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Plan a bespoke trip to Russia's enchanting capital city
Moscow is the vibrant and lively capital of Russia and a perfect holiday destination. It is one of the largest and culturally rich cities in Europe with more than 460 museums, the largest library in Europe, unique metro system and distinct architecture. IntoRussia will help you create a perfect Moscow tour to see the best of the city tailored specially for you and your needs. Explore the mighty Kremlin, visit the magnificent St Basil's Cathedral, walk down the arty Arbat Street, learn about the royal and soviet heritage of the country and relax in beautiful and green parks. Visa support included!
- Flights To and From Moscow
- Moscow Arrival and Departure Transfers
- Moscow Excursions
- Moscow Hotels
- Onward Destinations
We have great relationships with a number of carriers to Moscow which allows our rates to be very competitive. The direct flight from London Heathrow to Moscow is classed as ‘short haul’ and British Airways offer a very comfortable journey complete with meal and in-flight entertainment on some departures. Aeroflot also offer direct services from London Heathrow.
For those on a tighter budget, there are cheaper indirect flights to Moscow via other European cities from over 10 UK airports with: Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Finnair, Swiss International Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Get in touch to get an airfare quote from us.
There are three international airports in Moscow; Sheremetyevo in the North West, Domodedovo in the South and Vnukovo in the South West. Sheremetyevo airport is about 31km from the city centre. Aeroflot, Lufthansa and KLM fly to this airport.
Domodedovo airport is around 45km from the city centre. British Airways fly direct from London to this airport. Vnukovo airport is around 30km from the city centre. Lufthansa and Aeroflot fly into this airport.
We advise all clients to book a private car to transfer them to their hotel and can provide a cost upon request.
A guided tour of Moscow is certainly something we recommend for first timers to the city. Our knowledgeable guides will bring the main attractions to life with tales of Moscow’s past, present and future. Sights include Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the exterior of Novodevichy Convent, the GUM department store and of course the mighty Moscow Kremlin and St Basils Cathedral- a sight that will truly take your breath away. Comfortable air conditioned transport is provided but we recommend wearing comfortable shoes as some walking is required.
|The Kremlin Grounds and Armoury Museum|
Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. This excursion allows you to walk around the grounds, visit a cathedral and enter the glorious Armoury museum which houses an exquisite collection of Russian artefacts including the world famous Faberge egg collection and royal carriages which once transported the great tsars and their families. Unfortunately you cannot take photographs inside the Armoury museum, however you may snap away with caution in the Kremlin grounds.
|The Diamond Fund|
Nestled inside the same building as the Armoury Museum, in the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin, lies one of the most extravagant displays of jewels in the world. The collection was once moved from Moscow to the Diamond Chamber in St Petersburg before being transferred back to Moscow again. It was then hidden in a vault inside the Kremlin until the 1960’s when it was put on display and opened to the public. Highlights of the collection include huge raw diamonds, gold nuggets and the world’s largest sapphire; the coronation crown of Catherine the Great; and the famous Orlov Diamond. The priceless treasures of the Diamond Fund are part of Russia’s national wealth and are kept under strict control of the state.
|Metro and Arbat|
Intricately decorated, the Moscow Metro is an immense museum in itself. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the most magnificent stations, adorned with marble, mosaics and chandeliers, before heading to the ancient Arbat district. This is a pedestrian street lined with souvenir shops, quaint cafes and bustling world renowned restaurants including the Hard Rock Cafe and the newly opened Shake Shack.
|St Basil’s Cathedral|
Flanked by the extravagant GUM Department Store and a trademark red wall of the mighty Kremlin in Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and is an iconic symbol of Moscow. A true architectural wonder, the cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 1500’s and is lavishly decorated with vivid bold colours, striking patterns and shapes. The building is made up of nine churches connected by a web of narrow corridors; each church is lavishly decorated with intricate frescoes; however the exterior of the building is equally as impressive with its famous colourful onion domes! A common myth is that once the building was complete, Ivan had the architects blinded to be sure that they never build anything as beautiful again. Top tip – if you want to take photographs of the inside of St Basil’s, you must pay for a photo permit upon entry which costs around 160 rubles (around £4) - definitely worth it!
Located on the banks of the Moskva River, Novodevichy Convent is one of Moscow’s most renowned historical sites. Built in the 16th century, the architecture of the convent is that of ‘Moscow Baroque’ style and offers a serene retreat from the lively city centre. The convent is home to several churches which are surrounded by a high wall with 12 watch towers. Our guides will bring the convent to life with stories of its past. The necropolis is a must see – many of the country’s famous public figures are buried here, including writer Anton Chekov and ballerina Anna Pavlova.
Located around 60km outside Moscow, Sergiev Posad is a great day trip allowing you to experience a small piece of the famous Golden Ring. Visit the main Russian Orthodox monastery - the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra. Sergiev Posad is also the origin of the iconic Matryoshka Russian Dolls making it the ideal place to take home a truly authentic souvenir.
Named after its founder, Pavel Tretyakov, this gallery is one of the greatest museums in the world and is a must see for art lovers. The Tretyakov Gallery is made up entirely of Russian art and contains more than 130,000 displays spanning from the 11th century to the early 20th. Our knowledgeable guides will take you to the most popular exhibits and will inform you about the artists and the pieces themselves.
|Yuri Gagarin Training Centre (Star City)|
Named after Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into outer space, the Cosmonaut Training Centre is located in the magical sounding area ‘Star City’ and is a must visit for those who are interested in everything extraterrestrial! The world famous centre is used to train cosmonauts for their space missions. Visit the technical zone where you can view unique simulators and models of space vehicles. There is even a model of a space station inside a huge swimming pool; the water weightlessness allows cosmonauts to practice the skills they require for travelling into outer space.
|Theatre in Moscow|
Moscow is home to one of the best theatre production companies in the world – the famous Bolshoi.
We have fantastic rates with hotels all over Moscow; whether it be 3* basic to 5* deluxe, we can organise your accommodation hassle free.
Moscow 5 Star Hotels
PETER 1ST HOTEL
An attractive and modern hotel just a few minutes from the Bolshoi Theatre, Red Square and the Kremlin, Peter 1st offers an attractive mix of classical 19th century style elegance, with modern day comforts. Benefit from its impressive range of 5* facilities, then take a visit to the VIP area on the top floor for some spectacular views!
NATIONAL: A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL
This classic renaissance hotel is located in the centre of Moscow. With its grand white marble staircase in the lobby, gilt plastered decor and stained glass windows, a stay in this luxurious hotel is guaranteed to make your holiday extra special. Facilities include free Wi-Fi Internet in guest rooms, a fitness centre complete with swimming pool; and a gourmet restaurant with breathtaking views of the Kremlin and Red Square.
RADISSON ROYAL HOTEL
This prestigious hotel has recently been voted Russia’s Leading Luxury Hotel at the World Travel Awards on more than one occasion, and it is not difficult to see why! Perched on the edge of the winding Moskva River, this glorious hotel is a landmark and was originally built as one of the Seven Sister projects in a Soviet neoclassical style. This fully modernised hotel has 500 rooms and boasts a vast array of premier facilities; its own fleet of boats for cruising the river, an impressive library, and the largest Spa & Wellness Centre in Moscow complete with swimming pool!
Ideally located on the banks of the Moskva River overlooking the Kremlin, Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral, this member of the Kempinski Hotel group boasts a fantastic restaurant serving exquisite Russian and International cuisine, 2 bars, a sauna, massage and fitness centre and many more luxurious amenities.
Moscow 4 Star Hotels
BEST WESTERN VEGA
Popular for those seeking good value accommodation in a convenient location, this hotel is in one of the best park areas of Moscow and has a Metro station outside the hotel entrance. Facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a swimming pool and sauna.
MARRIOTT COURTYARD MOSCOW CITY CENTRE
Ideally located a mere 10 minute walk from the bustling Moscow Kremlin, this charming hotel offers modern amenities in a beautiful historic setting. The spacious guest rooms are the ideal place to relax after an exhausting day sightseeing in this wonderful city.
Situated in the heart of Moscow’s historical district, this modern hotel is walking distance from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The rooms, light and elegant, offer complimentary Wifi. Be sure to visit the Topaz Restaurant for sophisticated fusion cuisine with a Mediterranean twist!
Centrally located and within walking distance of Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre, the 4* Budapest hotel provides the perfect base for sightseeing enthusiasts. This beautiful hotel has a classic 19th century neoclassical facade with a welcoming traditional interior. Only a short distance from the historic Kremlin and with its own bar, beauty salon and conference room, you are sure to have fun whatever your reason for staying.
Moscow 3 Star Hotels
This classic hotel offers comfort in a fantastic location at great value. Pick up a snack from the hotels onsite bakery or visit their Radio City Restaurant which boasts an unusual menu featuring a mix of Swedish, Asian and Russian cuisine!
Located on one of Moscow’s main boulevards, just a 20 minute drive from the city centre, this hotel has been a firm favourite with IntoRussia clients for many years. One of the largest hotels in Moscow, the Cosmos boasts a 250sqm pool, night club, concert hall, fitness centre and many more impressive facilities. It is situated directly across from the VDNKH metro allowing excellent accessibility to the heart of Moscow.
Located in the historic Arbat district of Moscow, this hotel provides both comfort and convenience in an area of the city which is abundant with entertainment and character. Take advantage of the hotel’s summer terrace where you can indulge in a traditional shashlik kebab and absorb the unique atmosphere.
This hotel has good quality Russian hospitality, a modern interior, 24 hour bar, and is surrounded by some good value eateries and shops. Just a few steps from the nearest Metro station, and 3 stops from Red Square in the heart of Moscow, the Maxima Panorama hotel is the ideal base for the independent traveller.
Make the most of your visa and visit more than one city on your trip! The most popular combination is a twin centre holiday to Moscow and St Petersburg. Alternatively journey south and get a feel for rural Russia visiting Rostov on Don or Volgograd; travel the length of the country to Vladivostok on the world famous Trans Siberian railway; or head north to Murmansk. As Moscow is the main junction of rail and flights in Russia, the opportunities are endless.