Meet your friendly local guide near Resurrection Gate on Red Square. Your guide will be holding a placard so you can easily recognize her. Depending on the tour option you select this tour can last 2 hours (without Kremlin and Detsky Mir) or 3 hours (with Kremlin and free coffee).
Feast your eyes on stunning Kazan Cathedral, admire the monumental Kremlin walls and marvel at nine colorful chapels dedicated to the holies of quirky St. Basil’s Cathedral. Hear the legend about the cathedral, the Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible and why he blinded the architect. See the elegant historic exteriors of GUM and deepen your knowledge about Soviet leader – Lenin and Stalin.
Then proceed to Zaryadye Park, $27 billion urban park and wander through four climatic zones: forest, steppe, tundra, and the floodplains and absorb stunning Kremlin views from the bridge over the Moskva River.
After that, walk along the oldest Moscow streets Varvarka and Vetoshniy Lane on route to Nikolskaya, arguably the most beautiful Moscow avenue. Being part of Kitay-gorod area, historic and cultural core of the city, this atmospheric enclave replete with timeless buildings, fashionable restaurants, elegant shops, boutiques and cozy cafes is the perfect place to buy souvenirs, chocolates or just to take a stroll.
Your next stop will be Alexander Garden, urban park created in honor of a victory over Napoleon in the Patriotic war of 1812. Your expert guide will point out various benchmarks of rich Russian history as you amble through the Grotto and Monument obelisk erected for the tercentenary of the House of Romanov (Russian Tsars dynasty).
Next, if you book a 3-hour tour, venture to the Kremlin, the oldest and the largest fortress in Russia, established by the orders of Yuri Dolgoruky, the founder of Moscow. Be inspired with the ornate designs of the Assumption Cathedral, the Archangel’s Cathedral, and the Annunciation Cathedral. And of course, do not miss two paradoxes of Russia: the Tsar Bell, the biggest bell in the world that never rang and Tsar Cannon, the biggest cannon, included in the Guinness Book as the largest one by caliber that never shot.
Finally, head to the history-steeped Lubyanka Square, with its infamous large yellow brick building used to be the headquarters of the KGB, currently included in the complex of buildings of the Federal security service of Russia (FSB). It’s funny but Russian Imperator Peter the Great had his Secret office exactly on the site of one of the FSB edifices.
Before you conclude your trip, you’ll also get to visit the famous Detskiy Mir department store where you can easily spend a couple hours browsing children shops. Enjoy complimentary coffee/tea in a cozy coffeeshop and get incredible views of the city skyline from the observation deck on roof terrace. Do not miss a small adjacent museum known for its interesting collection of children toys from the Soviet era.