Day 2: In Moscow • Guided City Tour • Metro Tour • Leisure Time at Arbat Street • Russian Circus
Today after breakfast, we begin exploring this history, culture and colour-rich town with a guided city tour wandering past iconic landmarks including the Bolshoi Theatre, the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, the Cathedral of Archangel, the Novospassky Monastery and of course, the iconic public square, The Red Square with the colourful St. Basil's Cathedral (known for its onion-shaped domes) on one hand and the red wall of Kremlin on the other.
After this adventure, we take a short break from sightseeing to lunch at an Indian restaurant.
Continuing our journey to the mystic realms of Russia, we take the Metro tour (up to three stations). Known as the "people's palaces" the majestic Soviet-era stations with all their palace-like opulence, extravagant décor and sculptures and lavish use of marble, are a definite must-visit of Moscow. And because no trip seems complete without bagging a few souvenirs, we take some free time at the Arbat Street to shop for a few collectables.
After the metro station tour, we proceed for a guided tour of the beautiful Russian capital… the Kremlin, a fortress that's nestled in the very heart of Moscow along the banks of Moskva River. The fortress is an exemplary structure of the dramatic Russian history, having served as a residence to many political heads in the past from the Russian Grand Dukes to the Romanov tsars to Soviet leaders and now to the President of the Russian Federation. Encapsulated within Kremlin's distinctive red-bricked walls (that were hanged from the original white stoned-walls in the 15 century) are four cathedrals, three palaces and two museums, apart from the President's residence. While here, we also visit the Armoury Museum which was once Kremlin's Armoury Chamber.
We still have to catch the famous Russian Circus – Great Moscow State Circus known for its nerve-racking stunts, hilarious clown stints, inventive acrobat performances and a lot more.
After this long, long day, we grab dinner before we head back to our hotel. (B, L, D)