Back to USSR: Soviet Moscow with a Private Guide

Explore the most iconic sights connected to Moscow’s Soviet history. This "Back to USSR" tour is ideal for history buffs and travelers short on time, we will come close to to one of the Stalin's Seven Sisters, visit the Lenin's Mausoleum (if it is open the day of the tour), see a memorial to Soviet labor camp prisoners; visit Revolution Square, scene of the 1917 Russian Revolution; and view the former KGB building and other key sites while your guide describes life under Soviet rule and different opinions on communism. Absorb the grandeur of the Moscow Metro stations built in 1935 -1954 , visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, and marvel at 50 pavilions representing former Soviet republics at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)
Enjoy a break for a traditional Russian lunch (own expense). Your tour concludes with a visit to Bunker 42, a former secret Soviet hideout, before drop-off at your accommodation or somewhere downtown.

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  • What's included :
    • All taxes
    • Private tour
    • Friendly local guide
    • Multiple starts times available
    • Customized itinerary
    • Flexibility during the tour
    • Iconic places for photo-shoot
    • Meeting in the hotel
    • Expert local advice where to go and what to do after the tour
    • All the most historic Soviet sites of Moscow
    • Entry/Admission - Mayakovskaya Metro Station
    • Entry/Admission - The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)
    What's excluded :
    • Dinner
    • Entrance fees (if any, depending on your preferences)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Kremlin Walls and Towers, Red Square, Moscow 613310 Russia

    Have a look at a symbol of Soviet power. We will discuss people who lived there and were deciding on the way of life in USSR. Also, we will talk about Kremlin's color and significance of it for Russian history in general.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Seven Sisters, Moscow Russia

    Seven skyscrapers built by Joseph Stalin during one of the most controversial periods in Soviet history. Industrialisation was happening quickly, state was becoming stronger, people were starving and dying in labor camps and those buildings became symbols of it all. We will talk about their architecture, historical significance, people who lived there and live there now.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Moscow State Duma, Revolutsii Sq., 2/3 Metro Okhotny riad, Moscow 109012 Russia

    Learn about State Planning and famous 5-year plans, which put frames on the way the country developed and lived during communist period. Also we will speak about current parliament which is using this building as their offices.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Triumfalnaya Sq., Moscow 125047 Russia

    Moscow Metro is arguably one of the most beautiful metro systems and the world (also the most efficient). Stations built during the middle of Soviet period represented country's glory - it's achievements in agriculture, industry, culture, military. They were called "palaces people" and being decorated with innumerous types of marble, golden mosaics, bronze sculptures and delicate stained glass pieces there is a reason to be called like that.
    We will see not only Mayakovskaya but a couple of those stations to get an idea on different types of them:)

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Stop At: Lubyanka Square, Moscow 109012 Russia

    Lubyanka square was one of the scariest places in the country. Here were located headquarters of KGB - scary cold war police, that was catching spies, people who were speaking openly against Soviet government and generally dealing with matters of state security.
    Before KGB here were headquarters of another type police called NKVD who were working during the time of Joseph Stalin. NKVD was arresting, shooting and sending to labor camps "enemies of the people" - basically people who would have disagreed with the main political line of communist party.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Solovetskiy Stone, Lubyanskaya Square, Moscow 101000 Russia

    The Solovetsky Stone is a monument located on Lubyanka Square in Moscow, across the road from the former KGB headquarters. The monument is a large stone brought from the Solovetsky Islands, the location of the strictest prison camps of USSR - Solovki, a part of the Soviet GULAG system. The monument was erected in 1990 to honour victims of political repressions in the Soviet Union.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Tverskaya Street (Ulitsa), Tverskaya ulitsa, Moscow Russia

    Stroll along the bustling Tverskaya Street, which one of the busiest arteries of the city. Historically it was one of the main roads, connecting Moscow Kremlin with other parts of Moscow and even other cities. A lot of changes happened to this part of the city centre during USSR period. Buildings were destroyed, moved, changed, erected. People were given apartments here, they were taken from them as well. Now there are lots of shops, restaurants, some of the most expensive apartments but also a lot talk about in terms history of Soviet Union.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Revolution Square (Ploshchad Revolutsii), Ploschad Revolyutsii Close to Red Square, Moscow 109012 Russia

    Revolution Square, the scene of the hard-fought battles during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Feel the history here, and learn about such chapters of the Soviet past as Stalin’s Great Terror between 1936 and 1938, the KGB prisons, the tense stand-off of the Cold War, the Soviet Movement for Freedom and even the beginning of the USSR period - a lot of those events happened on this square on not far.
    Also, here is located Bolshoi Theatre, Metropol hotel, Karl Marx sculpture and be sure, we will discuss they role in our culture:)

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh), Mira Ave., 119, Moscow 129223 Russia

    It's the large exhibition park, dedicated to greatness of USSR in agriculture and industry. There more than a hundred impressive pavilions here made in the Stalin's Empire style as we call it or in the style resembling architecture of particular Soviet republics. A lot of them are decorated with sculptures of people and animals, with frescoes on the theme of the life of Soviet Union and each one is connected to a part in the Soviet life.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow, 15/1 Mokhovaya Str. Bld. 1, Moskva, Russia, 125009
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all centrally located hotels in Moscow. Just mention it in comments for booking :)Ports
    • Northern River Port Moscow
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Katya & Nikita - Local Moscow Guides

Activity ID: V-119078P17

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