Walking Tours To Explore Russia Like An Insider

By Neha Kapoor on Jan 08, 2019
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Russia is an enormous country whose dimensions can intimidate the travelers from visiting it. Situated on the borders of both Asia and Europe, this country is replete with opulent structures, museums and religious monuments that inspire awe and reverence. So, if you are interested in navigating the country and also get acquainted with most of its attractions, subscribe to these tours that shall let you explore Russia very much like an insider.

1. State Hermitage Museum Walking Tour in St. Petersburg

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Art lovers are going to love this tour. Wonder at the renowned paintings and sculptures by Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso and Van Dyk, on this inspiring small-group walking tour of the State Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s largest and oldest museums, housing more than 3 million works of art in its collection. Your tour will be led by an expert guide who will introduce you to the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and French Impressionists, as well as works by Spanish and Flemish artists, and even see a few St Petersburg attractions on the way. Apart from the museum you will also get to see St Petersburg landmarks like the Admiralty, Anichkov Palace and Kazan Cathedral.

Duration: 3 hours

2. Moscow City Walking Tour

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Get introduced to this historical city that introduces you to the most important sights such as Moscow’s Red Square, Nikolskaya Street and Alexandrovsky Garden. You will also be guided with commentary about the Russian capital. See St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, Lenin’s Tomb and the Bolshoi Theatre alongside other lesser-known but equally laudable landmarks.

Duration: 2 hours

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3. Moscow Metro Tour

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The underground metro stations of Moscow unravel the city’s historicity. So while you are on this tour, you will come across some of the best examples of underground Soviet-era architecture. With an expert guide at your side, visit five of Moscow’s must-see stations, including iconic Mayakovskaya, and learn all about Stalin’s visions for the former Soviet Union. Hear about the Metro-2, a secret line said to have been used by the government and KGB, and see grandiose architecture, mosaics, sculptures and more.

Duration: 1.5 hours

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4. Moscow Walking Tour: Roam around like a local

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What can be a better way to get introduced to a city than by walking it down? The walking tour of Moscow will give you an insider’s perspective on the Russian capital’s rich history, political past and awe-inspiring architecture as you explore with a local guide. See famous sights, including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin, as you stroll along the city’s main avenues and the centuries-old lanes that are often missed by visitors. While you are on this tour, you can also wonder at the city’s stupendous skyline from across Moskva River before savoring traditional snacks at a local cafe.

Duration: 3.5 hours

5. Kremlin Tour, Moscow

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If you want to understand the history of Moscow Kremlin, then best way you can do it is by hopping on to this 1.5-hour, small-group historical tour. Get introduced to the magnificent former residences of Russian tsars and wonder at the faade of the Senate Palace, where the current president holds office. Learn about the fascinating history of the beautiful castle-like fortress, as well as the Russian state and Russian Orthodox Church as walk through the grounds, cathedrals and monuments with an informative guide.

Duration: 1.5 hours

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6. St Petersburg Myths and Legends Walking Tour

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You will need a lot of listening strength on this tour! But your effort will be well rewarded. As you walk through the city of St. Petersburg on this tour, you will get to hear the stories of revenge, romance and Imperial aristocracy. Focusing on the eccentric St Peterburgians of bygone days, the commentary on this fascinating legends tour is laden with mystery and humor just like the city itself. Further, you also get to know of the exploits of Catherine the Great and her secretive son Tsar Paul I, and see Mikhailovsky Castle (St Michael’s Castle) along with lesser-celebrated gems like the diminutive Chizhyk-Pyzhik Monument.

Duration: 2 hours

7. Petersburg Walking Tour

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Learn all about St Petersburg’s history and sights on this walking tour, led by a private guide! The itinerary can be tailored to specific interests; simply let the guide know when the tour starts. Then, head off to discover top St Petersburg attractions like Palace Square, Winter Palace, Senate Square and more. This exciting tour also includes visits to St Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.

Duration: 3 hours

8. Moscow Bunker and Underground Walking Tour

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The subterranean world gets unraveled through this underground walking tour in Moscow. Built by the Soviet Union, Russian's metro system is perhaps the grandest in the world. Visit some of the city’s most awe-inspiring stations as you ride the train lines spread underneath the capital. After that you will wander through the haunting tunnels of a hidden Cold War military bunker before relishing the traditional Russian pie, bread and, of course, vodka.

Duration: 3.5 hours

9. Communist Moscow : evening Walking Tour

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Get introduced to the communist Moscow, an aspect that has defined the contours of Russia’s history. During this tour, you will discover the hidden remnants of the Soviet communist regime. 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.

Duration: 2 hours

10. Hidden St. Petersburg Evening Walking tour

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Discover the hidden secrets of St Petersburg at night and marvel at its tucked-away oddities on this small-group walking tour with an informative guide. Head off the beaten path and see unique sights, such as a yard of storybook characters from ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Hear stories of Rasputin, view where Lenin once lived and search for a doorway to a nuclear shelter. Taste a glass of locally brewed honey beer along the way.

Duration: 2 hours

So which tour would you like to hop on to? Let us know.

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