City of the Tsars, St Petersburg was intended as a display of imperial Russia’s growing status in the world. The capital may have moved back to Moscow following the revolution, but despite all that history has thrown at it, St Petersburg still feels every bit the imperial city with its historic heart largely frozen in time.
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the events which led to the 1917 revolution and to the change from imperialism to communism, as well as its causes and effects.
Your group will have the support of a local, Russian-speaking guide throughout their stay.
Our Suggested Itinerary
Visas are not included but we can provide information and assistance if required.
Morning flight to St Petersburg.
A private coach and expert guide will take you from the airport to your accommodation, but not before a brief Coach Tour of St Petersburg and an insight into its history. You will drive by Nevsky prospect, the Admiralty Building and the Bronze Horseman.
Arrive and settle into your accommodation.
Begin your day with a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress. Built by Peter The Great, the fortress notoriously served as a high security political jail; the list of famous residents included Dostoevsky, Gorky, Trotsky and Lenin's older brother, Alexander.
Then travel back in time by stepping on board the memorial ship Aurora Cruiser. A shot was fired from this ship signalling the start of the Revolution itself.
In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Political History which records and showcases the political history of the Russian Federation.
Afterwards, stop to see the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, the stunning memorial to Alexander II, built by his son Tsar Alexander III to commemorate the spot on which he was assassinated.
First, stop at the Hermitage State Museum. See the place where the Provisional Government was arrested by the Bolsheviks alongside the other magnificent State Rooms and impressive art collection.
Then visit the Smolny Institute. Once the headquarters for the Bolshevik Central Committee and the Petrograd Soviet, from here, Trotsky and Lenin directed the October Revolution.
Finish the day with a visit to the Yusupov Palace and the Rasputin Museum. This spectacular palace has some of the most stunning interiors in the city and, as the place where Rasputin, 'the man who wouldn't die', finally met his end, has a fascinating and gruesome history.
Spend your last morning at the Rumyantsev Mansion Museum. This superb museum contains an exhibition of 20th-century history, including displays about the 1921 New Economic Policy (NEP), industrialisation of the 1930s, and the Siege of Leningrad.
Afternoon/evening flight home.
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