Discover the charms, and possibly some secrets about the Russian capital on a full day tour in Moscow.
Moscow can be considered the very heart and soul of Russia. Despite its old age the city is continuously growing and changing rapidly, whilst at the same time retaining its iron curtain mystery and fascination.
Your journey to Moscow begins with a transfer to St Petersburg’s domestic airport, Pulkovo I. After a short flight you’ll arrive in Moscow where you’ll be met by a local tour guide. After a short ride on the ‘Aeroexpress' electric train, you’ll be in the heart of Moscow. At Belorussky Railway Station you’ll hop on to your coach for a panoramic tour, passing architectural gems dating from the 15th century through to the 18th century. Moscow’s history stretches back almost a thousand years and is reflected in its rich architecture, crowned by the Kremlin.
Admire the masterpiece that is the Kremlin, created by Italian architects and the devoted labour of unknown Russian craftsmen. With your guide, enjoy a one hour visit around the grounds and inside one of the Cathedrals (time permitting possibly two cathedrals), before visiting the legendary Red Square, the main square of Russia. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Russian luncheon at ‘Godunov' Restaurant near Red Square.
Following luncheon, you’ll continue your walking tour of Red Square, visiting the outside of Lenin's Mausoleum. Stroll through the famous department store, GUM, which is an ornate arcade set on several floors. Enjoy a photography stop near St Basil's Cathedral, this magnificent church-museum was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and completed in 1561. Rumour has it that Ivan had the architect blinded so he would never be able to design anything as exquisite again! The cathedral is at its most awesome when viewed from the outside.
Hop onboard the world famous Moscow metro, the second busiest in the world and famous for its fabulous architecture and artwork, for a short transfer to Leningradsky Railway Station to pick up the modern high speed ‘SAPSAN’ train back to St Petersburg.
Note: There is approximately six hours of walking, including cobbled pavements and some steps. Guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests are advised to have a hearty breakfast before leaving the ship, luncheon will be served in the Godunov Restaurant and a snack box will be provided on the evening return journey. Guests will spend approximately 6½ hours in Moscow and the rest of the time will be spent travelling to and from the capital. Availability is limited on this tour so early booking is recommended. Bookings close for this tour, as follows: Queen Victoria (V212) on the 31st March, Queen Elizabeth on the 27th April, Queen Victoria (V216) on the 23rd May and Queen Elizabeth (Q212) on the 6th June.