Spend your first morning in Moscow in its heart: the Kremlin. Dating back to the 12th century, this has long been the center of political activity in the capital. Your ticket will include entry to the churches within the Kremlin walls, as well as the Patriarch’s Palace, but a visit to the Armoury or Diamond Fund Exhibition is extra. Buy your tickets early to check out the precious jewels and Faberge eggs at the Armoury because space is limited. If you don’t get enough opulence at the Armoury, you’ll find even more gold, diamonds and other precious stones at the Diamond Fund Exhibition.
Grab a quick bite to eat and then continue your exploration of Moscow’s core by heading to nearby Red Square. Check your bag and camera at the State History Museum, then line up to visit Lenin’s Mausoleum (no cameras allowed!). Afterwards, head back to the State History Museum to take a deeper look into Russia’s past. Finally, make your way across the square.