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Private Tour: Trip to Sergiev Posad from Moscow

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Private Tour: Trip to Sergiev Posad from Moscow

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Overview

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.
  • 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
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Private tour
Friendly local guide
Multiple Start times available
Customized itinerary
Flexibility during the tour
Iconic places for photo shoots
Meeting in the hotel
Expert local advice on where to go and what to do after the tour
Train tickets to Sergiev Posad and back to Moscow
Entrance fee to the cathedrals in Sergiev Posad
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Entrance fees to Matryoshka Museum or Museum of Toys (if you wish to visit them)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your guide can meet you at your hotel, hostel, vacation rental, port, train station, airport or a point of interest. There'll be an extra charge for meeting you at port, train station or airport.
You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email

Ports

  • North River Terminal (Moscow)


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 wooden 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sergiyev Posad State History and Art Museum Preserve
This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you. Your private local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at about 8am, and discuss the tour itinerary and timing with you at the beginning of the tour. 8.30am Avoid traffic and get a deeper understanding of Russian realities by taking a local train or bus with your tour guide. Listen to your guide's interesting stories on the way to Sergiev Posad.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
10am Get ready for centuries-old churches, antique frescoes, mosaics, an abundance of golden and silver ornaments, onion shaped domes, impressive interior with gold gilded altar, and royal door panels, picturesque gates and massive walls. This is a must-see when you’re in Russia. Just being next to the building that was built in the 11th century is simply mind-blowing. 11am Walk down Sergiev Posad's boulevards lined with charming old wooden houses made in a simple old Russian style, and appreciate calmness by the lake with a glass of kvas (Russian bread brew) and flavorful bread from a local pastry shop. Founded almost 680 years ago - 1337 - Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Church: Trinity-Sergius Monastery is ranked as one of the four most noteworthy religious communities in Russia.  12pm Break for lunch
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Trinity Cathedral
1pm There are a few houses of worship in the complex: from the early medieval to the later eighteenth century ones. You will see Trinity Cathedral (1420).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cathedral of the Assumption
See Assumption Cathedral (1585), baroque bell tower Chapel-at-the-Well (1770). The height of the bell tower is 88 meters which is 11 meters higher than the belfry of Novodevichy Convent and 6 meters higher than Ivan the Great Bell in the Moscow Kremlin. 
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Museum Complex “Konny Dvor”
1.30pm The museum complex "Konny Dvor," built in 1790,  features the permanent exhibition of ancient history of the city of Sergiev Posad, Russian Folk and Decorative Art, the Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Pavlovsky Posad Museum of Art and History
2pm Have a look at local souvenirs, which are generally cheaper than those in Moscow at the Matryoshka Museum and the Museum of Toys. Matryoshka was invented in Sergiev Posad, so this is the epicenter of souvenir production in Russia.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Federal State Cultural Establishment Artistic and Literary Museum-Reserve Abramtsevo
Take an optional tour of the lovely Abramtsevo Royal Estate,which was first mentioned in 16th century and belonged to a Russian millionaire and art connoisseur Savva Mamonov and was the heart of bohemian Russian elite in the 19th-century.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Federal State Cultural Establishment Artistic and Literary Museum-Reserve Abramtsevo
Enjoy the excellence and peacefulness of the cloisters and encompassing nature, listen to the stories about the notorious houses of worship, watch the monks go about their everyday schedule. Feel the quietness, virtue and sacredness of the spot, appreciate the atmosphere and holy water, take in the views of the medieval structures and surroundings at a comfortable pace.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Moscow-City
2.30pm Train/bus back to Moscow 4pm Back at your hotel
Duration: 1 hour 
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please indicate your preferred start time in the comments when booking
  • The tour can be modified to meet your preferences
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Friendly Local Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Trip to Sergiev Posad from Moscow?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Trip to Sergiev Posad from Moscow?
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  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Sergiev Posad is a great place. Our...
mario s
, Aug 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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Beautiful monastery and churches...
trtarbox
, Jun 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.
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Good to have a knowledgeable Russian...
hm.won9
, Sep 2016
Good to have a knowledgeable Russian companion for this trip.
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Sergiev Posan is a beautiful city...
Arwinder L
, Sep 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.
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