Many companies offer individual guided tours in Moscow. Not all of them deliver good quality, while their prices are rather high. In most cases, these tours cover “must see” attractions only. Check independent and updated sources for previous clients’ comments before booking or take a standard tour.
Standard bus and boat tours
Several companies offer bus tours starting from the city centre, but in most cases the guides do not speak any language but Russian.
The City Sightseeing Company offers two hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus routes with audio guides in eight languages including English. You may board a bus on Manezhnaya Square next to Red Square and metro stations Okhotny Ryad (line 1, red,) Teatralnaya (line 2, green) or Ploshchad Revolyutsii (line 3, navy blue) or elsewhere on the routes.
Route 1 (red) covers the central Moscow with stops at such places of interest as Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, Arbatskaya Square, Bolshoi Theatre, and Bolshoi Kamenny Most (Great Stone Bridge) - one of the best points for selfies with the Kremlin on the backdrop. The loop is scheduled for one hour.
Besides centrally located attractions, route 2 (green) also opens some impressive views of the Moskva River.
The same company offers one-hour boat tours starting from Tretyakovsky Pier on Bolotnaya Embankment. (Metro Novokuznetskaya, line 2, green, Tretyakovskaya, line 6, orange or line 8, yellow, or Polyanka, line 9, grey.) This is not the most impressive river tour, according to most tourists’ comments.
Mind that both bus and boat services not always stick to their advertised timetables.
Flotilla Radisson Royal offers premium river tours. You may board their comfortable boats either on Taras Shevchenko Embankment in front of Ukraine Hotel (metro Kievskaya, line 3, navy blue, line 4, light blue, or line 5, brown,) or in Gorky Park close to metro Park Kulury (line 1, red) or Oktyabrskaya (line 5 brown or line 6, orange.) These tours are more relaxing than informative.
Take a seat on the starboard side (right) when sailing from Ukraine Hotel to enjoy the view of Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) – the green high bank of the Moskva River. On the way back, you will see the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and Novodevichy Convent (but from the backsides.) The restaurant on the upper deck with its glass roof offers a 360o view.
For more river cruise options in Moscow, see the Capital Shipping Company’s offers. Most of their routes coincide with those of the City Sightseeing’s and Radisson’s ones, but some of them stretch far beyond the city centre.