Europe Travel News

No Russia tour is complete without a trip to Red Square

A tour of Russia will bring you to some of the most historic locations in the world. The country is flush with centuries-old cities and impressive structures, but Red Square is one tourist hotspot that can't be missed. Located in Moscow, the square is recognized as the central hub of not only the capital city, but of the entire country. Any day spent exploring Red Square is sure to be among the best of your Russia tour, and here are a few highlights you should be sure to visit.

Saint Basil's Cathedral
Few buildings are quite like Saint Basil's Cathedral, one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Completed in 1561, the enormous building is a popular tourist destination thanks largely to its unique design, which is highlighted by several brightly colored onion-domed spires.

The cathedral is more than a photo opportunity, however. Today it stands as a museum that permits visitors to walk through its breathtaking, high-ceiling central church. Additionally, the cathedral is home to a gallery that houses impressive, patterned paintwork.

Lenin's Mausoleum
Vladimir Lenin is arguably the most important figure in Russian history, and nowhere is this made clearer than at his Mausoleum. Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, has had his body housed in Red Square since his death in 1924, with the mausoleum being slowly built up around him in the following years.

In years past, there have regularly been long lines to see Lenin, and while they have shortened as of late, you can still pass through the chamber holding his body. However, if you plan on visiting, take note of the fact that you can't bring in bags or cameras and you're only allowed to spend a few minutes inside.

GUM Department Store
Not all the landmarks in Red Square are historic in nature, and the GUM Department Store is evidence of that. Located directly across from Lenin's Mausoleum, GUM is one of the largest malls in Europe, and at its height in the early 20th century, was home to as many as 1,200 stores. Today, the number has dropped to around 200, but nevertheless it remains a popular tourist destination.

Even if you don't plan on buying anything, walking through the GUM Department Store should be included in your Russia tour if only to see the contrast it represents between eastern and western shopping culture.

Recommended Tours

Rome, Florence & Venice Signature

8 days from $2,856 pp*
Custom Private Tour
It took more than one day to build Rome. It'll take less than one day to fall in love with it.
More Info

Turkey Highlights

7 days from $2,296 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Gather your courage as you descend into the darkness of the eerie underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu where Christians fled to escape 7th-century persecution.
More Info

Athens, Mykonos and Santorini Explorer

7 days from $1,498 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Embark on this adventure through sundrenched Greece. Explore Athens, Mykonos and Santorini, and get happily lost in its vast and varied landscape and abundant treasures of antiquity.
More Info
Kensington Advantage
Personalized itinerary with private guide & driver. Award winning value.
  • Personalized itinerary that fits like a glove
  • Full attention of your own private guide & driver
  • In-country offices for 24/7 peace of mind
  • Multi-award winning
  • 30,000 delighted clients

With the inside track on the new, the old, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world, you won't find a more knowledgeable team of destination specialists.

Meet Our Experts
Curators of extraordinary experiences, you won't find a more skillful team.
30,000 Delighted Customers
"Kensington, you've done it again...perfection!"

Don't take our word for it.
Here's what our clients say.

"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent."

Newsletter Subscription
Have our hand picked trips, news & specials delivered to you.
Thank you for signing up!

Your details have been received and processed successfully.
Travel + Leisure : World's Best Award 2014 Family National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime Travel Leisure Award 2015