At a glance
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Step back in time on a history tour
Includes free admission to top local attractions
Book your preferred tour option and say goodbye to your travel books and privet (greetings) to Moscow’s streets! On either tour, meet your private guide in hotel lobby and learn fun facts, stories, and legends about Moscow, and tick its top attractions off your must-see list.
Red Square and Bolshoi Tour (4 hours):
Take in Moscow’s renaissance, baroque, and art nouveau architecture, and visit Red Square to see its famous buildings and St. Basil’s Cathedral, commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and completed in 1560. Hear the story that Ivan had its architects blinded afterward to feel safe that such a masterpiece could never be built again.
See the GUM shopping arcade and after time for coffee (own expense) or photos, head inside the Bolshoi Theater to join a 1-hour tour. Imagine the audiences of 19th-century imperial Russia as you view the lavish interiors of what is one of Russia’s oldest and biggest theaters, and learn how the Bolshoi is depicted on the country’s 100-ruble banknote.
Red Square and Kitay Gorod Tour (4 hours):
After visiting Red Square, take in the GUM shopping arcade, shopping for souvenirs and if you wish, tasting some of GUM’s classic ice cream (own expense). Visit St Basil’s Cathedral, the favorite cathedral of Ivan the Terrible who is said to have blinded its architects to ensure it could never be recreated.
Make a quick stop at Lenin’s Mausoleum to see the deceased national figure (closed Mondays and Fridays and only seen from outside during the high season).
Visit the Big Moskvoretsky Bridge for great views of the Kremlin’s walls and 20 towers, the largest and oldest fortress in Russia, and learn about the 14th-century Prince Dmity Donskoy who began its construction.
Head into the Kitay-Gorod district, one of Moscow’s oldest districts, and see the Kitay-Gorod Wall, Tretyakov Passage, and Nikolskaya and Varvarka streets. Admire the old buildings and hear their history and secrets.
View the16th-century Old English Court and Romanov Chambers, dedicated to Russia’s second tsarist dynasty, to appreciate what a city can do with almost 900 years of inspiration, and visit Alexander Garden to see its mock ruined grotto and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with its Eternal Flame.
Discover the history of Moscow through tsarist and Soviet times with a walk along the Kremlin walls, and soak in the city’s Soviet past on a stroll along Tverskaya, its main street. Explore the Eliseev Emporium, Moscow’s celebrated grocery store, to see its elaborate décor and high ceilings, and wander along Kamergersky Lane and Kuznetsk Bridge Street, the birthplace of Russian fashion and a popular meeting spot for locals.
Stop for photos of the legendary and historical National and Metropol hotels, and visit the observation deck of the Detsky Mir department store for panoramic views of the city and Kremlin.
Bolshoi tour (on Red Square + Bolshoi theater tours)
Private tour with a friendly local guide
Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
Iconic places for photo shoot
Flexible customizable itinerary
Must-see attractions and off the beaten path
Entrance fees (if you want to go inside some cathedral)
Your guide will meet you at your centrally-located hotel in Moscow