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We are delightful to invite you to a post-congress tour to city of Vladimir, Suzdal and Bogolubovo.

JULY 3

Morning train departure from Moscow (8:39 am)

 

Arrival to Vladimir
Founded at the dawn of the 12th century on a bluff over the Klyazma River, Vladimir became the cradle of Russian history when Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky moved his capital there from Kyiv in 1169. Thus began Vladimir's Golden Age, when many of the beautifully carved white-stone buildings for which the area is renowned were built by Bogolyubsky and his brother, Prince Vsevolod the Big Nest. After a Mongol invasion devastated the town in 1238, power shifted some 200km west to a minor settlement called Moscow. Though Vladimir eventually rebounded from the ruins, it would never regain its former glory.

City sightseeing tour including the Assumption Cathedral visiting
Set dramatically high above the Klyazma River, this simple but majestic piece of pre-Mongol architecture is the legacy of Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky, the man who began shifting power from Kyiv to northeastern Rus (which eventually evolved into Muscovy). A white-stone version of Kyiv’s brick Byzantine churches, the cathedral was constructed from 1158 to 1160, though it was rebuilt and expanded after a fire in 1185. It was added to Unesco's World Heritage List in 1992.
A few restored 12th-century murals of peacocks and prophets can be seen about halfway up the inner wall of the outer north aisle (originally an outside wall); the real treasures, though, are the Last Judgement frescoes by Andrei Rublyov and Daniil Chyorny, painted in 1408 in the central nave and inner south aisl.
Lunch

Bogolubovo Monastery visiting and excursion to the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

 
it is a golden standard of Russian architecture. Apart from ideal proportions, its beauty lies in a brilliantly chosen waterside location (floods aside) and the sparing use of delicate carving.

Departure to Suzdal
Suzdal is often called the jewel of the Golden Ring cities. The town dates back to 1024. In its early history it was the capital of several principalities and later on became an important religious centre. The town is full of churches and at one point in its history had 40 churches for approximately 400 families. Nowadays there are hundreds of architectural sites to visit including more than 35 churches, 5 monasteries and several museums.

Check in to the hotel
Dinner
 

JULY 4

Breakfast
Suzdal City sightseeing tour including The Saviour Monastery of St. Euthymius in Suzdal

   
The monastery was founded in the 14th century to protect the town’s northern entrance, Suzdal’s biggest monastery grew mighty in the 16th and 17th centuries after Vasily III, Ivan the Terrible and the noble Pozharsky family funded impressive new stone buildings and made large land and property acquisitions. It was girded with its great brick walls and towers in the 17th century.

Lunch
Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture visiting

 

This open-air museum across the river from Suzdal's kremlin offers a fascinating glimpse into the traditional lives of rural folk in this area. Besides log houses, windmills, a barn, and lots of tools and handicrafts, its highlights are the 1756 Transfiguration Church and the simpler 1776 Resurrection Church.

Medovukha (old Slavic mildly alcoholic mead) tasting in Mead Hall
Free time
 

JULY 5

Breakfast
Excursion to old village of Kideksha

 
The habitation of Prince Yuri Dolgoruky. There is the first white-stone building of North-Eastern Russia - the Church of Saints Boris and Gleb (dated 1152). Sarcophagi and frescoes are dated of the 12th century, the works of unknown masters have been preserved in the prince’s tomb of this Church. Anyone who is fascinated by the history of ancient Russia must visit Kideksha for sure - the sovereign court of Yuri Dolgoruky.
Transfer to Vladimir for departure train at 1:11 pm Arrival to Moscow at 2:48 pm

Tour price (accommodation in single standard room) – 420 Euro per person
Tour price (accommodation in double standard room) – 600 Euro per 2 persons

Price includes: 2 nights accommodation in hotel (3-5 July), English speaking guide, meals, tours according to the program, transfer hotel in Moscow to the railway station, train tickets Moscow-Vladimir-Moscow.