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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-course dinner, full of local specialities. 

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Day Escape from Moscow: Golden Ring Tour by Car

2. Day Escape from Moscow: Golden Ring Tour by Car

Meet your guide in front of Belorusskaya Metro at 8 AM and set off for a full day countryside trip. Ride a business class car around 80 km towards the town of Sergiev Posad, one of the Golden Ring towns. First, visit a famous Russian Orthodox retreat temple Chernigov Skete for early morning church service. After the service, continue to the Folk Private museum and before finally reaching St Sergius Monastery. Enjoy a walking tour, visiting 15th,16th and 17th century temples and taking a look at famous icons of Andrey Rublyov. Learn about Russian history and about Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius's importance in the spiritual and also political life of Russia. Along the way, you will have a chance to try a famous Russian Summer drink, called kvas (if your trip is during the summertime) with famous Russian pastries called pirozhki. Take a break for lunch in a nice cafe where you will have a chance to try dishes from Russian or soviet cuisine. After lunch, there will be an option to do something creative. If you like, you can take a masterclass of matryoshka painting or church candles making from real wax. After your class, take a nice walk around Lavra and visit the fresh water spring. If there is still time, you will have the chance to stop at a Abramtsevo estate, a 19th century retreat for Russian writers and painters, a gorgeous place to learn about the russophile movement and relax before transferring back to Moscow. You will be dropped off at the city center in front of Belorusskaya metro station (circle/brown line and green line) around 5:00 PM at the conclusion of your tour. Feel free to ask questions and your guide will share some useful information and suggestions on what to do and to see best in Moscow.

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

3. 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.  

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Moscow: Day Trip to Golden Ring and The Trinity Lavra

4. Moscow: Day Trip to Golden Ring and The Trinity Lavra

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in Moscow and heads into the picturesque Russian countryside as you travel to the historical Golden Ring region. On the way, admire the quintessential small wooden houses that appear to be frozen in time. The first stop of the tour is The Trinity Lavra in Sergiev Posad, a unique architectural masterpiece protected by UNESCO World Heritage organization. The Trinity Lavra is known as the ‘Russian Vatican’ as it is the main Orthodox monastery and has played a significant role in the history of Russia. Climb to the top of the bell tower and admire the stunning views across the land and the golden domes of the nearby cathedrals. Get up close to the bells as you listen to them ring and learn about their history. After the bell tower it’s time for lunch at a local restaurant to enjoy a selection of authentic Russian delicacies. Sergiev Posad is believed to be the birthplace of the Russian doll Matryoshka, so visit the town’s doll factory next. Considered to be the best place to buy an authentic Russian matryoshka, purchase a souvenir for your trip, or learn how to paint your own.

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Sergiev Posad Tour from Moscow with Private Guide

5. 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 as your guide points out the most important benchmarks of the monastery’s history. Peruse the medieval Russian art and folk crafts at the monastery’s Konny Dvor Museum, catch a glimpse of Russian traditional souvenir - painted wooden matryoshka dolls at the Toy Museum. You may choose to extend your tour by 2 hours and make your way to the Abramtsevo Estate (optional, extra cost of $100 to be paid on tour) that used to be a center for the Slavophile movement and artistic activity in the 19th century. Your tour concludes at your hotel in Moscow.

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Moscow: Full-Day Excursion to Sergiev Posad Tour

6. Moscow: Full-Day Excursion to Sergiev Posad Tour

Meet with your guide and private driver at your hotel at 07:00 and enjoy a full-day excursion to Sergiev Posad from Moscow. See the Monastery of the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius from the 14th century with an expert guide along with the palace.  Visit Trinity Cathedral, Chapel at the Well or Well Chapel, sometimes also known as the Well of St. Mary Church of St. Sergius Refectory. Admire the architecture of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Assumption. Learn about the spiritual and historical significance of Sergiev Posad. Enjoy round trip transportation in comfortable minivan car and return back to your hotel at 14:00.

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

7. 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 will visit the majestic Assumption Cathedral which was created by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. This monastery is an absolute must-see for those interested in Russian history, culture, religion and architecture. After having lunch in a traditional Russian cuisine restaurant, you can explore the local market before you head back to Moscow.

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Sergiev Posad from Moscow

8. 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 Kremlin.  Enter the oldest cathedral of the Lavra which was rebuilt exactly in the same place where the first wooden church was founded. Try to guess what year the cathedral was founded. Listen to the impressive story of Sergei Radonezhsky, who devoted himself to helping people. Pilgrims from all over the world come here to show respect. Touch the relics of the saint and make a wish. Take an empty bottle with you to try the holy water just as many Russians do. See a whole line of pilgrims here to drink the consecrated water, which according to faith can cleanse you from your sins. Complete your day with a traditional lunch of dumplings with all different ingredients including cabbage, potatoes, mushrooms, veal, sour cream, and cherry. Learn how to wish that your companions have a pleasant meal in Russian then treat yourself to dessert.

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From Moscow: 9-Hour Golden Ring Tour - Escape from the City

9. From Moscow: 9-Hour Golden Ring Tour - Escape from the City

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel early in the morning at 08:00 and then set off for a full-day countryside trip. Ride in a business class car around 80 kilometers towards the town of Sergiev Posad, one of the Golden Ring towns. First, visit a famous Russian Orthodox retreat temple Chernigovsky skete, where you will have a chance to visit an underground church and then will sit for a local herb tea with monastery pastries. After the service, continue to the private villagers life museum and then finally, reach St. Sergius Monastery. Enjoy a walking tour, visit 16th century temples, look at the famous paintings of Andrey Rublyov and learn about Russian history. Along the way, have a chance to try a famous Russian summer drink called kvas (if your trip is during the summertime) with famous Russian pastries called pirozhki. Take a break for lunch in a nice cafe, where you will have a chance to try dishes from Russian or Soviet cuisine. After lunch, have the option of doing something creative with your hands. If you like, participate in a mater class of matryoshka painting or church candle making from real wax. After your class, have a nice walk around Lavra and visit the fresh water spring. The final stop of the day will be at Tyutchev Museum, a classic 19th century countryside estate.

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Golden Ring and Trinity Lavra Private Day Trip

10. Golden Ring and Trinity Lavra Private Day Trip

Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in the early morning, at 08:00, and then set off for a full-day trip to the countryside trip. You will drive for around 100 kilometers towards the town of Sergiev Posad, one of the Golden Ring towns. First you will visit a famous Russian Orthodox retreat temple called Chernigov Skit where you have the chnace to visit an underground cave church. After this you will continue to St Sergius Monastery and walk around visiting 16th-century temples, with a chance to look at the famous paintings of Andrey Rublyov, and learn about Russian history. On the way, you will have a chance to try a famous Russian Summer drink called kvas (but during summertime only) with famous Russian pastries called pirozhki.  You will eat lunch at a nice cafe with a chance to try dishes from Russian or Soviet cuisine. After lunch, you have a chance to paint your own matryoshka.  The final stop of the day is an Abramtsevo estate, 19th-century retreat for Russian writers and painters, a gorgeous place to learn about Russophil movement and to relax before going back to Moscow. Expect to arrive at your hotel around 17:00. Feel free to ask questions and your guide will share some useful information and suggestions on what to do and to see in Moscow.

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4.7 / 5

based on 82 reviews

Our Banya and Sergiev Posad experience was incredible!!! Both our tour guides, Sergey & Andrew was very friendly, timely, and super easy to get along with. They told us about the history,folklore, and traditions concerning the places and activities we were getting involved with. The food was also very local Russian and was delicious. Was definitely a very informative, yet extremely relaxing experience for us in Russia. One of our highlights for sure!!!

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!

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.