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Russian Revolution School Trip to St Petersburg

Explore how the Russian Revolution unfolded in the imperial capital on your history school trip to St. Petersburg!

Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg was Russia’s imperial capital for over 200 years, until revolution brought down the Russian monarchy for good in 1917.

Your students will explore the events leading up to the revolution, to gain a deeper understanding of its causes, as well as its effects.

Does your school teach Russian? If yes, why not team up with the MFL department to give the linguists an opportunity to visit St. Petersburg with your historians, making this a cross-curricular school trip?

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Sample itinerary
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Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Visit the Hermitage Museum!

The Hermitage Museum is one of the world’s most prestigious art museums and a must-visit when on a school trip to St. Petersburg. The museum’s foundations lie in the personal collections of the Tsars, and Catherine the Great in particular, who was a prolific collector of fine art.

The collection grew significantly in the post-revolutionary period, when many great works of art were confiscated from both rich, aristocratic Russians and defeated Nazis, and given to the museum for the public to enjoy.

The museum has satellite centres as far away as Venice and Amsterdam. But the main museum in St. Petersburg is itself huge, consisting of 400 rooms spread over three floors of five interlinked buildings!

Did you know?

The Hermitage Museum’s collection consists of over 3 million works of art and cultural artefacts. You’ll only see a fraction of these displayed in the museum’s centres, but even so it’s advisable to plan your visit as there is still so much to see!

Yusupov Palace, St. Petersburg

Visit the Yusupov Palace!

The Yusupov Palace, also known as the Moika Palace, is most famous as the setting for the murder of Grigori Rasputin, the Russian mystic whose close association with Tsar Nicholas II and his family caused such scandal in the lead up to the Russian Revolution.

He was lured to the palace by its owner, Prince Felix Yusupov, who initially tried to poison him. When that didn’t work, Rasputin was shot but he survived that too and tried to escape across the courtyard of the palace.

Yusupov and his co-conspirators did eventually succeed in killing the ‘mad monk’ by throwing him into the Moika River. Yusupov was never charged with the murder but was banished from St. Petersburg, before later going into exile after the February Revolution and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II.

Did you know?

The Yusupov Palace is one of the best examples of a 19th century aristocratic palace in St. Petersburg, having survived the Russian Revolution and two World Wars. The interiors are incredibly sumptuous, illustrating the pre-revolution wealth of Russia’s noble families.

Field of Mars, St. Petersburg

Visit the Field of Mars!

The Field of Mars is almost as old as St. Petersburg itself and has a fascinating history that not only reflects that of the city, but of the country as a whole. Until the 18th century it was just an open area of swampy land. But that all changed when the digging of the city’s canals drained the land and it was turned into a park for the nobility to walk and ride in.

It also began to be used for festivals and military parades, and it was this that led to its renaming to the ‘Field of Mars’ in 1805.

After the Russian Revolution it became the burial place of revolutionaries and prominent Soviets from 1917 – 1933. Then, during the Siege of Leningrad it was turned into a large vegetable garden to feed the city’s population. It has now returned to a place of leisure.

Did you know?

The name ‘Field of Mars’ references both the Campus Martius in Rome and the Champs de Mars in Paris, and not only alludes to the military connection but also highlights Peter the Great’s aspirations for St. Petersburg to be considered one of the great European capitals.

Day 1
Morning Flight to St. Petersburg
Afternoon Arrive and transfer to accommodation
Evening Optional evening meal at hotel or local restaurant
Day 2
Morning Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress
Afternoon

Visit the Central Navy Museum and view the Cruiser Aurora

Visit the Museum of Political History

Evening Optional evening meal at hotel or local restaurant
Day 3
Morning

Visit the State Hermitage Museum

Visit the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood

Afternoon Explore the canals and waterways of the city, which have been so important to its history
Evening Optional evening meal at hotel or local restaurant
Day 4
Morning Visit to the Yusupov Palace with optional entrance to the Rasputin Room, where the infamous monk met his fate
Afternoon Visit the Museum of Political History and the Field of Mars
Evening Optional evening meal at hotel or local restaurant
Day 5
Morning Transfer to St. Catherine's Palace and Gardens (additional entrance fee applies)
Afternoon Transfer to the airport
Evening Return flight to the UK
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  • tick iconVisits and entrance fees as per the sample itinerary

Activities

Catherine's Palace

Catherine's Palace

Located some 12 miles away from St.Petersburg, Catherine's Palace and Park are visited by hundreds of thousands of … Read more

Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

One of the iconic images of St Petersburg is the magnificent Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, on the banks of the… Read more

Cruiser Aurora

Cruiser Aurora

The cruiser, Aurora, was launched in 1900 and bore witness to several of the most important events in Russian history.… Read more

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum was founded in 1764 by notorious art-lover, Catherine the Great. Her extensive personal… Read more

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… Read more

Palace Square and Alexander Column

Palace Square and Alexander Column

Palace Square is the central square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many sig… Read more

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… Read more

Russian Museum

Russian Museum

Established in 1895 and opened in March 1898 by decree of Tsar Nicholas II, the Russian Museum's highlights are… Read more

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… Read more

The Central Navy Museum

The Central Navy Museum

Russia's main naval museum tells the fascinating story of the development, growth and achievements of the Russian … Read more

State Museum of Political History of Russia

The State Museum of Political History of Russia

“There is no future without past!” says the poster in front of the Political History Museum. This hidden gem… Read more

Winter Palace

Winter Palace

With Rococo flourishes usually reserved for furnishings, the noted 16th century architect, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, created… Read more

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… Read more

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Accommodation

Park Inn (Pulkovskaya)
St Petersburg Hotel
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.

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'.

Reviews

Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, July 2019

Our trip was very well organised and our expectations were met, if not exceeded. Thank you!

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