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.