Architecture Tour of Moscow's Metro and Kolomensoye Estate

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Architecture Tour of Moscow's Metro and Kolomensoye Estate
from USD $95.70
Gain insight into Russian history on this half-day tour, combining Moscow’s metro with Kolomenskoye Estate. Discover the magnificent, marble-walled interiors of Moscow’s underground metro stations before embarking on a walking tour of either UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Kolomenskoye, a stunning royal estate including Ascension Church. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people.
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In Brief

Moskva, Russia
4 hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour
Important InfoInfo
After meeting your guide near Red Square, head with your small group through the complex network of Moscow’s metro. Opened in 1935, the extensive system includes 185 stations that cover 190 miles (305 km) underground.

On this 2-hour metro tour, revel in Moscow's glory days, as well as the years of scarcity. Admire the impressive architecture of Moscow’s stations and learn first-hand how the unique character of each interior has changed with each new political era.

See stations like Kievskaya and Slavyansky Bulvar with their pompous halls and high stucco ceilings versus those built later, like Volzhskaya – lightly adorned with sparse furnishings. Your guide will discuss how architect Alexey Dushkin and painter Alexander Deyneka were just two of the many artists who made these magnificent landmarks possible.

With your guide and small group, take the metro to Kolomenskoye Estate (fare included), situated in a large park just outside of Moscow’s city center near the town of Kolomna. Here, immerse yourself in Russia’s fascinating royal history as you enjoy a 2-hour walking tour and soak up the beautiful scenery.

See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Church of the Ascension, built in 1532 to honor the future first Russian tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Once called the Eighth Wonder of the World, this magnificent building overlooks the Moskva River and is surrounded by a grove of ancient oak trees.

Next, follow your guide to the 18th-century house of Peter the Great, the only memorial museum devoted to the life and reign of this famous Russian tsar and reformer, and continue to the Colonel's Chamber Museum (included).

Listen to your guide's stories as you walk around the magnificent estate and enjoy views of the landscape below. Learn how during the reign of Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov in the 17th century, Kolomenskoye became the favorite summer residence of the tsar’s family.


  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Departure Point

Theatre Square, 1, Moskva, Russia, 125009

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Women must cover their head. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

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

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.38 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our guide was most excellent and exceptionally knowledgeable of the Kolomensoye Estate. This is a must see when in Moscow !
• Submitted 01 Jun 2018
We were the only ones to sign up, in essence a private tour. Lenna not only gave us great historical information but lots of great insights into Russian people and culture through the ages. The metro stops have to be seen to believed truly spectacular! Kolmensoye was a bit chilly with fresh fallen snow, but very serene. All in all, a really great day!
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018
This tour was by far the highlight of my trip to Moscow. The guide we had was incredible and thorough and the experience from beginning to the end was fantastic. I highly recommend this tour! One cannot leave Moscow without seeing the subway stations! They are nothing short of magnificent!
• Submitted 06 Jan 2018
Very much enjoyed the tour. The Moscow Metro stations are true works of art and the Kolomensoye Estate was amazing! I skipped an organized tour with my group in order to take this tour. Lovely guide -- a great day out!
• Submitted 29 Nov 2017
The tour was fabulous. All my expectations were met and we were thrilled with the Viator Experience.
• Submitted 09 Aug 2017
Excellent private tour! We lucked out. It was nice to get off the tourist track and head out to Kolomensoye Estate. Our guide was amazing and very generous with her time too!
• Submitted 04 Aug 2016
This tour was excellent and exceeded our expectations in terms of the amount of remarkable things we saw and the attention and knowledge of our guide and there were only two of us on the tour. The Metro stations have a very impressive array of art museum quality and the history and stories the art tells need a guide to totally appreciate. Each station has different art and the stations are clean with no graffiti. We then walked about 20 minutes to the Kolmensoye Estate which is on a hillside with great views into downtown Moscow. At the end of the tour, our guide stayed with us on the Metro to the station closest to our hotel. Such service.
• Submitted 04 Jul 2016
As a daily metro user at home, this was a great tour of beautiful stations and the history of soviet propaganda.
• Submitted 01 Dec 2015
My husband and I had a great time on this tour. The guide was very good we would recommend this tour to anyone who is going to this lovely city.
• Submitted 04 Jun 2014
Great tour. Our Guide Natasha was punctual, friendly, well paced. Her history and English were excellent. Very enjoyable. Subway stops are amazing. Would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 07 Dec 2013
This was awesome! Our guide was amazing and so knowledgeable.
• Submitted 16 Dec 2013
everything very good. very proffesional tour operators
• Submitted 09 Sep 2013
The meeting site was precise (address). The guide was punctual, knowledgable, relaxed and thorough As for the tour well organized and educational. We were given many opportunities for questions and pictures.. Most enjoyable. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 28 Aug 2013
We were very pleased with the tiur
• Submitted 05 Aug 2013
We had a very knowledgeable guide who was keen to help us make the most of it. The Metro tour was lovely as was Kolomenskoye Estate, however I wish we had the chance to visit the Church of the Ascension as well, which was the most unique building in the large park. If it had been on the tour agenda, I would definitely give this trip 5 stars! Still enjoyed it immensely!
• Submitted 05 Jul 2017
Great tour guide. Weather was rainy so we did the metro first. Loved seeing the great Soviet architecture. She even taught us how to buy tickets and use the system which made the rest of our trip so much better! When we finished that portion of the tour, the weather had cleared so we had a great afternoon in Kolomensoye Park. The tour was well,paced and guide was wonderful. It was just the guide and ourselves so we were able to linger where we wanted to.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2015
Do the tour of the stations - that was awesome!! Natalia was our guide and she gave us loads of info, pointed things out and guided us to the best stations. Visiting the Kolomensoye Estate was not worth it. When booking the trip I did not realize that the Wooden Palace I wanted to see was actually destroyed many many years ago!!
• Submitted 15 May 2015
Natalia was a very experienced and knowledgeable guide. She was able to coney the full story behind all the subway stations we visited and covered the history well at Kolomenscoye Estate. Make sure you have lunch and a drink before going on this 11am tour as there are no stops along the way.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2015
Very Good
• Submitted 19 Aug 2014
We stopped at many metro stops; the guide was fantastic and I would recommend this tour to anyone.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2014
The metro tour portion was amazing! Kolomensoye was interesting but not worth it if you only have a few days in town. Also, apparently the neat part of the Estate includes a big wooden palace that was not part of our tour.
• Submitted 17 May 2013
The Metro was explained to us with high accuracy. Marvellous piece of work done. Kolomensoye estate is unique. As the guide explained the stories well it became interesting.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2014
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 17 Mar 2018
2 hours before start they called to tell me the tour needed to be delayed for 2 hours. Guide still did her best but I missed most of Kolomensoye as this didn't fit my schedule.
• Submitted 27 May 2015

In Brief

Moskva, Russia
4 hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour