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Communist Moscow: Evening Walking Tour

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Moskva, Russia
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Overview

Learn about the history and hardships of the Soviet Union on this 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.
  • 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 ensures a personalized experience
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English-speaking local guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Lubyanka Square, Moskva, Russia

Departure Time

5:30 PM

Departure Time

5:30 PM

Return Details

Pushkinskaya ploschad, Moskva, Russia, 127006
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. 

Your tour ends at Pushkinskaya Square.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lubyanka Square
Originally built for the insurance company Rossiya, it later became better known for housing the headquarters of the KGB in its various incarnations. As of 2016 the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) occupies the building.
Duration: 8 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Solovetskiy Stone
The Solovetsky Stone is a monument located in Lubyanka Square in Moscow, across from KGB headquarters. The monument consists of a large stone brought from the Solovetsky Islands, the location of Solovki prison camp, part of the Soviet Gulag system. The monument was erected in 1990 to honor victims of political suppression in the Soviet Union.
Duration: 8 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Revolution Square (Ploshchad Revolutsii)
It is one of the Central Squares of Moscow.
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bolshoi Theatre
Bolshoi Theater - is one of the world’s biggest opera and ballet theaters, rated as high as La Scala in Italy and Covent Garden in England. You can admire its magnificent building, which is also an outstanding example of Russian architecture.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Tsum
Historical department story in the heart of Moscow
Duration: 8 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Moscow State Duma
Former Ministry of State Planning
Duration: 8 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Petrovsky Passage
Statue of 'The Worker' by famous Soviet sculptor Matvey Manizer
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tverskaya Street (Ulitsa)
Tverskaya is the main street of Moscow, it starts from the Kremlin and goes north through all Moscow to change into Leningradskoe shosse, which leads to Tver and after 700 km to St. Petersburg. Tverskaya street is a wide central avenue bustling with life, with large buildings on the sides where there are various shops, clubs, cafes, and restaurants inside.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gastronomia Eliseevsky
The famous grocery store "Eliseevsky" is considered to be the first one in Moscow till now. Named in honour of its former owner and millionaire, Grigory Eliseev, the store became famous not only for its big variety of products, but for luxurious decoration of sales areas in Neo-Baroque taste.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pushkin Square
Place of first ever Soviet anti-government demonstrations
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Moscow Free Tour

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Traveler Tips


  • "The tour is 2-hour long so it would be best if you used the toilet before beginning the tour." See review
  • "The meeting place is in the big plaza at the end of Nikolskaya street (which has overhead hanging lights) where it meets Lubyanka Sq." See review
  • "If you're curious about early soviet history, I'd definitely recommend this tour." See review

Reviews

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Communist Moscow: Evening Walking Tour
Wan M
, Nov 2019
We had a good walk around revolution square, the Bolshoi and a few other historic building and squares. It was a very cold walk at sub zero temperature. However, our tour guide Elena was very talkative and kept us warm with her stories of atrocities during the Soviet era. She was quite obsessed in criticizing the Bolsheviks, to the point of glorifying the Tsar period or worshipping the USA and the west. Partly the tour sounded like Lenin and Stalin bashing. I think it will be more appropriate if the tour give a more general overview of the communist transition to a more open society Moscow and the rest of Russia, without too focus trying to convince us that socialism or communism were really terrible. Overall I enjoyed the walk and we end up in a very beautiful supermarket.
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star-5
Great
vanesalcedoescobedo
, Nov 2019
It was a very cold night, but our guide made it worth it, she was super nice! She shared a lot of stories and make good recommendations for our next stop
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Tour communism
Joostinmoskou
, Oct 2019
Interesting for people who come to Moscow and wanna know a bit about the communist past of the city and the country. Nikita is a funny guide, has an pleasant way of telling, is easy going and open to questions. Recommend!
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star-5
Great walking tour of communist Moscow
drgalitsela
, Oct 2019
Anna, our guide was great, interesting and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour, especially with Anna.
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star-5
Great overview of Soviet times
Jomumjo
, Sep 2019
In two hours, which passed very quickly, Helena provided a clear insight into the history of Russia from Tzar Nicholas through to post USSR. Interesting to learn the role of the Metropol Hotel and Bolshoi Theatre in the Revolution and to discover more about Moscow today.
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star-5
Interesting and nice
Rafael D
, Aug 2019
Nice alternative views of soviet russia from insiders. Hidden stories of places.and.buildings. good recommendations! Very clear and perfect english, which is quite rare...
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star-5
Elena - The best guide we had in our month in Europe! and a TIP re: meeting location.
Babette086
, Aug 2019
Elena is enthusiastic and articulate. One of the best tours we have taken. She represented multiple points of view of the Communist era, so you learn why people still miss communism and why it failed, and differing perceptions of pros and cons of former leaders. The meeting place is in the big plaza at the end of Nikolskaya street (which has overhead hanging lights) where it meets Lubyanka Sq. Across the street from the Children's department store building. Toured July 31, 2019. California.
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star-4
Great tour
Sarah J
, Aug 2019
Great tour guide who had lots of knowledge and enthusiasm. This tour was full of historical facts, and how the past affects modern day Russia. It was really interesting and one of the best tours I took in Russia. Highly recommend!
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star-5
Superb tour.
Keith M
, Aug 2019
A terrific tour that was both informative and enjoyable, and really added to my understanding of the city and its history. The guide was obviously very knowledgeable and put over the facts and figures in a very entertaining way. I'd thoroughly recommend the tour.
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Excellent tour
Ellen P
, Aug 2019
Our guide wove the history of the Soviet Union beautifully with this tour which covers only a short walking distance. We explored a bit of the city relevant to various political events starting opposite the Lubyanka, to Revolution Square, to the Bolshoi and Metropole Hotel (for Gentleman in Moscow fans) to Stalin having buildings moved to widen avenues, ending in Pushkin Square where the protests take place, in front of Izvestia offices Outstanding for history buffs.
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