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  • Location:Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Architecture Tour of Moscow's Metro and Kolomensoye Estate

Gain insight into Russian history on this half-day tour, combining Moscow’s metro with Kolomenskoye Estate. Discover the magnificent, marble-walled interiors of Moscow’s underground metro stations before embarking on a walking tour of either UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Kolomenskoye, a stunning royal estate including Ascension Church. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people.


  • Half-day tour of Moscow’s metro stations plus Kolomenskoye Estate
  • Admire the stunning architectural interiors of one of the world’s largest rapid transit systems
  • Learn about Moscow's history during Stalin's regime and the Soviet era
  • Guided walking tour through the Kolomenskoye Estate includes the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Church of the Ascension, the house of Peter the Great and the Colonel's Chamber Museum
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures personal attention from your guide

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What You Can Expect

Architecture Tour of Moscow's Metro and Kolomensoye Estate

Kolomenskoe Estate

After meeting your guide near Red Square, head with your small group through the complex network of Moscow’s metro. Opened in 1935, the extensive system includes 185 stations that cover 190 miles (305 km) underground.

On this 2-hour metro tour, revel in Moscow's glory days, as well as the years of scarcity. Admire the impressive architecture of Moscow’s stations and learn first-hand how the unique character of each interior has changed with each new political era.

See stations like Kievskaya and Slavyansky Bulvar with their pompous halls and high stucco ceilings versus those built later, like Volzhskaya – lightly adorned with sparse furnishings. Your guide will discuss how architect Alexey Dushkin and painter Alexander Deyneka were just two of the many artists who made these magnificent landmarks possible.

With your guide and small group, take the metro to Kolomenskoye Estate (fare included), situated in a large park just outside of Moscow’s city center near the town of Kolomna. Here, immerse yourself in Russia’s fascinating royal history as you enjoy a 2-hour walking tour and soak up the beautiful scenery.

See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Church of the Ascension, built in 1532 to honor the future first Russian tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Once called the Eighth Wonder of the World, this magnificent building overlooks the Moskva River and is surrounded by a grove of ancient oak trees.

Next, follow your guide to the 18th-century house of Peter the Great, the only memorial museum devoted to the life and reign of this famous Russian tsar and reformer, and continue to the Colonel's Chamber Museum (included).

Listen to your guide's stories as you walk around the magnificent estate and enjoy views of the landscape below. Learn how during the reign of Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov in the 17th century, Kolomenskoye became the favorite summer residence of the tsar’s family.

Customer Reviews

Noah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

As a daily metro user at home, this was a great tour of beautiful stations and the history of soviet propaganda.

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

My husband and I had a great time on this tour. The guide was very good we would recommend this tour to anyone who is going to this lovely city.

croman USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This was awesome! Our guide was amazing and so knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Great tour. Our Guide Natasha was punctual, friendly, well paced. Her history and English were excellent. Very enjoyable. Subway stops are amazing. Would highly recommend this tour.

Hermes A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

everything very good. very proffesional tour operators

Evelyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

The meeting site was precise (address).
The guide was punctual, knowledgable, relaxed and thorough
As for the tour well organized and educational. We were given many opportunities for questions and pictures..
Most enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Graciela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

We were very pleased with the tiur

Deborah B

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Great tour guide. Weather was rainy so we did the metro first. Loved seeing the great Soviet architecture. She even taught us how to buy tickets and use the system which made the rest of our trip so much better! When we finished that portion of the tour, the weather had cleared so we had a great afternoon in Kolomensoye Park. The tour was well,paced and guide was wonderful. It was just the guide and ourselves so we were able to linger where we wanted to.

Annelise South Africa

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Do the tour of the stations - that was awesome!! Natalia was our guide and she gave us loads of info, pointed things out and guided us to the best stations. Visiting the Kolomensoye Estate was not worth it. When booking the trip I did not realize that the Wooden Palace I wanted to see was actually destroyed many many years ago!!

robert w e

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Natalia was a very experienced and knowledgeable guide. She was able to coney the full story behind all the subway stations we visited and covered the history well at Kolomenscoye Estate.
Make sure you have lunch and a drink before going on this 11am tour as there are no stops along the way.

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