Moscow: Imperia Tower 56th Floor Visit & Museum
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My guide, a charming Moscovite, was very well versed in the Kremlins history and made the visit into a fascinating afternoon. Though the tour was meant to be 4 hours it was nearer to three which was fine for me as we had covered everything within that time frame. I actually ended up in a one on one situation as no one else had booked for a tour in English the day I visited on 15th July. The Kremlin is well worth a visit though I had to come back the next day to visit the Armoury as it was not included in the somewhat expensive tour that I enrolled for.
Excellent guide... knowledgeable, well-spoken, engaging, all the things you would want out of a guide for such a major collection of Moscow sites. Was always evaluating to make sure we were seeing things we wanted to see and was willing to go into more or less detail depending on how interested we were. Was also great to get such a frank and nuanced view on Russian history from a Russian themselves.
Many of the places we wanted to visit were covered by the pass, so had been paid for in advance. It was good not to have to queue. The guide proved to be invaluable, being a handy size to carry with us throughout our holiday. Mentioning Tram 7 from Kievskaya Metro Station to Sparrow Hills would be helpful, to avoid a long and confusing walk, since there are insufficient signposts in Moscow.
The tour and also the wealth of information presented could be structured better to make it more engaging and to allow information to be absorbed better. Long monologues that pack in too much information ended up being a bit tiring as this involved a lot of standing around. Great that tickets had been purchased in advance by tour guide and that aspect of the tour certainly was good.
Oleg arrived to pick us up spot on time. We had a very engaging visit to Kolomenskoye seeing everything we wanted and hearing a wealth of information about the site and its history as well as lif in Russia and Moscow generally