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

Highlights
  • 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
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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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Moscow Behind the Icons with Pushkinskaya Square Red Square and St Basils Cathedral from a Local Perspective
US$65.87
Overview
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.
What to Expect
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!
Reviews (29)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Super informative and entertaining!

We joined this tour coming pretty much straight from the airport after an overnight flight without any chance to freshen up so were amazed that we managed to stay focused and entertained (and upright) for around 4 hours of walking. This was definitely thanks to...More

1  Thank megank263
OlgaExplorussia, Владелец at Moscow Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Megan, What a story you have. To the tour right from the plane. First of all thank you for joining and for showing up. And as I see you didn'r regret a minute :) Thank you for mentioning Yulia, she is so passionate about...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A half a day tour, fun and informative

I was a little skeptical when doing this booking, but I should admit; it was a real nice tour. A must to take for those who love those people who love history. The charming lady Olga Yakovleva - our guide is simply an amazing person...More

1  Thank sureshs952
OlgaExplorussia, Владелец at Moscow Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Suresh, Thank you for reviewing Moscow Behind the Icons tour! This is great you have enjoyed Olga's company. She is for sure both informative and fun, which makes it always a great tour. We will be happy to see you at our other tours...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sensational time in Moscow

We had a wonderful tour recently with our guide Yulia Kostroma. She was very friendly & enthusiastic about the city. She was very knowledgeable about the historical details and other facts and also shared her personal experiences in relation to the locations & the sights...More

Thank _joannecr57
OlgaExplorussia, Владелец at Moscow Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Joanne, Thank you for such a detailed review. It made me feel like I am on this tour again! This is the first tour we put together for our Moscow walks, so it did arise many good memories in me. Now this tour is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Behind the Icons tour with Olga

We enjoyed this tour with Olga. She is so nice and knowledgeable about Moscow and the history there. We were lucky that we were the only ones on the tour so we could go at our own pace. She even helped us by finding out...More

1  Thank Varsook
OlgaExplorussia, Владелец at Moscow Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for this review! Your last sentence made me shine for the whole Urban Adventures family! This is our pleasure to accommodate your personal interests here at our destination. If this is a soccer shirt for a grandson - places locals would...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Moscow behind the icons - Urban Adventures - Awesome.

Olga Yakovleva did a fabulous job - really knowledgeable, fun and enthusiastic. It’s a great tour to do on your first day in Moscow. You get a load of info about the history, culture and buildings of Moscow.More

1  Thank Michelle S
OlgaExplorussia, Владелец at Moscow Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Michelle Thank you for such an exact review of Moscow Behind the Icons tour. Indeed it is brilliant for your first day in the city - you will have an idea how it works nowadays, what it used to be in Soviet times and...More

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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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