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Situated at the southern end of Moscow’s legendary Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral is easily recognisable with its colourful tent roofs and twisting onion shaped domes and is undoubtedly one of Russia’s most iconic landmarks. Dating back to the 1500s, the cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to mark the capture of Kazan from Mogul forces. According to legend Ivan was so impressed by the magnificence and intricacy of the cathedral that he had the architect Postnik Yakolev blinded so that he could never design anything of similar beauty again. St Basil’s consists of nine small individual chapels built on a single foundation, each filled with icons and walls decorated with beautiful floral designs in muted colours. Connecting the chapels are narrow corridors, a gallery and winding staircases. In front of the Cathedral is a large bronze statue of Pozharsky and Minin, two prominent figures in Russia’s army when the Time of Troubles hit.

To get you started with planning your holiday to St Basil's Cathedral, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Russia

Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | Russia
Mood for Moscow
4 days FROM $899

A city of contrasts where history peeks from behind every corner. From austere monuments to brightly coloured cathedrals and impressive art galleries - see the best of Moscow in 4 days.

Vodka Shot
6 days FROM $1,299

St Petersburg and Moscow in one short blast. Discover Russia, seeing the best of these two legendary cities, from the incredible Hermitage and Church on Spilled Blood to brightly coloured St Basil's Cathedral and the mighty Kremlin. It's the most fun you can have in under a week!

The Snowball
6 days FROM $1,149

No stuffing turkeys or entertaining aunts, head to mighty Russia this Christmas or New Year! With fun and good cheer unwrap St Petersburg and the nation’s capital - Moscow.

Palace Square | St Petersburg | Russia
White Nights and Museums
6 days FROM $1,999

Spend a night at the museum! The most respectable museums and art galleries stay open until the early hours for the annual Long Night of Museums event in St Petersburg on 17 May 2014, which is accompanied by special exhibitions, street art and performances. Combine this wonderful event with guided touring of the key sights in St Petersburg and Moscow.

The Winter Palace | St Petersburg | Russia
Vodka Shot
6 days FROM $1,349

St Petersburg and Moscow in one short blast. Discover Russia, seeing the best of these two legendary cities, from the incredible Hermitage and Church on Spilled Blood to brightly coloured St Basil's Cathedral and the mighty Kremlin. It's the most fun you can have in under a week!

Catherine Palace | St Petersburg | Russia
Back in the USSR
7 days FROM $1,899

Check out two of Russia's most striking cities. Explore the sights of Moscow - Russia's lively capital, before continuing on to rural Pskov for a local banya experience and capping off the adventure in St Pete's, the jewel in Russia's imperial crown.

Visit Piskariovksoye Memorial Cemetery | St Petersburg | Russia | Photo courtesy: Alexey Ivanov
Siege of Leningrad
8 days FROM $2,299

Visit the iconic sites of Moscow and St Petersburg whilst also exploring the infamous 900 day Siege of Leningrad. During World War II St Petersburg was blockaded giving civilians two options: to surrender, or starve. The Russians chose to fight for their sovereignty and against the odds defeated the German soldiers. This tour commemorates this David & Goliath encounter and celebrates the victory of the people.

The Kremlin | Moscow | Russia
Russian Revolution
9 days FROM $1,999

Offering more time in St Petersburg, get acquainted with the beautiful city of tsars before exploring historic Novgorod and cutting-edge Moscow – home of legendary Red Square and the mighty Kremlin - Russia’s political powerhouse!

Yekatrinburg train station | Russia
Route of the Romanovs
10 days FROM $3,349

Follow in the footsteps of Russia's last ruling aristocrats - the Romanovs. Starting in St Petersburg - the city of the Tsars, head down to Russia's mighty capital city - Moscow and then ride the Trans-Siberian railway to Yekaterinburg, crossing the Ural Mountains, bound for Siberia.

Ger Camp Terelj National Park | Trans-siberian Railway | Mongolia
Genghis Khan
13 days FROM $3,199

Jump aboard for the ride of your life! From one capital city to another - Moscow to Beijing, via Mongolia - a land of uncommon beauty inextricably linked to the powerful legacy of Genghis Khan. Explore the curiously named capital - Ulaan Baatar and opt to camp out in a ger in stunning Terelj National Park.

Overlooking Red Square | Moscow | Russia
The Snowball
6 days FROM $1,249

No stuffing turkeys or entertaining aunts, head to mighty Russia this Christmas or New Year! With fun and good cheer unwrap St Petersburg and the nation’s capital - Moscow.

Big Ticket
19 days FROM $4,599

Bolshoi (Russian for BIG). Go large on our sensational big ticket from Moscow all the way to Beijing. It's the journey that offers a stunning smorgasbord of all our en route destinations including Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk (for Lake Baikal), Ulan Ude and Ulaan Baatar!

St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | Russia
White Russian
7 days FROM $1,499

For a truly unique new year’s break, celebrate in Russia’s thriving capital city. Take in Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square before travelling onwards to beautiful St Petersburg, exploring delights such as The Hermitage and Catherine Palace.

Bay Golden Horn Bay in Vladivostok | Trans-siberian Railway | Russia
Destination Vladivostok
19 days FROM $4,399

The original Trans-Siberian journey all the way to the end of the line at Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific coast. Kicking off in Moscow, ride the rails some 9288km with stops in Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk (for Lake Baikal) & Ulan Ude - Buddhist bastion of Eastern Russia.

Snowy Railway | Trans-siberian Railway
Trans Express
9 Days FROM $1,699

Explore China's bustling capital city, then jump aboard and wing your way from Bejing to Moscow - a classic train ride across a third of the globe from one red city to another in one fell swoop.

Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | Russia
New Years Red Square
9 days FROM $2,199

Where will you be celebrating on New Year's Eve? Ring in the New Year in Moscow's Red Square, journey through Russia's heartland for some alpine fun and a steamy banya in Pskov before heading north to beautiful St Petersburg.

St Isaac's Cathedral | St Petersburg | Russia
The Big Chill
9 days FROM $1,949

Seasons greetings from Russia! Enjoy a relaxed yuletide in St Petersburg - northern city of the tsars, relax and defrost in a traditional banya (sauna) in ancient Novgorod and frost up for New Year in hedonistic Moscow, Russia's mighty capital city.

Peterhof Gardens St Petersburg | Trans-siberian Railway | Russia
Molotov Cocktail
4 days FROM $899

Start your adventure in the beautiful city of the tsars - St Petersburg, see the sights, with free time to explore before taking the overnight train to Moscow to begin your Trans-Siberian adventure!

The Kremlin | Moscow | Russia
Moscow: The KGB, Lenin & More
1 day FROM $399

Explore the capital of Russia, home of the legendary Red Square, iconic St Basil’s cathedral and the imposing Kremlin on this Moscow Day Tour. Watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stroll through Red Square, visit the former headquarters of the KGB, marvel at the grandeur of the Moscow metro, visit the Lenin Mausoleum, and explore the beautiful Assumption Cathedral and Armoury Museum in the imposing Kremlin Complex.

Christ Our Saviour in Museum | Moscow | Russia
Moscow Uncovered
4 days FROM $879

Explore Russia's capital city with all the remnants of Communism; check out the art at the Tretyakov Gallery, gasp in awe at St Basil's Cathedral and get your taste buds flowing with the sublime blinis and borsch.

St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | Russia
St Petes & Moscow
6 Days FROM $2,769

Explore Russia's capital city with all the remnants of Communism; check out the art at the Tretyakov Gallery, gasp in awe at St Basil's Cathedral and get your taste buds flowing with the sublime blinis and borsch.

Novgorod chapel | Russia
Capital & Country
5 days FROM $2,399

Take in the highlights of Moscow – Russia’s capital city, before heading into the countryside to the historic Golden Ring. Here explore the historic town of Vladmir, brimming with exquisite Russian architecture, and the picturesque rural town of Suzdal, with its ancient churches and beautiful monasteries.

Suzdal | Russia
The Golden Ring
7 days FROM $4,399

Russian history and architecture, famous old cities and towns. The Golden Ring is one of the oldest Russian trade routes. It heads to the north-east of Moscow and forms a circle, exploring Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Rostov Velikiy before returning full circle to Moscow.

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