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A Week in Moscow

7 days and 6 nights

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Languages

    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars - 4 stars - 5 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
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Itinerary

Below is the itinerary of one of our most popular tours to Moscow.

Day 1

Arrival in Moscow
On arrival in Moscow you will be met by our friendly representative who will escort you by car or mini bus to your hotel. On the way to the hotel, you will have the opportunity to get your first glimpse of this truly unique city.

Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia as well as the largest metropolitan area in Europe with a population well over 10 million. This amazing city has served as the capital of the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Moscow has had a tumultuous history dating back to medieval times when it was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruki (Yuri of the Long Arms, known for the length of his arms!) in the early 12th century. It has seen numerous invasions and sieges from the Mongols to the Poles and Lithuanians to the Crimean Tatars to Napoleon and finally the Nazi’s but it has persevered and today is a thriving metropolis. The city is filled with unique architecture from the Kremlin and Red Square to giant Stalin skyscrapers to new office blocks built during the economic boom of recent years and it contains a strikingly beautiful metro system. The city is the center of political as well as economic power in Russia and visitors can feel the energy in the streets. There is always something going on in Moscow and there is so much to see. Your tour will give you valuable insights into Russia’s history, its art and most importantly its culture and people. Welcome to Moscow, we are sure you will have an unforgettable stay with us!

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel
Panoramic City Tour. This tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with many of the city´s major highlights. Our professional guide will escort you on a route that includes Vorobyevi Hills where you will get an incredible view of the city from an observation point, you will proceed to Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin and one of Russia’s leading schools of higher education, then on to Novodevichiy Convent, the Diplomatic Village, Victory Park, the Triumphal Arch, Kutuzovsky Prospect, the Arbat and much more.

Free time

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel
Excursion to the Moscow Kremlin and Kremlin Cathedrals. (please note that a visit to the Armory Chamber and the Diamond Fund is not included in the tour price. It can be added upon request for extra payment). The Kremlin is a fascinating structure, at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city´s former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President. The Kremlin is the center of Russia´s political life and State power and has been home to Tsars, General Secretaries of the Soviet Union and Russian Presidents. The Kremlin has always been the spiritual centre of Russia. You will see several ancient cathedrals on its territory the most famous of which are the Assumption Cathedral, the Archangel’s Cathedral and the Annunciation Cathedral.
Red Square is just outside the Kremlin´s walls. While walking on Red Square you will admire the Mausoleum of Lenin, the clock on the Savior (Spasskaya) Tower - showing the most correct Moscow time, the History Museum, the beautiful Cathedral of the Intercession (the Church of St Basil the Blessed), Kazansky Cathedral and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture.

Free time

In the evening, enjoy a ballet or opera performance at the Bolshoi Theater - one of the world´s greatest musical companies (optional).

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel
Tour of the Moscow Metro system and the Old Arbat street. The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union´s achievements both for the Russians themselves and visitors from abroad. The stations are all uniquely designed with decorative elements including mosaics, statues, marble floors, walls and staircases to name a few. The tour will then proceed to Old Arbat street, one of Moscow’s oldest streets. The street has gone from being the headquarters of Ivan the Terrible’s secret police, the Oprichina to the center of aristocratic life in Moscow in the 18th century to finally being the center of the Russian intelligentsia and bohemian life in the capital. You will be told of the street´s interesting history and view the street´s artisan culture. You will also have the opportunity to view and purchase souvenirs from the street´s many craftsmen.
Lunch in a local restaurant (optional)
Tour of the Tretyakovsky State Gallery. The world famous gallery contains works of Russian art from the 10th century up to the present. You will view exquisite Russian icons and paintings from the 18th and 19th century including works by Rublev, Kandinsky, Karavak, Vishnyakov, Nikitin, Antropov, Levitsky, Kiprensky, Tropinin, Fedotov, Repin and many others.
 

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel
KGB history tour. This is a very interesting and insightful tour. You will visit places connected with Stalin´s terror - a time of great repression and fear. You will be shown monuments to the victims of the repression. You will then be locked up - just kidding. The tour also gives visitors an interesting perspective on the West´s Cold War adversaries. Free time

In the evening, enjoy the world famous Moscow Circus (optional).

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel

Free time

Today you will have time to explore Moscow on your own, buy souvenirs and just take in the atmosphere of this amazing city. You can also choose from one of our many optional excursions if you would still like to learn more about the city or have a particular interest in the arts or history.

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel
Check out
Transfer to airport

Say goodbye to Moscow, the capital of Russia and one of the most interesting and colorful cities in the world. We hope to welcome you back to Russia sometime in the future. Do Svidaniya or until we meet again!

Accommodation

Below you can see a list of hotels that we most frequently use for our tours. All the hotels are located in city centre, close to sightseeing, shopping and dining areas. In case these hotels are not available on your travel dates we will offer alternatives of a similar quality.

Moscow

Arbat House
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Arbat House

Arbat House is a mid-range hotel in the very centre of Moscow. It is located in a calm and well- guarded area just near Novy Arbat street. The hotel´s 5-storey building was constructed in 1984 and was totally renovated in 2006-2007. Nowadays the hotel can accommodate 100 guests in 60 rooms of 4 different categories. The hotel is an ideal place to stay at either for businessmen or tourists. All major business centres and places of interest are located nearby.

Maxima Panorama
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Maxima Panorama

Maxima Panorama hotel is the 4th hotel in the Maxima hotels chain. The hotel welcomed its first guests in August 2009. The hotel occupies a building that was totally renovated according to the latest industry standards. Despite a bit scary fasade look, the hotel features very spacious and comfortable rooms with soft beds, new furniture, flat screen TVs and many other usefull facilities. Enjoy free WIFI access in all areas!

Aquamarine
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Room Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Aquamarine

Really close to the Kremlin and the main exhibition centers the new Aquamarine hotel is the ideal place for business and leisure in Moscow. The hotel features 159 spacious rooms and suites with modern interior and a wide range of amenities and services. Also at your disposal: a restaurant, a bar, a fitness centre with spa facilities.

Marco Polo Presnja
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Room Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Marco Polo Presnja

Conveniently located in a quiet part of the center of old Moscow within walking distance from Red Square and the Kremlin, the Bolshoy Theatre, Expocenter as well as Pushkin Square and Tverskaya Street - the Marco Polo Presnja Hotel is ideal for the business traveller or tourists offering proximity to the main business districts, shopping centres and important landmarks of the capital.

Metropol
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Room Service
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Metropol

The Metropol is Moscow´s premier 5 star hotel. With a great location, excellent service and very comfortable rooms, the Metropol has earned a special place in the history of Russian accommodation. Prices are also quite reasonable as compared to similar properties. The hotel opened in 1901. The hotel building is an outstanding example of the Silver Age of Russian art (the end of the 19th - beginning of the 20th century). The Metropol Hotel owes its birth to the famous patron of art Savva Mamontov. Today Metropol is a 5 star luxury hotel located in the city center opposite the Bolshoi Theatre and is a 3 minutes walk to Red Square and the Kremlin. The hotel has a unique interior and high level of security and service.

National Hotel
  • Bar
  • Fitness Center
  • Room Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms

National Hotel

The Hotel National was built in 1903 in the styles of electism and modern. It soon became the best hotel in Moscow and welcomed famous guests from Russia and abroad. The hotel was closed for almost four years and went through a major refurbishment and renovation in 1991-1995.Today Le Royal Meridien National Hotel is a historical landmark that has preserved not only the original architecture, but also the unique Russian hospitality. National has 206 rooms, including 37 antique suites with picturesque view over the Kremlin. The majority of them are set apart with individualized design and decor, some have unique ceiling paintings.

Included Sightseeing

These sights are included into the standard package:

Moscow

Tretyakov Gallery

Tretyakov Gallery

The world famous gallery contains works of Russian art beginning in the 10th century and continuing until today. The museum displays exquisite Russian icons and paintings from the 18th and 19th century including works by Rublyov, Karavak, Vishnyakov, Nikitin, Antropov, Levitsky, Kiprensky, Tropinin, Fedotov, Repin and many others.

Red Square

Red Square

The Red Square was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1434 as the Trade Square, then, after the devastating fire of 1493, it was renamed Fire Square. In the 16th century they called it Trinity Square, and in the 1660s it was finally given the name of Krasnaya, which at the time meant 'beautiful', 'best' or 'main'. Among the sights located in the square are: the statue of Minin and Pozharsky, the Mausoleum of Lenin, the Upper Trading Rows (including famous GUM), the clock at the Spasskaya Tower - showing the most correct Moscow time, the History Museum, the beautiful Church of St Basil the Blessed, Kazansky Cathedral and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture.

Old Arbat

Old Arbat

Old Arbat is one of Moscow's oldest streets. The street has gone from being the headquarters of Ivan the Terrible's secret police, the Oprichina to the center of aristocratic life in Moscow in the 18th century to finally being the center of the Russian intelligentsia and bohemian life in the capital. The street has severals statues, including Princess Turandot in front of the Vakhtangov Theatre. Old Arbat contains numerous restaurants, bars and cafes, souvenir shops and stalls.

Moscow Metro

Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union's achievements for both the Russians themselves and for visitors from abroad. The stations are all uniquely designed with decorative elements including mosaics, statues, marble floors, walls and staircases to name a few.

Moscow Kremlin

Moscow Kremlin

The Kremlin is truly a fascinating structure, at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city's former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President. The Kremlin is the center of Russia's political life and State power and has been home to Tsars, General Secretaries of the Soviet Union and Russian Presidents. Red Square is beneath the Kremlin's walls. There are five ancient cathedrals on the Kremlin grounds, the most famous of which are the Annunciation Cathedral, the Archangel's Cathedral and the Assumption Cathedral.

Major Moscow City Highlights

Major Moscow City Highlights

Major Moscow highlights include: Vorobyevi Hills with an incredible view of the city from an observation point; Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin; Novodevichiy Convent, the Diplomatic Village, Victory Park, the Triumphal Arch, Kutuzovsky Prospect, the Arbat and much more.

KGB History Sites

KGB History Sites

KGB history sites include: KGB headquarters building on Lubyanka Square; Solovetsky Stone brought from the Solovetsky Islands where a prison camp (part of the GULAG system) was located; Donskoy Monastery Cemetery where victims of repressions were buried; Sculpture Park where monuments to Soviet leaders including the head of KGB Felix Dzerzhinsky can be seen.

Optional Sightseeing

You can enrich your experience by adding the following extra tours:

Moscow

Tour to Sergiev Posad with transport

Tour to Sergiev Posad with transport

Duration: 6 hours

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts tour w/transport

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts tour w/transport

Duration: 3 hours

Prices and Terms

All seasons

  hotel 3 stars hotel 4 stars hotel 5 stars
1 $2382 $3015 $4142
2 $1415 $1699 $2259
3 - 4 $1223 $1486 $2044
5 - 6 $997 $1234 $1784
single supplement $329 $476 $849

*Prices are per person based on double occupancy in a specific hotel. You should add single supplement to the price in case you travel in a group but you stay at a single room. We offer discounts for groups of 7 or more. To inquire about group rates, please contact us.

Prices include

  • Tickets to all museums
  • Transportation to museums and for excursions
  • Guide service
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transfers according to the program
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Free visa invitation - the document necessary for obtaining a Russian visa when applying for one at the local Russian Consulate in your country.

Prices do not include

  • Visa processing costs. For US, UK and Canadian citizens, our company offers Full Visa Support. This is where you send us your passport and other documentation and we obtain the Russian visa for you. To learn more about this option, please visit the Full Visa Support page
  • International airfare. Our Russian tours are offered as land only where you arrange your own airfare and we meet you at the airport and handle everything else. You can easily book the discount tickets yourself through our own discount internet ticket office.
  • Optional services as well as theater tickets
  • Travel insurance

Tour dates are flexible. Tours can be customized to your taste. We can include additional excursions or performances on your request. We can also mix and match and adjust the accommodation to any hotel of your choice. 

Payment policy:
To book a tour, 30% deposit is required at the moment of booking. The trip must be fully paid 31 days before departure.

Cancellation policy:
61 or more days before departure - a few equal to 15% of the entire package will be charged.
60-15 days before departure - a fee equal to 30% of the entire package will be charged.
14 days or less before departure or no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.

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