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Escape from the City: 9-Hour Golden Ring Private Tour provided by Moscow With Locals

Escape from the City: 9-Hour Golden Ring Private Tour

Escape from the City: 9-Hour Golden Ring Private Tour
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Enjoy a full-day private tour departing from Moscow to the Golden Ring. We will visit sights including the famous Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Monastery, Chernigov Skit (monks retreat), Matryoshka painting or candles making masterclass and a museum of the Russian Village House (not opened yet). Learn about Russian history, culture and the architecture styles of Orthodox churches.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • * 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 private villagers life museum and then finally reach St Sergius Monastery. Enjoy a walking tour, visit 16th century temples, look at famous paintings of Andrey Rublyov and learn about Russian history. 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. * 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 your hotel between 5 to 6pm 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • * 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 private villagers life museum and then finally reach St Sergius Monastery. Enjoy a walking tour, visit 16th century temples, look at famous paintings of Andrey Rublyov and learn about Russian history. 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. * 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 your hotel between 5 to 6pm 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 39285P5
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private tour with an English speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (any centrally located hotel)
  • Herbal tea with monastery pastries tasting
  • Transportation by business class car (4 doors sedan) or by minivan (for groups more that 4 people)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (very much appreciated!)
  • Entrance fees to additional museum areas (if needed, normally not)
  • Matryoshka painting and Candles making master class fee (around 5 - 10 US dollars per person)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Should your hotel not be listed, You have to provide us with your hotel location so that we can arrange your pick up. Otherwise, we can not guarantee your timely pickup Pickup from your hotel at 8:00am
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, dress accordingly
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private tour with an English speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (any centrally located hotel)
  • Herbal tea with monastery pastries tasting
  • Transportation by business class car (4 doors sedan) or by minivan (for groups more that 4 people)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (very much appreciated!)
  • Entrance fees to additional museum areas (if needed, normally not)
  • Matryoshka painting and Candles making master class fee (around 5 - 10 US dollars per person)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Should your hotel not be listed, You have to provide us with your hotel location so that we can arrange your pick up. Otherwise, we can not guarantee your timely pickup Pickup from your hotel at 8:00am
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, dress accordingly
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

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AuthorAlexandriaK
10 contributions
May 2017- "A Tour Deserving More Than a 2-Year Awaited Review"
Sep. 2019
A tour deserving more than a 2-year awaited review.

I came to Moscow in May of 2017, (don’t be fooled by the September 2019 date listed), and it was my last stop from four months of travel. I was not in the least disappointed and I know you won’t be either. Hence my dedication to review.

This was not the first tour I have taken, although the first in Russia. I’ve taken tours on buses, through museums, around city monuments, along rivers, and after a while- I don’t like to admit- they blur together. I am grateful for these past experiences, but I couldn’t help but feel I was playing “follow the leader”- the indistinct hustle of facts through headsets, the flying of triangular flags above group huddles. Despite previous experiences, I forewent my expectations and gave this 9-Hour Golden Ring Tour a go.

It was unforgettable, as the passing of two years have proved.

If you are into history and consider yourself a buff, Anton will supply you with dates, names, and monumental moments in the Soviet era. He’ll enlighten you with his knowledge and personalize your interests along the Golden Ring’s route. If important dates/names of history have a hard time sticking, like they do for me, I urge you to take this tour anyhow. I went for an experience and got the best of both worlds.

What I valued most, and the memories that continue to resurface- the ones that urge for a review that’s never too late to write- are of the times spent with Anton and Juliia. I felt as a friend to them, the three of us sipping hot tea from a thermos along a stream, Anton conversing of architecture while Juliia captured images only her eye could see. We were a walking time capsule. We ate pastries of all varieties, painted iconic matryoshka dolls. Later, we relished in vintage toys and vinyl records at the Russian Village House, the owner reminding me of my own grandfather- jovial and delighted to impress our visit.

Among the tours that are fighting to rank in the tops of lists and first in searches, I hope you pick this one. It is regrettable I’ve waited so long to review, but I hope this length of time can prove this tour is indeed, a memorable one. Even if the stops have changed, I trust Anton’s enthusiasm to be long-lasting and shared among the making of friends to come.

So if you’re wondering, then yes, every cent and ruble was worth it.
Written 17 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
114antonp
Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your memories, Alexandria! I was a pleasure to show you around the Russian countryside!
Written 18 September 2019
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alina_b2222
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Wonderful escape from the city!
Feb. 2019 • Couples
Anton and Juliia took my partner and I on an amazing tour to Sergeev Posad, we saw beautiful churches and monasteries, ate delicious local food, and painted our own matryoshka dolls!
The experience was definitely unforgettable. Anton and Juliia were very friendly and informative, they know a lot about Russian culture and history and can answer all your questions.
They showed us a traditional Russian carpentry site where locals build historic Russian log houses without using nails; took us to a monastery where you could learn about the repression religion faced during the Soviet era, and see some of the only catacombs in the region; showed us the main Sergeev Posad monastery and told us about its history and development during the times of Peter the Great and Ivan the Terrible; brought us to a cozy cafe where we had lunch, and took us to a matryoshka painting workshop run by two very friendly and knowledgeable women.
The matroyshka painting was arguably the highlight of the trip. All the supplies were provided, as well as step by step instructions and encouragement by the facilitators of the workshop. It was fascinating to learn about the history of matroyshka dolls and so fun to create your own souvenir to take home with you afterwards! It was also great to leave Moscow for a bit and enjoy the peaceful countryside, in the comfort of Anton's private car. We highly recommend this trip!
Written 25 February 2019
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Alina, Kyle, thanks so much for having us on that day! Great to hear you guys enjoyed your time in the Russian countryside! We will remember the Canucks matryoshka doll forever!
Written 30 August 2019
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Sam P
California5 contributions
Great tour
Jul. 2018
Anton built a custom schedule for me which involved some unique places such as a school children memorial site visit, Russian poet residence, followed by local pastry, and lunch in Sergiyev Posad, Russian doll painting and finishing up with visits to several churches and monasteries. I had a great day!
Written 12 July 2018
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Thanks Sasan!
Written 11 September 2019
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Marius Downunder
5 contributions
This trip was amazing!
Aug. 2017 • Solo
Anton & Julia took me around on the most wonderful trip around.

We got to spent time with other locals, spent time at places no other tourists would ever get to and all in comfort of a luxury car while driving.

Loved spending my time with these two. I felt like being with friends who showed me around to all the places I was hoping to see one day in my life..

My expectations surpassed!

Thanks A & J
Written 4 November 2017
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Thanks, Marius! This was an amazing day with a lot of side-trips. Loved our day as well
Written 9 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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