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Bolshoi Theatre Tours

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Bolshoi Theatre
An architectural landmark and one of Russia’s most prestigious venues, the Bolshoi Theatre is home to the world-famous Bolshoi ballet and opera companies. With a legacy dating back to the late 18th century, the theater hosts regular performances of classics such as La Traviata, Carmen, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker.

The Basics
For a behind-the-scenes look at the legendary theater, join a guided tour to explore the grand, six-tier auditorium. You’ll be able to admire the architectural details—the work of architect Joseph Bové—learn about the theater’s renowned acoustics, and hear about the theater’s fascinating history, from the imperial period through the Soviet era to the modern day. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Opera and ballet performances at the Bolshoi Theatre are incredibly popular. If you’d like to attend one, you’ll need to book tickets up to three months in advance. 
  • There is a dress code for evening performances; shorts, t-shirts, and slippers are not allowed, and many attendees opt for full evening dress. 
  • Children over 5 may attend matinee performances at the theater; children over 10 years old may attend evening performances and tours.
  • The Bolshoi Theatre is accessible for wheelchair users if you book in advance. 

How to Get There
The Bolshoi Theatre is located at 1 Teatralnaya Ploshchad, in downtown Moscow. It’s possible to walk to the site from central attractions such as Red Square, which is about 10 minutes away. The closest metro stations are Teatralnaya (Line 2) and Okhotny Ryad (Line 1), which are both just a few minutes’ walk from the theater. 

When to Get There
Evening performances typically start at 7pm and matinee performances at 2pm. Admission begins one hour before showtime, and there is no entrance to the auditorium once the show has started, so be sure to arrive on time. English language tours are held in the late morning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; advance booking is recommended.

Moscow’s Most Beautiful Theaters
If you can’t get tickets for the Bolshoi, there are a number of other notable venues to consider: The 18th-century Maly Theatre, located next to the Boshoi, hosts classic Russian plays by Chekhov, Pushkin, and other big names. The Theatre of Nations is famous for its unique pseudo-Russian architecture, the Moscow International House of Music hosts summer concerts on its open-air terrace, and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall is the top venue for Russian classical music. 
Address: 1, Teatralny Ploshchad, Moscow, Russia
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Skip the Line: Moscow Bolshoi Theatre Opera Reserved Ticket

Skip the Line: Moscow Bolshoi Theatre Opera Reserved Ticket

Enjoy a Opera performance at Moscow’s stunning Bolshoi Theatre. Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening at one of the most famous theaters in Russia. The Bolshoi Theatre is one of the most prominent opera and ballet theatres in the world. It has played a hugely significant role in the development of culture in Russia, and particularly in the development of Russian ballet. On your three-hour visit to Moscow you can expect a fun and cultured evening as you experience a Opera performance on a Russian stage.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD324.00
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USD324.00
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Red Square and City Ultimate Tour with a Professional Local Guide

Red Square and City Ultimate Tour with a Professional Local Guide

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We will meet you in the hotel and proceed to the Red Square — one of the most iconic Russian sights, filled with history and magnificent beauty. We will see traditional Russian churches with their onion domes and walk inside some of them to see how unique is their architecture, how people pray (some of these churches are still in use!) We will walk through a great glass gallery of a ~130 years old shopping mall GUM and see the famous tomb of the first Russian communist leader — Lenin. And of course — the Saint Basil's cathedral. One of the strangest stories here is about Ivan the Terrible blinding the architects of the cathedral, so they can't repeat the stunning beauty of the masterpiece! We'll walk through a modern wonder of Zaryadie park, see the walls of Kremlin and, optionally, stop for a traditional Russian lunch in one of our favourite Moscow places. We'll have an opportunity to see the change of guards and the Eternal Flame — a memorial to the victims of WWII. And more:)
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD70.23
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USD70.23
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One Full Day in Moscow (Tour by car including Metro tour)

One Full Day in Moscow (Tour by car including Metro tour)

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On this private tour we will see the iconic landmarks of Moscow from the comfort of the car and a bit of walking. While exploring Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Sparrow Hills, Metro and other important sights you will find out about the history of Moscow, traditions, culture and daily life of avarage Moscovite. Part of the tour is by private car / minivan and 2nd part is a Walking tour (All around Red Square). Transportation costs are included. If you want to visit Kremlin Territory and Cathedrals / Armoury Chamber Museum please let me know as tickets should be booked beforehand (limited amount).
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD156.04
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USD156.04
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Private Layover Moscow Tour with a Transfer and a Local Guide

Private Layover Moscow Tour with a Transfer and a Local Guide

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It's a customisable layover tour by a Moscow local. Depending on how much time you've got between the flights we will tailor this tour according to your interests and time available. We will pick you up from the airport and we will take you back at the end of the tour. Depending on the traffic we will take either a car or an aeroexpress train to get to the city centre. During the tour we will be able to see the main Moscow sights. If you want to see some particular places, just tell us and we will try to include them in the itinerary. See you in Moscow!
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD228.13
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Moscow : 4-Hour Panoramic Tour in Private Vehicle with many stops

Moscow : 4-Hour Panoramic Tour in Private Vehicle with many stops

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Discover the best of Moscow from the comfort of a private vehicle. Benefit from pickup at your hotel, and then journey to Red Square to marvel at the onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin towers. Stroll around the iconic square and look at Lenin's Tomb. Move on through Manezhnaya Square and Tverskaya Street as you make your way towards Zaryadye Park. Get a panoramic view across the city and make the most of some fantastic photo opportunities. Admire the magnificent Bolshoi Theater before going to Sparrow Hills for more panoramic views. Learn about the different architectural styles of the city as you travel through the modern business center. Throughout this tour, the annecdotes and explanations of your private guide will give you a better understanding of the history and organization of the Russian capital.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD125.36
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USD125.36
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Backstage Tour of the Bolshoi Theatre

Backstage Tour of the Bolshoi Theatre

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Enjoy exclusive backstage access to one of Moscow's most legendary attractions: the historic Bolshoi Theatre. Explore this recently renovated landmark on a guided tour, including numerous areas that are typically off-limits to visitors. Bask in the 18th-century theatre's exquisite beauty, history and current role as home to both the Bolshoi Ballet and the Bolshoi Opera. In fact, the theatre's neoclassical facade is also so well known it appears on the country's 100-ruble.
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  • 4 hours
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USD243.42
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USD243.42
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Private Walking Tour of Moscow with Kremlin Entrance Ticket

Private Walking Tour of Moscow with Kremlin Entrance Ticket

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Enjoy a private walking tour of Russia's capital city, with a visit to both the Kremlin and Red Square. An expert tour guide leads you through Moscow's center, sharing stories about its fascinating history as you go. Wander through the mythical medieval fortress known as the Kremlin and marvel at the churches in Cathedral Square, then continue to Red Square to experience one of the city's most photographed sights: St. Basil's. Later, visit a former KGB headquarters and get insider tips from your guide on places to eat, drink, and explore.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD81.03
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USD81.03
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2 Day Private Moscow Tour with a Local Guide

2 Day Private Moscow Tour with a Local Guide

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On this tour we will see all the main must-see sights plus some off-the-beaten-track areas of Moscow. With our degrees in art-history and a significant guiding experience we are sure to know the places and the stories, that even locals may have never heard of. We are also into the food culture of Moscow, so we know the best cafes and restaurants of the city. Some of them we can visit on the tour. And we deliberately avoid touristy restaurants, where locals would never go. "Only genuine experiences" is our motto. Of course, we will recommend you what to do after the tour: best museums, bars, clubs, parks etc. Our priority is the best personalised experience. Every single one. So, be sure, we can customise our tour according to your wishes. We are more than just some tour guides, consider us your friends in a new city:) Please note, that it's a walking tour (+ public transport or taxi). If you would like this tour to be on a car, notify us in advance and we'll organise it.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD137.33
Price varies by group size
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USD137.33
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Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour

Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour

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See the world-famous sights of Russia’s capital by foot on this 2-hour Moscow city tour. With an expert guide, walk from one iconic landmark to another as you hear about Moscow’s long and turbulent history. Stroll around the huge, cobbled space of Red Square to see the Kremlin, Lenin’s Tomb and onion-domed St Basil’s Cathedral; pass the legendary Bolshoi Theatre, and amble around the ornamental Alexandrovsky Garden, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Numbers are limited to 10 on this small-group tour for a more personalized atmosphere.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD45.00
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USD45.00

Private Tour: Moscow by Night with Friendly Local Guide

Private Tour: Moscow by Night with Friendly Local Guide

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Enjoy Moscow’s historical sights and city lights on this private evening walking tour. With a personal guide, view must-sees including the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square, enjoy coffee (own expense) at the 19th-century GUM arcade, admire the illuminated skyline from various viewpoints, and more. Travel by metro when required, and learn about Moscow’s 870-year history as you explore. A flexible itinerary and hotel pickup and optional drop-off on foot are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD87.00
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USD87.00
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Layover in Moscow Tailor-Made Private Tour

Layover in Moscow Tailor-Made Private Tour

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Make the most of a layover in Moscow by leaving the airport and seeing some of the sights. Your itinerary can be fully customized to suit the amount of time you have before your flight. Tours are fun and interactive, with friendly guides who will tell you funny stories about Moscow, give you the chance to talk to locals, and help you see the city from a Russian perspective.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD50.36
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Private Moscow Red Square and City Tour with Bolshoi Visit Option

Private Moscow Red Square and City Tour with Bolshoi Visit Option

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Explore central Moscow on foot on this private 4-hour tour and learn about its imperial and Soviet past. As you walk and sightsee, hear about Moscow’s history and view highlights such as St. Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM shopping arcade, and the city’s renaissance, baroque, and art nouveau architecture. Choose from two options: to explore Red Square and the historical Kitay-Gorod district, or to see Red Square before joining a 1-hour tour of the Bolshoi Theater.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD109.00
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USD109.00
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Bolshoi Theatre Historical Private Tour E-ticket (Thursday only)

Bolshoi Theatre Historical Private Tour E-ticket (Thursday only)

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Today you will join the Bolshoi Theatre historical tour - enjoy the unique chance to tour the historic building of the oldest Russian Ballet and Opera theatre - Bolshoi theatre in Moscow. • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD65.00
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USD65.00
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3 Hour Kremlin Tour with Local Private Guide (Pick Up included)

3 Hour Kremlin Tour with Local Private Guide (Pick Up included)

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Most tours that go to the Moscow Kremlin can be very overcrowded. This private tour takes just you and your group to see the city’s attractions, so you can get personalized attention from your guide along the tour. See Red Square, Lubyanka Square, Bolshoi Theater, and Moscow Kremlin, learning about the history of each as you go.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD125.00
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USD125.00
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Private Walking Tour: All Moscow Including the Kremlin

Private Walking Tour: All Moscow Including the Kremlin

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Moscow on a private 6-hour walking tour of the city’s architectural and historical highlights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide, visit monumental landmarks like the Bolshoi Theater, the former KGB headquarters and St Basil’s Cathedral. Gain fascinating insight into the historical heritage of the unique capital city and tour the Moscow Kremlin, former residence of exuberant Russian tsars. Relish the flexibility of this private tour and receive undivided attention from your expert guide. 
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  • 6 hours
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USD227.82
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Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

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Delight in the opulent interior of the Bolshoi Theatre, one of Moscow’s most impressive cultural institutions, on a private 2-hour tour of the glamorous building. With a knowledgeable guide, discover the ornately decorated interiors and gilded ceilings of the premium venue and hear of how first-class ballets and operas have been performed here for more than 250 years. Delve into the dramatic history of this national treasure and receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD213.60
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USD213.60
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Moscow Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing

Moscow Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing

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If you have a layover in Moscow, take advantage of this private tour to see the city's main sights. After pickup at the airport or train station (if option selected when booking), you'll walk and ride the Metro to visit landmarks such as Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. Metro pass and transfers are included if the correct option is selected when booking.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD197.00
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The Best of Moscow in 2 days Private Tour with Russian Lunch and River Cruise

The Best of Moscow in 2 days Private Tour with Russian Lunch and River Cruise

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Get a comprehensive overview of the Russian capital during this 2-day sightseeing tour. Visit all the city’s highlights such as the Kremlin, Christ the Savior Cathedral, the Red Square, as well as the State Tretyakov Art Gallery and Novodevichy Convent. Enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch of local cuisine paired with a great Russian vodka as well as a relaxing evening river cruise with dinner (own expense).
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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USD425.00
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USD425.00
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Private Photography Tour in Moscow with Personal Guide and Photographer

Private Photography Tour in Moscow with Personal Guide and Photographer

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Create the perfect keepsakes of your time in Moscow on this private photoshoot tour. With a professional photographer, visit the city’s famous or lesser-known sights for picture-perfect shots. Pose by St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin, or have your photos taken at leafy parks, monuments, and panoramic viewpoints — the chosen sights can be tailored around you. Afterward, receive a full set of finished photos, including 10 professionally edited shots, as mementos.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD98.00
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USD98.00
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Half-Day Moscow Must See Private Tour

Half-Day Moscow Must See Private Tour

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Genuine Moscow Must-See's Private Tour is the best-selling private tour in Moscow since 2011 with over 10 000 happy customers. Discover the world famous Moscow sights in one day and get the real feeling of the city life!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD198.34
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USD198.34
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4-Hour Sights of Communism Private Tour in Moscow

4-Hour Sights of Communism Private Tour in Moscow

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Explore Moscow from the perspective of its Communist history on this private walking tour. You'll visit notable places such as Revolution Square (Ploshchad Revolutsii), Lubyanka Square, and the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh), plus see examples of Stalinist architecture and listen to a first-hand account of what Soviet life was like before and after the Iron Curtain, from housing and education to travel, economics, and propaganda.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD82.06
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USD82.06
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Moscow Christmas Markets and Christmas Lights Tour with a Private Guide

Moscow Christmas Markets and Christmas Lights Tour with a Private Guide

Moscow is at its most alluring around Christmas time when the city is awash in festive lights. It can be difficult to know where to find the best markets and the best stalls selling gingerbread, mulled wine, and more. This private tour takes the guesswork out of your trip and lets you enjoy seasonal treats, street performances, and light installations.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD87.00
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USD87.00
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Moonlit Moscow and the Highest Located Observation Deck in Europe Private Tour

Moonlit Moscow and the Highest Located Observation Deck in Europe Private Tour

The mighty Russian capital illuminated is a memorable sight. Magnificent golden cupolas of Orthodox churches stand next to grand palaces and imposing Stalinist façades on the banks of the Moskva River. Hear stories and explore Moscow with a local guide. Visit an exclusive height and see incredibly stunning views that open from anywhere in Europe's highest located observation deck - 85th floor of OKO Tower in Moscow city. • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD309.00
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USD309.00
Price varies by group size
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3 Day Private Tour in Moscow with a Local Guide

3 Day Private Tour in Moscow with a Local Guide

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Wow! Three days, that's not nothing, I mean, it's more like something! We will be able to cover a lot. How about the first day we dedicate to the city centre — all the main places, "must-sees" so called. So you can finally bring it down from your shoulders and settle your mind — you are in Moscow, from now on it will become only more interesting. The second day, I think, we should dedicate to the historical center's off-the-beaten-track places: hidden churches, mansions, maybe a couple of the most interesting museums — promise, no boring ones, only the ones I would go to myself. And the third day, finally, everyone is already pleasantly tired a bit, so we will use more of the public transport and go see what's there on the outskirts of the city. And there it's more of a Soviet vibe, so all the greatest Soviet monuments we leave for the final day. This whole tour can be customised up to your wishes, so you are very welcome to express your ideas on what you'd like to see in Moscow:)
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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USD268.89
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USD268.89
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Sanduny Baths Visit and a City Tour: try Russian Sauna and Parenie!

Sanduny Baths Visit and a City Tour: try Russian Sauna and Parenie!

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Sanduny is the oldest and most luxurious banya (hot bath) in the city. The Gothic Room is a work of art with its rich woodcarving, while the main shower room has an aristocratic Roman feel to it. You will find a rococo hall, a Moorish hall inside. In addition, a terrific love story lies behind their construction (our guide will definitely tell you it). Well-heated, with a birch broom, bath is a great way to relax after a hard day and relieve stress. It is perfect to have fun in the evening together with friends. Finally, bath is a unique, true Russian experience, which you will remember for a lifetime.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD137.33
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Bolshoi Theatre can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 102 Bolshoi Theatre tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Bolshoi Theatre costs USD 324.00. Guided Bolshoi Theatre tours start around USD 324.00 per person. See all 102 Bolshoi Theatre tickets and tours on Viator.
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