After being picked up from your hotel by your guide, you will head to Sergiev Posad, a city northeast of Moscow. Here you will visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius - a world-famous spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church and a popular site of pilgrimage and tourism. It is the most important functioning Russian monastery and a residence of the Patriarch. This religious complex represents traditional Russian-style architecture. It carefully preserves a number of precious cultural artifacts and relics.
Following is the Toy Museum and excursion to the operating toy factory, where authentic Matryoshkas are made. The craftsmen keep on mastering their skills strictly following ancient traditions of Matryoshka-making. They will gladly share their secrets, taking you through the whole production process step-by-step. You will learn the history of Matryoshka and take part in a master-class of Matryoshka-painting. The tour also includes a meal stop in Sergiev Posad where you can try traditional Russian dishes.