This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you. Your private local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at about 8am, and discuss the tour itinerary and timing with you at the beginning of the tour.
8.30am Avoid traffic and get a deeper understanding of Russian realities by taking a local train or bus with your tour guide. Listen to your guide's interesting stories on the way to Sergiev Posad.
10am Get ready for centuries-old churches, antique frescoes, mosaics, an abundance of golden and silver ornaments, onion shaped domes, impressive interior with gold gilded altar, and royal door panels, picturesque gates and massive walls. This is a must-see when you’re in Russia. Just being next to the building that was built in the 11th century is simply mind-blowing.
11am Walk down Sergiev Posad's boulevards lined with charming old wooden houses made in a simple old Russian style, and appreciate calmness by the lake with a glass of kvas (Russian bread brew) and flavorful bread from a local pastry shop. Founded almost 680 years ago - 1337 - Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Church: Trinity-Sergius Monastery is ranked as one of the four most noteworthy religious communities in Russia.
12pm Break for lunch
1pm There are a few houses of worship in the complex: from the early medieval to the later eighteenth century ones. You will see: Trinity Cathedral (1420), Assumption Cathedral (1585), baroque bell tower Chapel-at-the-Well (1770). The height of the bell tower is 88 meters which is 11 meters higher than the belfry of Novodevichy Convent and 6 meters higher than Ivan the Great Bell in the Moscow Kremlin.
1.30pm The museum complex "Konny Dvor," built in 1790, features the permanent exhibition of ancient history of the city of Sergiev Posad, Russian Folk and Decorative Art, the Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery.
2pm Have a look at local souvenirs, which are generally cheaper than those in Moscow at the Matryoshka Museum and the Museum of Toys. Matryoshka was invented in Sergiev Posad, so this is the epicenter of souvenir production in Russia. Take an optional tour of the lovely Abramtsevo Royal Estate,which was first mentioned in 16th century and belonged to a Russian millionaire and art connoisseur Savva Mamonov and was the heart of bohemian Russian elite in the 19th-century.
Enjoy the excellence and peacefulness of the cloisters and encompassing nature, listen to the stories about the notorious houses of worship, watch the monks go about their everyday schedule. Feel the quietness, virtue and sacredness of the spot, appreciate the atmosphere and holy water, take in the views of the medieval structures and surroundings at a comfortable pace.
2.30pm Train/bus back to Moscow
4pm Back at your hotel
Your centrally located hotel in Moscow
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Beautiful monastery and churches, about 1 1/2 hour train ride from Moscow. Our guide Lena was very helpful and knowledgeable. Highly recommended after you've seen Moscow.
Great view, great guide.
Sergiev Posan is a beautiful city outside Moscow. My guide Angelina was very professional and guided me through the city and eveything that it had to offer.
Good to have a knowledgeable Russian companion for this trip.
Sergiev Posad is a great place. Our tour guide was not. She gave us a brief intro before entering, and that was all. No explanations, or pointing out buildings, not even names or history. She and the driver just walked ahead this was a private tour and in several occasions could not answer our questions about places or things and said she will Google it. They were speeding around the place, not waiting for us and not giving any explanation. We learnt a lot of info from listening to other tour's guides. On our way there, from departure till we got to the parking place she did not say a word, unless we ask about landmarks we saw. On our way back, our guide slept the whole trip. According to their own saying, they were clubbing till 3 am. The driver had to fight sleep and fatigue in order to keep driving. But she was the only one to be nice and civilized to us. We paid a lot for this tour in order to receive a good service. We did not. Expensive tour. Cheap service.
Experience real Russian spirit of one of Russia's most popular places with your private local guide. Explore one of Golden-Ring cities on this 8-hour Sergiev Posad tour from Moscow. Visit the churches and cathedrals as well as tour the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. Enjoy multiple museums and try a glass of kvas (Russian bread brew) and some flavorful bread from a local pastry shop (food not included in tour).
Slow down to take in the views of cathedrals and peek behind the scenes on this history and culture tour. Your friendly local guide will help you navigate the bustling places and provide all the most fun facts and stories about Sergiev Posad, Russia, Russian people and mentality, culture and traditions.
Check out Matryoshka Museum and Museum of Toys which are as fun as they sounds (optional). Finish the tour with a perfect photo-op at the lake, flip a coin and make a wish.