Moscow Add-Ons & Day Tours

There’s so much to see in Moscow and we’d love to help you explore this exciting city. Take advantage of our knowledgable tour guides and treat yourself to a half-day or full-day tour of Moscow’s most interesting attractions. Check out some of the top sights like the Kremlin or St. Basil’s Cathedral, indulge in a shopping tour or vodka tasting, or take a step back in time and examine the region’s fascinating history.

Red Square, Kremlin & Moscow Metro Walking Tour

After meeting your dedicated guide in your hotel lobby, you will first visit The Moscow Kremlin – a true icon of the city. Within the Kremlin sits Cathedral Square, known as the “City of God,” and The Armory Museum, which displays an enormous collection of Russian national treasures including the famous Fabergé eggs. Accompanied by your private guide, continue on to Red Square, the historical center and heart of Moscow, next to the Kremlin Walls. Take in magnificent St. Basil’s Cathedral, the walls of the Heroes of the Soviet Union, Lenin Mausoleum and GUM Department Store. Your customized tour concludes with a visit to the Moscow metro, known around the world as the most beautiful underground transit system. It is one of the most significant memorials of the Soviet Union era, and today sees upwards of 9 million travellers per day. Your guide will escort you back to your hotel and can assist with questions or recommendations for the remainder of your day in Moscow.

Departures: Daily except Thursdays (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking guide, adult metro ticket, applicable Kremlin entrance charges and excursion fees

Grand Kremlin Palace and KGB Headquarters

The Grand Kremlin Palace originally served as home to the Russian czars and is now the official ceremonial residence of the Russian President. Two hundred years ago it had a completely different look – an “IZBA” style building (a traditional Russian wooden house), haphazardly joined by small staircases and passages. The new palace, designed by a team of renowned architects, intends to display the power and wealth of the country. With your exclusive guide, explore the five reception halls, named for the Orders of the Russian Empire, now used for inaugurations of Russian Presidents and other events of international importance. Your personalized tour continues at Lubyanka Square, the location of the notorious KGB Headquarters. Explore the surrounding area and learn the fascinating history of one of the most powerful organizations in the world, including its involvement with Stalin and its secret service work fighting organized crime. (Entrance to the building is not possible.)

Departures: Daily except Thursdays (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking guide, Lubyanka Square and KGB area touring, applicable Kremlin entrance charges and excursion fees

St Basil’s Cathedral and Old Arbat

After meeting your private guide in your hotel lobby, walk the short distance through Red Square to iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral. This symbolic church is recognized around the world for its stunning architecture and colourful exterior. Following your guide, continue to Old Arbat – Moscow’s primary pedestrian zone and the historic town centre. Featuring specialty shops, local cafés and unique galleries, it is one of the oldest areas of the city, with origins of the name meaning “suburb”. A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, it is a sought after area to live, with impeccably preserved homes dating back to the 18th century. Many famous writers, artists and composers have lived here, including Alexander Pushkin and Tolstoy. Your dedicated guide will share with you the history and culture of the area, while customizing for specific interests.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to St Basil’s Cathedral, Old Arbat area touring

St. Basil’s Cathedral Exclusive Opening and Red Square Evening Walk

Meet your dedicated, local guide in your hotel lobby and walk to the famous Red Square. The historical center of Moscow is truly the soul of the city and is surrounded by the stunning architecture of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Minin monument, Kremlin Wall, Lenin Mausoleum and GUM Trading House. Discover the city’s turbulent history through your expert guide, amidst the evening lights and colors of the city. St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of Moscow’s most recognized symbols and an exclusive visit is the best way to experience this legendary Cathedral. Built in 1555-1561 by the order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible, the church’s 9 towers are named after a patron saint’s day and represent the greatest victories of the Kazan campaign. This special visit allows guests to explore this beautiful cathedral at leisure and without crowds.
Note: The cathedral visit can only be confirmed nearer the date (2 weeks in advance) and would take place after it closes to the public (generally 8pm).

Departures: Evenings daily (subject to availability) / 2.5 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to St Basil’s Cathedral (Exclusive Opening), Red Square area touring

Luxury Moscow Shopping - Stoleshnikov Pereulok (The Fashion Street)

Stoleshnikov Pereulok was first mentioned in Ivan III chronicles in 1504 as Rozhdestvenskaya Street (name of a local church). Today, this short street boasts many of the top shops and boutiques of major international fashion brands such as Hermes, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Christian Dior, as well as historical residences and decorative churches. It is one of the most glamorous shopping areas of the city, as well as a business and cultural hub with a rich history. Our shopping savvy guide will show visitors the best boutiques and shops in this area while explaining its unique beginnings. In the XIII century it was a residence and a working area for weavers who were making tablecloths for the Tsar’s courtyard. In ancient Russian, the name for tablecloth is “stoleshnik”, which later became the name of the street. After exploring Stoleshnikov Pereulok, continue to adjacent Petrovka Street, home of the famous TsUM and chic Petrovsky Passage. Your personal guide will ensure that you see the best that Moscow has to offer, also offering visits to hidden gems frequented by locals.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking dedicated shopping specialist, area touring

Bolshoi Theatre Backstage Tour

The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia is one of the most renowned in the world and home to prestigious ballet and opera companies. Founded 250 years ago, the first ever performances of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake took place here. This unique backstage visit provides an exclusive opportunity to discover the theatre’s history, explore its luxurious interiors and learn about its world-class premieres. Your private guide will lead you through this neoclassic theater – describing its origins and bringing to light its importance in the Russian performing arts scene. Visitors may have the chance to see dancers warming up or musicians practicing as they prepare for their evening performances. A traditional Russian Tea at a specially selected local establishment can be added to this experience – a customary social activity and longstanding part of local culture (additional cost).

Departures: Daily Monday through Friday (subject to availability) / from 2 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to Bolshoi Theatre with private backstage tour

Star City – Meeting a Cosmonaut

Fully escorted by a private, local guide, an hour’s drive from Moscow city center will take you to Star City. This unique, world-famous center is designed for the education of cosmonauts and also serves as their residence while in training. Explore the complex with the support of your individual guide along with onsite professionals who have specialized training in aerospace. Join an informative conversation with an existing cosmonaut, ready to discuss everything related to the mystery of space. Your tour can be customized to add on a centrifuge experience, a Zero Gravity Flight or a Jet Fighter practice. Personal autographs and photos are part of the experience.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / from 6 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to Star City, private Cosmonaut meeting onsite, souvenir photos, transportation as needed

Vodka Tasting at Cristall Distillery

When in Russia…
Russians firmly believe that vodka was created on their land, and commercial production was firmly established by the 14th century. Its history is interesting. In 1540, Czar Ivan the Terrible took a break from beheading his enemies and established the first government vodka monopoly. Distilling licenses were handed out to nobles and all other distilleries were banned. As a result, moonshining then became common practice. Vodka production became an integral part of Russian society as Aristocratic landowners operated stills on their estates and produced high-quality vodkas flavored with everything from acorns to horseradish and mint. In Russia today, vodka production has returned to the pre-Revolutionary roots and high-quality brands are once again being produced for the social elite as well as for export, while the more mainstream brands are still being widely consumed. You’ll have the option to sample exotic local vodkas under the direction of a specialist who will explain the traditions and food pairings. Traditional Russian hors d’oeuvres will accompany the vodka, and guests will also see the equipment used for production, including barrels, glasses and original clay pots. Through the knowledge of onsite experts, learn how Russians properly drink a shot, discover your flavor preferences and get a glimpse into this longstanding tradition.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / 3 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to distillery including special vodka tasting and light snacks, transportation as needed

Bunker Taganski - Cold War Museum

Your dedicated guide will meet you at your hotel for a private tour immersed in Russia’s turbulent history. Built in 1951, the super-secret Taganski Bunker served as the command post and communication hub for the Soviet Union in the event of a nuclear war. It was built to withstand direct hits and ensure normal telecommunications in the worst-case scenario. Accompanied by your guide, you will be issued an ID with a photo of yourself in a gas mask. An incredible 6-ton concrete door slides open to reveal a small set of stairs, where you will be met by uniformed soldiers at a command post who will run a ‘test’ radiation scan. A film about the Cold War will be shown before you explore the communications equipment and network of tunnels and a secret bunker, which had housed 2500 workers below ground. For the adventurous, an “extreme” tour can be added. Taking place in the dark, remote passageways of the bunker, the extreme tour demonstrates how survival operated in soviet times with a potential Third World War looming. This unusual tour allows visitors a glimpse into Russia’s past and present war preparations.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / 3 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to Bunker Taganski, transportation as needed

Tank Riding & Demonstrational Shooting

How often would one have the opportunity to ride in a legendary Soviet tank? These armored vehicles are truly symbolic and a significant part of Russia’s history. This customized tour takes visitors to the hub and base located 30 kilometers from Moscow center. A personal visit includes commentary on your chosen vehicle, a fully guided tour and a ride on a specially designated site. Visitors will be accompanied throughout by both a local, private guide and onsite, knowledgeable staff. Together they will bring Russia’s history to life and help paint the picture of its torrid past. Don a traditional military uniform and explore other infantry fighting vehicles. An expert-led, demonstrational shooting from the tank will be performed – a once in a lifetime experience.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) except Sundays / 5 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, tank-riding experience, demonstrational shooting, required security permissions, transportation as needed

Sanduny - Russian Bath House Experience

Bath Houses in Russia are an integral part of the country’s history and still play a strong role in the day-to-day life of locals. Sanduny is one of the oldest baths in Moscow, and dedicated attendants are firmly rooted in its traditions. Customarily, the bath house was a favorite place for high society folks and is believed to treat disease and help fight stress, or simply relax and socialize with friends. The Viennese architect of Sanduny used distinct design elements of baroque, rococo, renaissance, Gothic and classical styles to create this beautiful spa. This experience allows the option to customize your visit with a private bath room, traditional Russian ‘venik’ experience (brooms made of tree branches), a luxury massage or a personalized spa treatment. The onsite Russian restaurant is famous for its cuisine and traditional “after banya” drinks – cold beer, rye kvass with horseradish, honey wine, or a tumbler of ice-cold Russian vodka served with pickled mushrooms (additional cost).

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / 3 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, applicable entrance and service charges, bath hat, sheet and slippers, transportation as needed