecture and art. Suzdal Museum of Wooden Art: At the other side of the river Kamenka, across the Kremlin of Suzdal, located famous Suzdal museum of wooden craft. Best wooden crafts, including everything from fork to buildings, were brought here from all over the Russia starting from XVI century. It is a small town by itself, where every piece of it is unique. Ipatiev Monastery: Ipatiev Monastery took a special place in Russian history. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Russia, build in XIV century. It was in 1613 when a monastery cover and protected Michael Romanov, the first tzar of monarch Russia, from the rebels. Ipatiev Monastery took a central part in building monarchy in Russia.
Day 3: Yaroslavl and Rostov-the-Great
After breakfast, you will proceed to the famous Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery and Ilya-Prophet Church. After lunch at the local restaurant the tour will continue to Rostov-the-Great, one of the oldest cities on the route situated on a beautiful lake Nero. Rostov also has its own white-stone Kremlin. You will visit Rostov Kremlin, "Rostov Finift" Museum and then depart for Moscow. Your tour ends at about 07:30 pm when you arrive to Moscow. Your driver will take you to your hotel, cruise or flight depending on your further travel arrangements. Ilya - Prophet Church: It was a first church of the city, construction of which started at the same time with an establishment of a city itself. Church was a tribute of tzar Yaroslav the Wise to God, for his famous victory over the bear. Rostov- the- Great Kremlin: Located by the river Nero, Rostov Kremlin is probably the most beautiful Kremlin in Russia. Made of a white stone it shines at the light of the sun, covering the multiple churches and cathedral domes. Kremlin was build comparatively late, with a main function more then as decoration, but not a defensive fortification. That partly explain why it stands out from Kremlin in other Russian cities.
Price: $1293 p/p.
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