Moscow Kremlin tour
The Former Residence of Dukes, Tsars, Emperors, Communist Rulers & Presidents
- Flash back to the times of the Tsars;
- Take in the Kremlin walls;
- Explore the Kremlin cathedrals;
- Adnire the magnificent Christ the Savior Cathedral;
- Take in the Kremlin views from the Patriarch bridge.
Red Square Tour
Our first stop is named "Beautiful". Or Red. Red meant "beautiful" in the old times, so prepare your camera for stunning views and plenty of excellent photo ops.
- - Walk through the Resurrection (or Iberian) Gate and don't forget to flip a coin to make sure you come back one day. Keep in mind, almost everyone wants ot come back, so... you know what to expect;
- - Visit the lovaly Kazan Cathedral and listen to its story of magic transformations during the Soviet time;
- - Shop in the glamorous GUM, once the Upper Trading Stalls, the girst mega store of Moscow which was built over 120 years ago and still operating!
- - Admire the stunning St. Basil's Cathedral from all sides and go around it as many times as your legs can carry you, no rush. Built to mark the capture of the cities of Kazan and Astrakhan. After construction of the cathedral, the poor architect was blinded by Ivan the Terrible. Guess why? (Hint: the cathedral is really beautiful);
- - Beware of Lobnoye Mesto (or "Place of the Skulls"). You may want to stay away form this place, otherwise the spirit of Ivan the Terrible may haunt you. Lobnoe Mesto used to be Ivan the Terrible's stage for religious ceremonies, speeches, and important events. Rumour has it people were beheaded on this spot.
With dual cultural and historical status, the Kremlin is simply gorgeous.
- - The Cathedral of Twelve Apostles nowadays functions as the grand entrance to the luxurious Grand Kremlin Palace;
- - The Tsar Bell, the largest bell in the world, and Tsar Cannon, the largest cannon by caliber in the world. You will fillyour camera in no time with these two;
- - The Ivan the Great Bell Tower symbolically represents the exact centre of Moscow city and resembles a burning candle (just the right shape considering the location);
- - The Cathedral of the Assumption, 5 pillars and 5 domes of awesome. It was the traditional place of coronation of the grand princes and tsars as well as the burial place of metropolitans and patriarchs. A perfect blend of Italian Renaiisance and Russian traditions;
- - The Cathedral of the Annunciation, the private church of Russian grand princes and tsars for domestic and family ceremonies;
- - The Cathedral of the Archangel, the necropolis of the Moscow dynasty of Ruriks and first Romanov tsars. The history of the necropolis started in 1340 with Ivan I, who was (of course, you already guessed) the great grandfather of Ivan the Terrible;
- - The Armory originated as the royal arsenal in 1508 and boasting the richest collection of the works of Russian and foreign decorative and applied art of 4th-20th centuries;
+ The procession of the pedestrian and equestrian guards of the President's regiment (only April thru October).
Fun Facts about Red Square and Kremlin from our tours
- Red Suare appeared thanks to the... fire. The ffire at the end of the 15th century destroyed all the buildings. After the fire it was decided not to build up the territory. Thus was formed Red Square.
- Assumption Cathedral (located in the Kremlin) is the oldest survived building in Moscow (built in 1474-1479).
- It is widely believed that the Lobnoe Mesto (Place of Skulls or Place of Execution) was intended for executions. Executions were indeed carried out here, but very rarely, because it was considered a sacred place. More often, it was a place for royal decrees.
- After the casting, the Tsar Cannon was initially installed on Red Square near the Lobnoe Mesto and was intended for the defense of the Kremlin. However, it never took part in any wars.
- Tsar Bell lay in the pit for about 100 years.
- During the creation of the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, the models for the sculptor were his own sons.
- Initially the monument to Minin and Pozharsky was located in the center of Red Square in front of the GUM. In 1931, it was moved closer to St. Basil's Cathedral.
- Moscow Kremlin towers were decorated with two-headed eagles for several hundred years since the XVII century. In 1935 it was decided to replace them with five-pointed stars.
- Kazan Cathedral (the one at the intersection of Red Square and the streets of St. Nicholas) was blown up during the Soviet era (1936). In 1990-1993 it completely recreated.
- In 30-ies of XX century it was planned to demolish the GUM. In its place was planned to construct a building for the People's Commissariat of Heavy Industry.
- In the period from 1953 to 1961 the Lenin mausoleum was also a place for the body of Joseph Stalin.
- In May 1987, the pilot-athlete from Germany made an unauthorized flight from Helskinki to Moscow and landed on Red Square.
- In 2005, near the walls of the Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod town was installed a replica of the Moscow monument to Minin and Pozharsky, but 5cm less.
- The architectural ensemble of the Moscow Kremlin is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. A
NO commissionNO prepayment
|Payment in cash at the beginning of the tour|
|Extra costs (per person):||
(Kremlin - 350 rub, Armory - 700 rub)
(150-1500 rub, depending on your preferences)
|Meet up & End location:||lobby of your hotel|
|Start time:||any time|
|Extra hours:||If you are having a good time and want your Red Square and Kremlin tour last a little bit longer, you are welcome to do that. Please note: you will be charged 20 USD per extra hour.|
|Tipping suggestions:||If you feel like you had a good experience, your guide would appreciate a tip. It's not mandatory. It's your decision whether you want to give your guide a tip.|
When making a tour reservation with us you get:
- + A friend in Moscow.
- + Private & customized Moscow Kremlin tour.
- + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
- + An authentic experience of local life.
- + Flexibility during the tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
- + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants. Discounts on weekdays (Mon-Fri).
- + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
- + Good value for souvenirs, taxis, and hotels.
- + Expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Moscow.
- Great experience in Moscow
Alain Ducasse, France Paris, Jul 17, 2016
- Great introduction to Moscow and Russian history! My guide Vera is charming, friendly, humorous, and informative. She was very willing to answer questions not related to the tour and was willing to change the program based on what I wanted. Wonderful experience. I highly recommend Friendly Local Guides and Vera!
Cleir, Vienna, Dec 29, 2015
- I went to Moscow in May, my guide was very flexible and friendly to meet all my needs; good price. RECOMMENDED!!!
Enrico, Italy, Sep 23, 2015
- Nastya was great. She is a very open person and we had a great time visiting the Kremlin & Red Square with her. We just wished we had more time to visit the inside of the Kremlin and the Armoury. I would definitely recommend her. She is very pleasant to visit Moscow with, she has quite a lot of knowledge. Thanks Nastya!
Harma Vrieling, Netherlands, Mar 30, 2014
- Had a fantastic time on my tour with Alina - she was extremely informative and professional, and good company as well. The tour was a blast, I learned a ton, and she really helped me orient myself and find my footing around the city. Alina is very passionate about Moscow and clearly loves to share her city with newcomers. She also had many great tips and ideas for more things to do and try around the city for the duration of my stay. She provided me with an unforgettable introduction to Moscow.
Patrick Kewley, UK, Feb 17, 2014
- Friendly, fun and flexible, tour was an excellent starting point to visit and well planned with lots of choices for eating, we had Ukranian! Excellent
Timothy Treadwell, UK, Aug 17, 2013
- Our tour with Alina was excellent. She enabled us to see much more than we would have been able to on our own and was able to navigate the site well to save time. We appreciated the extra care she took at the end of our tour to facilitate an authentic Russian lunch. We would definitely book with Alina again.
Shauna Frisbie, USA, Jul 10, 2013
- I had read about Alina Moscow and instantly loved the concept. My boyfriend and I are in our late 20s and we unfortunately don’t speak a lick of Russian. We had scheduled a few tours through our hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow, but we wanted to try something different. Alina was our favorite tour guide and unlike the other tours we set up through our hotels’ concierge service, Alina emailed us to customize our tour (Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s and the Armoury) to ensure we saw everything we wanted. She also asked if we needed restaurant recommendations and to let her know if we had any questions before we arrived in Moscow. Alina’s English was far better than our hotels’ contracted tour guides (She teaches business English) and she was able to easily answer our questions about the Kremlin’s history and other Russian cultural/political questions we had.
After the tour, Alina answered our questions on what we should do next in the city. We decided to head over to Gorky Park and she accompanied us by metro and explained how to get to the next sight once we were done. The metro system in Moscow is fast and efficient and we didn’t have too much of a problem navigating it. The signs are in Cyrillic making it a little more challenging for English speakers.
Alina is young and energetic and wealth of information. She is personable and it was a pleasure having her show us some of the highlights of her city. I would highly recommend Alina if you are visiting Moscow and need a local tour guide.
Amanda Woo, Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA, Jul 06, 2013
- Alina provided an excellent tour of Moscow city. We asked for a walking and metro and she included the best metro stations. She was able to judge our pace of the tour and offered adequate historical information. She arrived on time and served as an excellent resource for other things to do in Moscow. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!
Toni Thompson, USA, Sep 01, 2012
- A fantastic tour. Alina was friendly and gave an interesting tour of Red Square. I am glad I chose this tour.
Jessica Heaven, UK, Aug 11, 2012