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Moscow Behind the Icons with Pushkinskaya Square Red Square and St Basils Cathedral from a Local Perspective

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6 reviews
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Moscow
| 3 hours

Overview

At a glance
Category: Tours
Duration: 3 hours
Highlights
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Get inside tips from a local
Small group ensures personal service
Snacks and Beverages included
Led by a local guide
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Description
Your Moscow tour will start at Pushkinskaya Square, a main spot for locals to gather and meet. It is the epicentre of many of Moscow’s historical layers: here you’ll find a monument to Pushkin; the avantgarde building of the former main soviet newspaper; and even the first McDonald’s in Russia.

From there, we’re going 100% authentic with a taste of local Russian fast food. We’ll visit a spot that’s popular for selling chebureks, deep-fried pastries filled with minced meat. (Don’t worry if you’re meat-averse — for vegetarians there are chebureks with potatoes and cheese.) Wash it down with a traditional Russian soft drink or tea, and find out why the locals love this place. This snack spot is rarely visited by tourists, so you’re getting the true taste of local life!

After our short snack stop, your Moscow tour will continue with a visit to the most unlikely of beautiful sites: a grocery store! Not just any grocery store, though — Eliseevsky is famous for luxurious, neo-baroque interiors.

From there, we’ll continue walking along Tverskaya Street, passing by some of Moscow’s main landmarks: the monument to the founder of the city and the governor’s house, and along the way, you’ll learn a bit about Russian theatre, like how it reflects the mysterious Russian soul.

Along the way, we’ll visit a Russian Orthodox Church, where we can light a candle and, if we’re lucky, listen to some beautiful choir songs while your guide shares a few personal stories. (Please note that if you wish to go inside the church, you must be wearing clothing that goes below your knees, and women must have a scarf to cover their head.)

We will finish our Moscow city tour at Red Square, the famous heart of Moscow, where you can spot all the legendary landmarks found in guidebooks. Here is Lenin’s Tomb, housing the body of the Russian revolutionary. You’ll also find the GUM department store, with its outstanding interiors and many soviet attributes — such as kiosks serving the famous soviet ice cream, which for sure should be on your must-try list!

And finally, the main highlight of Red Square is, of course, the 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral, with its bright and colourful domes — the classic Red Square scene! Get your cameras ready.

Throughout it all, your local guide will share stories from local life and history, and point out sites you may want to see during the rest of your time in Moscow. Get some insider tips on what to do next, where to eat, where to go, and how to get there, before bidding farewell to your new friends in Moscow!
Inclusions
Local English-speaking guide
Cheburek (snack) and drink
Additional food and drinks
Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
Tips and gratuities for your guide

Location

Meeting point
Pushkin Monument on Pushkinskaya Square, metro station: Tverskaya

Reviews

Kary B,
Feb 2018

We loved this tour with Reilya. She knew lots of great insights and history. She was very informative and accommodating to our interests, questions, and requests. It was a cold and lightly snowy day, so we ended up being the only ones to sign up, a private tour!

Daniel B,
Jul 2017

This tour was amazing!

Brian R,
Jun 2017

This tour was amazing! My guide spoke perfect English and was extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the city. Will definitely recommend !

Nana A,
Jun 2017

I was so happy to take this fantastic personal tour! Because of a little rain that did not stop my guide Illija from a very detailed unique tour. He was very knowledgeable, answered all questions and made this three hour tour seem like minutes . This tour is a must!

mpreston,
Apr 2016

This tour was really excellent and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to see Moscow from the perspective of someone that lives there. The tour provides an engaging contrast from the sights you will see if you simply follow the tourist guides.

Therese Terri F,
Apr 2016

I really enjoyed this behind the scenes glimpse of Moscow- ending of course in the iconic Red Square. I was the only customer on the tour along with two trainee guides so the attention and amount of information I came away with was unsurpassed.