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“Kubinka & Monino Museums” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Three Whales - Day Tours

Three Whales - Day Tours
Ranked #23 of 237 Tours in Moscow
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We specialize in historical, WWII eastern front compaign and sightseeing group and private tours by our minivans, on foot and by bikes. We consolidate travelers together for all of our one day tours so you can see more with the same budget. We offer set days for multiple days group trips to allow you to meet other travelers interested in the same topic and enjoy group rates. Please, check our website for one day trip dates which had been already selected by other travelers and set days for longer tours. Feel free to send us an e-mail and start your own consolidated tour on the day convenient for you. Travel Agency Three Whales is a Moscow based tour operator (established in 1995). The agency is fully licensed and can help with visa support formalities, hotel booking and any other tour arrangments. We organized one of a kind WWII battlefield tours which include Stalingrad, Kursk, Moscow, Leningrad, must see tours of Moscow - Saint-Petersburg - Golden Ring and day trips in Moscow, Vladimir, Suzdal, Sergiev-Posad, Tank museum in Kubinka, Military Air Force museum in Monino, Leo Tolstoy residence in Yasnaya Polyana, Anton Chekhov's residence in Melikhovo, Lenin's country house in Gorky, Stalin's bunker in Izmailovo and many, many other places of interest. We would be happy to help you customize any of our tours to your needs.
Los Angeles, California
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“Kubinka & Monino Museums”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

If you are visiting Moscow and you have any interest at all in military aircraft or vehicles, don't pass up the opportunity to visit the Kubinka Tank Museum and the Monino Aircraft Museum. This past September (2013), I visited Moscow with two traveling buddies and we made the trek outside Moscow to see them and we were not disappointed. The collection of vehicles and aircraft were amazing and many of them are only available to see at these museums.

Now, if you are of a mind to visit the museums, do yourself a big favor and hire Oleg, at Three Whales Tours, to guide you. He is a knowledgeable and friendly guide that speaks fluent English. He has historical and technical information about numerous exhibits and the museum facilies themselves. We were promptly picked up at our hotel and driven to the museums, which lay a fair distance outside Moscow. Along the way, Oleg informed us about other Moscow sights and recent (post Cold War) history. We were able to ask questions about our museum destinations and other things to do in Moscow. At the end of the day, we were able to be dropped off at other locations (instead of our hotel) to facilitate additional sightseeing.

Remember, to make the most of seeing Kubinka and Monino, hire Oleg at Three Whales Tours.

John A

Visited September 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Kubinka and Monino – Awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

We (myself and two friends) hired three whales to take us to Kubinka and Monino based on the reviews here in TripAdvisor. We visited each site on two separate days in mid-September. I cannot say enough good words about the service, professionalism and knowledge of the Three Whales staff and Oleg who served as our guide on both days.

Oleg’s knowledge of the equipment and their history at these museums is superb. He speaks fluent English and can answer any question about the collection you may throw his way.

We had three Brits join our trip to the tank museum at Kubinka and one fellow American join our visit to the Air Force museum at Monino, this not only helped to reduce our costs, it gave us someone to share our notes of tanks and airplanes with!

Our days began with Oleg picking us up from our hotel in his mini-van which comfortably seats 6 passengers. We then drove directly to the museums. Along the way Oleg would point out interesting sites and share stories about them. After spending enough time at each museum (we paid the fee to spend an extra hour at the tank museum as there was so much we wanted to see) he returned us to Moscow. Oleg was so accommodating, he was willing to drop us off where ever we wanted. In our case, after our day at Kubinka we asked that he drop us off at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and after Monino he dropped us off at Red Square.

If you are hesitating about hiring Three Whales for your trip/tour, don’t. They are a great outfit and provided us the highlight of our trip to Russia. We are glad and thankful for hiring Three Whales!

Visited September 2013
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Pasadena
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“Exploring Russia's World War Two sites with Three Whales Travel.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

I visited Russia in August as part of a tour group. The American tour company partnered with "Three Whales Travel" of Russia to conduct the tour. Our Russian tour guide Oleg was with us throughout the trip. While his knowledge of Russian history, culture and politics was outstanding, his knowledge of military subjects was unbelievable! He could explain battles, personalities, tactics and equipment. He offered detailed and insightful glimpses into the war usually only found from historians and veterans. This added greatly to the value of the tour.
But Oleg also offered a friendly and personable style that made every day a pleasant adventure. His friendliness and openness made the trip a really fun experience. Finally his English is excellent! This made communication so much easier for all of us.
The other services provided by Three Whales Travel were also excellent. Hotels, meals, travel services, and local guides were all of the highest quality. I would recommend Three Whales Travel to anyone visiting Russia and will use them myself next time I visit the country.

Visited August 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“It's worth every cent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

Oleg came highly recommended by our friends who engaged his service in April. Our 8 hr ride to/fro Vladimir and Suzdal was very enjoyable and personalised. We didn't even sleep a wink! He doesn't overload with boring details. Instead, he addressed all our curiosity and questions joyfully. Nothing beats having someone who could engage in excellent English, remained highly energised for the entire 14hours and shared lots of useful and interesting information. You will not regret this!

Visited September 2013
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St. Albert, Canada
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“Excellent tour of the Eastern Front”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

My husband and I just completed a three day tour of the Siege of Stalingrad memorials and museums with Svetlana, the Volgograd guide for Three Whales. She was a superior guide, who spoke knowledgeably about the history and culture of the time, provided efficient and friendly service, and who personalized the itinerary for our interests. My husband is a student of military history and she was able to discuss the complex details of the battles. The accommodation, transportation, and meals included in the tour were very good.
In the months prior to this tour, I emailed Oleg, the owner of Three Whales, numerous times and he was unfailingly prompt in answering my questions and concerns. He met us at the Moscow airport to facilitate our flight transfers, and we were very pleased with his friendly demeanour, sense of humour, and efficient service. Upon our return to Moscow late in the evening, he met us again at the airport to drive us to our hotel, which, because of the unfortunate choice I had booked, was over an hour from the airport. He cheerfully drove us through the Moscow night, rain, traffic congestion, and construction, delaying his return to his own home until the early hours of the morning.
I would unreservedly recommend Oleg and Three Whales Travel.

Visited September 2013
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