Moscow, Russia's Capital, 5 Day Tour
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights - Friday Arrival
This tour invites you to visit Moscow, the ancient and current capital of Russia. The golden cupolas of Russia's medieval churches, Red Square and the mighty walls of the Kremlin, the sacred Zagorsk Monastery and the greatest Russian art collections of the Tretyakov Gallery await you on this journey through Moscow. Led by the most knowledgeable and experienced guides, this tour will introduce you to the cultural essence of this fascinating city as well as to its modern life.
Day 1 - Friday arrive in Moscow
Welcome to Moscow, the largest city in Russia and the center of its political and economic life. Upon arrival your guide and driver will meet you at the exit gate of the airport to transfer you to the hotel. We recommend that you rest this evening. The guide will advise on the best nearby restaurants to have dinner.
Day 2 - Saturday Moscow city-tour, Tretyakov State Gallery
Full day sightseeing / 8 hours with car & guide
09:30The city-tour will take you to Moscow's most famous historic sites, from ancient churches to giant Stalin skyscrapers to the sheik contemporary office buildings. It's an excellent way to see the exteriors of renowned buildings and places such as the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Bolshoy Theatre, New Maiden Convent, Kitai Gorod merchant area, Vorobievy Hills with a fantastic panoramic view of the city and more.
Optional: tour of the Leo Tolstoy House-Museum which offers quite a window into the genius of the great Russian writer - $9 per person
Optional: lunch - $26 per person
14.00 Drive to the Tretyakov State Gallery - the world's premier museum of Russian art, including thousands of works from the 11th to 20th centuries. The gallery was founded as a private collection of the wealthy 19th century merchant Tretyakov who later donated it to the city.
17:30 Return to Hotel
Day 3 - Sunday Trip to the Trinity Sergius Monastery in Zagorsk (Sergiev Posad)
09.00 Drive 72 kms northeast to Zagorsk (Sergiev Posad). This is a comfortable and popular day trip from Moscow. Zagorsk’s chief attraction is the Trinity Sergius Monastery (Laura), founded in 1345 by St. Sergius of Radonezh and containing his relics. For 500 years it has been the most important center of pilgrimage and remains one of the most beautiful of all Russian Orthodox monasteries - the fairy-tale gold and azure onion domes of its Cathedral of the Assumption are among the most photographed in the country. The ride to Sergiev Posad takes you through a lovely stretch of Russian countryside.
Optional: lunch in Zagorsk (Sergiev Posad), $25 per person
16:00 Return to Hotel
Day 4 - Monday Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow metro
8 hours sightseeing with guide, no transport
09.30 Walk or take metro to the Kremlin. Tour of the Kremlin - the Russian citadel and birthplace of Moscow, the seat of Russian power and home to the President of the Russian Federation. This fortified complex of ancient churches, palaces, and government buildings dates back to 1156. Open Russia will take you inside the Annunciation, Assumption and Archangel's Cathedrals. You'll also visit the Armoury Chamber with its amazing collection of tsarist paraphernalia.
Optional: Diamond Fund, entrance tickets $16 per person
Optional: Lunch - $26 per person
In the afternoon you'll get to the heart of Moscow - Red Square, its name in old Russian means 'Beautiful Square'. Red Square must be seen to be truly appreciated. As you walk across this place, steeped in history, you will behold the colorful, onion-domed St. Basil Cathedral - the iconic visiting card of Moscow.
Optional: St. Basil Cathedral inside visit, entrance tickets $7 per person
Finally, go on a short ride through Moscow Metro System with stations as ornate as palaces, featuring marble arches, crystal chandeliers, sculptures and mosaics - glorious remnants of the Soviet era.
17:30 Return to hotel by metro.
Please note that the Kremlin is closed on Thursdays.
Day 5 - Tuesday transfer & guide to the airport
On the last day of your journey your Open Russia guide and driver will take you to the airport and assist with your baggage and departure. We're confident that you will feel enriched from your time with us in Moscow and hope that you will carry your wonderful memories home to cherish and share forever.