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How to Spend 1 Day in Moscow

How to Spend 1 Day in Moscow

Few capital cities have seen such dramatic changes over the past century than Moscow, with a cityscape that reflects the architectural legacies of czars, communists, and oligarchs. With just one day here, you’re going to want to see as much as possible. Here are a few ways to spend one day in Russian capital.

Morning: Take in the City’s Sights

Get acquainted with Moscow’s most important sights—many of which are in the center of the city and within easy walking distance. Private or group walking tours can take you to Red Square to see St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, and Lenin’s tomb, and to see the Bolshoi building and Alexandrovsky Garden. Hop-on, hop-off bus tours include additional stops at attractions farther afield, such as Red October Island and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, while allowing you to set your own itinerary and pace. Some also include an optional cruise on the Moskva River.

Afternoon: Delve Deeper

Now that you’ve seen Moscow’s world-famous landmarks, go underground to discover works of art in unlikely settings: metro stations. During the communist era, the design of Moscow’s metro stations was an ambitious project meant to project a bright, bold Soviet future. Today you can learn about the extravagant decor, chandeliers, mosaics, stained glass, and sculptures by joining a guided tour.

Alternatively, you can get a different perspective on Soviet idealism, specifically their pursuit of dominance during the space race, with a private tour of the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and VDNKh park, home to many monuments to heroic Soviet astronauts.

Night: Soak up the Scene

You have time for one last tour before leaving Moscow and have several nighttime options. History buffs can learn more about Moscow’s Soviet era, often shrouded in myth and misunderstanding, with a guided tour designed to explain those turbulent times. Many evening tours will take you to landmarks associated with the era, including the former KGB building and Revolution Square, site of the 1917 revolution.

Another option is to join a nightlife tour that visits the most buzzworthy hotspots and under-the-radar locals’ haunts in one of Moscow’s hippest neighborhoods. These tours typically include drinks and snacks.

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Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin

Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin

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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.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 179.00
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Private Tour of Moscow's Museum of Cosmonautics and VDNKH

Private Tour of Moscow's Museum of Cosmonautics and VDNKH

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Not many tours take you privately to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the VDNKh. This Russian private tour does, and takes just you and your group, so you can get the attention from your guide you’d like. Hear about the US-Russian Space Race, the Cold War, and other events. Perfect for families—you'll see space suits and life-sized rockets kids love. Plus, your tour comes with included transport by Metro.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 95.00
Price varies by group size
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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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US$ 45.00
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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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US$ 224.73
Price varies by group size
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Moscow Metro Underground Small-Group Tour

Moscow Metro Underground Small-Group Tour

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Delve beneath Moscow to see the city’s Soviet-era metro stations on a 3-hour tour, with an expert guide. Explore several beautiful stations, including Revolution Square, learning how they were built to showcase Soviet success during the mid-20th century. Admire palatial halls filled with statues, bas-reliefs, mosaics and stained glass; and discover the propaganda and stories behind each station. Return to street level, enjoy some traditional ‘blini’ pancakes, and ride a trolleybus to see the ‘Seven Sisters,' Stalin-built skyscrapers also intended to glorify the Soviet state in the 1940s and 1950s.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 67.23
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Moscow Evening Tour: More Than Just Vodka Spirits

Moscow Evening Tour: More Than Just Vodka Spirits

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Explore Moscow’s most buzz-worthy nightlife district during this guided after-hours food and drink crawl. Discover hidden hotspots only favored by locals, getting a peek at under-the-radar attractions along the way, like the former headquarters of the KGB. Tours include stops at three hip locations, plus craft beer, flavored vodka, a traditional Russian spirit, and an array of hearty local snacks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$ 96.05
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