Nizhny Novgorod Private Tour to Arzamas and Diveevo monastery

We offer you to touch the wonders of the village Diveevo, located in Nizhny Novgorod region. Here you can relax from the bustle of the city, distracted from your everyday routine and problems. This is the place where you will immerse yourself in the natural purity, breathe fresh air and visit holy places. Travel in this wonderful village will impress you. Diveevo is a unique village. This place has an incredibly beautiful scenery, lots of sources of saints, cathedrals, churches and temples. A lot of people from all over Russia and abroad want to visit Diveevo with its atmosphere. The village was formed in the 16th century and in honour of the first owner - Diva. In the 18th century, a wooden church appeared there in honour of St. Nicholas and Archdeacon Stephen. Also, Diveevo became known as a fourth lot of the Mother of God. There is the Holy Trinity Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery with the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

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  • What's included :
    • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request
    • Hotel pick up from Nizhny Novgorod by private a/c transport
    • Transportation for excursions
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
    • Entry/Admission - St. Nicholas Convent
    • Entry/Admission - Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery
    What's excluded :
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities
    • Lunch
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: St. Nicholas Convent, Sobornaya Sq., 1, Arzamas Russia

    08:00 the tour begins, our driver and English-speaking guide will pick you up at your address in Nizny Novgorod to depart for Arzamas by car or mini-van (113 km).

    11:00 arrival to Arzamas. An excursion and a visit to the Nikolaev convent. In summer there is a possibility to visit the Resurrection Cathedral and to venerate the life-giving cross. (From November to May the cathedral is closed.)

    The Nikolsky monastery was built by Theophylact Yakovlev. First, he erected the church of St. Nicholas with a side-chapel in honor of the holy unmercenaries of Cosmas and Damian. To this church, the abbot of the Arzamas Monastery of the Savior and Transfiguration, Sergius brought a massive carved image of the saint. This icon very soon became famous for its miracles. She had healing properties. The founder of the church was ordained to the priesthood, after which he began to serve in the parish of the church he built. The same Abbot Sergius gave him the idea to organize a women's monastery at the church. Afterwards, Theophilactus’s father for the future monastery erected a still warm wooden church in the name of the Epiphany of the Lord, as well as a bell tower and cells, where thirty sisters were to be accommodated. That was the beginning of the first nunnery in Arzamas, which, from the image of Nicholas the Wonderworker, began to be called Nikolsky - Nicola Novye Proshchi.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery, Blagoveshchenskaya sq., Diveyevo 607320 Russia

    13:00 Arrival to Diveevo. Sightseeing tour of the Holy Trinity Seraphim-Diveevsky convent. You will visit the territory of the Diveevsky monastery, get acquainted with its history and customs in the monastery.

    Holy Trinity Seraphim-Diveevsky monastery is known to all who are interested in the history and culture of Orthodoxy: the monastery is considered the fourth destiny of the Virgin Mary, that is, one of the places that are under the special patronage of the Mother of God. Therefore, pilgrims come from all over the world to the monastery. Other destinations of the Virgin Mary are the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, Mount Athos and Iberia (present-day Georgia). The documents first mentioned Diveevo in 1559. Perhaps the name of the village comes from the name of the Tatar Murza Divey. In the second half of the XVIII century Diveevo was a small village with a wooden church. It was at this moment that the nun of the Kiev-Florovsky Monastery Alexandra had a vision of the Virgin Mary, who pointed out to her the place of the future Holy Trinity Monastery. Believers come to Diveevo to worship the relics of Seraphim of Sarov and walk along the holy groove, the path along which the Mother of God passed. This place appeared in a dream to Seraphim of Sarov.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Trinity Cathedral, Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery, Diveyevo Russia

    Then you will visit the Trinity Cathedral.

    The heart of Diveyevo, one of Russia's spiritual centers, is Trinity Cathedral, where the relics of the Venerable Seraphim, miracle-worker of Sarov, are held. Its construction fulfilled one of Father Seraphim's prophecies.

    He foretold a great cathedral would be built in Diveyevo, a wonderful marvel so great that even the monks of Sarov would envy it.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Transfiguration Cathedral, Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery, Diveyevo 607320 Russia

    In the early 20th century, the Transfiguration Church was built in the monastery. The construction ended in 1916. The church was to be consecrated after installing the iconostasis and heating systems, but the Revoluation of 1917 put that on hold. After the Revolution, a garage was arranged in the building, and then a shooting range. Up to the end of the 20th century, there had never been a single service in the Transfiguration Church. Now the cathedral operates and hold the relics of the Three Holy Women of Diveevo — Saint Alexandra, Martha and Helen.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Queen of Heaven's Holy Trench, Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery, Diveyevo 607320 Russia

    14:00-16:30 Passage through the Holy Canal of the Virgin and free time to have dinner. You will be able to go to one of the refectories on the territory of the monastery and try monastic pies, bread, pancakes.

    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kazan Spring, Diveyevo Russia

    17:00 After a meal you will make a trip to the holy spring (Kazan or Mother Alexandra) where you will be able to take of holy water and also swimming in the spring is possible (optional).

    18:00 Departure to N. Novgorod.

    21:00 Arrival at your hotel

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    You will be picked up from any hotel of Nizhny Novgorod
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by U Visit Russia

Activity ID: V-7772P208

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