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A trip to Zvenigorod

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Photo by Max Rewinsky
Photo by Max Rewinsky

We invite you to visit Zvenigorod, a picturesque old town 30 km outside of Moscow. Zvenigorod will charm you with its lovely views of the Moscow River, steep hills, crystal-clear water springs, remarkable ancient architecture, and peaceful atmosphere. Enchanted by the landscapes, many Russian artists of the past lived and worked in Zvenigorod, giving the town the name of the Russian Barbizon.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the oldest church in the Moscow region. Built in 1399, The Assumption Cathedral is one of the few surviving stone monuments of the 14th century. And among the surviving ones, it is the most beautiful. In the 15th century, the best icon masters Andrei Rublev and Daniil Cherny created icons and frescoes for this church. The icons are now kept in the Tretyakov Gallery, but you can still find some frescoes which the same masters could have performed.

    The Assumption Cathedral
    The Assumption Cathedral
  • Explore Savvino Storozhevskiy Monastery, founded in the late 14th century. Tsar Alexis chose the monastery as his suburban residence, and his white-stone royal palace is still in its place. Since the times of Tsar Alexis, the monastery was one of the most significant religious places in Russia. You may climb the monastery's ancient walls and take in an impressive view from above.

    Savvino Storozhevskiy Monastery
    Savvino Storozhevskiy Monastery
  • Indulge in delicious pastries from the monastery bakery, try sbiten (hot honey drink with spices), herbal teas, and local kvass.

    The monastery bakery
    The monastery bakery
  • Admire the nature of Zvenigorod and learn why the town was referred to as the Russian Barbizon. Take an optional walk to the village of Savvinskaya Sloboda, captured on many canvases by Russian artists.

  • Take a look at the hospital where the famous Russian writer and doctor Anton Chekov used to work.
the hospital where  Anton Chekov worked as a doctor
the hospital where Anton Chekov worked as a doctor

Zvenigorod tour itinerary

9 am Meet your guide in the hotel
10.30 Upon arrival to Zvenigorod, you'll have a stop to see its town center, visit the former ramparts of Zvenigorod Kremlin, and visit the Assumption cathedral
11.30 am Walking tour of the Savvino Storozhevskiy Monastery. You'll visit its churches and museums, climb the walls to enjoy the view, and try delicious pastries in the monastery bakery.
A short walking tour of the area
1.30 pm Lunch break in one of the best restaurants in Zvenigorod
2.30 -4 pm Driving back to Moscow

We may include this itinerary in your Moscow 3-day tour. Zvenigorod might be a good alternative to Sergiev Posad, as this destination is much less touristy.

Optional Zvenigorod Tour extensions

  • If you love active holidays, you should try kayaking. This experience will enrich you with positive energy and optimism. The tour includes a short briefing and 3-hour kayaking. While paddling along the Moscow River, you'll get exceptional views.
  • An alternative active way to explore Zvenigorod is by bike. You will rent bikes in a local office. Our guide will accompany you to show you the most picturesque places in the area. The approximate length of the trip is 15 km.

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