Welcome to Moscow and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the evening is free â€“ your guide can recommend some good local restaurants or bars for you to check out.
This morning ride the metro to legendary Red Square and the mighty Kremlin. Here you will take in the jewels of the capital on a guided walk, including the iconic, wildly coloured St Basilâ€™s Cathedral, the historic GUM department store and (if open) Leninâ€™s Mausoleum. This afternoon enjoy a guided walk through the grounds of the Kremlin, taking in the numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the bell-tower complex. See the 200-tonne Tsar Bell and the huge Tsar Cannon that has never been fired. There is also the option to book a tour of The Armoury upon request.
Overnight: Moscow | Breakfast
This morning travel to the historic Golden Ring town of Vladimir. Founded in 1108, medieval Vladimir was once a major political, religious and cultural centre - the capital of Russia for nearly two centuries before giving way to Moscow. It is home to many exquisite examples of Russian architecture including the majestic Assumption Cathedral, the Cathedral of Demetrius and the Golden Gate, which youâ€™ll see on a guided tour of the city.
After lunch travel on to neighbouring Suzdal, a picturesque town with a distinctly rural feel, loaded to the hilt with ancient buildings and stunning architecture. Dating back to 1024, ancient Suzdal forms part of the Golden Ring, with stunning medieval architecture and an astounding number of churches and monasteries, making it a major religious centre in Russia. Suzdal, with its pretty meadows and livestock that graze freely along the grassy lanes, retains the feel of a small pastoral village, despite the host of impressive buildings and a population of over 12,000 people. A tour of Suzdal takes in the ancient Kremlin, the Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius and the fascinating Museum of Wooden Architecture.
Overnight: Suzdal | Breakfast, Lunch
On day 4 you will transfer back to the capital, arriving early in the afternoon. The rest of the day is free for you to further explore the city. Your tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check-out on day 5 at 12 noon. A transfer will take you to the airport for your onward travel.
Breakfast x 2