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  • Moscow: Communist Moscow Tour with Lenin's Masoleum Visit

    1. Moscow: Communist Moscow Tour with Lenin's Masoleum Visit

    For more than 70 years Moscow was the capital of the vast Soviet empire, and reminders of that time can still be seen throughout the city. The first stop of the tour is Lenin’s Mausoleum, the burial place of one of the most influential communist leaders in the world. Learn about the hidden pages of the Soviet history from the Great October Revolution to Perestroika, from Lenin and Stalin to Gorbachev. Continue to the Lubyanka to see the notorious headquarters of the former KGB. See the Solovetsky Stone, the monument to victims of Soviet repression. Finally, explore the beauty of Ploshad Revotsii metro station and learn about its rich-history.

    We got lost on the way to the meeting point but our guide waited for us which was much appreciated. We were the only people on the tour so he was able to tailor it to suit our needs. It was very useful having someone to explain the details in the Lenin mausoleum and the metro station, and to give us a potted history of communist Russia.

  • Kremlin and Red Square Private Tour with Pick-up

    2. Kremlin and Red Square Private Tour with Pick-up

    Visit Red Square on this private 3.5-hour tour. See St. Basil’s Cathedral with its dazzling architecture, the Kremlin wall’s Savior Tower, the GUM department store, Lenin’s Mausoleum and more. Follow your guide to Alexander Garden and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Afterwards, head to the Kremlin to take in the main historic cathedrals and learn about Russian history. See the biggest bell and the largest cannon in the world, and learn about where the Russian president works. The tour takes you to the KGB building or Lubyanka, an infamous prison dating from the Soviet period. At the end of your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the beauty of Moscow from a viewpoint.

    Great private tour with Natalia. She's so knowledgeable, friendly and likeable - I can't recommend her enough. I loved my time in Moscow with her. Will definitely book her again when I'm visiting again. Thanks Natalia - you made my day very special.

  • Moscow: Must-See Private Driving Tour

    3. Moscow: Must-See Private Driving Tour

    See the sights of Moscow on a private sightseeing tour and get driven around the city in the comfort of a car, whatever the weather. Pass the Hotel Moscow as you make your way to iconic attractions such as the onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's Mausoleum on Red Square. Discover the ancient walls of the Moscow Kremlin, and then drive past the Bolshoi Theater and Metropol Hotel as you head towards the former headquarters of the KGB on Lubyanka Square. Continue along the banks of the Moskva River to see the impressive Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the statue of Peter the Great. Take souvenir photos from Sparrow Hills at the highest point in the city. Stop at the 17th-century monastery of Novodevichy Convent, now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive down Kutuzovsky Prospekt as you make your way to vibrant Arbat Street.

  • Moscow: 4–Hour Sights of Communism Private Tour

    4. Moscow: 4–Hour Sights of Communism Private Tour

    After pick–up from your hotel, get a brief historical overview of Soviet Union. Head toward the Lubyanka Square, home of the infamous KGB headquarters and learn the story of the GULAG concentration camps and the Solovetsky stone on the Square. Continue your tour to Detskiy Mir (Children’s World), the most famous children's store in USSR, and go up to the store's roof to admire the view of Moscow. See Stalinist skyscrapers and learn the stories and myths behind their construction. Stroll down to the Revolutionary Square and gaze at the monument to Karl Marx, one of the ideologists of communism. Pass the Metropol hotel, the scene of fierce fighting between Czar forces and the Bolsheviks. Afterwards, head underground and admire 76 bronze sculptures depicting the Soviet people on the Revolution Square metro station. Continue by metro to VDNKh, a large park and exhibition center constructed...

    The tour guide is very knowledgeable in Soviet history and world wars and with an excellent English! I’d recommend anyone to take it to know more about Moscow... you will come out of the tour with an idea what Soviet Union is all about.....

  • Moscow: Back in the USSR Small-Group Tour

    5. Moscow: Back in the USSR Small-Group Tour

    Learn about the Russian Revolution and life in Soviet Moscow on a 2-hour walk through the city center. Hear about the rise of the Communist party as you follow the steps of the uprising. See the HQ of the powerful KGB, and hear about political repression in the USSR and Stalin's purges. Although the country was de-Stalinized after the dictator's death, his influence can still be seen in the city's architecture. Visit Red Square, where victory parades and May demonstrations were held. See the monument to Field Marshal Zhukov, the commander of the Red Army. Explore Tverskaya, the central street of Moscow, and learn about its reconstruction in Soviet times.

    Very interesting tour. I really enjoyed. Our guide was really knowledgeable. We bombarded him with questions and he knew everything. It is definitely worth the tour.

  • Moscow: The Best of Moscow Half-Day Private Tour by Car

    6. Moscow: The Best of Moscow Half-Day Private Tour by Car

    Take this half-day tour to discover the various historical sights of Moscow in one go. You don't need to worry about the weather as you will enjoy the view from the comfort of an air-conditioned car.   Starting from historical center of the city, ride along the Kremlin Wall and proceed to the beautiful squares of Manezhnaya, Theater, Pushkin and Lubyanka. Marvel at the buildings and monuments, including statues of Great Prince Vladimir, Dostoevsky, Karl Marx, Pushkin and Yuriy Dolgorukiy. See Lenin's Library, the Russian Duma, the headquarters of the FSB, the Bolshoi Theater, and much more. You will be driven past the most beautiful Russian Cathedrals, including Saint Basil's Cathedral and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Admire the fantastic Moscow bridges, and enjoy Stalin's skyscrapers. Stop at the Sparrow Hills to see the wonderful view, pass Gagarin's monument, go along Victory ...

    I had Vlad as my private guide and it was really interesting to learn about Moscow from him! The car was comfortable and clean! Traffic was very bad and it was a bit disappointing, but we still managed to see major sights. Definitely recommended!

  • Moscow: Soviet History Tour

    7. Moscow: Soviet History Tour

    Travel back in time to the days of the Soviet Union and learn about life in Moscow under Communism. Look at the headquarters of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) and see the former KGB building. Learn who was the founder of the secret service during Soviet times, and which state was placed in the center of Lubyanka Square. Continue to Red Square to see Lenin’s Mausoleum and hear about the most important political project of the Soviet government since 1924. Get the chance to see Stalin’s Tomb – relocated to the Kremlin Wall – from Red Square, along with other tombs of his supporters. Enter Alexander Garden to look at the magnificent Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the eternal flame. End on Tverskaya Street and learn about Stalin’s master plan to change the look of Moscow forever.  

    Natalie our guide was so amazing!! we were the only ones on the tour and she really personalised it!! she was very knowledgeable and she even extended the tour!! it was an amazing time with her, Spasiba!!!!

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Overall rating

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based on 532 reviews

We got lost on the way to the meeting point but our guide waited for us which was much appreciated. We were the only people on the tour so he was able to tailor it to suit our needs. It was very useful having someone to explain the details in the Lenin mausoleum and the metro station, and to give us a potted history of communist Russia.

Tested for the first time and fully satisfied ... the audio languages in all those languages have allowed me and my Russian fiancée to fully understand the very interesting audio guides ... the buses were many ... it was getting on and off everywhere and without waiting ... really good.

Natalie our guide was so amazing!! we were the only ones on the tour and she really personalised it!! she was very knowledgeable and she even extended the tour!! it was an amazing time with her, Spasiba!!!!

Very interesting tour. I really enjoyed. Our guide was really knowledgeable. We bombarded him with questions and he knew everything. It is definitely worth the tour.

Very useful, with a few euros you can visit many places of tourist interest.