Total Moscow Tour: Icons, Underground, & Food

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Tour Highlights

  • See top places of Moscow like Pushkinskaya Square, Red Square and
    St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • Enjoy the grandeur and beauty of Moscow Underground
  • Ask your guide questions about Soviet lifestyle and learn some
    interesting facts about Russian History
  • Explore the colourful Danilovsky market with a local and eat some
    typical Russian and Soviet dishes
  • See how people live today in the capital of Russia

Take The Best That Moscow May Offer You In One Day

Not having enough time to organize a perfect vacation in Moscow? Or you’re very busy and time limited for your staying here? No problem! Choose this option and see best of the best that Moscow may offer to you. Visit Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, GUM, feel the beauty and grandeur of Moscow Underground, and finish your adventures at a local market: caviar, pickles, Uzbekistani pilaf, farmer cheese, eco honey and more delicacies! What can be more perfect than that? Get ready for the whole day adventure in Moscow and choose your Best.Day.Ever.

Language: English

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, all food except lunch during the midday break (cheburek, local honey, a local dairy product, local seasonal fruit, red caviar, smoked lard, pickled cucumber, sauerkraut, pilaf, chudu, pie and tea and drink in the morning). If a dish is not available on the day, we will offer you other delicious things.

Exclusions: Public transport tickets, additional food and drinks, souvenirs, tips for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 7.5 hours
  • Meeting point: Pushkin Monument in Pushkinskaya Square, metro
    station: Tverskaya/Pushkinskaya/Checkhovskaya
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  • Starting time: 10.00 AM
  • Ending point: Metro station ‘Tulskaya’
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  • This thrill-packed full-day tour combines three of our most popular Moscow tours: Behind the Icons, a shortened version of Moscow Underground and Eat like a Russian.

    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.

    Still feeling soothed from our experience at the church, we then accompany you to the quiet Moscow yard, to a secret place only locals know.

    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). Also a place not to be missed is GUM — original department store facing Red Square and colourful Nikolskaya Street. Tasting ice cream from the Soviet period or drinking typically flavoured Soviet soda are also highly recommended.

    Time for a short pause, so that you can have lunch and refuel your energy. After having a rest we’ll guide you through the labyrinths of Soviet history and show the charming beauty of Moscow metro stations. We’ll also learn why Moscow underground was called ‘The Palace For Common People’ and ‘the cheapest museum ever’. You’ll feel the power of Soviet propaganda and listen to crazy but true stories about the USSR told by a local.

    And, finally, the icing on the cake and the tastiest part of our tour — the food market. Today we’re ready to offer you a rich variety of tastes and textures. We hope that after your Metro experience your feel hungry!

    For the main course we’ll have palatable dishes from Uzbekistan (which was a part of the USSR) and Dagestan (region of Russia) such as pilaf and chudu (pie) with meat/cheese/greens and herbal tea.

    Then we’ll proceed with traditional home-made Russian appetizers: pickled tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, sauerkraut and you’ll get a secret Russian receipt to cure even the worst hangover ever.

    If you’re brave enough and have no food restrictions you cannot skip lard. Your guide will explain to you the benefits of including this product into Russian diet.

    Now we’re ready to try red caviar, an absolute must while you’re in Moscow. If we’re lucky enough there’s chance to taste even black one!

    Now comes the dessert time! Wow, what a bounty! Delicious Russian eco honey, farmer cheese, jams with original flavours, seasonal fruits, sweet pies and ancient Russian drink — Kvas (guess the main ingredient!). Yummy? Yes, and even more than that.

    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 people
    on the route (12 is a maximum)
    Reservation: Everything is in your ticket. If you have some special needs or
    questions, 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
    Note: If some of the sighs are closed due to celebrations or official events we
    will offer you a different location.

    Dietary Notes

    Please inform us before the tour if you have any specific food requests/food intolerance. Go to ‘Additional information’ box or write us at [email protected].

    Local contact

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

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  • Mrs. Anja H. from Switzerland travelled on 26 Sep 2018:

    I had the best day I can imagine exploring a new city. Thanks to my wonderful, passionate and knowledgeable and fun guide Valentina!!

    Ms. Jien L. from Singapore travelled on 15 Jul 2018:

    I had a great time on the Total Moscow tour as it showcased a different side of Moscow. The tour brought us to many interesting hidden icons and introduced us to the local Russian food that I thoroughly enjoyed. Reiyla was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a wonderful guide.