7.00 Depart from Moscow to Vladimir.
The history of Vladimir begins in 1108 when the Kiev Prince Vladimir Monomakh established a fortress to protect the south-eastern borders of the Rostov principality and gave his name to the new town. In the middle of the 12th century Vladimir became the center of the old Russian lands and the seat of Russian grand princes. However in the course of history Vladimir lost its central position and has developed to become a regional city of 313 thou. residents. The main places of interest are concentrated along Big Moscow Street - the Golden Gate of the 12th century that has been welcoming visitors coming to Vladimir by the Moscow road, the Assumption and St. Dmitry Cathedrals – architectural monuments of the 12th century.
10.30 Arrive in Vladimir. City Tour with visit one of the cathedral: Assumption Cathedral or St. Dmitry Cathedral and Golden Gate.
14:30 After lunch (not included) travel to Suzdal (40 km from Vladimir).
The whole town of Suzdal can be rightly called a cultural preserve. On the area of 12 square kilometers there are about 200 landmarks including 50 churches and cathedrals - no other Russian town can boast of so much history concentrated on such a small area.
15:30 Tour of the Suzdal Kremlin, the Museum of Wooden Architecture and Euthymius Monastery (UNESCO).
Overnight in Suzdal.
Breakfast in the hotel.
10.00 travel to Kostroma (180 km).
Kostroma is a regional city of 277 thousand people, located on the Volga River. Kostroma offers many places of interest worth seeing. The city was founded in the 12th century by Prince Yury the Long Armed and became part of Russian lands under the Moscow rule in the 14th century. In the 18th century Kostroma became a regional center and a developed merchant city of Russia. Kostroma traditionally is a center of linen manufacturing. You can buy fashionable and Russian-style linen clothes in city stores.
15:00 Kostroma City Tour: the old Ipatyev Monastery (residence of the first Russian tsar of Romanovs’ dynasty), Romanovs’ Chambers, the Trinity Cathedral, the old marketplace, the Volga embankment with charming summer-houses, the fire observation tower.
Overnight in Kostroma.
Breakfast in the hotel.
09:00 Travel to Yaroslavl (80 km).
Yaroslavl is a big regional city of 630 thousand people with a developed industry, flourishing businesses, big malls, entertainment centers, numerous restaurants and cafes. Like Moscow the city has a European look and good standards of living. Yaroslavl was founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise on the site of an ancient settlement called The Bear’s Corner where the Kotorosl’ River flew into the Volga River. In the 17-18th century Yaroslavl became a trade and craft regional center – a city of rich merchants and manufacturers. A railroad opened in 1870 connected Moscow and Yaroslavl and raised the city importance.
11:00 City Tour of Yaroslavl, visit the Church of Elijah the Prophet.
Overnight in Yaroslavl.
Breakfast in the hotel.
09:00 Travel to to Rostov (60 km).
Rostov is an old Russian town situated on the shore of the picturesque Nero lake. The town was first mentioned in chronicles in 862. In the 10th century Rostov was part of the Vladimir principality and became a religious center in the 14th century. The main landmark of the town – the cathedrals of Rostov Kremlin were built in the 17th century. The 18th century in Rostov was marked by developing a unique handcraft – enamel painting. Today the Rostov enamel factory offers fine jewels and souvenirs.
11:00 Visit Rostov Kremlin - a complex of cathedrals and churches inside fortress walls, unique frescos of the 17th century.
14:00 Travel to Sergiev Posad(140 km).
Sergiev Posad is a fast-developing town but at the same time it has a great historical past and a rich cultural and religious life at present. Being the residential center and the main citadel of the Russian Orthodox Church the town is sometimes called the Russian Vatican. The main attraction and the heart of the town is the St. Sergius Trinity Monastery of highest rank. The monastery includes several prominent cathedrals, the Moscow Seminary and the Orthodox Christian Academy – the main educational institution of the Russian Orthodox Church.
17:00 Tour the St. Sergius Trinity Monastery and visit its splendid historical churches: Trinity Cathedral, Assumption Cathedral and the Church of St. Sergius with Refectory.
Arrive in Moscow around 21:00.
The order of program may be changed according to the open days and working hours of museums.
Transfers by private car on itinery;
English speaking escort service;
Local English-speaking in Vladimir-Suzdal-Kostroma-Yaroslavl-Rostov;
Russian-speaking guide in Sergiev Posad;
Entrance fees to the mentioned museums;
3 overnights in the hotel with WC/ shower in the room.