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Early-Admission Kremlin Tour in Moscow: Armory, Diamond Fund Exhibition and Assumption Cathedral

Moscow, Russia
Early-Admission Kremlin Tour in Moscow: Armory, Diamond Fund Exhibition and Assumption Cathedral

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Delve into the opulent depths of Moscow’s Kremlin, the iconic former residence of Russian emperors, on a comprehensive 3-hour tour of three of its architectural highlights. Use your priority-access-pass to enter at the earliest admission time and immerse yourself in a glittering wonderland of diamonds and resplendent decor. Listen to illuminating commentary delivered by an expert guide as you marvel at the Armory, the Assumption Cathedral and the Diamond Fund Exhibition on this incredible tour.
  • Enter Moscow’s Kremlin at the earliest admission time to avoid long entrance lines that appear later in the day
  • Gaze in awe at the opulence of the Armory with its collection of impressive Imperial weapons
  • Visit the Diamond Fund Exhibition to see the Crown of the Russian Empire alongside other dazzling jewels
  • Walk around the colorful Assumption Cathedral and hear of the countless coronations that once took place inside
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Professional licensed guide
Skip the line admission ticket
All Fees and Taxes
Audio guide in your language for the Diamond Fund
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Moscow, Russia, 119019

Meet your guide at the Feodor Dostoevsky Monument, in front of the Russian National Library (outside the Kremlin). The nearest metro station is Lenin’s Library metro (the Russian name for this is Biblioteka Imeni Lenina).

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Emerge early and greet your guide at a central Moscow location, ready to enter the iconic Kremlin palace complex. Avoid the long entrance lines that appear later in the day and embark on a guided tour of the opulent chambers and impressive grounds of the residence of the Russian prime minister. Receive an insightful introduction to the turbulent history of the Kremlin, hearing tales of battle, bloodshed and corruption as you amble around the palace.

Head first to the Armory, a chamber overflowing with precious jewels and glittering treasure, to explore nine rooms all lavishly embellished with ornamentation and weapons. Direct your attention to ostentatious highlights like the vast collection of Faberge Eggs and the crowns and thrones of former Russian tsars. 

Stop for photographs beside Tsar Cannon, a colossal firearm that has never been blown, and then gaze at one of the world’s largest bells encased by a grand bellower. Next, immerse yourself in the opulent jewels of the Diamond Fund Exhibition to see an enticing array of precious stones amassed by Russian emperors over the years. 

After admiring crowns, scepters and orbs belonging to the Empress Elizabeth and then head to the Assumption Cathedral to absorb the sacred majesty of the structure. Marvel at the swathes of 15th-century color within the ecclesiastical building and soak up the religious resplendence in the main prayer hall. 

Return to the start point of the tour and bid your guide a fond farewell.
Stop At:  
Moscow Kremlin
The whole Moscow Kremlin with the professional guide
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon
The largest bell and the biggest gun in the world
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)
Crown of the Russian Empire - diamond crown, scepter and orb, the symbols of the Russian monarchy
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Assumption Cathedral
The coronation place of Russian tsars
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Armoury Chamber
A treasure trove of Russia
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Moscow Free Tour
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    17 Reviews
    3 stars

    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    Very very bad!!
    , Jun 2019
    We paid over $500 for this private tour. The instructions for the meeting point were not clear and after much help, we reached the appointed venue 20 minutes late only to learn that our tour guide did not even buy the tickets before hand. She made us stand in the queue and bought tickets. So the premium paid was a waste as we did not get early admission. Moreover, we spent alot of time in queues behind big tour groups and wasted alot of time. To make matters worse, our tour guide had very little knowledge and she bought us audio guides for 1000 roubles and we did the tour with that. Her role became that of an escort! I would NOT recommend this tour with Viator. Save your money; do it with another operator.
    Our tour guide Ekaterina met us...
    , Aug 2018
    Our tour guide Ekaterina met us exactly where they text us the day before, she walked us over to the Kremlin and as she did she explained facts about Russia. She was excellent throughout the entire tour, it was great being a private tour only our family. She took us to the Armory , Diamond exhibition and she provided us with the audio and then told us where to wait for her. After that we wanted to have lunch and she gave us tips of where to eat and where to shop. We invited her to have lunch with us after the tour. thank you Ekaterina for a great tour!.
    Privately guided tours and short...
    Craig S
    , Aug 2017
    Privately guided tours and short lines are the only way to visit the Kremlin. The massive crowds of group tourists are still there but our guide was able to navigate through all of this. Thanks Katja.
    Our tour guide met us promptly at...
    David K D
    , Aug 2017
    Our tour guide met us promptly at library. Walked through park just outside the Kremlin. I was amazed at how smoothly and quickly we were able to enter Kremlin and museums despite how busy it was. She was very knowledgeable about Russian history and pointed out interesting facts regarding some of items in museum. I am glad she stopped for a quick break in Kremlin gardens for ice cream and drinks, as we were hungry and thirsty. We were not only able to see Assumption cathedral, but Annunciation, and Archangel Cathedrals as well. I would highly recommend this tour to avoid long lines and frustration at the Kremlin. You also gain additional insight and interesting information that you would not otherwise.
    The guide was very knowledgeable and we...
    John K
    , Jul 2017
    The guide was very knowledgeable and we had an excellent private tour. Over so quickly.
    We had a fantastic tour with Katia...
    , Jun 2017
    We had a fantastic tour with Katia. She was incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with. Her english is impeccable. We were a group of photographers and asked her to show us some of the best spots for pictures and she knew just where to take us. The crowds were fairly large that day and she expertly navigated us through the maze of people.
    Fantastic tour! Faberge collection and...
    , Oct 2016
    Fantastic tour! Faberge collection and coaches are amazing!
    A wonderful visit to the Kremlin...
    Ian D
    , Sep 2016
    A wonderful visit to the Kremlin - our guide Tatiana was extermely knowledgeable and gave us just the right amount of information for our 13 and 17 year old. Amazing to see all the Russian treasures in the Diamond fund and Armory and inside the beautiful churches. Highly recommended.
    Very knowledgeable tour guide...
    soterios a
    , Aug 2016
    Very knowledgeable tour guide. Fabulous. However the Kremlin was not too nice, did not allow her in with us and she tried to get a ticket and also to give us some audio headsets and they did not allow her in a certain area. They then wanted her info. It was very upsetting. She did not do anything wrong, I hope this got resolved. She is a very kind and smart woman.
    Ok...this is probably not what you...
    Deborah B
    , Oct 2015
    Ok...this is probably not what you want to hear, but the guide was not very good. We loved the Exhibition, Armory and Kremlin but her narrative was very lacking. I found myself listening to other guides to get the background. We ended up going bac to the Kremlin cathedrals the next day to gather more insights. We stopped and treated her to lunch. I have never seen anyone eat so much! Yikes...guess she ate her tip!

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