Moscow, Russia

★★★★★

Visited: 2016 & 2017 (Visa is required)

Recommended Stay: 3 Days

Day 1: The Kremlin, the Red Square, and a show at the Bolshoi Theater in the evening.

For tips on how to maximize your visit at the Kremlin, here’s my post on how to navigate the Kremlin in 5 Steps.

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The Kremlin
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The iconic domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral in the Red Square

It is imperative that tickets for the Bolshoi Theater are booked in advanced.

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Bolshoi Theater
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Bolshoi Theater
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Bolshoi Theater
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Bolshoi Theater
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Bolshoi Theater
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Bolshoi Theater

Day 2:  Secondary sites such as the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the State Tretyakov Gallery Main Branch, and the Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery.

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Cathedral of Christ the Savior
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Novodevichy Convent
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Novodevichy Cemetary
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State Tretyakov Gallery

 

Day 3:  Touring the Moscow Metro, a meal at Cafe Pushkin, and touring other highlights based on your interest.

I followed bootsnall’s recommended itinerary on its tour of the best Moscow Metro stations and it did not disappoint. I immensely enjoyed it that I did the tour on both visits to Moscow.

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Moscow Metro
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Doesteovskaya Metro Station is my favorite because Fyodor D. is my all time favorite writer

I also ate at Cafe Pushkin on both visits to Moscow. The restaurant is teeming with elegance and character of Imperial Russia. A must visit.

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Ceiling of Cafe Pushkin
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Cafe Pushkin
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Cafe Pushkin

Accommodations:

2016: St. Regis Nikolskaya

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Lobby of the opulent St. Regis Nikolskaya

2017: Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel

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My room at the Marriott Moscow Grand Hotel

Did you like Moscow as much as I did that it warranted 2 consecutive visits in a row? (I just had to take advantage of the 3-year Russian visa I acquired when I traveled along the Trans-Siberian).


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