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School Language Trip to Moscow & St. Petersburg

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A Russian school trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg will be the trip of a lifetime for your students!

Russian language students will learn the history of Russia 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 between the two cities will help the students to practise their language skills as they learn the Russian way of life.

Worried your group may be too small to make the trip cost effective? Join with the history department and make your school trip to Russia cross-curricular!

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!

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

Visit St. Basil's Cathedral!

Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate his victory over the Tatar khanates of Kazan and Astrakahn. It’s now one of the most iconic images of Moscow and Russia.

St. Basil’s Cathedral is actually ten churches in one. The central church around which the others are laid out is known as the Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

Then you have four octagonal shaped chapels topped with large domes – the Church of Saints Cyprian and Justina, the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Church of the Icon of Saint Nicholas the Miracle Worker and the Church of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Four smaller chapels lie in between these. The tenth chapel lies over crypt of St. Basil the Blessed.

Did you know?

The church is now mostly secular, having been seized by the anti-theist Bolsheviks after the Russian Revolution. In 1929 it became a branch of the State Historical Museum, although in the 1990s religious services once again began to be held there.

Old Arbat Street, Moscow

Visit Old Arbat Street!

Old Arbat Street is one of the oldest in Moscow and dates back at least as far as the 15th century and by the latter half of the 18th century it had become one of the city’s most fashionable areas, attracting young Russian nobility. It became so fashionable that it was referred to as ‘Moscow’s Boulevard Saint-Germain’.

Now pedestrianised, it is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. As well as some wonderful cafes and restaurants, the street is also home to performance artists and art stalls and boasts a really Bohemian atmosphere within throwing distance of the formalities of the Kremlin.

And at one end of Old Arbat Street is the imposing Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia building, which is one of Stalin’s famous Seven Sisters and an incredible example of Soviet architecture.

Did you know?

Alexander Pushkin once lived on Old Arbat Street. Considered by many to be perhaps the greatest Russian poet of all time, Pushkin’s former residence here is now a museum dedicated to Pushkin’s Moscow.

Day 1

Morning

Flight to St. Petersburg

Afternoon

Transfer to accommodation

Evening

Evening meal

Day 2

Morning

Take a half-day guided tour of the main sights including entrance to the Yusupov Palace

Afternoon

Visit a school for a lesson in Russian language

Evening

Evening meal

Day 3

Morning

Visit the State Hermitage Museum

Afternoon

Visit a school for a lesson in Russian language

Evening

Overnight train to Moscow

Day 4

Morning

Arrive in Moscow, transfer to accommodation

Afternoon

Take a half-day guided tour of the main sights

Evening

Evening meal

Day 5

Morning

Visit the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral

Afternoon

Free afternoon to explore at leisure

Evening

Evening meal

Day 6

Morning

Morning free to explore

Afternoon

Transfer to airport and board flight home

Evening

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Educational activities and visits

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

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

The Kremlin

The Kremlin

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

Cultural activities and visits

Mariinsky Theatre

Mariinsky Theatre

The beautiful Mariinsky Theatre has been a key cultural icon in St Petersburg since it ope… Read more

Old Arbat Street

Old Arbat Street

One of the oldest roads in Moscow, Old Arbat Street has seen many incarnations. Once an… 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

Red Square

Red Square

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

Yusupov Palace

Yusupov Palace

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

Accommodation

Cosmos Hotel
ibis Moscow Paveletskaya
Maxima Irbis
Park Inn (Pulkovskaya)
St Petersburg Hotel
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 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.

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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