Spotlight on Moscow
A country shrouded in mystery, Russia is an alluring destination for travellers. Its capital, Moscow is a vibrant, 24-hour city that offers something for everyone. Featuring picturesque canals and easy access to the “Golden Ring” of Russian cities, it is also the ideal starting point for any river cruise. Whether you’ve got a week, a day or a year to explore, Moscow is a city that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. Below you’ll discover a list of the key sights and attractions.
Red Square and the Kremlin
From the majestic Saint Basil’s Cathedral to the stunning GUM department store, Moscow’s Red Square is home to some of Russia’s most iconic landmarks. Enter via the Resurrection Gate (containing the Iberian Chapel) and be blown away by the sheer size and beauty of the architecture that surrounds you. Pay tribute to the revolutionary leader, Vladimir Lenin inside the Lenin Mausoleum and visit the Kremlin.
A fortified complex that has housed Russian and Soviet leaders for centuries, the Kremlin is very much a “city within a city”. Cathedrals, statues, extravagant living quarters and more - the Kremlin is truly captivating. Cue early to avoid the rush.
Escape the tourist crowds and rub shoulders with the locals at Gorky Park. From sunbathing in summer to ice skating in winter, Moscow’s trendiest “green zone” is a hive of activity year-round. Grab a bite to eat and wander the parklands, or hire a bike and glide along the boardwalk. Find a quiet spot under a tree to read a book or volunteer your services to the local volleyball team - the choice is yours. Just make sure you get there.
Don your best evening jacket and make a special trip to the Bolshoi Theatre for a night of culture, relaxation and first-class ballet. A venue steeped in history, the Bolshoi Theatre is widely regarded as the pride of Russia’s performing arts scene. Book your ticket and witness some of the world’s leading performers as they hit the stage. Whether it’s your first visit to the ballet or your 100th, you’ll be thoroughly entertained. Premium seats won’t come cheap, but it’s worth paying a little extra for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
For the best service in town, head to Café Pushkin – a 24-hour, 5-star restaurant that will have you feeling like a 19th-century Russian aristocrat as soon as you walk in the door. The helpful staff will advise you on what to order, but it’s hard to go past a serve of Russian pancakes, dumplings and caviar. Located just a stone’s throw from Pushkin Square, a visit to the Pushkin Café is the perfect way to cap off a memorable day in Russia’s capital.
Moscow is a city that seamlessly blends nostalgia and modernity; that simultaneously honours its rich and tumultuous history whilst planning for its future success. To discover how you can incorporate this port-of-call into your next cruise holiday, call 1300 954 661 and chat with one of our friendly cruise consultants today.
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