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Schematic Map of Cathedrals

Schematic Map of Cathedrals

New Rules For The Kremlin Museums

From 18th of January 2007 the administration of the Kremlin's Museums announced the same prices for tickets for citizens of the Russian Federation (excepting students and veterans) as well as for foreign tourists. Also the Kremlin Museums announced that they would no longer permit private guides to offer guiding services to their clients on the territory of the Kremlin and Armory Chamber without a special "Tour Voucher". The "Tour Voucher" is available only for their local guides who work in Kremlin or to the guides who have Accreditation from "Association of Guides-Interpreters" and work with one of 40 big travel agencies which have agreements with the Moscow Kremlin. Because of the limited number of local private guides it is almost impossible to book one in advance for a reasonable price, but if to take their guide right on the spot you have to pay 3 times more than the regular price (about 6000 rubles / $240 a person for one tour... To use a guide from any travel agency in advance will be almost the same price as to hire local Kremlin's guide. Recently I have made contacts with Excursion Bureau of the Kremlin and couple of travel agencies where it is possible to hire the guide with “Tour Voucher” for the pretty "reasonable” (min) price - 2000 rubles / $75 a person for 3 hour tour to the Kremlin cathedrals plus Armory Chamber. It is better to make this order 1 week in advance or earlier. In addition to the guide services, of course, you have to buy the tickets (prices for a person):

· The Architectural Ensemble of the Cathedral Square: 300 rubles / $12 (1,5-2 hours tour)
· The Armory Chamber: 350 rubles / $15 (1,5 hours tour)
· The Diamond Fund: 350 rubles / $15 (1,5 hours tour)

So you can see now, that if you would like to have guided tours in the Kremlin's museums, you have to book it many days in advance, spend there more than half of a day and a lot of money. Due to these circumstances about the touring on the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin, I have some conclusions and thoughts for my dear clients about discovering the Moscow Kremlin:

- While I can still accompany my clients to the Kremlin and be with them as they look around, I can offer no guiding services.
- In the meantime, I have applied for accreditation with the Association of Moscow Guides which I hope to receive soon but, as with so many things in Russia, it can take some time for the paperwork to make its way through the bureaucracy.
- In an effort to generate revenue, the Kremlin administration now insists that visitors hire guides provided by them to tour the Kremlin cathedrals and Armoury Museum. This can be expensive.

Here are options for my clients:

- Purchase a conducted tour of the Kremlin and its museums from a Moscow tour company or Excursion Bureau of the Kremlin (this is better to organize 1 week in advance or earlier). This eliminates standing in lines to buy the tickets and searching for a local Kremlin guide whose services can be very expensive right on the spot.

- Cheapest option - I can give my clients a special guide book about certain museum which they sell right in their gift shop and/or you can buy some of these books which have good sections on the Moscow Kremlin: Moscow by Insight City Guide, Moscow by DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, Moscow City Guide by Lonely Planet, The Rough Guide To Moscow (this has the best section about the Kremlin by opinions of experts).

I have a lot of photographs from the Kremlin and have also an idea to make some kind of virtual tour around the Kremlin so that the people who have time and would like to learn about Russia in advance can be acquainted with Moscow Kremlin and not be lost even if it is your first trip to Russia! . It is very important for me at first to learn your opinions and thoughts about this idea and the whole theme about the Kremlin in general. I am looking forward to receive your responses and comments. Was this news useful for you?

P.S. On the picture to this article (click to enlarge) you can see the schematic map of architectural ensemble of Moscow Kremlin which you can get with audio-guides.

With BEST Regards,
Arthur Lookyanov
Personal Guide & Driver in Moscow
News from Moscow
Last Edited: May 30th, 2007

Photo taken on 2007-05-21 at 11:04:46

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Allen Sumsion Allen Sumsion
From: Bountiful, Utah, USA
Date: 2007-07-10 03:45:00

We finally arrived home after a very eventful trip to Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. However, one of the most memorable times was our day with you in Moscow. Thank you for spending the time with us.

We didn't know what the process would be when we arrived at the Moscow airport nor did we really know if you would be there to meet us. We were just a bit apprehensive. Not only were you there but you were there before we were and you were ready to escort us around. You had the day planned so that we could crowd as much into it as possible. You seemed to know what we would enjoy best and enjoy it we did. St. Basil's Cathedral, in my mind, is one of the Wonders of the World. I am impressed with your knowledge of history.

One highlight for me was getting back to the airport. I have never seen traffic like that before. Where else do sidewalks become a lane of traffic or where unused oncoming lanes become lanes going our direction? Even you seemed amazed at the driver who negotiated the heavy traffic going backwards. That was the most fun trip I have ever made in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I realize you didn't plan that but thanks for it anyway.

Not only did we enjoy our time with you but you created enough interest that I would like to return sometime and have you show me more. I have one request. The borsch at the restaurant that you took us to was wonderful. You mentioned that your mother's borsch is better. Is there any chance she would share the recipe with us?

Thank you for the fun day. To anyone who reads this or would like to contact me, I would give you my very highest recommendation. Thanks for adding to our adventure.

Allen Sumsion