Tretyakov Gallery Tour

Russian Art and Culture Experience
3 hours
from $127


Tretyakov Gallery, Zamoskvorechye area, Street Art of Moscow and best coffee!

Sumptuous paintings, iconic sculptures and ancient icons in Tretyakov Gallery. Architectural masterpieces and beautiful cathedrals in the oldest part of Moscow - Zamoskvorechye. Modern street art, graffiti and best coffee in Moscow – Ultimate Russian Experience!


Choose the tour you like:

3-hour tour for $117: you will hear tthe stories about 10 famous paintings in Tretyakov Gallery, see 5 cathedrals in Zamoskvorechye, street art and try best coffee in the town;

5-hour tour for $157: you will learn fun facts about 20 paintings in Tretyakov Gallery, see 10 cathedrals and cultural heritage sites in Zamoskvorechye, street art and sample best coffee in the city.


  • Experience Moscow’s premier art mecca – Tretyakov Gallery;
  • Explore the treasures of Russian art and architecture, ancient and modern;
  • Soak in the beauty of the historic and magic Zamoskvorechye;
  • Get immersed into Russian history of XII-XXI centries;
  • Track the origin of Moscow city, and find out why Moscow survived after endless battles and wars, fires and floods;
  • Discover one of the oldest streets of Moscow – Pyatnitskaya street;
  • Admire the impressive architectural styles of Russian cathedrals and temples.


Hotel pickup

Some friendly jokes, history talks and fun facts on our way to Tretyakov Gallery.


Tretyakov Gallery – Moscow’s premier art gallery

The world’s finest and most complete collection of Russian icons, the main gallery and museum of Russia, and simply one of the most precious places in the world, as some tourists say.


Fascinating history of the Gallery and its founder – Pavel Tretyakov, combined with stunning art spanning for almost 1000 years make the Tretyakov Gallery so very special and unique in all Moscow. The peculiar architecture of the facade of the gallery adds up to the experience, it is designed in a Russian traditional style with a touch of a fairy tale.


You’ll learn about:

  • the life story of the Tretyakov Gallery’s founder, how could he accomplish what he did and what were his greatest values in the family;
  • which icon is kept in a special glass enclosure, that maintains constant temperature and humidity to protect the icon from any damage;
  • which painter took part in numerous fights – and wrote a number of paintings depicting what he saw with his own eyes;
  • who was that legendary”The girl with peaches” and where were those peaches from;
  • which artist would never create what he did without a Moscow Major General;
  • what was the first Russian painter to be recognized by European society;
  • what made Repin paint his famous “Ivan The Terrible killing his son”;
  • which painter was criticized for addiction to photographic accuracy;
  • who is the most “fabulous” artist in the history of Russian painting;
  • the hero for which picture starved to death in an earthen prison;
  • which painting combines painting and sculpture techniques;
  • what painting became the life-time project for its author;
  • what is the most popular painting in Tretyakov Gallery;
  • what picture was being painted for more than 20 years;
  • what painting depicts the artist’s own romantic drama;
  • what painting hung in every respectable Soviet home;
  • what painting became a Russian Sistine Madonna;
  • which painting depicts the Red Fate of Russia;
  • who was the prototype for Ilya Muromets;
  • what painting cost its author his eyesight;
  • see the oldest painting in the Gallery;
  • how did Vrubel describe demons.

The museum is huge, the collection consists of 130 000 exhibits, so we will be covering the most famous and world-known paintings.

Here is our Top 20 paintings on Tretyakov Gallery tour:

  1. The Unequal Marriage by Vasily Pukirev;

  2. Boyarynya Morozova by Vasily Surikov;

  3. Morning in a pine forest by Ivan Shishkin;

  4. Bogatyrs by Viktor Vasnetsov;

  5. The Apotheosis of War by Vasiliy Vereschagin;

  6. The Appearance of Christ to the people by Aleksandr Ivanov;

  7. Ivan The Terrible killing his son by Ilya Repin;

  8. Unexpected Return by Ilya Repin;

  9. The girl with peaches by Valentin Serov;

  10. The rooks have arrived by Aleksey Savrasov;

  11. The Swan Princess by Mikhail Vrubel;

  12. Demon Seated in a Garden by Mikhail Vrubel;

  13. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Ivan Kramskoi;

  14. Horsewoman by Karl Brullov;

  15. Trinity by Andrei Rublev;

  16. Beauty by Boris Kustodiev;

  17. Bathing of a Red Horse by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin;

  18. Morning of Streltsy’s execution by Vasily Surikov;

  19. Portrait of Maria Lopukhina by Vladimir Borovikovsky;

  20. Catherine the Great in a Temple of Justice by Dmitry Levitzky.

Zamoskvorechie Walking Tour  – The land of architectural bliss

Zamoskvorechye area displays a dazzling mix of architectural gems. Your guide will show you the city’s most striking buildings and tell you about their intriguing stories and secrets.


On our Art Tour you will see the building that was so mesmerizing that back in 1812 Napoleon, enchanted by the beauty of it, regretted that he could not put it on the palm and move it to Paris, and during the fire French soldiers carried buckets of water to save it from the fire.

You will find out why the most historical street of Moscow is called Pyatnitskaya and what happened there in 1739 and 1935 that you should know.


You will also witness the cathedrals that:

  • was flooded and rebuilt on Peter I’s orders;
  • is one of the “youngest”, built 105 years ago;
  • was built in Byzantine style for (just?) 100K roubles;
  • was typical of Moscow classicism of the XVIII century;
  • has one of the best architecture art design in Moscow;
  • is famous for its founder who was publicly whipped and sent to exile;
  • was first mentioned in 1415 and was still under construction till 1904;
  • combines the elements of Moscow baroque style with Ukrainian baroque;
  • is one of the oldest cathedrals in Moscow, first mentioned in 1493, and built in 1695;
  • was reconstructed in 1709, during the war with Sweden, and almost untouched since then;
  • was the outpost during the liberation of Moscow from foreign invaders during the Time of Troubles in 1612;
  • was built by Grand Prince Vasily II (Dark) in gratitude for the miraculous deliverance from the Tatar captivity;
  • is an architectural monument of federal significance and is included in one of the main tour and pilgrimage routes of the Golden Ring of Moscow.
  • served as the main architectural dominant defining the urban planning of Moscow, from Ivan the Great Bell in Kremlin to the Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve;

For this off the beaten path Cultural tour we selected Top 10 architectural masterpieces – cathedrals, churches and temples, dating from 1415:

  1. Church of the Intercession;
  2. Church of St. John the Warrior;
  3. Kadashi Church;
  4. The church of the Beheading of Ioann the Baptist;
  5. Church of Iveron Icon of the Mother of God;
  6. The church of St. Kliment;
  7. Church of St. Nicholas in Pyzhi;
  8. Church of St. Gregory Bishop Neokisayriysky in Derbitsy;
  9. The church of Paraskeva Pyatnitsa;
  10. The church of Live-Giving Trinity.

Street Art – Contrast of ancient and modern urban

Take a memorable photo of Moscow's best graffiti and street art in the cultural heart of the city, the most ancient and spiritual area of Moscow.


Coffee break in the most popular coffee shop

In March 2015 Russia became a proud member of the International Coffee Organization. With the full right of a coffee connoisseur we will take you to one of the best coffee shops in Moscow.

This coffee guru has been in coffee business for almost 20 years and offers over 50 high-quality coffee sorts! Who are we talking about? That’s our little secret that we’ll reveal to you on this private Moscow tour.


Drop-off at the hotel or any place of your wish 


Extra costs (per person):

Entrance fee to Tretyakopv Gallery

(400 rubles, free on Wednesdays)


(150-1500 rub, depending on your preferences)

Activity Level: moderate
Maximum travelers: 10
Meet up & End location: lobby of your hotel
Start time: any time
Extra hours: If you are having a good time and want your tour last a little bit longer, you are welcome to do that. Please note: You will be charged 20 USD per an 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.

What you get:

  • + A friend in Moscow.
  • + Private & customized Moscow tour.
  • + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Flexibility during the walking 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.