Meet our Guides

Get to know the person behind the tour

Private tour guide Artem

Artem K.

Moscow, Russia

These 'little bit extra' tours, custom tailored to your interests offered by me, a professional guide with a license to kill all your misconceptions about Moscow's past and present, offer fresh insights into a very different culture, amaze with true stories about many stones we will stumble upon.

My passion is architecture and I have studied Russia's modern history, visited each of its military/religious sites, and discovered extraordinary exhibits and artifacts not widely known to the public.

I continued studying history in Moscow and while attending a course of Moscow architecture I found my passion for the city's hidden treasures found during restoration renovations. I saw how sculptures, icons and mosaics were found under layers of plaster and concrete, and how skillful the workers were at the time to be able to hide them and not to ruin the actual masterpiece for future generations. I tried to understand why Stalin or Kruschev would order to hide them. I then started to work as a guide and a translator and in the last 15 years I have made thousands of tourists fall in love with Moscow.

I personally love to travel, and through my work and private travels have found that in addition to just visiting sightseeing spots, having knowledge about the local areas' cultures and lifestyles as well as understanding the history makes the travels more memorable. In order for you to get the most out of any tour, I recommend that you travel with a certified guide.

Moscow is blessed with beautiful nature, delicious food and friendly people.

A lot of marble pillars or gold-plated domes have stories behind them. Masterpieces were whitewashed or plastered as ordered by Soviet leaders and we will literally scrape off some paint to see what is really inside. Even faces of monuments were changed. Also, I know tons of local engineering miracles, like Stalin's leaning tower, or once the world's tallest building without a foundation, or huge buildings moved to a new foundation while residents slept inside. I provide specialized insight while arranging guest entry to venues not normally accessible to the general public. I have seen how travelers react to the glamour of Stalin palaces, and I know which views/exhibits would make greater impression.

I offer fresh insights on ancient and Stalin Moscow (tons of intriguing and checked facts thanks to my history background) and 15 years of working as a tour guide. Access to newly opened KGB facilities and UNESCO World Heritage sites, towers and engineering masterpieces recorded in the Guinness book of records, food places recently checked by health inspection and guaranteed entrance to rooftop parties with bird's eye views of the city at night. Some other options include:
- Recently discovered items dating back to medieval Russia
- Visit to Gagarin cosmonaut training center near Moscow (mock of spaceships, facilities used by cosmonauts, scientific lab)
- Objects of the pilgrims' devotion in Sergiyev Posad and Moscow
- Sacred shrines of the Golden ring (cities northeast of Moscow)
- Stalin's secret infrastructure (inside the underground bunker, KGB HQ, prison and climbing to the rooftop of Stalin's skyscraper)
- Fossils in the marbles of Moscow metro
- Tour of cosmodrome and possibly launch of spaceships
Thank you for your interest in my tours and looking forward to making you fall in love with Moscow

A Recent Review of this guide

Artem stepped in at the last minute when our original TBL guide stranded us and canceled on us an hour before our scheduled tour (Alina, Moscow guide, is EXTREMELY unprofessional. Under no circumstances would I recommend her; TBL has told me they are reviewing her position with them, but she is still currently listed as an available guide as of this posting). Artem was personable and engaging. Would have liked more insight/history about the venues we were seeing.
Katie Hudspeth

Read Reviews

Credentials

Licensed guide accredited by major museums/monasteries/convents, simultaneous translator, PhD in History, permit to conduct tours in military facilities and parks.

Restrictions

-My car can fit up to 4 people comfortably. Please inquire for larger groups.

Guide Requirements for Russia

Private tour guide Artem

Contact this Guide

Questions about the tour? Not seeing exactly what you’re looking for? Contact this guide with questions, or to create a custom itinerary for you and your travel companions.

Message Artem K.
Web address (URL) of this page: http://www.toursbylocals.com/Moscow-PrivateTourGuide

Tours by Artem K.

See all of the tours offered by this guide.

Private tour guide Artem

Moscow Gay Tour

 unrated

Tour of LGBT venues in downtown

330 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

9 hours

learn more
Private tour guide Artem

Bird's Eye Views of Moscow

See killer views of Moscow's highlights from above

400 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

8 hours

learn more
Private tour guide Artem

Two Day Tour in Moscow and out of town,...

 unrated

Visiting unique ancient, space and military venues, palaces and Unesco,...

320 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 days

learn more
Private tour guide Artem

Weekend in Moscow

 unrated

Make the most of your stay in Moscow

70 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

learn more
Private tour guide Artem

Moscow Food Tasting Tour

 unrated

See what Russians used to eat and drink vodka the Russian way

300 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 days

learn more
Private tour guide Artem

Tour of Russia's Achievements in Space

 unrated

Spaceships, rockets and trying Soviet cosmonaut food!

250 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

7 hours

learn more
Private tour guide Artem

Tour of Night Moscow

 unrated

The best ways to capture the magic when at night Moscow transforms,...

90 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

learn more
Private tour guide Artem

Moscow Shopping: Antiques & Collectables

 unrated

Find Russia's hidden bargains with an art expert

240 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

6 hours

learn more