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The Best of Moscow in 2 days with 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch with Vodka and Evening River Cruise

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Get to know Moscow on this 2- day exciting sightseeing tour. All Year around! Choose any time! This well - organized tour perfectly combines walking excursion around the Russian Capital as well as visiting State Tretyakov Gallery, Novodevichy Convent. The 1-st days is brilliantly finished with the wonderful Moscow river evening ship excursion. You can take a dinner or just a bottle of sparkling champagne for the additional payment. Every dish is being prepared just on the ship board and served fresh. The 2-nd day full of emotions finishes with the free-time in the evening Moscow. Now you can feel the pulsating rhythm of this wonderful glorious breathtaking city!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
- Minimum age is 7 years
- A dress code is required to enter Novodevichy Convent - no shorts and t-shirts
- Minimum drinking age is 18 years
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate

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Itinerary

Day 1: City sightseeing tour, Traditional Russian Lunch with Vodka and Evening River Cruise

Pass By: Triumfalnaya Square, Moscow Russia
09-00 - Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and take your car to start your City sightseeing tour.

09-00 -12-00 - 3-hours private tour. You will see Triumph Square

Triumfalnaya Square in the past was known as the Old Triumphal Gate Square (19th – 20th centuries), the Yanyshev Square (1920–1935) and the Mayakovsky Square (1935–1992). The current and historical names of the square are connected with the tradition that existed in the past to place on it the Triumphal Arches for various solemn occasions.

The monument to Vladimir Mayakovsky (1958) installed on the square against the background of the Peking Hotel has become one of the recognizable symbols of Moscow. But the Triumfalnaya Square also has modern symbols: in 2015, it was equipped with a large swing, on which anyone can swing. Swing brought here the spirit of youth and romance - the unique element that distinguishes the modern Triumphal Square from most other urban areas.

Pass By: Tverskaya Street (Ulitsa), Tverskaya ulitsa, Moscow Russia
Tverskaya Street is Moscow’s main thoroughfare. Many historic buildings dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries are located along Tverskaya Street. Of special interest are the Stalinist neoclassical blocks. Museums, theatres, shops, restaurants and cozy parks are scattered along Tverskaya Street and in the neighbouring lanes.

Every building on Tverskaya Street deserves special attention. Memorial plaques on these buildings communicate many interesting things about their history as well as those who lived there. There are buildings from different time periods and built in varying styles, providing an overall picture of 19th and 20th-century Moscow architecture and recreating the ancient, solemn atmosphere of the capital city.

Pass By: Teatralnaya Square, Teatralnaya Sq., Moscow Russia
You will see Bolshoi theatre and Maly theatre on Teatralnaya Square.

Theater Lane in Moscow - this is one of the oldest streets in Moscow. It was built in 1961-1990 years in the administrative district of the city. In 1961 the street "Ryad" and "Avenue Theatre" were combined into one, which was named a street "Karl Marx". However, in 1990 the local authorities returned the historical name of the street.

On the street there is a large number of theaters, cafes, restaurants and shops, which can be usefully spend the money and have a great time. Since the street is quite lively in the evening it is illuminated by hundreds of lights. Especially popular street enjoys opera lovers, as the path to the beautiful theater lies precisely on it.

Pass By: Lubyanka Square, Moscow 109012 Russia
History first records name of Lubyanskaya Square in 1480, when Grand Prince Ivan III of Moscow, who had conquered Novgorod in 1471, settled many Novgorodians in the area. They built the church of St Sophia, modelled after St Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod, and called the area Lubyanka after the Lubyanitsy district of their native city.Lubyanka Square is best known for the monumental Lubyanka Building, designed by and constructed from 1897 to 1898. Originally built for the insurance company Rossiya, it later became better known for housing the headquarters of the KGB in its various incarnations. The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) occupies the building. The square was renamed Dzerzhinsky Square for many years (1926–1990) in honor of the founder of the Soviet security service, Felix Dzerzhinsky. Monumental statue of Dzerzhinsky (nicknamed Iron Felix) was erected in the center of the square in 1958.Opposite the FSB building stands the massive Detsky Mir (Де́тский мир; Children World), Europe's largest children's store, built between 1953 and 1957 and fully restored in 2014. It hosts in its main atrium the world's largest mechanical clock movement: Raketa Monumental.

Pass By: Monument to Cyril and Methodius, Lubyansky proezd 27 Metro Kitai-Gorod, Moscow 101000 Russia
Ilyinsky Square is in the heart of Moscow, near the metro station "China Town", as a green oasis in the middle of the maze of tall buildings. This is one of the oldest parks, Moscow saved up to our days, its history dates back to 1887.

The name of the park was named after the nearby, Ilinka street. At opposite ends of the park are monuments: Heroes of Plevna and asvetnіkam Cyril and Methodius. Also on the square is Pleven chapel - a monument to the grenadiers, died heroically in battle at Plevna, which was inaugurated on November 27, 1887.

Monument to Cyril and Methodius in Moscow - is one of the most remarkable monuments of Moscow. The sculptor of this monument appeared Vyacheslav canines, and architect - Yuri Grigoriev Pantelemonovich. Opening of the monument took place on May 24, 1992. It was erected in honor of Cyril and Methodius, who is the founder of the Slavic alphabet.

Pass By: Kitai-Gorod and Varvarka Street, Varvarka St. Kitai-Gorod, east of the Kremlin, Moscow Russia
Varvarka Street, which appeared on the map of Moscow in the XIV century, is considered one of the most ancient and famous streets of the capital. It was here that the road to the ancient city of Vladimir began and it was this street through which Prince Dmitry Donskoy returned to the city after the Battle of Kulikovo.

Varvarka Street got its name in honor of the stone church of St. Barbara the Great Martyr, erected in 1514 and rebuilt in the style of Russian classicism in the XIX century. Throughout its history, Varvarka changed many names, from Znamenskaya and Bolshaya Pokrovka to Razin Street (in 1671 Stepan Razin was taken to execution to Vasilyevsky Spusk down this road). During the October Revolution, Varvarka became the site of bloody clashes, and some historical buildings still keep the traces of bullets.

Pass By: Bolshoi Moskvoretskiy Bridge, Moscow Russia
Vasilevsky descent - one of the most famous historical areas in the center of Moscow.

Its name Vasilevsky descent was due to St. Basil's Cathedral (Cathedral of the Holy Virgin on the Moat), located in the southern part of the Red Square. By the beginning of the XIX century in this place were houses and yards. Vasilevsky descent, as we know it today, was formed as a result of the fire of 1812, to be exact - the reconstruction of Red Square, followed him. For a long time the status was uncertain Vasilevsky descent - before the revolution, he was considered part of the Red Square, then became Vasilievskaya area. This name finally stayed with him in 1995.

Pass By: Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), Red Square, Moscow 103073 Russia
Kremlin Embankment - one of the most famous promenade of Russia, located along the southern wall of the Moscow Kremlin. The long period of its existence, it has played a key role in the Moscow trade. It was used as a shopping street. Quay often suffered from floods.

Currently, the promenade is one of the visited tourist destinations. Tourists are attracted by a beautiful view that opens from the quay of the river, and its proximity to her Moscow Kremlin.

Stop At: Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Volkhonka, 15, Moscow 119019 Russia
Christ the Savior Cathedral is the largest in the Russian Church, it is designed for ten thousand people. The modern building was built in 1994-1997 on the site of a temple demolished in 1937. The former church was erected in honor of the victory over the Napoleonic army and was built for almost forty-four years.

The decision to build the church “to commemorate our gratitude to the Providence of God who saved Russia from the death that threatened it” was taken by Emperor Alexander I in 1812. The temple was founded in 1839 on the site of the Alekseevskii nunnery. In 1883, it became the highest building in Moscow and the largest church in Russia. In 1931, the cathedral was blown up by order of Stalin. Rebuilt it only by the year 2000.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), Moscow 119270 Russia
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

Pass By: Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU), Leninskiye Gory, 1, Moscow 119234 Russia
Moscow State University. Mv Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) is one of the oldest, largest and leading classical universities in Russia, the center of national science and culture. Named in honor of Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov in 1940.

For 37 years, the Main Building of Moscow State University has been the tallest building in all of Europe and is still one of the tallest buildings in Moscow. The Moscow State University is one of the best monuments of the epoch of the construction of public buildings and is one of the seven Stalinist skyscrapers.

Stop At: Victory Park, Bratyev Fonchenko st., 7, Moscow 121170 Russia
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: 30 minutes

Stop At: Manezh Square, Near Red Square, Moscow 613310 Russia
12-00 - 13-30 - Walking excursion.

Manezh Square is located near the Kremlin and the Alexander Garden. The name of the area 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

Stop At: Red Square, Krasnaya Sq., Moscow 109012 Russia
Red Square - the most famous square in Moscow, architectural and historical monument, which, together with the Kremlin is a symbol of the Russian capital. In 1990, the complex of the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square were included in the list of world cultural composition Heritage by UNESCO.

Red Square originated in the late 15th century. In 1493, to stop the constant fires, Ivan III ordered to clean the walls of the Kremlin from the propped up their wooden buildings, and on the east side to arrange a big market.

In Soviet times, the Red Square gained new, sacred to the state values. It began to carry out major country parades and demonstrations, including the Victory Parade June 24, 1945 Mr .. In 1930, the square was designed by architect Shchusev was built of granite Mausoleum of VI Lenin.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kremlin Walls and Towers, Red Square, Moscow 613310 Russia
The existing walls and towers of the Kremlin were erected during the reign of Grand Duke Ivan III, from 1485-1495, under the supervision of the Italian architects Antonio Gilardi, Marco Ruffo, Pietro Antonio Solari, and Aliosio de Carcano, who came to Moscow to work on the project by special invitation.

The towering red-brick Kremlin walls, following the contours of the Kremlin hill as they have done for over 5 centuries, form an irregular triangle, with its southern flank against the Moskva River, its western wall rising high above the Alexandrovsky Gardens, and its north-eastern side following the edge of Red Square. The walls are a total of 2,205 metres long, between 3.5 and 6.5 metres thick, range from 5 to 19 metres in height, and are topped by swallow-tailed crenellations. Punctuating the walls are no less than 20 separate defensive towers of varying heights and shapes, topped with green tent roofs and gilt weathervanes or red stars. Each tower has its own name, distinctive features, and absorbing history. Running along the top of the walls is a walkway up to 4 meters in width.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Lenin's Mausoleum, Red Square, Moscow 613310 Russia
Lenin's Mausoleum - one of the greatest symbols of Russia for many years.

The idea of ​​creating the mausoleum was based on the ideology of socialism: the party leaders wanted to create a new religion for the Soviet people, which would be closely linked to the party, so the dead body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was decided embalmed and placed in a mausoleum.

At first, the building was wooden and is a cube with a pyramid on top, then it was attached to the platform of the need speeches on Red Square. And in 1945 he acquired a modern look. Some time in the mausoleum was also the body of the great leader Stalin, but was later buried.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: GUM, Red Square, 3 Metro Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Moscow 109012 Russia
GUM (Main Department Store) - the largest shopping mall in the center of Moscow. This is one of the most famous sights of the capital.

Until 1921 GUM was called "Upper Trading Rows". GUM building is an architectural monument of pseudo-federal. Sheer building of the Upper Trading Rows were built parallel to the Kremlin wall in the 1890-1893 years. His built by architect AN Pomerantsev and engineers Shukhov and AF Loleyt. Grand opening of the Upper Trading Rows held in 1893.

In this huge three-story building housed over a thousand stores. GUM building has been renovated several times.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Bolshoi Theatre, Teatralny dr., 1, Moscow 109012 Russia
Your walking tour will lead you to the Restaurant of Traditional Russian Cousine. Here you say "good bye" to your guide. 

13-30 - 15-00 - 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch with one of the best Russian Vodkas. Centrally located just near the Bolshoi theatre perfect restaurant. Wide variety of best Russian dishes like Borsch (cabbage soup) with garlic pampushka and sour cream, "Kievskaya Catlet" (Chicken a-la Kiev with tomato sauce) served with rice and vegetables, Roast beef with mushrooms in a pot, Salad Olivier (cucumber, green apple and green pea with mayonnaise), Cutlet Pozharsky with cheese sauce, Siberian Pelmeni and one of the best Russian Vodkas (1 shot per person). After the lunch you have a free time to walk around the city or go strictly to your hotel (own way) to be prepared for the Moscow river boat trip.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Prichal Park Gor'kogo, Pushkinskaya Naberezhnaya, Moskva, Russia, 119049
19-00 - Meeting with the driver at the hotel lobby. Driver leads you to the Moscow river pier and now you start your Moscow river boat trip (no excursion) with dinner on board. It's time to admire lights of evening Moscow and it's reflection in the river waters. The ship departs at 20-00 and arrives back to the same place by 22-30.

After the ship comes back - you can get a taxi or metro to reach your hotel place.
Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Moscow Subway excursion and visit to Novodevichy Convent

Stop At: Moskovskiy Metropoliten, Moscow 119048 Russia
9-30 Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and start your Moscow Subway excursion. Stop on Sportivnaya metro station, where Novodevichy Convent is located.

Moscow's Metro stations together amount to the most beautiful public transport facility in the world. Visitors to Moscow should not miss taking a ride on this glorious underground rail system, and exploring the stations. Each one has its own distinct aesthetic identity, variously adorned with Realist artworks, chandeliers, ornate pillars and marble floors. By the number of passengers transported per day, which is about 7 million people per day, the Moscow metro surpasses all the subways of the world. Despite this, the stations are more akin to palaces or 5-star hotel lobbies rather than functional spaces. The depth of the elevators is also astounding.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Our Lady of Smolensk Novodevichy Convent, Novodevichya Emb 1 Metro Sportivnaya, Moscow 119435 Russia
11-00-13-30 - Excursion around Novodevichy Convent. 

After the excursion is finished now your free time starts. If you are hungry - you can ask your professional guide for the advise of where to have a good meal not far from Novodevichy. Or he can also help you to get a taxi to the city centre if you want to. In the time of Moscow siege it's walls saw Poles and Germans, archers squads and band of robbers. And Novodevichy has been destroyed. But in the period of being Queen Sofia in the end of 1600s the Convent has been complitely reinstated and now still amazing by the tremendous beauty of it's decoration and variaty of forms.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Departure:

Departure point:

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Your hotel/hostel lobby in Moscow
Directions: Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel/hostel
Dates: Daily
Return point: 1-st Day: Your tour finishes at the Moscow river pier when the boat comes back. 
2-nd Day: Your tour finishes at Novodevichy Convent

Departure time:

9:00 AM

Duration:

2 days

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Terms and Conditions:

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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The Best of Moscow in 2 days with 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch with Vodka and Evening River Cruise
Overview:

Get to know Moscow on this 2- day exciting sightseeing tour. All Year around! Choose any time! This well - organized tour perfectly combines walking excursion around the Russian Capital as well as visiting State Tretyakov Gallery, Novodevichy Convent. The 1-st days is brilliantly finished with the wonderful Moscow river evening ship excursion. You can take a dinner or just a bottle of sparkling champagne for the additional payment. Every dish is being prepared just on the ship board and served fresh. The 2-nd day full of emotions finishes with the free-time in the evening Moscow. Now you can feel the pulsating rhythm of this wonderful glorious breathtaking city!

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