Behind the Icons Walking Tour
Get a local’s perspective on Russia’s emperor days, soviet history, and modern-day Moscow with stops at the classic landmarks, but paired with detours into the spots only locals know.
Are you a business owner in Moscow?
Promote your business 365 days a year with the #1 Guide to Moscow.
- Gain MAXIMUM EXPOSURE with a 'Dedicated Business Profile'
- Get out of the guidebook and into local life in Moscow, with a new take on the typical spots
- Taste a cheburek and find out why locals love them so much
- Hear stories of how city sites have been influenced by soviet history
- Retreat to a quiet secret spot away from the bustle of Moscow
- See iconic sites like Pushkinskaya Square, Red Square, and St. Basil’s Cathedral
DescriptionYour 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 main figure of Russian literature; the avant garde building of the former main soviet newspaper; and even the first McDonald’s in Russia. These “landmarks” all come from very different periods of Russian history, and convey a lot what was happening in the country during their eras. From there, embark on a 100% authentic experience with a taste of local Russian fast food. 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 this 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, 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. Check out an amazing, gigantic piece of ballerina-inspired graffiti art — a modern way to interpret classic Russian ballet. Along the way, visit a Russian Orthodox Church, where you can light a candle and, if you’re lucky, listen to some beautiful choir songs while your guide shares a few personal stories. Still feeling soothed from your experience at the church, you will then be whisked to a secret spot where you can find a moment of absolute silence while still being in the centre of a noisy metropolis. Finish your 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!
IncludesLocal English-speaking guide Cheburek (snack) and drink Additional food and drinks Souvenirs and items of a personal nature Tips and gratuities for your guide
- If you’d like to go inside the Russian Orthodox Church, please be sure to wear clothing that covers your legs to below the knees. Woman must also have a scarf to cover their head
- This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform the supplier at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6
Easy cancellationCancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund
You may also like
2-Hour Kostroma Folk Dance Show
Kostroma is the most authentic folk show in Moscow. See the ballet masterpiece and artistic perspective into the depth of Russian history. The show is recommended for allFrom RUB 4,255.00
Moscow Walking Tour in Spanish
Get the perfect introduction to the monuments of Moscow on a 2-hour walking tour with a Spanish-speaking guide. Learn all about the city and its imperial and communist hi1 ReviewsFrom RUB 1,104.00
Snowmobile Forest Safari Adventure
Are you ready for the Russian winter? Experience the thrilling excitement of snowmobiling through snowy forests around Moscow. Ride reliable snowmobiles, with experienced3 ReviewsFrom RUB 21,349.00
All Moscow in 4 Hours: Private Tour by Car
See most of Moscow's main attractions in just 4 hours. Have an unforgettable journey from the Red Square and Kremlin to Sparrow Hills and Victory Park with a professionalFrom RUB 5,816.00
Imperia Tower 56th Floor Visit & Museum
Head to the Moscow-City Museum, dedicated to skyscrapers and high-rise construction. Explore the history of sky-scrapers and find out how Moscow City grew tall.4 ReviewsFrom RUB 690.00
Moscow Aksakovo 2-Hour Troika Ride Experience
Enjoy a 2-hour carriage ride drawn by three horses in one of the most picturesque places in the entire Moscow region, the village of Aksakovo. Experience the breathtaking1 ReviewsFrom RUB 69,199.00
Moscow River Cruise with Dinner and Disco
See the monuments of Moscow illuminated for the night on a fantastic dinner and dance cruise along the Moscow River. Marvel at landmark attractions such as Gorky Park, an3 ReviewsFrom RUB 2,945.00
2-Hour Private Kremlin Tour
See the ancient residences of the tsars, the Kremlin palaces and cathedrals. Discover the mystique and a vibrant energy in a building which has witnessed 900 years of Rus119 ReviewsFrom RUB 2,945.00
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Tour
Explore the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and try to solve all mysteries the tallest Orthodox cathedral in the world hides. Then visit the observation deck to view MoscFrom RUB 2,619.00
- Best Seller
Kremlin, Red Square, and Metro Tour
Enjoy the best of Moscow on a 4-hour walking tour that includes the Kremlin Cathedrals, Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral, beautiful Metro stations and much more.22 ReviewsFrom RUB 2,950.00