• Location: Sergiev Posad, Russian Federation
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Explore history-steeped Sergiev Posad on this private day trip from Moscow. Ride a train or bus to the ‘Golden Ring’ town, a group of once-powerful towns, and admire its wooden architecture, churches, and museums. Tour the showpiece UNESCO-listed Trinity Lavra monastery with its gold- and onion-domed cathedrals, monks, and museums; and visit Sergiev's Toy Museum, seeing its 'matryoshka' (Russian nesting dolls). Break for some 'kvas' (rye bread brew) and tasty local bread during your explorations.

Highlights

  • Private day trip to Sergiev Posad from Moscow by bus or train
  • Visit the Golden Ring town of Sergiev Posad, seeing its churches, squares, and wooden houses
  • Tour the 14th-century Trinity Lavra Monastery of St. Sergius, including its stunning Trinity and Assumption Cathedrals
  • Visit the Konny Dvor Museum and Toy Museum, with its displays of ‘matryoshka’ nesting dolls
  • Sip on some kvas paired with some tasty Russian bread
  • Optional visit to the Abramtsevo Estate, a picturesque estate that was a hub for Russia’s 19th-century artists
  • Flexible itinerary, personalized attention from a private guide, and bus or train fares for first traveler included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Trip to Sergiev Posad from Moscow

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Meet your guide at your central Moscow hotel and catch a train or bus (fare for one traveler included) to Sergiev Posad. On route, hear about your destination from your guide and tell them if there’s anything you want to see more of: the itinerary can be tailored around you.

One of the ‘Golden Ring’ towns encircling Moscow — so-called for their wealth and power — Sergiev boasts medieval origins. The town is named after Russia’s patron saint, St. Sergius of Radonezh, who established its 14th-century Trinity Lavra Monastery, a UNESCO-listed Orthodox sanctuary.

On arrival, look around Sergiev’s highlights, including its churches, wooden buildings, and elegant squares. Entrance fees are at your own expense, but admission to most churches is free.

Stroll the boulevards past charming wooden houses made in old-school Russian style, and relax by the lake over a glass of fizzy kvas and flavorsome bread from a pastry shop.

Head into the Trinity Lavra to tour its beautiful churches and buildings. Founded in 1337, the complex is the hub of Russia’s Orthodox Church and one of its four leading religious communities.

Take in the peaceful cloister, watch the monks at work, and admire the gold-domed 15th-century Trinity Cathedral, onion-domed 16th-century Assumption Cathedral, and 288-foot (88 meter) baroque bell tower as your guide unravels the monastery’s history.

Then, view the medieval Russian art and folk crafts at the monastery’s Konny Dvor Museum; gaining insight into Sergiev’s wider history.

Visit Sergiev’s famous Toy Museum to see its traditional toy collections, including painted woode matryoshka dolls, and enjoy an optional tour of the Abramtsevo Estate, a former artists’ colony and picturesque Russian estate that was a magnet for Russia’s artists in the 1800s.

Finally, ride the train or bus back to Moscow, finishing with a drop-off at your chosen city-center location.

Customer Reviews

trtarbox

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Beautiful monastery and churches, about 1 1/2 hour train ride from Moscow. Our guide Lena was very helpful and knowledgeable. Highly recommended after you've seen Moscow.

Sze Wai H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great view, great guide.

Arwinder L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Sergiev Posan is a beautiful city outside Moscow. My guide Angelina was very professional and guided me through the city and eveything that it had to offer.

hm.won9

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

Good to have a knowledgeable Russian companion for this trip.

mario s

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2017

Sergiev Posad is a great place. Our tour guide was not. She gave us a brief intro before entering, and that was all. No explanations, or pointing out buildings, not even names or history. She and the driver just walked ahead this was a private tour and in several occasions could not answer our questions about places or things and said she will Google it. They were speeding around the place, not waiting for us and not giving any explanation. We learnt a lot of info from listening to other tour's guides. On our way there, from departure till we got to the parking place she did not say a word, unless we ask about landmarks we saw. On our way back, our guide slept the whole trip. According to their own saying, they were clubbing till 3 am. The driver had to fight sleep and fatigue in order to keep driving. But she was the only one to be nice and civilized to us. We paid a lot for this tour in order to receive a good service. We did not. Expensive tour. Cheap service.

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