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History School Trips to Moscow & St Petersburg, Russia

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Russian history and culture continues to fascinate, frustrate and intrigue the West.

As the largest European country, Russia’s history from the early modern period through to the present day is decidedly different to that of the West. Any visit to Moscow and St Petersburg will give students a true insight into European history across the centuries.

Students can learn about the devastating hardship that the First and Second World Wars brought to the Russian people, including the terrible sieges and battles around the key cities, resulting in the deaths of millions. They can also reflect on the incredible contribution that these battles made to the defeat of Nazism. Combined with the beautiful palaces and churches which illustrate the events of the Imperial Age and the clash of Bolshevism and Communism, Russia promises a unique and memorable experience.

To make sure you get the most out of your time in Russia, and unlike any of our other History Trips which are all fully tailor-made, a trip to Russia comes with a set itinerary. The 6 day, 5 night itinerary to Moscow and St Petersburg allows your students to follow in the footsteps of the Tsars, witness the effects that the First and Second World Wars and the Russian Civil War had on the country’s infrastructure and discover what life was like in Lenin’s Russia for the man himself and the people of Russia – and this is just the start! Most groups will choose to start in Moscow, however as more airlines release regional UK departures to Russia we can adapt your itinerary to start in either Moscow or St Petersburg.

What other history teachers thought of their Russia trip…

100% of our clients said they would recommend a Russia History Trip with Rayburn Tours to another history teacher rating their overall touring experience at 5 out of 5.

“As our girls climbed the stairs out of the metro into Red Square they could see the gleaming turrets of St. Basil's Cathedral ahead of them. They stopped chatting. There was utter silence: the realisation that they were, indeed, in Russia. “Wow”.”

Dominic Giles, Stratford Girls' Grammar School - July 2014 - Russia

Did you know?

St. Petersburg was known as Petrograd from 1914 to 1924 and Leningrad from 1924 to 1991.

The total length of the Kremlin walls is 2235 meters.

During the Second World War metro stations were used as air-raid shelters.

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Our quick, online quote form allows our specialists to provide you with a bespoke quotation for a trip tailor-made to your group’s individual requirements.

Russia Fact File

Perfect for:
KS4 and KS5 (or equivalent)

Transport options:

Nearest Airport:
Moscow – Moscow Domodedovo
St Petersburg – St Peterburg Pulkovo

Curricular Links:

  • Imperial Russia
  • Russia and the Bolshevik revolution
  • Peace and conflict in the 20th century
  • Russia in 20th century
  • The First World War/li>
  • The Second World War
  • The Cold War
  • Collapse and international relations of peace
  • The demise of communism
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Study Visits

Russia Study Visits

In order to ensure that your history students get the most out of their time in Russia we have created a set itinerary that has been created to complement this area of the history syllabus. Below you will find more information about all of the visits on this itinerary. It is possible to tweak the itinerary slightly and your School Tour Coordinator will be happy to discuss this with you.

The Kremlin Saint Basil's Cathedral The Central Museum of the Armed Forces Lenin's House Museum in Gorki (Gorki Leninskiye) Poklonnaya Gora Memorial and Museum Red Square KGB Museum St Petersburg Lenin's Tomb Yusupov Palace Green Belt of Glory Catherine Palace The Hermitage Museum / Winter Palace
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Russia History Trip Itinerary

To help you get the most value from your History Trip to Russia, we have developed a superb 6 day set itinerary that allows you to experience the wealth of history and culture found in these two intriguing cities. In addition, we are happy to adapt this itinerary to suit your particular requirements, please contact us for details.

Saint Basil's Cathedral

6 days,
5 nights

Day 1:

After your arrival in Moscow you will transfer to your hotel for your evening meal.

Day 2:

After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, travel to Red Square via the metro to visit Lenin’s Tomb, the Kremlin and Armoury and to see the spectacular Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Spend some free time for lunch before an afternoon visit to the Red Army Museum or the Museum of Cosmonauts before returning to your hotel for an evening meal. Your guide will be with you from 9am until 7pm and your coach from 2pm until 7pm.

Day 3:

After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, depart for Lenin’s House Museum in Gorky. After lunch, visit Poklonnaya Gora Memorial and Museum of the ‘Great Patriotic War. See a complex of monuments, churches, museums and fountains many of which have English descriptions. Dinner in the city is followed by a walking tour of Old Arbat Street and its street artists, souvenir stalls and shops, restaurants, cafés and bars, before departing on your overnight train journey to St. Petersburg. (Instead of Old Arbat Street Tour an optional visit to the Moscow Circus or Ballet can be arranged – please ask your School Tour Coordinator for more details) Your guide and coach will be with you from 9am until 11.30pm.

Day 4:

Have breakfast in a city café on arrival in St. Petersburg before a full day in the city exploring Cruiser Aurora, Finland Station, Piscarev Cemetery and Yusupov Palace. Your guide and coach will be with you from 8am until 6pm.

Day 5:

After breakfast you will have a full day in St Petersburg visiting Green belt of Glory – a set of memorial facilities at the forefront of the battle for Leningrad; Catherine Palace, the Rococo summer residence of the Russian Tsars in the morning; and The Hermitage – a museum of Russian art and culture in the afternoon. Your guide and coach will be with you from 9.30am until 6pm.

Day 6:

After breakfast spend free time in the city for shopping and a visit to the Museum of Heroic Defenders of Leningrad before a transfer to the airport for your return journey home.

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Russia Accommodation

Unlike any of our other trips, our History Trip to Russia is a set itinerary therefore we have two recommended hotels; one in Moscow and one in St Petersburg.

Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Pulkovskaya (St Petersburg)

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The Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya is on the beautiful Moskovsky Avenue allowing for easy access to downtown St. Petersburg.

“We would stay in this hotel again. It seemed to suit us very well.”

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The hotel has 841 bright and modern rooms all with TV, hairdryer, climate control, private facilities, chargeable Wi-Fi, and a number of restaurants.

Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Pulkovskaya
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  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdressers
  • Restaurants and bar
  • Gift shop
  • 24 hours reception and foreign exchange

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Hotel Katerina Park (Moscow)

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This 4 star hotel in the south of Moscow is just a short distance from the Kremlin and Red Square and has 244 beautifully spacious rooms. The hotel offers a breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel as well as fitness centre with saunas and gym. Each room has their own private bathroom facilities with Wi-Fi, TV, climate control and hairdryer.

Hotel Katerina Park
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  • WiFi
  • Gym and sauna
  • Restaurant
  • Gift shop
  • Laundry
  • 24 hour reception

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