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Moscow: Day Tour to Sergiev Posad with Banya & Dinner

1. Moscow: Day Tour to Sergiev Posad with Banya & Dinner

Visiting a banya is an integral part of Russian culture. Russians have come to these saunas to relax and unwind for more than 1,000 years. On this tour, you can discover a banya for yourself.  The tour begins with a pick-up from VDNKh metro station in a classic Soviet van. Travel with your group members to Sergiyev Posad, where you will be taken to visit the famous Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergius monastery - known as the greatest and largest in Russia. Be in awe of its blue cupolas decorated with golden stars.  Finally, stop at a traditional wooden banya by a beautiful lake and be guided through a 3-hour banya session and learn about this important part of Russian culture. Be treated to a Russian skin scrub treatment with a veniki - a kind of broom used in therapeutic practices. You have the option to dive into the lake after your treatment, then dry off before enjoying a wonderful 3-course dinner, full of local specialities. 

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Moscow: Day Trip to Golden Ring and The Trinity Lavra

2. Moscow: Day Trip to Golden Ring and The Trinity Lavra

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in Moscow and heads into the picturesque Russian countryside as you travel to the historical Golden Ring region. On the way, admire the quintessential small wooden houses that appear to be frozen in time. The first stop of the tour is The Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad, a unique architectural masterpiece protected by UNESCO World Heritage organization. The Trinity Lavra is known as the ‘Russian Vatican’ as it is the main Orthodox monastery and has played a significant role in the history of Russia. Climb to the top of the bell tower and admire the stunning views across the land and the golden domes of the nearby cathedrals. Get up close to the bells as you listen to them ring and learn about their history. After the bell tower it’s time for lunch at a local restaurant to enjoy a selection of authentic Russian delicacies. Sergiev Posad is believed to be the birthplace of the Russian doll Matryoshka, so visit the town’s doll factory next. Considered to be the best place to buy an authentic Russian matryoshka, purchase a souvenir for your trip, or learn how to paint your own.

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Moscow: Full-Day Excursion to Sergiev Posad Tour

3. Moscow: Full-Day Excursion to Sergiev Posad Tour

Meet with your guide and private driver at your hotel at 07:00 and enjoy a full-day excursion to Sergiev Posad from Moscow. See the Monastery of the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius from the 14th century with an expert guide along with the palace.  Visit Trinity Cathedral, Chapel at the Well or Well Chapel, sometimes also known as the Well of St. Mary Church of St. Sergius Refectory. Admire the architecture of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Assumption. Learn about the spiritual and historical significance of Sergiev Posad. Enjoy round trip transportation in comfortable minivan car and return back to your hotel at 14:00.

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

4. 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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Golden Ring and Trinity Lavra Private Day Trip

5. Golden Ring and Trinity Lavra Private Day Trip

Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in the early morning, at 08:00, and then set off for a full-day trip to the countryside trip. You will drive for around 100 kilometers towards the town of Sergiev Posad, one of the Golden Ring towns. First you will visit a famous Russian Orthodox retreat temple called Chernigov Skit where you have the chnace to visit an underground cave church. After this you will continue to St Sergius Monastery and walk around visiting 16th-century temples, with a chance to look at the famous paintings of Andrey Rublyov, and learn about Russian history. On the way, you will have a chance to try a famous Russian Summer drink called kvas (but during summertime only) with famous Russian pastries called pirozhki.  You will eat lunch at a nice cafe with a chance to try dishes from Russian or Soviet cuisine. After lunch, you have a chance to paint your own matryoshka.  The final stop of the day is an Abramtsevo estate, 19th-century retreat for Russian writers and painters, a gorgeous place to learn about Russophil movement and to relax before going back to Moscow. Expect to arrive at your hotel around 17:00. Feel free to ask questions and your guide will share some useful information and suggestions on what to do and to see in Moscow.

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What people are saying about Sergiyev Posad

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Our Banya and Sergiev Posad experience was incredible!!! Both our tour guides, Sergey & Andrew was very friendly, timely, and super easy to get along with. They told us about the history,folklore, and traditions concerning the places and activities we were getting involved with. The food was also very local Russian and was delicious. Was definitely a very informative, yet extremely relaxing experience for us in Russia. One of our highlights for sure!!!

The monastery is one of the things that you cannot miss during a holiday in Moscow. In the same way, a sauna made as Russian tradition cannot leave out. In a very characteristic environment you can take part in this fantastic ritual led by an exceptional trained staff who have traditions at heart. Highly recommended dinner also characteristic.

The trip was an absolute hit on our trip to Moscow! Sergei brought us very close to Russia and its traditions and was always very helpful. His English was perfect (which was very rare in Russia) and small requests were no problem at all. Too bad we only booked an excursion with him!

The monastery and banya trip were both excellent. The activities itself felt very interesting and made Russian culture a bit closer to us. It was a pleasure to be guided by Timur and Anton - excellent guides and lovely, warm and friendly people. Well recommended!

best tour we had during our stay. Very nice guide and driver - in total a very special experience. Highly recommended! The fun came mostly due to the People conducting the tour with Passion, experience and spirit!