Private Tour: Sergiev Posad Day Trip and Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius Tour

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: Russia, Central Russia, Moscow
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  • 10 hours
  • Moscow
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Head to Sergiev Posad, one of Russia’s famous Golden Ring towns, on a private day trip from Moscow! With a private guide at your side, explore the UNESCO-listed Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius – one of the country’s A-list attractions. Often said to be Russia’s answer to the Vatican, the working monastery is more akin to a town in its own right with cathedrals, churches and lavish artwork by the medieval painter Andrei Rubylov. See the best of it with your private guide and hear all the history, too.

Leave your central Moscow hotel by luxury minibus, and then travel northeast out of the city to the visit the famous Golden Ring – a series of charming, medieval fortified cities and towns. Built just after the death of the Grand Prince Vladimir, the towns attracted power and wealth from Moscow – leading them to be called, collectively, the Golden Ring.

The nearest Golden Ring town to Moscow is Sergiev Posad, just an hour’s drive from the capital. Like many medieval Russian settlements, the town took its name from a saint, and in this case it was St Sergius of Radonezh – the country’s patron saint and the man who founded the town’s 14th-century Orthodox monastery.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius is an active monastery to this day, and you’ll see many of its resident monks while exploring inside. A complex of different churches and buildings that stretch around the town, the monastery is colossal in terms of its size, history and religious significance; the name ‘Lavra’ denotes the highest rank of Orthodox monasteries in Russia. Learn about St Sergius, who changed from hermit to saint, and see his silver shrine surrounded by the artwork of legendary medieval painter Andrei Rublev.

After a break for lunch in town (own expense), continue sightseeing around the complex, exploring its ramparts and churches. Hear tales of the Lavra’s history, when it became embroiled in controversy during wars with the Mongolians and Polish, and see incredible cathedrals such as the Cathedral of the Assumption with its eye-catching façade.

After exploring the site with your guide, return to your minibus and head back to Moscow. Your tour finishes in the early evening at your Moscow hotel.

Inclusions
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Your centrally located Moscow hotel
Dates: Daily
Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 2-4pm


Departure Time

8:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

10 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Melvin K

07 Sep, 2015

We had a wonderful day in this lovely city. Highly recommended. Although the drive to Sergiev Posad was taxing due to road construction.

Lizette

29 Oct, 2015

Not a first choice, but if you have done most things in Moscow, then this can be next. Because of traffic - the drive can take very lond - we drove less than an hour in the morning, but the afternoon drvie took us 3 hours!!! Our guide was not very talkative and we had to ask questions non-stop otherwise we would not have learnt anything! She also took us to the museum - was interesting.

Deep M

23 Jun, 2015

I recommend visiting the monastery on your own since it's not far from Moscow.

Rest of it did not interest me like rural history of Russian people and other religious teachings and history

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