Day 2 | Moscow
Visit the Heart of Russia
- Special early opening of Kremlin
- Private Tour of Grand Kremlin Palace
- Visit the legendary Red Square
- Experience the best viewpoint on Sparrow hills
- Dinner with Russian Family
- Experience the most exclusive nightclubs in Moscow
The Grand Kremlin Palace was originally built to be the royal palace in Moscow, for Nicholas I, and is now used by the government; it is not open to the general public. All top-level talks and award ceremonies are held there. Rooms that can be seen by special arrangement include the private rooms of the royal family, ceremonial rooms that one can often see on TV, the Hall of St Catherine (the empress’s throne room), St. George Hall, St. Vladimir Hall.
Originally a commercial centre, Red Square has been at the very centre of Russian history since the 15th century, from Ivan the Terrible’s confession of his misdeeds to the people in 1550, to great demonstrations, executions and the great parades of the Soviet Union’s military might. Ironically, “krasny” originally meant beautiful; it came to mean “red” only in the last century! From the time of Ivan the Great the square was used as a huge gathering place for public events, markets, fairs and festivals. The magnificent square encompasses an area of over 70,000 square meters and is bounded by the Kremlin walls, St. Bazil’s cathedral, the Historical museum and GUM departments store, the shopping arcade, that was completed in 1893. Legend has it that the architect was later blinded so that he could never repeat such a building that is so traditionally Russian. It is built of brick and comprises many colorful asymmetrical helmet & onion domes situated over nine chapels; the interior is full of 16th and 17th century icons, frescoes and ceiling paintings of subtle blues and pinks.
Visit the best viewpoint on Sparrow hills, from which you could easily see most of the city. Sink in the atmosphere of the medieval Russia, when even daughters of tsars were doomed to become nuns (such were the rules, visiting the refined New Maiden Convent. This is one of the most beautiful of the city collection of buildings, located to the south-west of the city centre, with 16 gilded domes, founded in 1524. Many noble women, including Peter the Great’s first wife and his sister took vows and spent the rest of their lives here and are buried here.
Moscow underground is not only the fastest means of transportation in the city but also a unique architectural ensemble. Major stations built in 30's of last century look like palaces richly decorated with marble, mosaic and semi-precious stones. During the tour you will visit the oldest and the most beautiful metro-stations. The guide will tell you thrilling facts of these “underground palaces” – each of these stations may be rightfully called a jewel of the world’s underground architecture.
Dinner with a Russian family. Nothing visit to the Russian family in a residential area that hasn’t changed much from Soviet time – taste home- made dinner what local usually cook for themselves at home. Option – drive to the place by authentic Soviet car Volga popular with officials in 70-80s.
A trip to Moscow is not complete unless you visit the hottest nightclubs in the city. Head to Soho club, Icon or both for a night to remember.
Location: Moscow | Overnight @ Golden Apple Bountique Hotel | Meals Included: B, D