|Moscow metro (photo by John Brennan)|
Starting in November of 2010 (though I'm just hearing about it now), volunteers in Moscow started offering free tours of their fair city to visitors. As with Greeters programs in other destinations, guides are all volunteers. According to the website, most of the current crew are foreign language students, professors and retired teachers. They take guests on highly personal jaunts through their Moscow, introducing guests to neighborhoods and cultural touchstones most tourists never see.
I've now done Greeters tours in both New York City and Jamaica, and I can promise you the tour will be a highlight of your vacation.
The Moscow Greeters are requesting that would be participants contact the organization a minimum of two weeks before they arrive in the city. Because the organization is so new, they cannot yet guarantee that they will be able to match up all visitors with a guide. A maximum of six tourers per group.
For full information, go to the English-language website of the new Moscow Greeters.