Emerge early and greet your guide at a central Moscow location, ready to enter the iconic Kremlin palace complex. Avoid the long entrance lines that appear later in the day and embark on a guided tour of the opulent chambers and impressive grounds of the residence of the Russian prime minister. Receive an insightful introduction to the turbulent history of the Kremlin, hearing tales of battle, bloodshed and corruption as you amble around the palace.
Head first to the Armory, a chamber overflowing with precious jewels and glittering treasure, to explore nine rooms all lavishly embellished with ornamentation and weapons. Direct your attention to ostentatious highlights like the vast collection of Faberge Eggs and the crowns and thrones of former Russian tsars.
Stop for photographs beside Tsar Cannon, a colossal firearm that has never been blown, and then gaze at one of the world’s largest bells encased by a grand bellower. Next, immerse yourself in the opulent jewels of the Diamond Fund Exhibition to see an enticing array of precious stones amassed by Russian emperors over the years.
After admiring crowns, scepters and orbs belonging to the Empress Elizabeth and then head to the Assumption Cathedral to absorb the sacred majesty of the structure. Marvel at the swathes of 15th-century color within the ecclesiastical building and soak up the religious resplendence in the main prayer hall.
Return to the start point of the tour and bid your guide a fond farewell.