Early-Admission Kremlin Tour in Moscow: Armory, Diamond Fund Exhibition and Assumption Cathedral

Early-Admission Kremlin Tour in Moscow: Armory, Diamond Fund Exhibition and Assumption Cathedral
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$141.18
Duration: 3 hours
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Visit three opulent highlights of Moscow’s Kremlin — the Armory, Diamond Fund Exhibition and Assumption Cathedral — on a 3-hour morning walking tour! After entering at the earliest admission time to avoid the lines that appear later in the day, immerse yourself in a world of diamonds, gilded décor and intrigue while learning all about the Russian tsars, empresses and presidents who have resided at the iconic Moscow monument.

Meet your guide by the Russian National Library in Moscow, and then head inside the Kremlin at one of the earliest admission times to avoid the long entrance lines that appear later in the day. Stroll through the grounds and learn all about Moscow’s Kremlin and its history from your guide. Translating as ‘fortified stronghold,’ the Kremlin dates back to the 15th century when it started life as an imposing castle for the Russian tsars. Centuries of battles, bloodshed, corruption and intrigue followed, and nowadays the site leads a somewhat tamer existence as the residence of the Russian president.

Your first stop inside the world-famous site is the Armory, a chamber that boasts enough bling to rival the entire Palace of Versailles. Known to many as the ‘treasure trove of Russia,’ the chamber comprises nine rooms all lavishly embellished with ornamentation, jewelry and Imperial weapons — the spoils of the Russian tsars. Walk around with your guide and discover highlights such as the vast collection of Faberge Eggs that were once given as extravagant Easter gifts, as well as the crowns and thrones of Russian tsars, precious armory and the world’s largest collection of royal carriages.

Pass Tsar Cannon, the colossal firearm that seems never to have been fired, and stop for photos in front of the bell tower that encases one of the world’s largest bells. Continue to the Diamond Fund Exhibition to browse an impressive collection of precious stones and jewelry amassed over centuries by the Russian tsars and empresses. See the Crown of the Russian Empire — the richest crown in the Russian Empire — and hear of Empress Elizabeth, the grandchild of Tsar Peter the Great, who contributed a large amount of jewelry to the collection. After admiring the crown, sceptre and orb, walk on to your final site of the tour: Assumption Cathedral.

Also known as Uspensky Sobor, the cathedral was the site of several tsars’ coronations, and its interior is cloaked in color and 15th-century artwork. Explore the main prayer hall, and then start to make your way out of the Kremlin. Say your goodbyes to your guide, and then finish your tour at the start point.

Visit three opulent highlights of Moscow’s Kremlin — the Armory, Diamond Fund Exhibition and Assumption Cathedral — on a 3-hour morning walking tour! After entering at the earliest admission time to avoid the lines that appear later in the day, immerse yourself in a world of diamonds, gilded décor and intrigue while learning all about the Russian tsars, empresses and presidents who have resided at the iconic Moscow monument.