7 Day Itinerary in Moscow

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A week in Moscow will afford you the opportunity to really get a feel for the city’s sights and energy. This itinerary starts out with Moscow’s most famous sights and continues with some lesser known gems and attractions outside of the city center.

Day 1

Start with Moscow’s most famous sights: Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin. The Kremlin is closed on Thursdays. Visitors are not allowed into the presidential apartments, but you will be able to tour the grounds and several of the complex’s cathedrals. 

Day 2

Begin your day by taking the English-language guided tour at the Tretyakov Gallery. The art collection spans Russia’s 1200 year history. From the Tretyakov Gallery, head north over a footbridge to reach the Zamoskvarechye district and Bolotnaya Square. In the afternoon visit Pushkin Square and the elegant Café Pushkin.

Day 3

On your third day, start with a visit to the Novodevichy Convent & Cemetery. The building complex is a fantastic example of Russian architecture and the cemetery houses the remains of many famous Russians. Gorky Park is an especially lively place to spend a couple of hours people watching. The Pushkin Museum of Fine Art is near Gorky Park and definitely merits a visit.

Day 4

If you’ve already spent three days in Moscow, you'll undoubtedly encounter Tverskaya Street before, but take some time to explore Moscow’s dynamic main artery. Enjoy the cafes, restaurants, retail shops and ample examples of neon signage.

Day 5

Kolomenskoye Park is often overlooked by tourists but it is one of Moscow’s best estate museums. The park is south of the city center and extends along the banks of the Moscow River. Churches and buildings from the 15th through the 20th centuries dot the green landscape.

Day 6

Take a day trip with a tour company to one of the sites on the “Golden Ring,” the circle of eight cities that surround Moscow itself. The main attractions here are the cathedrals, monasteries, and medieval fortresses.

Day 7

On your last day in Moscow, either return to the Red Square area to soak up some more Russian culture or head out for a self-guided tour of the Soviet- style buildings to soak up culture of a different variety. The main building of the Moscow State University is a 5000-room building with over 32 kilometers (20 miles) of hallways! Those interested in architecture will also enjoy the Shchusev Museum of Architecture where you can see the plans of the elaborate, but never-realized Palace of the Soviets.

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