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This morning we collect you from your Moscow hotel for the drive to Suzdal. You have free time here to explore the enchanting wooden houses, medieval churches and the Assumption Refractory and prison, built on the order of Catherine II, to house those who committed crimes against the church. Suzdal is also famed as a place of exile for many Russian ladies of noble birth, including Peter the Great’s first wife, Evdokia.
Driving onward to Vladimir, the city which gave way to Moscow as Russia’s capital. Here in your free time we recommend visiting the impressive defensive fort built in 1108, the beautiful Assumption Cathedral with frescoes by the greatest of old Russian painters, Andrei Rubliov and the famous Golden Gate.
This morning drive to Yaroslavl, which was founded by a Kievan prince. The main attraction we recommend you visit in your free time today is the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour - founded in the 12th century, it was one of Russia’s richest and most fortified monasteries by the 1500’s. Other sights of interest on the tour include the beautiful frescoes in the churches of St. Nicholas Nadein and Elijah the Prophet.
Our driver will collect you and take you onto the rail station for the train journey back to Moscow. Arriving in the city of Moscow our arrangements are concluded.
The ancient and provincial town of Novgorod is en route from St Petersburg to Moscow and a popular pit-stop. ...