Itinerary Highlights
  • Wake up opposite the Kremlin in a legendary hotel
  • Included in the itinerary: a visit to Moscow's major sites and the Kremlin in private, meeting with a local guide who speaks your language.
  • All our additional services are included, from fast track airport services to bespoke reading lists and our local Concierges.
  • Bolshoi Theatre, Star City... we will personalise your weekend to your interests

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YOUR MOSCOW GETAWAY

The idea of this long weekend is to stay at an iconic hotel in the city and enjoy a combination of organised experiences and tours, and free time. Moscow, a crossroads of architecture and people from all over Russia, is striking and fascinating. A showcase of the Tsars and then of the Stalinist regime of the former USSR, the Russian capital has now revived its colourful districts and the areas around its wide avenues, with a growing number of trendy restaurants and futuristic buildings. Four days allow you to get the measure of this vast metropolis, along its must-see routes - Red Square, the Kremlin, the Bolshoi or the St Basil's Cathedral - as well as its crossroads.
Included in the itinerary - To take full advantage of all there is to discover,
this trip includes an introductory walk in the historic centre of Moscow, with a private guide. It's an opportunity to soak up the soul of the city and appreciate the richness of the unique heritage of the city of the Tsars. Another must: a visit to the Kremlin, again in private. A true historical cradle of the city, the Kremlin is a city within the city, with its palaces, churches and administrative buildings. Its construction dates back to the 12th century, but the triangular shape by which we now know it was established in the 15th century. The interior reveals an architectural ensemble of secular and religious buildings of all ages, as well as the Tsarina Bell, which never rang, and the Canon Tsar, which never fired. Finally, for a more confidential approach to Moscow, we have also arranged a tour with a local guide. Together you will discuss your interests and your guide will tailor the stroll to you, with some under the radar places they think you'll enjoy.

YOUR PRESTIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION

The location is perfect: in the heart of Moscow, on the banks of the Moskova, facing the Kremlin. The hotel is a symbol of stylish luxury. Built in the late 19th century it's an elegant and refined hotel with contemporary influences and from the hotel restaurant you can admire St Basil's Cathedral. The swimming pool and sauna are great for relaxation, with friendly touches characteristic of Russia. The service is also impeccable throughout.

Route

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BOLSHOI THEATRE

More than a theatre, the Bolshoi is iconic. The Bolshoi troupe was established in March 1776, when Empress Catherine II asked the Prince to arrange plays, carnivals, balls and other forms of entertainment. The Bolshoi Theatre was built in 1856 and quickly rose to second place after La Scala in Milan. It is still today Moscow's most prestigious, emblematic art venue. It was here that the greatest Russian composers created their operas and the place where all the great Russian artists have performed, whether they are actors, singers, dancers or conductors.
Optional - Tour with a private guide or tickets for a performance

STAR CITY

Star City is an old military complex located north-east of Moscow in the town of Shchyolkovo. It is home to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre. Many Russian cosmonauts live here with their families (about 7,500 people) and it's essentially its own little city. Included in the itinerary: visit the Mir station, the pit used for zero-gravity training sessions, the centrifuge and watch a screening of a film shot during cosmonaut training.
Optional - six hours with a private guide

NOVODEVICHY CONVENT AND THE CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR

A veritable fortress erected on a bend in the Moskova, Novodevichy Convent was built by the regent Sophia Alekseyevna who lived there, locked up, until her death after being deposed by her half-brother Peter the Great. The convent is home to several shrines beside the Great Lake, including the beautiful baroque Transfiguration Cathedral and, above all, the imposing Smolensky Cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of Smolensk.
The history of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is like something out of a Russian novel. It traces some major stages in the country's history: it was a construction project of Alexander I after his victory over Napoleon's armies, which took from 1839 to 1883, the building was then destroyed by Stalin for a Soviet palace, then replaced by an open-air swimming pool. The religious development of the late 1990s and the support of Moscow's mayor Yuri Luzhkov enabled an identical reconstruction of this monumental building, which was consecrated on 31 December 1999.
Optional

STALIN'S SECRET BUNKER

Like many dictators, Stalin was extremely paranoid. To defend Moscow from its enemies, he launched an extensive underground construction campaign to provide the capital with a bunker. Today, the city still bears many traces of this period of suspicion. For example, the old district of Taganka is home to a cleverly concealed bunker. Beneath the reassuring surface of a typical Moscow district lies one of the most secret installations of the Cold War: a large military bunker built under a building that served as a command post for Stalin during the Cuban missile crisis. The building that hides the bunker is only a subterfuge; inside there are no apartments, but instead a maze of corridors leading to lifts going down to almost 200ft underground, equivalent to a 20 storey building.
Optional

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip is £2,100 to £2,500 per person. This trip is tailor-made to your exact specifications so prices will fluctuate. The cost varies according to several factors, including the level of service, duration of the trip and how far in advance you book. The final cost will vary according to several factors, including the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average price for this trip is £2200 per person.
  • International flight to Moscow
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Welcome at Moscow airport
  • Airport/hotel/airport private transfers
  • Three-night stay in Moscow in a superior double room, breakfast included
  • A tour of Moscow's historic centre, with a private guide
  • A visit to the Kremlin, with a private guide (entrance fee included)
  • Discovering Moscow, accompanied by a Muscovite guide
  • Local mobile phone provided
  • Our local Concierge service
  • A few of the benefits of travelling with us
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