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$124.45 Day Trips & Excursions

Moscow to Sergiev Posad Private Day Trip with Monastery Tour

Leave your central Moscow hotel by luxury minibus, and then travel northeast out of the city to the visit the famous Golden Ring – a series of charming, medieval fortified cities and towns. Built just after the death of the Grand Prince Vladimir, the towns attracted power and wealth from Moscow – leading them to be called, collectively, the Golden Ring.The nearest Golden Ring town to Moscow is Sergiev Posad, just an hour’s drive from the capital. Like many medieval Russian settlements, the town took its name from a saint, and in this case it was St Sergius of Radonezh – the country’s patron saint and the man who founded the town’s 14th-century Orthodox monastery. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius is an active monastery to this day, and you’ll see many of its resident monks while exploring inside. A complex of different churches and buildings that stretch around the town, the monastery is colossal in terms of its size, history and religious significance; the name ‘Lavra’ denotes the highest rank of Orthodox monasteries in Russia. Learn about St Sergius, who changed from hermit to saint, and see his silver shrine surrounded by the artwork of legendary medieval painter Andrei Rublev.After a break for lunch in town (own expense), continue sightseeing around the complex, exploring its ramparts and churches. Hear tales of the Lavra’s history, when it became embroiled in controversy during wars with the Mongolians and Polish, and see incredible cathedrals such as the Cathedral of the Assumption with its eye-catching façade. After exploring the site with your guide, return to your minibus and head back to Moscow. Your tour finishes in the early evening at your Moscow hotel.

$185 Private & Custom Tours

Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal from Moscow

Start your journey along with your private guide in the early morning with a ride by a comfortable high-speed train to Vladimir where you will meet your driver to go to Suzdal. Visit an open-air museum of the wooden architecture and peasant life to learn about the Russian rural community. Head toward Suzdal Kremlin where the history of the town started in the 11th century. Walk to the Market Square and taste medovukha - a Russian traditional soft honey-based alcoholic beverage. Marvel at inexpugnable walls of St Euthymius Monastery which once was a prison for dissidents.Drive to Vladimir - the capital of the Golden Ring and once the capital of Russia. The city was a cosmopolitan and artistic center at the end of the 12th century and the Seat of the Orthodox Church in the 14th century. Admire the shallow relief carvings on the white tall walls of St Demetrius cathedral that have been created by various artists. Your guide will explain to you the significance of the Assumption cathedral that was the main cathedral in Russia before Moscow became the capital of the country in the 15th century. Walk along Bolshaya Moskovskaya street - the main street of Vladimir that leads right to Moscow - to see the authentic architectural look of the city.Finish your day at the foot of the Golden Gate - the only surviving gate out of 7 that protected ancient borders of the city from enemies. Head to the railway station to get back to Moscow by train.

$159.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Escape from Moscow: Golden Ring Tour by Car

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Moscow With Locals, Moscow, Central Russia* Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel early morning, at 8:00 am and then set off for a full day countryside trip. We will ride on a business class car around 80 km towards the town of Sergiev Posad, one of the Golden Ring towns. First, visit a famous Russian Orthodox retreat temple Chernigov Skit for early morning church service.* After the service, continue to the Folk (villagers life) Private museum and then we finally reach St Sergius Monastery. We will enjoy a walking tour, visit 15th,16th and 17th century temples, will take a look at famous icons of Andrey Rublyov and learn about Russian history and about Holy Trinity Lavra Monastery importance in the spiritual and also political life of Russia. Along the way, you will have a chance to try a famous Russian Summer drink, called kvas (if your trip is during the summertime) with famous Russian pastries called pirozhki. Take a break for lunch in a nice cafe where you will have a chance to try dishes from Russian or soviet cuisine.* After lunch we have an option to do something creative with our hands. If you like, we can do a mater class of matryoshka painting or church candles making from real wax. After our class we will have a nice walk around Lavra and will visit the fresh water spring.* If we still have  time, the final stop of the day is a Abramtsevo estate, a 19th century retreat for Russian writers and painters, a gorgeous place to learn about the Russophile movement and relax before transferring back to Moscow. You will be dropped off at Belorusskaya metro station around 5 pm at the conclusion of your tour. Feel free to ask questions and your guide will share some useful information and suggestions on what to do and to see best in Moscow.Expect to return back to Moscow at 17:00 - 17:30 (depends on traffic)Duration: 9 hours

$981.09 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Golden Ring Tour from Moscow

ItineraryDay 1: Moscow – VladimirStop At: Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, Vladimir, Vladimir Oblast, Central RussiaStart with the historical settlement of Vladimir. See the sights on a coach tour, hearing the history of the town once known as the capital of Russia, and then head inside the magnificent Assumption Cathedral (once Russia’s main cathedral). Admire treasures like Rublyov’s The Last Judgement frescoes, and then board your coach to travel to the Cathedral of St Dmitry, marveling at its incredible stone carvings from the outside. Your coach tour also includes Vladimir’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites like the Golden Gates and the Museum of Crystal, Lacquer Miniature Painting and Embroidery.Stop for lunch and a drink in a traditional Russian restaurant, enjoying a bowl of hearty Russian borscht (beetroot soup) with dumplings, and then check in to your hotel. Spend the rest of your afternoon and evening at leisure.Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight: 4-star Vladimirskaya Sloboda in VladimirDay 2: Vladimir – Suzdal – KostromaStop At: Suzdal Kremlin, Suzdal, Suzdalsky District, Vladimir Oblast, Central RussiaCheck out of your hotel after breakfast and then leave your hotel by coach, traveling the short distance north to the 11th-century fortress town of Suzdal. Explore the town by coach, seeing the ramparts of Suzdal’s Kremlin and learning about the town. As you sit back and relax, your guide will talk to you about the town’s history, explaining how it was once a favorite town of the Soviet government, who strived to retain its original architecture and charm.Pass through the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life to see traditional old izbas (wooden houses) and churches – all built without using a single nail. Then, continue your tour back into town to see Suzdal’s monasteries and churches. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Monastery of st Ipaty, Kostroma, Kostroma Oblast, Central RussiaAfter a break for lunch, travel north to Kostroma, a town sat on the banks of its namesake river. See its highlights on a city tour, marveling at its star attraction – the 14th-century Monastery of St Ipaty. Hear tales of the Godunov family who founded the place of worship, and learn about the rivalries between them and the Romanov dynasty – another powerful Kostroma family. Check in to your hotel and enjoy free time in town.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight: 3-star Ostrovsky Prichal in KostromaDay 3: Kostroma – Yaroslavl – Rostov-VelikyStop At: St. John the Baptist Church, Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central RussiaLeave Kostroma after breakfast and travel west to the ancient town of Yaroslavl that was once a major political and economic hub. As the second largest city in Russia, Yaroslavl holds a collection of sites to rival the country’s capital. See the best sites on your city tour, admiring the onion-domed St John the Baptist Church and Strelka Park where the town’s founder (Yaroslavl the Wise) fought a sacred bear to save his people. Stop to visit the Monastery of Transfiguration of the Saviour – one of Russia’s richest monasteries – and then head inside the Church of Elijah the Prophet to see some of the brightest frescoes in the Golden Ring.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Strelka Fountains, Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central RussiaLeave Kostroma after breakfast and travel west to the ancient town of Yaroslavl that was once a major political and economic hub. As the second largest city in Russia, Yaroslavl holds a collection of sites to rival the country’s capital. See the best sites on your city tour, admiring the onion-domed St John the Baptist Church and Strelka Park where the town’s founder (Yaroslavl the Wise) fought a sacred bear to save his people. Stop to visit the Monastery of Transfiguration of the Saviour – one of Russia’s richest monasteries – and then head inside the Church of Elijah the Prophet to see some of the brightest frescoes in the Golden Ring.Duration: 1 hourStop At: State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, Rostov, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central RussiaEnjoy lunch in town, and then travel south to Rostov-Veliky, a town that’s often considered the prettiest in the Golden Ring with its silver-domed Kremlin. See the highlights on your city tour, stopping outside the Kremlin and the fairytale-esque Monastery of St Jacob. Check in to your hotel, and then spend your night at leisure.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight: 3-star Usadba Pleshanova in Rostov-VelikyDay 4: Rostov-Veliky – Pereyaslavl-Zalessky – Sergiev Posad – MoscowStop At: Pereslavl-Zalessky Historical, Arhitectural and Art Museum, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central RussiaSay your goodbyes to Rostov-Veliky after breakfast, and then head to Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, a small town popular with vacationing Muscovites. Sat on the shores of Lake Pleshcheevo, the pretty town is best known for its two main attractions: Red Square and the Cathedral of the Transfiguration (one of Russia’s oldest buildings. See them both on a city tour by coach, and then travel further south to your final Golden Ring town of your tour, Sergiev Posad.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Sergiyev Posad, Sergiyevo-Posadsky District, Moscow Oblast, Central RussiaThe town’s undisputed highlight is the Trinity Lavra Monastery of St Sergius, an active monastery that sprawls around the town. Taking a well-deserved place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the colossal monastery comprises onion-domed churches and countless buildings with eye-catching architecture. See the best bits, such as the Cathedral of the Assumption, on your coach tour and hear stories of St Sergius, after whom the monastery is named.Stop for lunch in town and then return to Moscow, where your tour finishes.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$2000 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tailor-made Arctic adventure tour: Explore the tundra wilderness

The 4x4 Arctic Exploration and Adventure starts in March 2018. This is the best time to visit Russian North because of long days, good state of winter roads and better weather than in the middle of the winter.We will drive two jeeps which are fully equipped to survive in tundra wilderness. One of our jeeps, "CrazyBuuu" van is an authentic Russian military UAZ-452 van (year of issue 2010) designed in the 1950s as a support car for military forces. Now it‘s still being produced as it was sixty years ago… And, surprisingly, it looks almost like in 1965! Our second jeep is UAZ Patriot, modern Russian jeep. Years from now, it will become a legend, too.In the first days, we will drive North-East from Moscow and visit such wonderful Golden Ring towns as Yaroslavl and Kostroma. They are amazing for architecture and history lovers because of their 12th. Then, for the second to third day, we will spend our time in and around Syktyvkar town. If you have limited time, it's better to fly here from Moscow. You can also arrive by train - another adventure travel in Russia.By the third day, you will see how dramatically nature changes... a lot of evergreen forests, open spaces of snow and only rare settlements. We will still drive normal roads. From the third to fourth day we will spend some time in Ukhta town, the last bastion of civilization in front of tundra wilderness. Ukhta is the middle of nowhere even for our Russian countryside.Our next plans will mainly depend on the road conditions. Ukhta is the last town with normal roads, after which we will drive on winter roads of local oil companies. There will be rescue teams with emergency vehicles as well as a lot of tractors, bulldozers, rovers and just trucks. A lot of people live and work there, usually for gas and oil companies. If the weather is OK (not a snowstorm), we will drive about 100 km of winter road for about one or two days.If all goes well, we'll reach Vorkuta town by the sixth day to enjoy its main attractions – interesting town with five-storey block of flats and everything about the coal industry, including its monument, coal companies, coal miners and their abandoned settlements :) If you want to see how post-apocalypses look in the Arctic, you will be in the right place! We also visit GULAG memory sites and learn more about Arctic regional developments during the Soviet times.Then we will spend two days near Vorkuta traveling through Ural mountains by an old train and then by snowmobiles to see reindeer breeders of aborigines ethnic origin. We will have a Banya (Russian sauna), play with reindeers, talk to reindeer breeders, have a lunch in their tent, and maybe do some trekking to the mountains. Finally, depending on the weather, our wishes and time limits, we will slowly drive back to Moscow.

$60 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Golden Ring Russian Folk Show

Visit: Marina Wilson Private Tours, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictThe Golden Ring show is one of the oldest dance performances in Russia. It was established long before the theatre where it takes place was established. Nadezhda Kadysheva - the creative director of the show has been a Russian folk singer for decades and she had an idea to make a full-length falk show to let people know what Russian folk is and how it is different from other countries.The main focus in the show is story-line, costumes and the art of dance.You will see Russian history in all its manifestations. It doesn't go back in time, it goes wide. From the Far East to West, from South to North - all the nations living in Russia are represented in costumes and dance style. The variety of dresses and different garments is staggering.Dance is something Russians are really good at and the Golden Ring show proves it very well.The show lasts for 2 hours with one break.