Today, we head into Red Square where, if open, we can pay our respects for free to Lenin, the grandfather of Communism, who has lain in state within his eerie mausoleum since his death in 1924.
We continue inside the Kremlin - Russia’s bastion of political might, where we enjoy a guided walk through the grounds, seeing numerous government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the tsar bell.
This afternoon we offer an optional guided tour of a formerly top
secret Cold War bunker
! Up until recently this Stalinist-era
Soviet Bunker was a secret symbol of Soviet Power. Hidden
beneath an ordinary two storey apartment building in Moscow, 18 floors below ground level, this 75,000-squarefoot facility was constructed covertly, in the 1950’s, to protect against the threat of a US nuclear attack. In the 1990’s with the Cold War thawing and the death of communism, this bunker came off the top secret list and
is now open to the public! Enjoy an interactive tour of the bunker turned museum. Also included is a guided tour of some of the Stalinist era's most opulant metro stations.
Alternatively, explore Moscow your own way. Hop aboard the Metro and explore, or stop by the Izmailovsky flea market - a sprawling collection of stalls hocking everything from Soviet Red Army memorabilia to bootleg CDs, fluffy hats and Matryoshka dolls. Tonight an optional excursion to Moscow Circus. Overnight - Moscow