Small Group Tours

The Best of the Golden Ring (by Car)

An unforgettable Day Tour from Moscow, savouring the Must-See of the Golden Ring: meet the locals, visit a unique UNSECO Holy Trinity Lavra, paint Matryoshka Dolls and enjoy Russian Food

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Duration: 9 Hours
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Group Size: up to 8 people
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Included: Local pastry and tea
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Hosted in English
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Tour times

Tuesday 8:00 am

Thursday 8:00 am

Saturday 8:00 am

What to Expect

Start at 8:00am

Experience our curated highlights of Sergiev Posad just in a single day – a day out of busy Moscow – filled with Russian passion for history, its faith, the food, traditional craft and Russian art. … unlike any ‘tour’ out there!

We meet at Belorusskaya metro at 8:00 am and ride towards the countryside. Enjoy a conversation while a privately chauffeured car (with AC) will take out our group directly to Sergiev Posad. The ride is about 90 minutes and we will stop for coffee half-way.

Countryhouse visit

10:00

We will have several stops on our way, including the local man house. We will check how Russians live in the countryside, which crops they grow and how the real Russian house looks from inside!

Chernigov skete

10:30

Few people know about the Chernigovsky Skete, a silent and peaceful monks retreat. There we can visit an underground cave church with a tour, run by a local monk, And we will try herbal tea with typical local pastries, baked with Holy Water there!

Craftshop visit

12:00

Sergiev Posad is known as the birthplace of Russian nesting dolls called Matryoshka and we will paint our own Matryoshkas there, at a local craft shop! Absolute Fun!

Holy Trinity Lavra

13:30

There is a magical place just 80 kilometres away – Sergiev Posad, one of Golden Ring heritage small towns. Its main decoration is the majestic St. Sergius Trinity Lavra Monastery. Surely we will explore it.

This monastery was founded in the 14th century and step by step it became the most important monastery in the Russian Orthodox Christian world.
Its architecture ensemble is so unique, that it was chosen to be the UNESCO protected site. Amazing place and the must to visit.

Lunch with dumpilngs

* Lunch is not included in the price

Hungry finally? Its time to visit the best cafe in Sergiev Posad and to enjoy delicious Russian food: dumplings cooked in different styles, famous borscht soup and other Russian classics

lunch

Bring your family

Children and youth love this tour! There’s a lot to see and a lot to do!

Find your inner self

This is your vacation time and why not to have a little fun!

Make new friends

Locals are very friendly, so take your chance to make some new friends!

And have some fun!

This is the time to have fun and make great photos. And surely we will do some selfies all together!

Kvass tasting

In summers we try kvass – a delicious Russian fermented drink.

Included:

Transportation: 4-seats business-class sedan car or 8-seats minivan
Matryoshka painting workshop
Herbal tea with local pastries
in Summers: Kvass tasting (traditional Russian Summer drink)

Not included:

Lunch
Hotel pickup and dropoff

Reviews

Katya
New York, USA
January 2020

This is a wonderful tour!

Our trip was wonderful. I went with my family – husband and two daughters and they enjoyed every minute of it.
Anton brought us around which we couldn’t have done it alone, he showed us some secret places. He has good connections with the local communities. We tasted delicious Russian lunch on this tour. We had a fun time painting our matryoshkas and finished the trip with a nice great feeling of connection to Russian culture, tasty food, fantastic people and magnificent architecture. It was a great day! Thank you, Anton! Do not hesitate to book this tour. It is worth your money and time.

Deb
London, United Kingdom
July 2019

I recommend without hesitation

My friends and I had a great time on this experience. Our guide was friendly and open, took us places and showed and told us things we would never have been able to do on our own. A unique and interesting time outside Moscow, a feast for the senses! The painting the Matryoshka dolls ended up being one of the most fun parts of the day, also because of the interaction with the wonderful ladies at the original place where the dolls first started to be made near Moscow! We really enjoyed the history, sights, food and Anton’s insights. I would recommend without hesitation!

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The Best of the Golden Ring (by Car)

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149 USD

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99 USD

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Tickets must be purchased 12 hours before the start of the tour.

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