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Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

This private half-day tour of Moscow, including Red Square (Krasnaya Ploschad) and the Kremlin, offers a comprehensive overview of the Russian capital’s top attractions. Ideal for visitors short on time, you’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Kremlin, the iconic riverside fortress home to four cathedrals, four palaces, and five squares. Plus, in Red Square, you’ll visit the colorful Kazan’s Cathedral, St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sabor), Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the GUM.
  • Private sightseeing tour of Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow
  • A comprehensive overview ideal for travelers short on time
  • See Kazan’s Cathedral, St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sabor), Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the GUM at Red Square
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Kremlin, home to the Cathedral of the Assumption and the Cathedral of the Annunciation
All taxes
Friendly local guide
Private walking tour
Russian lunch (on selected options with included lunch)
Multiple start times available
Iconic places for photo shoot
Flexible customizable itinerary
Must-see attractions and off the beaten path
Meeting in the hotel
Entrance tickets to be paid on the tour, please bring approximately $16 USD per person, per entry ticket to the Kremlin if you decide to go
Extra food not included in fixed menu (on Kremlin+lunch tours)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Lobby of your hotel. Please provide the exact name and address of your hotel. Your guide can meet you at your hotel, hostel, vacation rental, port, train station, airport or a point of interest.

There'll be an extra charge for meeting you at port, train station or airport.
You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email

Ports

  • Park Severnogo Rechnogo Vokzala, Leningradskoye Hwy, Moskva, Russia, 125195


In the morning, your guide greets you at your Moscow accommodation and provides a historical overview of the Russian capital. Your first stop is Red Square (Krasnaya Ploschad), which you’ll enter through Resurrection Gate before feasting your eyes on Kazan’s Cathedral and St. Basil’s Cathedral, both crowned by a colorful confection of onion domes.

See, too, GUM, the 123-year-old department store and hear about the terrible fate of architect Postnik Yakovlev, blinded by Ivan the Terrible to prevent the duplication of visual beauty. 

Then, you’ll make the short journey to the Kremlin by foot. Absrob stunning city views from the Ivan the Great Belltower, once Russia’s highest building, and marvel at the ornate designs of the Assumption Cathedral, the Archangel’s Cathedral, and the Annunciation Cathedral.

Your tour concludes at the Armory, a lofty museum home to Russian, European, and Eastern weapons and jewellery spanning the 5th and 20th centuries.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Red Square
The smell of history is in the air! When you think about Russia there is no way Red Square and Kremlin won't pop up. The stories about Moscow are as limitless as your desire to explore. On this tour you'll explore the heart of Moscow in depth. A morning stroll through Kitay Gorod will be a beautiful start. Let the historical feast begin with the Red Square tour. *This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you. Red Square Tour • Resurrection Gate with opportunity to flip a coin to come back • Iconic Manege Square • Disney Inspiring Kazan Cathedral • GUM - the State Department Store with 123-year old history • St. Basil's Cathedral, known for its architect Postnik Yakovlev, who was blinded by Ivan the Terrible in order to prevent him to duplicate this kind of beauty • Lobnoye Mesto (or "Place of the Skulls") where big and sometimes terrible events took place
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Saint Basil's Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral, known for its architect Postnik Yakovlev, who was blinded by Ivan the Terrible in order to prevent him to duplicate this kind of beauty
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Moscow Kremlin
The Ivan the Great Bell Tower - the very Heart of Moscow • Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon - the biggest in the world • The Cathedral of the Archangel - the necropolis of the main Russian dynasties - Ruriks and first Romanov • The Cathedral of the Annunciation - the private royal church • The Cathedral of the Assumption - coronation and burial place • The Cathedral of Twelve Apostles and Patriarch Palace • Finish the tour at the Armory, which started as a royal arsenal in 1508 and nowadays consists of 9 halls with a unique collections of the Russian, European and Eastern weapons, jewelry and household articles of the tsars belonging to the period from the 5th to the 20th centuries.Learn a ton of fun facts on this private tour with your friendly local guide: • Red Square is a result of large fire in fifteenth century that destroyed the spot and it was decided not to build it back • The oldest building in Moscow is Assumption Cathedral (built in 1474-1479) • It's a known fact that Lobnoye Mesto is the place for executions, however it was really rare because it was considered sacred and made for royal decrees • The Tsar Cannon was never actually used in any war conflicts • For about 100 years the Tsar Bell was in a pit • The sculptor who created the Minin and Pozharsky monument used his sons as models for it • The Minin and Pozharsky monument was initially located in the very center of Red Square, until in 1931 it was moved closer to St. Basil's Cathedral • Joseph Stalin's body also lay in the Lenin mausoleum from 1953 to 1961 • All of the Moscow Kremlin is included in UNESCO World Heritage List, except for the State Kremlin PalaceAfter the tour your guide will leave you at the Armory where you can take your time and explore the huge museum at your own comfortable pace.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon
Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon - the biggest in the world
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cathedral Square
Explore the national heritage of Russia
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Ensemble of a Belltower of Ivan the Great
See the Ivan the Great Bell Tower - the very Heart of Moscow
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Uspensky Cathedral
The Cathedral of the Assumption - coronation and burial place
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cathedral of the Archangel (Arkhangelsky Sobor)
The Cathedral of the Archangel - the necropolis of the main Russian dynasties - Ruriks and first Romanov
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cathedral of the Annunciation
The Cathedral of the Annunciation - the private royal church
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church of the Twelve Apostles and Patriarch's Palace
Hear the intriguing facts from Russian history
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lenin's Mausoleum
Joseph Stalin's body also lay in the Lenin mausoleum from 1953 to 1961!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
GUM
GUM - the State Department Store with 126-year old history
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Minin & Pozharsky Monument
Hear the fascinating story of the Russian heroes
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kazan Cathedral
Enjoy the views of Disney Inspiring Kazan Cathedral
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kremlin Walls and Towers
Take in the views of astonishing historical Kremlin walls and towers
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Resurrection (Voskresenskyie) Gates with Iverskaya Chapel
Don't forget to flip a coin for luck!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lobnoye Mesto
It's a known fact that Lobnoye Mesto is the place for executions, however it was really rare because it was considered sacred and made for royal decrees
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Patriarshy Bridge
Don't miss perfect photo ops!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Enjoy the scenic views of the Cathedral and the Kremlin from the Patriarch brinde
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Private walking tour with the use of metro
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please indicate prefer start time in comments when booking
  • The tour can be modified to meet your preferences
  • Kremlin and Armory tickets are not guaranteed if you book less than a week before the date of the tour
  • Tours in all languages other than English are on request and might be substituted to English
  • Please remember to add your hotel details
  • Please advise the agency with the country of arrival.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • There might be some wait time at the entrance to the Kremlin - depending on the traffic there might be some wait time for people with tickets. This is something we have no control of - if the traffic is heavy, everybody with a ticket has to wait a bit at the entrance
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Friendly Local Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin.

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Traveller Tips


  • "Great option to explore the city as you walk everywhere, provided you are dressed appropriately!" See review
  • "If you want to live like a local for 5 hours, try this tour!" See review

Reviews

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Moscow Tour
Peter W
, Dec 2019
My personal guide Katya was fantastic, her great depth of knowledge of her city really made this tour a memorable experience. With the ability to tailor the tour to my needs as a one-on-one experience made this visit exactly what I wanted. Thanks Katya
star-5
Intro to Moscow
Bill F
, Sep 2019
Sveta was a great guide and the tour was excellent. She did a good job working around bad weather (rain). Adjusting to go inside when it rained and outside when the weather cleared. Excellent English and very nice.
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Mis-described - will cost far more than you expected
MarkMMcGuire
, Aug 2019
Firstly, you will be met at your hotel and have to walk everywhere, so not for young children, elderly as disabled. Secondly, you have to pay extra for everything, INCLUDING tickets for the guide to enter the historic sites and for your Metro tickets! I was aware I would have to pay circa 1000 RR ($16 USD) as this was on the booking. I ended up paying 5200 RR (2 x 1000 for the guide and I to enter to Kremlin and 1600 x 2 for the guide and I to enter the Armoury at the Kremlin). I paid cash for this and asked for a receipt which the guide would only give me if I agreed to go to the office of Viator's agent. I believe the reason for this is Guide's get discounted entry and even if they didn't the price for entry for 2 to the Amoury is only 2000 RR (1000 each) and so I feel I was ripped off. All this said it was for a 7 seven 1:1 tour with someone whose knowledge was unsurpassed and who spoke excellent English. S0 just be warned it isn't such good value as it first appears!
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Hello Mark! We're sorry t hear you had a not satisfying experience. All entrance fees are listed in Exclusions section and are an extra charge on tour, which you were informed about before the tour. Please feel free to reach out to us should you have any other issues or concerns you want to discuss.
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Not the Same
cahoep
, Aug 2019
OK, have to admit, I did not read the tour description carefully enough. Having had wonderful tours in St. Petersburg, I expected this one to be the same. However, this is a walking tour. Emphasis on walking. The guide did meet us at the river boat pier as requested and then it was a 20 minute walk to the metro. Second surprise is that there are NO tickets, admissions or other amenities with this tour as we had been provided in St. Petersburg. The tour was advertised for up to 6 people and when four of us showed up, the guide was surprised and seemed to be a little put out. I did have a discussion with her about what to expect and she did handle that discussion well and professionally. However, her attachment to her cell phone was constant. At one point she sat us on the steps of St. Basil's and gave a brief history of the cathedral and its churches. We are a little older and needed to take our time, she was fairly accommodating, but overall this tour gave us nothing we could not have done for ourselves.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello! Please accept our apologies if the tour was not what you expected. It's clearly stated in tour description that it's a walking tour and the guide was following the itinerary and tour description. We hope you still have good memories of Moscow nevertheless.
star-4
Private Walking Tour
ritziedxb
, Aug 2019
Great option to explore the city as you walk everywhere, provided you are dressed appropriately! The sights were beautiful & our guide was great too. There was some miscommunication regarding the starting time schedule, but the guide accommodated us & was very friendly. She told us interesting stories about the sights and was very helpful with clicking pictures for us as well! :) The only negative i would say would be that the tour should buy the tickets as per the requirements beforehand as there were big lines for the same and we had to wait a long time. Also we could not get tickets to certain places like armoury chamber etc. as the lines were too long and tickets were limited.
star-5
Amazing!
Safari36695460532
, Aug 2019
Sveta was so wonderful. She took us tons of places! We learned so much kept everything inyersting, took photos of us and more. I will definitely take this tour again when we have visitors again.
star-5
An excellent tour
Curiosity294521
, Jul 2019
My daughter and I had a private city tour on 26th June. Our guide was really good . She contacted us on Whatsapp to establish our itinerary before we arrived in Moscow. W saw all the main sites . Our guide was very good at explaining a lot of history and giving us information.
star-5
Great time with personal guide Polina
SM-0681
, Jun 2019
We had a nice day with our personal guide Polina. She showed us the most interesting places in Moscow and was a great company. As Polina speaks fluently german and english my parents also could talk with her and ask their questions.
star-5
Great Experience
Inspire28256299248
, Jun 2019
Our family loved our private tour of Moscow city with Katya.She was friendly, knowledgeable and was able to understand how and what exactly we wanted to do in the 5 hours. A day full of history, sight seeing and good conversations. Definitely worth it!
star-2
Underrated
Trail52541507097
, May 2019
We weren’t informed beforehand that because of the Victory Day March that we couldn’t actually go into the Red Square or the Kremlin so we paid for a tour that we didn’t get to really see, we walked around the city instead sure Victoria was great and very knowledgeable about the city but it wasn’t what we paid for not worth the money

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