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Alternative Moscow: 2-Hour Walking Tour

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Moskva, Russia
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Lift the lid on Moscow’s dark and sinister past on this small-group evening walking tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, leave the tourist trail behind to delve into some of the city’s most intriguing suburbs, squares and side streets. Hear spooky tales as you ride the famous ‘Annushka’ tram around the illuminated boulevards; listen to sinister stories about sorcerers and secret worshippers; visit elegant Khitrovka, once the home to Moscow’s 19th-century criminal underclass.
  • Nighttime walking tour of hidden Moscow
  • Take the tram along the ‘Annushka’ route
  • Visit Khitrovka, once the most criminal district of Moscow
  • Head to the tranquil neighborhoods of Chistye Prudy and Kitay Gorod
  • Check out the Soviet-era décor at Cheburechnaya, an authentic pub
  • Hear urban legends and historical tales about sorcerers and freemasons
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 ensures a personalized experience
Begin your walking tour when you meet your friendly guide at the Alexander Griboyedov monument in the elegant Chistiye Prudy district of Moscow.

Learn about Griboyedov, the Russian poet murdered while serving an ambassadorship in Persia in 1829, and then follow your guide around the back streets as you hear captivating tales of Moscow by night.

Board the iconic ‘Annushka’ tram that runs around what’s left of Moscow’s famous ‘A’ route. Trundle along the illuminated boulevards and, as you travel, see several interesting landmarks as your guide recounts their history.

Continue to Kitay Gorod, Moscow’s oldest neighborhood. Stroll around the avenues lined with Russian and Soviet-era architecture, and get glimpses into Moscow’s contemporary nightlife as you pass some of the city’s most popular bars and clubs.

Spill out into Khitrovka, an elegant square with a dark history. As you take in the handsome buildings, hear how the area was the hub of criminal activity in the 19th century, when thousands of peasants and convicts took shelter here.

Hear tales of Moscow’s criminal fraternities as you view landmarks such as Archangel Tower, and see the former home of Jacob Bruce, a 17th-century count rumored to have dabbled in witchcraft.

Visit Kilometer Zero, where a plaque marks where many of Russia’s distances are measured. Toss a coin here as your guide shares intriguing stories about the nearby buildings, some believed to have been secret places of worship.

Finish your tour at the Cheburechnaya Café, one Moscow’s few remaining Soviet-era pubs, whose name derives from cheburek – a type of meat-filled turnover.

Savor the vintage setting and enjoy some Russian beer and a traditional snack at your own expense. Your tour concludes at the café.

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palmanfr
, Oct 2018
The tour is promised to be done in small groups... Small group indeed it was! I waited alone at the meeting point for 45 minutes and nobody ever showed up. After attempting to contact them by phone a few times, I eventually managed to speak to someone who confirmed that the tour was "cancelled". She apologized briefly but blamed Viator for not informing me. Thanks for the complete lack of notification. The only message I received about this cancellation was the NEXT day from Viator informing me that it was cancelled. I lost 2 hours for nothing. I can understand that the tour can be cancelled due to lack of customers, but it is just unacceptable not to inform them!
Excellant. Lovely informative guide...
Sandi L
, Oct 2017
Excellant. Lovely informative guide who spoke perfect English. Took us to sites and areas we probably wouldn't have thought to visit ourselves. Guide also gave us general advice about other places/areas of interest to visit. Worth every penny and then some. Moscow must be visited at night it's so interesting and beautiful.
Low key but fun tour around some of...
Richard M
, Aug 2017
Low key but fun tour around some of Moscow's lesser known parts. Nice to see real community events going on and also old printing office being reborn as local clothing store. Elena was a gem, and her stories of serial killers and so on were great. Fun to finish on an old tram with real Muscovites doing their own thing, and tour finishes in a cool area with lots of bars and eateries. Worth doing.
we started the tour just after the...
Juhani K
, Jun 2017
we started the tour just after the hurricane. Bad luck, no tram trip possible. Good luck, we were only two guests, had possibility to discuss / place questions. She the guide had thorough knowledge of the region, also very motivated to tell us everything. Recommend.
This was really an amazing tour. We...
Gerald d
, Jun 2017
This was really an amazing tour. We really liked it!
Wasn't able to take this tour in...
Thomas W
, Jan 2017
Wasn't able to take this tour in December as I had hurt my leg and couldn't walk. However, I took this tour the previous summer and it was great.
The Tour was absolutely great...
Claude C
, Dec 2016
The Tour was absolutely great. Everything was explained perfectly. I can only recommend it to all.
This was a great way to see a part...
Rachel M
, Oct 2016
This was a great way to see a part of Moscow that most tourists don't visit. We LOVED our guide she was knowledgeable and funny and helped everyone find a good place to eat after the tour. I only wish she told MORE stories we didn't hear about free masons and sorcerers, and sadly did not end at the Soviet era pub. Otherwise, my husband and I thought it was wonderful despite the cold!
was my first of many tours and loved it...
Stephen R
, Sep 2016
was my first of many tours and loved it - thanks again
I had a Sunday evening to fill in...
Frederick B
, Sep 2016
I had a Sunday evening to fill in Moscow before a morning train to St. Petersburg, and this was a nice way to get a feel for a different side of the city. The tour departed from a statue in the park outside the Kitay-Gorad metro, which was great since I had spent the afternoon nearby. About 8 people had signed up for a Sunday evening. Our guide, Vicky, was a fun and free-spirited young woman who spoke excellent colloquial English although I pointed out to her that hunky-dory is not a current expression, and I added awesomesauce to her vocabulary! This tour explores the somewhat seedy underside of Moscow, which is quickly disappearing with the gentrification of the urban core. We saw a church where the KGB had executed prisoners, walked through the old Ukrainian ghetto that is quickly transforming, saw some former brothels and illicit distilleries, and then took the tram to the now-fashionable over the river neighborhood. Vicky pointed out a number of good and affordable restaurant options, and gave other suggestions of nice areas to explore in the city. It was a nice way to spend a few hours and I'd recommend this as a supplement to the typical cathedral and Kremlin tours.

Product code: 5807NIGHT

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