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