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First UK Family Lounge to open at Kings Cross Station
Posted: 11 October 2022 | Elliot Robinson (Editorial Assistant - Global Railway Review) | No comments yet
LNER are to open a new area at Kings Cross Station which has been designed to give families a dedicated space to wait for trains.
Credit: John Nguyen/LNER
London North Eastern Railway (LNER) will open the first Family Lounge on the UK rail network at London King’s Cross Station on 12 October. The Family Lounge has been specially designed to help make rail more family friendly and to give families a dedicated space to wait for trains, with plenty on offer to keep children entertained and parents relaxed.
Located on the main concourse next to the Travel Centre, the Family Lounge is easy to access and boasts a variety of seating options including beach huts with table-top games, a soft play area and an bespoke designed Hornby train set.
The new facility is designed to welcome more families who choose to travel by train, with a recent survey conducted by UK parenting network Mumsnet, finding that an easy travel experience is important to 93 per cent of people when planning a day trip.
“As a father with young children, I know first-hand how much I appreciate it when businesses are truly family friendly,” Abu Siddeeq, Head of Customer Service at LNER, said. “That is why I’m delighted that LNER will be opening the Family Lounge at London King’s Cross, the first dedicated lounge for families on the UK rail network. From having a safe space to play to being able to sit together as a family whilst taking a break from travelling, the Family Lounge has been specially designed with families of all ages in mind and is bound to make a huge difference to those using the station.”
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To ensure the Family Lounge is of benefit to families, LNER consulted with the Campaign For Family Friendly Trains, a group of parents and carers working for better facilities for children and their families on the UK rail network.
“The Family Lounge at King’s Cross Station will be a fantastic way for families to pass the time before their train departs and is an excellent step towards creating a more family-friendly railway,” Nick Flynn from the Campaign for Family Friendly Trains, said. “We welcome LNER’s significant effort in creating this space and were delighted to be consulted at the design stage. We hope the concept will be reproduced at stations across the country and encourage the rail industry to continue to think about the needs of families onboard such as dedicated spaces for prams and at stations.”
“We’ve worked really closely with LNER on this project, so we’re delighted that the Family Lounge will soon be available for use,” Helen Cavanagh, Head of Passenger Experience for Network Rail’s East Coast Route, said. “Over the past few years, we’ve been working hard to improve King’s Cross station for our customers, with work to refurbish toilets and install new seating on the concourse just some of the ways we have done that. The new Family Lounge will further improve passenger experience, and we look forward to families reaping the benefit.”
The Family Lounge at King’s Cross Station will officially open on 12 October and is open to families travelling with all train companies operating from London King’s Cross.
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February and March train strike dates: Everything you need to know about rail disruption
The dispute between the train drivers’ union , Aslef , and 14 train operators in England is into its third calendar year.
With no settlement in sight to the long and bitter row over pay and working arrangements, the union has begun its first strikes for 2024 .
Train drivers belonging to Aslef are stopping work region-by-region over the course of a week between Tuesday 30 January and Monday 5 February. Thousands of trains will be cancelled on each day.
The effect is exacerbated by a nine-day ban on overtime running from 29 January to 6 February.
Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, says some members have not had a pay rise for five years – and ministers have refused to engage with the union for a year.
He told The Independent : “Any industrial action is incredibly damaging, but after 18 months out on strike, and after a year with no one in the government or the [train operating] companies talking to us , we are forced to raise the profile of our issues.”
Rail minister Huw Merriman told The Independent : “Strikes just hold the railway back. We believe a fair and reasonable offer is there on the table for Aslef if they put it to their members.
“These are train drivers that paid an average £60,000 for a 35-hour, four-day week, That pay deal would take them up to £65,000.
“We hope that they will take the opportunity to take it. Then we can all talk about the positives of rail.”
Separately, the 14 train operators have reached a tentative agreement with the RMT union that has put an end to walk-outs while talks continue on a local level. But the RMT has called two 48-hour strikes in February and March on the London Overground .
These are the key questions and answers.
Which rail firms are affected?
Aslef is in dispute with the train operators that are contracted by the government to provide rail services. They are:
- Avanti West Coast
- East Midlands Railway
- Great Western Railway (GWR)
- TransPennine Express
Southeast England commuter operators:
- Greater Anglia
- GTR (Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink)
- South Western Railway (including the Island Line on the Isle of Wight)
Operators focusing on the Midlands and north of England:
- Chiltern Railways
- Northern Trains
- West Midlands Railway
ScotRail, Transport for Wales, Transport for London (including the Elizabeth Line ), Merseyrail and “open-access” operators such as Grand Central, Hull Trains and Lumo are not involved. But their services are likely to be extremely crowded on stretches where they duplicate strike-hit companies.
What is the strike schedule?
Monday 29 January: overtime ban begins.
Tuesday 30 January: South Western Railway, Southeastern and GTR (Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink).
Wednesday 31 January: Northern and TransPennine Express.
Thursday 1 February: no strike but overtime ban continues.
Friday 2 February: Greater Anglia, C2C and LNER.
Saturday 3 February: West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast and East Midlands Railway.
Sunday 4 February: no strike but overtime ban continues.
Monday 5 February: Great Western, CrossCountry and Chiltern.
Tuesday 6 February: no strike but overtime ban continues for a final day.
What are the likely effects of the strikes?
These predictions are based on latest statements from rail firms and The Independent ’s observation of previous strikes . They should be confirmed before travel.
Great Northern (30 January): Shuttle service calling at London Kings Cross and Cambridge only (and probably branded Thameslink) with limited operating hours.
Thameslink (30 January): Shuttle service calling at St Pancras, Luton Airport Parkway and Luton only. The firm says its trains “will be extremely busy” and that queueing systems will be in place.
“You may not be able to board your chosen service,” says Thameslink. “If you are planning to travel on one of the last trains of the day, please be aware that, depending on the size of the queue, you may not be able to board a service at all, and no alternative transport options will be provided after the last train departs. Please plan ahead and leave plenty of time to reach your destination.”
Southern (30 January): No trains except a nonstop shuttle service between Londo n Victoria and Gatwick airport, from 6am to 11.30pm.
Gatwick Express (30 January): The Southern airport shuttle, above, is doing the work.
Southeastern (30 January): No trains.
South Western Railway (30 January): The service is relatively extensive compared with other train operators .
- Up to four stopping trains per hour between London Waterloo and Woking.
- Hourly semi-fast trains between Waterloo and both Guildford and Basingstoke. A shuttle will run from Basingstoke to Salisbury every 90 minutes.
- Two trains per hour will also run between Waterloo and Feltham via Richmond and Twickenham. No trains on the Isle of Wight.
Northern (31 January): No trains. The operator says that it expects two key routes to be very busy on 3 February when East Midlands Railway is on strike: Leeds-Sheffield-Nottingham and Sheffield-Manchester.
TransPennine Express (31 January): No trains. “There will be some alterations to evening services on Tuesday 30 January and to early morning services on Thursday 1 February,” the company says.
C2C (2 February): No trains. The company warns: “Upminster car park will likely become full and close early in the day.” Upminster is the eastern end of the District Line of the London Underground, which will be running normally.
Greater Anglia (2 February): Limited service linking London Liverpool Street with Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester; Southend Victoria; Cambridge; and Stansted airport.
LNER (2 February): Regular trains on core routes linking London King’s Cross with Doncaster, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh. First trains will depart at around 8am, with most journeys finished by 7pm. Leeds will have a limited direct service, but connections are available from Doncaster.
Avanti West Coast (3 February): No trains. The operator says: “Services on the days either side of the strike will also be affected.”
East Midlands Railway (3 February): No trains. The train firm warns: “No rail replacement bus services will be provided. Other train operators may be running a reduced service due to an overtime ban.”
West Midlands Railway (3 February): No trains, and a warning that services on Sunday 4 February will see widespread delays and cancellations.
Chiltern (5 February): No trains either on the strike day or on the previous day, Sunday 4 February, as the train operator is dependent on drivers working overtime on Sunday to operate any trains at all. The overtime ban means no services will run.
CrossCountry (5 February): No trains.
Great Western Railway (5 February): On the actual strike day, a core service will run between London Paddington and Oxford, Bath and Bristol, with a link from Bristol to Cardiff. A limited service on branch lines in Devon and Cornwall. The Night Riviera sleeper service from London to Penzance will not run for a number of nights.
In addition to the disruption on strike days, trains on adjacent days may be affected. Services on these days are also likely to be extremely busy due to passengers moving their journeys to avoid industrial action.
What about the new minimum service levels law?
Legislation now allows the transport secretary to stipulate minimum service levels (MSLs) on strike days amounting to 40 per cent of the normal service. The government says the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023 aims “to ensure that the public can continue to access services that they rely on, during strike action.”
No train operator is seeking to impose the new law on the train drivers’ union. LNER said it might do so, and opened consultations, at which point Aslef called a separate five-day strike on LNER alone. Then the train operator said it would not require drivers to work, and the strike was called off.
The BBC reports that the prime minister is disappointed that train operators had not implemented minimum service levels. A Downing Street spokesperson said: “Yes, it’s something that we and the public expect them to use.
“We’ve been repeatedly been clear that this legislation is available for train operators to use.”
The Transport Select Committee has previously warned of potential unintended consequences of the legislation. The Conservative chair, Iain Stewart, said: “There is a risk of MSLs worsening worker-employer relations and that, as a result, MSLs could end up making services less reliable.”
The minimum service level rules do not apply to union bans on non-contractual rest-day working.
Is there a ‘worst day’?
Yes. In terms of sheer number of passengers hit, Tuesday 30 January is the most disruptive. It is aimed at commuters in southeast England, the majority of whom use the affected train operators. Normally Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern, South Western Railway and Southeastern carry around 40 per cent of all passengers.
Intercity travellers will be worst affected on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 February , when the main operators on the East Coast and West Coast main lines, plus the Midland main line, will be hit.
Sunday 4 February is also likely to be severely disrupted mainly because of the ban on rest-day working. Chiltern Railway, which would normally run trains between London and Birmingham, says no services will run at all due to the overtime ban.
Disruption will be heightened by planned engineering work between Birmingham and Wolverhampton on the West Coast main line and between London King’s Cross and Stevenage on the East Coast main line.
What will be the wider impact of the overtime ban?
The overtime ban alone will cause thousands of cancellations. Aslef says no train operator “employs enough drivers to provide the service they promise passengers and businesses they will deliver without asking drivers to work their days off”.
Sunday is still not part of the working week at a number of train operators, so 4 February will be particularly disrupted by the ban on rest-day working.
GWR says: “There will be significant disruption to services and customers should travel on alternative days. No trains will operate on long-distance routes between London Paddington and Bristol, South Wales and Exeter/Plymouth/Penzance.”
Several rail firms have announced pre-emptive cancellations due to the previous overtime ban, as follows:
C2C : “Severely reduced service” at weekends, with many trains also cut on weekdays.
Chiltern : Significantly reduced service on most routes, with no trains at all on some branch lines. “Services on all routes will finish earlier than usual.” No trains will run on Sunday 4 February.
Gatwick Express : No trains during the overtime ban. Southern trains will link London Victoria and Gatwick airport throughout the industrial action.
London Northwestern Railway/West Midlands Railway : Branch lines between Bletchley and Bedford, Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey, and Leamington Spa and Nuneaton, will be closed on most or all days.
Southern : “An amended timetable with fewer services will run. Services may start later and finish earlier than usual.”
Thameslink warns: “A reduced frequency amended timetable will be in operation.”
Some trains may restrict either boarding or leaving trains at certain stations to avoid overcrowding.
What if I need to reach an airport?
London Heathrow will remain accessible at all times on the Heathrow Express, the Elizabeth Line and the Tube.
Passengers using London Gatwick will be significantly affected on the first day of strikes, Tuesday 30 January, when no Gatwick Express nor Thameslink trains will run. But passengers between London and Gatwick will be able to travel on a Southern shuttle service, nonstop between Victoria and the airport. The GWR link from Gatwick to Redhill, Guildford and Reading will run normally on 30 January but not on 5 February.
London Stansted will have an hourly skeleton service from the capital on Tuesday 2 February, with “service alterations” on all the other days of the overtime ban. The link to Norwich will be axed on 2 February, but CrossCountry trains to Cambridge (and on to Birmingham) will still run. On 5 February, though, no CrossCountry trains will run to Stansted airport or anywhere else.
Luton airport will remain accessible by rail, at least from London, on all days: on the Thameslink strike day, 30 January, Thameslink will have a reduced service from London St Pancras to Luton Airport Parkway. In addition, the East Midlands Railway link will be running. On 3 February, when no East Midlands Railway services are likely to run, Thameslink will be operating.
Southend airport: hourly trains on Friday 2 February with restricted hours.
Southampton airport will not be served by South Western Railway on Tuesday 30 January nor by CrossCountry on Monday 5 February.
Manchester airport will have a drastically reduced rail service on Wednesday 31 January. With Northern and TransPennine Express drivers on strike, there will be only an hourly link on Transport for Wales to and from central Manchester, Chester and North Wales.
Birmingham airport is likely to be inaccessible by rail on Saturday 3 February, except for Transport for Wales from Birmingham New Street.
Will Eurostar be affected?
No. Trains will continue to run as normal between London St Pancras International and Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. But connecting journeys will be difficult on strike days – particularly Tuesday 30 January, when Thameslink and Southeastern are out, and on Saturday 3 February when no East Midlands Railway services are likely to run.
What does Aslef say?
In an exclusive interview with The Independent , Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: “When we get to February, it’ll be half a decade without a pay rise. What do we do? Do we do nothing?
“The only thing that is going to get us out of this is a clean deal.”
Without an agreement, he says: “It’s going to get messier. It’s going to get worse.”
What do the rail firms say?
A spokesperson for Rail Delivery Group, representing the train operators, said: “There are no winners from these strikes that will unfortunately cause disruption for our customers. We believe rail can have a bright future, but right now taxpayers are contributing an extra £54m a week to keep services running post-Covid.
“Aslef’s leadership need to recognise the financial challenge facing rail. Drivers have been made an offer which would take base salaries to nearly £65,000 for a four-day week before overtime – that is well above the national average and significantly more than many of our customers that have no option to work from home are paid.
“Instead of staging more damaging industrial action, we call on the Aslef leadership to work with us to resolve this dispute and deliver a fair deal which both rewards our people, and makes the changes needed to make services more reliable.”What does the government say?
What does the government say?
A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “It’s very disappointing to see Aslef continuing to target those who travel to work, school or important medical appointments by train.
“Aslef is now the only rail union that is continuing to strike while refusing to put a fair and reasonable offer to its members. The offer that remains on the table and would bring the average train driver’s salary up to £65,000.
“The Aslef leadership should do the right thing and let their members decide their own future, instead of deciding it for them.”
What does the Labour Party say it would do if elected?
Louise Haigh, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, said: “It is a staggering dereliction of duty that the transport secretary hasn’t got around the table with the unions to try to resolve it since the Christmas before last.
“Labour will take an unashamedly different approach to the Tories, and will work with both sides to reach a deal in the interests of passengers and workers. If the transport secretary took this sensible approach then perhaps we wouldn’t still be having strikes on our railways.”
The shadow rail minister, Stephen Morgan MP, has previously said: “Labour will bring our railways back into public ownership, as contracts expire, and ensure services work in the interests of the passenger.”
What are the London Overground strikes about?
Pay. More than 300 members of the RMT will stage two 48-hour walkouts on the London Overground on Mondays and Tuesdays two weeks apart: 19-20 February 2024 and 4-5 March 2024. Among those taking action are security, station, revenue and control staff.
The RMT said that Arriva Rail London, which has the contract for London Overground, has offered a below inflation pay offer.
Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT, said: “If this dispute cannot be resolved then RMT is more than prepared for a sustained period of industrial action to get London Overground workers the pay rise they deserve.”
The Independent has contacted the Department for Transport and Arriva Rail London for comment.
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LNER First Class, London Kings Cross to Berwick-upon-Tweed
I travelled on LNER from London Kings Cross to Berwick-upon-Tweed, 17:00 departure, on a Tuesday. I had not travelled First Class with LNER previously and was excited for the onboard experience.
The departure platform at Kings Cross was announced at 16:40 and I made my way to my online pre-booked seat in Coach K, where LNER’s First Class Dine Menu was waiting for me. It was half term week and the coach was a third full. The train departed bang on time and the announcements made before our departure – for example about ticket validity – were clear, concise and regular, conducted by train manager David.
Within 15 minutes of leaving Kings Cross the drinks trolley pulled up next to me with Nigel in charge, who duly served my order. It was very impressive service given that I was in the third first class coach away from the onboard kitchen facilities. An extensive range of complimentary drinks were available – hot, soft and alcohol, including ale, lager, spirits and wine.
About 20 minutes into the journey crew member Rhiannon then came along to take my complimentary food order. She was quick to mention that the Mexican-style grains salad and toasted teacake options from the lunch/evening menu were unfortunately not available. I opted for what was my choice anyway – the chicken casserole followed by the jam sponge and custard, both of which were beautifully presented and delicious. To be honest, I could have had a second helping of the chicken.
Dinner was served on an individual tray with accompanying cutlery and napkin about 30 minutes after departing Kings Cross. The onboard menu wasn’t extensive but what was on offer was cleverly thought out and catered for most tastes, with clear signposting of the vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, not to mention the kcal value for each dish!
The Wi-Fi worked OK but dropped out in tunnels. All seats were at tables and I was lucky enough to have nobody next to me or opposite me so I had plenty of space to work on my laptop. There was a power source in the arm of the chair, which I struggled to find initially despite a diagram on the wall.
The onboard crew were very attentive passing through frequently during the scheduled 3hr 40min service, with a crew change in York. The food was tasty and, with the exception of being approximately 15 minutes late into my destination, this was an overall excellent experience and one I’d happily book again. The only negative was that of the 30 seats in coach K, six were missing their headrests.
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17 Best Moscow Tours
Are you planning a visit to the capital of Russia and looking for the best Moscow tours? From Red Square to the Kremlin and from world-class art to fairytale buildings, Moscow is an enchanting city that offers plenty of excitement and elegance. Its history dates back more than 800 years, and there is culture in abundance for visitors to immerse themselves in.
Make the most of your visit with 17 of the best Moscow tours that let you see everything the city and its surroundings have to offer.
1 – Guided Tour of the Moscow Metro
Moscow’s metro is world-famous, thanks to the architectural delights on offer underground stations around the capital. This guided tour of the Moscow stations, otherwise known as “the palace of the people” lasts for 1.5 hours and includes an English-speaking guide who will tell you how the Russian metro became one of the most beautiful in the world. Highlights include Mayakovskaya station with its aviation-themed mosaics.
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2 – Cosmonautics Museum Space Tour
Discover Cosmonautics Museum with this space tour. Dive into one of the greatest battles between the Soviet Union and the United States – the space race. Hear about the space programs of the USSR and learn about how the USSR shaped space travel and technology.
- Cosmonautics Museum tours
3 – Guided Tour of the Kremlin
A Kremlin is actually a citadel in Russian towns, and Moscow’s version is, without doubt, the most famous. The Kremlin is the heartbeat of the city, and this guided tour takes you to the most important points of interest. See Cathedral Square with its orthodox temples; Tzar Cannon with its 890mm calibre, which is the largest in the world; and the exterior of the all-important government buildings that are located within the Kremlin’s walls.
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4 – Moscow City Walking Tour
One of the best Moscow tours for seeing everything the city has to offer, this small-group walking tour lasts for 2 hours and includes an expert guide. Make the most of the capital and see the cobbled spaces of Red Square, take pictures of St Basil’s Cathedral, visit the elegant Bolshoi Theatre, and enjoy the ornamental Alexandrovsky Garden.
- Moscow walking tours
5 – Night Tour of Moscow
When the sun sets, the fun begins – and it all starts with a night tour of Russia’s most famous city. The beauty of Moscow comes into full effect after hours, as iconic buildings like St Basil’s Cathedral illuminate against the night sky. Other locations on this tour include the Moscow River and the Ukraine Hotel, which is a landmark skyscraper that was constructed during the era of Stalin.
6 – Sergiev Posad Day Trip
One of the best Moscow tours that take you outside of the city, the Sergiev Posad day trip provides the opportunity to see The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. It’s made up of a number of different buildings that include the blue domes of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Church of St. Sergius and the Bell Tower.
- Sergiev Posad day trips from Moscow
7 – City Sightseeing Moscow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Cruise
If your time in Moscow is limited, this hop-on, hop-off bus tour is ideal – and it even features an optional cruise on the river. Choose between a 2 and 3-day ticket and see famous landmarks like Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre from an open-top panoramic bus with informative audio commentary. Take your experience to the next level by upgrading to a boat tour.
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8 – Guided Tour of the Tretyakov Gallery
As one of the world’s most important galleries, the Tretyakov Gallery is a must-see for any art lovers and is one of the best Moscow tours for culture vultures. Learn about the masterworks of Pablo Tretyakov with a guided tour and discover the secrets behind the paintings. Other noticeable artists on view include Fedotov, Vasnetsov, Rokotov and Kiprenski, who is the author of the famous “Portrait of Alexander Pushkin”.
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9 – Alternative Moscow: 2-Hour Walking Tour
See a different side of Moscow with this 2-hour alternative tour. An expert guide will take you around quirky streets, suburbs and squares while as your veer away from the traditional tourist hotspots. Highlights include a ride on the famous “Annushka” tram and a visit to the neighbourhood of Khitrovka, which was once known as the criminal district of the city.
10 – St.Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square: Private Tour and Ticket
Combine two of Moscow’s biggest attractions with a visit to Red Square and St.Basil’s Cathedral. Admire the beautiful architecture of St.Basil’s Cathedral from inside and out, before wandering Red Square and learn about the soldiers, farmers and revolutionaries that all called this famous square their home. Round things off with the changing of the guard at Alexander Garden.
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11 – Bunker-42 Cold War Museum Guided Tour
Moscow is notorious for the Cold War, which lasted for about 45 years between 1945 and 1990. Head to the world-famous Bunker-42, located 65 meters below ground level, and learn about the storied past. Visit rooms and passages that were set up to shelter 3,000 people in case of nuclear attack and discover other sections, such as the equipment room and the war-proof telecommunications system.
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12 – Architecture Tour of Moscow’s Metro and Kolomenskoye Estate
Combine the beauty of the metro stations with the Kolomenskoye Estate and see some of Moscow’s grandest sights. After visiting the elegant metro stations, it’s time to go to the Kolomenskoye Estate, which is filled with UNESCO-listed sites that are dedicated to Tsar Peter the Great.
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13 – Tour of Soviet Moscow
Unpick the history of the USSR with one of the best Moscow tours for discovering Soviet Moscow. Starting at Monument to the Conquerors of Space, a tribute to the success of the Soviet space programme, the tour includes historical landmarks and interesting tidbits about Soviet Russia. There is also a visit to the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VDNKh), a site that was constructed under the aegis of the USSR in tribute to state achievements.
14 – Moscow: 2.5-Hour Luxury River Cruise with Dining Option
Sail down the Moscow River on this 2.5 hour tour that provides a different perspective of the city and includes landmark sights. The boat features two decks and has panoramic views as well as free Wi-Fi access. Attractions along the route include Ukraine hotel, Sparrow Hills, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Crimean Bridge, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Zaryadye Park and more.
- Moscow boat tours
15 – Izmailovo Market and Vodka Museum Tour
Visit the museum of Vodka and gain insight into one of Russia’s most famous exports and head to the Izmailovo antique and handicraft market to find a gem or two. The tour starts with Izmailovo market, which features the iconic matryoshka dolls, fur hats and amber jewellery. Next up is a trip to the Museum of Vodka, where you will discover a distillery that dates back to the 15th century.
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16 – Súzdal and Vladímir Day Tour
Discover Russia’s famous “Golden Ring” on this tour of two medieval cities outside of Moscow. The historic city of Vladimir is first up with its Golden Gate, which is an ancient city-fortress that dates back to the 13th century. Next up is the neighbouring town of Suzdal, which features historic architecture and the Kremlin, where you can see its striking white walls topped with blue domes.
- Suzdal & Vladimir tours from Moscow
17- Moscow Food Tasting & Walking Tour
Sample the unique flavours of Moscow with this food tour that lasts for 3 hours and features more than 15 different food and drink tastings. Weave in and out of small alleys in the city centre while enjoying the best food spots in town. See Moscow like a local while trying classic dishes from local breakfast haunts, bustling markets, the oldest monastery in Moscow, and dumpling cafes where you can taste authentic dumplings and enjoy local coffee.
- Moscow food tours