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Moscow: 2-Hour Communist Walking Tour

Product ID: 19298
Experience the dark days of Moscow's communist past on a 2-hour walking tour of the Russian capital. From Stalin's secret prisons, to the Gulag and KGB prisons, your guide takes you through the darkest days and into the Soviet movement for freedom.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Starting time 5:30 PM
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the former KGB Headquarters
  • Pay your respects at the Memorial to Victims of Political Repression
  • See the grand Bolshoi Theater (without visiting)
  • Wander down Tverskaya St, the city's main street
  • Head to Eliseevsky Gastronum, the most important and beautiful grocery store in Moscow
  • See the first McDonald's built in the USSR
Full description
For more than 70 years, Moscow was the capital of the huge Soviet empire. The streets of the city are still full of remnants of the communist regime and the Cold War, and the fearsome Soviet strongholds still guard the young democracy in Russia.

On this tour, you will see the following sites:

- Ex-KGB headquarters on Lubyanka Square
- Bolshoi Theatre (without visiting)
- Tverskaya St., the main street of the city
- Eliseevsky Gastronome, the most important (and beautiful) grocery store in the USSR
- The first McDonald's in the USSR

On this tour, you will explore:

- Hidden pages of the Soviet history from the Great October Revolution to Perestroika, from Lenin to Gorbachev
- About the Great Terror under Stalin
- The GULAG system
- Secret KGB prison 
- How people lived in the Soviet Union
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Meeting point

Lubyanskaya square next to the St. Regis hotel. If you go by metro, take the red line (#1) and get off at Lubyanka metro station and take EXIT 9 or 10 to go outside. The meeting point is in the square just outside the metro station. If you prefer to walk, it's only 5 minutes from Red Square. Take Nikolskaya St from Red Square and walk all the way to the end of it to get to Lubyanskaya Square.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 88 reviews

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    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
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    4.7 / 5
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Hi Moscow tour I’ve only just got your message as no internet outside my hotel .... apologies for keeping you waiting as I struggled to find you at first... many thanks for waiting I really enjoyed the walk and gained great insight into the political and socioeconomic history 1900s to the present day - I had a super tour guide in Anna who’s English was excellent and patience to answer my rambling questions endless. Many thanks jeremy (Ireland)

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28 February 2020

Anna was informative, interesting, and incredibly nice. Recommend!

The Communist tour was our first activity of our 5-day stay in Moscow. It was a great way to see a lot of the city, get our bearings, and learn a great deal about an important piece of Soviet history. Anna our guide had tons of information and was happy to answer all of our questions. I would highly recommend this tour to gain insight into this complex and beautiful city.

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21 October 2019

I became interested in studying history again.

I was able to know the history of Russia and the Soviet Union and the present Russia. Because it was an English tour, there were difficult parts such as jargon, philosophy, and principles, but I wanted to study history again. What I learned during my student days was the Soviet Union, communism, and the history of the war, and its strong impression. There was some kind of fear about Russia, but I was very fond of knowing the people's thoughts at the time and the people's personality now. Thank you very much. I thought it was a walking tour to visit buildings and statues, but rather, the explanation was mainly the tour. Thank you for a good guide.She was a good guide.It was a good eye-opener.I had been having a strong impression of communism, as we learned about it in school days, about 40 years ago.I also got to know the present Russia and the people of Russia.I once again wanted to study the history of Russia.

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12 July 2019

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Product ID: 19298