According to the Moscow Times newspaper, Russia’s capital city will become a tad friendlier to foreign tourists this month, as it joins other world capitals like London and Paris that offer a sightseeing pass that provides entry to the most popular museums.
The price for a three-day pass will be 2,400 rubles ($76) and include admission to a choice of city attractions like St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State Historical Museum, the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812 and the State Contemporary Arts Museum. There are a total of seven venues devoted to various subjects.
The pass also covers admission to a walking tour around the city, a sightseeing tour on a double-decker bus and a cruise along the Moscow River.
The Moscow Pass is part of a project by privately owned communications firm KremlinMultimedia to improve the image of the capital and make it more convenient for living and visiting by developing a brand called WowMoscow.
Foreign visitors are familiar with such passes, as it’s a “well-known product that exists in the cities like New York, London and Paris,” said Ksenia Zemskova, head of the WowMoscow project.
Tourists traveling individually expect to have about the same number of entertainment options in any of the world’s capitals, like a sightseeing bus tour, so Moscow Pass will provide a range of services offered at most popular destinations, she said in a telephone interview late last week.
Sightseeing passes of various configurations are offered in most world capitals and provide significant discounts compared to what a visitor would pay buying the tours separately.