Moscow is not for the faint-hearted. Mighty in size, it offers an agreeable mix of history and modernity. From the onion-shaped, candy-colored domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, to Moscow’s opulent Metro stations, treasures await you at every turn.
To make the most of your visit, here is what 48 hours in this cosmopolitan capital looks like with Insight:
AM: EXPLORE WITH A LOCAL EXPERT
What better way to explore Moscow than with a knowledgable Local Expert? Start in Red Square, lined by Moscow’s landmark buildings. At one end rises the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral. Built in 1561, this impressive building is not only one of the most iconic symbols of the city but of the country too.
Later head to Lenin’s Mausoleum. Situated in Red Square, it is the resting place of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. Opposite the mausoleum, you’ll find the grand GUM department store, which offers a variety of glamorous goods and is somewhere to keep in mind for your free time in the city.
PM: VISIT ONE OF THE CITY’S OPULENT TRAIN STATIONS
During your stay, you will visit one of the Metro stations, which Stalin called ‘Palaces for the People.’ Once here you’ll gain a local insight into the themes depicted among the marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers of these ‘underground museums.’
PM: FREE TIME
Make the most of your free time in the capital and perhaps witness the crown jewels and Fabergé Egg collection of the Imperial Russian Family at the Kremlin Royal Treasure House. One of the most famous pieces in the collection is an egg with a model of the ‘Memory of the Azov’ Cruiser. Dark green and decorated with diamond-studded gold scrolls, it was a present from Emperor Alexander III to Empress Maria Fyodorovna.
AM: FREE TIME
Start your second day at leisure and explore the Russian capital as you wish. Perhaps head shopping and see what finds Moscow has to offer. Two major shopping centers include GUM and Okhotny Ryad. If taking in the city’s art and culture is more your thing, visit the Borodino Panorama Exhibition or take an Optional Experience to the renowned centre of ancient Russian art and architecture, Zagorsk.
PM: VISIT THE KREMLIN FORTRESS
In the afternoon, walk within the walls of the Kremlin Fortress to visit one of its cathedrals. Learn more about Russia’s famous Tsars, the history of the Fortress and how its role has changed over the years.
PM: INDULGE ON A CELEBRATION DINNER
To top off your stay in this vibrant city, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with fellow Insight Travelers at a local restaurant. Indulge on delicious food, great wine and enjoy wonderful company as you toast to your travels during this authentic culinary experience.
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