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Lift the lid on Moscow’s dark and sinister past on this 2-hour small-group evening walking tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, leave the tourist trail behind to delve into some of the city’s most intriguing suburbs, squares and side streets. Hear spooky tales as you ride the famous ‘Annushka’ tram around the illuminated boulevards; listen to sinister stories about sorcerers and secret worshippers; visit elegant Khitrovka, once the home to Moscow’s 19th-century criminal underclass. 

Highlights

  • 2-hour walking tour of Moscow at night
  • Take the tram along the ‘Annushka’ route
  • Visit Khitrovka, once the most criminal district of Moscow
  • Head to the tranquil neighborhoods of Chistye Prudy and Kitay Gorod
  • Check out the Soviet-era décor at Cheburechnaya, an authentic pub
  • Hear urban legends and historical tales about sorcerers and freemasons
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Moscow at Night: Small-Group Walking Tour with Annushka Tram

Moscow at Night

Begin your 2-hour 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.

Customer Reviews

Ionut A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Had a great tour with Elena, at the end of april.2016. Short but comprehensive, lots of fun facts and interesting information. I felt great all the time, the guide answered each and every of my questions without hesitation. I strongly recommend for everyone looking to get out of Moscow's most touristical areas and feel the vibe of the city and how it turned into what it is now.

Jane C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour, friendly knowledgeable guide and nice, small group.

Did two tours with the same guide Elena - she was great!

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great. Elena the guide is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and showed us some wonderful little neighborhoods that tourists wouldn't normally see.

Riquelmy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour guide (unfortunately, her name escapes me at the moment) with a wealth of knowledge on the Soviet era. Highly recommended for history enthusiasts.

Karen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great guide to take us to the night spots of Moscow. Something we would not have seen if by ourselves.

Sanam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

I had the best guide for my moscow trip. She went out all the way to provide guidance throughout the walking tour and had actually gone an extra mile giving me the best memories of moscow at night.
Showed me all the main places of interest, taking lots of pictures for me and providing me with lots of information. The best guide!!!

Mrs Loretta F R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Fab Tour something a little different. Maria the guide was so knowledgeable. Well worth it. Thank-you

Paul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

It was fun. Even thou I don't like to stay up all night I had a very good time.

sabrina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

A very different tour.. Very enjoyable thanks to the tour guide! Very knowledgeable and a barrel of laughs! He has a great sense of humour which made all the difference.
Also extremely helpful! The guide makes this tour

Geoffrey R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Excellent tour and very knowledgeable guide with very good English language skills. Highly recommended.

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