Moscow Kremlin and the Armory Chamber

$129 / €108

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What is behind the crenelated walls of the Kremlin? Step on the cobble stones of this medieval castle, be fascinated by the grandeur of palaces and cathedrals, the astonishing Tsar-Pushka (cannon) and Tsar-Kolokol (bell) and decipher the meaning of the murals on the vaults and pillars with our professional guide. The Armory Chamber holds the collection of the regal treasure and State regalia. Each piece of the collection hides behind the secretes and legends of the past.

Kremlin_ArmouryThe Moscow Kremlin is the historical part of the capital city, its cradle and heart, the official seat of the country’s leader, Europe’s largest medieval fortress and a treasure trove of historical relics.

The meaning of the word ‘Kremlin’ is a ‘stronghold built of pinewood’. Needless to say, wooden walls did not survive till nowadays. The present-day fortress features 15-20th century architecture and art.

Italians invited to Moscovia by the sovereign Ivan III, grandfather of Ivan the Terrible, used the best of their knowledge and experience to create the Heavenly Hail on the Hill, architectural ensemble which included 2,4 km of masonry walls and 20 war towers, 4 palaces and 4 cathedrals. Shaped as a triangle the fortress sits on a bluff above the river, its Southern wall faces the Moskva River, Red Square is beyond the Eastern wall, and in the north-west it is flanked by Alexander Garden.

The Russian sovereigns lived in the Kremlin for centuries, got crowned, got married, baptized their children and ultimately died and were buried inside the Kremlin walls. The world’s largest cannon, the ‘Tsar-Pushka’ and the world’s largest bell the ‘Tsar-Kolokol’ are displayed on its grounds.

The divine Cathedral square witnessed the most crucial episodes in the Russian history. The main cathedral in the square is the Dormition Cathedral, witnessed the coronation of the tsars of 2 dynasties from Ivan the Terrible to Nicolas II. The Archangel Michael Cathedral is the burial place of royal males. The enchanting Annunciation Cathedral is the domestic church of the regal family, decorated with breathtaking medieval murals.

The Armory Chamber holds the treasure of the crown collected by generations. It features among other valuable items, the Monomakh hat, the ancient crown of the Russian monarchs, sets of scepters, orbs, thrones, royal garments and coronation and wedding dresses, the largest collection of gold- and silverware, ambassadorial gifts, arms and armor, carriages and, of course, the Faberge Easter eggs.

Key highlights:

  • Private 4-hour tour of the Kremlin and Armory Chamber with our experienced guide.
  • Discover the medieval Kremlin grounds and its beautiful cathedrals. See the Tsar Cannon, the Tsar Bell, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, look at the working place of the President of Russia
  • Visit the Dormition Cathedral – the coronation place of Russian tsars and emperors
  • Explore the treasures of the Armory Chamber: state regalia, crowns, ceremonial royal garments and coronation dresses, Faberge eggs and other astonishing items

Itinerary:

9.30 am – Hotel pick-up

10.00 am – visit to the Kremlin grounds

11.00 am – visit to the Dormition Cathedral, the coronation place of the Russian tsars and emperors

11.30 am – visit to the Armory Chamber – the collection of the royal treasure

2.00 pm – Drop-off at your hotel or destination of your choice

Please note, the time for the Kremlin and the Armory Chamber visit is subject to change during peak season according to available booking slots.

What makes it different:

  • You can adjust the itinerary according to your wish: we offer ideas & you choose what you want. We will meet you at your hotel with your personalized itinerary.
  • Your tour will be a lot of fun, not a history lesson.
  • You may ask your guide any question which interests you about people, ways and traditions.
  • We can invite you to a Moscow family home. Check out “Eat with locals” page on our website.