Travellers who visit Moscow for the first time often find the city tantalising overwhelming. After all, this 860-year-old metropolis is the largest in Europe, and undoubtedly one of the most exciting. Moscow's sheer size and huge population can cause a state of sensory overload, while its sprawling history, complex political roots, and dynamic cultural life are a lot for the casual visitor to take in. In five days, our Classic Moscow tour will allow you to gain unprecedented insight into the nature of this great city and its people. Discover Moscow’s most monumental landmarks and delve into the stories of power and intrigue behind its incredible architecture and historic sites.
Type of tour
5 days / 4 nights
Welcome to Moscow, the monumental capital of Mother Russia!
You’ll be met by your driver at the airport and taken to your centrally located hotel. Rest up, or explore the local area on your own for the remainder of the day. As an option* for this evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner cruise, taking in the stunning sights and city lights of this mesmerising metropolis by night.
Get a picture-perfect introduction to Moscow with a walking tour of the city centre.
Our guided walk will include a stroll through the Red Square, where many great events in Russian history have taken place, the sublimely beautiful Saint Basils Cathedral – a postcard-perfect symbol of the nation. Break for lunch before continuing on a tour of the Kremlin and Armoury Chamber, famous of its collection of tsarist fashion, with regalia such as jewel-encrusted crowns, orbs and sceptres as well as arms and armour, exotic gifts from the leaders of faraway lands, and an illustrious case of Imperial Faberge eggs.
The evening is free to enjoy at your leisure. One popular suggestion is dinner at Sixty restaurant on the 62nd floor of the Moscow City Skyscraper, where you’re treated to a bird’s eye view of the incredible vastness of the city.
Today, you explore Moscow starting with a tour of the Moscow Metro. Opened in 1935, this striking feat of engineering is one of the largest and oldest underground railway systems in the world. Its grand stations are remarkably beautiful and have become tourist attractions in their own right.
Next, we visit the 19th century Tretyakov State Gallery, the world’s foremost depository of Russian fine art, containing over 130,000 exhibits, with work by Rublev, Kandinsky, Repin, and many others. We explore Moscow further, giving you a sense of the city’s sheer size, and an impression of how Moscow has changed throughout the ages. Visit the starkly contrasting Theatre Square to see the stunning Bolshoi Theatre.
Stroll along Tverskaya Street, the city’s main boulevard and home to the landmark Yeleseyevskiy Grocery Store, a former palace turned luxury providore. We’ll also explore Boulevard Ring, where Russian nobles built their exquisite 18th and 19th-century mansions, and Kutuzoyskiy Avenue with its Triumphal Arch. Pass by the legendary Gorky Park and the White House before a stop at the architecturally stunning Novodevichy Convent, and the observation platform at Sparrow Hill, for a bird’s eye view over this staggering megalopolis. Stop at old Arbat Street, a pedestrian street in the heart of Moscow overflowing with history and atmosphere. Have a bite at one of the famous Caucasian restaurants, shop for souvenirs, catch street performers as they charm passers-by and watch Moscow’s local artists at work.
Spend the evening your way, or let us prepare something extra special as an option* - an unforgettable night at the opera or the Russian ballet at the iconic Bolshoi Theatre.
Your last full day in Moscow is free, so you may spend it enjoying the atmosphere of the Moscow’s streets or hunting for last-minute souvenirs. If you are looking for something authentic, locally made, world famous and at the same time functional, check the Izmailovo Estate with its Kremlin, park and markets.
The Kremlin has already been famous for its unusual architecture and style performed in native Russian traditions for many years. Each building is unique and has its own name and history. Here you can visit various museums: the Russian Toys Museum, the Bread Museum, the Russian Fleet Museum and others. This sprawling area, also known as Vernissage market, is packed with art, handmade crafts, antiques, Soviet paraphernalia and just about anything you might want for a souvenir. You’ll find Moscow’s biggest original range of matryoshki, palekh and khokhloma ware, as well as less traditional woodworking crafts.
Say goodbye to this unforgettable city of contrasts, after breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight back home or to your next destination.
Centrally located 3*hotel (can be upgraded to 4 and 5* stars on request)
Breakfasts at the hotel
Airport arrival and departure transfers
All transportation on tour, according to the itinerary (car, metro)
Local English-speaking tour leader
All activities and sights indicated in the itinerary, except optional
Download the detailed Itinerary for more information
Russian visa support documents
*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.
Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions
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