Small World Travel & Tours, LLC has been in business for over 35 years, as a family-owned and operated travel agency. We pride ourselves on offering the best service & value you will find anywhere. Honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of our company.
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Paul Boucher (The Son) co-owner of Small World Travel & Tours, LLC has sailed on over 60 ships and has more then 20 years of experience in the cruise industry. He is one of the most knowledgeable and friendliest travel professionals you will find. He graduated from the University of Margaritaville with a Masters in Tailgating and a PH.D. in FUN.
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Small World Travel & Tours, LLC has been in business for over 37 years, as a family owned and operated travel agency. Based just down the road from Raleigh's metro area, our small town was been a hub for Weddings for years. We are located in the heart of an historic downtown community, anchored by a number of generationally run Businesses that have embrace the Wedding industry, from Fine Art Photogrphers to In-town stately Manison venues to larger Farms just outside town, to Florist, and even catering options. Come to see us, and while your here save money on many other areas of your wedding in one trip.
We pride ourselves on offering the best service & value you will find anywhere. Honesty and integrity are the corner stones of our company. Small World Travel & Tours is among the largest and oldest family own and operated Travel Companies in the North Carolina.
Much of our business not only comes Honeymoons but also from groups of all types, companies, family, friends, and more. We have an extensive knowledge and 1st experience on how to handle wedding-moons (Our owner and his wife, had a small group of 250 friends and clients with them in-destination for their Wedding-moon) We are able to handle groups of all sizes and all the details to make everything flow worry free for you. We are a full service Travel Agency for the greater Raleigh area, Benson, Four Oaks, Dunn, Erwin, Smithfield, Selma, Clayton, Cary, Garner, Knightdale, Apex, and anyone else. We are also able to plan everything over the phone and for some Honeymooners this is a relief, as we know you are very busy planning your Big Day.
With our recent move, to our much larger location 201A East Main St. (Just 3 blocks away from our original location) In addition to all the original travel services we always offered. We also offer a full scale, travel store and gift shop complete with many Honeymoon/ Wedding gift items.
A must stop if you are traveling. We are a unique gift shop, not only is this a very cool completely restored historic building. We have been in the travel industry for over 37 years. Able to help with many of your questions locally or afar. Offering some handmade gift items, t-shirts, including shirts and hats from Benson's very own Broadslab Distillery, hand beaded jewelry and much more. Grab your Disney souvenirs on the way down for less, pick up what you forgot on the way home... Cruises, we have all the little things to help make your cruise more enjoyable for less.... Same for a day or week at the Beach, Pool or Lake...
Established in 1987.
We bought the property of our original location in 1978 it was 100 year old large Victorian home owned by the well known Parker family. After using it as a home for a number of years the business took over, fast forward to 2021 we bought a large corner stone building (only 3 blocks away from our original location) in the heart of historic downtown Benson. Its was here that we added the Travel Store and Gift Shop as a means to help our clients with hard to find to often costly vacation items. Our new location has been home to two hardware store, a dime store (Popes), a family jewelry (of which our owner bought his wife's wedding ring 27 years ago from) and most recently a western wear store. Many original items have been kept in our complete restoration of the building. Including a 1914 elevator that has been restored and relocated to the retail floor, savaging of all the bead boards used as walls upstairs from boarding rooms, the hardwood floors and ceiling, along with much more.
Small World Travel & Tours is a travel agency based in Benson, North Carolina that offers wedding travel services.
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I grew up in our family travel business that we've owned for over 37 years, and "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life". I don't feel like its work, its just something I enjoy and over the years ive gotten to sail on over 60 ships and visited countless travel destinations with more then 30 years of experience in the travel industry.
In 2023 we moved 3 Blocks away to a new and larger location, added a Store, why the Store?, While I felt like we were able to help people with their vacations, it seams like every one has a story about being away from home and getting "taken for a ride" cost wise on something.
Thats what I wanted to help with, having a fun place to shop where you can get the small things you need for vacation at a reasonable cost and items that help you get the most out of your vacations. You see over the years what I found out was, vacation time in more valuable to most people than their everyday time. It may be the only time that year they have all the kids together, average American gets less then 4 days of vacation time a year, I want to help you get the most out of it, without getting over charged for the little things that make those memories so special.
Amy has worked with us for a number of years, traveling to a number of the latest hot stops for honeymooner. She is able to help you plan all the details of you Honeymoon.
Maria started Small World Travel and Tours in 1987 in the living room of her and Fred's (Husband/ and later Business Partner) home on Hill st.
They bought the property of our original location in 1978 it was 100 year old large Victorian home owned by the well known Parker family. After using it as a home for a number of years the business took over, fast forward to 2021 we bought a large corner stone building (only 3 blocks away from our original location) in the heart of historic downtown Benson. Its was here that we added the Travel Store and Gift Shop as a means to help our clients with hard to find to often costly vacation items.
Even after Fred's death from a long battle of Pulmonary Fibrosis Maria has continued to enjoy not only Traveling, but also still helps to plan vacations for family, friends and clients.
Shannon is the mother part of a mother/daughter team that has work with Small World Travel and Tours for years now. Helpful with any destanation, they have planned countless vacations and Honeymoons to Disney.
Ashlynn is the daughter part of a mother/daughter team that has worked with Small World Travel and Tours for years now. Helpful with any destanation, they have planned countless vacations and Honeymoons to Disney.
Stacie has been with Small World for 10 plus years not only is she a great go-to for Disney honeymoons, she can help with family vacations, business travel and more for years.
Reagan has worked with us for 7 Years, but before that she was a client. Reagan and her family have traveled with us since she was a young child. So working here just came natural.
Dana, Newer to our team but she comes in very experienced with Cruise products. She had taken a love or hers and now helps others to enjoy traveling also.
Ronnie, works for Garner, NC as an EMT/Firefighter but because of his love of travel, he helps people plan vacations, family trips and more as another Labor of Love.
Kenzie has been with us just a couple years, but not only is she very knowledgeable about the products in the Store, she is able to help you payments, questions, and many of the little details about your honeymoon.
Rachel, is a very well travel young lady, and because of this she is about to help not only with questions you may have but also with things from the Store to help make your Honeymoon that much more enjoyable.
Sue has been planning Vacations, Honeymoons and Cruise with us for 25 years. She has been on countless cruises, is a wealth of knowledge.
Dianne has been with us for more then 25 years, she has a gift at handling groups and managing all the details, Honeymoons and Weddingmoons are no problem for this Agent.
Brittany, will care for all your honeymoon and travel needs. She has been on a number of Cruise and Land Vacations and does a great job with all the details, but thats not the only way she "cares' for people. She is also another one of agents that has a 1st Responder back ground, she has been a Paramedic for years.
Krista, is a very specialized agent, she is able to help with all things Disney. This is her area, she is there 3-4 times a year if not more and knows all the ins and outs. Weddings and Honeymoons are very popular at Disney, just ask Krista.
Lydia, also a big Disney agent is able to help you with that Disney Honeymoon or down the road with that vactions too Disney with the kids...
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Small World Travel & Tours, LLC has been in business for over 37 years, as a family owned and operated travel agency, now with our recent move, to our much larger location on Main St. (Just 3 blocks away from our original location) We now all for a full scale, travel and gift shop in addition to all the original travel services we always offered. We pride ourselves on offering the best service & value you will find anywhere. Honesty and integrity are the corner stones of our company. Travel, cruises, groups, Small World Travel & Tours is among the largest Travel Companies in the North Carolina, 90% of our business comes from groups of all types, companies, family, friends, and more. We are able to handle groups of all sizes and all the details to make everything flow worry free for you. We are a full service Travel Agency for Raleigh, Benson, Four Oaks, Dunn, Erwin, Smithfield, Selma, Clayton, Cary, Knightdale. …
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Moscow is unlike any other city on Earth. It is the wealthy economic center for one-sixth of the world's land mass and has over 120 ethnic groups and nationalities. A diverse and vibrant city with a strange combination of traditional Russian architecture and newer Soviet tastelessness, Moscow is an adventure waiting to happen!
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But what makes it so popular among tourists is the concentration of Moscow attractions. When you travel to Moscow you definitely want to see the red-bricked walls of the Kremlin , to take a picture in front of St. Basil's Cathedral , and probably visit the world-famous Bolshoi Theater . All of these places are located within a very small area around Red Square , so seeing them on a walking sightseeing tour of Moscow is convenient and allows you to avoid traffic jams.
The concentration of Moscow's main sights is one of the facts that make this city a world-class tourist destination. The majority of its attractions is centered in one small area, and the Kremlin is the hub of this concentration.
These sights extend into the realm of fantasy and are a must to put on your Moscow itinerary: the colorful domes of the Cathedral of St. Vasily the Blessed, the neo-gothic consumer wonderland that is the GUM , or state department store, and the timepiece of Russia's New Year's celebrations, the Spassky clock tower, all tower over the beautiful Red Square.
The neighboring Kitay-Gorod, or "Basket-Town" (likely a reference to the construction method of the city walls surround it), remains a significant concentration of traditional Russian structures serving as a commercial center. The Bolshoi Theater, the Lubyanka, and the hotels that tower above the Manege Square all are situated within the Boulevard Ring, an urban open-space doubling as a heavily-trafficked roadway created after the Great Fire of 1812, the one that left Napoleon's Army starving deep within wintry Russia.
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As Europe's largest metropolis, and the 5th largest city in the world, Moscow comes with its share of traffic blunders. It seems that all of the world's most expensive black cars are here, and that most of the city's car owners do not understand the difference between sidewalks and parking lots. Still, while the traffic situation leaves much to be desired, the Moscow subway is superb.
The advanced Metro system carries up to 3 million passengers a day and its trains run every few minutes. With stations that could rival art museums, the Metro is one of Moscow's great must-see sights. Travel in Moscow Metro at least once to see that there is nothing like it in the world.
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The peak of the Moscow travel season is May through September. However, you may prefer to savor Moscow tourism delicacies during the low travel season. The snowy winter months offer just as many entertainment options as one can find during summer.
You can celebrate New Year's Eve or see Russia's biggest ice rink on Red Square, taste blinis or visit one of the numerous winter markets. Any popular St. Petersburg - Moscow tour hides a handful of memorable experiences the whole year round!
Although the best time to visit Moscow is from May to September, the city in winter still enchants with its towers and lights. Its great celebrations on the day of the October Revolution (held on November 7, a discrepancy resulting from the difference between the traditional Russian Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar in use around the world today), and New Years Day make it the place to be. Of course, the best way to plan your trip is through one of our package tours to Moscow. If you are planning a trip to Russia , don't hesitate to contact our experienced travel experts who'll be glad to help.
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15 Best Day Trips from Moscow
Moscow, the sprawling Russian capital, is a city that’s both full of history and contemporary culture.
This is the centre of the Russian world, a city that armies have invaded, where nations have clashed and where revolutions have played out through the centuries.
It’s a city on the fringe of Europe, but a place that is very much at the heart of European history and politics, and for visitors, it can be a complex and enthralling destination to visit.
As much as there is to see and to do in the city itself, there is just as much to experience on day trips from Moscow too.
While Russia is undoubtedly an expansive country, and many of the better-known cities such as St Petersburg or Volgograd are hundreds and hundreds of miles away, there are many more unknown and unusual destinations to visit within a few hours’ drive of the capital.
Immerse yourself in the Russian countryside, visit war memorials, battlefields and the lavish estates of the former Russian nobility. There are rural villages, grand Orthodox Monasteries and the chance to see Russian life outside of the city first-hand.
Here are the best day trips from Moscow.
Located just an hour north of the Moscow city centre, Korolev is an area that is almost a suburb of the expansive capital, but has retained its own unique identity. During the Soviet era, this was one of the most important industrial areas in the country, because this was the base for Soviet Space Exploration.
During World War II, the factories here produced anti-tank guns that helped keep the Soviet Union in the fight. After Germany was defeated, the factories and research centres began to focus on space.
The city became a ‘Science City’ as skilled workers from across the Union came here to settle and to launch the space programme. It became one of the more affluent areas in the country, and today, that distinction can still be seen on the streets and in the buildings.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, Korolev remained the headquarters of Russian space travel and still hosts Russian Mission Control.
A two-hour drive to the west of Moscow is the battlefield of Borodino. This is a place that is revered in Russian history, and which perhaps should be much more well-known in wider European history too, because this is where the infamous French General Napolean Bonaparte fought the Russians during his invasion in 1812.
Although the French won the Battle of Borodino and went on to capture Moscow, this was the beginning of the end for Napolean, as he went on to be ravaged by the Russian Winter and was forced to retreat soon after.
Just outside the small village of Borodino is the green and grassy field where the battle was fought. On top of a substantial hill is a lasting monument to the important event.
Located to the south-east of Moscow is the city of Kolomna, which in comparison to the Russian capital is very much a small-town escape.
This is one of the oldest Russian cities in the region and there is a long and intriguing history to be discovered in the museums and monasteries.
Interestingly, the city was off-limits for much its tenure under the Soviet Union, because it was the site of important weapons factories. It was only in 1994 that the city was opened up and even now it is still very much unknown to tourists.
Kolomna makes for a great day trip, and you can explore the restored medieval walls, and the city’s very own Kremlin, a huge fortress which dates back to the 16th century.
Zvenigorod is as little as an hour’s drive away from Moscow city centre, and the small town makes for a pleasant break from the capital.
Zvenigorod is an old and historic place, with a history dating back almost a thousand years.
There are some beautiful monasteries to visit as well as the unusual Museum of Russian Desserts, where you can sample and explore this aspect of the local culinary culture.
Zvenigorod was also a town where the world-renowned Anton Checkov once lived, and you can visit a museum here that’s dedicated to his life.
5. Sergiyev Posad
North of the capital is the city of Sergiyev Posad, which is one of the few well-known tourist destinations in the surrounding region.
You will find this as a suggested stop on most travel itineraries to Moscow, and many tour companies include this as part of their excursions around the city because this city is home to the famous Trinity Lavra of St Sergius.
This is a huge Russian Orthodox Monastery which has been here for hundreds of years, and continues to be run by monks who look after the revered tomb of St Sergius, who was laid to rest here.
It’s an important pilgrimage place for Orthodox Christians and an important stop for tourists.
6. Kubinka Tank Museum
Outside Moscow, you can find an unusual museum which will give you a truly ‘Russian’ experience.
The Kubinka Tank Museum was once the location of a Red Army tank testing ground. Now, it’s been turned into a huge museum that showcases every conceivable type of armoured vehicle.
7. Arkhangelskoye Estate
The Arkhangelskoye Estate was built on the outskirts of Moscow and dates back to the late 18th century when it was constructed by a Rusian aristocratic family.
For over a century, it was the domain of the nobility, until of course, the Russian Revolution and the advent of Communism swept the family that owned the estate out of the country.
The estate was opened to the public by the Communists and turned into a museum, which it remains today.
Restoration work after the fall of the Soviet Union saved the Arkhangelskoye Estate from falling into disrepair and kept the grounds and the grand palace as a lavish example of pre-Revolution Russia.
Yaroslavl is found a few hours to the north of Moscow and makes for a long day trip from the city. It’s worth the journey to experience one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations.
Yaroslavl is found on the banks of the River Volga and has been a historically important city throughout Russian history. The city has even been the capital of the country at various points.
You can explore the many museums and monasteries to learn more about this intriguing destination.
9. Rostov Veliky
Just south of Yaroslavl is the small but culturally rich town of Rostov Veliky.
This is another important site in Russian history, as the town can date its origins back to early Slavic settlement around Moscow.
Lake Nero is a beautiful and expansive lake near the town, fringed on one side by an ancient fortress, giving Rostov Veliky a wonderful atmosphere to experience.
Two hours east of Moscow is another historic Russian city that is very much on the regional tourist trail.
It makes for a great day trip from the capital because Vladimir dates back to the 12th century and is full of Russian history and culture.
This was one of the first Russian capitals and it still contains many beautiful medieval buildings that are hundreds of years old.
The small town of Suzdal is just a few kilometres north of the city of Vladimir.
The town is part of a fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the historic sites from both Suzdal and Vladimir.
The town was founded in medieval times and also acted for a time as an early capital for Russian kingdoms in the region.
Klin is a fairly unassuming town to the north-west of Moscow, but it’s worth visiting to see one particular sight, the house of Tchaikovsky.
The famous 19th-century composer spent his final days here and wrote his very last piece of work in the house in Klin. It is now a museum dedicated to his life and work.
It’s a grand estate and an interesting insight into pre-Soviet, Russian culture.
A short trip past the Moscow suburbs will bring you to another famous estate, the house of renowned Russian writer and playwright Anton Checkov.
By the town of Checkov, which was renamed in his honour, the museum of Melikova will take you on a journey through his life and indeed, what the lives of many of his contemporary fellow Russians would have been like too.
14. Gorki Leninskie
On the southern edge of Moscow is Gorki Leniniskie.
This grand estate was once the realm of Russian nobles, but after the Russian Revolution it was personally taken over by Vladimir Lenin who turned it into his own home.
He spent much of his last years here, and after his death, the estate became a shrine to his life and legacy.
Today it still remains an interesting museum, and is still in many ways a shrine to communism.
15. Losiny Ostrov National Park
Losiny Ostrov National Park is a huge area of protected land that is found right on the edge of Moscow and is even surrounded on several sides by suburbs of the city.
It’s unusual to find such a large national park so close to a capital and it’s easy to spend the day exploring this veritable wilderness of beautiful scenery and plentiful wildlife.
15 Best Day Trips from Moscow:
- Sergiyev Posad
- Kubinka Tank Museum
- Arkhangelskoye Estate
- Rostov Veliky
- Gorki Leninskie
- Losiny Ostrov National Park
17 Best Moscow Tours
Are you planning a visit to the capital of Russia and looking for the best Moscow tours? From Red Square to the Kremlin and from world-class art to fairytale buildings, Moscow is an enchanting city that offers plenty of excitement and elegance. Its history dates back more than 800 years, and there is culture in abundance for visitors to immerse themselves in.
Make the most of your visit with 17 of the best Moscow tours that let you see everything the city and its surroundings have to offer.
1 – Guided Tour of the Moscow Metro
Moscow’s metro is world-famous, thanks to the architectural delights on offer underground stations around the capital. This guided tour of the Moscow stations, otherwise known as “the palace of the people” lasts for 1.5 hours and includes an English-speaking guide who will tell you how the Russian metro became one of the most beautiful in the world. Highlights include Mayakovskaya station with its aviation-themed mosaics.
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2 – Cosmonautics Museum Space Tour
Discover Cosmonautics Museum with this space tour. Dive into one of the greatest battles between the Soviet Union and the United States – the space race. Hear about the space programs of the USSR and learn about how the USSR shaped space travel and technology.
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3 – Guided Tour of the Kremlin
A Kremlin is actually a citadel in Russian towns, and Moscow’s version is, without doubt, the most famous. The Kremlin is the heartbeat of the city, and this guided tour takes you to the most important points of interest. See Cathedral Square with its orthodox temples; Tzar Cannon with its 890mm calibre, which is the largest in the world; and the exterior of the all-important government buildings that are located within the Kremlin’s walls.
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4 – Moscow City Walking Tour
One of the best Moscow tours for seeing everything the city has to offer, this small-group walking tour lasts for 2 hours and includes an expert guide. Make the most of the capital and see the cobbled spaces of Red Square, take pictures of St Basil’s Cathedral, visit the elegant Bolshoi Theatre, and enjoy the ornamental Alexandrovsky Garden.
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5 – Night Tour of Moscow
When the sun sets, the fun begins – and it all starts with a night tour of Russia’s most famous city. The beauty of Moscow comes into full effect after hours, as iconic buildings like St Basil’s Cathedral illuminate against the night sky. Other locations on this tour include the Moscow River and the Ukraine Hotel, which is a landmark skyscraper that was constructed during the era of Stalin.
6 – Sergiev Posad Day Trip
One of the best Moscow tours that take you outside of the city, the Sergiev Posad day trip provides the opportunity to see The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. It’s made up of a number of different buildings that include the blue domes of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Church of St. Sergius and the Bell Tower.
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7 – City Sightseeing Moscow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Cruise
If your time in Moscow is limited, this hop-on, hop-off bus tour is ideal – and it even features an optional cruise on the river. Choose between a 2 and 3-day ticket and see famous landmarks like Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre from an open-top panoramic bus with informative audio commentary. Take your experience to the next level by upgrading to a boat tour.
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8 – Guided Tour of the Tretyakov Gallery
As one of the world’s most important galleries, the Tretyakov Gallery is a must-see for any art lovers and is one of the best Moscow tours for culture vultures. Learn about the masterworks of Pablo Tretyakov with a guided tour and discover the secrets behind the paintings. Other noticeable artists on view include Fedotov, Vasnetsov, Rokotov and Kiprenski, who is the author of the famous “Portrait of Alexander Pushkin”.
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9 – Alternative Moscow: 2-Hour Walking Tour
See a different side of Moscow with this 2-hour alternative tour. An expert guide will take you around quirky streets, suburbs and squares while as your veer away from the traditional tourist hotspots. Highlights include a ride on the famous “Annushka” tram and a visit to the neighbourhood of Khitrovka, which was once known as the criminal district of the city.
10 – St.Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square: Private Tour and Ticket
Combine two of Moscow’s biggest attractions with a visit to Red Square and St.Basil’s Cathedral. Admire the beautiful architecture of St.Basil’s Cathedral from inside and out, before wandering Red Square and learn about the soldiers, farmers and revolutionaries that all called this famous square their home. Round things off with the changing of the guard at Alexander Garden.
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11 – Bunker-42 Cold War Museum Guided Tour
Moscow is notorious for the Cold War, which lasted for about 45 years between 1945 and 1990. Head to the world-famous Bunker-42, located 65 meters below ground level, and learn about the storied past. Visit rooms and passages that were set up to shelter 3,000 people in case of nuclear attack and discover other sections, such as the equipment room and the war-proof telecommunications system.
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12 – Architecture Tour of Moscow’s Metro and Kolomenskoye Estate
Combine the beauty of the metro stations with the Kolomenskoye Estate and see some of Moscow’s grandest sights. After visiting the elegant metro stations, it’s time to go to the Kolomenskoye Estate, which is filled with UNESCO-listed sites that are dedicated to Tsar Peter the Great.
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13 – Tour of Soviet Moscow
Unpick the history of the USSR with one of the best Moscow tours for discovering Soviet Moscow. Starting at Monument to the Conquerors of Space, a tribute to the success of the Soviet space programme, the tour includes historical landmarks and interesting tidbits about Soviet Russia. There is also a visit to the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VDNKh), a site that was constructed under the aegis of the USSR in tribute to state achievements.
14 – Moscow: 2.5-Hour Luxury River Cruise with Dining Option
Sail down the Moscow River on this 2.5 hour tour that provides a different perspective of the city and includes landmark sights. The boat features two decks and has panoramic views as well as free Wi-Fi access. Attractions along the route include Ukraine hotel, Sparrow Hills, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Crimean Bridge, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Zaryadye Park and more.
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15 – Izmailovo Market and Vodka Museum Tour
Visit the museum of Vodka and gain insight into one of Russia’s most famous exports and head to the Izmailovo antique and handicraft market to find a gem or two. The tour starts with Izmailovo market, which features the iconic matryoshka dolls, fur hats and amber jewellery. Next up is a trip to the Museum of Vodka, where you will discover a distillery that dates back to the 15th century.
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16 – Súzdal and Vladímir Day Tour
Discover Russia’s famous “Golden Ring” on this tour of two medieval cities outside of Moscow. The historic city of Vladimir is first up with its Golden Gate, which is an ancient city-fortress that dates back to the 13th century. Next up is the neighbouring town of Suzdal, which features historic architecture and the Kremlin, where you can see its striking white walls topped with blue domes.
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17- Moscow Food Tasting & Walking Tour
Sample the unique flavours of Moscow with this food tour that lasts for 3 hours and features more than 15 different food and drink tastings. Weave in and out of small alleys in the city centre while enjoying the best food spots in town. See Moscow like a local while trying classic dishes from local breakfast haunts, bustling markets, the oldest monastery in Moscow, and dumpling cafes where you can taste authentic dumplings and enjoy local coffee.
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