Sergiyev Posad
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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-co...

    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!

  • From Moscow: Sergiev Posad (Golden Ring) Private Tour by Car

    2. From Moscow: Sergiev Posad (Golden Ring) Private Tour by Car

    You will start the morning with your journey to Sergiev Posad, located approximately 40 miles (70 kilometers) from Moscow. You will enjoy the beauty of the Russian countryside on the way there and stop to visit the Russian village, Rudonezh, a quiet and peaceful place, where Saint Sergius was born. You will see the beautiful Saint Spring and the Church of Sergey Radonezh. After, you will continue your tour to Sergiev Posad and spend some time in Trinity Lavra, visiting some of Russia’s most beautiful cathedrals, the Assumption Cathedral and the Trinity Cathedral. Enjoy exploring the fascinating monastery inside and marvel at the shining golden domes.  Then, you will have the opportunity to visit the local Matreshka market and have a break in a nice Russian restaurant before returning to Moscow.  

    This was a fantastic experience. Of you go on this trip please carry swimwear so you can get wet in the pond of fresh water. The tour guide Vladmir if I spelt his name correctly was amazing and very helpful.

  • Sergiev Posad Tour from Moscow with Private Guide

    3. Sergiev Posad Tour from Moscow with Private Guide

    Meet your expert guide in your hotel lobby, hop on the train or bus and head out to Sergiev Posad, one of the ‘Golden Ring’ towns which was founded in 1340 by the Russia’s most revered saint, St Sergius of Radonezh. Be impressed by Sergiev Posad’s top attractions, including its churches with blue-and-gold cupolas offset by snow-white walls, wooden buildings made in old-school Russian style, and elegant squares. Make a pilgrimage to the Trinity Lavra, the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy. Take in the peaceful cloister, watch the monks at work and admire their squat, gold-domed Trinity Cathedral. Feast your eyes on icon-festooned interiors, mostly the magnificent work of prominent medieval painter Andrei Rublev and his gild and pay homage to St Sergius near his silver tomb. You will marvel at onion-domed 16th-century Assumption Cathedral, and 288-foot (88 meter) baroque bell tower a...

    Our guide Katya is amazing !!! She made every single part of this trip interesting She was very knowledgeable on all aspects related to culture, history and art. On top of that she has been very nice, organized and patient She also made great recommandation for food Thank you so much !!!

  • Sergiev Posad from Moscow

    4. Sergiev Posad from Moscow

    Begin at an outstanding metro station, which shows the three main wars of Russie. Head to the train station and take the train to Sergiev Posad. Look at the iconic mosaic works on the ceiling and try to work out where Stalin's face used to be. Stoll around the old city along the small neat little houses and pretty streets. Get ready to see the main sightseeing place in this wooden heart of Russia. Stop close to the Kelarskiy pond, founded in 1552. Prepare some bread and feed the birds as many Russians do every day. Discover the biggest church in Lavra inspired by the Assumption Cathedral in the Kremlin. It was influenced by Ivan the Terrible who had a particular veneration for St. Sergius. Admire the Bell Tower of the Trinity Lavra, which at 88 meters high is 11 meters more than the belfry of the Novodevichy Convent and 6 meters more than the bell tower of Ivan the Great in the Moscow K...

    Ekaterina was an awesome guide!!! kind,caring and paitent disnt rush me ar all! fantabulous! 10/10!

  • Sergiev Posad: Private Trip to the Pearl of the Golden Ring

    5. Sergiev Posad: Private Trip to the Pearl of the Golden Ring

    The old and sacred Sergiev Posad is perfect for a day trip (just a 1.5-hour drive from Moscow). Your private guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel in the morning and invite you to a lovely day trip to this ancient town. On the way you will enjoy a beautiful view of the Russian countryside, with your personal guide telling you the history of Russia. The Golden Ring city of Sergiev Posad was founded in the 14th century, it is home to one of the largest and historically most important monasteries in Russia, and some of the country’s most famous painters lived and worked here, including notorious Andrey Rublev, the most renowned Medieval icon painter. You will also see the unique architectural ensemble of the monastery including the white stoned Trinity Cathedral, a masterpiece of Russian architecture and one of the oldest buildings preserved in the monastery. In addition you wil...

    Friendly and helpful guide. She offered to drop us off at the cosmonaut museum and helped us buy ticket eventhough it wasn't part of the tour. The service is above and beyond duty

  • Moscow: 1-Day Private Tour to Sergiyev Posad

    6. Moscow: 1-Day Private Tour to Sergiyev Posad

    Discover the picturesque streets and monuments of this historic town. Visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take advantage of pickup from your hotel in Moscow, sit back and relax for the 1.5 hour journey along the famous Golden Ring Route. Arrived refreshed and admire local architecture including the Toy Museum and the Vvedenskaya Orthodox Church with your private guide. Then it's time for the main event, and to marvel at the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. Built in 1340, the monastery complex is rightly regarded as one of Russia's historic treasures. Take your time to explore it in full and admire its beautiful domes and magnificent interiors. Finally, return to Moscow with your driver, enjoying the convenience of drop-off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Sergiyev Posad

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 52 reviews

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!

This was a fantastic experience. Of you go on this trip please carry swimwear so you can get wet in the pond of fresh water. The tour guide Vladmir if I spelt his name correctly was amazing and very helpful.