Moscow Minibus Tour:
Discover the beauty of Moscow on this bus tour! You`ll be shown all of the Moscow must-sees in just 5 hours.
Our first stop is Sparrow (Vorobyovy) Hills, that was named after the Vorobyovo village which existed there in the Middle Ages. The hills stretch from the mouth of the River Setuna to the Andreev Bridge. In the north, they are bordered by the Neskuchny Garden. The Andreevsky men’s monastery was opened at the foot of the northern part of the hills from 1648 to the 18th century. From the end of the 19th century the hills were a popular location for cottages. The viewpoint here is now one of the most popular leisure places among Muscovites.
From 1949 to 1953, buildings of the Moscow State University were constructed on a plateau from which opens a grand view of Moscow. Until 1990, the MSU was the tallest building in Europe. The Moscow State University is one of the 7 Stalin skyscrapers that were built in 1950’s to symbolize the 800th anniversary of Moscow. The University was established in 1755 by by Empress Elizabeth.
Then we go to the Victory Park on the Poklonnaya Hill. The park is dedicated to the Russian victory in WWII, and was laid out in 1995 in commemoration of 50-year anniversary of victory. Triumphal Arch is a stunning monument, consisting of 12 cast-iron columns, each 12 meters high. The Arc was built to mark Russia’s victory over Napoleon in 1812.
Novodevichy Convent (the New Maiden’s Convent) is known as a place, where Peter the Great imprisoned his half-sister Sofia after deposing her and taking over as tsar of Russia. Originally built as a fortress in 1524 to commemorate the conquest of Smolensk, the convent was enclosed by walls which contain12 towers. Most of the current buildings date to the late 17th century, when the convent was rebuilt.
Now it`s time to visit Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, situated across the Moscow River, which was opened in 1928. Until 1923 the area was simply a garbage dump. Gorky covers an area of 119 hectares and, though looks huge, is considered one of the smallest touristy parks of Moscow.
Krymsky (Crimean) Bridge, that stretches over the Moscow river, is the only suspension bridge in Moscow.
The Christ the Savior Cathedral was originally constructed by the order of Alexander I after Russia’s defeat of Napoleon, and was eventually consecrated in 1883. It was destroyed it in 1931 to make the Grand Palace of Soviets. However, the palace was never built. Instead, a swimming pool stood in its place for several decades. In the mid-1990s, rebuilding was begun. With donations from more than a million Moscow residents, the new church followed the original design, but with modern improvements. It is the tallest Orthodox church in the world. A highlight for visitors is a stunning panoramic view from a 40-meter-high observation platform inside the bell tower.
Our next stop is the Hotel Ukraine that is one of the oldest and most beautiful hotels in Moscow. A majestic 33 story building; it is the second tallest Stalin skyscraper in Moscow, after the main building of Moscow State University. The hotel was built in 1957 and was named in honor of General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev’s homeland.
Then, we`ll drive along the Garden Ring, a series of streets, separated by the squares. A great number of fascinating and historical places are situated on the Garden Ring.
So, we are in the center now, facing one of the best known theaters in the world, the Bolshoi Theatre. In 1776 Catherine the Great granted Prince Pyotr Urusov the privilege of maintaining theater performances of all kinds for a period of 10 years. The current Bolshoi building was opened on the coronation day of Alexander II in 1856, and featured a six-tier auditorium decorated in crimson and gold. The building itself is one of Moscow’s cultural symbols, an impressive example of Russian Classical architecture. The Bolshoi is the second biggest opera house in Europe (after La Scala).
Next, you`ll be driven to Lubyanka Street, where the KGB and FSB headquarters are located.
At the end of the Red Square is St Basil’s Cathedral, looking like something from a fairy-tale. It was erected in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate the conquering of Kazan. According to the legend, the architect was later blinded so that he could never create anything similar. It is built of brick and has asymmetrical domes over nine chapels. The interior is decorated with 16th and 17th century icons, frescoes and paintings.
We’ll wander along Old Arbat, a pedestrian street in the center of Moscow. Here you can feel the atmosphere of creativity and art. Don’t forget to buy a souvenir. At the end of Old Arbat street you can see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – one of the 7 Stalin skyscrapers.
Red October Complex was a chocolate factory producing some of Russia’s most popular chocolate. Then, it was converted into artistic space. However, chocolate lovers still can pick up some of the Red October chocolates from a small shop located in the complex.
Starts at: 11
Pick up: Smolenskaya Metro
Drop off: Smolenskaya Metro
I would like to say a big thank you to Vladimir and all Russia with Love team who made our trip go so fantastic.Everything went well, we just sat back and enjoyed the trip.