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 Flight to St. Petersburg Transfer to 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 Arrive in Moscow, transfer to 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 Transfer to airport and board flight home

This price includes:

  • Return flights including tax
  • 4 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Overnight rail transfer
  • 2 x 2 hour Russian language lessons in a local school
  • Entry to the State Hermitage and the Kremlin
  • Free staff place ratio 1:10
  • Detailed information pack
  • Comprehensive travel and 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. Sitt...

St. Basil's Cathedral

St. Basil's Cathedral

The famous St. Basil's Cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate his successful miliary campaign against the Tartar Mongols in 1552, 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.  St. Basil's ...

Old Arbat Street

Old Arbat Street

One of the oldest roads in Moscow, Old Arbat Street has seen many incarnations. Once an important trade route into the city, the road dates back to at least the 15th century, when it was famous for the numerous merchants that plied their wares there. By the 18th century, the road had become one of the most desirable addresses in the city and was a central area known for its elegant boule...

Red Square

Red Square

Red Square 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 square, ...

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum was founded in 1764 by notorious art-lover, Catherine the Great. Her extensive personal collection started when she purchased a collection of paintings which had originally been intended for Frederick II of Prussia and continued to add to this until her death in 1796. The original collection included works by artists such as Holbein, Titian, Rembrandt and Raphael. The m...

Mariinsky Theatre

Mariinsky Theatre

The beautiful Mariinsky Theatre has been a key cultural icon in St Petersburg since it opened in 1860. Famed for the quality of its musical theatre, particularly during the late 19th century, the theatre played host to many of Tchakovsky’s masterpieces, and the stage has been graced by greats such as Anna Pavlova. Known throughout the Soviet period as the Kirov Theatre, its origina...

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. This beautiful, majestic palace was actually the site of one of the most dramatic episodes in Russia's history - the murder of Grigory Rasputin.  In 1916 a group of the city's noble elite, led by Prince Felix Yusupov, conspired to mu...

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 marked the founding of the city of St Petersburg. The Swedes were defeated before the fortress was even completed and, for that reason, from 1721 onwards t...

Winter Palace

Winter Palace

With Rococo flourishes usually reserved for furnishings, the noted 16th 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 (the daughter of Peter the Great), the green-and-white palace is a lavish confection of arches, pediments, columns, pilasters, bays, ...

Summer Palace and Gardens

Summer Palace and Gardens

The Summer Palace is a surprisingly modest mansion on the banks of the Fontanka River. It was built by Peter the Great as a relaxed residence for the warm summer months and it was used from its construction in 1714 until the Emperor’s death in 1725. Designed by Domenico Trezzini, the palace is built in the Petrine Baroque style favoured by Peter the Great. Its interiors contain numerous pain...

Maxima Irbis

The Hotel Maxima Irbis offers 96 rooms furnished in a European style. All rooms come equipped with an en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, mini bar and air-conditioning.

The Venice Restaurant at the hotel offers a continental buffet breakfast with an extensive menu, 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: Single, Double, Business Friendly and Suite. Non-smoking rooms are available upon request. Rooms feature central heating/air conditioning, satellite television, a refrigerator, hair dryer, a computer and modem sockets and a telephone.

Cosmos Hotel

This hotel features 1,777 guest rooms of various standards and sizes. Each room has an en-suite and comes with air conditioning, a TV, direct-dial telephone, internet access and a fridge.

The hotel offers a great selection of restaurants as well as a small selection of shops including; a pharmacy, newsagents and gift shop.

This hotel also has the added benefit of a swimming pool - considered the biggest indoor hotel swimming-pool in Moscow with water slides and a 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 with air-conditioning, sound-proofing, blackout blinds and a safe. All rooms have an en-suite and free WiFi throughout.

St Petersburg Hotel

This large hotel has 410 rooms all with a 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 including: the Hermitage Museum, St Peter and Paul Fortress, the Summer Gardens and the Russian cruiser 'Aurora'.

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