The Russian Revolution
The Russian revolution is without doubt one of the most important events in modern times and shaped the history of the 20th century. 2017 will be its centenary year, providing a great excuse to explore the places where these turbulent events took place. This tailor-made opportunity offers you the chance to immerse yourself in one of history’s most tempestuous and significant events and also take in two of Russia’s greatest cities whilst soaking up some of its unique culture.
St Petersburg was the epicentre of the 1917 revolution, Russia’s most opulent city and home to its royal family, there was only one place that revolutionary embers would be lit. From the first riots demanding bread on Women’s Day, to the eventual assassination of the Romanov family, it was the hub of the movement and would eventually take on the name of the revolution’s figurehead and become Leningrad. Moscow was the scene of some fierce fighting during the civil war that proceeded the 1917 revolution and was also the seat of power for the communist regime. The most important site in Moscow is the Kremlin, still the home of the Russian political system and where Lenin, Stalin and the other revolutionaries set to change political landscape of the world.
Our tailor-made tours
Our tailor-made tours aim to offer a high quality experience that suits you. Visit historic and cultural sites of your choice, in as much luxury as you desire, and we’ll pay impeccable attention to detail at every step of the way. Whether it’s a short city break complete with museums and galleries or exploring the world’s most famous battlefields, we will do everything in our power to ensure you have the immersive experience you are looking for.
We can organise return flights to Moscow or St Petersburg and all internal travel whether it be with a driver guide, minibus/coach hire or trains.
A local English speaking guide can accompany you throughout or for part of the tour.
We generally provide accommodation in good quality 4* hotels, preferably historic where possible. However we can provide accommodation that suits your budget, please enquire for more details.
What to see:
• Aurora cruiser
• Peter and Paul Fortress
• Nevsky Prospekt
• Tauride Palace
• State Museum of Political History
• Kronstadt Naval Base
• Smolny Institute
• Lenin’s train
• Winter Palace
• Sergey Kirov Museum
• Field of Mars
• Red Square
• Revolution Square
• Gorki Leninskie
• State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia
• Lenin’s Mausoleum
• Catherine Palace
• Hermitage Museum
• Faberge Museum
• Yusupov Palace
• St Basils Cathedral
• Kubinka Tank Museum
• Museum of Central Armed Forces
• Moscow Golden Ring
• Tretyakov Gallery
• Plus many more…
Any of these sites and more can be combined to make your ideal itinerary.
This is merely a suggested itinerary and can be tailor made to your interests and needs;
Day 1 – Arrive in St Petersburg and check in to your hotel.
Day 2 – Tour the revolutionary sites of St Petersburg including the Peter and Paul Cathedral and Fortress which was used as a prison and from where the Bolsheviks bombarded the Winter Palace. The Field of Mars, the burial site of many revolutionaries, the Tauride Palace where the ill-fated Durma was established and Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg’s grandest street and the site of mass demonstrations that kick started the whole revolution.
Day 3 – This morning visit the Aurora Battleship from where the start of the revolution was signalled with a blank shot and the train on which Lenin arrived back into St Petersburg after being exiled. On the island of Kronstadt is the naval base where in 1921 a rebellion held out for 12 days before being crushed by the Bolsheviks. Spend the afternoon at the world famous Hermitage Museum which boasts the largest collection of paintings in the world and is partly housed in the Winter Palace.
Day 4 – Early morning train service to Moscow, followed by an afternoon visit to Red Square and Revolutionary Square the sites of some of the fiercest fighting of the civil war.
Day 5 – Spend the day at the Kremlin, the home of the ruling powers of Russia, throughout its history and see the mausoleum of Lenin, the great leader and face of the revolution.
Day 6 – Travel out to Gorki Leninskiye, where Lenin himself spent the later part of his life and which is now home to a museum with many artefacts from his life including his personal car and a reconstruction of his apartment and office from the Kremlin. Finish your tour by visiting the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia which houses an extensive exhibition on the revolution.
Day 7 – Morning flight departing Moscow.