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Moscow Shore Excursion on Fri-Wed (for 2-day cruisers)

Price
from 393 USD
Duration
15 hrs
Activity Level
INTENSIVE
Tour Category
Private Tours
Moscow Shore Excursion  on Fri-Wed (for 2-day cruisers)

If you only have 2 days in Russia and want to visit Moscow, then this tour was created specially for you! Take a morning flight into one of Moscow airports, then fast Aeroexpress train right into the heart of the city and enjoy a spectacular tour of the Kremlin, delicious lunch at a place of your choosing, and an envigorating walk across the Red square, past St.Basil's Cathedral, along the Arbat Street!  No Russain Visa required!

      

Highlights
(Click on the name to see Photo)
  • Sapsan Fast Train
  • Moscow Metro
  • Kremlin
  • St. Basil's Cathedral (outside)
  • Alexander's Garden
  • Arbat Street*
  • Lenin's Mauseoleum
  • Manezhnaya Square
  • Red Square
  • Tsar Bell
  • Tsar Cannon

Sapsan is the new Russian train which travels between Moscow and St. Petersburg. The name is translated from Russian as falcon, so the slogan of this train is “Faster than falcon”. It covers the 439 miles between Moscow and St. Petersburg in only 4 hours 30 minutes. There are first, business and regular class seats on the train.

4.5 hrs

Build deep into the ground, Moscow metro is richly decorated with marble and mosaics, looking as the real palaces under the ground. The first stations date back to 1935. Each station is different and each is a piece of art, yet used daily by millions of people as a part of city complex transport network. 

30 min

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

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.

Viewing from outside

The garden is named after the Russian emperor Alexander the 1st. It appeared when Moscow was rebuilt after the war with Napoleon. The garden is located on the place of the Neglinka river, currently hidden underground, which protected the fort’s walls. The most important memorial of the garden is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the eternal flame – Russia’s most important WW2 memorial.

25 min

Arbat is a pedestrial street in the heart of Moscow, full with the old city charm. Every house has its own history and life.  It’s the place full of life and energy with the street bands, playing music, coffee shops, street artists, souvenir stalls, museums and unusual memorials. Arbat is a great place to enjoy your time, full with the old Moscow spirit and atmosphere.

1,5 hour

Mauseoleum is a memorial building on the Red Square by the Kremlin wall. It's the largest memorial to the Soviet leaders cult. You can actually see the body on Lenin inside, still displayed decades after his death in 1924. Mauseoleum was one of Red square's main points of interest in the Soviet time. It is still used as a presidential observation spot during the parades on the Red square. 

The mauseoleum is open for the private visitors free of charge daily 10.00 to 13.00 (except Mondays and Fridays). No large bags or cameras of any kind are allowed indide. No organized tours or pre-booked visits are possible. 

from outside

Manezhnaya (Manege) square is large square near the Alexander’s garden named after Manege – the large structure, currently used for exhibitions. The huge underground mall was constructed here in 1990th, so now it’s a great place for the easy walk or rest. There is a long fountain complex between the square and the garden, inspired by the characters of the Russian fairy tales.

20 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

Tsar Bell is the largest bell in the world. It weights 202 tonns (445 000 pounds). The bell was created for the bell tower of Kremlin, but was damaged in fire 2 years later. The section of the bell broke off, all attempts to fix it were unseccessfull, so it was decided to put it on display as a memorial.

10 min

Tsar Cannon is the largest cannon in Russia and it can shoot the largest cannon balls (890 mm) in the worls. It's listed in the Guinness book of records. The cannon was created in 1586 in Moscow. It was originally intended for the military needs of Kremlin, but was never used in the battle, but was rather displayed to impress the visitors and it still does now.

10 min

Detailed Program

Time Description
08:00 - 23:30 (Actual start time might be slightly adjusted to your ship's arrival)
08:00 - 08:30 Meet your St Petersburg guide and driver by the ship, transfer to the airport
08:30 - 09:30 Transfer to the airport
11:00 - 12:20 Flight to Moscow
13:00 - 13:40 Fast AeroExpress train from Moscow airport to the city center train station.
13:40 - 13:50 Meet your Moscow guide at the train station. Start exploring Moscow!
13:50 - 19:00 Guided tour of the Kremlin
The Kremlin used to be a fortress then the residence of the Russian tsars. After the Revolution of 1917 the USSR Government moved in it. Now it is the seat of the Russian President and a unique cultural museum complex compromising palaces, cathedrals and museums.
We will tour the grounds of the Kremlin and will visit one of its beautiful cathedral (depending on availability) with ancient frescoes and icons: Assumption Cathedral where Russian tsars and  emperors were crowned; Archangel Cathedral - the burial vault of the Russian tsars until 18th centuries; or Annunciation Cathedral, a home church for the royalty. 
You will get to meet the 2 prominent Russian tsars in person: the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon, the biggest in the world.

A short walk in the Historical Center of the city. 

Almost every building in the historical center of Moscow is associated with different events and celebrated personalities of the Russian history and culture. You will see and hear the stories of the most popular places of the city: 

  •  Red Square, the hub of Russia, with its fantastic "stone flower"- St. Basil Cathedral, one of the symbols of Moscow;
  • fancy Manezhnaya Square with the Zero Kilometer, a starting point for all Moscow roads; 
  • Alexander’s Garden with the eternal flame, a WW2 memorial, where you might watch a change of guards; 
  • IF TIMING PERMITS: a walk along Arbat Street, a colorful promenade with numerous souvenir stalls, antique stores, cafes, street musicians and painters.
19:00 - 19:20 Arrive to the train station by subway
19:40 - 23:40 Take Fast Sapsan Train Back to St.Petersburg (ask about upgrade to Business or First Class)
23:40 - 00:10 Transfer from the train station back to the ship

Included

  • English-speaking tour guide (other languages available at a surcharge)
  • Cruise ship <=> train station transfers in a private A/C vehicle 
  • All admissions as per program (Kremlin grounds, subway)
  • 1 Bottle of water pp per day
  • Visa-free paperwork
  • Radio-headsets for groups 7+
  • Welcome gift for adults 
  • Activity kit for kids
  • Port fees & taxes
  • Ponchos (when raining)
  • Lunch in a local restaurant (for groups of 8 and more)
  • Smiles and positive experience

NOT Included

  • Tips/Gratuity
  • Admissions to St Basil cathedral, Lenin's mausoleum, Armoury
  • Transportation in Moscow - this is a walking tour!
  • 100 USD surcharge per group if your tour language is Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French or Mandarin. Other languages are available upon request with a surcharge.
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.

Important

Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended!

To make your experience as smooth as possible we highly discourage the following clients from participating in this tour due to high program intensity:

  • Wheelchair/walker/scooter users
  • People who need walking asistance
*In case of weather conditions not permitting hydrofoil ride, there will be no refund provided. We use our van instead.

DISCOUNTS:
Children 6 y.o. & under  = 50%
Students 7 - 17 y.o. = 50 USD OFF
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