Moscow City Highlights Tour
Moscow is a city of superlatives. According to 2013 Forbes magazine, it boasts most billionaire residents in the world. According to Lonely Planet, it boasts the world's most expensive cups of coffee. And according to Insider Tour it boasts a rare combination of century old Russian traditions and vibrant present-day life on a truly grand scale.
The history of Moscow is inseparable from the history of the Russian State. Since its 1147 origin as a residence of Prince Yuri Dolgoruky to the 15th century reign of Ivan the Great, Moscow had gained considerable power breaking free from the Tartar control to become the center of the Russian lands. Burnt down by invading armies several times, Moscow was taken by Napoleon in 1812 and defeated German army during the Battle of Moscow in 1941. A seat of the Soviet leadership for over 70 years, Moscow today is a dynamic capital of the new Russia shaping its future and present-day life.
During our City Highlights Tour your tour guide and driver will take you on an exciting journey of learning about Moscow's history and seeing its most prominent sights while engaging you in entertaining and informative discussion about the city history and everyday life.
Topics of Interest
While on this tour you will learn about the most important periods in the history of Moscow:
Foundation of Moscow and Early Period (12th-13th centuries): First settlements, Yuri Dolgoruky, Mongol invasion of 1238, Daniel of Moscow
The Rise of Moscow (14th-15th centuries): Strengthening of Moscow State, Ivan Kalita, Dmitry Donskoy, The Great Fire of 1365, Mongol invasion of 1382, Independence of Russian Church of 1448
Capital of the Russian State (15th-17th centuries): Liberation from Mongol Yoke, The Kremlin and the Red Square, Ivan the Terrible, The Dark Ages and the Polish occupation, Minin and Pozharsky, Mikhail Romanov
Age of Enlightenment (18th-19th centuries): Moscow University, Napoleonic War of 1812, Literary life, Crimean War, Abolishment of serfdom
The Soviet Moscow (1918 - 1991): Capital of the Soviet State, Industrialization of 1920s-1930s, Stalin repressions, Moscow battle of 1941-1942, Victory Parade of 1945, Nikita Khrushev, Leonid Brezhnev, The Putsch of August 1991
Post-Soviet Moscow (1991 to present): Boris Yeltsin, rise of the oligarchs, economic development under Putin, present-day life
Top 15 Sights
We will do our best to show you all of the Top 15 Sights during your city tour. The actual order of sites visited will depend on chosen tour type, day of the week and traffic conditions.
- The Kremlin
- The Red Square
- The Manege Square
- The Bolshoi Theater
- The Lubyanka Square and FSB (former KGB) Headquarters
- The Kremlin Embankment
- Christ the Saviour Cathedral
- Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
- Sparrow Hills
- Moscow State University
- Poklonnaya Hill
- Kutuzov Avenue
- Tverskaya Street
- Mokhovaya Street
- Garden (Sadovoe) Ring