Russian History Tour
Explore the cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow
School History Trip to Moscow & St. Petersburg
Our tour begins in St. Petersburg where Peter the Great founded his Window on the West at the beginning of the Eighteenth Century. It remains the most European of all Russia’s cities, with its elegant neo-classical palaces and baroque churches. There there is a wealth of history to be discovered. in the city that was the birth place of the Russian revolution. A high speed train then brings you to Moscow where you explore Red Square and can visit the Kremlin with its famous cathedrals. You also visit Lenin’s Mausoleum and explore the Museum of the Contemporary History of Russia.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Fly to St. Petersburg
Your guide will meet you on arrival and you transfer by private coach to your hotel for check in followed by dinner. In the evening you can explore the shops and shopping malls on Nevsky Prospect which stay open until 10pm or later.
Catherine Palace, Yusupov Palace & Church on Spilled Blood
This morning you see the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad which commemorates the many who died defending the city during the 900-day siege by the Nazis.
Catherine Palace: You then travel to Tsarskoye Selo to see the Catherine Palace which owes its awesome grandeur to Catherine the Great’s daughter, the Empress Elizabeth, whose architect Rastrelli completely redesigned the building on a scale to rival Versailles. The main highlight of the palace is the world-famous Amber Room whose walls are adorned with huge amber panels, each lined with irregular pieces of different shades and made in the mosaic Florentine style.
Yusupov Palace: In the afternoon you visit the Yusupov Palace. The last owner of the Palace, Felix Yusupov, is famous for taking part in the murder of Grigory Rasputin, the confidant of the Tsarina. You will visit the actual rooms where the murder of Rasputin took place, and where you can see replica wax figures of the members of the plot and Rasputin himself.
Church on Spilled Blood: You visit the orthodox Church on Spilled Blood with its characteristic gilded onion-domed turrets. The ‘blood’ in the name refers to that of Tsar Alexander II who was assassinated here in 1881 in a bomb attack by the People’s Will revolutionary movement. The section of street where the assassination took place was enclosed within the walls of the church, and an elaborate shrine marks the spot where the Tsar was killed.
Russian Ballet: In the evening you attend a performance of the ballet at the Mikhailovksy Theatre (subject to scheduling).
Peter & Paul Fortress, Cruiser Aurora & Hermitage Museum
Peter and Paul Fortress: This morning you begin at the Peter and Paul Fortress, a symbol of St. Petersburg and one of the few remaining fortresses dating from the 18th century. The St Peter and Paul Church is the resting place of members of the Romanovs including the family of Tsar Nicholas II who were shot in Ekaterinburg in 1918.
Cruiser Aurora: You continue to the Cruiser Aurora which played an important role in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The cruiser was part of Imperial Russia’s Baltic fleet but on 25 October 1917, with its crew sympathetic to the revolutionary cause, a blank shot fired from one its guns signaled the start of the storming of the Winter Palace, which was the beginning of the October Revolution.
Hermitage Museum: After lunch you visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the finest art galleries and museums in the World. Founded by Catherine the Great, it has been a public gallery since the mid nineteenth century. Its collections include works from classical antiquity through to Renaissance art and Dutch Masters. Some of the highlights include the Malachite Room where Kerensky’s provisional government were based after the February Revolution.
Train to Moscow: In the evening you board the high speed Sapsan train to travel from St. Petersburg to Moscow. On arrival you are met by your guide and private coach and transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight.
Kremlin, Contemporary History of Russia Museum, Soaring over Moscow & GUM Department Store
Lenin’s Mausoleum & the Kremlin: This morning you visit Red Square where you can see Lenin’s Mausoleum and the spectacular St. Basil’s Cathedral. You then explore the vast Kremlin complex, the emblematic seat of the Russian government over the past century.
Contemporary History of Russia Museum: After lunch you visit the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia with its extensive collection that documents the country’s political development over the last 150 years. The museum covers significant events in the country’s history including the Bolshevik Revolution and the fall of Communism.
Soaring Over Moscow: You continue to Zaryadiye Park, located adjacent to the Kremlin. This new park has a variety of attractions including the spectacular Soaring Over Moscow, an audio-visual experience not to be missed.
GUM: You have time to visit the huge GUM department store before dinner.
Lenin's House, Flight Home
Lenin’s House: This morning visit Gorki Leninskye, the former house of Vladimir Lenin. The tour of the main building will show you the rooms where spent the last years of his life, rooms where he was supposed to dictate his final testament, and the bed in which he died. You can also see his Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, the perfect car for the leader of the world proletariat.
You then transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
We can tailor-make your trip by adding any of our range of excursions and museum visits. Our Educational Travel Advisors will be able to assist you to design the perfect itinerary.
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