Moscow, Russia

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Overview

Learn about the history and hardships of the Soviet Union on this 2-hour walking tour of Moscow. Led by a knowledgeable guide, stroll around the buildings and squares that testify to Moscow’s time under Soviet rule during the 20th century. See a memorial to Soviet labor camp prisoners; visit Revolution Square, scene of the 1917 Russian Revolution; and view the former KGB building and other key sites as your guide describes life under Soviet rule.
  • Explore important landmarks of Soviet-era communist Moscow on a guided walking tour
  • Learn about the city’s political history, from the revolution to end of the Cold War
  • Walk past monuments, memorials and museums from Lubyanka Square
  • See Revolution Square and the former headquarters of the KGB
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience
Begin your small-group tour near the Solovetsky Stone, a memorial situated in Lubyanka Square in central Moscow.
Learn how the plain slab of stone stands in honor of the millions of victims of political persecution during the time of the Soviet Union. The massive boulder was brought here in 1990 from Solovki, one of the many labor camps run by the Stalinist regime of the 1930s.
As you stand here, gaze out at the building that once served as the headquarters of the Soviet KGB, and hear how it now houses a branch of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), Russia’s current security agency.
Next, follow your guide to Revolution Square, the scene of hard-fought battles during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Feel the sense of history here, and learn about other chapters of the Soviet past, including Stalin’s Great Purges between 1934 and 1939, the KGB prisons, the tense stand-off of the Cold War and the Soviet Movement for Freedom.
In between walking and talking, view a string of important buildings such as the Bolshoi Theater, the Revolution Museum and the Gulag Museum, whose exhibitions chronicle the terrifying labor camps known as ‘gulags’ that were run by Stalin’s iron-fisted regime and where more than 14 million prisoners were confined between 1929 and 1953.
Stroll along bustling Tverskaya Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, and see the Sluzhebny Vhod café and Eliseevsky Gastronum grocery store — both throwbacks to the days of communism. 
After around two hours, your tour finishes at Pushkinskaya Square.

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, Sep 2018

A very interesting tour of Moscow's different periods of time, starting from the transition from Tsarist rule to the Soviet regime and until the present days of capitalism.
The tour emphasizes the contrasts, sometimes absurd, of the use of certain areas and buildings in central Moscow, throughout different times.
What makes the tour particularly fascinating was the passion of our sharp and delightful guide, Irina, to her hometown and her sharing of her and her family's personal experiences in the extreme changing realities of life in Moscow.
The tour is highly recommended for anyone visiting Moscow!
Benjamin

F
, Jun 2018

Irina is very passionate about her country and it was really lovely to see that and hear all about the history. this tour is definitely worth attending.

D
, May 2018

I loved this tour! Our guide Marina was extremely personable and was able to share some interesting anecdotes about living in soviet russia. The tour was very informative and wasn't too taxing, the walking helped us stay warm in sub-zero Moscow. One of the most fascinating stories was how the government modernised the city centre in the 30s without destroying any buildings - they cut their foundations and moved whole buildings on rails, with the people still inside, to allow the creation of the wide boulevards and roads in the city today. If you're curious about early soviet history, I'd definitely recommend this tour.

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, Apr 2018

This tour starts across the KGB building and then you would walk across Moscow to find some other tourist attraction. Guide would give the history of some places where the tour went to and it was very interesting--from the history of KGB, to moving buildings for bigger streets, and to propaganda posters inside a library. Would be nicer if the weather would also cooperate. The tour is 2-hour long so it would be best if you used the toilet before beginning the tour. During our tour, it was really cold and the tour needed to stop at a cafe just so everyone could get a bathroom break. LOL

M
, Nov 2017

A really cool tour, learned a lot about this history of this beautiful city

e
, Oct 2017

The guide Ana was fantastic, really good English, very interesting information, very open for all questions, not rushed at all and besides the standard places also very interesting spots which you can not find yourselves!

A
, Sep 2017

This tour was really good and I just loved our guides. They were adorable, engaging, sincere and funny! I really would have loved to just have lunch with them and talk about life in Russia etc. They were inviting and personable. You could see their love for Moscow and Russia and their true desire to share their country with you. I enjoyed hearing stories about their families and how communism affected them. They also pointed nice restaurants and markets along the way we tried one of each and they were great!. The only critique is that some of the stops were not really about communism. We really enjoyed the tour and company but don't expect that all stops will be about communism only.

D
, Sep 2017

We started out across the street from the building that was the KGB headquarters in Soviet times. Our tour guide had excellent English and a strong passion for the subject matter. She showed us a building that was being renovated and was the place where 40,000 Russians were sentenced to death. She pointed out details about the different views of Soviet times among Russians. She recommended that we go to the Museum of Contemporary History we went there the next day that was helped to complete the overview of this subject matter.

E
, Apr 2017

GREAT!! A wonderful experience trying to understand the communism in Russia with a clever and informative guide. I highly recommend

T
, Nov 2016

Excellent tour! I love history and I grew up in America during the 80s during the waning days of Communism, so this interested me from a personal historical standpoint. Our guide took us around Red Square and the area and discussed the uprising that brought down Russia's last tsar and ushered in Communism, Lenin and his views of Communism that were never quite realized and Stalin's terror that cost millions of lives. She pointed our several buildings that were central to Russia's Communist government, some still in existence in a government capacity, some now converted to other uses. This tour didn't bang the drum for Communism nor did it demonize it completely impartial. Just make sure you dress warmly for the winter because it's a night tour that takes place mostly outside!


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