Experience the highlights of Russia's exciting capital in one day, during this unforgettable visit to Moscow, the Kremlin and Red Square in your private van with your exclusive licensed Moscow guide. This program may operate in different languages based upon your request.
00MIDLED-F Moscow - Silver Shore Privato by Private Van
No Russian Visa Required
Depart: St. Petersburg
Duration: 18 Hours
Rejoin: St. Petersburg
*Available in Foreign Languages - See Below
Reservation Deadline: 70 Days prior to embarkation
This program can only be reserved by calling Silversea Reservations. This program will become 100% non-refundable within 70 days prior to sailing. This is a Silversea program, no individual Russian visa is required as guests will be escorted by a licensed guide working for the ship for the entire day while off the ship. Guests must have all passport details on file with Silversea Cruises by the booking deadline to secure their Business Class train tickets. Operation of this program is contingent upon the tour '00MIDLED-A Moscow by High Speed Train' reaching its required minimum to operate as you will share this train in the Business Class car. A minimum / maximum of 4 guests along with a professional driver and separate licensed Moscow guide (available in different languages) will occupy the private van.
Selling price is per vehicle so only one person in the party needs to reserve this program
After an early wake-up call and a room service breakfast, leave the ship to meet the Shore Concierge Staff on the pier and receive your train ticket for the Sapsan and your private van awaits. Transfer to the train station in downtown St. Petersburg and board the train with the rest of the Silversea guests.
High-speed train to Moscow
'Sapsan', Russian for the peregrine falcon, the fastest bird in the falcon family, is the appropriate name for this new train, which can reach speeds of up to 150 mph (250 kmph) and get you to Moscow in just 4 hours. Along the way, enjoy hot breakfast service and picturesque views of the Russian countryside.
Upon arrival in Moscow, an expert local guide will greet you at the platform and will accompany you during your time in the Russian capital.
Kremlin and Armory Chamber
Your sightseeing begins with a drive to the Kremlin - the most important historical and political center of Russia. While in the Kremlin you will visit the Armory Chamber and view a collection of unique treasures of Russia - jewelry, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Faberge.
The tour of the Kremlin grounds continues to Cathedral square, absolutely striking in its beauty, flanked by three main cathedrals - the Assumption, the Annunciation and the Archangel Michael, all decorated with numerous golden domes.
You will also see some curious monuments demonstrating Russian ambition to build the biggest things in the world - the 200-ton Czar Bell and the Czar Cannon, known as one of the biggest in the world.
Following the visit to Kremlin Grounds and the Armory Chamber, rejoin your private car for short drive to a restaurant for lunch. In order to insure that you can maximize your time in Moscow, a set menu lunch at one of the most luxurious restaurants in Moscow - the famous Turandot on Tverskoy Boulevard is included. Admire the beautiful interior with gilded carvings and embroidered tapestries, working fireplaces and unique Malaysian crystal chandelier.
Following lunch, re-join your van and driver and proceed to your selected optional program for your afternoon of touring:
Option 1: The Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Tomb (outside) and free time at GUM Shopping Mall
Continue exploring the very heart of Moscow - the famous Red Square. Stretched along the Kremlin Eastern wall, this place has seen many important historical and political events in the life of the country: religious processions, public executions, Soviet time parades, and fireworks on May 9, 1945.
The word "red" refers neither to the color of the bricks nor to the country's Communist past. In Russian the square is called Krasnaya. This word means both "red" and "beautiful," and the latter was the original meaning.
The ensemble of the square is dominated by the Kremlin and the Lenin's Tomb that stands by its walls. Echoing the Kremlin is the picturesque multi-domed St. Basil's Cathedral. Although it's known to everyone as St. Basil's, this legendary building is officially called "The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat". The popular alternative refers to Basil the Blessed, a Muscovite 'holy fool' who was buried on the site (in the Trinity Cathedral that once stood here) a few years before the present building was erected. The Cathedral was ordered built by Ivan the Terrible to mark the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces. It was completed in 1560.
From the north the Red Square is flanked by the pointed tent roofs of the State History Museum, the largest museum of Russian history in the world. To the east the square is bordered by the building of GUM, the largest department store in the country. GUM's interior is an interesting, appealing blend of classical architecture and modern decoration.
Option 2: The Tretyakov Gallery and Christ the Savior Cathedral (not available on July 9 - V5817, August 6 - V5820, August 13 - V5821, September 3 - V5824 - Monday, day off for the Tretyakov Gallery)
Take a guided tour of the world-famous State Tretyakov Gallery located in the old merchants' district of Moscow, Zamoskvorechye - the area beyond the Moskva River opposite the Kremlin. The beautiful mansion once belonged to Pavel Tretyakov, a collector, patron of arts and a great patriot of Moscow and Russia. The House was profoundly restored in the eighties of the 20th century and is from a technical point of view a very updated art museum.
From a spacious entrance hall, go up to the 2nd floor, where the exposition carries you back to the 18th century. This was the period when Peter the Great's reforms allowed secular art in Russia and first portraits of the Tsar family and the boyars were painted. Peter the Great, Elizabeth, Peter III and Catherine the Great are immortalized in portraits here. Continue on to admire the masterpieces of Levitsky who is often referred to as the Russian Rembrandt. The Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg nurtured a great number of talented artists such as Brullov, Kiprensky and Ivanov. The latter's enormous canvas "The Apparition of the Christ" made a revolution in the artistic trends of the 19th century. Historic canvases such as Repin's "Ivan the Terrible Killing His Son Ivan", Surikov's - "The Morning of the Strelets' Execution" are excellent illustrations of Moscow older days. On the 1st floor you will find the world famous collection of icons. The tour ends in the spacious hall where a good choice of art books, catalogues, posters and souvenirs are offered.
Continue across the Moskva River to one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedrals - the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that was demolished by Stalin's order and recently rebuilt within 5 years. The Cathedral was completed in 1883 and stood as a memorial to the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812. On December 25, 1812, the day that Napoleon's troops were finally driven out of Russia, Alexander I issued an edict to erect a great cathedral in Moscow. Christ the Savior was chosen as the name in honor of the Savior's redemption of Russia from the French army.
Option 3: The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and Christ the Savior Cathedral (not available on July 9 - V5817, August 6 - V5820, August 13 - V5821, September 3 - 5824 - Monday, day off for the Tretyakov Gallery)
Take a guided tour of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts - the largest museum of European art in Moscow. It was founded by professor Ivan Tsvetaev who persuaded the young millionaire Yuriy Nechaev-Maltsev and the fashionable architect Roman Klein of the urgent need to give Moscow a fine arts museum. Designed by Klein and Shukhov, financed by Maltsev, the museum building was constructed between 1898 and 1912. After the Russian capital was moved back to Moscow in 1918, the Soviet government transferred thousands of works of art from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to the new capital. These paintings formed the nucleus of the Pushkin Museum collection. Of special interest is the priceless collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, including top works by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse.
Next, proceed to one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedrals - the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that was demolished by Stalin's order and recently rebuilt within 5 years. The Cathedral was completed in 1883 and stood as a memorial to the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812. On December 25, 1812, the day that Napoleon's troops were finally driven out of Russia, Alexander I issued an edict to erect a great cathedral in Moscow. Christ the Savior was chosen as the name in honor of the Savior's redemption of Russia from the French army.
Option 4: The New Maiden Convent, the New Maiden Cemetery and the Sparrow Hills Observation Platform
Continue to the famous UNESCO World Heritage site - the New Maiden Convent known as the "convent of the broken hearts" as it is known to have sheltered many unfavourite wives from the Russian royal families and boyar clans, who were forced to take the veil. Founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasiliy III, it was built as a fortress in one of the most picturesque places of Moscow, at a curve of the Moskva River. The convent grounds include a majestic five-domed cathedral, built in the early 16th century that contains some of the country's finest frescoes, as well as a large gilded iconostasis. The complex also includes a six-tier bell tower, which was the tallest structure in 18th-century Moscow.
The New Maiden Cemetery sits adjacent to the convent and is one of the most prestigious resting places in all of Russia - as well as the third most popular tourist destination. Over 27,000 people are buried there, including Russian and Soviet notables such as writers Anton Chekhov and Nikolai Gogol, poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, former Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev and former Russian president Boris Yeltsin.
Next, your guide will take you to the Sparrow Hills - an observation platform on the steep bank of the Moscow River where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city and see the famous Moscow State University, one of the main scientific and educational centers in Russia.
High-speed train to St. Petersburg
At the end of your selected sightseeing, return to the Leningrad Train Station in downtown Moscow, for the approximate 4-hour return ride to St. Petersburg aboard the Sapsan. Sit back and relax while you enjoy a choice of dinner options on the train and non-alcoholic beverage service on the ride back to St. Petersburg.
Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer back to the ship by a private van.
Please note: This program requires advanced booking with Silversea Reservations. Cancellations received within 70 days of cruise will incur penalty charges of up to 100%. This is a Silversea programme, no individual Russian visa is required as guests will be escorted by a licensed guide working for the ship. Guests must have all passport details on file with Silversea Cruises by the booking deadline to secure their Business Class train tickets. The train to Moscow is approximately 4 hours in each direction, with breakfast and dinner served on board. Any delays/changes in the train schedule could cause alterations in the programme that are beyond our control. Traffic conditions in Moscow can become quite heavy and this may force the guides to make changes to accommodate our guests with the best possible touring options. This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, with some steps to negotiate and it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The pace of this tour is intensive and guests should be prepared for a full day, with little opportunity to sit and relax, except while in transit. Conservative dress is required to enter houses of worship. Guests wearing sleeveless tops or shorts will not be permitted to enter. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to a minimum participation. Lines at the entry points to popular venues are to be expected. Most venues are not air-conditioned and guests should anticipate higher temperatures indoors than outside during heat waves. We strongly recommend you dress appropriately for the weather and bring rain gear. Lunch will be at guests own expense. Window seats on the Sapsan must be requested in advance however cannot be guaranteed, not all guests will have a window seat.
NOTE: A visit to Red Square and the Kremlin cannot be guaranteed due to ever-changing security restrictions and is far beyond the control of Silversea Cruises. We thank you for your understanding.
Guests participating in this programme should contact the Silver Shore Concierge approximately 60 days prior to your cruise to finalise additional details of your programme, such as language preference and optional venues, as advanced reservations are required for certain venue. The above program is a suggested itinerary only and you reserve the right to make changes after speaking with your licensed guide. The only restriction is the scheduled entry to the Kremlin and Armory that is very specific and cannot be changed, only excluded.
*Foreign Language Guides
Foreign language guides will be confirmed in advance by the Silver Shore Concierge. There is no additional charge for French, Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese speaking guides. To engage a Dutch, Chinese or Japanese speaking guide a charge of USD $150 will be added to your cruise booking. This is a single charge and not a per person rate. Foreign language guides are in high demand and must be reserved well in advance.
· Roundtrip business-class train transfer aboard Sapsan
· Private van transfers in a St. Petersburg
· Mercedes Viano with professional driver in Moscow
· Licensed Moscow Guide - English-speaking or Pre-reserved Foreign Language Guide
· Admission to Kremlin and Armory
· Admission to 2 optional venues
· Breakfast, set-menu lunch at Turandot restaurant, dinner accompanied by 1 glass of wine and non-alcoholic hot or cold beverages on Sapsan
Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.
All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Shipboard credit may not be applied to this program. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 70 days of sailing. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.