Back to the USSR (Soviet Moscow)

Key sights: the Park of Fallen Idols, the New Tryakov Gallery, the Moscow Metro Tour (optional)), the Space Exploration Museum, VDNKh All-Soviet Exhibition of the National Economy Achievements, Worker and Peasant Memorial

Back to the USSR Tour Overview

Duration: 9 hours

Start: 9am

End: 6pm

Lunch break: yes

Lunch included: yes (business lunch at the Space Exploration Museum Café)

Walking distance: ca. 6km (ca. 3 miles)

Included: private tour guide full day, admission to the museums mentioned in the itinerary, Moscow Metro ride fare

Not included: taxi or minivan rental

Other options that can be added to this tour: Chauffeur driven minivan to cut down walking for the full day

Price and how to book:

The price of this program will depend on the number of guests in the group, children or adults, and options included. If you are interested in this tour, please contact Julia at jschelkunova@mail.ru or mobile +7 926 5277725, directly or via WhatsApp for a quotation.

Bask to the USSR Tour Detailed Description

Back to the USSR private guided tour is focused on the 70 years of the Soviet period in the history of Russia. It only includes the sights that are directly linked to this period, such as the New Tretyakov Gallery, the Park of Fallen Idols, the Moscow Metro, the Space Exploration Museum and VDNKh Exhibition of the Soviet Economic Achievements. This tour includes a lot of walking.

The tour starts with a walk around the Park of Fallen Idols followed by a tour of the Soviet Social Realism Exhibition at the State Tretyakov Gallery located next door.

The Park of Fallen Idols is an outdoor exhibition of monuments to Soviet leaders that were removed from key locations in Moscow following the collapse of the USSR in the early 1990s. Here you will see one and only remaining monument to Joseph Stalin, as all of them were destroyed during Nikita Khrushchev’s personality cult denunciation campaign, couple of Brezhnevs and at least four Lenins, complete with 11-meter (30ft) high statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of the KGB and the mastermind behind Red Terror policy of the early 1920s, as the Bolsheviks strived to stay in power.

The New Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery houses a vast exhibition of the Russian and Soviet 20th century art. The most interesting parts of the exhibition are Russian avant-garde paintings as experimentation by artists thrived during the years following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution; there is an impressive display of the key Social Realism works as the Soviet Government tightened the bolts and adopted a straightforward, propaganda-focused approach to any works of art, be it literature, film industry, paintings or sculpture. This tour will allow you to trace the changes in the society from sheer optimism to feelings of depression and despair revealed in the Soviet underground art of the 1950-1960s.

After the tour of the New Tretyakov Gallery we will make a transfer by metro  or minibus (optional) to the next location, the Space Exploration Museum. If you haven’t taken the metro tour yet, we will turn our metro transfer into the Metro tour. You will see some most opulent and beautiful Moscow metro stations.

When we arrive to the Space Exploration Museum, we will have lunch at the Museum Café. Half way between the Moscow City centre and the Central Mission Control in the suburbs of Moscow, next to the Avenue of Peace there stands, proud and tall, the Monument to the Russian Achievements in Space. Over 110 meters (330 ft) high, it represents a space rocket and a trail it leaves behind, and the whole thing is faced with titanium sheets, the only metal that is hard, heat and corrosion resistant and light at the same time, that’s why it is used in space industry – and yes, it’s expensive.

The basement of the monument, designed and built huge to support such a massive structure, houses the Museum of Space Exploration. The Soviets were the first to launch an artificial satellite, or sputnik, and the first man into space. Both achievements  are represented in the museum, complete with the first two space travelers, dogs Belka and Strelka. Real Soyuz space ships, return vehicles, models and parts of rocket engines are also on display, and MIR space station copy used  to train Russian cosmonauts is the highlight of the tour – you can walk inside and see how crammed the living conditions were for the astronauts.

After the Space Museum tour we will have lunch either at the café in the Space Museum or in some of the restaurants on the exhibition grounds.

The All-Soviet Exhibition of Achievements of the Socialist Economy is a sprawling, 1000+ acre landscaped park with alleys, lawns, fountains, and exhibition pavilions – but do not be misled by the name, these buildings look no way near modern exhibition halls – they are ostentatious, lavishly decorated structures designed in the so called Stalin Empire style. It starts with a huge arch topped with a statue of a Worker and a Peasant (represented by a young man and woman, holding a golden sheaf of wheat high in the air), and continues with the main alley leading to the Main Pavilion, an impressive Empire building with a spire and a star on top, complete with the golden state emblem of the Soviet Union. The main Pavilion celebrates the unity of the Soviet republics within the Soviet Union, and a mandatory Vladimir Lenin’s statues  is, or course, in the front. Behind it will find another marvel – the Friendship of Peoples Fountain with 16 golden figures of young women representing the republics of the Soviet Union and dressed in national costumes, the statues are, of course, plated with gold. Complete with the Soviet-era music broadcast through the loudspeakers, this park does really create a back-to-the-USSR ambience, and recently renovated Soviet-style monuments and structures look great in pictures.

Next,  we will walk down the alley to see the Stone Flower Fountain and the Buran Space Shuttle model, and walk back on the opposing alley, making stops to take pictures of the pavilions designed in the national style of this or that Soviet republic; now all of them are independent state.

Finally, we will reach  the huge stand-alone 60 meter (200ft) high statue of the Worker and Peasant, designed and built in shiny stainless steel, the apex of the Soviet Monumental Propaganda Program, and certainly one of the most beautiful monuments of its kind in the world. This monument was built atop the Soviet Pavilion for the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937, and faced German Eagle on top of the German pavilion.

After the walk around the Soviet Exhibition grounds, we will go down the namesake VDNkh metro station and return to the hotel by metro.