Sergiev Posad driving tour: Famous Lavra and the Russian countryside
Life in the big cities in Russia will not introduce you to the true and real life in this vast country. There is a huge difference between major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, and life in the other less populated and developed parts of Russia. It is not easy to understand true Russian life when you are stuck in the traffic jam on your way to the Kremlin with a coffee in your hand!
Visiting the countryside is an opportunity to explore real Russia and the common lifestyle enjoyed by ordinary people. The difference is like night and day. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the frantic and overcrowded metropolis cities and make a visit to the opposite way of life. You will never forget your experience of visiting another place in time… one that’s mostly forgotten.
Sergiev Posad is the single town of the Moscow region included to the famous Golden Ring of Russia. In a sense, Sergiev Posad is the town of the single one sightseeing. Thousands of piligrims and tourists goes here from all over the world to admire Tha Lavra, the the UNESCO heritage site and the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church! The closest to the capital makes it one of the best choices for a day trip from Moscow.
But do you want to experience the Russian Orthodox Church being surrounded by tens of chinease? Yes, the place is greatly overcrowded by all these tourists and piligrims. To see the contrast, we will spend the day in Pereslavl, a small Golden Ring town only 50 km from the Sergiev Posad. The difference, the contrast and the real picture of Russian countryside... that is what you see escaping from this touristic place!
Log-crib houses with gardens surrounding by gold-dome great cathedrals, monasteries and kremlins... This is how the Golden Ring is really looks like!
White-stone medieval architecture of 12th century
Churches, Monasteries, Chapels and the infamous Trinity Lavra
The countryside and the local life of ordinary people
Delicious local food (and drinks)
Transportation: VW Multivan or CrazyBu military van
Price for 15-hours trip: from 14 000 RUB / group price
This tour includes traveling two towns of the famous Golden ring of Russia. It is a ring of cities northeast of Moscow, the capital of Russia. These ancient towns, which also played a significant role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church, preserve the memory of the most important and significant events in Russian history. The towns are one of the best places to visit in Russia! They have been called "open-air museums" and feature unique monuments of Russian architecture of the 12th–18th centuries, including kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals, and churches. You will also see a lot of rural Russia with its old wooden houses and traditional villages.
I will pick you up from the Hotel at 8 a.m. We will drive to Sergiev Posad, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church. Sergiyev Posad grew in the 15th century around one of the greatest of Russian monasteries, the Trinity Lavra, still (as of 2015) one of the largest monasteries in Russia. Now it currently is home to over 300 monks. The buildings are picturesque with stunning deco, painting and everything! Even if you are not a devoted (Orthodox) Christian, you will admire the beauty and splendor of the churches architecture, domes, icons… Yet, do not expect calmness and immersion in a monastery atmosphere, as the place is visited by tourist groups.
To see less touristic place, we will drive to Pereslavl Zalessky town located 70 km from it on the shore of Lake Pleshcheyevo at the mouth of the Trubezh River. It was founded in 1152 by Prince Yury Dolgoruky as a projected capital of Zalesye. Monuments of church architecture here include six architecture complex convents and a lot of churches. It is the amazing place to see the Russian countryside to see the local life with a lot of wooden buildings, local cafes and ordinary people. About 4.30 p.m. we may visit the Evening Mass in one of the small churches.
How to get to Segiev Posad on your own?
Very easy! All you need is little money and the timetable of commuter trains. Insert you date to the "Дата" field in the top of the page and click Enter (or "Показать Расписание"). Then you will see a lot of trains ----->
Important: "Ежедневно" means everyday, "По выходным" means Sunday and Saturday (and all holidays), "По рабочим" means Mondat to Friday.
Then go to Yaroslavskaya Railway station. All you need to do is to buy tickets (just say - Sergiev Posad to the nice person in the ticket office) and to find your train. Easy for the experienced backpacker!
Prices for Sergiev Posad tour
Visiting Sergiev Posad a is perfect for those who want to have the Golden Ring tour to admire abundant medieval churches and other UNESCO sites as well as a rural look of typical Russian provinces. We recommend a one-day tour only for people who have stamina and have no time. For others we recommend 2-day trip. It is much easier! You have enough time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the place.
The route is fluent and can ba modified according to your wishes. Larger groups are upon request.
Duration: from 7 hours (only Sergiev Posad) to 14 hours
Transportation: VW Multivan or CrazyBu military van (up to 8 people)
Price includes: only small-group tour (up tp 6 people), pick-up and drop-off from the hotel, English-speaking guide and his expenses, transportation in a minivan
Price does not include: tickets to Lavra (450 RUB / person), meals