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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

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

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

Suzanne R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was my favourite of all the Russian tours, our guide told personal stories of parents and grandparents under the communist regime in a respectful and interesting way. She showed lots of photos from a bygone era and took us to the former sites of the kgb, the gulag work camps and the shooting house amongst other places of interest. It was like a door to the past and really worth going on.

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great. Elena the guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic with many historic photos to add to the tour.

Shuni Vashti K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It brought an insight to me to understand the kind of communism in Russia. During the tour we didn't merely talk about communism, but also other terms regarding to Russia. A great thanks again to Elena, our tour guide, we had a great time.

Cynthia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This walking tour was very informative. Our guide, Irina, was very knowledgable and had delightful positive energy. I was pleasantly surprised that we walked and visited so many places. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes on, as there is alot of walking.

Bob M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Fascinating info, I'm really glad we did this

Simon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great tour guide, was able to answer all our questions. Really would recommend this tour.

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