Upon meeting your guide and tour group in Moscow at 9am, hop aboard your comfortable coach for an approximate one-hour drive to Sergiev Posad (also known as Zagorsk). Along the way, listen to commentary from your knowledgeable guide about the significance of the small town, established as a monastery around 1340 and re-opened as a museum after World War II.
When you arrive, walk through the gates of the walled Troitse-Sergiev Monastery and learn about the important role the site played in Russian history. Founded by St Sergius, it was renowned as one of Russia’s greatest monasteries by the 15th century, but wasn’t established as a town until 1742.
Marvel at the beautiful Russian Orthodox design of Trinity Monastery of St Sergius (Trinity Cathedral) as you visit Sergiev Posad’s many churches and chapels – including the Refectory Church of St Sergius, Chapel-at-the-Well and Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Admire the stunning, whitewashed walls of the Cathedral of the Assumption with its gold, star-studded blue domes for which it is famous.
As you walk around, don’t be surprised to see bearded Orthodox priests in prayer and faithful pilgrims lighting candles in homage to their patron saint, St Sergius. Although the monastery of Sergiev Posad is centuries old, this center of spirituality still thrives in present day Russia, including a seminary located inside the complex.
Throughout the day, your guide will ensure breaks for resting up with food or drink, and can point out one of the many cafes in Sergiev Posad for purchasing lunch. After your tour, return by coach to nearby Moscow around 4pm.