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Russian Revolution School Trip to Moscow & St Petersburg

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Bring the Russian Revolution to life for your students on a history school trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg!

The face of Europe changed dramatically at the beginning of the 20th century. While the bulk of Europe suffered under the strain of war, Russia was about to cause major upheaval in world politics as the Bolsheviks took power and deposed the Tsar. The country was about to enter an era dominated by the Communist Ideal, led by Lenin and, later, Stalin.

This history school trip to Russia looks at the changing Russian Empire, and includes visits to the ostentatious palaces of the Tsars, many of which ultimately became the settings for some of the most infamous acts in history. Want to give more students the opportunity to visit Russia? If your school offers Russian, why not team up with the MFL department to make this a cross-curricular school trip?

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 6 days/5 nights)

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!

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.

Day 1

Morning

Flight to Moscow

Afternoon

Transfer to your accommodation

Evening

Optional evening meal at hotel or local restaurant

Day 2

Morning

Visit the Kremlin, Red Square and see Lenin's Mausoleum

Afternoon

Visit St. Basil's Cathedral

Visit the Red Army Museum

Evening

Optional evening meal at hotel or local restaurant

Day 3

Morning

Visit the Museum of Political History

Afternoon

Visit the Museum of Contemporary History and the Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Evening

Transfer to the station for overnight train to St. Petersburg

Day 4

Morning

Arrive in St. Petersburg

Meet guide and transfer to 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 5

Morning

Visit the State Hermitage Museum

Visit the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

Afternoon

Visit to the Yusupov Palace with optional entrance to the Rasputin Room where the infamous monk met his fate

Evening

Optional evening meal at hotel or local restaurant

Day 6

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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Educational activities and visits

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.… Read more

Cruiser Aurora

Cruiser Aurora

The cruiser, Aurora, was launched in 1900 and bore witness to several of the most importan… Read more

Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum has to be one of Moscow's most curious tourist attractions.… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read more

The Central Navy Museum

The Central Navy Museum

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

The Kremlin

The Kremlin

The Russian capital, Moscow, holds within it a smaller, fortified city. The Kremlin is a… 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… Read more

The State Museum of Political History of Russia

State Museum of Political History of Russia

“There is no future without past!” says the poster in front of the Political… Read more

Yusupov Palace

Yusupov Palace

On a quiet stretch of the Moika River stands a long yellow building, which was once the… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

Catherine's Palace

Catherine's Palace

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

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

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

Red Square

Red Square

Red Square separates the Kremlin from the merchant quarter of Kitay-Gorod. It is the… Read more

St. Basil's Cathedral

St. Basil's Cathedral

The famous St. Basil's Cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate… 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… Read more

Winter Palace

Winter Palace

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

Accommodation

ibis Moscow Paveletskaya
St Petersburg Hotel
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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