School Russian Trip to Moscow & St. Petersburg

The beautiful cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg make for an enticing alternative to the usual school or group visits and will be the trip of a lifetime for your students. Russian language students will learn the history of the country and its complex language as they travel to these two exciting cities. Visits to many of the leading tourist landmarks and a trip on the train will help the students practise their language skills as they learn the Russian way of life.


Day 1 Board your flight from the UK to St. Petersburg Transfer to your accommodation Evening meal
Day 2 Take a half-day guided tour of the main sights including entrance to the Yusupov Palace Visit a school for a lesson in Russian language Evening meal
Day 3 Visit the State Hermitage Museum Visit a school for a lesson in Russian language Overnight train to Moscow
Day 4 Arrival in Moscow, transfer to your accommodation Take a half-day guided tour of the main sights Evening meal
Day 5 Visit the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral Free afternoon to explore at leisure

Evening meal

Day 6 Morning free to explore (flight time permitting) Transfer to the airport and board flight home

This price includes:

  • Return flights including tax
  • 4 nights' bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Overnight rail transfer
  • 2 x 2 hour Russian language lessons in a local school
  • Entry to the State Hermitage & Kremlin
  • Free staff place ratio 1:10
  • Detailed information pack
  • Comprehensive travel & medical insurance
  • Itinerary planning service
  • VAT
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.

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The Kremlin

The Kremlin

The Russian capital, Moscow, holds within it a smaller, fortified city. The Kremlin is a fortress at the centre of the city and is the official residence of the Russian presidency. It has long been associated with the ruling classes; many princes, Tsars and heads of the Russian Orthodox Church have been inaugurated here. The Kremlin holds some astonishingly beautiful architectural treasures. Sitti...

St. Basil's Cathedral

St. Basil's Cathedral

The famous St. Basil's Cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and built between 1555 and 1561. Legend has it that on completion of the church the Tsar ordered the architect, Postnik Yakovlev, to be blinded to prevent him from ever creating anything to rival its beauty again. The cathedral was built to commemorate Ivan the Terrible's successful military campaign against the Tartar Mongols ...

Old Arbat Street

Old Arbat Street

The most famous street in Moscow lies to the west of the Kremlin where it runs from ploshchad Arbatskaya to ploshchad Smolenskaya. One of the oldest roads in the city it was first mentioned as early as 1493 in connection with a fire that started in the Church of St. Nicholas. In the 18th Century the Arbat became popular with both Moscow’s intellectual elite and artistic community who enjoyed frequ...

Red Square

Red Square

Red Square (Krasnaya Ploschad) separates the Kremlin from the merchant quarter of Kitay-Gorod. It is the most famous square in the country (and arguably the world) and all the major streets in the city gravitate towards it. Established in 1493 after the wooden buildings on the territory were cleared by Ivan III, the name itself bears no relation to communism nor to the prevalence of red in the squ...

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

With the possible exception of the Louvre in Paris, there is no other museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage. Its collection is so enormous that it would take years to view every item - there are nearly three million works exhibited! The museum is especially strong in Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist paintings as well as having works by Rembrandt, Picasso and Matisse. Not least ...

Mariinsky Theatre

Mariinsky Theatre

The world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre, known during Soviet times as the ‘Kirov’, reverted to its original name in 1992. The present building, which dates back to 1859, originally housed another theatre but was remodelled and taken over by the Mariinsky company. During pre-revolutionary times the theatre enjoyed royal patronage and has played host to some of Russia’s most celebrated classical perfor...

Yusupov Palace

Yusupov Palace

On a quiet stretch of the Moika River stands a long yellow building, which was once the residence of the wealthy and respected Yusupov family. The wealth of the owners of Yusupov Palace was unbelievable, said to even exceed the property of the royal family. In Russia this family possessed about 50 Palaces. The Yusupovs were also collectors and patrons of art. The Palace saw one of the most dramati...

Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress

When Peter the Great re-claimed the lands along the Neva River in 1703, he decided to build a fort to protect the area from possible attack by the Swedes. The fortress was founded on a small island in the Neva delta on May 27, 1703 and that day became the birthday of the city of St Petersburg. The Swedes were defeated before the fortress was even completed. For that reason, from 1721 onwards the f...

Winter Palace

Winter Palace

With Rococo flourishes usually reserved for furnishings the noted sixteenth century architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli created what is most certainly the most famous building of imperial St. Petersburg - the Winter Palace. Built between 1754 and 1762 for Empress Elisabeth (daughter of Peter the Great), the green-and-white palace is a lavish confection of arches, pediments, columns, pilasters, bays, ba...

Summer Palace and Gardens

Summer Palace and Gardens

Emperor Peter the Great's private palace was built between 1710 and 1712 by Domenico Trezzini. The small palace, built in the delightful Summer Garden, contains just 14 rooms and was the summer residence of Peter the Great and his family from 1712 until the Emperor's death in 1725. The two-story yellow palace is very modest in appearance for a royal residence. Its facade is simple and it has a hig...

Maxima Irbis

The Hotel Maxima Irbis offers 96 rooms furnished in a European style. In each room you will find all you need for a comfortable stay. All rooms come equipped with en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, mini bar and air-conditioning.

The Venice Restaurant at the Hotel offers Buffet breakfast with an extensive menu of English and French breakfast dishes available for the hotel guests from 7am to 10 am.

Park Inn (Pulkovskaya)

This modern hotel offers 840 rooms furnished in a contemporary style. The majority of the rooms overlook the Monument to the Defenders of Leningrad and Moskovsky Avenue, the St. George Church and monastery premises. A selection of rooms are available: Standard Single, Standard Double, Business Friendly and Suite. Non-smoking rooms are available upon request. Rooms feature Central climate control, Satellite television, Refrigerator, Hair dryer (upon request), Computer and modem sockets, telephone etc.

Cosmos Hotel

The hotel features 1,777 guest rooms of various standards and sizes. Each room has a bathroom (bathtub and shower) and comes with a central air conditioning system, TV (international and Russian satellite channels), direct-dial telephone, Internet access and a fridge.

The hotel offers a great selection of restaurants within the hotel. It also offers a small selection of shops such as a pharmacy, news agents and gift shop.

This hotel aslo has the added benefit of a swimming pool, (240 sq.m.) is considered the biggest indoor hotel swimming-pool in Moscow with water slides and Jacuzzi.

ibis Moscow Paveletskaya

The ibis Moscow Paveletskaya is fantastically located for school groups visiting the Russian capital, as it is just a short metro ride from Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre. The hotel offers 147 comfortable rooms (3 of which are wheelchair accessible), with air-conditioning, sound-proofing, blackout blinds and safe. All rooms have an en-suite with shower room and there is WiFi throughout. View on map

St Petersburg Hotel

This large hotel has 410 rooms all with TV, telephone and en-suite facilities. It has conference rooms capable of holding up to 800 delegates and two restaurants offering both simple and gourmet food; the buffet breakfast in the ‘Winter Garden’ restaurant is a great way to begin your day with terrific views over the Neva River and the singing of exotic birds. There are also two bars which offer snacks throughout the day.

Close to the city centre, many famous landmarks are easily reached: the Hermitage museum, St Peter and St Paul fortress and the Summer Gardens for example. The famous Russian cruiser ‘Aurora’ is moored across the river from the hotel and the views are definitely one reason to stay here, especially during the summer when the 'White Nights’ mean that there is almost continuous daylight.

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