Wim & Vanessa

We booked ourselves the trip to Sergiev Posad (one of the Golden Ring cities) with Anton. In the morning we were met by Anton at our hotel on time. Another fellow traveller joined us on this tour. The whole trip was kept nicely on schedule: first stop was the monastry Gethsemane Chernigovsky Skete. There we were treated on a interesting behind the scenes tour. Not accessible for public. A local priest provided background info, translated by Anton. There we were offered a tea or coffee with a typical local pastry. At midday, there was plenty of time to have lunch in a very nice restaurant, serving typical russian food, which was very good. Next stop was Troitse-Sergieva Lavra. The time planning seemed usefull as it was not so crowded then, because the first large groups of visitors already finished their visit. Afterwards there was a workshop planned: choice of handpainting Matroushkas or little sculptures, which was as well a fun experience. The advantage of such a private tour, is that you can ask to stop somewhere, f.i. to buy some forest fruits from local people in the street, which was no problem at all for Anton. The whole trip, everything went smoothly and we had no loss of time because of queing for entry tickets or so. Anton is the excellent guide: knowledgeable, friendly and helpfull. We also got some good tips what to visit in the remaining days of our stay in Moscow. We had a nice day out, and would like to thank Anton for his friendly companionship during the confortable trip.