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Exploring Russian literature: tour about literature-related places of Moscow

Duration: 2h and 45min
Languages: English, Russian
Registered on March 23, 2023

Hi! I'm Asya, an independent journalist (not affiliated to authorities) and a passionate connoisseur of Moscow, the city where I've lived since the age of 10. I've worked as a tour guide for around a year: first, I showed my foreign friends around the city for free, but soon it turned into a part-time job. I arrange tours around Moscow where I show hidden gems and less touristic sights. If you have already been to Moscow or live here, if you have seen the Red Square and VDNKH - you're welcome to join my tours! Together we can discover Moscow from different historic&cultural prospectives, e.g. we'll see the Moscow of merchants, of poets - or of vagabonds, orphans and thieves, or we can see the Jewish or feminist Moscow. I adore discovering the city from the point of view of muscovites - e.g. via diaries, letters, recollections etc. - and then collecting from those pieces a bigger, more general historic, social or cultural context. Welcome - let's plunge together into the different layers of muscovite history.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

You have probably heard a lot about Pushkin, Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy - but do you fancy learning more about Russian literature? During our tour, we'll get acquainted with a broader context of Russian classical and modern literature and try to understand what could have influenced the mindset and the literary works of outstanding Russian writers.
We'll see:

  • The places related to the daily life of Russian writers - e.g. where Pushkin fooled the police, where Tolstoy used to exercise and what was the theater where the first Chekhov play was staged
  • Former editions of historic magazines and journals
  • Historic libraries - public, private, and even secret
  • Places where the word was spread - theaters, "literature saloons" (discussion clubs), printing houses, etc.
  • The places related to less famous (but equally distinguished) Russian writers and poets, like Yesenin or Ostrovsky - we'll learn more about different artistic styles, like Russian futurism poetry or Russian drama of the mid-XIX century;
  • Venues related to non-Russian writers, e.g. former Yiddish theater, house of Belarus writer Adamovich or a building where Polish poet Mitskevich spent time in exile;
  • The locations that gave us famous literary prototypes.


On our way from Dmitrovka to Mayakovskaya, we'll see how literature was evolving in Moscow - both Empire and Soviet - how it thrived, broke through censorship, or overcame crises, and how it reflected and reacted to the changing sociocultural reality.

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Tverskaya, Moskva, Russia, 125009
    Tverskaya, Moskva, Russia, 125009
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    I'll be waiting for you near the Pushkin monument with a teddy bear in my hand

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Pushkin Monument
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Kozitskiy Pereulok
  • 3
    Outside visit
    The State Theatre of Nations
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Petrovskiy Pereulok
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Ulitsa Bol'shaya Dmitrovka
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Pereulok Stoleshnikov
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Pereulok Stoleshnikov
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Ulitsa Bol'shaya Dmitrovka
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Ulitsa Bol'shaya Dmitrovka
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Ulitsa Bol'shaya Dmitrovka
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Kamergerskiy pereulok
  • 12
    Outside visit
    Moscow Art Theatre
  • 13
    Outside visit
    Bryusov Pereulok
  • 14
    Outside visit
    Leont'yevskiy Pereulok
  • 15
    Outside visit
    Leont'yevskiy Pereulok
  • 16
    Outside visit
    Leont'yevskiy Pereulok
  • 17
    Outside visit
    Leont'yevskiy Pereulok
  • 18
    Outside visit
    Malaya Bronnaya Street
  • 19
    Outside visit
    Malaya Bronnaya Street
  • 20
    Outside visit
    Bol'shoy Kozikhinskiy Pereulok
  • 21
    Outside visit
    Bol'shoy Kozikhinskiy Pereulok
  • 22
    Outside visit
    Bol'shoy Kozikhinskiy Pereulok
  • 23
    Outside visit
    Patriarch Ponds
  • 24
    Outside visit
    Bol'shaya Sadovaya Ulitsa

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Daniel 14 May 2023
Mexico City

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Travelled alone - May 2023
Anastasia is absolutely a natural born guide and so knowledgeable. Do yourself a favor and join her for a trip into the Russian literature
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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