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Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin

Badge of ExcellenceMoscow, Russia
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

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

What To Expect

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.

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

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

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

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Travelers 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

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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78 reviews
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HANI_M, Oct 2021
Wonderful trip , the guide was perfect, she explained every detail, amazing place , great experience
A walking tour back to history.
Saleh_A, Sep 2021
A very nice & useful walking tour. Been to the kremlin, Red square & GUM shopping mall nearby. My guide Katya was very patient, knowledgeable & vey sweet. Highly recommended tour.
Best Guide Ever
Our guide, Tanya, is great. She was on time, she even waited for us, Gave us a complete tour of metro, kremlin, red square. We even hung out the next day. Best guide ever.
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
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.
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!
Response from Host, Dec 2019
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.
Not the Same
CarolAnne_H, 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.
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.
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.
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.
An excellent tour
Diane_M, 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.
Great time with personal guide Polina
Siegbert_M, 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.
Great Experience
Jerry_G, 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!
Tanee_U, 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
Red Square and area
Pioneer59049125692, Mar 2019
I appreciated Tanya's expansive knowledge of the Red Square and surrounding sites. She provided great detail and even historic pictures of the sites. It was a great tour!
An Insider Tour to Moscow
Leow_V, Oct 2018
My tour guide Kate was AMAZING! She is super knowledgeable about the rich history and culture of Russia, she knows the ins and outs of the whole tour to escape the crowd and bring you to the local gems of Moscow. Thanks to Kate for customizing the agenda and itinerary before the tour and I had a better understanding of Russia/Moscow and thoroughly enjoyed the sights of the beautiful landmarks of Moscow! If you want to live like a local for 5 hours, try this tour!
Private City Tour
mdtru2018, Sep 2018
Victoria was a joy to tour Red Square and The Kremlin with. Her English was perfect and she was able to customize our tour for us. She even brought photographs to help explain important items on the tour. We would heartily recommend her as a tour guide. Thank you Victoria,Mark and Deborah
See Moscow through a local’s eyes!
Sharon_H, Aug 2018
Kate, my tour guide, knew so much about the history and architecture of Moscow, which she shared throughout our many amazing activities: visiting Lenin’s tomb, watching the Saturday horse show on the Kremlin grounds, learning how to use the metro, and eating at an authentic Georgian restaurant. I really appreciated her energy, enthusiasm, and insider’s knowledge. So worth the cost of the tour!!
A positive review.
Allistar_E, Jul 2018
Will recommend and purchase additional tours. Alina is ingenuitive, capable, manageable, and certainly able to achieve your goals.
Great overview of Moscow and general...
lectu, Jul 2018
Great overview of Moscow and general Russia history/culture. Nikita was well prepared. There is a lot of walking but our tour guide was flexible.
Excellent tour and Guide!
Frank L, Jun 2018
Lots of time to explore the red square and the kremlin. Our guide Diana was the best. Spoke english very well and was very informed of the history. Recommend this tour to anyone that wants to maximize their time and explore the city center with a true local.


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