Saint Trinity Lavra Monastery. Underground Monk Cells
Drive to Sergiev Posad from Moscow is approximately 1,5 hours, one way.
Visit to Saint Trinity Lavra Monastery (appr. 1 hour) - one of Russia's most important
religious centers founded in the mid-14th century and in 1993 declared a World Heritage Site by
UNESCO. The picturesque ensemble of the monastery itself, comprising over 50 buildings and
other structures, is a true gem of Russian architecture and often called "The Russian Vatican".
Underground Monk Cells - located in men's monastery founded in 1847 which has
underground hand-dug monk prayer cells. Local guide will explain the lifestyle of Russian
monks and share fascinating stories of what happened there during Soviet "no religion" period.
Hour Lunch Break (optional)
Matrioshka Factory (1 hour) - welcomes guests to watch production of the most famous
Russian souvenir, the nesting doll - Matryoshka. Afterwards, you have a chance to paint your
own wooden doll to take home with you.
Russian Bells (1 hour) - exhibition of working old and modern bells of different shapes and
sounds. This 1,5 hour tour will give you a chance to learn about difference types of bells and
hear a soothing short melodies.