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.
Licensed guide accredited by major museums/monasteries/convents, simultaneous translator, PhD in History, permit to conduct tours in military facilities and parks.
-My car can fit up to 4 people comfortably. Please inquire for larger groups.