The Moscow metro is rightfully considered to be unique all over the globe. Our underground system is the most beautiful, the deepest, and the biggest in the world; a long time ago it was already acknowledge as the cultural heritage object.
Why did the capital choose its own way for development and the Soviet metro didn’t become the copy of the London’s tube, the Berlin’s open air metro and the Paris’ underground? How did the first kilometres of the tunnels appear under the ground? How was the job of the subway construction workers promoted? And what happen to the initial metro projects?
During our walking tour we will learn the secrets of the metro stations’ decoration: from where different kinds of marble were taken, how amazing mosaics and decoration elements appeared. Why was the mobile delivery department located on the metro station “Krasnye vorota”? Why was the state library situated on the metro station “Kurskaya”? Why was metro station “Mayakovskaya” used for one of the Communist Party Congresses?
The walking tour “The underground palaces of the capital” will teach us not to be bored while we are waiting for the train and to understand the decoration of the metro stations in the right way.
Main objects: the halls of the first and second line of the constructions of the Moscow metro system (“Komsomolskaya”, “Mayakovskaya”, “Kropotkinskaya”, “Ploshad Revolutsyi”, “Novokuznetskaya”).
As a century ago Kolomensloe has not yet lost its charm and still is the all-time favourite place of the Moscowites.
The grand-ducal residency located on the astonishing and breath-taking sky-high turn of the river is considered to be a unique country seat of the Rurik and Romanov dynasties. It’s no coincidence that especially here the chef-d’oeuvre of the hipped stone art of building in Russia - the Church of the Ascension was constructed in the 16th century. And a hundred years later those places were chosen for creation of the Eighth World Wonder - the wooden Palace of the Russian Tsar - Alexey Mikhailovich (Alexey the Most Quiet).
Nowadays the territory of the museum in the open-air exposition includes five active Churches and the unique collection of wooden art of building. Kolomenskoe is not only the preserved territory but a real “time machine” that enables us to travel into the Russian history.
We offer special route for those who want to see Moscow in one day! Our tour begins at Red Square, the heart of Russia! The sights here include Saint Basil's Cathedral, Minin and Pozharsky monument, the world-famous GUM department store, and Lenin's tomb. We'll then take a walk to Alexander Garden - the famous garden near the Kremlin walls. We will visit the oldest Russian churches, the coronation place of all Russian tsars, including the Tsar Cannon and the Tsar Bell.
During the route we will discover the world famous Moscow sights: the beautiful stations of Moscow Metro and skyscrapers of Stalin era. We'll get a chance to visit a bomb shelter that was built during the Cold War and experience the Exhibit of Economic Achievements - a host to the famous “Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa" statue.
A part of the tour is a visit to the Russia's main Orthodox Church - Christ the Savior Cathedral, with the observation deck that offers you a bird's eye view of Moscow.
We will take a walk on the Patriarchal bridge, the Old Arbat street & Sparrow Hills.
A one-day tour of Moscow is a great way to get a glimpse of the history and architectural heritage of the Russian capital.
09.00 Hotel Pick-up. If you stay outside of the city area, we will offer you an alternative pace to meet.
10.00 Red Square Tour (St. Basil's Cathedral, the GUM, the History Museum, Kilometer Zero, and Lenin Mausoleum if desired)
12.00 Alexander Garden (Eternal Flame, the Tumb of the Unknown Soldier, changing of the guard at the Presidential Quarters)
12.30 The Kremlin (The Cathedral of the Assumption, The Cathedral of the Archangel, Tsar Cannon, and Tsar Bell)
15.00 Christ the Savior Cathedral ( the Patriarchal bridge, the observation deck)
16.00 Old Arbat Street
17.30 Exhibit of Economic Achievements; the famous sculpture “Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa”
19.00 Sparrow Hills, the end of the tour.
The route of the tour can be changed according to your preferences.
Visits to museums & theaters (the Bolshoi Theatre, the Pushkin Museum, and the Tretyakov Gallery) can be organized upon request.