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Cold War School Trip to Moscow

A history school trip to Moscow will allow your students to glimpse behind the Iron Curtain at the former Soviet Union, to discover what life was like here during the Cold War!

Your students will learn more about Russian history and culture in general, to help them understand what led to the creation of the Soviet Union. They’ll also learn more about the ideological differences which led to tensions with the West.

On your school trip to Moscow, your students will also have the opportunity to discover what life was like under Stalin’s totalitarian regime.

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The Kremlin, Moscow

Visit the Kremlin!

The Kremlin is at the heart of Moscow, both geographically and metaphorically. It’s a fortified city within the Russian capital and boasts exquisite palaces and magnificent cathedrals.

It has been the seat of power in Russia since the capital was moved back to Moscow after the Russian Revolution and still now the Russian President resides in the Grand Kremlin Palace.

It’s also home to the most important cathedral in Russia, the Assumption Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of the Dormition). It was here that Russian tsars were crowned and were many Russian Patriarchs are buried, making this an important site for Russian Orthodoxy.

Did you know?

The Kremlin is the largest fortress in Europe still to be in use and is home to five palaces and four cathedrals!

Museum of the Great Patriotic War, Moscow

Visit the Museum of the Great Patriotic War!

The Museum of the Great Patriotic War tells the story of the Soviet Union’s involvement in the Second World War, which is known as the Great Patriotic War in countries of the former Soviet Union.

Here you’ll find dioramas depicting every major battle in which Soviet forces were involved, as well as artefacts from the period including uniforms, weapons and military awards. And the Hall of Glory and the Hall of Remembrance and Sorrow honour recipients of the Order of Victory and all Soviet soldiers who died in the war, respectively.

The museum is located in Victory Park, on Poklonnaya Hill. Displayed in the park are a number of military vehicles, cannons and other equipment, as well as a church, a mosque and a synagogue.

Did you know?

In Russia, the end of the Great Patriotic War is considered to be the 9th May, when the German surrender took effect. The 9th May is now a national holiday known as Victory Day, which is celebrated every year with a huge military parade on Red Square!

Red Square, Moscow

Explore the Red Square!

Red Square sits at the very heart of Moscow, with all the city’s main streets radiating from it. Sandwiched between the Kremlin and the historic merchant neighbourhood of Kitai-gorod, Red Square is one of the city’s main tourist attractions.

Here you’ll find some incredible examples of Russian architecture, from St. Basil’s Cathedral to the GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral and the State Historical Museum.

This is also the site of Lenin’s Mausoleum which is, of course, a fascinating visit for those studying the Russian Revolution and the Cold War.

Did you know?

The square’s name has nothing to do with the colour of the bricks used in some of the architecture, or even the country’s Communist past. In Russian, the square is called Krasny ploshchad. Krasny once meant ‘beautiful’ but in contemporary Russian means ‘red’.

Day 1
Morning Flight to Moscow
Afternoon Transfer to your accommodation
Evening Optional evening meal at hotel or local restaurant
Day 2
Morning Full-day city tour with stops at the popular sites
Afternoon Visit to the Museum of Political History
Evening Optional evening meal at hotel or local restaurant
Day 3
Morning

Visit the Kremlin and explore Red Square

Optional visit to Lenin's Mausoleum

Afternoon Free time for some shopping in the GUM department store and a visit to St. Basil's Cathedral
Evening Optional evening meal at hotel or local restaurant
Day 4
Morning Tour the Moscow Metro system to admire the beauty of the design of each station
Afternoon

Visit Poklonnaya Hill where Napoleon waited in vain for the keys to Moscow

Visit the Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Evening Option to enjoy the city at night and eat in a downtown restaurant
Day 5
Morning Visit the Museum of Contemporary History (self-guided, additional fees for a museum guide)
Afternoon Transfer to airport
Evening Return flight to the UK
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  • tick iconVisits and entrance fees as per the sample itinerary

Activities

Central Museum of the Armed Forces

Central Museum of the Armed Forces

The Central Museum of Armed Forces is a fascinating place to see Russian military history. Founded in 1919, there are 24… Read more

House on the Embankment Museum

House on the Embankment Museum

The House on the Embankment (Dom na Naberezhnoi) is a massive apartment building, built in the early 1930s as a reside… Read more

Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum has to be one of Moscow's most curious tourist attractions. Locals tend to regard it either as… Read more

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Poklonnaya Hill (Hill of Glory) is a memorial complex dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Victory in the Second World… Read more

Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery

Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery

Located on the Moscow River, the site includes a 17th-century convent that is once again in use and a cemetery… Read more

Red Square

Red Square

Red Square separates the Kremlin from the merchant quarter of Kitay-Gorod. It is the most famous square in the coun… Read more

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 campaig… Read more

State Historical Museum

State Historical Museum

The museum was opened in 1894 to mark the coronation of Aleksander III, and was the end result of a project to consolida… Read more

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… Read more

The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia

The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia

The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia (the former Museum of the Revolution, renamed in September… Read more

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Accommodation

Cosmos Hotel
ibis Moscow Paveletskaya
Maxima Slavia
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.

Maxima Slavia

This hotel offers 100 rooms decorated in a modern style with warm colours. Comfortable furniture, soft carpets and double glazing create a unique atmosphere of comfort and coziness. Each room is provided with a flat screen TV and telephone.

Compact tastefully decorated bathrooms are designed to suit your needs and include toiletries and hairdryer.

Reviews

The Dean Academy, July 2019

Thank you for all your work and help - we had a very successful trip.

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