Classic Moscow – Art, History and Culture

Delve into the incredible art and history of Russia's capital in five days
Discover the dynamic city of Moscow from all sides on this captivating journey from its ancient past to its happening contemporary culture.

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.

Moscow tour highlights:

  • See Moscow beyond the postcard images on a private drive-by tour of the city including a panoramic trip beside the banks of the Moskva River. Visit the famous Bolshoi Theatre, pass by Gorky Park and the Novodevichy Convent and admire the city from on high at the Sparrow Hill observation platform.
  • Tour the grounds of the immense Kremlin complex and feast your eyes on the priceless treasures of the Armoury Museum
  • Guided Walking Moscow Tour: Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of one of the world’s biggest metropolises and discover local haunts on foot, including the Red Square, the Kremlin and the multi-coloured domes of St Basil’s Cathedral
  • Stroll downtown Moscow’s historic Arbat Street, a lively pedestrian avenue lined populated with shops, galleries, outdoor cafes, performers and street vendors
  • Moscow Metro Tour: go deep underground on a subway tour of the famous Moscow metro. The world’s deepest metro system is renowned for its palatial, art-adorned stations, complete with marble columns and chandeliers.

Over five days you’ll enjoy a mix of expertly guided tours, free time for your own personal exploration of the city as well as optional activities and excursions enough for you to experience Moscow. We’ll trace Russia’s journey from the days of the infamously extravagant tsars and the Russian Empire to the secretive USSR years to the soaring cultural and economic influence of this rising modern superpower.

Get a true sense of Moscow’s architectural grandeur as you explore the city on foot. Walk the Red Square, the site of world-changing revolutions and uprisings, surrounded by Moscow’s most iconic and the everyday buzz of urban life. You’ll also get a panoramic overview of the city on a private mini-coach tour that skirts the banks of the Moskva River.

Your final full day in Moscow has been left free for you to pursue whatever facet of Russian culture fascinates you most. Art lovers should hit up one of Moscow’s many world-class galleries such as the Pushkin Museum or Garage, Moscow’s cutting-edge contemporary art museum. History fans can follow the Soviet era trail through the city including Stalin’s Bunker and Cosmonauts Alley.

Those seeking a more indulgent experience can browse trendy neighbourhoods like Kitay Gorod or shop for everything from fashion to kitsch souvenirs at the enchanting Izmaylovo Flea Market. Foodies can head to one of the countless speciality stores offering samples of vodka, caviar, and chocolate.

Our Classic Moscow Tour is your key to the city’s artistic treasure troves and an opportunity to open your eyes to the ever-changing face of contemporary Moscow - a place where unbelievable extravagance and solemn tradition live side by side.

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Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Trip style

Moscow

Moscow

3* hotel

Sightseeing, Culture

Duration

Action rating

Group size

Type of tour

5 days / 4 nights

     

min 2

Private

Itinerary

DAY 1:Arrival to Moscow

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.

DAY 2:Red Square, Kremlin and Armoury Chamber

Get a picture-perfect introduction to Moscow with a walking tour of the historical 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.

Take your time to relax as we prepare something special as an option* for this evening. After dinner at your hotel, we head out for an unforgettable night at the opera or the Russian ballet at the iconic Bolshoi Theatre. The Bolshoi’s resident opera and ballet troupes rate among the finest in the world and many consider this experience alone to be worth the trip to Moscow.

DAY 3:Tretyakov Gallery, Metro and panoramic city tour

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.

Next, we continue 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.

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.

Our final sight for today is 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.

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.

DAY 4: Free day in Moscow or optional excursions

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. There are also several optional* excursions on offer, some of them are:

- Tour of Sergiev Posad - one of the main cities of the Golden Ring of Russia

- Tour of Kolomenskoye Estate

- VDNKH park and Space Museum

and others. Download the detailed itinerary for more information.

DAY 5:Departure from Moscow

If you have some time before your flight back home or to the next destination, we invite you to visit Izmailovo Kremlin and Vernissage markets. If you are looking for something authentic, locally made, world famous and at the same time functional, this is the place to go.

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.

* if there is not enough time before your flight, this excursion will be organised on the morning of day 4.

Say goodbye to this unforgettable city of contrasts, as your driver takes you to the airport.

Inclusions

Airport arrival and departure transfers

All transportation on tour, according to the itinerary (private driver, metro)

Centrally located 3*hotel (can be upgraded to 4 and 5* stars on request)

Breakfasts at the hotel

Local licensed English-speaking tour leader

All activities and sights indicated in the itinerary, except optional

Entry fees (skip-the-lines policy)

Russian visa support document

Flights

Travel insurance

Russian visa and visa fees. Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for concierge visa service here.

Optional excursions

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
Set our own dates
Private Tour
Available US $1,145 US $130 Reserve

Testimonials

Philip CarterAustralia

We were truly fortunate to see Moscow in July 2018 with the help of 56th Parallel.

Our guide Nikolai was fantastic with deep knowledge of Russian history and culture and always ready with an answer to our questions. Moscow has so many different aspects to the place that you can't it up in one sentence. Apart from the night river cruise, the many different aspects of the Red Square and Armoury area, the most memorable and unexpected highlight was the metro tour. It's a fascinating place unlike any of the other European cities we visited for the first time and we hope to return there one day. Thanks to 56th Parallel and hopefully we will return with you to see more of Russia in the future.

Jenne LoveAustralia

An amazing trip with contrasting destinations

An amazing trip with contrasting destinations - Moscow & Kamchatka. Guides were great, knowledgeable and flexible (Anna in Moscow in particular - she was so helpful and was able to adapt her tour to suit my interests). Accommodation very good in both destinations. The staff at the Krechet Hotel in Paratunka (Kamchatka) were all lovely - definitely the best, freshest and tastiest meals in the area as well. Had friends staying at other nearby hotels who came to visit for dinner as the food was so nice. 

Itinerary was great, guides were great, recommendations for activities were great, even managed to include some additional activities of my own which were easily incorporated.

Thanks Anna!

DAY 1: Arrival to Moscow

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.

DAY 2: Red Square, Kremlin and Armoury Chamber

Get a picture-perfect introduction to Moscow with a walking tour of the historical 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.

Take your time to relax as we prepare something special as an option* for this evening. After dinner at your hotel, we head out for an unforgettable night at the opera or the Russian ballet at the iconic Bolshoi Theatre. The Bolshoi’s resident opera and ballet troupes rate among the finest in the world and many consider this experience alone to be worth the trip to Moscow.

DAY 3: Tretyakov Gallery, Metro and panoramic city tour

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.

Next, we continue 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.

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.

Our final sight for today is 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.

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.

DAY 4: Free day in Moscow or optional excursions

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. There are also several optional* excursions on offer, some of them are:

- Tour of Sergiev Posad - one of the main cities of the Golden Ring of Russia

- Tour of Kolomenskoye Estate

- VDNKH park and Space Museum

and others. Download the detailed itinerary for more information.

DAY 5: Departure from Moscow

If you have some time before your flight back home or to the next destination, we invite you to visit Izmailovo Kremlin and Vernissage markets. If you are looking for something authentic, locally made, world famous and at the same time functional, this is the place to go.

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.

* if there is not enough time before your flight, this excursion will be organised on the morning of day 4.

Say goodbye to this unforgettable city of contrasts, as your driver takes you to the airport.

Included

Airport arrival and departure transfers

All transportation on tour, according to the itinerary (private driver, metro)

Centrally located 3*hotel (can be upgraded to 4 and 5* stars on request)

Breakfasts at the hotel

Local licensed English-speaking tour leader

All activities and sights indicated in the itinerary, except optional

Entry fees (skip-the-lines policy)

Russian visa support document

Not included

Flights

Travel insurance

Russian visa and visa fees. Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for concierge visa service here.

Optional excursions

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