From the tunnels that run beneath the bustling streets of Moscow to the rocket-packed pavilions tucked away in public parks, relics of Soviet-era Russia can be found throughout its capital. We’ll explore nuclear bunkers, visit a city devoted to cosmonautics, and stroll through Red Square, learning about the region’s political history from the revolution to the end of the Cold War. We’ll also try our hand at Soviet arcade games and chat with cosmonauts to get a sense of the daily joys, sorrows, and preoccupations of Russians under the communist regime—learning about both the Soviet era’s great achievements and reign of terror. Between deep historical dives, cosmic revelations, and sobering discoveries, we'll take some time to recharge, visiting a Russian banya, attending a classical concert, and chowing down at a popular Soviet canteen. Those wishing to continue exploring can join us for a three-day extension where we’ll delve deeper into the devastation caused by the Red Terror and head to the countryside by train.
The total cost of this trip is $2,920 ($3,700 if taking the countryside extension). For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $365 ($510 if taking the extension). Please contact us to request a single room.
Our trip begins in the afternoon on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Moscow by 1 p.m. on this day, so you can check in and settle in at the hotel before we meet for an introductory tour of the city and welcome dinner. Our trip ends the morning of Day 6. If departing Moscow directly after this trip, we recommend departing anytime on this day. If you’d like to continue on the optional extension, this concludes in Moscow the morning of Day 9 following an overnight train ride from Galich. You'll be back in Moscow around 6 a.m.; if departing by air on this day, we recommend booking flights departing after 9:30 a.m. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’d be happy to provide suggestions for places to stay and things to do in the area on your own.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking one to three miles over the course of each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. There is a relaxed canoe trip on Day 8 and an optional hike on Day 7, which will span about five miles (mostly flat) across a potentially snowy and muddy forest floor. If conditions are snowy, we’ll provide proper footwear and equipment.
Moscow is known to have warm, dry summers and cold, dry winters, with temperatures sometimes dipping below -20°F. From mid-April to September, the temperature is warm and mild, ranging from 60 to 85°F.
The banya is separated by gender. Though most people opt to wear only a towel, you can wear a bathing suit if you’d like.