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Private tour guide Victoria Smirnova is offering walking tours and tours by own car.
Languages: English, Finnish, Russian






The Evening City tour by car

 During the tour you’ll see the main tourist’s attractions of Moscow– Red Square at the heart of Moscow, the Kremlin – originally a fortress with Royal Palaces and a multitude of golden-domed churches, and now the official residence of Russian Federation President, the main historical Tverskaya Street with its numerous shops, cafes, the monument of Moscow’s founder Prince Yury Dolgoruky, The Victory Park – a huge memorial to the Russian glorious victory in the war against the Nazi Germany. You’ll enjoy the picturesque view of the whole city lying below with its peacefully twinkling lights from an observation platform at Sparrow Hills, and a huge Moscow State University known as one of Stalin’s sky-scrapers called Seven Sisters. These and many others sightings you could experience on the tour.
 
 
The general introductory tour of Moscow on foot
The Kremlin (outside) - Red Square - Moscow-river embankment – Bolotnaja Square-Christ the Savior Cathedral

At the north side of the Kremlin wall you can walk through the Aleksandrovskij Garden. You can see the main square of Moscow. It has changed its name many times: Fire, Market, Beautiful and now it's the Red Square. You can stop at GUM, a historical shopping moll for cup of coffee. If you walk the Moskvoretskij Bridge you will experience the best view of the Kremlin. You can also make arrangement for a boat trip around the Golden Island which is located between the Moscow River and Vodootvodny Canal. The duration of this boat trip will be 1 hour. The duration of a whole tour is 3,5 hour.


The Moscow Metro

When we are in the Moscow Metro we are so involved in rushing around with the other passengers that we never look up. This is a great pity!

From the beginning, the Moscow Metro has impressed people with its unusual beauty, both inside and outside. Currently, many stations of the Moscow Metro are under the control of UNESCO because they have been declared to be a world heritage site?

During this excursion, you will learn about what the first builders of the Moscow Metro were inspired by when they handmade this subterranean miracle of progress and engineering.

The Moscow Metro was constructed during one of the more dramatic periods of Russian history.

You will also learn about what happened to Holy Russia (the old name for Russia) and why imperious Stalin put icons in the Moscow Metro.

The trip lasts for two hours.



Tour of Kitay-Gorod  to the birthplace of Moscow

«Moscow was not built in a day». The city has centuries of history yet only a century ago it resembled a provincial town. I will walk and talk you through the enormous changes this area has experienced over the last 100 years.

We will travel further back in time. In the 16th century, the city was one fortress consisting of two separate parts: The Kremlin, the center of spiritual and secular authority and Kitay-Gorod, the place of settlement for the people. Both parts were joined together by the fortress walls that still remain today.

The tour includes a visit to one of the oldest monasteries in Moscow, Epiphany Monastery. This monastery was the birthplace for Russian science.

The tour includes insights into how the first Russian book was printed and how that story unfolded.

You will be treated to views of Red Square from a different perspective and hear stories of life before the reforms of Peter the Great. Whilst walking in the old streets of Kitay-Gorod you will get a sense that people and authority were able to live harmoniously for many years.

Come with me and get to know the oldest part of this beautiful capital. Its streets and buildings have eight centuries of history to share with you!
 
 
TheTsar's Zamoskvareche

Tsar’s Zamoskvareche

There is a glorious view of the Kremlin and the Tsar’s gardens from the top of the high bell tower of the Church of St John the Baptist. In past, the Gardeners were the only settlement in frequently flooded Zamoskvareche.

 

Then the Drainage Canal was digging under Katherine the Great Moscow mansions of nobility were erected along its embankment.

After the coup 1917 elite Soviet offices became their owners. The apartment block known as the House on the Government was built for officials of the Kremlin in the early years of Stalin’s rule.

 

Wonderful transformations of Tsar’s Zamoskvareche are surprising Moskovites and guests, in spite of that the royal view of the Kremlin from the Sofiyskaya Embankment is changeless. Old churches of Tsar’s Gardeners remind us medieval times.

Next to them a new pedestrian bridge named Patriarch by Alexij the previous Patriarch of Russia There is the best view of the new Christ the Savior Cathedral from it. The memory of the old  Cathedral and others mysteries of Russian history arise there.


The Craftsmen Zamoskvareche

Zamoskvareche district dates to medieval times and preserves a host of churches and mansions of 18-19 centuries. Its population was multi-ethnic from the beginning. By the way, there was the first “German Quarter” in Zamoskvareche. For those of you who were on my tour of Zamoskvareche last year: The route will be a bit different. We will visit also a convent established by granddaughter of Queen Victoria and will see amazing paintwork of Nesterov there.



Novospassky Monastery- Krutitsy Metochion

All the history of Moscow from the beginning is to be found in these two places which are located side by side. When you are inside the monastery’s powerful walls or when you can see around you the fantastic buildings and erections of Krutitsy Metotion it is almost beyond belief that you are still in Moscow. The buildings and churches of the 17th century make you feel as if you are in times past.

Novospassky monastery is the oldest monastery in Moscow. It is one of the fortified monasteries surrounding Moscow from the south-east. You will visit it’s cathedrals and have a look at 17th-century murals. You will pay a visit to the family vault of King Romanov. You will learn about the story, cloaked in secrecy, of the pretenders to the Russian throne…The two princesses Tarakanova and tragic love of richest prince Sheremetjev and his serf. All of the history of Russia up to the present day will come to the fore on this visit.

A five-minute walk will lead you to Krutitsy which is the former residence of Russian Orthodox Bishop of the Golden Horde territory. You will delight in the unique treasures of ornate Russian style architecture in the Teremok, the gallery, and the Metropolitan’s Chambers.


The Old Arbat Lanes


The first pedestrian street of Moscow, one of most popular tourist's attractions The Old Arbat is completely different to The Old Arbat of past. Russian poets Pushkin and Bely lived on this street, singer Okudzava song about it. That Old Arbat was settled in 30-s-50-s of the last century by communal flats but it still kept its old Moscow soul. Even 100 years ago the Old Arbat was a quiet place of Moscow and each sixth citizen there was a Nobel. That Old Arat you can find only on its medieval crooked lanes around it. You will see the only private house of Pushkin in Moscow, the 'Cylinder' house of Soviet architect of 20-s and the funny house of 'kissing Russian writers'. You will see the first private house of the famous Russian bass Fyodor Shalyapin and Galina Vishnevskaya's Opera Centre. the tour will end at the symbol of Russian history Christ the Savior Cathedral. 


Ivanovskaya hill (Ivanovskaya Gorka)

In past Moscow was encircled by white stone horseshoe-shaped walls. From those white stone ramparts derives the name of the area within Boulevard ring -The Beliy Gorod or‘White town’. While in construction work the part of this 16-century wall appeared a few years ago.

There is White town’s web-like layout imbued with Old Moscow spirit nearby. As the part of the wall foundation, the district survived by miracle. Ornate churches and old names of winding and hilly lanes remind us of medieval settlements on their places. Nobel’s mansions and boyar’s chambers were erected here near the tsar’s summer residence with its old shadowy garden. In late medieval times, Westerns chose to settle close to this top neighborhoods. Their missionary work triggered a protest of local Orthodox clergy and at the end of 17th century, they were banished to a colony 30-minute horse walk beyond the city to Nemetskaya Sloboda. There are still the Baptist and the Lutheran churches with the Choral Synagogue in the Ivanovskaya Gorka's lanes that reminds of their former presence here.



The German Quarter
Nemetskaya (German) Sloboda- Lefortovo- Nemetskoye (German) cemetery.

This excursion considers life of foreigners here in Moscow in past and the influence that they have made on Russian history.
The tour has 3 parts the way to the German Quarter by electro bus or by car the Lefortovo district as the Residence of Russian emperors and empresses and The German cemetery.



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