Every major hotel maintains a tourist bureau that books individual and group tours to Moscow's main sights. In addition, there are numerous private agencies that can help with your sightseeing plans.
Patriarshy Dom Tours conducts unusual day and overnight tours in and around Moscow and St. Petersburg for groups or individuals. Among the tours are Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery and the Andrei Sakharov Museum, literature and architectural walks, and the space-flight command center. Capital Tours handles group and individual tours in Moscow, including a guided trip through the most interesting metro stations and a tour of a former Soviet nuclear command bunker. They can also arrange custom tours or even whole itineraries through Russia.
The new hop-on, hop-off bus tour service operated by City Sightseeing Moscow is a good, cheap option for getting your bearings in Moscow and seeing some of the major sites.
City Sightseeing Moscow. Moscow's new hop-on, hop-off bus tour service gives visitors a good overview of the city's main sights at a reasonable price. The route has 18 stops, and audio guides are available in English, German, and Russian. A good jumping-on point is stop No. 10 on Theater Square across from the Bolshoi Theater. 495/227–7996. hoponhopoff.ru. 600R. Daily 10–10.
Capital Tours (4 ul. Ilyinka, Kremlin/Red Square, Moscow, 109012. 495/232–2442. www.capitaltours.ru. Metro: Kitai-Gorod.)
Patriarshy Dom Tours (6 per. Vspolny, Bolshaya Nikitskaya, Moscow, 123001. 495/795–0927; 650/678–7076 in U.S. www.toursinrussia.com. Metro: Barrikadnaya.)