Essential Moscow

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Essential Moscow

Your visit to Moscow will be most memorable with visits to all must-see sights! Learn the history of the enigmatic Russian Country within the walls of Kremlin castle, admire breathtaking riches and imperial gifts in the famed Armoury Chamber, and comprehend the mysterious Russian Soul when visiting the Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius - the centre of Russian Orthodoxy.

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  • Arrival Transfer
  • Bolshoi Theater
  • Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
  • Sparrow Hills
  • Victory Park
  • Red Square
  • St. Basil's Cathedral
  • Kremlin
  • Armory of Moscow Kremlin
  • Holy Trinity-St.Sergius Lavra
  • Departure Transfer
When you are loaded full of valuables and cash, it's always best to have someone trusted to meet you and take you to your hotel safely and securely. Our drivers are experienced and courteous and will be happy to meet you at an airport or train station.
30-60 min

Bolshoi means Big. And it is really one of the biggest theaters of Russia. It appeared here after the war with Napoleon on the spot of the first Moscow Theater. The best ballet and opera performances are shown here. The theater is large, so the performances are shown on the historical stage, the new stage (located on the same square), and the Beethoven concert hall, located in the main building.

15 min

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a massive white chruch with the golden dome, built on the high hill by the Moscow river. The current church is the 1997 recionstruction of the old 1883 cathedral, turned down by the Bolsheviks after the revolution. The place was selected by Stalin as a location for the Congress palace, intended to be the tallest building in the world. The project wasn't completed, but the place was turned into the year round swimming pool with the special water heating. The contemporary church is large and impressive.

30 min

Sparrow (Vorobyovy) Hills is the 80 meter high bank of the Moscow river, located at the spectacular river band. It is popular for the best panorama of the city of Moscow, seen from the observation point there. You can see the contemporary towers of the Moscow city business district, Stalin's 7 sister skyscrapers, Novodevichiy convent somplex, Luzhniki sport arens - the main stadium of Moscow 1980 Olympics, the red towers of Kremlin in the distance and many more. The hills are crowned by the impressive structure of Moscow University.

15 min

Victory park is Russia's largest complex dedicated the the WW2 victory. The park surrounds the WW2 museum and memorial obelisk, dedicated to the victory. The exciting part of the park is the unique outdoor exhibition of the military machinery, boats, airplanes etc.

40 minutes

Red in Old Russian also stands for beautiful. So this name marks the beauty of the square, rather than the color of the Kremlin walls or the Soviet history. The Red square is beautiful by day or by night framed by the GUM building and the tall Kremlin wall

20 min

Beautiful and ornate St. Basils is what you think is Russia. Dating to the times of Ivan the Terrible, this church is a true decoration of the Red square, which creates the unique Russian feel there. Unlike the similar church is St. Petersburg, St. Basil’s inside is a network of the small chapels, each dedicated to the different saint or holiday.

Please note the church has numerous stairs with high steps.

30 minutes

Kremlin began as an ancient fortress, which became the historical and cultural center of the country and the office of the president of Russia. A large part of the Kremlin grounds is open for the tourists. The main attractions are the old cathedrals, where Russian tsars from Ivan the Terrible to Nicholas 2nd were crowned (1 cathedral inside visit), as well as Russia’s largest bell and cannon.

1 hour

The Armory of Moscow Kremlin isn’t just the collection of weapons. It’s a large museum with such relics as the Golden Cap (Russian official crown before Peter the Great), wedding dress of Catherine the Great, unique double throne chair for Peter the Great and his brother, weddings gifts of Ivan the Terrible and many others.

1 hour
The Holy Trinity-St.Sergius Lavra is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery was founded in 1345 by one of Russia's most venerated saint Sergius of Radonezh. For centuries it has been an important center of the political and religious life of Russia, and up to this day draws scores of pilgrims from all over the world. 
5-7 hrs
Our professional, experienced English-speaking driver will pick up at your hotel and will take you to the airport/train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it.
30-60 min

Detailed Program

Time Description  
Meet upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Check-in & short rest.
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08:45 - 09:00 Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby.
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09:00 - 12:00
Start your Prime Tour of Moscow with photo stops by most famous  and spectacular sights of the city such as Boulevard RingPoklonnaya Hill and Sparrow Hills, where you will be rewarded with panoramic vistas from one of the city’s highest points; legendary Bolshoi Theatre; golden-domed Christ the Saviour Cathedral - the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world many others!
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch at a local café/restaurant (not incl.)
13:00 - 14:30
Walking tour of Red Square with inside visit of fairytale St. Basil’s Cathedral
Red Square, the hub of Russia, with its fantastic "stone flower"- the St. Basil Cathedral, one of the symbols of Moscow
14:30 - 17:30
Tour of immense Kremlin: Cathedrals, Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon and Armoury Chamber.
18:00 Return to the hotel by metro or stay at the city for further exploration
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09:45 - 10:00 Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby
10:30 - 15:30 Tour of Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius (Sergiev Posad) Sergiev_Posad_07.jpg
The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery was founded in 1345 by one of Russia's most venerated saint Sergius of Radonezh. For centuries it has been an important centre of the political and religious life of Russia, and up to this day draws scores of pilgrims from all over the world.     
16:00 Return back to hotel
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DAY 4:            DEPARTURE HOME
   Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight back home.

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  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Tourist-class vehicle according to program
  • Professional English-, Spanish-, Italian-German- or French-speaking guide
  • Admissions to all museums as per itinerary
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Visa support letter (*if needed)
  • Accommodation (please Contact Us if accommodation needed)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Surcharge for Portuguese-, Polish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide:
    1-3 pax – 50% of total package cost
    4+ pax – 30% of total package cost

NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.
  • Program sights days-off: Kremlin & Armoury on Thursday
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Not recommended for participants with limited walking ability.

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