Why you should visit Moscow
- To gain a feel of genuine Russia
- Explore the iconic grounds of the Kremlin and Red Square
- Shop for local arts and crafts at the Izmaylovo market
- Marvel at the icons which adorn the walls and ceilings of Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
- Visit the New Tretyakov Gallery, home to 20th Century Russian art
- Venture outside Moscow to the Golden Ring with a day to Serigev Posad
Our specialists ‘Must Do’
Spend some time immersing yourself in local life with visits to local restaurants serving Russian and wonderful Georgian food. Russians love to eat out and vodka to accompany your food is a must and worth a try – helped with a selection of pickles and honey.
A little more about Moscow
Moscow is the central focal point of New Russia and everything that it represents. It is a city where history unfolds around every corner, whether in the magnificent golden domed cathedrals and churches or the grand political building of the Kremlin and the building surrounding red square, where the former founder of the Soviet state lies embalmed, and the infamous domes of St Basil's Cathedral.
It is not until the last few years that Moscow has transformed itself into one of the most vibrant, dynamic and exciting cities in the world. Its restaurants are chic and serve some of the best food in Europe, there is a huge range of luxury hotels and it remains the perfect starting point for many trips within Russia. Furthermore, unlike St Petersburg, which concentrates on foreign art, Moscow is the centre for Russian art and artefacts and has a correspondingly greater variety of museums and galleries. Moscow is still developing its modernity but embracing every minute of it; the majority of Muscovites are keen to welcome the new global culture.
A visit to Moscow works perfectly in combination with Russia’s other infamous but slightly less harsh city, St Petersburg - see our journey idea for further details. Trains between these two main Russian cities are readily available along with river cruises following the Volga River between Moscow to St Petersburg taking in a wealth of Russian historic scenery along the way.
When to go
Weather wise, Moscow is suitable all year round and nothing shuts for weather. If visiting between November and March, be prepared for freezing weather: snow and ice blue skies. Wrap up warm but take advantage of quieter museums. The spring and summer are popular times and the Moskva River has defrosted but sites will be busier.