Between 13 June and 14 July, over 600 free walking and bus tours around the central part of Moscow will be on offer as part of the Moscow is the Capital of World Football events. Everyone can go on the guided tours, which will take place every day from 10 am to 8 pm.
The walking and bus tours will be in Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. Registration for such events can be made in special mobile football-shaped booths. They will operate on Triumfalnaya Square, Arbat Street (near the Smolenskaya metro station), at the start of Nikolskaya Street and also near the glass dome in Zaryadye Park.
Famous city landmark football mysteries will be revealed together with a look at the Luzhniki Big Sports Arena and Spartak Stadium, which were given a makeover for the tournament. Guides will also talk about the history of Moscow football clubs and their famous players.
“This summer, Moscow will become the centre of attraction for football lovers from all over the world. We have prepared unique tours as part of the Moscow is the Capital of World Football event to let visitors feel the Moscow spirit, see all the capital’s landmarks related to the history of Russian football, sports and important events to do with city life, and to learn about the role of Moscow in global sports culture,” said Head of the Moscow Department of Sport and Tourism Nikolai Gulyayaev.
Tours will be held along six routes; each of the tours will last about two hours. Participants in the walking tour, Sports Moscow – Cultural Moscow, will be told about the history of Triumfalnaya Square and Moscow’s mains street, Tverskaya, and about the life of famous footballers and historical figures who lived near these places.
The bus tour, Moscow Views: History, Culture and Sports, will take in picturesque views and buildings of Zaryadye Park, the domes of ancient churches, the old streets in the city centre and 20th century sports facilities. At the close of the tour they’ll be time to admire the panoramic view of the Luzhniki Big Sports Arena.
The secrets of Nikolskaya Street, one of the oldest streets in Moscow, and its surroundings will be revealed to the participants during the walking tour, The Heart of the Capital Open to Football. Told will be the legendary football story concerning what happened in 1936 on red Square, when Soviet football players produced a handmade felt carpet to play on in front of Joseph Stalin.
The tour named Moscow and Muscovites in the History of the Country and Sports will take place in the most famous sites in the capital: Red Square, Zaryadye Park and the beautiful Moscow embankments all with a new, football twist. The route will go along the walls of the Kremlin and tour guides will tell many exciting stories about the attitude of the Soviet and Russian governments to football at various times.
The bus tour named Moscow Across Centuries: The History of Victories will be devoted to the Moscow football stadiums and places where famous players lived. Participants will learn about which team poet Vladimir Mayakovsky rooted for and how his love for football influenced his works. The bus tour, Sports Moscow: The Chronicles of Victory, will be about the lives of famous Soviet players: Spartak founder, four-time USSR champion Oleg Starostin, the legendary team captain, Merited Master of Sports Igor Netto, famous goalie Lev Yashin and cult Soviet footballer and coach Konstantin Beskov. Tour participants will travel along Tverskaya Street and will be shown Triumfalnaya Square and Petrovsky Park.
No less than 20 guided tours will be held every single day. 45 people will be able to go on each bus tour and walking tours are expected to be for up to 25 participants.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 in 11 cities: Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Ekaterinburg and Saransk. Moscow will be the main host city of the tournament. The city will host 12 games as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. The main events will take place at the Luzhniki Big Sports Arena. The opening match will be between Russia and Saudi Arabia.