Add-Ons & Day Tours

MoscowSt. Petersburg
Red Square, Kremlin & Moscow Metro Walking TourSt. Petersburg & Peter and Paul Fortress
Grand Kremlin Palace and KGB HeadquartersFabergé Museum and Private Speedboat Trip
St Basil’s Cathedral and Old ArbatSt. Petersburg & St. Issac’s Cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral Exclusive Opening and Red Square Evening WalkMotorcycle Tour and Russian Vodka Museum
Luxury Moscow Shopping - Stoleshnikov Pereulok (The Fashion Street)Tsars Winter Palace with Hermitage Museum
Bolshoi Theatre Backstage TourThe Summer Palace & Park in Peterhof
Star City – Meeting a CosmonautRussian Cuisine and Caviar Tasting
Mariinsky Theatre Backstage Tour and Tea with Prima BallerinaBunker Taganski - Cold War Museum
Tank Riding & Demonstrational ShootingSanduny - Russian Bath House Experience

Red Square, Kremlin & Moscow Metro Walking Tour

Your journey into Moscow’s greatest sights will start in your hotel lobby. Your guide will lead you to the Kremlin, one of the city’s most iconic and colourful architectural marvels. The tour will then lead you past the Cathedral Square, also known as the “City of God” and the Armoury Museum, which holds an enormous and impressive collection of national Russian treasures including the exquisite Fabergé eggs.

Your tour will continue in the Red Square, the historical epicentre and beating heart of Moscow, where your will get up close and personal with the magnificent St. Basil’s Cathedral, the monument wall of Heroes of the Soviet Union, the Lenin Mausoleum and the Glavniy Universalniy Magazin (GUM) Department Store.

The last stop of your tour will be the Moscow Metro, one of the most memorable remnants of the Soviet Union era and among the most beautiful underground transit systems in the world.

Departures: Daily except Thursdays (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking guide, adult metro ticket, applicable Kremlin entrance charges and excursion fees
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Grand Kremlin Palace and KGB Headquarters

Redesigned to showcase the power and wealth of Russia, the Grand Kremlin Palace once served as the residence of the grand Russian tsars of the old days, while today it is the official ceremonial residence of the Russian President.

Your visit around the castle will take you an adventure around the five reception halls - named after the Orders of the Russian Empire – now used for inaugurations of Russian Presidents and international events of significant importance.

The tour will then continue to the location of the notorious KGB Headquarters where you will learn about the history of one of the most powerful organizations in the world, including its involvement with Stalin and the secret work it undertakes fighting organized Russian crime.

Departures: Daily except Thursdays (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking guide, Lubyanka Square and KGB area touring, applicable Kremlin entrance charges and excursion fees
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St Basil’s Cathedral and Old Arbat

Upon meeting up with your private guide in the hotel lobby, you will be taken for a walk through the astonishing Red Square and to the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral. Once you are done admiring the swirling, vibrant architecture of the church, you will follow your guide to the Old Arbat, a well-known pedestrian zone in the historic town centre rife with specialty shops, quaint little cafés and sleek galleries. The residential neighbourhood was once home to some of history’s most celebrated writers, composers and artists, including Alexander Pushkin and Leo Tolstoy.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to St Basil’s Cathedral, Old Arbat area touring
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St. Basil’s Cathedral Exclusive Opening and Red Square Evening Walk

Your evening tour will start in your hotel lobby where you will meet up with your private guide. From there you will walk through the spacious Red Square, taking in sights such as the Minin monument, the Kremlin Wall, the Lenin Mausoleum, GUM Trading House and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Your visit to the sacred grounds will take you through the cathedral’s towers and its beautiful interior.

Note: Cathedral visits can only be confirmed up to two weeks before the tour date and take place past 8 p.m. after it is closed to the public.

Departures: Evenings daily (subject to availability) / 2.5 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to St Basil’s Cathedral (Exclusive Opening), Red Square area touring
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Luxury Moscow Shopping - Stoleshnikov Pereulok (The Fashion Street)

Commonly known as the Fashion Street, Stoleshnikow Pereulok is a vibrant and busy street that features historical residences and ornate churches, as well as many major labels and boutiques of international fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior and Cartier. Your tour guide, as knowledgeable as they are prolific, will point you to the most exciting specialty shops on the relatively short street, while providing you with historical information and insider fun facts. Along with being one of the most glamorous shopping districts of the city, Stoleshnikov Pereulok doubles up as a cultural centre and business hub.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking dedicated shopping specialist, area touring
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Bolshoi Theatre Backstage Tour

One of the most renowned theatres and opera houses in the world, the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia will surely become one of the highlights of your stay in the country. Home to several prestigious ballet and opera companies, the impressive theatre was officially inaugurated some 250 years ago when it saw The Nutcracker and Swan Lake showcased on its stage.

Your backstage pass will take you inside the theatre to learn about its rich history and marvel at the intricate interior. As the experience draws to a close, you will have the option to drink traditional Russian Tea at a specifically selected local establishment, a customary social activity and an enduring part of the culture.

Departures: Daily Monday through Friday (subject to availability) / from 2 hours
Tour type: Private Walking Tour
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to Bolshoi Theatre with private backstage tour
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Star City – Meeting a Cosmonaut

One of the most exciting Russian excursions, your Star City visit will take you and your private tour guide on a journey outside Moscow’s city centre. An hour away by car, the state-of-the-art facility serves as an educational institution for cosmonauts and a centre for them to serve their residency during their training years. Your guide will take you on a tour of the complex, introducing you to onsite professionals who will help provide you with the most interesting facts.

Your tour will feature an exciting conversation with a cosmonaut who will be there to answer your questions and guide you through your outer-space journey. You can choose to personalize your tour by adding on the centrifuge experience, a once in a lifetime zero-gravity flight or a fight jet simulation complete with personal autographs and photographs.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / from 6 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to Star City, private Cosmonaut meeting onsite, souvenir photos, transportation as needed
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Bunker Tagansky - Cold War Museum

Your guide will take you on a journey into the turbulent history of the Cold War. Built in 1951, the top-secret Taganski bunker served as a command post and a backup communication hub for the Soviet Union’s military elite in the event of a nuclear war.

If you’re brave enough, you can choose the extreme tour which features spooky dark corridors, truly giving you an insight into the conditions that the Soviet soldiers were prepared for in case of war.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / 3 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, required admission fees to Bunker Tagansky, transportation as needed
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Tank Riding & Demonstrational Shooting

If the military experience is what you’re looking for, then this is the excursion for you. Seize the opportunity to ride in a legendary Soviet tank, the armoured vehicle that is arguably the most significant part of Russia’s military history.

Your trip will take you 30 kilometres outside of Moscow where you will enjoy a detailed commentary on a vehicle of your choice, a fully-guided tour and a ride on Russian terrain. Along with onsite experts, your guide will treat you to a historical overview and fun titbits, after which you will be given the opportunity to don the traditional Soviet military uniform and experience a simulated tank firing.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) except Sundays / 5 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, tank-riding experience, demonstrational shooting, required security permissions, transportation as needed
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Sanduny - Russian Bath House Experience

Part of the cultural fibre of the country, Russian bathhouses are today still frequented by locals as well as hordes of tourists. One of the oldest and most impressive bathhouses in Russia, Sanduny was designed by a Viennese architect who drew inspiration from the blending of movements and lines that include rococo, baroque, renaissance, gothic and classical.

Offer yourself a bathhouse retreat after the excitement of your match, immersing yourself in a relaxing atmosphere and enjoying a private massage and personalized spa experience in style.

You can choose to visit the onsite traditional Russian restaurant after your session, famous for its gastronomy and traditional "after banya" drinks at an additional cost.

Departures: Daily (subject to availability) / 3 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, applicable entrance and service charges, bath hat, sheet and slippers, transportation as needed
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St. Petersburg & Peter and Paul Fortress

This is a privately led introduction to beautiful St. Petersburg. Along impressive Nevsky Prospect (one of the city’s main streets), take in the grand buildings, ornate churches and rich history. You will pass the many canals along the Neva River as well as beautiful palaces that anchor the city.

Considered to be the birthplace of St. Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress was the first structure to be built in the city, and interestingly, has never served its original purpose as a defensive fort. Your dedicated guide will share with you the myth that surrounds this fortress. Russian folklore portrays it as a structure that’s steeped in mystery; it’s been used as a burial ground for the Russian Imperial family, the site of ground-breaking scientific experiments, a grim jail that housed Russia’s most prominent political prisoners, the site of government offices and a military base. Join your guide for a walk to the Fortress Murals for spectacular panoramic views of the city.

Following your visit, explore the labyrinth of streets and multi-storied houses through to St. Isaacs Square, take in The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (the icon of St Petersburg), the Kazan Cathedral (unique in its design and unlike any other orthodox church) and the Singer Sewing machine Head Quarters – today the House of Books.

Departures: daily except Wednesdays (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, applicable entrance charges for Peter and Paul Fortress, admission to the Fortress Murals, private transportation as required
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Fabergé Museum and Private Speedboat Trip

Our local guide will greet you at your hotel and escort you to the famous Fabergé Museum. Amongst an outstanding collection of treasured art works, bronze sculptures and priceless jewelry, the star attractions here are the precious Fabergé Eggs – the largest private collection in the world. Hand created by ‘jeweler to the tsars’ Carl Fabergé, these stunning creations are displayed in the newly restored Shuvalov Palace on the embankment of the River Fontanka. This invaluable collection is particularly valued because they portray milestones of Russian history over the last two centuries: the Russian Empire’s last coronation, the fifteenth anniversary of Nickolas II’s reign and the German war.

Following your exclusive tour, your guide will escort you on a private, specially selected speedboat for a unique view of beautiful St. Petersburg. The city was built on the delta of the River Neva and is spread out over numerous islands, often prompting the nickname the “City of 101 Islands”. This excursion is completely customizable and involves dedicated guide and boat services. Explore this interlacing web of rivers, canals and channels that link the city and neighborhoods together – all from the vantage point of the water.

Departures: daily except Fridays (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, applicable entrance charges and excursion fees for Fabergé Museum, one-hour private speedboat charter, private transportation as required
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St. Petersburg & St. Issac’s Cathedral

St. Petersburg is known as Russia’s most picturesque city. Our expert, local guide will share with you the iconic landmarks such as the Winter Palace, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Nevsky Prospect; a grand and impressive boulevard boasting spectacular architecture.

The main attraction of this private tour is a visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, renowned as the highest domed construction in the world and the largest church in Russia. The facades are decorated with intricate sculptures and massive granite columns, while the interiors stun with mosaic icons and invaluable paintings. The church, designed to accommodate fourteen thousand standing worshipers, was closed in the early 1930s and reopened as a museum. Continue to explore this “Old” city with your dedicated guide, who will customize this experience based on preferences.

Departures: daily except Wednesdays (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, applicable entrance charges and fees for St. Issac’s Cathedral, private transportation as required
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Motorcycle Tour and Russian Vodka Museum

“Biking” in St. Petersburg is a culture of its own with a distinct lifestyle. The local season starts in April when the weather turns to spring and runs until the end of October when it cools. In Russia, motorcycles appeared on the streets after the fall of the Soviet Union, and it has remained a vibrant culture ever since.
Relax in the care of a fully licensed, expert local driver while taking in the highlights of this beautiful city – as well as some hidden gems – on this truly unique experience.

The Russian Vodka Museum, located in the historical center of St. Petersburg, is the first museum in the world dedicated exclusively to Vodka. Your knowledgeable guide will provide insight into its invention and traditions, share its creative advertising featuring “agitprop” posters and labels, and, with a tasting, demonstrate how to properly drink it and how to best pair it with food. Following this experience, guests may wish to have a meal at the highly recommended Russian Vodka Room No 1 or Stroganoff Steak House.

Departures: daily (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking licensed driver/guide, half day motorcycle rental, entrance charges and excursion fees for Russia Vodka Museum, vodka tasting experience, private transportation as required
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Tsars Winter Palace with Hermitage Museum

Located on the embankment of the River Neva, the Winter Palace is one of St. Petersburg’s most impressive sights. This lavish palace was built in 1762 originally to impress the daughter of Peter the Great and then became the main residence of the Russian Tsars. In December 1837, fire broke out in the Winter Palace, destroying nearly all the palace interior. It was ordered that reconstruction of the palace be completed within one year, a monumental effort considering the construction technologies of the time.

The Hermitage Museum is the largest art gallery in Russia and is among the most respected art museums in the world. The basic display areas of the Hermitage occupy 365 rooms in the Main Museum Complex. The Hermitage’s collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandt and Rubens. It’s been estimated that it would take over 10 years to see each exhibit on display in this lavish museum, and your local guide will lead you through the highlights on this luxury experience.

Departures: daily except Mondays (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, applicable entrance charges and fees for Hermitage Museum, private transportation as required
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The Summer Palace & Park in Peterhof

Often referred to as “the Russian Versailles,” the world-famous palace, fountain and park of Peterhof is considered to be one of the most beautiful estates in the world. About an hour’s drive outside of St. Petersburg, your private guide will accompany you throughout your tour and provide a customized experience to this exquisite palace.

The Summer Palace was founded in the 18th century by Peter the Great, near to his new northern capital, and sits atop a seashore ridge overlooking the Lower Park. Elaborate interior décor, majestic statues and cascading fountains are iconic works of this palace. Take in the rich gold design work, vivid architecture, and roaring fountains on this expertly guided tour.

Departures: daily except Mondays (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, applicable entrance charges and fees for Lower Park, Grand Palace and Fountain Museum in Peterhof, private transportation as required
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Russian Cuisine and Caviar Tasting

Indulge in quality Russian cuisine at our handpicked restaurant on popular Nevsky Prospect in Stroganov Palace. It is one of the most exquisite restaurants in Russia – both in taste and design – with careful attention to every detail including 24 Carat Gold Cutlery, Versace porcelain and Bohemian crystal. The restaurant is located inside the XVIII century palace of Duke Stroganoff and boasts private wine cellars and a luxurious dining space. Indulge in traditional Russian fare, rare caviar at Russian Ampir and premium vodkas. Your dedicated guide is on hand to enhance your experience with informative interpretation of the uniquely Russian cuisine.

Departures: daily (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, selected set dinner menu, vodka and caviar tasting, private transportation as required
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Mariinsky Theatre Backstage Tour and Tea with Prima Ballerina

In the birthplace of ballet, no visit to St. Petersburg would be complete without a visit to the Mariinsky Theatre, home of the Kirov Ballet and Opera Company. Your well-versed guide will take you on a private backstage tour and explain why the phenomenon of ballet is so important in Russia, describe how performances come together, allow you to visit the rooms where the dancers practice and demonstrate how the flawless scenery is created. There also will be an opportunity to see historic scenery painted by artists from the 19th and 20th centuries and discover the origins of iconic performances such as Tchaikovsky and Anna Karenina.

Following your exclusive tour, enjoy a rare opportunity to join a prima ballerina for a traditional afternoon tea. Tea is synonymous with Russian culture and plays a large role in social society. Relax over this social custom and learn about the life of a Prima Ballerina; how this exclusive role has become quintessentially Russian.

Departures: daily (subject to availability) / 4 hours
Tour type: Private
Included: English-speaking guide, exclusive Backstage Tour entrance charges, tea and private visit with Prima Ballerina, private transportation as required
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This amazing city exceeded our expectations and we’re sure you’ll feel the same. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing Moscow, it offers so much more than the picture postcard views of St. Basil’s Cathedral that it is so often associated with (though those are pretty amazing too). We’ve been busy traveling back and forth to Russia to prepare for the 2018 World Cup and have discovered that modern Moscow has a burgeoning restaurant scene, an enviable arts community, and some other unique experiences that we couldn’t wait to share with our guests. Check out our travel guide to see everything we love about Moscow.

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