Early-Admission Kremlin Tour in Moscow: Armory, Diamond Fund Exhibition and Assumption Cathedral

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Early-Admission Kremlin Tour in Moscow: Armory, Diamond Fund Exhibition and Assumption Cathedral
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Visit three opulent highlights of Moscow’s Kremlin — the Armory, Diamond Fund Exhibition and Assumption Cathedral — on a 3-hour morning walking tour! After entering at the earliest admission time to avoid the lines that appear later in the day, immerse yourself in a world of diamonds, gilded décor and intrigue while learning all about the Russian tsars, empresses and presidents who have resided at the iconic Moscow monument.
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In Brief

Location:
Moscow, Russia
Country:
Russia
Duration:
3 hours
Operates:
Daily except Thursday
Highlights:
All entrance fees included
Exclusive to Viator
Fully narrated tour
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Meet your guide by the Russian National Library in Moscow, and then head inside the Kremlin at one of the earliest admission times to avoid the long entrance lines that appear later in the day. Stroll through the grounds and learn all about Moscow’s Kremlin and its history from your guide. Translating as ‘fortified stronghold,’ the Kremlin dates back to the 15th century when it started life as an imposing castle for the Russian tsars. Centuries of battles, bloodshed, corruption and intrigue followed, and nowadays the site leads a somewhat tamer existence as the residence of the Russian president.
Your first stop inside the world-famous site is the Armory, a chamber that boasts enough bling to rival the entire Palace of Versailles. Known to many as the ‘treasure trove of Russia,’ the chamber comprises nine rooms all lavishly embellished with ornamentation, jewelry and Imperial weapons — the spoils of the Russian tsars. Walk around with your guide and discover highlights such as the vast collection of Faberge Eggs that were once given as extravagant Easter gifts, as well as the crowns and thrones of Russian tsars, precious armory and the world’s largest collection of royal carriages.
Pass Tsar Cannon, the colossal firearm that seems never to have been fired, and stop for photos in front of the bell tower that encases one of the world’s largest bells. Continue to the Diamond Fund Exhibition to browse an impressive collection of precious stones and jewelry amassed over centuries by the Russian tsars and empresses. See the Crown of the Russian Empire — the richest crown in the Russian Empire — and hear of Empress Elizabeth, the grandchild of Tsar Peter the Great, who contributed a large amount of jewelry to the collection. After admiring the crown, sceptre and orb, walk on to your final site of the tour: Assumption Cathedral.
Also known as Uspensky Sobor, the cathedral was the site of several tsars’ coronations, and its interior is cloaked in color and 15th-century artwork. Explore the main prayer hall, and then start to make your way out of the Kremlin. Say your goodbyes to your guide, and then finish your tour at the start point.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
  • Entry/Admission - Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Departure Point

Central Moscow, near the Russian National Library

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.2 out of 5 based on the last 15 recent reviews

Our tour guide Ekaterina met us exactly where they text us the day before, she walked us over to the Kremlin and as she did she explained facts about Russia. She was excellent throughout the entire tour, it was great being a private tour only our family. She took us to the Armory , Diamond exhibition and she provided us with the audio and then told us where to wait for her. After that we wanted to have lunch and she gave us tips of where to eat and where to shop. We invited her to have lunch with us after the tour. thank you Ekaterina for a great tour!.
• Submitted 03 Aug 2018
Armory, Diamond Fund were great must see places.
• Submitted 28 Aug 2017
Privately guided tours and short lines are the only way to visit the Kremlin. The massive crowds of group tourists are still there but our guide was able to navigate through all of this. Thanks Katja.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2017
Our tour guide met us promptly at library. Walked through park just outside the Kremlin. I was amazed at how smoothly and quickly we were able to enter Kremlin and museums despite how busy it was. She was very knowledgeable about Russian history and pointed out interesting facts regarding some of items in museum. I am glad she stopped for a quick break in Kremlin gardens for ice cream and drinks, as we were hungry and thirsty. We were not only able to see Assumption cathedral, but Annunciation, and Archangel Cathedrals as well. I would highly recommend this tour to avoid long lines and frustration at the Kremlin. You also gain additional insight and interesting information that you would not otherwise.
• Submitted 06 Aug 2017
We had a fantastic tour with Katia. She was incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with. Her english is impeccable. We were a group of photographers and asked her to show us some of the best spots for pictures and she knew just where to take us. The crowds were fairly large that day and she expertly navigated us through the maze of people.
• Submitted 03 Jun 2017
Fantastic tour! Faberge collection and coaches are amazing!
• Submitted 04 Oct 2016
Very knowledgeable tour guide. Fabulous. However the Kremlin was not too nice, did not allow her in with us and she tried to get a ticket and also to give us some audio headsets and they did not allow her in a certain area. They then wanted her info. It was very upsetting. She did not do anything wrong, I hope this got resolved. She is a very kind and smart woman.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2016
Great tour with a very informative guide who spoke very good english.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2014
The guide was very knowledgeable and we had an excellent private tour. Over so quickly.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2017
The guide was very knowledgeable and we had an excellent private tour. Over so quickly.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2017
A wonderful visit to the Kremlin - our guide Tatiana was extermely knowledgeable and gave us just the right amount of information for our 13 and 17 year old. Amazing to see all the Russian treasures in the Diamond fund and Armory and inside the beautiful churches. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 06 Sep 2016
beautiful place to visit.
• Submitted 24 Jul 2016
A tour to the Kremlin during the 70th anniversary victory parade time frame can be nothing but spectacular and having a guide to show the best viewing areas is priceless. We highly recommend this tour group for their professional and world renowned availability. Our only disappointment was that our guide chose to send us in to the armory and jewel room with headsets rather than providing one on one services which he did do for the many churches. As we paid over 400 for the two of us we would have preferred this although maybe others would enjoy the option of going at your own pace and viewing what you chose.
• Submitted 13 May 2015
Ok...this is probably not what you want to hear, but the guide was not very good. We loved the Exhibition, Armory and Kremlin but her narrative was very lacking. I found myself listening to other guides to get the background. We ended up going bac to the Kremlin cathedrals the next day to gather more insights. We stopped and treated her to lunch. I have never seen anyone eat so much! Yikes...guess she ate her tip!
• Submitted 14 Oct 2015
very disappointed since our tour guide didn't show up. it ended up we have to purchase all the tickets again and toured Kremlin without guide we already paid for before the trip.
• Submitted 04 Sep 2015

In Brief

Location:
Moscow, Russia
Country:
Russia
Duration:
3 hours
Operates:
Daily except Thursday
Highlights:
All entrance fees included
Exclusive to Viator
Fully narrated tour
Get inside tips from a local
Skip the line