Private Walking Tour: Moscow Including the Kremlin

Experience the highlights of Moscow on this private 6-hour walking tour, perfect for travelers who don't have much time to explore the city on their own. See top landmarks such as St Basil's Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theater, the former KGB headquarters and more! You'll pass all the important museums and monuments, and tour the Kremlin with your guide.

When your guide picks you up from your hotel, walk together to the city center and start your private tour at Red Square. From here, admire the iconic St Basil's Cathedral, a colorful Russian Orthodox church built in the mid-16th century. Your guide will point out the GUM department store, now a shopping mall, as well as Lenin's Mausoleum and the Historical Museum.

See the neo-classical Bolshoi Theater, home to the renowned Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera, and watch the changing of the guards near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your guide will point out the former KGB headquarters and the Moscow Hotel, a modern replicate of the former Hotel Moskva, which was famously depicted on the Stolichnaya Vodka label.

Continue to the famous Moscow Kremlin for a guided tour of the grounds and learn about the history of this amazing fortress, once home to Russian tsars and communist leaders. See where coronations of Russian royalty took place at the Assumption Cathedral and admire the gorgeous palaces of Russian emperors, as well as the Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon.

Visit Russia's largest church, Christ the Savior Cathedral, to learn about its astonishing legends and recent political protests. Finally, stroll down Arbat Street and browse the fancy boutiques for souvenirs, including the well-loved Russian matryoshka dolls, painted wooden nesting dolls.

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St Petersburg Myths and Legends Walking Tour

Hear stories of revenge, romance and Imperial aristocracy on a 2-hour evening walking tour of St Petersburg! Focusing on the eccentric St Peterburgians of bygone days, the commentary on this fascinating legends tour is rich with mystery and humor - just like the city itself. Learn of the exploits of Catherine the Great and her secretive son Tsar Paul I, and see Mikhailovsky Castle (St Michael's Castle) along with lesser-celebrated gems like the diminutive Chizhyk-Pyzhik Monument.

Meet your guide in Ostrovsky Square in central St Petersburg, and then set off on your stroll to find out about the city's countless myths and legends. As Russia's Imperial capital for more than 200 years, St Petersburg attracted some interesting characters, who left many a story in their wake.

Start with a look at the monument to Catherine the Great, and hear about the feisty female who presided over the city during its late 18th-century golden age. Besides being a fearsome political force who overthrew the government in a coup, the empress was popular with the men of St Petersburg. Admire her statue and see some of her more notable sweethearts - Orlov, Potemkin and Suvorov - carved around her feet.

Continue to Mikhailovsky Castle while hearing tales of its history as you walk; built for Catherine the Great's son (the elusive Tsar Paul I), the castle was only his home for a mere 40 days before he was mysteriously murdered in his bedroom. Today, his ghost is said to haunt the castle, so look out for spooky sights as you walk around the outside of the building.

Leave the castle and walk to the nearby Chizhyk-Pyzhik Monument, St Petersburg's smallest statue. Measuring a mere 4.3 inches (11cm), the miniature masterpiece overlooks a fountain where crowds gather to toss coins in for luck. Amble through one of the city's 'well-yards,' where cramped houses with windows stand just a few feet from each other, creating darkness inside, and then head into Manezhnaya Ploshchad.

Known as the 'square of the architects,' the open space contains the busts of the notable St Petersburgian architects such as Rastrelli and Rossi, whose work you will no doubt have seen around town. Your tour then finishes with a stroll down Nevsky Prospekt in the center of town.

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Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

Discover the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, one of the most famous theaters in the world! You'll see its architectural highlights, including the ornately decorated interiors where top-notch ballet and opera performances have been featured for over 250 years. You'll also learn the dramatic history of this national treasure from your professional guide on this 2-hour private tour.

After meeting your guide in front of the theater, you'll pass through the tall columns of the building and enter the grand interior. Follow your guide to the main hall of the Bolshoi, a six-tier auditorium handsomely decorated in crimson and gold, and one of the largest theater halls in the world.

The Bolshoi originally opened its doors in 1856 on the coronation day of Tsar Alexander, but was damaged by fires and Soviet-era neglect. Recent restorations have returned the theater to its historical appearance and brought back its legendary acoustics. State-of-the-art machinery and stage equipment have also been added. Your guide will share tales of the six years, thousands of specialists and bundles of money (with attendant scandals) that it took to renovate this world-class theater.

As you walk around the theater, you'll check out the box seats that were once designated for Russian emperors and are now reserved for the Russian president. Then you'll stop into the richly adorned Imperial Foyer, where emperors walked with attendants before performances and during intermissions. The architect designed the acoustics of the foyer so that even the emperor's whisper could be heard throughout the room. You'll also stroll through the museum of the Bolshoi Theater where you'll find interpretive displays and memorabilia of the theater's long history.

This is a chance to visit this historic building without the hassle of buying expensive and hard-to-find tickets. Your guide will provide lively commentary on the history of this Russian architectural treasure, as well as local knowledge about current performances and news.

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St Petersburg Walking City Tour

Experience the cultural highlights of St Petersburg on a 3-hour walking tour with an expert local guide. As you explore the spectacular city on foot - from Palace Square to St Isaac's Square - you'll learn about its imperial history and view prominent landmarks along the way. See St Isaac's Cathedral and the Church on Spilled Blood, stroll down Nevsky Prospect, and visit St Peter and Paul Fortress. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.

Starting at Palace Square in St Petersburg, meet your knowledgeable local guide and small group, and set out on your walking tour of the imperial city. Glimpse the grand Winter Palace before heading across the Neva River to the Spit of St Basil Island, renowned for its outstanding views.

From this vista, your guide will point out notable landmarks along the Palace Embankment such as the Hermitage Museum, the Admiralty, St Isaac's Cathedral and the Chamber of Curiosities.

Next, visit Peter and Paul Fortress, and listen to commentary from your guide about St Petersburg's oldest structure, built in 1703. If you choose, you can visit the famous cathedral, the burial vault of Peter the Great and the Romanov family (own expense).

Then, walk to the Church on Spilled Blood, the assassination site of tsar Alexander II. Admire the church's onion domes and ornate facade before continuing along St Petersburg's busiest street, Nevsky Prospect.

As you pass restaurants, theaters museums and palaces along the way, learn more from your guide about the rich history of St Petersburg as well as its present-day life. Stop at a local eatery for a bite to eat (own expense) and try a traditional dish like blinis (pancakes), borsch (beet soup) or beef stroganoff.

Finally, follow your guide toward St Isaac's Square to see St Isaac's Cathedral, where your tour ends. If you'd like, you can go inside on your own to admire the opulent sculptures, oil paintings and reliefs, or climb the spiral staircase to the dome for spectacular views of St Petersburg!

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Moscow Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

There is no better way to see Moscow than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Moscow attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as Red Square, Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, Red October and much more. Hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the nine stops around Russia's intriguing capital city for a full 24 hours of sightseeing!

A city of contradictions, Moscow can easily be considered Eastern Europe's most fascinating urban destination. Boasting the most billionaires per capita in the world, the ostentatious capital of Russia is home to fairy-tale palaces and luxury hotels alongside scattered reminders from its turbulent Soviet past. A haven for history buffs, the city screams sightseeing opportunities on every corner - perfect for discovering on your Moscow hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Aboard a comfortable, open-top, double-decker bus, admire top Moscow attractions, such as the must-see Red Square - the scene of many military parades during the city's Soviet era, and home to gorgeous St Basil's Cathedral. Pass the lavishly elegant Alexandra Garden or perhaps hop off at the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum.

With your 24-hour ticket, you can remain on the bus for the entire loop (60 minutes) as you listen to the informative audio commentary, or, you can hop on and off at any of the nine stops around the city to explore Moscow's numerous museums, gardens and squares.

Moscow Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops:

Bolotnaya Square
Big Stone Bridge
Pushin Fine Arts Museum
Kropotkinskaya Metro Station
Arbatskaya Square
Alexandra Garden
New Square
Red Square
Red October

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