History & Cultural Tour of Russia

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St Petersburg, Moscow Culture & History

Students immerse themselves in the captivating arts and history scene with possibility to perform at many of the beautiful churches.

The scars of Russia’s fascinating and turbulent past are written clearly across these two important cities, but their beauty, grandeur and architecture are there to inspire the students. Russia is the perfect destination for students of modern history, politics and religion, and it’s also an amazing cultural experience for any performance school tour.

Destination:       St Petersburg, Moscow

Tour Highlights:

  • Full day Guided Tour of St Petersburg
  • Visit Cabin of Tsar Peter the Great, The State Hermitage Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Visit Pushkin (Catherine’s Palace) and Pavlovsk Palace, Smolny Cathedral including Lenin’s Room and Apartment (Alliluyev) Museum of Stalin
  • Folk Show at Nikolaevsky Palace
  • Guided Tour of Peterhof Palace and Yusupov Palace
  • Visit Moscow Metro and Cathedral of St Saviour
  • Visit Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Kremlin Ground and St. Basils Cathedral
  • Visit Central Museum of the Revolution and Gorky Park
  • State Historical Museum visit


  • Accommodation throughout the itinerary
  • Private coach transfers as per the itinerary
  • Tour Director
  • Train from St Petersburg to Moscow
  • All entrances as per the itinerary
  • Daily breakfasts included and other meals as per the itinerary
  • 24/7 support while on tour
  • Return international flights

Terms & Conditions:

Please be advised that this is an ‘example’ of a schedule and that the activities may be variable dependent upon dates, weather, special requests and other factors. Itineraries will be confirmed prior to travel.

Day 1

Depart for an overnight flight to St Petersburg.

Day 2

On arrival at St Petersburg meet Orbit World Travel representative and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in St Petersburg

Day 3

Today after breakfast enjoy a Full Day Tour of St Petersburg. You will visit the following places:

Cabin of Tsar Peter the Great. The cabin is very small wooden house only 60 sq. which was the first St Petersburg “palace” of Tsar Peter the Great. Tsar Peter lived in this house between 1703 and 1708. The living room, bedroom and study are still filled with Peter’s original belongings.

The State Hermitage Museum. The largest art gallery in Russia and is amongst the largest and most respected art museums in the world. The collection is both enormous and diverse and is an essential stop for all those interested in art and history. The experts say that if you were to spend a minute looking at each exhibit on display in the Hermitage, you would need 11 years before you’d seen them all.

Peter and Paul Fortress. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Peter and Paul Fortress is considered to be a unique fortified monument.  Its architectural ensemble is focused around St. Peter and Paul Cathedral where the tombs of all the Russian emperors can be found.

Overnight in St Petersburg

Day 4

After breakfast board the coach for another Full Day Tourwhich will include the following:

Pushkin (Catherine’s Palace) and Pavlovsk Palace. Catherine Palace is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband’s death. Pavlovsk Palace is an 18th-century Russian Imperial residence built by Catherine the Great for her son, Grand Duke Paul, in Pavlovsk, within Saint Petersburg

Your next stop is Smolny Cathedral, a blue and white building which is undoubtedly one of the architectural masterpieces of the Italian architect Rastrelli, who also created the Winter Palace. You will also visit Smolny Institute and Lenin’s room. During the October 1917 Revolution, the Smolny became Lenin’s temporary residence and then the headquarters for the local communist party. In 1927, a statue of Lenin was installed in front of the building. You will enjoy viewing Lenin’s office and living quarters, the assembly hall in which Lenin spoke, as well as the former school for the girls.

Later in the afternoon you will visit Apartment (Alliluyev) museum of Stalin. Often referred to as “Lenin’s secret flat” this museum was established by the Communists in 1938. Lenin actually only lived here for 3 days in July 1917 while he and the other Bolsheviks thought of a better place to hide.  It’s actually more famous for being the home of Stalin’s wife Nadezhda Allilueva. The apartment has remarkably preserved various original artefacts and the atmosphere of pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg.

Overnight in St Petersburg

Day 5

Today you will have some free time for sightseeing and teacher led activities.

  • In the evening you will enjoy a Folk Show with snacks at Nikolaevsky Palace.

Overnight in St Petersburg

Day 6

Today you will enjoy half day visit of Peterhof Palace. A series of palaces and gardens located in Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russia, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. These palaces and gardens are sometimes referred as the “Russian Versailles”.

Later today visit Cathedral and Yusupov Palace including the Rasputin murder exposition. One of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the monumentally wealthy Yusupov family, the Yusupov Palace on the Moika River is perhaps most famous as the scene of the assassination of Grigory Rasputin, and is one of the few aristocratic homes in the city to have retained many of its original interiors.

Board your coach and transfer to the train station for an overnight train to Moscow.

Overnight train

Day 7

Arrive in Moscow in the morning. Board your coach for a half day city tour and for check into your accommodation.

Today you will visit the Moscow Metro and the Cathedral of St Saviour. Moscow’s subway is recognised as the most beautiful in the world! You will see the most beautiful metro stations in Moscow built under Stalin and hear fascinating stories of, secrets hidden underground and urban legends.

Overnight in Moscow

Day 8

Today you will visit the Red Square and walk along Alexander Garden, a favourite spot of the locals. Watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Take a half day guided tour of Moscow and visit the famous Lenin’s Mausoleum. Continue to Kremlin Ground, a historic fortified complex, and visit the Armoury, one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1808 and located in the Moscow Kremlin. The massive Kremlin walls are very imposing and although one of the most popular tourist destinations in Moscow, it is still home to Vladamir Putin, the president of Russia. The Kremlin, Red Square and the iconic St. Basils Cathedral on the square are a must see when you are in Moscow.

Later in the afternoon enjoy some leisure time at GUM, the shopping mall, which is a landmark in Moscow’s Red Square.

Overnight in Moscow

Day 9

This morning board your private coach and visit the Central Museum of the Revolution, the best 20th century history museum in Moscow. See the actual stones thrown at policeman by workers during the 1905 Revolution, as well as other interesting exhibits including a mock-up of a typical Soviet flat of the 1970s.

Afterwards, continue to Gorky Park, the central park of Rest and Culture and one of the most famous places in Moscow. Take a walk along the park and find out how the majority of Muscovites spend their free time.

Overnight in Moscow

Day 10

This morning visit The State Historical Museum. Its exhibitions range from relics of prehistoric tribes that lived on the territory of present-day Russia, through priceless artworks acquired by members of the Romanov dynasty. The total number of objects in the museum’s collection comes to millions.

In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Day 11

Arrive home


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