December 25, 2018

“The Best of the Golden Ring and Diveyevo” Pilgrimage Tour to Russia

June 4-13, 2019

Our company, with support from the Educational and Missionary Center at the Church of Protection Veil of the Mother of God in Yasenevo (Moscow), offers a ten-day pilgrimage to Russia in June of 2019.

For those interested, further information is given below, including the pilgrimage itinerary with contact information.

Key Information:

A guided tour begins in Moscow and goes to Diveyevo, stopping at: Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl Zalessky, Yuriev-Polsky, Suzdal, Protection Nerl Church, Bogdarnya agro-tourism complex, Vladimir, and Murom.

Includes: all transfers at a comfortable air-conditioned tour bus, 3 star hotel stays, twin rooms, most meals (except where not mentioned or noted otherwise), and professional Orthodox tour guide services.

Does not include: airfare, visa and passport costs, personal health/accident insurance, gratuities for your tour and local guides and bus driver, any additional at will donations at the places of worship, or any other activities (optional tours, theatre tickets or additional museums).


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Pilgrimage Tour’s Program:

Day 1 June 4 Tues

Arrival to Moscow. Transfer to the hotel.

Supper on the Moscow River cruise. Guided tour of the downtown sights while on the river.

Overnight in Moscow.

Day 2 June 5 Wed


Transfer to the Church of the Protection of the Mother of God in Yasenevo, a unique Byzantine-style church with its full-scale replicas of the Holy Land in the lower basement church. Tour of the upper and lower churches. Lunch and meeting with the clergy.

Guided tour of central Moscow: Kremlin and its Cathedral Square museums (entrance fees not included). Self-guided tour of the Red Square and its environs or a walk to the Christ the Savior Cathedral for the evening service.

Overnight in Moscow.

Day 3 June 6 Thur

The feast of Ascension of the Lord

Early breakfast at the hotel/early check out.

Transfer to Sergiev Posad. Festal Divine Liturgy at Trinity-Saint Sergius Lavra’s Dormition Cathedral.

A short ride to the Lavra’s Gethsemane skete. Holy Unction Service, lunch. Tour of the underground church.

Transfer to Pereslavl Zalessky, a guided walk around its central area.

Transfer to Suzdal. Supper.

Overnight in Suzdal.

Day 4 June 7 Fri

Suzdal and Protection Church at Nerl

Suzdal’s Kremlin and monasteries. Fresco-painting class at the local church. Tea with pierogies.

Transfer to Nerl church. A walk, free time.

Church service at one of Suzdal’s cathedrals.

Overnight in Suzdal.

Day 5 June 8 Sat

Transfer to Yuryev-Polsky. Lunch at the local monastery and conversation with the local clergy, monastics and lay people.

Transfer to Bogdarnya agro-tourism complex. Cultural program and visit with the English-speaking Orthodox owners. A visit to the Russian bathhouse or troika ride experience is extra and available upon request.

Overnight in Bogdarnya.

Day 6 June 9 Sun


Early check out and transfer to Vladimir. Tour of Cathedral Square complex. Free time along the Merchants’ row. The Golden Gates. Water Tower and Museum of Provincial Lifestyle, city overlook).

Transfer to Murom. Guided tour of the central monasteries and shrines. Tea at the monastery.

Transfer to Diveyevo. Supper. Evening procession walk with the monastics around the Holy Kanavka.

Overnight in Diveyevo.

Day 7 June 10 Mon


Liturgy at the Trinity Cathedral. Lunch. Narrated tour of the monastery.

A trip to St. Seraphim’s Holy Springs.

Vigil. Supper. Evening procession at the Holy Kanavka.

Day 8 June 11 Tue


Liturgy at Trinity Cathedral. Confession and partaking of the Holy Communion (for those who are of Orthodox faith and prepared accordingly).

Lunch. A visit with the nuns.

Trip to Arzamas: stop at Dormition Church at the village of Suvorovo, a place of eternal rest of the new martyrs of Diveyevo.

Arzamas. Smolensk icon church in the Vyezdnoye village. Narrated tour of Arzamas’ Cathedral Square, Resurrection Cathedral, veneration of the Life-Giving Cross. St. Nicholas women’s monastery, its miraculous icons. Supper at the monastery.

Return to Diveyevo.

Overnight in Diveyevo.

Day 9 June 12 Wed

Breakfast and early check out.

Return trip to Moscow. Lunch. Arrival to Moscow early evening.

Free time and overnight in Moscow.

Day 10 June 12 Thur


Transfer to the airport. Flight back home.

Note: the itinerary above is preliminary and can be amended.

Price: appr. $1660

The final price will be determined by February 15, 2019, in accordance with new summer rates for hotel stays and transportation.

To reserve a spot, a deposit of $350 is required at the time of sign-up. Detailed instructions as well as payment arrangements to Russia will be forwarded then. will be glad to offer assistance at obtaining a visa to Russia and getting the best airfare. Please contact for more details.

The deposit is non-refundable, unless pilgrimage is cancelled by the organizers due to unforeseen circumstances. Please contact the pilgrimage tour organizers for more information.

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