Three days is a pretty short amount of time to really experience Europe’s biggest city, but if you are willing to go at a breakneck pace, then you can definitely see the highlights in just three days. The below itinerary for 3 days in Moscow. It works on three full days, so adjust accordingly for your exact arrival and departure times. Also, attractions listed can be closed at random times (because this is Russia). Check their individual websites for any updates on opening hours and dates.
- Russia doesn’t open for business until 9-10am, so prepare for your day with the immense breakfast buffet at Hotel Metropol (available even if you are not a guest). This will be the best and most opulent example of a Russian breakfast you will find.
- Get to the Kremlin gates by 9:30am, so you can get tickets for when it opens at 10am. Alternatively, book your tickets online in up to two weeks in advance and avoid the queue. Seeing the Kremlin grounds and the Armoury Chamber should take you up until lunch time. NOTE: the Kremlin is closed on Thursdays and most public holidays.
- After exiting the Kremlin, stroll back around to Red Square and drop into the G.U.M Department store to see the beautiful shopping complex and drop into a cafe for lunch (although after breakfast you may not be that hungry!).
- After lunch, make sure you take the opportunity to see the cathedrals by Red Square and if it is open, Lenin’s Mausoleum. The lines for the mausoleum can be long, so you will need to decide if it is worth the wait.
- Now it is time to leave Red Square. Head down to Okhotny Ryad metro station (red line, by Four Seasons hotel) and take the metro for two stops to Kropotkinskaya. Exit the station and behold the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the stunning modern remake of an orthodox cathedral that was famously destroyed by the Soviets.
- If you still feel like walking, go to the rear of the cathedral and take the footbridge over the Moskva river, then take a right, following the river bank until you get to the Open Air Art Museum and Gorky Park. Alternatively, take a short taxi ride.Take your time to stroll around and enjoy the nature – there are plenty of vendors if you worked up a thirst getting there!
- End the day with a Moskva river cruise, which departs from a pier in Gorky Park. If you opt for the Radisson River Cruise, you can have your dinner whilst soaking in the Moscow skyline.
- Although you may choose to stay at your hotel for breakfast, another good option is the famous Cafe Pushkin. A benefit of heading here for breakfast is that the prices are more reasonable than on their dinner menu and it is much easier to get a table. If you choose this option, check out Pushkin Square while you are nearby.
- After breakfast, head back towards Red Square and go to the State Historical Museum. This museum houses a veritable treasure trove of items from throughout Russia’s long history. You can expect this to take an hour or two.
- Next, take the same metro ride as in day one. Instead of going to the cathedral, head over to the famous Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. The artwork on display at this cultural institution is truly stunning. Again, a couple of hours will be required.
- By the time you are done with the fine art museum, it is likely to be lunch time. Right by Kropotkinskaya metro you will find Voronezh Restaurant and Deli, which is the perfect place to stop for a quick bite to eat. No reservation necessary, unless you want to go to the more formal dining area upstairs.
- By now you are probably sick of being inside, so it is time to see another of Moscow’s famous parks. Take the metro one stop back to station Biblioteka imeni Lenina and transfer to the blue line. Disembark at the station Park Pobedy (Victory Park).
- Now you are right at the entrance to Victory Park. Inside is an open air museum dedicated to Russia’s various military victories and in the centre is Poklonnaya Hill. This is one of the highest points in the city, which will give you a good photo opportunity.
- Once you have had your fill of fresh air, head back to your hotel by metro or taxi, to get ready for a night at the Bolshoi Theatre. Please note, you will need to have booked tickets well in advance if you want to see a show.
- After the show, have dinner at your leisure. One notable restaurant near the theatre is Lavka Lavka. The food served here is a great example of contemporary Russian cuisine, utilising 100% farm fresh ingredients.
- You are probably pretty tired by Day 3, so there is just one museum and souvenir shopping scheduled. Have breakfast at your leisure, but be ready to go so you can arrive at the Tretyakov Gallery by 10am. The easiest way to access the gallery is via metro Tretyakovskaya.
- You probably wont be finished with this vast gallery till lunch time. Once you exit, find a nearby cafe or restaurant for a bite to eat before continuing – there are plenty of options.
- Now it is time for souvenir shopping. Although there are small souvenir shops all over the city, the cheapest and also most interesting place to pick up a memento is the Izmailovsky Flea Market.
- The easiest metro station to access the market from is Partizanskaya. You will notice the large Izmailovsky park is also nearby. If you finish shopping early, you can take the opportunity to fit this park in before you leave Moscow.
- If you have one more night to play with, then you can spend the evening at the famous Old Moscow Circus. Tickets can be booked easily online. It is definitely a show to remember. The easiest way to access the circus is via metro stations Trubnaya or Tsvetnoy Bulvar.
As you can see, just 3 days in Moscow makes for a pretty hectic schedule. This is only a small portion of the most famous sights in the Russian capital. Please remember that this is just a rough guide, you should always double check opening times, prices and locations for yourself to avoid disappointment.
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