Be amazed by magnificent bird’s-eye views of the Holy capital of Russia – Sergiev Posad. During the helicopter tour you will see its main attraction – Trinity Lavra, as well as marvelous landscapes of Uchinskoye water reserve and the Abramtsevo estate.
Crossing the MKAD (Moscow Ring Road), an important Moscow transport artery, you fly towards Uchinskoye water reserve (also known as Akulovskoye water reserve), the largest reservoir of the Moscow canal. Its area is 19.3 km2, having a width of 3 km, length of about 12 km, and depth up to 21.5 m (average 7.5 m). Marvel at the beauty of this large pond, used as Moscow’s water supply, sparkling in the sun. Unlike the other reservoirs of the Moscow Canal, camping, shipping, and recreation are forbidden.
Sergiev Posad is the closest of the Golden Ring towns to Moscow. It is named after St. Sergius of Radonezh, a monk from Rostov who lived during the14th century. His pious, ascetic existence attracted numerous followers to the hermit’s shelter he had established in the forests around Moscow. The wooden monastery built by Sergius and his associates was razed by the Tartars shortly after his death, but his tomb survived and, in 1422, the year of his canonization, the construction of the Trinity Cathedral started.
The monastery (Lavra) includes more than 50 buildings. Main sights of Lavra are: the Holy Gates, an excellent example of the Moscow Baroque architecture, built in the end of 17 century, Dormition Cathedral, erected by the orders of Ivan the Terrible, Trinity Cathedral , a masterpiece of Russian architecture and the Lavra’s most ancient and important cathedral, Church of St Sergius with one of the most beautiful carved iconostasis. The History and Art museum, within the walls of the monastery, contains a rich collection of various art works dating from the 14th to 17th centuries.
Sergiev Posad is also a hometown of the Matryoshka (wooden doll). Since 1904 Russian dolls were mass produced in the factory in Sergiev Posad.
Flying time: 60 min
The price is for max 3 pass (for more pass more to be requested)
Helicopter: Robinson R-44 (max 3 pass)
Place: MKAD, Uchinskoye water reserv, Sergiev Posad and Trinity Lavra
Total tour time: approx. 4-4.5 hours depending on the traffic