Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel early morning and set off for a full day countryside adventure. We will ride 60 miles (100 km) towards the town of Sergiev Posad, one of the Golden Ring towns. First, visit a famous Russian Orthodox retreat temple called Chernigov Skete (If you book your tour on Sunday, we will have a chance to visit early morning church service).
In Skete you will research an underground church, dug by monks in the 19th century. Afterwards, refresh yourself with local herb tea and fresh pastries.
After that we will continue to St. Sergius Monastery. Enjoy a walking tour, visit 15-16th 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 kvass (if your trip is during the summertime) along with a 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.
And you will have a chance to do something creative with your hands. You will have a master class at Matryoshka regarding painting or at creating church candles made from real wax.
The final stop of the day is at the 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 5pm and 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 regarding the best Moscow has to offer.