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Moscow Behind the Icons

Tour Highlights

  • Get out of the guidebook and dive into local life in Moscow, seeing the typical spots in a new way.
  • Taste a cheburek and find out why the locals love them so much.
  • Learn how Soviet times influenced Moscow, its people and Russia in general.
  • Experience the beauty and grandeur of an Orthodox church (optional).
  • Discover one of the hidden gems of the center of Moscow.
  • See top places of Moscow like Pushkinskaya Square, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Immerse Yourself Into Local Life In Moscow

First time in the heart of Russia? Baffled by Moscow’s numerous monuments, tours, museums and other options? Relax and cheer up! This tour is the perfect introduction to the capital. We’ll show you not only the best tourist attractions in Moscow but also the city’s hidden gems. Our team of professional guides is ready to share their knowledge about Moscow and Russia. You’ll comfortably learn new useful info about Russia and its rich history without getting bored – our guides always have a few tricks up their sleeves and have plenty of fascinating stories to share. Enjoy the charming beauty of the center of Moscow with its iconic sites like Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, GUM and explore the spots only the locals know. You’ll be surprised by some facts about Russia’s Imperial and Soviet past and today’s reality. We promise to give the answers to all your questions. Want to know why do Russians still miss the Soviet Era or how Russians adapt to cold? Or any other issues? You’ve made the right choice – you’re in the right place at the right time! Just come to this tour and have your Best.Day.Ever with Moscow Team.

Language: English

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, a cheburek (pie) or other snacks and a drink

Exclusions: Additional food and beverages, souvenirs, tips for your guide

Schedule details

  • Duration: Three hours
  • Meeting point: Pushkin Monument in Pushkinskaya Square, metro station: Tverskaya/Pushkinskaya/Checkhovskaya
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/uZ7vaTb5JoS2
  • Starting time: 10 am
  • Ending point: Red Square
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  • We start from Pushkinskaya Square, the main spot for locals to gather and meet. You’ll see the first McDonald’s in Russia and learn why it’s as significant as the Monument to Pushkin (one of the greatest Russian poets).

    Next not-to-be-missed experience is tasting some Soviet Russian fast food.
    You’ll have the chance to try chebureks — deep-fried pastries filled with
    minced meat as well as traditional Russian soft drink or tea and find out why
    the locals love them so much. *There are also options for vegetarians:
    chebureks with potatoes, cheese or even with apples and cinnamon. *In case
    you’re not hungry we can just pop in here for a few minutes and later on visit a
    trendy hidden spot – anti-cafe, have tea with some goodies and talk.

    Then we’ll visit the first Russian supermarket Eliseevsky (opened in 1901). It still functions and impressess its visitors by stunning interiors and abundance of fresh and tasty food.

    Tverskaya Street has other landmarks not to be skipped — the monument to the founder of the city and the Governor’s House.

    Among other extraordinary experiences this tour offers visiting a Russian Orthodox Church. Here if we’re lucky we can see traditional Orthodox service and even listen to soulful choir singing. *Please remember that going inside a Russian Orthodox Church requires having no bare knees and shoulders. Ladies also have to put a scarf/shawl on their heads.

    Let’s uncover a secret of Tverskaya Street by visiting one mysterious Moscow yard.

    The highlight of our route is, of course, Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, the Lenin Mausoleum (with the body of the Russian revolutionary); GUM department store where you can find some Soviet attributes such as kiosks with famous Soviet ice cream and soda still loved by the locals.

    Also feel free to ask any questions what to do next, where to eat, where to go, and how to get there before saying goodbye to your new friends in Moscow!

    Always yours, Moscow Urban Adventures Team.

    Additional information

    How to get dressed: Going inside a Russian Orthodox Church requires having no bare knees and shoulders. Ladies also have to put a scarf/shawl on their heads.

    Group size: you’ll feel friendly atmosphere due to the small number of peopleon the route (12 is a maximum)

    Reservation: Everything is in your ticket. If you have some special needs orquestions, please find our contact details below.

    Kids: For kids from 0 to 6 years old this tour is free. Kids from 6 to 11 have special prices for the tour. While making a reservation, please press ‘child’ for the right payment. If you have a kid up to 6 years with you, please tell us in advance.

    Contact details:
    Office phone number: +7 495 414 2994
    Email address: [email protected]

  • Chevron down Reviews
  • Ms. Pam G. from Australia travelled on 21 Sep 2018:

    Olga was a great guide, catered effectively to everyone’s questions and personalities

    Ms. Kerryn D. from Australia travelled on 09 Jul 2017:

    This tour was different to what I ws expecting but was fantastic. Reilya was a wonderful guide, lots of enthusiasm and knowledge. I really enjoyed the whole tour and seeing things that I’d missed when walking the same area. Very worthwhile tour. Thank you Reilya.

    Mr. robert A. from Australia travelled on 18 May 2017:

    thoroughly enjoyed the tour , all the guides were very friendly , intelligent and most informative

    Mr. STEPHEN R. from Australia travelled on 23 Jan 2017:

    my guide was mariam , intelligent , articulate and fun . would highly recommend her , a great experience

    Mr. Dmitry C. from Russia travelled on 17 Oct 2016:

    Very nice tour and the guide was great. It wasn’t standard about Tsars, dates and Russian history, but much more about normal people, their life, buildings where they live and interesting stories that happened with them. Definitely recommended.