Moscow: Cosmonautics Museum & VDNKh Private Space Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 4 hours
- Private group
To whom it may concern: For the Communist Tour on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11:00, I encountered Ms. Tanya Newman at the St. Regis Hotel. In her initial explanation, Ms. Newman went to explain Moscow, Russian history including the monarchy, the late 19th, early 20th century, Russian revolution, Lenin, Stalin, the Soviet Union era, and the post Communist era. It was an impressive number of facts that still have an impact in Russia and around the world today. After my history lesson, Ms. Newman went to describe Lubyanskaya building and square with photographs and details. She described the history of the KGB, the statues honoring its prominent figures, the KGB's modus operandi, the number of victims, the old secrets and the lack of transparency until this day. Ms. Newman indicated that the Solovetsky Stone was one of the few monuments dedicated to the victims. After Lubyanskaya building and square, we proceeded to Red Square and entered the Lenin Mausoleum before it closed.
Katya (Ekaterina) was great to have as our tour guide. She was very pleasant, kind and took a personal interest in my (elderly) mothers well being. Her english language skills are excellent. The tour was very enjoyable and we saw some amazing things. The museum was really good with lots of space history and exhibits. The VDNKh was a very pleasant surprise - totally unexpected and very pretty with all the Christmas decorations. Katya was very knowledgeable about all the pavilions and their history as well as Russian history in general. Thanks to Katya we had a really good day and can't thank you enough.
Will be interesting for those people who would like to know a bit more on the communist history from the point of view of the local. I always wanted to see the Lenin's mausoleum and with Vladimir as a guide, it was great experience! I was not so impressed by Worker and the Farmer statue but I like the metro station, which looked like a museum, and Vladimir told me nice stories about it. I would recommend it for sure!
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.
I realised my ambition visiting Moscow and certainly the tour was the icing on the cake A relaxed tour with so much to see with Tanya explaining everything Every question which was asked she answered with so much information It was as if we had all known her for years Don’t miss this tour !!!