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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!
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Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
St. Basil's Cathedral
Pushkin Square
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See Moscow through local eyes on this intriguing 3-hour city walking tour. Check out iconic must-sees such as Pushkinskaya Square, Red Square and the colorfully domed St Basil’s Cathedral; and pair them with revealing detours into places only Muscovites know. With your knowledgeable guide, leave the beaten track to sample the city’s favorite fast food, visit an atmospheric Russian Orthodox church, and discover tucked-away haunts often missed by visitors. Along the way, hear about Moscow’s imperial and Soviet days, and learn fascinating facts about everyday life in today’s city.
  • 3-hour Moscow through the eyes of a local walking tour
  • See iconic Moscow landmarks such as St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and Pushkinskaya Square
  • Hear tales of Moscow’s imperial and Soviet eras, and learn about modern-day city life from a local guide
  • Sample a ‘cherubek’ deep-fried pastry, a favorite snack of today’s Muscovites
  • Visit a grand, early 20th-century grocery store and light a candle in a traditional Russian Orthodox church
  • Check out the former main Soviet department store and try an optional Soviet-style ice cream (own expense)
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Must Do In Moscow

The first thing I did as soon as I arrived at Moscow was to take this walking tour with María. It was the best thing to do. She walked us thru the city while explaining everything... from small details to history of this beautiful and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful Insight

We did this walking tour with Nick and loved seeing all of the fascinating things that you wouldn't normally get to see on a "tourist" tour. It was a really unique way of seeing and learning about Moscow. We also loved the fact that we...More

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OlgaExplorussia, Owner at Moscow Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this great review! I am super glad you have enjoyed Moscow Behind the Icons tour. Nick is an amazing company, very attentive, fun and a storyteller. Great you are mentioning that this tour was not a normal "touristy" tour. That's what we...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent Walking tour with Jaila

Organised this tour prior to leaving Melbourne. Always a bit unsure if all of the details are correct and fall into place as arranged. Could not have faulted the organisation. Jaila met us exactly as planned and on time. Only three of us on tour,...More

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OlgaExplorussia, Owner at Moscow Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Patricia Thank you for mentioning Julia and our tour in the whole as very well organized. I think that in general it is in our culture to start on time and stick to the schedule. Thank you for appreciating. Julia is a great guide...More

Reviewed July 6, 2018
Excellent Tour!

Enjoyed Sasha's tour upside down. Great attitude, wide baggage of knowledge and definitely a must-do tour in Moscow. Highly recommended.More

Thank Alan T
OlgaExplorussia, Владелец at Moscow Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Dear Alan, Sasha is one of our most experienced guides and is always on edge with her passion, great attitude towards guests and knowledge of the city. Thank you ones again for recommending us! We will hope to see you on our other tours! co-owner...More

Reviewed July 2, 2018
Best of Moscow

My family and I went to Moscow for five days, we took this tour and had a wonderful time. We saw the best of Moscow in a few hours and fell in love with the city. Olga was our tour guide, she is real nice...More

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OlgaExplorussia, Владелец at Moscow Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Dear Babalush, We are glad your family had enjoyed the tour! We always try our best to accommodate children in the best way during our tours. And it is amazing to hear, that Olga did her best with the tour itself and also recommending some...More

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July 8, 2018|
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3 hours walking tour, at one point we used the Metro but mainly walking. Stop for Russian tea and snack too.
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