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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. 


Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Communist Moscow: Evening Walking Tour

Bolshoi Theatre

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.

Customer Reviews

Tim M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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!

Leia V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. She shared personal anecdotes and tied it to the way things are today and the differences. I learned a lot and the time flew on this tour. It also pointed out things I never would have seen or known had I not taken this tour. A must do tour!

Jalil K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Nice

jadasullivan7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loads of information about propaganda and showed us some unique historical spots!

Rachelle M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was very exciting, informative, and personal. We had an AMAZING time with our guide and truly learned a lot from our experience. I would recommend this tour and this guide to anyone who plans to travel to this area of Europe. The tour was well-worth the money, and I will definitely book this tour or a similar tour the next time I travel!

HU L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

very good

Linda N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Sharmeen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a great intro to Moscow. Our guide Malina was amazing. She shared stories from her own experiences, drawing contratsts between pre and post communist Russia which were entertaining as well as educational. The tour also cover some of the main sights in Moscow e.g. the former KGB headquarters, GUM, Tverskaya street, the Bolshoi theater from the outside etc.

Jane C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Loved this tour of Moscow - was visiting on my own so great way of getting familiar with the city on my first evening. Tour guide was prompt, very friendly and knowledgeable. I did a second tour with her the next day!!!!

Great tour - thanks

Rick G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

our guide was amazing

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