The Sergiev Posad monastery is one of the most beautiful and famous Russian historic and religion sights and home of the Russian Church. Visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Monastery - a UNESCO World Heritage sight, both a fortress and a monastery, founded in the 15th century. Take a full day trip 75 km away from Moscow and explore this ancient city while also learning the history of the first matryoshka doll!
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Sergiev Posad Tour Highlights
Komsomolskaya metro station
Start your day trip to Sergiev Posad at one of the most famous metro stations that through marvelous mosaics depicts the most notable Russian military leaders.
Marvel at the iconic mosaic works on the ceiling and try to figure out how the mosaics were altered after Joseph Stalin's death. .
Tour of the city
Get away from Moscow fuss and go to the Moscow region to see one of the most revered cities of Russian Golden Ring . Stroll around the old city of Sergiev Posad along the small neat little houses and pretty streets. Learn about ancient lay out of the city and its purpose.
Get ready to see the main sightseeing place in this wooden heart of Russia and find out why Sergiev Posad is considered to be the home of Russian Orthodox Church.
Stop for couple of minutes next to the Kelarskiy pond that dates back to the 15th century. Along with many locals you can buy some bread and feed the beautiful black and white swans.
During the Russian winters time the pond turns into a huge ice rink becoming the main attraction of the city.
The view of the Trinity Lavra
Take a photo of the unique Russian monastery complex - UNESCO World Heritage. The Trinity Lavra begins its history in the 14th century, founded by the widely revered St.Sergius of Radonezh.
Learn the history of this sacred Russian place from the establishment of the first wooden church to our days.
The Assumption Cathedral
Discover the largest church in the Trinity Lavra that looks quite similar to the Assumption cathedral in Kremlin. The two churches bear a resemblance as they were both designed under the guidence of Ivan the Terrible.
Admire the Lavra's Bell Tower that stands 88 meters high, making it 7 meters taller than the bell tower of Ivan the Great in the Moscow Kremlin.
The Trinity Cathedral
Enter Trinity Cathedral - the oldest cathedral of the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius which was built exactly at the same place where the first wooden church was constructed back in XV century/.
Admire the iconostasis painted by the most notable medieval Russian icon painter Andrei Rublev and find out which one of his most famous works was written here.
The Relics of St.Sergius
Learn the story of Sergei Radonezhsky, who is Russian Orthodox Church's most venerated saint.
Pilgrims from all over the world come here to show respect to the saint that had enormous historical significance during his life as a prominent spiritual thinker and philosopher.
Chapel over the Well
Take an empty bottle with and try the holy water like many Russians do.
You will see a whole line of pilgrims who came here to drink consecrated water, which is believed to cleanse from sins.
Russian traditional lunch (at your own expense)
Try delicious borscht, in which the three main ingredients begin with B - beets, beef, beans. Enjoy traditional dumplings with all kinds of filling - cabbage, potatoes, mushrooms, veal, sour cream, cherry.
Your guide will teach you how to wish you a pleasant appetite in Russian and treat you to dessert.
Ekaterina was a lovely guide, very friendly, welcoming and engaging. She fetched us bright and early from our hotel and looked after us the entire day. The trip to Sergiev was lovely - a city with so much religious importance and so many beautiful historical churches. Ekaterina was very knowledgeable and I could not thank her enough.
Sergiev Posad is a beautiful place with rich history. We visited the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Lavra, saw Boris Godunov's grave, and even tried the holy water. During the tour our guide Sergey provided a clear explanation of the place and gave us sufficient time to take in the sight while taking as many pictures as we wanted. Thank you Sergey, for being so patient with us and not rushing us. I know we can be a bit overbearing at times:).
An interesting journey that included the metro and the train to reach a monastery known for its history, architecture, paintings, icons and so much more. All this in the company of an exceptional guide. If you are interested Russian Orthodoxy and yet would like to learn about it in a non-boring and didactic way - this is the tour for you!
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