As with all of our tours, we aim to provide you with a comfortable and worry-free experience. So, you will be picked up directly from your hotel in Moscow to start off on the road to Sergiyev Posad. It’s about a 2 hours’ drive to this unique town, sometimes referred to as “The Russian Vatican”. The medieval past of Sergiyev Posad is immediately palpable, from the streets and signs, to the numerous soaring belfries and large religious buildings, the most important of which is The Trinity Lavra of St Sergius.
This monastery is a complex of many buildings with colorful and varied features. There are still 300 monks living an ascetic life at the Lavra and it continues to be the most important monastery in Russia to this day. In addition to the remarkable exteriors and grounds of The Trinity Lavra, the interiors are just as incredible. Here, the original icons The Trinity by Andrei Rublev and The Last Supper by Simon Ushakov were executed, two of the most famous icons in the whole country. Your tour guide will explain the challenging construction of its many buildings and how they were defended through medieval and Tsarist times. However, the Soviet history of The Trinity Lavra is will also intrigue.
We will also explore what adorns the walls of the local History and Art Museum. Icon painting, ancient tomes, and opulent gold ornamentation make this a must-see—some pieces in the museum are literally one of a kind.
Many say that the best way to understand a new place and connect with people of a different culture is through food. Your friendly tour guide will introduce you to some amazing Russian cuisine at a typical rural restaurant, where you can also refresh with a cold beer or warm up with a hot tea (depending on the season!).
After this we will check into your hotel for the night. There will be ample free time for you to get out on your own, or simply rest up for the next day’s activities. Also, when booking a tour, please remember that we offer either 3-star or 4-star accommodation depending on your needs.