Soviet Achievements and Stalin’s Grandeur
Key sights: Ostankino TV Tower, St. Trinity Church in Ostankino (optional), the Space Exploration Museum, VDNKh All-Soviet Exhibition of the National Economy Achievements, Worker and Peasant Monument, the Moscow Metro tour (optional)
Duration: 9 hours
Lunch break: yes
Lunch included: no
Walking distance: ca. 5.2km (ca. 2.7 miles)
Included: private tour guide full day, minivan or minibus rental 4 hours, admission to the TV Tower and Space Exploration Museum, - Moscow Metro ride fare
Not included: lunch
Other options that can be added to this tour:
- Set menu lunch (business lunch) at the Space Museum Cafe
- Visit inside Buran Space Shuttle Model (tickets cost will apply)
- Visit Inside Worker and Peasant Monument Museum located in the base of the monument (tickets cost will apply)
- Additional photo stops as mentioned below
- The Moscow Metro Tour
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile +7 926 5277725, directly or via WhatsApp for a quotation.
The Soviet Achievements and Stalin’s Grandeur Private Guided Tour Detailed Description
The Soviet Achievements and Stalin’s Grandeur Private Guided Tour takes you around modern parts of the city that are not included into the standard Sightseeing Tour of Moscow itinerary.
Sightseeing in Russia is not only monasteries and churches. The Soviet epoch in the history of Russia left behind great heritage, including first of its kind technological advances and grand empire style buildings. Both can be experienced during the Soviet Achievements and Stalin’s Grandeur Tour with a private guide.
In the morning, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel, and we will drive to the location of Ostankino TV tower, second tallest TV tower in the world. After the security check, we will have a presentation in the hall in the bottom of the tower, which serves as a small museum, and then ride the high-speed elevator to the height of 330 meters (1100ft) and visit 360 degrees round indoor platform with panoramic windows and glass floors. Amazing panoramas, bird’s eye views of the city’s center and north-eastern districts, complete with parks, Space Memorial and VDNKh Exhibition Grounds that we will visit in the afternoon.
After the tour of the TV Tower, the minibus will takes us around to the Church of St. Trinity in Ostankino and Palace Sheremetiev’s Palace, as an option. St. Trinity Church in Ostankino can be seen from the TV tower, and it has very pretty medieval-style architecture. It’s an active church, and we can look inside.
Finally, we will drive to the beginning of the Alley of Fame and walk around the Space Exploration Memorial obelisk, a huge, 100+meters (1000ft) high structure that represents a rocket at launch and a trail it leaves behind. Shiny titanium sheets reflect the sun and the sky, and you will certainly enjoy taking pictures there. At this point the car can be disengaged, because the afternoon part of the tour program is pedestrian-only.
The Moscow Space Exploration museum is modern, big and well-structured. The US astronauts were first to walk on the Moon, but the Soviets were first to launch a satellite and send the first man into space. First Sputnik, first space travelling dogs, the space suit and capsule of the first astronaut, first EVA, or spacewalk, first station model are represented there. You will also have a chance to look inside actual Soyuz space craft, walk inside MIR space station model used for astronauts’ training, and witness the on screen feed from the Russian Central Mission Control.
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 the 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. The Moscow metro is a part of the Soviet heritage as well, so we can see some of the key metro stations on the way, this will extend the tour by 40 minutes.