3.10 –Moscow sightseeing tour (by bus) – free of charge
4.10 \5.10 –
* prices are for a group at least of 20 people, if there will be less than 20 people, we will inform you individually, if there will be a different price
All routes will have an English speaking guide
Please, contact us, if you want an individual tour or a small group tour
Route 1. 95 euro/person*
The Moscow Metro –
The Moscow Metro is not just a transport. It is a unique architectural monument. Many of its stations are declaredobjects of cultural heritage. That’s why the Metro is called “the underground palace of Moscow”.
The Moscow Metro is not the biggest and is not the oldest metro in the world, but it’s actually the most beautiful one. Its stations, called “underground” palaces, are decorated with paintings, mosaics and sculptures, created by the best artists of their times. Such stations as “Komsomolskaya”, “Novoslobodskaya”, “Ploshchad Revolyutsii”, “Arbatskaya” and many other stations are very interesting objects of cultural heritage and are protected by Russian government. New stations have more simple design but still are original and remarkable. Nowadays this underground transport system consists of 12 lines with a total length of 365 km and 215 stations, which are daily used by millions of people.
The Moscow Metro was opened on 15 May 1935. The first line was Sokolnicheskaya, “red” line, and the second – Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line (“blue”). In autumn of 1941, the metro stations and tunnels became a bomb shelter for Moscow citizens. It is interesting that during the air alarms up to 500.000 people were hiding there and 217 children were born. Since 1955, the Moscow Metro is named in honor of Vladimir Lenin. This transport system had not only practical use but ideological significance that made it a symbol of the Soviet era.
There are lots of secrets inside complicated labyrinths of tunnels and tricky transfer corridors: non-existing lines, ghost stations and Metro-2. Our excursion will let you touch some of these urban legends. In addition to this you will learn what technical and architectural features the Moscow Metro has, what are the reasons of the unprecedented luxury of a transport and even why the metro attracts the interest of paleontologists.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
It is doubtless that the majestic Cathedral of Christ the Saviouris one of the most famous symbols of Moscow. You can learn more about Russian history by meeting with the biggest Moscow church as it is an actual mirror of the past.
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is the main Moscow church. But it stands out among other Moscow churches not only by its enormous size but also by its tragic fate, closely intertwined with the history of the country. Walking around the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour you will walk through the three previous centuries of the Russian history.
The nowaday cathedral is a close replica of the 19th century original. The first one was built as a monument in honor of the victory over Napoleon in 1812 year, but the Soviet government decided to blow it up. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was reopened at the very end of the XX century, and now as it was before the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour can
be considered as the main church in Russia because it is a cathedra of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate.
In our excursion we will walk around the Cathedral and explore in detail its facade, enjoying the finesse of work of architects and sculptors, created the high reliefs, decor and the building itself. At the same time our guide will be telling you about the history of the temple. During our excursion you will find out:
· Why the construction of the cathedral took so many time
· How many temples do really take place in this colossal building
· Whose names are carved on the walls of the cathedral
· What was destroyed to build the cathedral and what unbelievable building should have appeared on the place of destroyed temple
· Where else you can see the high reliefs of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
After that, we will enter the Cathedral to be impressed by sparkling gilding and celestial blue murals, colorful mosaic floor and asceticism of marble decoration, to feel the atmosphere of solemnity and festiveness.
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is located in the historical center of Russian capital in the immediate vicinity of the Kremlin. This is a beautiful place on the north bank of the Moskva River. You can extend this walking tour by yourself and continue exploring Moscow on foot, but don’t forget to take photos of the cathedral from the Patriarshy Bridge – one of the most spectacular views of the city.
The Tretyakov gallery
This world’s major museum of Russian art is ranked among the most famous museums. Tretyakovka is Moscow-based temple of painting, there’s unique collection of Russian creative art.
The Tretyakov gallery is one of the most famous art galleries in the world. The gallery was founded in 1856 by Pavel Tretiakov, Russian philanthropist. The collection includes paintings, icons, drawings and sculptures. The majority of exhibits are Russian painters’ artworks of various epochs. Different styles and disciplines are presented in this gallery. During excursion you will learn the history of Russian art and see the changes of its development from the era of government reform of Peter the Great to the end of the XIX century.
The Tretyakov gallery is the treasury of Russian art. There you will see the best artworks of famous Russian painters including Andrei Rublev, Dionisius, Simon Ushakov, Vasily Perov, Ivan Kramskoi, Viktor Vasnetsov, Alexei Savrasov, Ivan Shishkin, Vasily Polenov, Arkhip Kuindzhi, Vasily Repin, Ilya Repin, Vasily Surikov, Isaac Levitan, Mikhail Vrubel,
Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin, Mikhail Nesterov, Boris Kustodiev, Nicholas Roerich and many others.
The Tretiakov Gallery is not only about art. Our guide will help you to discover local religion, recognize the faces of people you’ve heard about, traveling across Russia, see traditional landscapes. Through the art you’ll be able to place yourself in atmosphere of different historical periods and learn about local customs and traditions.
We’ll help you to learn:
· How the Tretiakov gallery was founded?
· How did Pavel Tretiakov memorialize his brother?
· What principle was the basis for the selection of gallery’s artworks?
· Where Alexei Savrasov was born?
· Reproduction of which painting decorated wrappers of the most delicious Russian sweets?
During this excursion you’ll see the most famous examples of Russian paintings like «The demon seated», «The morning of the Streltsy execution», «Apotheosis of war», «The rooks have come back», «The girl with peaches» and many others.Don’tmiss unique possibility to become closely linked to Russia and to see to the biggest collection of Russian art without waiting.
Route 2. 35 euro/person*
KOLOMENSKOYE is one of the most ancient places of human habitation within modern Moscow. Archaeological items discovered in its vicinity witness Stone Age (V-III millennium B.C.) settlements once existing here.
Not far from the centre of Kolomenskoye estate, in Dyakovo, the most ancient settlement within modern Moscow appeared 2.5 thousand years ago on a roundish flap-top hill. Kolomenskoye was first mentioned in written sources of the XIV century, namely in the Testaments of Moscow Grand Prince Ivan Kalita (dated by 1336 and 1339). According to several sources, Kolomenskoye was the venue of many events related to the history of the Russian state. It was here that the army of Prince Dmitry Donskoy and the one of Peter the Great stopped before the Battle of Kulikovo (1380) and the Battle of Poltava (1709) respectively, and Moscow Grand Princes mustered troops for military campaigns. Beginning from the XV century, Kolomenskoye was a summer country residence of Moscow rulers. In the XVI and the XVII century, a unique architectural ensemble of Kolomenskoye imbued with the idea of a gala Tsars’ residence of great artistic and historical value was shaping.
Kolomenskoye represents a complex site of Russian history and architecture. It comprises 17 architectural monuments, including 12 that make the surviving part of the Tsar’s estate of XVI – XIX centuries as well as 4 wooden constructions that were brought from different regions of Russia. For the last few years, an architectural ethnographic complex has been rapidly shaping in Kolomenskoye. A working stable and smithy, a Bee-keeper’sFarm with an apiary and a Water Mill have appeared.
Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, XVII century
The Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich in Kolomenskoyeis a monument of art and every-day life of the last and brightest period of Moscow Tsardom, the period from which modern Russia takes its roots. This example of a peculiar style that consists in a successful synthesis of pre-Petrine Russian traditions and those of Western Europe is noted for a high skill of masters, ornamentality and a deep-toned and rousing artistic polyphony reached by a great variety of techniques and materials applied and creating altogether a joyful and fairy-tale-like atmosphere.
The artistic reconstruction of interiors was based on thorough research of historical sources as well as a wide range of authentic prototypes, the main accent being made on accuracy and reliability of documents. The interior exposition is located in 24 reconstructed chambers of the Tsar’s, Tsarina’s and Tsareviches’ (the Tsar’s sons’) towers. The design of each chamber lies in harmony with its function (gala reception halls, personal chambers). The interior décor serves is a basis for the expositions that represents a live museum where reconstructed items co-exist with authentic ones coming from the museum collection.
6.10 – 120 euro/person, 3,5 hours walk tour
The Moscow Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin is a must-see attraction in Russia, a beautiful fortress in the heart of the city full of history and legends. Curiosities on UNESCO’s World list.
The Moscow Kremlin is an ancient fortress in the centre of Moscow. It is the immortal symbol of Moscow in general and Russian government in particular. We invite you to the trip into the heart of Moscow and walk through the centuries of Russian history.You will learn new data about walls and towers of Kremlin and its defense functions during sieges. You will see the largest bombard by caliber in the world according to the Guinness Book of records — the Tsar Cannon. Also you will see the Tsar Bell — a giant bell which had never been used. You will see Vladimir Putin’s official residence which also was former residence of Russian monarchs and soviet headmen.Youwill admire the richest exteriors of the Moscow Kremlin cathedrals: The Cathedral
of Dormition, the Cathedral of the Archangel and the Cathedral of the Annunciation. Also you will see the Ivan the Great bell Tower which was the highest building in Moscow till the beginning of XVII century. Near that bell tower is situated Ivanovskaya square where the tsar’s decrees were loudly announced for people. This tradition formed the basis of famous Russian idiom — scream till everybody hears you on Ivanocskaya square, what means to shout at the top of one’s voice.
The red square
Walking tour along the Moscow Kremlin walls. Curiosity on UNESCO’s World list.
The most popular tour in Moscow. You could see the most picturesque views of Russian capital’s centre. You can’t miss the possibility to make a selfie with the Kremlin walls and towers. You will plunge into the exciting atmosphere of the most mysterious city’s symbol.
The Moscow Kremlin is a truly historical and architectural miracle, It’s the real heart of Russia,defining the future of the biggest country of the globe. The Moscow Kremlin is a mixture of luxury, history and power. We’ll unveil you incredible mysteries of the famous red fortress.
We are ready to reveal the following secrets:
· What role did Leonardo da Vinci play in construction of the Moscow Kremlin?
· Where were hanging gardens of the Moscow Kremlin situated?
· How many reconstructions did the Moscow Kremlin pass trough?
· What secrets do the Kremlin towers keep and why does each of them have the own name?
Our tour could help you to learn the history of other attractive (significant) places. You will see the Red Square, another landmark of Moscow and the real cradle of Russian history, the Kazan Cathedral — symbol of the House of Romanov, the Lobnoye Mesto, the Red Moscow Mint, famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Mausoleum. You will hear the strikes of the Kremlin Clock and explore GUM, a true temple for Moscow fashionmongers. You will see the Eternal flame near the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and commemorate the victims of the World War II. And finally you will see a new monument of Vladimir the Great, which inauguration almost sowed discord among Moscow citizens.
The Armoury Chamber, a treasure house, is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex. It is situated in the building constructed in 1851 by architect Konstantin Ton. The bases of the museum collections are precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the patriarch’s vestry. Some of the exhibits were made in the Kremlin workshops, others were accepted as ambassadorial gifts. The name of the museum derives from one of the oldest Kremlin’s treasury stores.
The Armoury Chamber preserves ancient state regalia, ceremonial royal clothes and coronation dresses, vestments of Russian Orthodox Church hierarchs, the most extensive collection of gold- and silverware made by Russian craftsmen, West European artistic silver, ceremonial arms and armour, carriages and horse ceremonial harness.
The State Armoury presents more than four thousand items of applied art of Russia, European and Eastern countries of the 4th- early 20th century. The highest artistic level and particular historical and cultural value of the exhibits have made the State Armoury of the Moscow Kremlin a world-wide known museum.
The Diamond Fund
If you are ready to see countless treasures of Russian Imperial Court and go blind of shining diamonds and sparkling emeralds, we are glad to invite you to the Diamond Fund – the unique collection of jewelry, gems and nuggets in the heart of Moscow.
In fact, the Diamond Fund is just an exhibition in the Armory Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin, but it is more important and more visited than many large museums. The collection of jewelry of the Diamond Fund has a great historical, scientific and cultural significance, and its material value is even greater. That’s why the fund forms part of the State Fund treasury of the Russian Federation.
The collection of the Diamond Fund was started by the Emperor Peter the First, who created the Diamond Room in the Winter Palace, the residence of Russian emperors in Petersburg, to store the crown jewels. Later, the rulers
enriched this collection. Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great made a special contribution, because during their reign the Russian imperial court was one of the most gorgeous. The collection changed, but its base was always made up of precious stones, state regalia, insignia and ceremonial jewelry, created by the best jewelers of their times. A sad page in the history of the Diamond Fund was the period of the formation of the Soviet state in Russia, when the government in desperate need of money sold out a huge amount of crown jewels. But later the Diamond Fund became the museum and its collection has even grown up.
During the excursion at the halls of Diamond fund, you will see treasures created by both nature and human. The collection of precious stones and metal nuggets includes famous diamonds “Orlov” and “Shah”, two unique black diamonds, blue and pink diamonds, the world’s largest Ceylon blue sapphire and the most transparent chrysolite, the golden nugget called “Camel” because of its shape. Among the works of jewelry art there are the Great Imperial Crown of Russia, made for the coronation of Catherine the Great, jewelry of Russian empresses — the Grand Bouquet, the Diadem of Empress Maria Feodorovna, wife of Emperor Paul I, and such orders of the Russian Empire as the Order of St. Andrew.
Zaryadye Park is a new type of public space created by an international team of architects, engineers, landscape designers and other experts. Here the concepts of nature and technology, education and entertainment, history and modernity are united and complement each other.
Throughout the course of Zaryadye’s centuries-old history its appearance has changed many times: from the first street of the Moscow Posad (settlement outside the fortified city), to the English Embassy, to a residence of the Tsar, a military garrison, a Jewish quarter and even a slum. At the start of the 20th Century in Zaryadye, construction began on the largest of Stalin’s towers, but the project was abandoned and in its placethe hotel Rossiya was built, at that time the biggest hotel in the world. For a long time after the hotel’s demolition, Zaryadyeremained a featureless wasteland, fenced-off like a construction-site, before the decision to open a park at the location was madeby President V. V Putin and the Mayor of Moscow, S. S. Sobyanin.
Zaryadye was conceived as a new public space with the aim of filling the former void not only in a physical but also a symbolic sense.
Zaryadye was conceived as a landmark for the city, an important feature of modern Moscow and the flagship park for the nation. Historical features from the 16th century are found alongside innovative architecture and high-tech attractions. The River Overlook, with its 70-metre-long concrete cantilever, opens up panoramic views of the Kremlin, the river embankment, and the park itself. The Glass Crust is able to create a microclimate of its own, which can shelter the amphitheatre and the garden of heat-loving plants from bad weather. «Zaryadye’s» philharmonic concert hall is one of the most innovative and modern music venues in the world. Ice Cave, where a constant minus temperature is maintained, transfers visitors to the atmosphere of the Far North. The Museum of Nature sounds offers a new way to feel the world around you. Underground museum tells about the history of the place, and educational center The Conservation Embassy developed courses, quests, laboratory classes and workshops for people of all ages, dedicated to the diversity of life on the planet.