The largest city in Europe, Moscow is nevertheless outside the mainstream for travellers to the continent in search of cultural experiences and good times in general. This leaves the treasures of the Russian capital to more intrepid visitors who know that Moscow is one of the most interesting cities in the world, with an appealing diversity of museums and a nonstop calendar of events to please even the most demanding of sophisticates.
Not that Moscow is a destination merely for snobs. The youthful population of the city love to have a good time, especially on balmy summer nights when the soft twilight of its northern latitude stretches past 10pm. Gorky Park and the many other parks around the city are busy with strollers, buskers, street performers, yoga classes, and passersby observing all the action. Walks along the riverfront are especially popular given the impressive sights to be seen, not least of which is the massive Kremlin fortress and the beautiful buildings within its walls. When darkness does finally fall, the former Red October chocolate factory, now a lively arts and entertainment district with numerous bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, is a popular venue for nocturnal activities.
Maybe it is the foreignness of the Cyrillic alphabet that discourages visitors from other countries to meander along the streets of Moscow among beautiful buildings, though a lack of local literacy stops no one from doing the same in Beijing, Tokyo, or Istanbul. Despite international headlines in the Western media, visitors to Russia are most welcome. Gracious hospitality has always been a characteristic of the Russian people, and now that Moscow’s hotel scene hosts five-star hotels of exceptional excellence, that hospitality can be enjoyed in refined surroundings.
Stepping out of the hotels, though, is still something of an adventure for visitors, which some argue would say is the whole point of travelling in the first place. For visitors to Moscow seeking a deeper understanding of the city and its many sights, Moscow Private Tours is an honest, reliable, friendly, and extremely professional company that provides intelligent guiding services. With English skills better than many native speakers, Moscow Private Tours guides are themselves an interesting collection of locals who can give extra insight into the attractions and daily life in the city. The company makes its tours very appealing; guides meet clients at the hotel and escort them throughout their experience before taking them back to the hotel. Day tours and night tours give the chance to experience different sides of Moscow. The First Day In Moscow Tour is exceptionally useful in giving visitors the lay of the land, taking in Red Square and its immediate vicinity plus other areas of the city according to individual wishes.
If there is an intimidating experience to be had on a visit to Moscow, it is arriving at the airport with no transfer booked in advance for the ride to the hotel. The easy way to avoid worry is to have a car and driver from the reliable company WelcomeTaxi waiting on arrival. For little more than the cost of a standard taxi in Sydney from the CBD to the airport, a driver can be waiting to escort visitors through the airport scrum to a new Mercedes-Benz, then it’s off to the city. No stress, no problems.
Unusual in that two cities in Russia are served from two cities in its own country, SWISS International Air Lines offers nonstop flights to both Moscow and Saint Petersburg from both Zurich and Geneva, making it easy for travellers to mix and match flights at both ends, into one city and out the other. Moscow Private Tours has an office in Saint Petersburg known as St Pete Private Tours, and WelcomeTaxi’s Saint Petersburg office can arrange for airport transfers and other transport needs in that city as well.