On a private tour to Moscow, you can expect the unexpected and be wowed! It is the capital of the largest country in Europe, situated on the Moskva River in Western Russia and changing for the better day by day.
There are hundreds of years of history in just this city alone, and that is evident as you walk through the streets and at every turn, there is something to reflect Moscow's history.
The Kremlin is its historic core and known worldwide because it has been the home to Russia’s president since the time of the Tsar’s and hold many treasures in the Armoury.
Then outside the Kremlin is Red Square, which is another symbolic place and it is where you can find Lenin’s Mausoleum, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the State Historical Museum's.
With so many fabulous building of the finished architecture, you will need a break from looking at them and there is no better place in Moscow than Gorky Park. It is the Central Park of the city Read More...
On Sightseeing Tours of Moscow Visit the Historically Famous Kremlin and Red Square or Take a Private Scenic River Cruise Tour
Gorky Park is full of culture and activities you probably need a guided tour to be sure you see everything.
At night take a trip to Old Arbat Street which is the most famous thoroughfare in Moscow and great for buying your souvenirs. It is completely pedestrianised and perfect for people watching while enjoying a great meal and a few drinks.
Another fantastic way to admire the city of Moscow is by going on a private boat tour. As you cruise along the river, you get to see and admire this fantastic city from a different perspective. A very romantic tour to take at night too!
Top 10 Things to Do in Moscow
The Moscow Kremlin
Regarded commonly as just the Kremlin, this is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow that is the official residence of the Russian President. It overlooks the Moskva River, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and the Alexander Garden. The unique architecture and historical aspect of this building make a guided tour of here a necessity when visiting Moscow. In the Armory chamber, you find precious collections of ancient Russia.
Saint Basil’s Cathedral
Officially titled The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, this Cathedral is in the Red Square. Ivan the Terrible, the first Tsar of Russia, ordered its construction in 1554. When built it was just white stone walls and gold coloured domes, but from the 17th century, it began to be painted in the remarkable colours we see today. It is a crazy confusion of colours, patterns and shapes unique to Russian architecture and a great guided tour.
On a city tour of Moscow, you will get to stroll across the Red Square which is probably the most famous Square in the globe. It separates the Kremlin from a historic merchant quarter that is known as Kitai-gorod. As you step onto the cobblestones of Red Square and look at the surrounding architectural marvels, it is breathtaking. As your guided goes through the history of the Square, you are in awe of this place.
A visit to the Bolshoi Theatre either on a sightseeing tour or for an evening of Ballet, is a 'must do' when in Moscow. It is the world’s biggest opera and ballet theatre that is ranked as high as Italy’s La Scala and England’s Convent Garden. The magnificent building is an outstanding example of Russian architecture at its best. When inside the theatre the weight of its history hits you with wonder.
Take a guided tour of Tretyakov Gallery to see one of Russia’s largest museums. There are over 100,000 pieces within the gallery that include icons, paintings, graphics and sculptures that span the entire history of Russian Art. The Tretyakov Gallery gives you the chance to discover the rich tradition from which great Russian artists entered the world stage. It is a very impressive and enjoyable gallery to take a tour.
This Park found in Moscow is the central park of Rest and Culture named after M. Gorky, was the first park of its kind in the Soviet Union and Moscow's most famous. The park caters for both old and young with many playful activities for children and wonderful landscaped gardens, summerhouses, outdoor theatres and sculptures for everyone else. It is a lovely place to go after a hectic city tour to wind down.
Just outside of the city of Moscow is the former royal estate Kolomenskoye. Take a guided tour of the impressive estate with its 390-hectare scenic area that overlooks the steep banks of the Moskva River. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Moscow. It is rich in architectural heritage with its most important attraction Ascension Church now listed as a UNESCO monument. There are museums and parks to venture in too.
Fallen Monument Park
Take a sightseeing tour to Fallen Monument Park or also known as Art Muzeon or Park of the Fallen Heroes. After the fall of the USSR, there were thousand of Soviet statues destroyed or dispersed and some ended up at this park. See mutilated busts of Stalin or Lenin. There is a statue of the person who founded the KGB, Dzerzhinsky. Also, in the park is a huge Soviet emblem and clusters of modern art for contrast.
The Cathedral of the Archangel
On a guided tour, visit the Cathedral of the Archangel which is a Russian Orthodox church dedicated to the Archangel Michael built between 1505 and 1508. The Italian architect, Alevisio Novi, created a unique structure by superimposing elements of Italian Renaissance architecture onto the traditional Russian form of five domes and six pillars. There are tombs of rulers and a great museum to visit.
State Historical Museum
Wedged between Red Square and Manege Square you will find the State Historical Museum. On a sightseeing tour take the time to see the unmissable red-brick palace with a silver roof that towers opposite St. Basil’s Cathedral. It was built to commemorate the national history and traces the development of Russia and the people of Russia from ancient times to present day. It is a very impressive and educational place to visit.
Travel Tips for Moscow
Best Time To Visit Moscow
As Russia is so vast, it has 11 times zones and two continents; the weather can be very extreme. When deciding on a time to visit will all depend on the type of holiday you are looking for and when you can do the activities you want in comfort. May, June, September or October are good months to visit Russia, fewer crowds on private tours, cheaper deals and reasonable weather. July and August are peak season as the weather is hot and sunny.
Typical Costs in Moscow
Moscow is said to be expensive by most European standards, but many great hotels and restaurants are very reasonably priced. In a traditional middle-class restaurant, it may cost around $15 per person for dinner and $6 for a local beer. Private tours will vary in price throughout the year. The Metro system is brilliant and the best way to get around the city with the fare being less than $1 a stop. Taxi’s cost up to $6 for a 3km ride.
Know Before Visiting Moscow
You need a visa to enter Russia and it is advisable to apply for one as early as possible. Once in Russia, your visa has to be registered and it is up to the hotel, landlord, friend or family of where you are staying to do this. Be careful when taking photos and make sure you are allowed as some official and military buildings prohibits it. Be respectful when touring churches and dress appropriately at night to ensure entry to restaurants and clubs.
Weather in Moscow
The climate of Russia is described as highly continental influenced climate. The summer months are warm to hot, dry months with temperatures rising to above 32 degrees Celsius. The winter is cold to extremely cold with sometimes very heavy snowfall especially in high ground and temperatures into minus figures. Spring and Autumn, the weather begins to warm or cool down and there may be plenty of rain.