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Sergiev Posad, Russian Vatican

1 day

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Moscow - Sergiev Posad - Moscow
  • Languages

    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request. 11
  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    This is a one-day tour, accommodation is not included.
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
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Itinerary

Considered by some to be the Russian Vatican, Sergiev Posad is the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra) was built in the first half of the 1340s by the son of Rostov Boyar, Sergius of Radonezh, who remains one the most venerated saints in Russia. The monastery includes more than fifty edifices constructed by Moscow, Pskov and Yaroslavl craftsmen. In 1993 it was entered into the UNESCO list of the World Cultural Heritage. The History and Art museum within the walls of the Monastery contains a rich collection of old Russian paintings and various works of art dating from the 14th thru 17th centuries. The collection includes over 120.000 items: ancient icons, medieval manuscripts and old printed books, icon and ornamental embroideries, church utensils, articles of gold and silver, paintings, engravings, folk and contemporary art. Sergiev Posad is also famous for being home to the world´s first matryoshka doll.

Day 1

At 10.00 AM, our driver and representative will pick you up to depart for Sergiev Posad by car or mini-van.
It is located about 2 hours’ drive from Moscow. Arrival in Sergiev Posad.
Considered by some to be the Russian Vatican, Sergiev Posad is the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Our tour starts with the Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra), built in the first half of the 1340s by the son of Rostov Boyar, Sergius of Radonezh, who remains one the most venerated saints in Russia. The monastery includes more than fifty edifices constructed by Moscow, Pskov and Yaroslavl craftsmen. In 1993 it was entered into the UNESCO World Heritage list. The History and Art museum within the walls of the monastery contains a rich collection of old Russian paintings and various works of art dating from the 14th thru 17th centuries. The collection includes over 120,000 items: ancient icons, medieval manuscripts and old printed books, icon and ornamental embroideries, church utensils, articles of gold and silver, paintings, engravings, folk and contemporary art. Sergiev Posad is also famous for being home to the world's first matryoshka doll.

Lunch at the local restaurant (included).

At around 3:00 PM, you will set back to Moscow.

 

Included Sightseeing

These sights are included into the standard package:

Sergiev Posad

The Trinity St. Sergius Monastery

The Trinity St. Sergius Monastery

The monastery was built in the first half of the 1340s by the son of Rostov Boyar, Sergius of Radonezh, who remains one the most venerated saints in Russia. The monastery includes more than fifty edifices constructed by Moscow, Pskov and Yaroslavl craftsmen. In 1993 it was entered into the UNESCO list of the World Cultural Heritage.

Prices and Terms

All seasons

   
1 $509
2 $283
3 - 4 $221
5 - 6 $180

Prices include

  • Tickets to all museums
  • Transportation to museums and for excursions
  • Guide service
  • Meals according to the program

Prices do not include

  • Visa processing costs. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
  • International airfare. Our Russian tours are offered as land only where you arrange your own airfare and we meet you at the airport and handle everything else. You can easily book the discount tickets yourself through our own discount internet ticket office.
  • Optional services as well as theater tickets
  • Travel insurance

To inquire about group rates, please contact us.

Tour dates are flexible. Tours can be customized to your taste. We can include additional excursions or performances on your request.

Payment policy:
To book a tour, 30% deposit is required at the moment of booking. The trip must be fully paid 31 days before departure.

Cancellation policy:
61 or more days before departure - a fee equal to 15% of the entire package will be charged.
60-15 days before departure - a fee equal to 30% of the entire package will be charged.
14 days or less before departure or no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.

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