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Half-Day Private Tour of Moscow Highlights

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Moscow, Russia
Half-Day Private Tour of Moscow Highlights
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

See Moscow highlights on a private tour of the city’s historic landmarks, famous squares, and colorful streets. Enjoy the personal experience of a private guide as you explore on foot and by car, from the fountains of Manezh Square to Resurrection Gate, the Moscow Kremlin, and a 17th-century convent in the heart of the city. With a flexible departure time, this private Moscow tour includes pickup and drop-off at centrally-located Moscow accommodations, and it’s a great orientation to Russia’s capital city.
  • Half-day Moscow tour with a private guide
  • Travel by private car and on foot
  • See the UNESCO-listed Red Square and Kremlin
  • Includes some of Moscow's top sites
  • Private guide ensures individual service
  • Pickup and drop-off at centrally-located Moscow hotels
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Transport by private vehicle
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Pick up from your centrally-located Moscow hotel
Dates: Daily
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Ports

  • Bkc - Rechnoy Vokzal, Leningradskoye Hwy, д. 94, к. 3, Moskva, Russia, 125565


Meet a driver at your Moscow hotel at a time that’s convenient for you, then travel into the city center in a private vehicle. The first stop of the day is Manezh Square, a gorgeous outdoor space with fountains and monuments. Join a crowd of locals for a stroll around park before stopping at Resurrection Gate to see the Kilometer Zero plaque (and learn about the local legend surrounding it).

Keep exploring in the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the colorful façade of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM Department Store, and the State Historical Museum.

Stroll down Moskvoretskaya Street, then meet back up with the driver for the trip to Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent and Cemetery, with time to explore a complex of churches with remarkable icons and artwork. Drive to the top of Sparrow Hills for panoramic views over the city, then walk through Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill.

See the Moscow International Business Center, among the tallest buildings in Europe, and take a walk through Old Arbat, an art market with musicians, portraitists, and poets. Following your walk through Old Arbat and the nearby ring road, join the driver for the return trip to your hotel, where this tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Manezh Square
After meeting your expert guide at your hotel, you will drive to the center of truly iconic and global city of Moscow. Your 4-hour tour starts from a famous Moscow attraction - the elegant Manezhnaya square (Kutafya Tower), a large pedestrian open space with beautiful fountains and fairy-tale monuments. The name of the Manezh Square comes from building an arena, built in 1817 in honor of the fifth anniversary of Russia's victory in the Patriotic War of 1812. It is worth saying that the name "Manezh" appeared only in 1937 after the demolition of standing in this place shopping areas of buildings, separated by a two-lane - patchwork and insatiable. Prior to that, the area was densely built up. In the nineties of the twentieth century under the Manege Square was built a large underground shopping complex "Ryad".
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kilometre Zero
Pass the bronze plaque marking Kilometre Zero, situated directly in front of Resurrection Gate, and listen to a legend that your wish might come true if you make it standing in the center of the plaque and throw a coin over your shoulder.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Red Square
Next visit will be the Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), a highlight of any trip to Moscow. As you stroll around this must-see square, you'll see St. Basil's Cathedral with its colorful façade, the Kremlin, GUM Department Store and State Historical Museum. There is even the ‘resting place’ of Lenin, Russia’s first communist leader (Lenin's Mausoleum). It was here that Russia’s famous military parades took place during World War II and the cold war later.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Our Lady of Smolensk Novodevichy Convent
Next, you will walk to the historical Moskvoretskaya Street to your coach. Your driver will bring you and your guide to Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent, peaceful retreat from the bustling city of Moscow. Enjoy a half-an-hour walk around the beautiful 17th-century convent complex with several amazing churches. The most important is the huge five-domed Tower and Cathedral of the Virgin of Smolensk which contains a spectacular iconostasis with 84 wooden columns and icons dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory)
You will then return to your coach and travel to the famous Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), which serves as an excellent observation spot! The park was named after the village of Vorobiyovo, which existed here in the Middle Ages. At the end of the 15th century, Princess Sophia Vitovtovna, daughter of Grand Duke of Lithuania Vitovt and wife of Grand Duke of Moscow Vasily I, bought the village of Vorobievo from an Orthodox priest, nicknamed Sparrow. According to one version, it is to him that Sparrow owes his name. After the sale, the village became first the grand-ducal, and then the royal summer residence. Since the end of the 19th century, Sparrow Hills is a popular summer residence. In the years 1924-1991, Sparrow Hills were called Lenin Hills in honor of Lenin. The name of the area "Lenin Hills" was unofficial, it was introduced into use by Lazar Kaganovich. It was common: officially the Sparrow Hills always remained the Sparrow Hills. Today, this park offers the most magnificent and beautiful view of Moscow - it’s not for nothing that the capital’s most famous observation deck is located here.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Memorial Mosque On Poklonnaya Hill
Travel to the historic area known as Poklonnaya Hill, one of the highest spots in Moscow, which offers a beautiful panoramic view. Poklonnaya (Bow) Hill is a notable place, connected with the various historical events in Russia. Once, this gently sloping hill was located far outside Moscow, and from its summit the spectacular view of the city opened. Travelers stopped there to have look at Moscow and bow to her: hence the name of the hill. It was on Poklonnaya Hill that Napoleon vainly waited for the keys to Moscow; it was there that the soldiers went to the front to defend the Motherland during WWII. That is why Poklonnaya Hill became the symbol of Russia's victory over foreign aggressors. In connection with the past events the large memorial dedicated to the Victory in Great Patriotic War of 1941 – 1945 with a park, monuments, museums, and churches was created. Only on February 23, 1958 Poklonnaya Hill received the memorial sign saying “There will be erected the monument in the honor of the Soviet people's victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945”; later the Victory Park was planted there.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Moscow-City
Next stop will be the enchanting Moscow International Business Center Moscow-City which prides one of the tallest buildings in Europe.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)
Then follow to the New Arbat (Novy Arbat) street and leave your car to have a walk along the picturesque pedestrian Old Arbat (Stary Arbat) street, an eclectic art market filled with portrait painters, soapbox poets, and street musicians, with more than a few side-walk cafés and souvenir stands.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Foreign Affairs Ministry
Walk to the Sadovoe Koltso, an attractive circular ring road avenue. Stroll around the beautiful building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and meet your driver there. At the end of your journey the guide will give you advice about other places worth visiting on your own. You will be dropped off at your hotel.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY U Visit Russia

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Private Tour of Moscow Highlights?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Private Tour of Moscow Highlights?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Private Tour of Moscow Highlights?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Private Tour of Moscow Highlights?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Private Tour of Moscow Highlights.

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I was very disappointed with the...
Louis F
, May 2016
I was very disappointed with the standard of the tour. The guide had no structure or plan and we had to remind him of the main attractions listed in the description on the website. He's English wasn't very good and he couldn't answer basic question. I would not recommend this tour to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Louis, Thank you for your feedback, we really appreciate this. We are very sorry that you faced such inconvenience. As for the tour, make sure that we have been working on this issue. You can visit one of our next tours and see it yourself; you will have the guide who will meet your expectations.
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