School Russian Trip to St Petersburg
St. Petersburg has significant historical and cultural heritage making it a highly attractive destination for a school Russian trip. For students of the Russian language there is no better place to study as you wander around the many museums, galleries and memorials throughout the city. Your students will have plenty of opportunity to improve their conversational skills as they speak to the locals. Your guide will speak English, although there is also the opportunity to use a local guide to provide the commentary in Russian for more advanced students.
|Day 1||Flight to St Petersburg, transfer to accommodation on arrival||Evening free to explore|
|Day 3||Visit Yusupov Palace, where the full story of the murder of Rasputin will unfold before your group||Enjoy a 2 hour Russian language lesson in a local school||Evening free to explore|
|Day 4||Visit the State Heritage Museum||Enjoy a 2 hour Russian language lesson in a local school||Evening free to explore or enjoy a folk show|
|Day 5||Free time||Transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK|
This price includes:
- Return flights including tax
- Destination airport transfers
- 3 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
- Entrance to Yusupov Palace and State Hermitage
- 2 x 2 hour Russian language lessons
- Free staff place ratio 1:10
- Detailed information pack
- Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
- Itinerary planning service
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...
Established in 1895 and opened in March 1898 by decree of Tsar Nicholas II, the Russian Museum's highlights are its extensive collection of late 19th and early 20th century Russian works. One big advantage of the Russian Museum is that it is organised in a chronological order, providing a clear progression of the major developments in the history of Russian art. Of particular interest are...
One of the iconic images of St Petersburg is the magnificent Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, on the banks of the Griboedov Canal. This incredible cathedral was built under the orders of Tsar Alexander III, in memory of his father, Tsar Alexander III, who was assassinated on this very site. The building of the cathedral involved narrowing the canal, to ensure that the piece of road along w...
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...
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...
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...
Located some 12 miles away from St.Petersburg, Catherine's Palace and Park are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. During the reign of Empress Elizabeth, the architect Rastrelli created this magnificent Imperial Palace, a brilliant masterpiece of Russian baroque, which was completed in 1741. The exhibition in the Catherine Palace Museum encompass...
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, ...
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...
The cruiser, Aurora, was launched in 1900 and bore witness to several of the most important events in Russian history. Despite seeing active service in the Russo-Japanese war, the ship is best known as the setting for one of the first incidents of the October Revolution. On 25th October 1917, a blank shot was fired from the ship towards the Winter Palace, signalling the beginning of the revolution...
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'.
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.