Transportation: 1) VW Multivan (up to 6 people) or 2) Soviet van (up to 8 people)
Life in the big cities in Russia will not introduce you to the true and real life in this vast country. There is a huge difference between major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, and life in the other less populated and developed parts of Russia. It is not easy to understand true Russian life when you are stuck in the traffic jam on your way to the Kremlin with a coffee in your hand! Visiting the countryside is an opportunity to explore the real Russia and the common lifestyle enjoyed by ordinary people. The difference is like night and day. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the frantic and overcrowded metropolis cities and make a visit to the opposite way of life. You will truly enjoy this trip. And, you will never forget your experience of visiting another place in time… one that’s mostly forgotten.
Visiting Vladimir and Suzdal is also perfect for those who want to have the Golden Ring tour to admire abundant medieval churches and other UNESCO sites as well as a rural look of typical Russian provinces. We recommend a one-day tour only for people who have stamina and have no time. For others we recommend 2-day trip. It is much easier! You have enough time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the place.
The route will be chosen according to your wishes!
Early morning we will pick you up at the hostel and go to Vladimir (about 3 hours). On our way there, we will have a break at the small old town, Yuryev-Polsky, which was founded in the 12th century. In Vladimir the Great we will visit its major attractions - The Golden Gates, The magnificent five-domed Assumption Cathedral and The warrior-like Cathedral of Saint Demetrius. In the afternoon, we will have a traditional Russian lunch in a cafe (borsht, bread and kvas).
Afterwards, we will visit one of the most beautiful churches in Russia (Church on the Nerl River) which is located near Bogolyubovo monastery, only 10 km from Vladimir and we’ll enjoy 1 hour of walking through gentle hills and amazingly green meadows.
Then we will go to Suzdal, a religious center of previous eras with almost forty churches for four hundred families now! We will wander around traditional wooden houses and buildings inside the open-air museum of wooden architecture. You will return to your hostel after the Golden Ring tour, late in the evening.
1) Travel in a unique and very authentic, but less comfortable, «CrazyBu» van (up to 8 people).
2) Travel in a very modern and comfortable, but not authentic, VW Multivan (up to 6 people).
What a wonderful tour! This was on my itinerary for my first-day arrival in Moscow. I wanted to go and explore the countryside and cities outside of the major capitals to understand Russian culture from a different perspective. I've definitely made the right choice! Tony, my tour guide is very nice and certainly provides great customer service. We did a lot of snow hiking and visited 2 most small towns along the way to Vladimir and Suzdal. I learned a lot about Russian cultures how Russian people think, live seeks, likes and dislikes. Tony is very intellectual, attentive and fun to hang out with. I will definitely recommend this tour for anyone who'd like to explore Russia a bit more deeper than the normal tours attractions.