CITY ESCAPE: 9 Hours Golden Ring Private Tour

Welcome to Moscow!
My name is Anton and I hope to be your local Moscow tour guide.

I am a licensed English speaking guide in Moscow with the accreditation by the Moscow City Government. I am a member of the Europian Federation of Tourist Guides Associations (FEG) and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA). And I am the only certified Culinary Guide in Russia (certification by the World Food Travel Association).

As a certified guide I can be your official guide in the Moscow Kremlin, majority of Moscow museums and art galleries, such as the Armoury Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, the Tretyakov Gallery and many others.

I was born in Moscow (back in USSR times) and spent here my very best years. I am a real local, I love to walk around and discover my city since I was a teenager. I lived in different Moscow neighbourhoods and it enriched my knowledge and personal connection with this beautiful city.

I work with travellers since 2015 and have shown my city to hundreds of people from all continents. I'm an avid traveller myself and travelled to more than 50 countries.

My suggestion on having a good time in Moscow:
- Spend your first day on a walking tour to see Moscow Must-Sees: the Kremlin, Red Square and its surroundings and join my Private Food Tour (or we can visit a Russian art museum)
- Having a full day countryside trip to Golden Ring is mandatory!
- Want something different? Let's dive back to USSR: you can explore the Moscow metro, continue with Soviet Expo, called VDNKH, visit a Space Explorers museum and finish a day with a visit to the Cold War underground Bunker.

I offer a wide variety of tours in and around Moscow. I do walking, driving and combination walking/driving tours. My vehicle is a business class Nissan Fuga, 2006 model year. I'm passionate about the history, the traditions, the food, nature observation, Russian politics and the social dynamics. Russia is a complex country, that's true.

All my tours can be customised upon to your request - I have flexible itineraries.

Anton
4.6
Private tours, Food tours in Moscow
22000 ₽
per group
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
Private
9 h.
Group size up to 4 persons
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
English
• Enjoy a full-day private tour departing from Moscow to the Golden Ring. We will visit sights including famous Abramtsevo estate, 19th century retreat for Russian writers and painters, the famous Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Monastery, Chernigov Skit (monks retreat), Museum of Villagers everyday life and Matryoshka painting or candles making masterclass. • Learn about Russian history, culture and the architecture styles of Orthodox churches.

* Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel early morning, at 7:30 am and then set off for a full day countryside trip. We will ride on a business class car around 80 km towards the town of Sergiev Posad, one of the Golden Ring towns. First, visit a famous Russian Orthodox retreat temple Chernigov Skit for early morning church service.

* After the service, continue to the private villagers life museum and then finally reach St Sergius Monastery. Enjoy a walking tour, visit 16th century temples, look at famous paintings of Andrey Rublyov and learn about Russian history. Along the way, you will have a chance to try a famous Russian Summer drink, called kvas (if your trip is during the summertime) with famous Russian pastries called pirozhki. Take a break for lunch in a nice cafe where you will have a chance to try dishes from Russian or soviet cuisine.

* After lunch we have on potion to do something creative with our hands. If you like, we can do a mater class of matryoshka painting or church candles making from real wax. After our class we will have a nice walk around Lavra and will visit the fresh water spring.

* The final stop of the day is a Abramtsevo estate, a 19th century retreat for Russian writers and painters, a gorgeous place to learn about the russophile movement and relax before transferring back to Moscow. You will be dropped off at your hotel between 5 to 6pm at the conclusion of your tour. Feel free to ask questions and your guide will share some useful information and suggestions on what to do and to see best in Moscow.

22000 ₽
per group
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
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This is a new tour, check out reviews from other tours by this guide:
Anna.Apatova
We were so lucky to have Anton as our host in Moscow during the stay of our Austrian friends.He has made this tour really personal - full of secrets and hidden views, full of stories and incredible locations. The tour is delicately and attentively planned - there are several stops prepared in between the walking, while coffee and fresh bakery add special flair to this day! If you want to feel a bit more local in the city of strangers ask the local to guide you and you will find the other Planet inside the regular Moscow - it is nearly all empty, lid with sun, filled with love and history! the highlights you will never see with a regular sightseeing tour! History, culture, religion and love - a substance I have never received all at once before! Recommended with all my heart!
Cblignau
about 3 years ago
Anton and Julia was the perfect hosts and made the day most enjoyable. They were entertaining and knowledgeable about the places we visited and took us to a little village to meet locals and view the summer houses. Julia is a beautiful lady that makes you feel at home and takes beautiful photos of the day and the experience. We highly recommend going on a trip with them!!
Lee
over 3 years ago
Anton and Julia were very warm and accommodating guides. They gathered information and thoughtfully crafted our tour to our interests. My only suggestion is that the restaurant choice for lunch did not have much ambience or food that would please most western tourists. I'd recommend going up a level or two in restaurant quality. However, it was for locals which we appreciated.we did love the monastery, though! We wish all the best to Julia and Anton! Marilyn and Asia Hunt
Tanja N.
over 3 years ago
Nice to discover the other side of Moscow, not the known places. Informative and very interesting! Definitely worth to do! Thanks Anton!
Marieth
over 3 years ago
Very interesting to learn about the "other side" of Moskou with a local guide.
Erikreed
over 3 years ago
Good way to explore an other part of Moskow, a part you normally do not meet if you follow just the highlights by travel guide books. Good guide Anton
Price
City Escape: 9 Hours Golden Ring Private Tour
Offer for group of 1-2 persons
22000 ₽
per group
Offer for 3 persons
29000 ₽
per group
Offer for 4 persons
34000 ₽
per group
For any payment method you must book a ticket through the booking form below and receive confirmation by e-mail and (or) SMS.
What is included in activity

• Private car tour with a guide, a lot of walking included
• Kvas tasting (traditional Russian Summer drink)
• Entrance fee to the Abramtsevo estate
• Photos of you, taken by your guide
• Drinking water
• Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected areas only)

What is not included

• Entrance fees to additional museum areas
• Underground Church tour at Chernigov Skit
• Matryoshka painting and Candles making master class fee
• Food and drinks, unless specified
• Gratuities (appreciated!)

Activity schedule

DAILY 8:00-17:00

What places will you see

• St Sergius Monastery
• Chernigov Skit
• Museum of Villagers everyday life
• Matryoshka painting masterclass
• lunch with vareniki (dumplings)
• Holy Springs
• estate Abramtsevo (if we have time)

Activity book period
You can book tour up to 11 hours in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed
English
Directions to meet your guide

Pickup from your hotel (inside MKAD)

How long your tour will be
9 h.
Photos
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This is a new tour, check out reviews from other tours by this guide:
Anna.Apatova
over 2 years ago
We were so lucky to have Anton as our host in Moscow during the stay of our Austrian friends.He has made this tour really personal - full of secrets and hidden views, full of stories and incredible locations. The tour is delicately and attentively planned - there are several stops prepared in between the walking, while coffee and fresh bakery add special flair to this day! If you want to feel a bit more local in the city of strangers ask the local to guide you and you will find the other Pl...
Cblignau
about 3 years ago
Anton and Julia was the perfect hosts and made the day most enjoyable. They were entertaining and knowledgeable about the places we visited and took us to a little village to meet locals and view the summer houses. Julia is a beautiful lady that makes you feel at home and takes beautiful photos of the day and the experience. We highly recommend going on a trip with them!!
Lee
over 3 years ago
Anton and Julia were very warm and accommodating guides. They gathered information and thoughtfully crafted our tour to our interests. My only suggestion is that the restaurant choice for lunch did not have much ambience or food that would please most western tourists. I'd recommend going up a level or two in restaurant quality. However, it was for locals which we appreciated.we did love the monastery, though! We wish all the best to Julia and Anton! Marilyn and Asia Hunt
Tanja N.
over 3 years ago
Nice to discover the other side of Moscow, not the known places. Informative and very interesting! Definitely worth to do! Thanks Anton!
Marieth
over 3 years ago
Very interesting to learn about the "other side" of Moskou with a local guide.
Erikreed
over 3 years ago
Good way to explore an other part of Moskow, a part you normally do not meet if you follow just the highlights by travel guide books. Good guide Anton
22000 ₽
per group
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
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