1-Day Grand Moscow Shore Excursion

Intense walking
Multiple languages
Price from:
335 USD
p/p
We invite you to visit the capital of Russia — Moscow. See the heart of the country with your own eyes! Visit Kremlin grounds, the Red Square, and beautiful Soviet metro stations. While you can travel from St Petersburg to Moscow either by train or plane, most of our guests choose the ‘Sapsan’ train, because it’s faster and brings you right to the city center, where your fascinating tour begins.

Important: this tour is designed for cruise ships that stay in St. Petersburg for 3 days. If your cruise ship stays in St. Petersburg for 2 days, please contact us and we will send you an updated itinerary and price.

DAY 1
5:45 am Transfer from the ship to the train station in St.Petersburg
6.50 am "Sapsan" high-speed train to Moscow
10:45 am Arrive to Moscow, meet your guide by the train (no car at this point)
11:00 am - 11:30 pm Metro tour including the most beautiful station(s)
11:30 pm - 1:00 pm Red Square with inside visit of St. Basil's Cathedral
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch (not included)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Kremlin Grounds*
4:00 pm - 6:45 pm Driver pick-up. City tour by car/minibus. See the most famous landmarks including:Cathedral of Christ the Savior, New Arbat Street, Sparrow Hills, MSU, Stadium of 1980 Olympic games & 2018 Football World Cup, etc.


6:45 pm Return to the train station
7:30/7:40 pm High-speed train back to SPB
11:25/11:44 pm Arrival in St. Petersburg
00.30 am Return to the ship


*Substitutions: The Kremlin is closed on Thursdays. It will be replaced with Tretyakov Art Gallery.


The order of museum visits and the time spent at each venue may vary depending on ticket availability, museums’ days-off, and the traffic situation in the city.


Your tour in Moscow starts from Leningradsky Railway Station. First, you’ll take a short metro ride. Moscow Metro is considered the most beautiful subway system in the world! You'll then find yourself in the heart of Moscow — on the Red Square. You will learn about the origins of this unusual name, walk the same paving stones as the Red Army in 1941, see the Lenin Mausoleum, and stroll along the world-known Department Store "GUM". You will get inside St. Basil’s Cathedral that unites 11 churches inside and is considered to be one of the main symbols of the Russian capital.

After a short lunch break, you will visit the heart of Moscow — the Kremlin (closed on Thursdays). On the grounds of Kremlin you will see hundreds of cannons kept as trophies, the biggest cannon and the biggest bell in the world, look inside Dormition Cathedral where Russian tsars were crowned, and amaze at palaces of different centuries.

Then you will board a comfortable minivan to continue the city tour. You will see several sights including the Bolshoi Theatre, the former KGB headquarters, a monument to the monks who wrote the Cyrillic alphabet, and the birthplace of Mikhail Romanov — the first of the Romanov dynasty.

Moving along the river, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Kremlin with its massive fortress towers, and then visit the biggest Orthodox Cathedral in Russia "Cathedral of Christ the Savior". And when you cross Moscow river to the highest point in Moscow, you will see a splendid panorama of the city. You'll have a chance to capture the Moscow skyline with Russia's biggest football stadium and one of the Stalin SkyscrapersMoscow State University.

Continuing the scenic drive, you will see the Moscow Film Studio, Memorial park of WWII, the White House, New Arbat Street, the Ministry of Defense, the State Library, and Manezh Square.

At the end of the tour you'll be taken to Leningradsky Railway Station. The guide will help you find your train that will bring you back to St Petersburg.


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Visa/Tour Tickets

According to the Russian legislation a licensed tour operator has the right to arrange visa-free tours for cruise passengers arriving to St. Petersburg port. TJ Travel is an officially registered tour operator authorized to issue blanket visas. You will receive your free blanket visas (tour tickets) through email once you book a shore excursion with us. Please ignore warnings from your cruise ship company indicating that only a cruise ship company is allowed to run visa-free tours in St. Petersburg/Moscow. Warnings/notifications of that kind don’t have any legitimate basis.

Please note you must print your blanket visas received via email from TJ Travel and bring it along with your passports each day of your tour. Blanket visas and your passports should be presented to an immigration officer on duty during disembarkation/embarkation in St. Petersburg. 


Payment Information 

  • A 50% deposit must be paid at the moment of booking. The remaining balance is due upon your arrival to St. Petersburg.

  • The tour cost includes economy class ticket - 200 USD per person round-ticket. Train tickets require a 100% prepayment that should be made at the moment of reservation. 


Cancellation Policy

  • If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel your confirmed booking you must notify us in writing. All payments, except train tickets, are fully refundable 72 hours prior to the date of your tour; payments are non-refundable within 72 hours prior to the date of your tour. In case of a no-show no refund is granted.

  • Train tickets are non-refundable. 

Availability and Notes

  • Please make your booking at least 4-5 days prior to your ship's arrival to St. Petersburg. The port authorities require all passport information in advance, and the bookings sent in less than 4 days prior to arrival will be rejected.

  • If you stay in St. Petersburg for 2 days, please contact us and we will send you an updated itinerary and price.

  • The Kremlin is closed on Thursdays.

  • Please note that we require 100% prepayment for train tickets. To obtain train tickets the following information is required: name, sex, date of birth, passport number, citizenship.

  • The cost includes economy class ticket - 200 USD per person round-ticket - that has to be paid in advance. Once purchased, train tickets are non-refundable. The class of tickets can be upgraded upon availability. For an upgrade, you will have to pay any difference in fare plus extra service fee. Please double check your personal information required to purchase train tickets for you as any changes involve extra charges.


Tips and Discounts

  • Children (7 - 17 y.o.)/students get 15 USD off the tour price. Students must have an ISIC card, otherwise the discount is not available. 

  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!

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Inside visits:
  • Kremlin
  • St. Basil’s Cathedral
Price includes:
  • Admission to all the museums in the program
  • Professional guide for 1 day
  • A/C vehicle (Mercedes or VW) with driver for 1 day
  • Photo/video permit at the Kremlin
  • Subway visit
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • One bottle of water per person per day
  • Train tickets
  • Headsets for groups of 5+
Price doesn’t include:
  • Lunches. It's recommended to add lunch if your group is 8 people+. The additional cost is $20 per person per 1 lunch/ or $30 per person per 1 lunch in an upscale restaurant
  • Tips (recommended tips for guide: 10% of the tour cost, for driver: 5% of the tour cost)