This amazing trip provides a unique opportunity to see the highlights of the Russian capital in one day.
Accompanied by a St. Petersburg guide, you will transfer from the cruise ship pier to the St. Petersburg railway station for a 4-hour ride on a "Sapsan" high-speed train. Your train may reach speeds as high as 160 miles per hour as you travel through the Russian countryside. During your train ride, relax and enjoy a boxed breakfast on board.
Arriving at the railway station in Moscow, you will be greeted by a local guide who will accompany you during your visit of the city. Your sightseeing begins with a drive to Red Square, traveling via the city center. En route, you will see how the years of communism have affected peoples' lives and the architecture of the city. From Red Square you will have an excellent view of the world-famous St. Basil Cathedral with its multi-colored, onion-shaped domes. This location also provides a perfect opportunity for photos of the Kremlin towers and Lenin's Tomb (on occasion, time constraints or activities taking place in Red Square may prevent an up-close view of the tomb). During your tour, you will also take a short ride on the Moscow metro. Muscovites are justifiably proud of their metro system. Not only is it an efficient and reliable means of public transport, it is also recognized as a museum of sorts, as many of its stations are richly decorated with mosaics, crystal chandeliers and marble columns and walls.
Mid-day, you will make your way to one of Moscow's best hotels for a refreshing coffee break. This short rest period will give you a boost of energy to continue exploring the very heart of Moscow - the Kremlin. Arriving at the Kremlin, a 15th-century fortress complex located in the center of the city, you will tour the Armory Chamber. The Armory holds an amazing collection of Russian treasures, including court regalia, jewelry, coronation gowns, armor, golden carriages and some of the fabulous Easter Eggs created for the tsars by Karl Faberge. During your time here, you will also visit the stunning 15th-century Byzantine-style Assumption Cathedral, the oldest and most important church in the Kremlin. It was in this revered Cathedral that tsars were selected and crowned, decrees were read, and solemn rites celebrated.
Leaving the Kremlin, you'll enjoy a relaxing panoramic drive through Moscow as you make your way up to Sparrow Hills. From this wonderful vantage point you'll be treated to some marvelous views of the entire city. Afterwards, a lavish dinner, complete with sparkling wine and Russian vodka awaits you. Following dinner, your fantastic day in Moscow ends with a transfer to the train station where you'll board your high speed train for the return journey to St. Petersburg.
Please note: This tour includes extensive walking, at times over cobblestone surfaces and there are steps to negotiate at the venues. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. All guests who wish to participate in the tour should carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. The most convenient restrooms available will be on the train, at the Armory Museum and at the dining venue. You may wish to obtain some rubles in St. Petersburg the day before (via bank or ATM) to make purchases in Moscow. There is also an ATM inside the G.U.M. store. Bring small denomination bills for bargaining, if desired, with street vendors. Shoulders and legs should be covered for entry into the cathedrals in Moscow. A visa for Moscow is included in the price of the tour and is valid only for Moscow. The Kremlin is closed on Thursdays and calls on this day of the week will not include visits to the Armory Chamber or Assumption Cathedral. A visit to the New Maiden Convent and a boat ride along the Moskva River will be substitued. This tour has a limited capacity; therefore, it is recommended that guests pre-book this tour as early as possible. The tour departure time and duration may vary dependent upon train schedules.
Cancellations received within 7 days of the tour's scheduled departure are subject to a $300 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations recieved within 36 hours of the scheduled departure will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee.