“Just book this!”
We had not been to Russia before, and were there for a long weekend. We arrived on the Friday evening, so I booked a 6hr tour for the Saturday and I'm so glad I did!
Moscow can be very confusing for a non native, but your tour guide (Caio in our case) meets you in your hotel lobby and already has metro tickets for you, so you don't have to worry about a thing.
Caio was the perfect host, friendly, professional and extremely knowledgeable about Moscow. No matter what we asked him, he could give us really good information about the history of the city.
We did a 6 hour walk and broke this up with a sit down meal in Gum, and a drink later on in Arbat, but it's flexible and you can stop as often as you like - your guide has a walk mapped out, but if you want to have more stops, he or she will just tailor it to suit.
We saw so many sights in the city centre, and also visited Lenins tomb - again, if you want to see inside any buildings, this is your choice and your guide will allow for this (not the Kremlin though - you need a day in there!)
We found it incredibly useful to have someone with us while we got used to the Metro, the people, the food, the drink etc.....also, we went in a souvenir shop and we were offered much better prices than the price label. I think this was because we were with a Russian speaking tour guide. I bought a russian doll, hand painted with 10 nesting dolls, the label price was 6200 rubels, and I bought it for 2500 rubels - that's a huge saving, and actually about half the price of the tour!! Though I can't say for sure that this was because we with a tour guide, I think it may have been an influence....
Also, we asked Ciao if he could help us with our metro tickets for the remaining time we were in Moscow, and he sorted this out for us, asking at the desk and buying our tickets for us. Again, small things like this were just so much help to us and made our trip so much easier.
I would definately recommend that you book a tour through this company, and I guarantee you won't be disappointed - if we hadn't done this, I know our trip wouldn't have been so good, and we wouldn't have learnt so much about the history of this fantastic city.
Carrie and Kevin (UK)
Visited in July 2015