At first glance it can feel like Moscow is unrelentingly urban, but take a closer look and there are streets filled with Art Nouveau mansions, Russian Revival and flowering courtyards, icon-filled churches and pedestrianized streets. Moscow is a city of contrasts and different textures and a visit to Russia is incomplete without time spent here.
Moscow is a city on the move – exhilarating, vibrant and vivid at the same time, its culture has as many facets as the diamonds in the Kremlin vaults.
When you travel to Moscow we will give you an unparalleled insight into the city that can only come from our deep understanding of its past and present, our network with its ear to the ground, and our behind-the-scenes access that takes you a step beyond the velvet rope with our Exeter International Extraordinary Experiences.
Chat with a KGB Colonel to brush up on your Cold War history, then learn about “soviet kitsch” at trendy bars with names like Propaganda.
Discover how things happen center stage with a behind-the-scenes tour at the Bolshoi, before watching that evening’s performance from the best seats in the house.
With one foot grounded in her glorious past and the other leap-frogging into the future, Moscow has proved her mettle as a global capital. Let Exeter International curate a trip that encapsulates the essence of what it is about Moscow that means the most to you.
For custom luxury travel and tours to Moscow, please contact one of our travel experts, or read on below for more information about where to go and when, along with our Insider's Guide.
Moscow is a global metropolis. Hotel rates Friday to Sunday are up to 40% less than Monday – Thursday and we encourage those that can to travel to Moscow at the weekend. Traffic is lighter, and getting around the city is easier.
The exception to this rule is high summer. From Mid July to the end of August, many people leave the city for vacation and hotels represent excellent value for money compared to other times of the year.
The ballet and opera also takes a break from the middle of July, sometimes right up to the very end of September as the leading arts companies go on tour. If your dream is to see Nutcracker on the stage of the Bolshoi, this is not the time to go.
The weather in July and August can occasionally get very hot with temperatures in the 80’s.
The climate is very variable during winter and temperatures can fluctuate from 30 degrees Fahrenheit to -4. For people wishing to avoid the winter cold and high summer the ideal times to travel are April to mid July and September to early November .
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you based on your exact preferences and interests. We suggest you allow a minimum of three nights in Moscow
Discover ancient Moscow through Red Square. The landscape of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Historical Museum and the Kremlin’s spires are known to many from our television screens, but up close they are almost preposterously beautiful with a scale that you do not expect. The Kremlin requires a day of exploration; the Armory Museum showcasing Fabergé and Imperial artwork; the Diamond Fund with the show-stopping Orlov diamond and the extensive grounds and three cathedrals.
Fast forward to the 20th century and a good way of understanding Cold War history is to visit the outstanding Museum of Cosmonautics and the fascinating Cold War Bunker and see the Russian viewpoint on the space and arms race.
Lovers of art will not want to miss the impressionist collection at the Pushkin Museum, or a visit to the now renowned Garage Museum of Contemporary Art that has placed Moscow firmly in the 21St century.
The Grand Cafe Dr. Zhivago is owned by one of the most successful restaurateurs of Moscow, Alexander Rapport. This fashionable and all-Russian restaurant has some of the best Russian food in Moscow, with ingredients all sourced from local suppliers. All the favorite Russian dishes are represented here and the dumplings (pelmeny) are excellent. The striking interior features Russian Avant- Garde murals, with a distinctive red and white theme. Advance reservations are essential.
A visit to Moscow is never complete without a visit to GUM in Red Square. Once famous for lines, it is now famous for high end brands. Gastronom No 1 is a fabulous food store that sells the best Russian produce. An interesting (and delicious) gift is Russian chocolate. There is a huge selection here, and with distinctive packaging and design your gift will be a talking point. One of the most famous brands is Red October.