➤Transfer to Sergiev Posad
➤Guided tour to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius
➤Transfer to Alexandrov
➤Guided tour to the tsar’s residence in the Alexandrovskaya village (also known as the Alexandrovsky Kremlin)
➤Transfer to Vladimir
➤Check-in at the hotel
The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is a unique monastery and the spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Christianity and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Founded in 1345, the monastery originally centered on a wooden church surrounded by several buildings and became the model for more than 400 similar cloisters throughout Russia. After the first church burned down, a stone cathedral was built, dedicated to the Holy Trinity. It still stands today, housing relics of St Sergius and works.
The Alexandrov Kremlin in 500 years old, it was founded during the reing of the first Russian tsar Ivan the 4th, also known as Ivan the Terrible. It was the period when the lands of Russia were united and formed the single state when the foundations of the absolute monarchy were laid down, when Russia established itself as the largest European power.
In the 16th century the Alexandrov kremlin even became the uncrowned capital of Russia for 17 years. Ivan the 4th ruled over the country from the palaces of Sloboda, here he met with ambassadors from different countries: England, Sweden, Denmark, Crimean Khanate and other. In the Alexandrov kremlin tsar’s wedding ceremonies took place twice. So the Alexandrov kremlin became the major political and cultural centre of the medieval Russia.
The considerable part of fascinating palaces and temples of the Alexandrov kremlin built by eminent Russian and Italian architects in the 16th century has remained to our time. Our guides will help you to make a wonderful journey into the history of the Russian Middle Ages. We shall also participate in interactive sessions showing the life of ordinary people of that times.