I was a member of the communist youth organization when the USSR collapsed and a new era began. Monuments of old Russia were restored all over the country and new sources of historical information became accessible which allowed me to personally re-evaluate Russian history. This made me very interested in Russian history and art!
Having studied and worked in Europe and travelled a lot, I have the background to filling up the many gaps in knowledge which tourists usually have about Russia.
I very much enjoy introducing visitors to the landmarks of old Russia and I am keen to share my knowledge of the Soviet era and provide some insights into contemporary life in Russia.
I am guiding my guests the way I want to guided myself!
I can tailor any tour in the way you like: I can do a stronger accent to Soviet times and do a communist tour for you. I can arrange an itinerary for children of different ages and do a quiz afterwards! Or show you "Moscow for foodies" - do a food tour!
In addition here is the list of great places which can be included into your itinerary:
- The Space Museum - a great place to learn about Soviet achievements and challenges in space.
- VDNKh - USSR Expo from 1930ies;
- Metro - the most beautiful underground system in the world full of Soviet realist art!
- The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines - collection includes about 80 arcade machines produced in Soviet military factories. You can play about 15 of them.
-Lenin's Gorky - A former aristocrats' estate near Moscow, where Vladmir Lenin lived last years of his life;
-Novodevichy convent - a picturesque place which used to be the most prestigious Russian nunnery;
-Novodevichy cemetery - the most prestigious Soviet cemetery;
-The Kolomenskoye Estate - the favorite summer residence of the Russian tzars in the 16th to 17th Centuries;
-The Tsaritsino Estate - one of the significant monuments of 18th century Imperial Russia;
-Izmailovo market -the largest flea market with decorative and applied arts, handicrafts, souvenirs and antiques.
-Jewish Museum and the Center of Tolerance - the best Jewish museum in Russia
-Romanov Boyars' Chamber Museum - an authentic museum to explore an every day life of medieval aristocrats;
-Arbat street - a lively pedestrian zone full of with souvenir shops, street musicians and artists;
-Leo Tolstoy House-Museum
-Boris Pasternak House-Museum
-The Diamond Fund - a collection of precious stones, naturals nuggets and jewelry, exhibited in the Kremlin;
-Food tour - to get to know Russian and Soviet cuisine and most distinguished cuisines of the USSR.
-The State Historical Museum which covers the history of Russian territory from Stone Age to the 19th century;
-Datcha - I can invite you for tea to a fascinating country house from Soviet times to meet with a common Russian family;
-Sanduny banya - I can organize a visit to Russian sauna!
What else would you like to see in Moscow?
A Recent Review of this guide
Communication with Svetlana was very clear from the outset and our pre-meeting arrangements were confirmed without any complication. The 3 hour tour was well balanced, covering the metro and various central locations. Svetlana was really enthusiastic, knowledgeable and interesting on all aspects of our tour - and talked engagingly rather than just announcing, as some guides tend to. Having been on various guided tours in different countries, I can honestly say Svetlana's was the best I have been on!
Professional licensed tour guide for 8 years
Certificates of excellence on Tripadvisor for 2014-2018
Licenses in the all major museums of Moscow
Due to Government regulations I am not permitted to guide in Russian language in the Kremlin and in the Armory.