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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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Sergiev Posad Tour from Moscow with Private Guide

4. 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

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

6. 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

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

8. 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 Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 60 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.