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St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sobor) Tours

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St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sobor)
Completed in 1561 after it was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible, St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most recognizable and iconic landmarks in Moscow, and perhaps in all of Russia. Officially named Intercession Church, St. Basil and its nine, colorful onion domes reside on the southern end of Red Square, marking the geometric center of Moscow.

The Basics
Visit the nine main chapels that honor a major spiritual event in Russia—each beneath a vibrant-hued dome—as well as a separate tenth chapel added in 1588 over the grave of St. Basil. You can stroll between the interconnected galleries to view the more than 400 iconography paintings dating between the 14th and 19th centuries. The cathedral was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site—in conjunction with Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square—in 1990.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Last admittance into the cathedral is 45 minutes before closing.
  • There are two different tickets to tour St. Basil’s interior and its exterior.
  • Look out for temporary exhibitions in the galleries.
How to Get There 
St. Basil’s is located next to the Kremlin, famously situated at the south end of Red Square. It's a 5-minute walk (about .4 miles, or a .6 kilometers) from the nearest metro station of Ploshchad Revolyutsii to the cathedral. 

When to Get There
The cathedral is open May through October from midmorning to evening, with somewhat reduced hours November through April. Call or go online ahead of time to verify times as St. Basil’s sometimes closes for cleaning and when the temperature drops below 5°F (-15°С). The cathedral is closed every first Wednesday of the month.

Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
Red Square is Moscow's central square, and has been home to a thriving marketplace as well as a gathering place for various public ceremonies, proclamations, and coronations. While there, visit other important Russian landmarks in the area, including the Kremlin and GUM—a huge, glass-encased department store from the Soviet era.
Address: Red Square, Moscow 109012, Russia
Admission: Adults: 700 RUB
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Moscow Private 2-Day Tour with Local Expert Guides

Moscow Private 2-Day Tour with Local Expert Guides

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Hit up many of Moscow’s top attractions all in two days during this private tour where your guide meets you right in your hotel lobby with a personalized itinerary. Along with visiting Kolomenskoye Museum and Reserve or Tsaritsino Park, see St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, the Kremlin and its cathedrals, and old town Moscow. Plus, your guide knows the best ways around the city so you can fit as much into your two days as possible.
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Red Square and City Ultimate Tour with a Professional Local Guide

Red Square and City Ultimate Tour with a Professional Local Guide

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We will meet you in the hotel and proceed to the Red Square — one of the most iconic Russian sights, filled with history and magnificent beauty. We will see traditional Russian churches with their onion domes and walk inside some of them to see how unique is their architecture, how people pray (some of these churches are still in use!) We will walk through a great glass gallery of a ~130 years old shopping mall GUM and see the famous tomb of the first Russian communist leader — Lenin. And of course — the Saint Basil's cathedral. One of the strangest stories here is about Ivan the Terrible blinding the architects of the cathedral, so they can't repeat the stunning beauty of the masterpiece! We'll walk through a modern wonder of Zaryadie park, see the walls of Kremlin and, optionally, stop for a traditional Russian lunch in one of our favourite Moscow places. We'll have an opportunity to see the change of guards and the Eternal Flame — a memorial to the victims of WWII. And more:)
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One Full Day in Moscow (Tour by car including Metro tour)

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On this private tour we will see the iconic landmarks of Moscow from the comfort of the car and a bit of walking. While exploring Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Sparrow Hills, Metro and other important sights you will find out about the history of Moscow, traditions, culture and daily life of avarage Moscovite. Part of the tour is by private car / minivan and 2nd part is a Walking tour (All around Red Square). Transportation costs are included. If you want to visit Kremlin Territory and Cathedrals / Armoury Chamber Museum please let me know as tickets should be booked beforehand (limited amount).
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Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin

Private Moscow City Tour with Red Square and Kremlin

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This private half-day tour of Moscow, including Red Square (Krasnaya Ploschad) and the Kremlin, offers a comprehensive overview of the Russian capital’s top attractions. Ideal for visitors short on time, you’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Kremlin, the iconic riverside fortress home to four cathedrals, four palaces, and five squares. Plus, in Red Square, you’ll visit the colorful Kazan’s Cathedral, St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sabor), Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the GUM.
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Private Layover Moscow Tour with a Transfer and a Local Guide

Private Layover Moscow Tour with a Transfer and a Local Guide

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It's a customisable layover tour by a Moscow local. Depending on how much time you've got between the flights we will tailor this tour according to your interests and time available. We will pick you up from the airport and we will take you back at the end of the tour. Depending on the traffic we will take either a car or an aeroexpress train to get to the city centre. During the tour we will be able to see the main Moscow sights. If you want to see some particular places, just tell us and we will try to include them in the itinerary. See you in Moscow!
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Moscow Must-Sees Private Tour with Local Expert Guide

Moscow Must-Sees Private Tour with Local Expert Guide

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Check out more than 20 of Moscow's must-see sights on this private tour that provides an introduction to the city's culture and history. Visit attractions such as Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Sparrow Hills, Victory Park, and Moscow State University with a private guide who helps you gain insight into both major landmarks and off-the-beaten-path locations.
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  • 8 hours
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Moscow by night, onboard a Soviet van with Champagne

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An enlightened combo... Half partying and half sightseeing, Moscow by night onboard a Soviet van is the ideal excursion for people who are keen to discover the city while having fun! Onboard our Soviet van, you will find a minibar offering at your convenience cold water, Russian beers and Soviet champagne. Caviar toasts (on request) will also accompany you along the way. Choose your favorite Russian song on the speaker and let's go! For the next 3 hours, you'll drive around the illuminated capital, discovering no less than 12 key sights. The van will stop 5 times for your guide to reveal the history and secrets of the major spots. Finally, we’ll drop you off at your hotel or in a bar/club to dance till sunrise.
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Private Walking Tour of Moscow with Kremlin Entrance Ticket

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Enjoy a private walking tour of Russia's capital city, with a visit to both the Kremlin and Red Square. An expert tour guide leads you through Moscow's center, sharing stories about its fascinating history as you go. Wander through the mythical medieval fortress known as the Kremlin and marvel at the churches in Cathedral Square, then continue to Red Square to experience one of the city's most photographed sights: St. Basil's. Later, visit a former KGB headquarters and get insider tips from your guide on places to eat, drink, and explore.
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2 Day Private Moscow Tour with a Local Guide

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Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour

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Night lights Moscow Cruise (with Dinner option)

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Moscow city tour onboard a classic Soviet van with Champagne

Moscow city tour onboard a classic Soviet van with Champagne

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Enjoy an entertaining way of discovering Moscow on this morning tour. Meet your guide in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral, and hop aboard your classic, Soviet-era vehicle. Over the course of the next few hours, you’ll travel around Moscow and will see its key highlights, including the KGB Building, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and more. You’ll also learn the stories behind the sights from your guide, and will enjoy Russian drinks and snacks as you explore.
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Evening walking private tour of Central Moscow (in English or Spanish)

Evening walking private tour of Central Moscow (in English or Spanish)

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Moscow is the thriving business capital of Russia and attracts a huge number of business visitors for all sorts of events. We understand that you are short of time but want to see the best of the city. That is the tour you are looking for - just 2-3 hours in the evening and you can proudly tell your family & friends you saw the best of the Russian capital!..
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Private Moscow Red Square and City Tour with Bolshoi Visit Option

Private Moscow Red Square and City Tour with Bolshoi Visit Option

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2 day Moscow and St Petersburg Tour

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Explore two of Russia’s most important cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, on this 2-day private tour. Visit famous landmarks such as the Kazan Cathedral, Anichkov Palace, Nevsky Prospect, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, and much more. Learn about the history of Russia as you explore the monuments and customize the itinerary based on your preferences with your private guide.
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Moscow Private Red Square and City Tour

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  • 3 hours
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Fantastic Moscow Night Tour with top 15 attractions included!

Fantastic Moscow Night Tour with top 15 attractions included!

Let's take a plunge into the city’s everyday life on Moscow walking tour, one of the best Moscow tours to be taken on foot!
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Moscow CityPass

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Save time and money and skip the lines at Moscow's best attractions with a Moscow CityPass. Valid for one, two, three, or five days, the pass offers you free entrance to 40 attractions throughout the Russian capital, including the Kremlin, State Historical Museum, and Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, as well as tours by boat, bus, or foot. Explore Moscow at your own pace and to your own interests. Includes a guidebook and map.
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All-inclusive private tour: Moscow Highlights Overview tour and River Cruise

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Experience Russia's capital first-hand on a private walking tour. Join an expert guide for a look into Moscow history beginning with the Kremlin, which means 'fortress inside a city.' See the Soviet-style State Kremlin Palace and magnificent Cathedral Square, home to some of Russia's most notable Orthodox churches. Continue to Red Square where you'll find the onion-domed St. Basil's—one of Moscow's most iconic structures—and GUM, a famous Russian department store. Next up, visit Lybyanka Square to view the former headquarters of the KGB, followed by a stroll along Myasnitskaya Street.
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  • 6 hours
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3 Days in Moscow

3 Days in Moscow

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary during this private tour of Moscow's highlights over the course of three days. Booking ahead helps you avoid sold-out days at the Kremlin and the Armory, where tickets often sell out months in advance during the months of April through October. Each day includes a 5-hour tour with a private guide and transportation, covering the city's highlights but still giving you time to explore on your own.
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Moscow 2-day Private Tour

Moscow 2-day Private Tour

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Discover Moscow’s major attractions, and learn all about the city’s history, on this 2-day, private sightseeing itinerary. Don’t worry about logistics: your guide will lead you to all the highlights, and will customize the itinerary to suit your interests. Visit Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral, the KGB Building and the Bolshoi Theater, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and much more. This walking and Metro tour (own expense) lets you get up close and personal with the sights.
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$275.65
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Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin

Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin

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Most tours that go to the Moscow Kremlin can be overcrowded. This private tour takes just you and your group of up to six to see the city’s attractions, so you can get personalized attention from your guide along the way. See Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, and Moscow Kremlin, and learn about the history of each. Plus, your guide meets your group right at your hotel for added convenience.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Moscow City Driving Tour

Private Moscow City Driving Tour

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Discover Moscow’s top sights and hidden corners on a private panoramic sightseeing tour. Drive around avenues, monuments, gardens, and squares, admiring highlights including Red Square, the Bolshoi, and Tverskaya Street as you uncover the city’s history. Explore the Kitai-Gorod quarter, see Novodevichy Convent and Victory Park, and take photos from Sparrow Hill and lesser-known spots like bridges and parks. Private transport with a guide and driver, plus central hotel pickup and optional drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours
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$225.00
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