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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) Tours

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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
Red Square has been Moscow’s historic and cultural epicenter for centuries, holding everything from a medieval marketplace to Soviet military parades to rock concerts. No visit to the Russian capital is complete without a stroll through the square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's encircled by some of Moscow’s most iconic landmarks.

The Basics
Almost all Moscow sightseeing tours start or end at Red Square, and many of the city’s most visited attractions are on or around the square. Enter through the Resurrection Gate (Voskresenskiye Vorota), which is next to the Naryshkin Baroque-style Kazan Cathedral and the State History Museum, housed in a revivalist-style building. Look for the colorful architectural icon of St. Basil’s Cathedral standing at the opposite side of the square.

Don't miss other notable sites around Red Square, including Lenin’s Mausoleum and GUM State Department Store, renowned for its architecture and luxury shopping. Head south of the square to the Kremlin, the official residence of the Russian president—some of the best Kremlin towers views are from the square.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A visit to Red Square is a must for all first-time visitors to Moscow.
  • Allow two to three hours to explore the monuments at Red Square.
  • Head inside GUM department store to admire the elaborate interiors even if you don’t want to shop—there is also a cinema, winter ice skating rink, and several cafes and restaurants.
  • Red Square is accessible for wheelchair users and strollers.

How to Get There
Red Square is pedestrianized and only accessible on foot. The closest metro stations are Ploschad Revolyutsii (Line 3), Teatralnaya (Line 2), and Okhotny Ryad (Line 1); all a short stroll from Resurrection Gate. 

When to Get There
The monuments of Red Square can get crowded, especially in summer, so arrive early to avoid long lines. Early morning is the best time to snap a crowd-free photo, but Red Square is worth visiting after dark too, when the buildings are illuminated. The square occasionally closes to the public for events or concerts. 

Visiting the Kremlin
A visit to Red Square is often combined with a Kremlin tour. The main Kremlin entrance is by Kutafya Tower, a 10-minute walk from Resurrection Gate. Admission includes access to Cathedral Square to visit the Assumption, Archangel, and Annunciation cathedrals; Patriarch Palace; and Church of Laying Our Lady’s Holy Robe. The square is also home to Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Armoury Chamber, which can be visited for an additional fee.
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Moscow in 3 days comprehensive tour

Moscow in 3 days comprehensive tour

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Experience Moscow during this perfectly-shaped 3-day tour with your private guide! You will see all of Moscow’s top attractions from your must-see list. Historical downtown, fascinating St Basil Cathedral, the Kremlin with its sacred cathedrals and crenelated walls (please book in advance, visit not included in the cost), remote Tsar’s residence – Kolomenskoye summer estate and the ancient Novodevichy Convent, which history is closely connected with the history of Russian Grand Princes and Tsars. Immerse in local culture while visiting the Tretyakov Gallery – the largest Russian painting collection and discover Muzeon park – the park of Fallen Idols with the XX century sculptures of soviet leaders. Get yourselves familiar with Moscow's present and nearest past. This is the best way to learn about Moscow Russia in full and get familiar with people ways and habits
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$726.93
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US$726.93
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Moscow Private 2-Day Tour with Local Expert Guides

Moscow Private 2-Day Tour with Local Expert Guides

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Hit up many of Moscow’s top attractions all in two days during this private tour where your guide meets you right in your hotel lobby with a personalized itinerary. Along with visiting Kolomenskoye Museum and Reserve or Tsaritsino Park, see St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, the Kremlin and its cathedrals, and old town Moscow. Plus, your guide knows the best ways around the city so you can fit as much into your two days as possible.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$319.00
per group
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US$319.00
per group
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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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US$71.18
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US$71.18
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Day drive from Moscow to Golden Ring (Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, Suzdal) by car

Day drive from Moscow to Golden Ring (Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, Suzdal) by car

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If you are in Moscow but want to visit rural traditional Russia, that is the perfect tour of your choice. The famous Golden Ring towns of Sergiev Posad, Vladimir and Suzdal with surrounding villages can be visited on a day private drive from Moscow by car with an experienced driver. We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning in order to start your drive to Sergiev Posad (1 hr) and then to Vladimir, Suzdal (2-3 hrs). The drive back is to start at around 6 p.m. and you are to be back in Moscow at 9-10 p.m., depending on the traffic. On the way back we will also ensure that you head back to your hotel just in time to have some late evening cocktails!
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  • 16 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$183.59
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US$183.59
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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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US$158.17
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US$158.17
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Moscow Ultimate 3-Day Tour

Moscow Ultimate 3-Day Tour

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Spend three days taking in Moscow’s sights as you learn the history of the city, dating back to the 12th century. Walk through one of the oldest quarters of Moscow, the Kitay Gorod neighborhood. See the historical Red Square, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Patriarch's Bridge, Gorky Park, and the Changing of the Guards Ceremony in Alexander Gardens. Stroll through the Downtown and Zamoskvorechye Districts to see 16th-19th century churches and cathedrals. Then journey to Patriarch's Ponds residential area and Pushkin Square to see a more modern side of the city.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$485.00
per group
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US$485.00
per group
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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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US$179.00
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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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US$231.23
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US$231.23
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Moscow Must-Sees Private Tour with Local Expert Guide

Moscow Must-Sees Private Tour with Local Expert Guide

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Check out more than 20 of Moscow's must-see sights on this private tour that provides an introduction to the city's culture and history. Visit attractions such as Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Sparrow Hills, Victory Park, and Moscow State University with a private guide who helps you gain insight into both major landmarks and off-the-beaten-path locations.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$220.00
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US$220.00
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City Sightseeing Moscow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Cruise

City Sightseeing Moscow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Cruise

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Discover the best of Moscow in your own way on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing bus. Choose between a 2- or 3-day ticket and view the city’s incredible landmarks from aboard the open-top bus as you listen to the informative audio commentary. Either stay aboard to enjoy panoramic views of top Moscow attractions such as Red Square and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, or hop on and off as you wish at any of the stops around the city, including at the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum and Alexander Garden. Upgrade to include a boat tour of Moscow.
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  • 1 hour to 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$21.77
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US$21.77
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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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US$127.07
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US$127.07
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Moscow by night, onboard a Soviet van with Champagne

Moscow by night, onboard a Soviet van with Champagne

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An enlightened combo... Half partying and half sightseeing, Moscow by night onboard a Soviet van is the ideal excursion for people who are keen to discover the city while having fun! Onboard our Soviet van, you will find a minibar offering at your convenience cold water, Russian beers and Soviet champagne. Caviar toasts (on request) will also accompany you along the way. Choose your favorite Russian song on the speaker and let's go! For the next 3 hours, you'll drive around the illuminated capital, discovering no less than 12 key sights. The van will stop 5 times for your guide to reveal the history and secrets of the major spots. Finally, we’ll drop you off at your hotel or in a bar/club to dance till sunrise.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$79.49
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US$79.49

Moscow Must See Private Driving Tour

Moscow Must See Private Driving Tour

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Customize your tour of Moscow with a private guide and private transportation. Spend a half-day seeing all the sights of the city that interest you, or your guide can suggest an itinerary. With your private party, you'll benefit from personalized attention, a flexible itinerary, and plenty of time to ask questions. Highlights can include Sparrow Hills, Novodevichy Convent, St. Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, and others.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$133.34
Price varies by group size
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US$133.34
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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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US$81.03
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US$81.03
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Top Moscow Sights in 1 day!

Top Moscow Sights in 1 day!

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Get the most impressions of the capital in 1 day! A one-day tour of Moscow is a great way to get a glimpse of the history and architectural heritage of the Russian capital. Our tour includes Red Square, the heart of Russia, and a chance to see the ancient residences of Russian rulers, now used for presidential and state occasions. You can make a wish to return at ‘Kilometer Zero’, see the majestic stations of the Moscow Metro, and get many useful tips from your guide to help you navigate the city. Our local expert will reveal city myths & deepen you into the atmosphere of the capital. We may also visit a local restaurant to enjoy delicious Russian cuisine. Vegeterian, Halal & other dishes are available. Personal assistance, help with translation and a good company guaranteed. This tour can be customized according to your prefernces. Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Russian.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$61.54
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US$61.54
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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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US$139.19
Price varies by group size
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US$139.19
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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US$45.00

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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US$87.00
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US$87.00
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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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US$51.05
Price varies by group size
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US$51.05
Price varies by group size
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Moscow city tour onboard a classic Soviet van with Champagne

Moscow city tour onboard a classic Soviet van with Champagne

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Enjoy an entertaining way of discovering Moscow on this morning tour. Meet your guide in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral, and hop aboard your classic, Soviet-era vehicle. Over the course of the next few hours, you’ll travel around Moscow and will see its key highlights, including the KGB Building, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and more. You’ll also learn the stories behind the sights from your guide, and will enjoy Russian drinks and snacks as you explore.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$79.49
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US$79.49

Evening walking private tour of Central Moscow (in English or Spanish)

Evening walking private tour of Central Moscow (in English or Spanish)

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Moscow is the thriving business capital of Russia and attracts a huge number of business visitors for all sorts of events. We understand that you are short of time but want to see the best of the city. That is the tour you are looking for - just 2-3 hours in the evening and you can proudly tell your family & friends you saw the best of the Russian capital!..
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.40
Price varies by group size
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US$53.40
Price varies by group size

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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US$109.00
From
US$109.00
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2 day Moscow and St Petersburg Tour

2 day Moscow and St Petersburg Tour

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Explore two of Russia’s most important cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, on this 2-day private tour. Visit famous landmarks such as the Kazan Cathedral, Anichkov Palace, Nevsky Prospect, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, and much more. Learn about the history of Russia as you explore the monuments and customize the itinerary based on your preferences with your private guide.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$277.00
per group
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US$277.00
per group
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 Moscow Kremlin and Red Square (3 h Private Tour)

Moscow Kremlin and Red Square (3 h Private Tour)

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Discover the history of the Moscow Kremlin as well as it's legends and secrets! During the tour you'll visit all Moscow must see's tourist attractions. We'll start from the Square of Resurrection and drop a coin at the Zero kilometre in front of the Iberian Champal as a tradition supposes. In the Alexander Garden we'll go deeper into Russian history as the Garden is rich in monuments made in order to commemorate the most important dates of the Russian past. Through one the 20 towers of the Moscow Kremlin we'll enter inside it. You'll learn how the Kremlin was developing and which role it plays in the modern Russia. You'll visit from inside three main and the most holy Kremlin Cathidrals. Moreover, you'll get to known how Russian tzars lived and reined within the Kremlin walls. Tzars' places as well as the Tzar Canon and the Tzar Bell will certainly impress you. The tour will finish on Red Square where you'll definitely fall in love with Russia's iconic Saint Basil's Cathedral.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.60
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US$69.60
Price varies by group size

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