- Visit the Golden Ring town of Sergiev Posad with a private guide on a trip from Moscow
- Explore the UNESCO-listed Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius with a guide
- Learn about St Sergius, Russia’s patron saint, and hear of his life as a hermit
- See incredible medieval artwork by Andrei Rubylov surrounding St Sergius’ silver shrine
- Admire a collection of 15th- and 16th-century churches and cathedrals inside the monastery grounds
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
What You Can Expect
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.
We had a wonderful day in this lovely city. Highly recommended. Although the drive to Sergiev Posad was taxing due to road construction.
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.
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