Tour of Communist Moscow

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31 EUR

See the infamous KGB headquarters, Revolution Square, the last Karl Marx monument in Moscow, the Bolshoi Theatre, and the first McDonalds in the USSR on a fascinating tour of the city’s communist heritage.

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • English
The tour was both informative and engaging. Our guide was very knowledgeable and told us everything we wanted to know. Strongly recommended if you want to know more about the history of communism in Russia.
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Reviewed by Sarah

Highlights

  • Pass the infamous KGB headquarters
  • Hear stories of Communist terror at the Solovetsky Stone memorial
  • Get to know the Communist history of the beloved Bolshoi Theatre
  • See more of Moscow’s Communist heritage on Tverskaya Street

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Description

Moscow was the capital of the enormous Soviet Empire for more than 70 years. The city's streets are still full of remnants of the communist regime and the Cold War, and the fearsome Soviet strongholds still guard the young Russian democracy.

This tour takes you to the infamous KGB headquarters, also known as Lubyanka, Revolution Square, the last Karl Marx monument in Moscow, the Bolshoi Theatre, and the first McDonalds in the USSR.

Discover hidden pages of Soviet history, from the Great October Revolution to the Perestroika movement, from Lenin to Gorbachev.

Your guide will speak about Stalin’s Great Terror political campaign, the GULAG system, the KGB’s secret prison, and how people lived in the Soviet Union.

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What’s included & not included

  • Professional guide
  • Entry tickets

Meeting point

Next to the St. Regis hotel on Lubyanskaya Square. If you’re travelling by metro, take the red line (#1), get off at Lubyanka station, and take exit 9 or 10. (Lubyanskaya Square, Moscow, Russia)

Reviews from travellers (10)

5.0/5

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Very informative
The tour was both informative and engaging. Our guide was very knowledgeable and told us everything we wanted to know. Strongly recommended if you want to know more about the history of communism in Russia.
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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.
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Highly recommended
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!

This operator has 19 reviews for other tours

4.8/5

Must do!
Nick was a great guide. He provided lots of information. The Metro itself is absolutely stunning! The microphone the guide uses is very convenient because the trains are very loud.
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Lovely Day!
This tour is a great thing to do when you want to see something a little different. It was a lovely day.
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Not your typical metro stations at all
Truly enjoyed our tour with Nick on Sunday, June 24th seeing the best of the best of the metro stations. We had a great group, small and interactive, and everyone very friendly. Nick has a knack for language and has done an excellent job perfecting his English and Spanish (along with other languages) and his work has paid off as he is extremely easy and fun to interact with. Above all he is very interesting to listen to and was able to speak to us while we took pictures (which everyone appreciated). For certain stations he used pictures to show before and after as well as explaining what was going on at the time they were built and other cultural influences. Great job and tips are a great way to show your appreciation. We have booked many walking tours before through travel books and city websites but this is the first through TripAdvisor and I have to say I was very pleased with the tour and the company. Great job! I had to pick one category but this is perfect for many including individuals, families, company field trips, history buffs, travel enthusiasts, etc, etc, etc.
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Tour operated by: Moscow Free Tour