It began some time ago. After we travelled quite a lot and could call ourselves “experienced travelers”, we suddenly realized that the most fascinating about a foreign place is to look at it through the eyes of locals.
No matter if you’re on a short city-break or a two-week trip, there’s no better way of getting to know a place than asking the locals. They know the ins and outs, the dos and don’ts, the where-to-gos – and the where-not-to-gos. And they are the best tour guide you could wish for ☺
The most obvious way to meet local people while traveling is to talk to them, but it’s often harder than it sounds: walking up to a stranger isn’t everyone’s strong point. Getting to somebody’s private home is mission impossible ☺
So, getting to know what the local home is like, what the locals cook and talk over meal, what they think of themselves and their own place, city and country, what they heard about us and how different or similar we seem to them, became the hot topic for us when we came back home.
If you look for unique experience when on a trip in Russia we are out here for you. We start this project with a strong believe that meeting the Russians and talking to them will help you understand more about our people and our country. What better way to get to know locals than walking into people’s houses around dinner time and share a delicious meal?
The big bonus is that your host is a guide who can take you around Moscow! We know the city inside out. We have worked here as guides for years, sharing insight and recommendations with travelers from all over the world. Passionate about Russian culture, history, and the unique aspects of the lifestyle, we try to ensure that every person we meet enjoys a truly authentic experience of this city.
We follow 3 simple rules of hospitality: being honest, caring and trustworthy.
We have transparent prices, we pay taxes, we do not have hidden costs. We are professionally trained guides and hold official license.
Our mission is to provide you with the most unique and exciting experience possible. We are flexible and adjust our service to your liking. We have a lot of free information and travelers’ hints and tips on our website.
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Larisa – Co-founder, General Manager, Guide (English)
After a career of market analyst for large international companies, Larisa resumed and completed studies in History of Art in the Humanitarian University. This course added to her passion for Moscow and inspired her to become a tour guide. She also travels a lot and knows what it is to be a traveler 😉 Her tours consist of a mix of cultural visits, relaxing strolls and friendly chat. She is open to any question travelers like to ask about Russia’s past and present, local people ways and traditions, what they like. In addition to Moscow’s must-see, she likes to introduce to the customers her favorite lesser-known places, museums or monuments, so they could see Moscow through the eyes of a local. Larisa has 7 years of guiding experience.
Victoria – Co-founder, Guide (English)
After completing studies in journalism and Russian literature at FE University, Victoria worked as a journalist in central broadcasting company – it required a lot of travelling all over Russia and abroad. She knows how everyday life in remote regions of Russia differs from the capital’s vanity and bustle. Searching for thrilling stories, comparing information from different sources and telling the facts is Victoria’s preferable way to design walking tours in Moscow historical center. Victoria specializes in medieval history of Russia and has a lifelong passion for Russian art. Victoria has 8 years of guiding experience.
Kirill – Partner Guide (English)
Kirill studied European history in Edinburgh and Barcelona. He lived and traveled extensively throughout Spain and Mediterranean. Kirill is now based in Moscow and has completed the course of Russian History in Moscow University. His favorite period of time in Russian history is 20th century from the last years of Romanovs – the second royal dynasty, until the last days of the Soviet Union. Needless to say that Kirill was born in different country – the Soviet Union, which exists no more. This personal perspective allows him to add an additional layer to Moscow he describes during his walking tours. Kirill has 11 years of guiding experience.
Roxxane – Partner Guide (English)
Roxxane graduated from Moscow University where she studied linguistics and history. She decided to continue her education in Brussels and did a course in Flemish art afterwards. Travelling between Moscow and Brussels and art galleries in numerous European cities Roxxane never stopped to compare life and habits of different people, how it was depicted on canvases by local artists to what you can see here in Russia. The most popular phrase is “I could have never thought!” Deep understanding of Western European and Russian art makes Roxanne unparalleled tour guide in Moscow art galleries. Roxxane has 15 years of guiding experience.
Ivan – Partner Guide (English)
Ivan holds an MA in History from Moscow City University. After graduation he worked as a tour guide for 8 years specializing in Russian history but Ivan’s true love is architecture. He confessed that Art Nouveau and Russian Modern style of the end of 19th – beginning of 20th century fascinates him the most. Architectural wide experiments with lines, forms and space of the objects provides him endless inspiration while he leads the tours along streets of old and new Moscow. Ivan has 8 years of guiding experience.
Alexandra – Partner Guide (Français, English)
Alexandra est diplômée de l’Université d’État de formation des enseignants de Moscou, Faculté des
Lettres, a poursuivi ses études au Collège international français où elle a étudié la littérature et la
sociologie (Université d’État de Moscou). Après ses stages en France et au Royaume-Uni, elle a
commencé sa carrière d’enseignante de la langue française et anglaise, avec ses étudiants, elle a
réalisé des projets artistiques sur Histoire, architecture et théâtre de Moscou. Alexandra est
passionnée par la littérature, lors de ses tournées dans le centre historique de la ville, elle essaie de
présenter le temps et les traditions des périodes Pouchkine et Tolstoï, Boulgakov et Pasternak. Elle a
8 ans d’expérience en tant que guide.
Alexandra graduated from Moscow Teacher Training State University, Faculty of Linguistics,
continued in French International College where she studied Literature and Sociology (Moscow State
University). After internships in France and UK she started her teacher’s career, with her students she
executed many art projects on Moscow History, Architecture and Theater. Alexandra is passionate
about Literature, on her tours in the city historical center she tries to bring alive the epoque and
traditions of Moscow of Pushkin and Tolstoy, Bulgakov and Pasternak. She has 8 years of guiding