Communist Moscow: Evening Walking Tour

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Communist Moscow: Evening Walking Tour
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Discover hidden remnants of the Soviet communist regime on this 2-hour historical tour of Moscow, capital of the Soviet Empire for more than 70 years. With an informative local guide, you’ll learn all about the history of the Soviet Union, from the 1917 Great Socialist Revolution to Perestroika, and see important landmarks of the Soviet era, such as the former KGB headquarters and Revolution Square.

Numbers are limited to 20 on this small-group walking tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.
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In Brief

Moskva, Russia
2 hours
Important InfoInfo
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Stop At: Lubyanka Square, Moscow 109012 Russia

Originally built for the insurance company Rossiya, it later became better known for housing the headquarters of the KGB in its various incarnations. As of 2016 the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) occupies the building.

Duration: 8 minutes

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

The Solovetsky Stone is a monument located in Lubyanka Square in Moscow, across from KGB headquarters. The monument consists of a large stone brought from the Solovetsky Islands, the location of Solovki prison camp, part of the Soviet Gulag system. The monument was erected in 1990 to honor victims of political suppression in the Soviet Union.

Duration: 8 minutes

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

It is one of the Central Squares of Moscow.

Duration: 7 minutes

Stop At: Bolshoi Theatre, Teatralny dr., 1, Moscow 109012 Russia

Bolshoi Theater - is one of the world’s biggest opera and ballet theaters, rated as high as La Scala in Italy and Covent Garden in England. You can admire its magnificent building, which is also an outstanding example of Russian architecture.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Tsum, Petrovka st., 2 Metro Teatralnaya, Okhotny ryad, Moscow 125009 Russia

Historical department story in the heart of Moscow

Duration: 8 minutes

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

Former Ministry of State Planning

Duration: 8 minutes

Stop At: Petrovsky Passage, ul Petrovka, 10 Metro Kuznetsky Most, Moscow 107031 Russia

Statue of 'The Worker' by famous Soviet sculptor Matvey Manizer

Duration: 5 minutes

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

Tverskaya is the main street of Moscow, it starts from the Kremlin and goes north through all Moscow to change into Leningradskoe shosse, which leads to Tver and after 700 km to St. Petersburg. Tverskaya street is a wide central avenue bustling with life, with large buildings on the sides where there are various shops, clubs, cafes, and restaurants inside.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Gastronomia Eliseevsky, Tverskaya St., 14, Moscow 125009 Russia

The famous grocery store "Eliseevsky" is considered to be the first one in Moscow till now. Named in honour of its former owner and millionaire, Grigory Eliseev, the store became famous not only for its big variety of products, but for luxurious decoration of sales areas in Neo-Baroque taste.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pushkin Square, Pushkinskaya ploshchad, Moscow Russia

Place of first ever Soviet anti-government demonstrations

Duration: 7 minutes


  • English-speaking local guide


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Bolshoi Theatre

Departure Time

5:30 PM

Departure Point

Lubyanka Square, Moskva, Russia

Returns To

Pushkinskaya ploschad, Moskva, Russia, 127006

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

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Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

In two hours, which passed very quickly, Helena provided a clear insight into the history of Russia from Tzar Nicholas through to post USSR. Interesting to learn the role of the Metropol Hotel and Bolshoi Theatre in the Revolution and to discover more about Moscow today.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2019
Elena is enthusiastic and articulate. One of the best tours we have taken. She represented multiple points of view of the Communist era, so you learn why people still miss communism and why it failed, and differing perceptions of pros and cons of former leaders. The meeting place is in the big plaza at the end of Nikolskaya street (which has overhead hanging lights) where it meets Lubyanka Sq. Across the street from the Children's department store building. Toured July 31, 2019. California.
• Submitted 16 Aug 2019
A terrific tour that was both informative and enjoyable, and really added to my understanding of the city and its history. The guide was obviously very knowledgeable and put over the facts and figures in a very entertaining way. I'd thoroughly recommend the tour.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
Our guide wove the history of the Soviet Union beautifully with this tour which covers only a short walking distance. We explored a bit of the city relevant to various political events starting opposite the Lubyanka, to Revolution Square, to the Bolshoi and Metropole Hotel (for Gentleman in Moscow fans) to Stalin having buildings moved to widen avenues, ending in Pushkin Square where the protests take place, in front of Izvestia offices Outstanding for history buffs.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour by Alex. He is knowledgeable and very entertaining. He provided us with a good insight and perspective of the history and the communist revolution.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
A very interesting tour of Moscow's different periods of time, starting from the transition from Tsarist rule to the Soviet regime and until the present days of capitalism. The tour emphasizes the contrasts, sometimes absurd, of the use of certain areas and buildings in central Moscow, throughout different times. What makes the tour particularly fascinating was the passion of our sharp and delightful guide, Irina, to her hometown and her sharing of her and her family's personal experiences in the extreme changing realities of life in Moscow. The tour is highly recommended for anyone visiting Moscow! Benjamin
• Submitted 24 Sep 2018
Irina is very passionate about her country and it was really lovely to see that and hear all about the history. this tour is definitely worth attending.
• Submitted 25 Jun 2018
I loved this tour! Our guide Marina was extremely personable and was able to share some interesting anecdotes about living in soviet russia. The tour was very informative and wasn't too taxing, the walking helped us stay warm in sub-zero Moscow. One of the most fascinating stories was how the government modernised the city centre in the 30s without destroying any buildings - they cut their foundations and moved whole buildings on rails, with the people still inside, to allow the creation of the wide boulevards and roads in the city today. If you're curious about early soviet history, I'd definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 31 May 2018
A really cool tour, learned a lot about this history of this beautiful city
• Submitted 06 Nov 2017
The guide Ana was fantastic, really good English, very interesting information, very open for all questions, not rushed at all and besides the standard places also very interesting spots which you can not find yourselves!
• Submitted 01 Oct 2017
We started out across the street from the building that was the KGB headquarters in Soviet times. Our tour guide had excellent English and a strong passion for the subject matter. She showed us a building that was being renovated and was the place where 40,000 Russians were sentenced to death. She pointed out details about the different views of Soviet times among Russians. She recommended that we go to the Museum of Contemporary History we went there the next day that was helped to complete the overview of this subject matter.
• Submitted 11 Sep 2017
GREAT!! A wonderful experience trying to understand the communism in Russia with a clever and informative guide. I highly recommend
• Submitted 08 Apr 2017
Excellent tour! I love history and I grew up in America during the 80s during the waning days of Communism, so this interested me from a personal historical standpoint. Our guide took us around Red Square and the area and discussed the uprising that brought down Russia's last tsar and ushered in Communism, Lenin and his views of Communism that were never quite realized and Stalin's terror that cost millions of lives. She pointed our several buildings that were central to Russia's Communist government, some still in existence in a government capacity, some now converted to other uses. This tour didn't bang the drum for Communism nor did it demonize it completely impartial. Just make sure you dress warmly for the winter because it's a night tour that takes place mostly outside!
• Submitted 30 Nov 2016
Tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. She shared personal anecdotes and tied it to the way things are today and the differences. I learned a lot and the time flew on this tour. It also pointed out things I never would have seen or known had I not taken this tour. A must do tour!
• Submitted 27 Nov 2016
• Submitted 04 Oct 2016
Loads of information about propaganda and showed us some unique historical spots!
• Submitted 04 Oct 2016
This tour was very exciting, informative, and personal. We had an AMAZING time with our guide and truly learned a lot from our experience. I would recommend this tour and this guide to anyone who plans to travel to this area of Europe. The tour was well-worth the money, and I will definitely book this tour or a similar tour the next time I travel!
• Submitted 23 Sep 2016
very good
• Submitted 04 Sep 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 05 Jul 2016
This was a great intro to Moscow. Our guide Malina was amazing. She shared stories from her own experiences, drawing contratsts between pre and post communist Russia which were entertaining as well as educational. The tour also cover some of the main sights in Moscow e.g. the former KGB headquarters, GUM, Tverskaya street, the Bolshoi theater from the outside etc.
• Submitted 31 May 2016
Loved this tour of Moscow - was visiting on my own so great way of getting familiar with the city on my first evening. Tour guide was prompt, very friendly and knowledgeable. I did a second tour with her the next day!!!! Great tour - thanks
• Submitted 17 Mar 2016
our guide was amazing
• Submitted 16 Sep 2015
This was my favourite of all the Russian tours, our guide told personal stories of parents and grandparents under the communist regime in a respectful and interesting way. She showed lots of photos from a bygone era and took us to the former sites of the kgb, the gulag work camps and the shooting house amongst other places of interest. It was like a door to the past and really worth going on.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2015
Great. Elena the guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic with many historic photos to add to the tour.
• Submitted 13 Jul 2015

In Brief

Moskva, Russia
2 hours