Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin

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Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin
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Visit a centuries-old fortresses, museums, cathedrals and discover the city's heart on this 5-hour private tour of the Kremlin and the Red Square.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest and largest fortress in Russia. On the Kremlin portion you will see the Tsar Cannon, Tsar Bell, 4 cathedrals: Assumption Cathedral, Annunciation Cathedral, Archangel Cathedral, Cathedral of the Twelve Apostles. 4 palaces (from outside): Great Kremlin Palace, State Kremlin Palace, Terem Palace, Poteshny Palace, 5 squares: Palace Square, Cathedral Square, Ivanovo Square, Trinity Square, Senate Square. And 20 Kremlin Towers.

The Red Square tour is GUM. Kazan Cathedral, St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum, Alexander Garden, Eternal Flame, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Bolshoi Theater, the Streets of Kitay Gorod, Nikolskaya, Ilyinka, and Varvarka.
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In Brief

Location:
Moscow, Russia
Country:
Russia
Duration:
5 hours
Operates:
On request, any day
Highlights:
Step back in time on a history tour
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Lunch included
Skip the line
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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Red Square, Krasnaya Sq., Moscow 109012 Russia

The smell of history is in the air! When you think about Russia there is no way Red Square and Kremlin won't pop up. The stories about Moscow are as limitless as your desire to explore. On this tour you'll explore the heart of Moscow in depth.

A morning stroll through Kitay Gorod will be a beautiful start. Let the historical feast begin with the Red Square tour.
*This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you.

Red Square Tour
• Resurrection Gate with opportunity to flip a coin to come back
• Iconic Manege Square
• Disney Inspiring Kazan Cathedral
• GUM - the State Department Store with 123-year old history
• St. Basil's Cathedral, known for its architect Postnik Yakovlev, who was blinded by Ivan the Terrible in order to prevent him to duplicate this kind of beauty
• Lobnoye Mesto (or "Place of the Skulls") where big and sometimes terrible events took place

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: St. Basil's Cathedral, Red Square 2, Moscow 109012 Russia

St. Basil's Cathedral, known for its architect Postnik Yakovlev, who was blinded by Ivan the Terrible in order to prevent him to duplicate this kind of beauty

Stop At: Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), Red Square, Moscow 103073 Russia

The Ivan the Great Bell Tower - the very Heart of Moscow
• Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon - the biggest in the world
• The Cathedral of the Archangel - the necropolis of the main Russian dynasties - Ruriks and first Romanov
• The Cathedral of the Annunciation - the private royal church
• The Cathedral of the Assumption - coronation and burial place
• The Cathedral of Twelve Apostles and Patriarch Palace
• Finish the tour at the Armory, which started as a royal arsenal in 1508 and nowadays consists of 9 halls with a unique collections of the Russian, European and Eastern weapons, jewelry and household articles of the tsars belonging to the period from the 5th to the 20th centuries.Learn a ton of fun facts on this private tour with your friendly local guide:
• Red Square is a result of large fire in fifteenth century that destroyed the spot and it was decided not to build it back
• The oldest building in Moscow is Assumption Cathedral (built in 1474-1479)
• It's a known fact that Lobnoye Mesto is the place for executions, however it was really rare because it was considered sacred and made for royal decrees
• The Tsar Cannon was never actually used in any war conflicts
• For about 100 years the Tsar Bell was in a pit
• The sculptor who created the Minin and Pozharsky monument used his sons as models for it
• The Minin and Pozharsky monument was initially located in the very center of Red Square, until in 1931 it was moved closer to St. Basil's Cathedral
• Joseph Stalin's body also lay in the Lenin mausoleum from 1953 to 1961
• All of the Moscow Kremlin is included in UNESCO World Heritage List, except for the State Kremlin PalaceAfter the tour your guide will leave you at the Armory where you can take your time and explore the huge museum at your own comfortable pace.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, ul. Kreml, Moscow 101000 Russia

Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon - the biggest in the world

Pass By: Cathedral Square, ul. Kreml, Moscow 101000 Russia

Explore the national heritage of Russia

Pass By: The Ensemble of a Belltower of Ivan the Great, Dvortsovaya St., 1Zh, Moscow 103073 Russia

See the Ivan the Great Bell Tower - the very Heart of Moscow


Pass By: Uspensky Cathedral, Borovitskaya Street Kremlin, Moscow 613310 Russia

The Cathedral of the Assumption - coronation and burial place


Pass By: Cathedral of the Archangel (Arkhangelsky Sobor), Borovitskaya ulitsa Kremlin, Moscow Russia

The Cathedral of the Archangel - the necropolis of the main Russian dynasties - Ruriks and first Romanov

Pass By: Cathedral of the Annunciation, Borovitskaya Ulitsa , Ivanovskaya Ploshchad Kremlin, Moscow Russia

The Cathedral of the Annunciation - the private royal church


Pass By: Church of the Twelve Apostles and Patriarch's Palace, Borovitskaya ulitsa , Kremlin, Moscow Russia

Hear the intriguing facts from Russian history

Pass By: Lenin's Mausoleum, Red Square, Moscow 613310 Russia

Joseph Stalin's body also lay in the Lenin mausoleum from 1953 to 1961!


Pass By: GUM, Red Square, 3 Metro Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Moscow 109012 Russia

GUM - the State Department Store with 126-year old history


Pass By: Minin & Pozharsky Monument, Red Square, Moscow 613310 Russia

Hear the fascinating story of the Russian heroes

Pass By: Kazan Cathedral, Nikolskaya st., 3, Moscow 109012 Russia

Enjoy the views of Disney Inspiring Kazan Cathedral


Pass By: Kremlin Walls and Towers, Red Square, Moscow 613310 Russia

Take in the views of astonishing historical Kremlin walls and towers

Pass By: Resurrection (Voskresenskyie) Gates with Iverskaya Chapel, Voskresenskiye Vorota, 1A, Moscow 109012 Russia

Don't forget to flip a coin for luck!

Pass By: Lobnoye Mesto, Red Square, Moscow 613310 Russia

It's a known fact that Lobnoye Mesto is the place for executions, however it was really rare because it was considered sacred and made for royal decrees


Pass By: Patriarshy Bridge, Prechistenskaya Embankment, Moscow Russia

Don't miss perfect photo ops!

Stop At: Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Volkhonka, 15, Moscow 119019 Russia

Enjoy the scenic views of the Cathedral and the Kremlin from the Patriarch brinde

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions

  • All taxes
  • Friendly local guide
  • Private walking tour
  • Russian lunch (on selected options with included lunch)
  • Multiple start times available
  • Iconic places for photo shoot
  • Flexible customizable itinerary
  • Must-see attractions and off the beaten path
  • Meeting in the hotel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions

  • Entrance tickets to be paid on the tour, please bring approximately $16 USD per person, per entry ticket to the Kremlin if you decide to go
  • Extra food not included in fixed menu (on Kremlin+lunch tours)
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your guide can meet you at your hotel, hostel, vacation rental, port, train station, airport or a point of interest. There'll be an extra charge for meeting you at port, train station or airport.
You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email

Returns To

Your hotel or centrally located place in Moscow

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Private walking tour with the use of metro
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please indicate prefer start time in comments when booking
  • The tour can be modified to meet your preferences
  • Kremlin and Armory tickets are not guaranteed if you book less than a week before the date of the tour
  • Tours in all languages other than English are on request and might be substituted to English
  • Please remember to add your hotel details
  • Please advise the agency with the country of arrival.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • There might be some wait time at the entrance to the Kremlin - depending on the traffic there might be some wait time for people with tickets. This is something we have no control of - if the traffic is heavy, everybody with a ticket has to wait a bit at the entrance
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Sveta was a great guide and the tour was excellent. She did a good job working around bad weather (rain). Adjusting to go inside when it rained and outside when the weather cleared. Excellent English and very nice.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
My daughter and I had a private city tour on 26th June. Our guide was really good . She contacted us on Whatsapp to establish our itinerary before we arrived in Moscow. W saw all the main sites . Our guide was very good at explaining a lot of history and giving us information.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
Our family loved our private tour of Moscow city with Katya.She was friendly, knowledgeable and was able to understand how and what exactly we wanted to do in the 5 hours. A day full of history, sight seeing and good conversations. Definitely worth it!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
I appreciated Tanya's expansive knowledge of the Red Square and surrounding sites. She provided great detail and even historic pictures of the sites. It was a great tour!
• Submitted 11 Mar 2019
My tour guide Kate was AMAZING! She is super knowledgeable about the rich history and culture of Russia, she knows the ins and outs of the whole tour to escape the crowd and bring you to the local gems of Moscow. Thanks to Kate for customizing the agenda and itinerary before the tour and I had a better understanding of Russia/Moscow and thoroughly enjoyed the sights of the beautiful landmarks of Moscow! If you want to live like a local for 5 hours, try this tour!
• Submitted 29 Oct 2018
Kate, my tour guide, knew so much about the history and architecture of Moscow, which she shared throughout our many amazing activities: visiting Lenin’s tomb, watching the Saturday horse show on the Kremlin grounds, learning how to use the metro, and eating at an authentic Georgian restaurant. I really appreciated her energy, enthusiasm, and insider’s knowledge. So worth the cost of the tour!!
• Submitted 12 Aug 2018
Will recommend and purchase additional tours. Alina is ingenuitive, capable, manageable, and certainly able to achieve your goals.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2018
Lots of time to explore the red square and the kremlin. Our guide Diana was the best. Spoke english very well and was very informed of the history. Recommend this tour to anyone that wants to maximize their time and explore the city center with a true local.
• Submitted 09 Jul 2018
Our guide was EXCELLENT. She was friendly, full of knowledge and also spoke fluent English with clear accent. We could not believe how much we learned and experienced in just five hours. If we didn't had our guide we would have spent days figuring out what we should do. So, it is a lot cheaper to book a guide instead of getting lost in google.
• Submitted 04 Mar 2018
My daughter and I loved our private tour of Moscow City with Julia. She was able to understand exactly what we wanted to do and see in our 5 hours with her, and guided us expertly around Red Square Lenin's tomb, St. Basel's GUM with lots of information about Russia, its history, and its culture. It was exactly what we wanted on our first day in Moscow and set us up for the remainder of our 3 day visit Thank you, Julia and Viator.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2018
This was our third day of touring with Friendly Travel Guides, we got our monies worth on the first two and day three was the icing on the cake. Julia arrived at our hotel bang on time and we walked to the Kremlin wall to get tickets for admission to add to the Armory tickets Julia had already purchased to save us time. She explained the history and use of the buildings around the walls while we waited to join the line for Lenins tomb, then on to St.Basils which was amazing, into Gum for caviar, all the time she was pointing out things of interest throughout Red Square such as the burial place of Yuri Gagarin. A bit of a walk took us out of the square and gave us the chance to see the renovations that are taking place of old buildings before we had an included Russian lunch in an amazing restaurant that we could have spent hours in, trying things and probably putting on a few pounds! Back to the Square by Metro and then into the Kremlin where we gazed at the wonderful architecture and marveled at the exhibits. A long, full day full of interest and history, a lot of it off the normal tourist group map. Super. Terry and Holly
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
The guide was very good
• Submitted 13 Dec 2017
I had a very short time in Moscow and wanted to get a good overview of the city sites complemented by history, culture and food. My guide Dasha met me promptly at the hotel. She had excellent suggestions on how to maximize the time and adjust the tour to my interests. We started near Red Square and then walked through Kitai Gorod and back to Red Square to see St Basil's and the GUM up close. We then went on the Metro circle line and stopped at several stations to see the post-revolution living art. She reminded me that the Metro is classified as a museum ... for good reason. We then headed to Novodevichy monastery area where we had a Georgian hachapuri and dumpling lunch. After getting tickets to the Kremlin, we said our goodbyes. It was the best half day tour I have taken!
• Submitted 22 Nov 2017
Julia was a delight and very knowledgable. We enjoyed her company throughout the day while getting to know the sights of Moscow. We would highly recommend! Thanks!
• Submitted 21 Nov 2017
The tour was fantastic! Irina met us on time at our hotel and she was fluent in English. We had previously emailed her to purchase tickets to the Kremlin and the Armory. Irina was a wealth of information and she told us the history behind everything we passed. The best tour with the best guide!
• Submitted 22 Oct 2017
Our guide met us in our hotel lobby and after meet and greet we sat down and went through the tour. Her English was very good and we got to see many different beautiful sights of Moscow and try authentic Russian cuisine at a local restaurant. The guide was excellent and I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2017
we had lovely day with our guide Tatyana! so many things we saw, she was extremely helpful, friendly, and well organized and she gave us a lots of information! In that one day we saw all Kremlin museums, churches, Red square, and learned a lot about Moscow and Russian great history! Also, she explained about contemporary life in Moscow. thanks to this tour we had a good starting point in exploring Moscow. thank you for this great experience! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
• Submitted 31 Aug 2017
Our guide spoke English well. She was energetic and knowledgeable about the Kremlin. If you want Armory tickets during tourist season make sure you book well in advance. In a previous visit we signed up for this tour on a Thursday only to find the the Kremlin is closed on Thursdays. The Viator website does not disclose that information.
• Submitted 22 Aug 2017
The tour is a must. However it is difficult to pack so much information in the period of time available. Lucy, our wonderfull guide, not only provide the information, as it made it look simple and flowing. She use flexibility wisely to accommodate to our needs. Lucy is knowledgeable on the matter and has an impressive global culture. We had a great and fruitful time.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2017
Our tour guide Irina picked us up from our hotel lobby right on time. She briefed us about what to expect on the tour. It was a lovely sunny day when we started out. She was a well informed guide and filled us in with a lot of Russian history. Irina spoke fluent English and organized a well paced walking tour. There was never a dull moment with her. After almost six hours of being with us and showing us the beautiful sites enroute to and at Kremlin and Red Square, she finally left us at the Armoury. She then sent us suggestions of other sites we could visit along with directions to get there. She went above and beyond her call of duty to make our Moscow experience memorable. I would definitely recommend seeing Moscow with Irina.
• Submitted 21 Jul 2017
This tour give you a complete overview of Moscow city. Our tour guide, Tanya, gave us clear and excellent explanation of the visited areas. At the end, she recommended us a fantastic russian restaurant and other places to visit. Thanks Tanya for your kindly and patient to us.
• Submitted 05 Jul 2017
As promised, I was picked up at 9:00 AM sharp at my hotel's lobby. My guide, Karina, was GREAT!!!! High-five for her!! I highly suggest to fellows travelers to ask for her when hire this wonderful tour. The tour was comprehensive, along with Karina's descriptions of every site in Red Square and Kremlin we visited. Do not hesitate: are you visiting Moscow? Then THIS TOUR WITH VIATOR IS A MUST !!!!
• Submitted 12 Jun 2017
A memorable tour with an excellent, friendly and beautiful guide Ms. Gelena. Highly recommended for visitors who are first time visitors to this historic and magnificent city. Ms. Gelena is very caring, knowledgeable and I enjoyed listening and talking to her during the tour. Very lovely young lady who knows how to please and take good care of her customer, now a new friend.
• Submitted 28 May 2017
A great tour guide (Anastasia). She was able to accomodate our needs - we thoughouly enjoyed our tour with her! Would definitely recommend this to anyone.
• Submitted 20 May 2017

In Brief

Location:
Moscow, Russia
Country:
Russia
Duration:
5 hours
Operates:
On request, any day
Highlights:
Step back in time on a history tour
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Lunch included
Skip the line