- Private guide for a more personalized experience
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Get inside tips from a local
The nearest Golden Ring town to Moscow is Sergiev Posad, just an hour’s drive from the capital. Like many medieval Russian settlements, the town took its name from a saint, and in this case it was St Sergius of Radonezh – the country’s patron saint and the man who founded the town’s 14th-century Orthodox monastery.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius is an active monastery to this day, and you’ll see many of its resident monks while exploring inside. A complex of different churches and buildings that stretch around the town, the monastery is colossal in terms of its size, history and religious significance; the name ‘Lavra’ denotes the highest rank of Orthodox monasteries in Russia. Learn about St Sergius, who changed from hermit to saint, and see his silver shrine surrounded by the artwork of legendary medieval painter Andrei Rublev.
After a break for lunch in town (own expense), continue sightseeing around the complex, exploring its ramparts and churches. Hear tales of the Lavra’s history, when it became embroiled in controversy during wars with the Mongolians and Polish, and see incredible cathedrals such as the Cathedral of the Assumption with its eye-catching façade.
After exploring the site with your guide, return to your minibus and head back to Moscow. Your tour finishes in the early evening at your Moscow hotel.
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Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
- Transport by private vehicle
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Melvin K, September 2015
We had a wonderful day in this lovely city. Highly recommended. Although the drive to Sergiev Posad was taxing due to road construction.
Reviewed by: Dawid D, Namibia, October 2015
Not a first choice, but if you have done most things in Moscow, then this can be next. Because of traffic - the drive can take very lond - we drove less than an hour in the morning, but the afternoon drvie took us 3 hours!!! Our guide was not very talkative and we had to ask questions non-stop otherwise we would not have learnt anything! She also took us to the museum - was interesting.