GETS (Grange Travel Coach Hire Limited) is a Coach Operator based in South East England with perfect links to both London and the Kent Coast. We are located halfway between central London and the continental crossing points of Dover and Folkestone – all within an hours journey from our base here in Gravesend, Kent.
With easy access to three major motorways on our doorstep (M2, M20 and M25), we can quickly get you on your way to any UK destination, perfectly positioned for all your local, national and European coach hire.
As a family owned company we believe that delivering an exceptional customer experience is a team effort, so at GETS we work together to ensure to create a memorable customer experience.
A dedicated account manager will take care of you from initial enquiry through all stages of your booking right up to the day of travel.
Our driving team are highly trained, knowledgeable and include both male and female drivers - all of whom are customer focussed, experienced, DBS checked and will arrive ready to transport you smartly dressed in full uniform.
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Over the past 2 years the company has spent in excess of £4,000,000 in upgrading and expanding the fleet to bring it in line with the new laws passed in London for low emissions. We are one of the first companies to execute this.
In recent months GETS have moved premises, we are now equipped with enviable yard facilities, such as on site support, vehicle wash facilities, secure lockable gates, toilet drop, CCTV on all areas and secure staff rooms and offices. We also have an offsite yard we can use for overflow vehicles, both operating centres are registered on our Licence.
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Grange Travel Tourismo L delivered to carry QPR team
Grange Travel of Kent has continued its fleet investment programme with the delivery of a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo L tri-axle. The new addition has been supplied by EvoBus (UK) and it is for use as the Queens Park Rangers FC team coach. It joins several other Tourismos in the Gravesend fleet.
Because of its team transport application, the 14m Tourismo has been fitted out internally to a bespoke level by AD Coach Systems.
It has 36 seats, with many around tables, along with ovens mounted behind the continental door as part of a larger central kitchen area, among other creature comforts. USB charging points and monitors are positioned throughout.
Part of the ex-factory Tourismo specification are Active Brake Assist 4, lane departure warning, front collision guard, and a reversing camera.
Says EvoBus (UK) Area Sales Manager Lee Hake: “I am pleased that Grange Travel has purchased another bespoke vehicle this year. I hope that the Queens Park Rangers team feel right at home in the comfortable and relaxing interior.”
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Grange Travel of Gravesend.
Blundell Park, Grimsby Town versus Sutton United.
Seen at the Honk for Hope London 2 event is brand new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BV70UBR from the fleet of Grange Travel of Gravesend.
Grange Travel Mercedes Tourismo M - new to Pulhams as GL14 PUL and acquired here 12 months ago.
Make/Model - Mercedes-Benz Tourismo s3
Previous Operators - Mercedes-Benz Demonstrator
Mercedes Tourismo M/2 - new to Grange Travel late last year and another non-PSVAR on Rail Replacement!
The 4 day Easter weekend of the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th April has seen Greater Anglia rail services once more suspended between Waltham Cross and Stansted Airport, with road transport provided in place of trains.
A further new sighting to local RRB duties, this blue Mercedes Benz Tourismo registered BN11UGD climbs Church Road in Stansted Mountfitchet on its way to Stansted Airport 18/04/22
Waterloo Bridge, 10th July 2018.
Grange Travel BV20 HLY in Dunbar Spott Road on Rail Replacement
Virtually new Mercedes Tourismo L with Grange Travel of Gravesend in their standard livery. Unusually for a new coach these days it's not to PSVAR standard - but still on Rail Replacement!
New(ish) Mercedes Tourismo with Grange Travel of Gravesend in their usual 'livery'.
One of the great names of London Coaching (albeit with a slightly chequered history) has been revived by Grange Travel of Gravesend. This Mercedes Tourismo was new as Redwing BV19 YHF but passed to Grange after the failure of Pullmanor.
Ex Shearings - 907
Trafalgar Sq, 6th September 2016.
The second 'Honk for Hope' UK coach event took place in Blackpool on 14/07/2020 and attracted around 200 coaches for a convoy along the M55 and along the Promenade before returning to the South Car Park at the end of Yeadon Way.
The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the plight many operators currently find themselves in. The UK government has offered no financial help to coach operators due to the Covid pandemic almost wiping out their businesses.
The event was very well organised and attracted plenty of media coverage along with enthusiasts possibly enjoying their only event this year!
Yutong TC9 with Grange Travel of Gravesend.
Grange Travel Van Hool Astromega TDX25 S23 BUS in Brighton this afternoon, 30th July, 2022. It was new to Weavaway in 2016 as V11 OCL.
Former Van Hool EX demonstrator YJ16 EPX is currently operating for Grange Travel, Gravesend, seen here crossing Hyde Park Corner 9th May, 2019.
New Mercedes Tourismo with Grange Travel of Gravesend in their usual 'livery'.
Pictured arriving at Prestbury Park is PUI 9427, a Mercedes-Benz 516CDI Sprinter/EVM C19F coach in the fleet of Pulham, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. It was new to Grange Travel, Gravesend, Kent as RV68 YLY in October 2018, passing to Pulham in December 2021 and being given its current mark the following month.
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The 22nd April 2023 saw the first of the weekend’s FA Cup Semi-Finals with Manchester City meeting Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium and seeing many coaches making their way South. One such vehicle pictured transporting Sheffield United fans to the game was AT17 NDY, a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo M coach in the fleet of Thandi Coaches (Red), Smethwick, West Midlands. It had been new to Shearings as BN17 JUH in May 2017, passing to Grange Travel, Gravesend, Kent in October 2020 and was reregistered 22 BX in December 2022, although given its current mark on joining Thandi Red in March 2023.
Grange Travel, Gravesend, operate a fleet of anonymous coaches so it is difficult to ascertain whether Setra S416GT-HD BD62 LPZ, seen in Brighton yesterday, 7th July, 2018, is a permanent or temporary addition to the fleet. It was previously with nearby DJ Coaches.
I send good wishes to those coach operators attending Honk for Hope in Edinburgh tomorrow. Here is a shot of Grange Travel Van Hool Astromega TX25 S23 BUS at the London event on 20th July, 2020. It was new to Weavaway Travel as V11 OCL.
EE 9938 is a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo M/2 C53F coach in the fleet of Grange Travel, Gravesend, Kent. It had been new to Pullmanor (Redwing Coaches), Croydon, Greater London as BV19 YHG in April 2019 and moved to Grange Travel in March 2022 after Pullmanor passed into administration the previous month. It gained its current mark in April 2022.
With pretty much no-one left at 1650 (everyone disappearing when the rain emerged), we called it a day too, but an obligatory photo had to be done first....
DEZ6135 and Calum wait to take us back in the Nottingham direction, with myself being dropped off at East Midlands Parkway to head to work at Merry Hill!!
Seen in Bourton-on-the-Water, EE 1001 is a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo Base C53F coach in the Grange Travel, Gravesend, Kent fleet. It had been new to Pullmanor (Redwing Coaches), Croydon, Greater London as BV19 YHD in April 2019, passing to Grange Travel in March 2022, following the collapse of Pullmanor. It was given its current mark in April 2022 and retains the Evan Evans branding it has carried from new.
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Pictured in Bourton-on-the-Water is BV19 YJP, a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo M/2 C55Ft coach new to Grange Travel, Gravesend, Kent in May 2019.
DSC_2875 - BV19 YGC - Mercedes-Benz Tourismo - Grange Travel - Westminster, Parliament Square 01/08/19
Pictured arriving at Prestbury Park is PUI 9401, a Mercedes-Benz 516CDI Sprinter/EVM C19F coach in the fleet of Pulham, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. It was new to Grange Travel, Gravesend, Kent as RV68 YNA in October 2018, passing to Pulham in December 2021 and given its current mark the following month.
The FA Cup Final on Saturday 3rd June 2023, saw Manchester United defeated by Manchester City and with industrial action hitting rail services, 250+ coaches headed for Wembley Stadium. One such vehicle pictured on the day was BF23 CLY, a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo L coach new to Grange Travel, Gravesend, Kent in March 2023.
Grange Travel, Gravesend.
Mercedes-Benz Tourismo M.
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HONK FOR HOPE demonstration London seen here at Tower Hill
Pictured basking in the winter sun at Bourton-on-the-Water are a pair of Mercedes-Benz Tourismo M/2 coaches. EE 7749 from the fleet of Grange Travel, Gravesend, Kent, was new to Pullmanor (Redwing), Croydon, Greater London as BV19 YHE in April 2019, moving to the Grange Travel operation in March 2022, following Pullmanor's collapse and given its current mark the following month. BV19 YLA was new to Premium, Mottingham (then at Peckham), London in May 2019.
Grange Travel Yutong TC9 YG68 TJV in Brighton this afternoon, 28th July, 2022.
A new Tourismo M with Grange Travel, Gravesend.
The FA Cup Final on Saturday 3rd June 2023, saw Manchester United defeated by Manchester City and with industrial action hitting rail services, 250+ coaches headed for Wembley Stadium. One such vehicle pictured on the day was BF23 CNA, a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo L coach new to Grange Travel, Gravesend, Kent in May 2023.
Seen here at a local hotel York.
Seen in the Honk for Hope London 2 event is brand new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BV70UBZ from the fleet of Grange Travel of Gravesend.
Waterloo Bridge, 25th April 2017.
Grange Tourismo preparing to operate a duplicate on route 7 for Arriva during the Covid-19 pandemic
Waterloo Bridge, 5th Sepember 2017.
Westminster Bridge, 9th May 2017.
2022 Mercedes-Benz Tourismo L C61FT
Grange Travel, Gravesend, Kent
St Giles', Oxford, 18 April 2023
A new PSVAR spec Mercedes Tourismo M/2 for Grange Travel of Kent on Greater Anglia Rail Replacement
Grange Travel of Gravesend
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St Petersburg & Moscow in Style - Winter
- Explore the majestic St Petersburg & Moscow on private city tours
- Admire the rich Russian history, art and architecture
- Travel to Moscow on a highspeed train
- Enjoy the local cuisine in stylish restaurants
Lower Volga Voyage
- Visit magnificent Red Square and Kremlin and examine the collection at theKremlin’s State Armory.
- Experience Russia’s diverse musical traditions at lively folk music performances
- Explore Volgograd, the site of the decisive battle of World War II’s eastern front
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White Russian - 7 days
- Discover Moscow's UNESCO-listed Red Square, home to spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum and the historic GUM Department store
- Explore the grounds of Moscow's mighty Kremlin, with its numerous governmentbuildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the giant tsar bell
- Celebrate New Year's Eve in Moscow!
- Take in the highlights of St Petersburg including a guided tour of the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral
- Take a guided tour of the remarkable Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace
Vodka Shot - 6 days
- Explore the beautiful city of St Petersburg, including the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood, Peter & Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt
- Marvel at the dazzling array of art and exhibits in the world-famous Hermitage Museum, at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg
- Discover a lavish residence of the tsars on a day trip to Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo (winter: mid-October to April) or Peterhof Palace and gardens (summer: May to mid-October)
- Take in the highlights of the capital on a walking tour, visiting Moscow's famous Red Square, home to the historic GUM Department Store, Lenin’s Mausoleum and spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral
- Take a guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin, Russia’s political power house. Stroll around the grounds of this fortified complex, visit the Kremlin's cathedrals and see the mighty Tsar Bell
Route of the Romanovs - 10 days
- Learn about the last days of the Romanovs in Yekaterinburg, visiting the sites where Tsar Nicolas II and his family were assassinated and buried
- Straddle two continents at the famous obelisk Europe/Asia border marker in Yekaterinburg
- Experience the Trans-Siberian railway on an overnight train journey from Moscow to Yekaterinburg
New Year's in Moscow - 9 days
- Visit Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo on Christmas Day and marvel at the incredible Amber Room
- Spend a night in Novgorod, an ancient city by the Volkhov River - explore the kremlin, cathedral and other sights and enjoy a traditional Russian banya (sauna)
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- Visit Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo and marvel at the incredible Amber Room
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Blasting 'A Big Deal' For La Grange Residents: Official
L A GRANGE, IL – Area companies who do blasting in their quarries don't seem to think it's a "big deal" for residents in towns such as La Grange, an official said Monday.
At Monday's La Grange Village Board meeting, Trustee Beth Augustine said she took part in a recent Zoom meeting with others on the Lyons Township Quarry Council. Representatives of quarries in McCook took part.
"They talked about the calls they received from different municipalities, claiming there weren't many," Augustine said. "It didn't seem like a really big deal to them. We who feel the blasts, get the dust, are troubled by the trucks, it's a big deal for us."
"They don't seem to feel that," the trustee said. "They talked very casually about most things."
She again urged residents to check the 4-year-old Facebook page focused on blasting. She said participants on the page are forming a group.
Residents have felt no blasts lately because the quarries are on hiatus due to low demand for road materials in the winter, Augustine said.
"But they'll be picking up again in March," she said
Residents are encouraged to call the Quarry Council's hotline at 1-866-934-3278 to report issues with the blasting. The quarries in McCook handle the hotline.
Augustine has repeatedly raised issues with quarry blasting over the last couple of years.
The article Blasting 'A Big Deal' For La Grange Residents: Official appeared first on La Grange Patch .
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We are Sergey and Simon, a Russian and a Frenchman, both passionate about Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and classic cars. Together, we have created Put-in tours. Our goal is to help you experience Russian culture off the beaten path. Join us onboard our classic Soviet van and let’s get rolling!
In Moscow we offer you a city tour to discover most of the city in an original way as well as a night tour to admire the lights. Our pubcrawl is ideal to explore Moscow’s night-life and have fun. If you are craving to discover Russian culture, come impress your senses during our monastery diner or join our 100% Russian Banya Excursion . The latest will also bring you to Sergiyev Posad and it’s famous monastery!
For the most extreme travellers, our shooting tour will deliver your daily dose of adrenaline whereas our tank excursion will let you ride a real tank and shoot a bazooka.
We also offer help to receive your visa , safe and multilingual airport transfers , as well as organisation services for team-building events or bachelor parties .
All our excursions (but the monastery diner) happen onboard our Soviet military vans and can be covered by our professionnal photographer or videographer.
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We welcome you in Saint Petersburg onboard our Soviet van to discover the imperial city with our city tour and night tour .
Continue your discovery in style! The adrenaline lovers will like our shooting tour which brings 3 Russian weapons to the tip of your trigger finger.
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19 Unique And Fabulous Experiences In Moscow
Thinking of visiting Russia? When visiting such a famous city, one must, of course, visit the iconic landmarks first. Moscow has plenty of those, most of them in the center of the city, which is very well-planned for tourists. Once you’ve seen the sights that are on most travelers’ lists, it’s time to branch out and visit some of the lesser-known sites, and there are some fascinating places to see and things to do.
I know this list is long, but I just couldn’t help myself. You probably won’t have the time to see them all. But that’s okay. Just scroll through the list and choose what sounds the most interesting to you. Where possible, make sure to book in advance, as things can get crowded, especially during high season.
1. The Red Square, Kremlin, And Surroundings
Red Square (Krasnya Ploshad) is the heart and soul of Russia, and where much of the country’s history has unfolded. This is the most famous landmark in Moscow and indeed the whole country, it’s an absolute must-do! The square is always full of people and has a rather festive atmosphere!
Saint Basil’s Cathedral
This is the famous church with the rainbow-colored, onion-domed roof. The cathedral was commissioned in the 1500s by Ivan the Terrible and according to legend, the Tsar thought it was so beautiful, that he ordered that the architect’s eyes be cut out afterward, so he could never build anything more beautiful! He wasn’t called Ivan the Terrible for no reason!
The “love-it-or-hate-it” of tourist attractions in Russia. A glass sarcophagus containing the embalmed body of Russian revolutionary, Vladimir Lenin. It may seem a bit bizarre to display the mummy of a person, but it has been there for almost half a century and the 2.5 million visitors who come each year, clearly feel the queuing and thorough body search are worth it, to be in Lenin’s presence.
Pro Tip: no photos and no loud talking are allowed inside the Mausoleum.
There is an Eternal Flame in honor of an unknown soldier on the left side of Red Square. The hourly changing of the guards is worth seeing.
The Kremlin is the official residence of the Russian president. You can see it from the outside, or you can take an excursion to one of the museums located inside. This is the biggest active fortress in Europe, and holds a week’s worth of attractions! Once behind the 7,332-feet of walls, there are five squares, four cathedrals, 20 towers, various museums, and the world’s largest bell and cannon to see. Worth a special mention is the Armory Chamber that houses a collection of the famous Faberge Eggs.
Pro Tip: You can only go inside the Kremlin if you are part of a tourist group.
2. Bolshoi Theatre
Bolshoi Theatre translates to “The Big Theatre” in Russian, and the building is home to both the Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera — among the oldest and most famous ballet and opera companies in the world.
Pro Tip: It’s hard to get an inexpensive ticket, so if you’re reading well in advance of going to Moscow then try buying tickets on the official website . Last-minute tickets cost around $250 per person. If this is out of your budget, about an hour before a performance, you can try buying a ticket at the entrance from a reseller. Most can speak enough English to negotiate the price.
Tour the Bolshoi Theatre: You can take a group guided tour of the Bolshoi Theatre which focuses on the history and architecture of the theatre and behind the scenes. There’s an English language tour that lasts 2 hours and costs around $300 for a group of up to six.
3. Luxury Shopping At GUM And TSUM
Russia’s main department store, GUM, has a stunning interior that is home to over 100 high-end boutiques, selling a variety of brands: from luxurious Dior to the more affordable Zara. Even if shopping is not on your Moscow to-do list GUM is still worth a visit; the glass-roofed arcade faces Red Square and offers a variety of classy eateries. TSUM, one of the biggest luxury malls in town, is right behind the Bolshoi and GUM. It’s an imposing building with lots of history, and worth a visit just for its design and its glass roof.
4. Christ The Savior Cathedral
This is one of Russia’s most visited cathedrals and is a newer addition to the gorgeous array of Muscovite cathedrals, but don’t let its young age fool you. After perestroika, in the early 90s, the revived Russian Orthodox Church was given permission to build a cathedral on this site. It did the location honors and built the largest temple of the Christian Orthodox Church. The façade is as grand as you’d expect, but it’s the inside that will mesmerize you, with its domes, gold, gorgeous paintings, and decor!
The cathedral is located just a few hundred feet away from the Kremlin and was the site of the infamous Pussy Riot protest against Putin back in 2012.
Pro Tip: Bring a shawl to cover your hair as is the local custom.
5. Gorky Park
Moscow’s premier green space, Gorky Park (Park Gor’kogo) is the city’s biggest and most famous park. There is entertainment on offer here for every taste, from outdoor dancing sessions to yoga classes, volleyball, ping-pong, rollerblading, and bike and boat rental in summer. In winter, half the park turns into a huge ice skating rink. Gorky Park is also home to an open-air movie theater and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. There is also Muzeon Art Park, a dynamic contemporary space with a unique collection of 700 sculptures. It is located right in front of Gorky Park.
6. Sparrow Hills Park
If you take a walk from Gorky Park, along the Moscow River embankment, you’ll end up in the city’s other legendary park, Sparrow Hills. Although the park doesn’t offer as many activities as its hip neighbor, it has a great panoramic view of the city
Pro Tip: You can take a free walking tour to all of the above attractions with an English-speaking guide.
7. River Cruising
One of the best ways to experience Moscow, and see all the famous landmarks, but from a different angle, is from the Moscow River. Take a river cruise. Avoid the tourist crowds. There are little nameless old boats that do the cruise, but if you are looking for a more luxurious experience take the Radisson Blu cruise and enjoy the sights with some good food and a glass of wine.
8. Metro Hopping
Inaugurated in the 1930s, the Moscow Metro system is one of the oldest and most beautiful in the world. Started in Stalinist times, each station is a work of art in its own right. I’d recommend touring the stations between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This way, you’ll be able to properly see it without the crowds. Ideally, I’d recommend taking a tour with a knowledgeable guide with GuruWalk, who will tell you stories of forgotten stations and how the history of the country is interconnected with the metro development. If going by yourself, then I definitely recommend checking out: Mayakovskaya, Ploschad Revolutsii, Kievskaya, Kropotkinskaya, Kurskaya, and Novoslobodskaya stations.
Visit the free Moscow Metro Museum: For real train enthusiasts, located in the southern vestibule of Sportivnaya station is a small free museum. Here you can take a peek into the driver’s cabin, see a collection of metro tokens from different cities, and see different models of a turnstile, traffic lights, escalator, and more.
9. Moscow State University View
In his effort to create a grander Moscow, Stalin had seven skyscrapers built in different parts of town; they’re called the Seven Sisters. The largest of these buildings and the one with the best view is the main building of the Moscow State University. Although this is a little outside the city center, the view is more than worth it.
10. Izmailovsky Market
Mostly known for the city’s largest flea market, the district of Izmaylovo is home to a maze of shops where you can get just about anything, from artisan crafts to traditional fur hats, handcrafted jewelry, fascinating Soviet memorabilia, and antiquities. It’s also one of Moscow’s largest green spaces. There are often no price tags, so be prepared to haggle a bit. Head to one of the market cafes for a warming mulled wine before continuing your shopping spree.
The History of Vodka Museum is found here, and the museum’s restaurant is the perfect place to sample various brands of the national drink.
Once you’ve covered the more touristy spots, Moscow still has plenty to offer, and the places below will also be full of locals! So for some local vibes, I would strongly recommend the spots below!
11. Moscow City
With a completely different vibe, Moscow City (also referred to as Moscow International Business Center) is like a mini Dubai, with lots of impressive tall glass buildings. Here is where you’ll find the best rooftops in towns, like Ruski Restaurant, the highest restaurant both in Moscow City and in Europe. Moscow City is great for crowd-free shopping and the best panoramic views of the city.
12. Tretyakov Gallery
Tretyakov Gallery started as the private collection of the Tretyakov brothers, who were 19th-century philanthropists. They gave their private collection to the government after their deaths. If there is just one museum you visit in Moscow, I recommend this one!
13. Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve
Tsaritsyno was a residence of Catherine the Great more than two centuries ago. It became derelict during the Soviet era but has now been fully renovated. With its opulently decorated buildings, gardens, meadows, and forests, Tsaritsyno Park is the perfect place for a green respite in Moscow.
A 10-minute metro ride from the city center is Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve, where you can get an idea of what Russia looked like 200 years ago. You’ll find ancient churches (one dating back to the 16th century), the oldest garden in Moscow, and the wonderful fairytale wooden palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, father of Peter the Great.
15. Ostankino TV Tower
Built in 1967, Ostankino TV Tower was the tallest free-standing construction in the world at the time, it’s still the 8th tallest building in the world and the highest in Europe. It’s also the best observation deck, with a glass floor and 360-degree views. The speedy elevators take you 1,105 feet in next to no time.
Pro Tip: You need to book in advance; entrance is based on specific ticket times and the capacity is limited and only a certain number of tourists are allowed per day. Don’t forget your passport, you’ll need it to get through security.
16. Zaryadye Park
Zaryadye is a newly opened, landscaped urban park so new you won’t find it in a lot of tour guides. The park is near Red Square and is divided into four climatic zones: forest, steppe, tundra, and floodplains, depicting the variety of climatic zones in Russia.
These last three suggestions are a little quirky, but all are really worth checking out.
17. Museum Of Soviet Arcade Games
Release your inner child playing on 66 arcade machines from the Soviet era! What a great way to spend a couple of hours when tired of visiting museums and palaces. The staff speaks excellent English and are happy to explain how the games work.
18. Moscow Rooftop Tour
Take a 1-hour private Moscow rooftop tour with an experienced roofer. I can just about guarantee none of your friends will be able to say they’ve done it! For your comfort, I recommend wearing comfortable shoes. Take your camera, there are some amazing photo opportunities out there!
19. Sanduny Banya
This classical Russian bathhouse opened its doors in 1808 and is famous for combining traditional Russian banya services with luxurious interiors and service. If you enjoy spas and saunas, then you should experience a Russian bathhouse at least once in your life! Go with an open mind and hire a specialist to steam you as it’s meant to be done — by being beaten repeatedly with a besom (a leafy branch)! This is said to improve circulation, but is best done by a professional!
So there you have my list of things to do in Moscow. I could have gone on and on and on, but I didn’t want to try your patience! There are so many things to do in this vibrant city that you’ll definitely need to allocate several days for exploring.
Here are some other reasons to visit Moscow and Russia:
- 7 Reasons To Put Moscow On Your Travel Bucket List
- Russia 30 Years (And 30 Pounds) Ago
- Massive Mysterious Craters Appearing Again In Siberia
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, before moving to Africa at the age of 21, Sarah Kingdom is a mountain climber and guide, traveler, yoga teacher, trail runner, and mother of two. When she is not climbing or traveling she lives on a cattle ranch in central Zambia. She guides and runs trips regularly in India, Nepal, Tibet, Russia, and Ethiopia, taking climbers up Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro numerous times a year.