Depart your central Moscow hotel by private, air-conditioned vehicle, and after a short panoramic city tour, travel to the Archangelskoe Estate west of the capital. On route, tell your guide if there’s anything you want to see more of. As your tour is private, the itinerary is flexible.
Fringing the River Moskva, Archangelskoe was owned by Russian princes between the 1600s and 1900s, including Prince Yusupov, a wealthy noble who turned it into a hub of high society. Together with its showpiece — the neo-classical Yusupov Palace — the estate incorporates a small palace and statue-dotted gardens once called the ‘Russian Versailles.’
On arrival, tour the palaces and grounds. Explore the Yusupov Palace with its grand interiors, library, and artworks; and wander around the gorgeous, Italian-style gardens. Admire the fountains, statues, and bust-lined Upper and Lower Terraces, and view the monuments to Catherine and Great and Alexander Pushkin.
Plus, stroll through lawns and tree-lined avenues to see the Teahouse and 17th-century Archangel Michael Church, the estate’s oldest building, and more.
After 1 hour and 40 minutes’ exploring, return to Moscow, where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel or a central location of your choosing.