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Sergiev Posad Tour from Moscow with Private Guide

1. Sergiev Posad Tour from Moscow with Private Guide

Meet your expert guide in your hotel lobby, hop on the train or bus and head out to Sergiev Posad, one of the ‘Golden Ring’ towns which was founded in 1340 by the Russia’s most revered saint, St Sergius of Radonezh. Be impressed by Sergiev Posad’s top attractions, including its churches with blue-and-gold cupolas offset by snow-white walls, wooden buildings made in old-school Russian style, and elegant squares. Make a pilgrimage to the Trinity Lavra, the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy. Take in the peaceful cloister, watch the monks at work and admire their squat, gold-domed Trinity Cathedral. Feast your eyes on icon-festooned interiors, mostly the magnificent work of prominent medieval painter Andrei Rublev and his gild and pay homage to St Sergius near his silver tomb. You will marvel at onion-domed 16th-century Assumption Cathedral, and 288-foot (88 meter) baroque bell tower as your guide points out the most important benchmarks of the monastery’s history. Peruse the medieval Russian art and folk crafts at the monastery’s Konny Dvor Museum, catch a glimpse of Russian traditional souvenir - painted wooden matryoshka dolls at the Toy Museum. You may choose to extend your tour by 2 hours and make your way to the Abramtsevo Estate (optional, extra cost of $100 to be paid on tour) that used to be a center for the Slavophile movement and artistic activity in the 19th century. Your tour concludes at your hotel in Moscow.

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From Moscow: 9-Hour Golden Ring Tour - Escape from the City

2. From Moscow: 9-Hour Golden Ring Tour - Escape from the City

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel early in the morning at 08:00 and then set off for a full-day countryside trip. Ride in a business class car around 80 kilometers towards the town of Sergiev Posad, one of the Golden Ring towns. First, visit a famous Russian Orthodox retreat temple Chernigovsky skete, where you will have a chance to visit an underground church and then will sit for a local herb tea with monastery pastries. After the service, continue to the private villagers life museum and then finally, reach St. Sergius Monastery. Enjoy a walking tour, visit 16th century temples, look at the famous paintings of Andrey Rublyov and learn about Russian history. Along the way, have a chance to try a famous Russian summer drink called kvas (if your trip is during the summertime) with famous Russian pastries called pirozhki. Take a break for lunch in a nice cafe, where you will have a chance to try dishes from Russian or Soviet cuisine. After lunch, have the option of doing something creative with your hands. If you like, participate in a mater class of matryoshka painting or church candle making from real wax. After your class, have a nice walk around Lavra and visit the fresh water spring. The final stop of the day will be at Tyutchev Museum, a classic 19th century countryside estate.

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What people are saying about Sergiyev Posad

Our guide Katya is amazing !!! She made every single part of this trip interesting She was very knowledgeable on all aspects related to culture, history and art. On top of that she has been very nice, organized and patient She also made great recommandation for food Thank you so much !!!

The tour guide is very accurate in time management and will actively understand our needs and adjust the itinerary.