Russia is one of the main tourist destinations in the world, especially during the summer. In recent years, Russia has become one of the best tourist destinations for tourists to spend their summertime in the favorable climate of the tourist destinations of this country, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. One of the main reasons for Russia's success in the tourism industry is careful planning, proper investment, and attention to the country's historical and cultural heritage, which has caused millions of tourists to visit Russia every year to get acquainted with them and use Russia's tourism and natural facilities. Russia tour is one of the tours that hosts different sections and different styles of tourism and can provide services to all tourists with different tastes and different expectations. For example, tourists who travel to Russia for leisure can visit the resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea coast, which is one of the best resort cities in the region. This beautiful and modern city, which has become one of Russia's most modern recreational cities after the Sochi Winter Olympics, is an excellent destination for nature, water sports, jungle, mountain, and winter sports enthusiasts. With its natural resources such as the Black Sea coast, spectacular forests and magnificent caves, snowy mountains, and winter sports facilities, Sochi is an excellent destination for many tourists. St. Petersburg is another major tourist destination in Russia, satisfying tourists who want to get acquainted with Russian culture and art. Many museums, cultural centers, and art performances in this city are ready to receive art-loving and tasteful tourists from all over the world. Nevertheless, Moscow, the capital of Russia, is one of the tourist destinations in Russia, which attracts a lot of tourists compared to other major tourist destinations in Russia.
Moscow tour is one of Russia's most popular entertainment and tourism programs, which alone can attract millions of tourists to Russia. Moscow is a historic city with many tourist attractions and places of interest. Many of Russia's top hotels and luxury Russian restaurants are also located in Moscow. Another reason for Moscow's popularity is gathering most of Moscow's major tourist attractions, which no tourist should miss the opportunity to visit in the city center. Moscow Tourist Center is located right in the city's heart, where most tourists are familiar with its main attractions such as the Red Square, the Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, and Gum Mall. The Red Square and the Kremlin each host several other tourist attractions and places of interest, which are also highlights of the Moscow tour. For instance, we can mention the State Historical Museum in Red Square and many museums, historic cathedrals, and magnificent palaces in the Kremlin as some of those famous attractions. Most of Moscow's attractions are directly related to the country's history and culture. That is why most tourists on the Moscow tour try to visit these spectacular attractions as much as possible to learn more about the history of Russia. Of course, many other tourist attractions and exciting recreational programs, such as the cruise ship tour on the Moscow River, make this tour one of the most popular tours in Russia. One thing that might help better understand Russia's history is visiting the royal palaces and estates in Moscow. Although Moscow has fewer imperial estates and magnificent palaces than St. Petersburg, another prominent Russian city, some of Russia's most majestic imperial palaces are still located in and around Moscow.
Grand Kremlin Palace
One of the most important royal palaces on the Russia tour that no tourist should miss the opportunity to visit is the Grand Kremlin Palace, located in the Kremlin complex in the heart of Moscow. This grand palace has been the residence of the Russian tsars, the notable leaders of the Soviet Union, and the primary residence of the President of Russia since its establishment. This enormous palace consists of more than 700 rooms and large halls, in different parts of which different architectural styles have been used for interior design. This magnificent palace in central Moscow was designed by Konstantin Thon, who also designed the Kremlin's Armory and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The Grand Kremlin Palace was built between 1837 and 1849 on the Great Princes' estate site in the 14th century on Borovitsky Hill. For security reasons, a large part of the Kremlin is not accessible to tourists, and the free sections are only available with prior arrangements and group tours. Nevertheless, the Kremlin Grand Palace is one of the tourist attractions of the tour to Moscow that no tourist should miss the opportunity to visit, especially its five large and essential halls, including Georgievsky, Andreyevsky, Alexandrovsky, Vladimirsky, and Ekaterininsky, which are the main halls of the Kremlin.
Another imperial estate that you can visit during your tour to Russia is the Tsaritsyno Palace. The royal estate was built in 1776 by order of Empress Catherine the Great after one of Catherine II's visits to Moscow and today serves as a palace museum complex and large park south of Moscow. The 16km distance from Moscow's city center hasn't helped Tsaritsyno Palace and Park attract tourists on Russia tour. Still, tourists who want to visit a large and beautiful royal complex in Moscow can easily visit Tsaritsyno Palace by using Moscow Metro. The magnificent and renovated interior design of this palace, along with an extensive collection of sculptures, paintings, metal artworks, glass artwork, weaving, handicrafts collections, wooden sculptures, and bone art design in the museum collection of this palace, are some of the things that can attract tourists. Among the Tsaritsyno Palace Museum Collection artworks are sculptures and portraits of aristocrats and the royal family. The porcelain, metal, and ceramic collection of this museum are also one of the particular parts of the museum that you should not miss the opportunity to see. Tsaritsyno Palace Complex Park has many recreational, entertainment, and sports programs to offer visitors both during the summer and during the winter tour to Russia, including boating in the large pond of the complex during the Russia summer tour or sledding with Husky dogs during the winter.
Kuskovo Palace is another royal and aristocratic estate in Moscow that you can visit during a tour to Moscow. Kuskovo Palace was initially the summer estate of the Sheremetev family, one of the aristocratic families of the Russian Empire in Moscow, built in the mid-18th century. At first, this magnificent noble estate, one of the first grand aristocratic summer houses in Moscow, was located on the city's outskirts. Still, in the middle of the twentieth century, with the expansion of Moscow, it belonged to the eastern part of Moscow. Today, the Kuskovo Palace is home to the Russian State Museum of Ceramics, and its large and beautiful park has become a popular place for fun and entertainment for Muscovites. The Kuzkovo Palace complex, of course, consists of several different structures and buildings, some of which can be very interesting for tourists to see, including The Grotto, which was built between 1755 and 1761 by the famous architect Argunov or a Dutch house built in the 1750s near the pond. Tourists can easily visit this palace museum and park via the Moscow metro, and they do not need to use personal vehicles to reach this tourist attraction in Moscow.
The last imperial estate on our list is just a 30-minute walk from Tsarina Palace in southern Moscow. The royal estate of Kolomenskoye, which houses the Palace of Alexey Mikhailovich Romanov. Of course, this palace was demolished once by Catherine the Great, and only in 2010, according to the existing plans, was this palace rebuilt. Peter the Great spent part of his youth in the palace, and his second-eldest daughter, the future Empress Elizabeth of Russia, was born there. Today, the Kolomenskoye property includes 17 major architectural structures, including the 16th-century Ascension Church, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in the 1990s. Tourists who want to visit this large and magnificent complex in the south of Moscow can visit this royal property south of Moscow in less than an hour using the Moscow metro. There are many royal estates and palaces in Moscow, and these four are just a few of the top imperial palaces and magnificent aristocratic mansions in Moscow that are on our list. You can read more about Moscow attractions and Russia places of interest on our blog on the Star Travel Group website.