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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. The order of excursions may be changed in accordance to museum work schedules and your flight details. On some occasions, there may be two excursions on the same day.

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.

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.

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. 

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!

Godunov
  • Bar
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms
Godunov

Godunov Hotel is located just a bit to the north from Red Square and only a 5-minute walk from 2 central metro stations. Being located in the very city centre this hotel is perfect for travellers interested in city walks and Moscow's history. The hotel is modern, it features free WiFi internet access and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs. You can choose a room with a bathtub or a shower. There is no shortage of restaurants or cafes nearby, and breakfast is served in the hotel's cafe.

Mercure Arbat
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms
Mercure Arbat

A 109-room boutique hotel ideally located in the historic center of Moscow on the pedestrian Arbat Street, famous for its artists, souvenir shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. The hotel is very close to two metro stations, the international trade center, Expocentre and the Moscow International Business Center. Guests have access to WIFI, tea and coffee making facilities, Nespresso machines in Privilege Rooms, a fitness center, infrared sauna, restaurant, bar area, library and meeting room.

Golden Ring
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Room Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Non-smoking Rooms
Golden Ring

The Golden Ring Hotel is a five-star hotel, affiliated with the Department of Affairs of the President of the Russian Federation. The hotel is located in the very center of Moscow, opposite the Ministery of Foreign Affairs buidling, not far from the Red Square and Kremlin museums, close to many embassies and in immediate proximity to the historical, cultural, business and entertainment centers of the capital.

Savoy
  • Room Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Non-smoking Rooms
Savoy

The historical five-star Savoy is located in the very heart of the Russian capital. Just steps away are the Bolshoy and Maly Theaters, Red Square, the Kremlin museums, fashionable boutiques, cafes and nightclubs. Reflecting the Moscow lifestyle, the Savoy combines gracious traditions with state-of-the-art guest room amenities. An extensive restoration and renovation in 2005 gave the Savoy its rebirth. While preserving its original glory and charm, the Savoy now offers its guests the highest level of luxury and comfort. In 2011 Savoy has become part of the prestigious "Great Hotels of the World" chain.

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
Novodevichy Convent Tour with transport
Novodevichy Convent Tour with transport

Duration: 3 hours

Tour to Sergiev Posad with transport
Tour to Sergiev Posad with transport

Duration: 6 hours

Prices and Terms

All seasons
  hotel 3 stars hotel 4 stars hotel 5 stars
1 $2607 $3335 $4676
2 $1415 $1778 $2446
3 - 4 $1223 $1529 $2194
5 - 6 $997 $1260 $1914
single supplement $340 $509 $1019

*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.

Included sightseeing:

  • Panoramic city tour
  • Visit to the Kremlin and cathedrals on its territory
  • Tour of the Moscow Metro and the Old Arbat street
  • Visit to the Tretyakovsky State Gallery
  • KGB history tour

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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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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