Meet Moscow!

Meet_Moscow

         We shall walk through the most famous sights in the center of Moscow: Okhotny rjad (the Hunter’s row), the Manezh square, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the old streets of nearby Kitai-Gorod, Alexander garden, the State Historical Museum, and the neoclassical GUM building – so different and yet still harmoniously coexisting in one place.

We will see the extraordinary way in which the architecture of the Tsarist period co-exists with that of the Soviets, and come to understand how the various epochs of Moscow’s history have been interwoven on the streets of the old town in the heart of the city.

A walk through the centre of medieval Moscow is going back and forth through time and across eras.

In the course of our walk we will discover:
-why and how Moscow was able to win over the other towns of medieval Rus (Russia) in the course of its struggle to become the dominant city
-how it united the divided Russian territories
-how Moscow developed and what made it become one of the world’s greatest cities

Length: 2 hours
 
Price per walk (up to 8 people): 4,500 RUR


Old Arbat and side-streets

arbat


Under Khruschev, the communists marked their presence by building New Arbat – a posh avenue with high-rise buildings designed to evoke the power of the modern soviet state.
But when you say «Arbat», most Moscovites think of the old Arbat street nearby, which brings to their minds images of the irretrievable past. The Arbat is essentially a micro-region within Moscow, with its own distinct characteristics.


It’s a phenomenon which is hard to explain. Arbat is just a kilometer-long stripe connecting the Boulevard ring with the Garden ring. It’s not the longest, not the widest and not even one of the major streets of the capital. But any tourist, either a Russian or a foreigner, will inevitably wish to visit it.


During our walk we will reveal some of the secrets of this ancient street which lures so many hundreds of people every day. The numerous souvenir shops are just the superficial face of the legendary Arbat Below the surface.

Length: 2 hours
 
Price per walk (up to 8 people): 4,500 RUR

 

 

Metro and Metro-2

Metro

 

During our metro walk we focus on the most charming and historically meaningful stations. We start with one of the “pearls” of the first red line, which was originally designed as an underground palace for the top figures of Stalin’s state; then we move on to explore an entire ensemble of silent witnesses of early Soviet time – two magnificent rows of bronze sculptures located on one of the central platforms; to feel almost physically the “flight” of Soviet architects’ imagination we then visit a station, the ceiling of which is decorated with charming niches – these unique pieces of Soviet mentality often remain unnoticed. ..
We have told you only a part of what you will see at our walk and are sure you are intrigued to learn more…To heat it up we’ll just add that at this walk you will also learn about underground secret lines and towns that exist beneath the “visible” metro. What and who are these things meant for?
The consequence of stations visited may vary depending on the most convenient place for the group to meet. But this is what makes the walks very flexible.

Metropolitan…translated from French via Greek it means “belonging to the capital” (actually, it means ‘mother city’, see my note in my email). The idea of an underground transport system emerged first in London, New York, Boston and Paris soon followed suit. In Russia there did exist projects for metro construction before 1917, but it was not until the beginning of the 1930s that the ideas actually started being implemented. And although the Moscow metro appeared about 70 years after the one in London, it and no other one was destined to strike the imagination with its luxury, exquisiteness, genius and mystery.

During our metro walk we focus on the most charming and historically meaningful stations. We start with one of the “pearls” of the red line, (which was originally designed as an underground palace for the top figures of Stalin’s state); then we move on to explore an entire ensemble of silent witnesses of early Soviet times – two magnificent rows of bronze sculptures located on one of the central platforms; to feel almost physically the “flight” of Soviet architects’ imagination we then visit a station, the ceiling of which is decorated with charming niches – these unique pieces of Soviet mentality often remain unnoticed…

This is only a part of what you will see during our walk and we are sure you are intrigued to learn more…To heat it up we’ll just add that in this walk you will also learn about underground secret lines and towns that exist beneath the “visible” metro. What and who are these things meant for?
The sequence of stations visited may vary depending on the group interests.

Length: 2 h

Price per walk (up to 8 people): 4,500 RUR


Down Tverskaya Street

Tverskaya


Walk along the oldest of Moscow’s major streets. In ancient times this was the way merchants and diplomats from Western Europe followed to get to the Kremlin. Many interesting stories and places are located on this street: «travelling buildings», the Pushkin statue, a strategic place for the Bolsheviks, a ghost metro station, famous wheat breads with cockroaches and the first McDonald’s in Russia.

Length: 2 hours
 
Price per walk (up to 8 people): 4,500 RUR

 

If you need a customized tour, please write us about your interests. As experts we’ve already done: Leo Trotskiy, Moscow of the Future, Hygiene of Old Moscow, Monino Aviation Museum, Moscow Architecture, Mosque, Vodka tour, Tea & Coffee tour, etc.

 

To book these walks, please, contact us:

E-mail: info@mosmania.com

Olga      +7 903 713 05 83    Skype: olgamalashkina