Private Guided Tours from Moscow to the Real Russia

#1 Local Experience of Moscow, the Golden Ring, Rural Russia, and the Arctic with a Private Guide

 

Why us?

• Our guides are open-minded locals never boring you with dates and names only...
• Our goal is to show you the real Russia and its local life, not just a picture for your Instagram!
• A more personal alternative to the ‘Moscow was found by Yuri-who-is-that-guy-Dolgoruky in...’
• We love the sense of humor and are ready to discuss any topics!
• You may ride an authentic Soviet van looking like it is still 1965... we have comfortable cars as well :)
 

The Real Russia

Flexible Itinerary

Any Topics

Tailor-Made Tours

 

Experience the Real Russia with the Open-Minded Locals

Do you find the boring walking the million-times-beaten tracks with numerous confusing and insignificant facts? You have come to the right place! We are sick of such old-schooled tours, too.

Our guides are the highlights of each tour! They are friendly locals with a good sense of humor, who are not afraid to discuss hot topics. Politics, religion, mentality... why not, if this helps you to understand so contradicting country like Russia?

We are a small family business; therefore, we do rare and extraordinary tours with a highly personal touch. Whatever your age, mobility, and interests we will provide a wonderful insight into our Moscow heritage and its local culture. Make your Russian holidays unforgettable and...

Travel Real Russia

One Day Tours to the Real Russia­­

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Moscow Private Tours<br></span>
Moscow Private Tours
Experience the Russian capital walking through the very heart of the city with a local guide. During the tour you can choose the most interesting route:

>>> Must-see Moscow sites
>>> Back in USSR tour

>>> Metro and the city

Duration: 4 hours

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Vladimir and Suzdal Tour<br></span>
Vladimir and Suzdal Tour

Visiting the countryside is a great opportunity to travel the Golden Ring of Russia and to see the common life of ordinary people.

Vladimir and Suzdal are small towns that are famous worldwide because of their great history and picturesque architecture with numerous UNESCO Heritage Sites.

Duration: 14-16 hours

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Adventure Tour<br></span>
Adventure Tour

We have a very unique off-road Soviet UAZ van that looks like it is still 1965. Driving it on typical Russian mud road will make you feel like a real Russian!

For a second part of our adventure, you will visit a network of underground limestone caves with an experienced caver guide.

Duration: 8-12 hours
 

#1 Blog Posts about the Real Russia­­

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Life in Russian Village</span>
Life in Russian Village

What is daily life in rural Russia? How the traditional Russian village still looks like? This is a very popular question among  foreign travelers.

This August we visited a small Russian village located in the middle of nowhere that is just 250 km from Moscow.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Amazing Arctic, at the edge</span><br>
Amazing Arctic, at the edge

Our 4x4 Journey to Rybachy and Solovki Islands.

Very emotional and existential article about Russia Arctic, its abandoned settlements and severe nature. Amazing if you have time for philosophical thoughts.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Adventures in Moscow!</span><br>
Adventures in Moscow!

Spend four hours off-roading through the mud and then climbing underground to walk 15-km wild catacombs in Moscow? EASY!

This kind of weekend is quite typical for some Russians (who loves adventures, of course). A couple of journalists joined Tony to see how his Adventure tour really looks!

 

Travel Guide: Explore the Real Russia­­ on Your Own

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Moscow Facts &amp; Routes</span><br>
Moscow Facts & Routes

What is Moscow? How big is Moscow? When was Moscow founded? When did Moscow become the capital of Russia? Is Moscow in Europe or Asia? And, finally, Moscow tourist attractions and travel guides... Learn it in a single article.


<span style="font-weight: bold;">Day Trips from Moscow</span><br>
Day Trips from Moscow

Day trip from Moscow is a great option to explore the real Russia and its local culture! Depending on your wishes, we may make a "classic" route or go off the beaten paths.

Check Top 7 sites below to learn best day trip options or contact us to design the trip for free!

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Moscow Metro: Tips</span><br>
Moscow Metro: Tips

The Moscow subway system or Metro is the cheapest and fastest way of getting around the Russian capital!

How to pay? How to read metro map? Learn in this article!

 
Soviet 4x4 van

Who is behind "Travel Real Russia"?

Hello! My name is Tony Terentev. With my wife Ira, we are the owners of the «Travel Real Russia» company.

Actually, I am a licensed physician and doctor with 6-years of experience. One day I decided to change my way of life and start doing what I really want to do – traveling in my Soviet Military Van, meeting new people and broadening my view and horizons! Today, I'm happy to work as a guide and business manager.

I know a lot about bustling Moscow. Even more, I know about the Russian countryside, where epochal monuments neighbor with abandoned churches and desolated villages. Join us to explore the most complex, confounding and contradictory country in the world!

 

What People Say about our Private Tours

We spent six nights on a meandering road trip from Moscow to St. Petersburg, experiencing not just the magnificent tourist sites, but also the small villages, back roads and real people. Tony worked with us long-distance to develop a custom itinerary, threw in a guided morning walk in Moscow and was invaluable in helping with various other travel arrangements. I'd recommend spending some time viewing the Travel Real Russia website and exploring possibilities.Tony is good company, young, energetic and knowledgeable. Also honest. And funny. And his English is excellent, though he insists on pronouncing "Ruble" as "rubble."Best compliment: We felt like we were visitors, not tourists.
I visited Russia during the World Cup. I have been always fascinated by Russia When I travel, I never enter museums. Personally, I try to do that with real locals. Tony went to ensure that they were fully prepared to visit Russia. His contacts even helped handle the registration of my visa, which is a foreigner in the Russian Federation. Tony's Off-roading experience, coupled with caving, it was the most fun. From getting stuck both above and around the woods - we couldn’t have a better time. It may be dangerous, it is not at all. It is beyond safe, but it is highly rewarding as far as adrenaline goes. I’m also proud to be in touch with, and I recommend that you do the same! I am currently planning another crazy adventure with him; and I recommend that you do the same!
 

About the Soviet Military Van

Our Soviet Military van is an original and authentic Russian UAZ-452 van, built in 2010. Initially, this vehicle was designed in 1950s as a support vehicle for military forces. Now it‘s still being produced, just as it was sixty years ago… And, it looks almost like it did in 1965!
The UAZ-452 looks very similar to a VW transporter, but there is also a huge difference: VW was designed in Germany, the country of perfect and numerous paved highways. Our «CrazyBu» van was designed to survive in Russian countryside. It is a Land Cruiser 40 at the back of its mind – sturdy axles, a heavy frame, stout underdrive and robustness in every way. Do you really need to build highways if you produce such vans?
Off-roading in a Soviet van

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Combined with four-wheel drive, it was born to endure any off-road condition! Nine men can be comfortably seated inside this van – and nine men can push it out of any peatland! Unfortunately, the design engineer considerably upgraded the engine: now it cannot use any liquid as fuel except Au-92 :)
 

What is the Real Russia?

We do not know! I mean, we've seen a lot of the real Russia, but its look depends on you... Some people see it as a huge wilderness with deepest lakes and highest peaks, vast forests inhabited by wild animals and rare towns with unknown but hospitable people. For other ones, Russia is full of traditional villages with beautiful women and strong men; they honor their traditions, care for native earth.

From Moscow to the Real Russia: Chukhloma 2018 Off-road Festival

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Other people may notice that these people are not so wealthy, they count every rubble and drive very old cars. Some people still live in places with the long winter... they have no good vegetables, they have no sun for months and they live in the Soviet 5-block houses. Some of them do not want to live because they were born there... and they hope, that their children will dwell there. It's all Russia, so different, sometimes sad, complicated or suddenly inspirational.
What we know for sure... the real Russia is NOT Moscow! Do you want to explore one of the most complex, confounding and contradictory countries? We hope that you came to the right place!
 
 

We especially recommend our YouTube Channel. It's a pure fun!