Russia, Moscow & St. Petersburg

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Russian History’s traditional beginning was in 862 AD and the first united East Slavic state was founded in 882. Russia is the world’s largest nation which borders European and Asian countries as well as Pacific and Arctic oceans. It’s vast landscapes range from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. Great destination for culture, art and history.

St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil's Cathedral


Moscow is Russia’s cosmopolitan capital situated on the Moskva River in western Russia. It’s historic core is the Kremlim which is home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside the walls is Russia’s symbolic centre – Red Square. It's home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum's comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colourful, onion-shaped domes.

A tour around Moscow can include the GUM department store, Lubyanka Square, Red Square, Lenin Hills and Lenin’s tomb where the body of the Russian revolution leader is still on display. Visit the Museum of Contemporary history once known as the museum of Revolution to study the Russian revolution of 1917 Outside the city explore Gorky Leninsky which became the country residence of the revolution leader Lenin. Visit Presnya museum which was one of the workers settlements during revolutions in 1905 and 1917.


St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city's iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia's cultural centre, with venues like the ultramodern Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.

A city tour of St Petersburg will give great overview of the cultural capital of Russia. Visit Peter and Paul’s Fortress where Lenin’s brother Alexander was imprisoned and hung for revolutionary activities. We suggest stopping for a tour of the battleship Aurora which fired a blank round to start the 1917 October revolution. Complete the tour with a visit to the Political History Museum before going to the headquarters of the Bolsheviks which were located in Smolny Palace.

Peter The Great Statue
Peter The Great Statue

Suggested Itineraries

Day 1

Flight – London Heathrow to Moscow.

Day 2

Guided panoramic tour of the city – including Cathedral of St Saviour, Red Square, Lenin Hills & the Kremlin. Museum of Contemporary History. Overnight sleeper train to St Petersburg.

Day 3

City tour of St Petersburg including Peter and Paul’s Fortress and battleship Aurora.

Day 4

Morning visit to Political History museum and Bolsheviks headquarters.

Day 5

Free Morning. Flight – St Petersburg to London.

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What's included:

  • Visa support
  • Hotel Accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Excursions and entrances as per the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Coach available as per the itinerary
  • Overnight sleeper train
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500