Siege of Leningrad - 8 days

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Visit the iconic sites of Moscow and St Petersburg whilst also exploring the infamous 900 day Siege of Leningrad. During World War II St Petersburg was blockaded giving civilians two options: to surrender, or starve. The Russians chose to fight for their sovereignty and against the odds defeated the German soldiers. This tour commemorates this David & Goliath encounter and celebrates the victory of the people.

Day 1: Moscow
Sunday. Welcome to Moscow and the start of your holiday! Upon airport arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for a welcome meeting. Overnight - Moscow
Day 2: Walking tour & Kremlin
Today we embark on a walking tour of Moscow taking in some of the city’s most famous sites, from the legendary Red Square and the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral to the headquarters of the KGB in Lubyanka Square and the pedestrian Arabat Street. Following a break for lunch we head to Russia’s political powerhouse, the might Kremlin, for a guided walk through the grounds. Here we will see government buildings, gold-domed cathedrals and the famous tsar bell. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the city at your own leisure. Overnight - Moscow (B)
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Day 3: Mausoleum & Metro
Making our way back to Red Square in the morning we stop in at the Lenin Mausoleum, where you can see the embalmed remains of the Communist leader. Later we head underground into the Moscow Metro for a tour of some of the city’s grandest and most opulent stations. The remainder of the day is free time, or you can opt to see Inside a Soviet Bunker with our Bolt-On. Overnight - Moscow (B)
Visit Piskariovksoye Memorial Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Alexey Ivanov.
Day 4: Siege of Leningrad
Setting off early in the morning we hop on board a fast train to St Petersburg, and upon arrival embark on a tour of the city. Driving along Nevsky Prospekt, we pass the museum and university district with stops to see the Church of Spilled Blood, the Bronze Horseman and the Peter and Paul Fortress.

Next we visit the Siege of Leningrad Museum, which offers intriguing insight into the 900 day stand-off between the German Nazi soldiers and the civilians of St Petersburg – then called Leningrad. During the Second World War the city was blockaded giving the civilians two options: to surrender, or starve. The Russians chose to fight for their sovereignty and against the odds, and with the loss of between 500,000 and one million lives, they defeated the Nazi soldiers and walked out of their city in-tact. This small museum commemorates this David & Goliath encounter and celebrates the victory of the people of St Petersburg.

Later we enjoy a tour of the incredible Hermitage Collection at the Winter Palace. This former home of the Tsars now houses a collection of fine art, collected from the far reaches of the world. View masterpieces from throughout the ages and marvel at the lavish reception halls. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
See Oreshek fortress in St Petersburg. Photo courtesy of dr_t.
Day 5: Road of Life
Spend the day traversing the Road of Life, an iconic road that was used to bring supplies to the blockaded city of Leningrad, and also to help women and children escape the starving conditions. The road winded from just north of St Petersburg to the shores of Lake Ladoga, which would be crossed via boat in summer months and over the ice in winter. Today the road is scattered with numerous stone markers and other monuments including the famous Broken Ring, which marks the spot where the ice road across the lake would have begun.

Along the road we stop in at the Road of Life Museum, where you can see numerous wartime relics and follow the story of those who risked their lives working on the ice road or driving supplies into the city. We also visit the shore of Ladoga Lake where we can see a view of Oreshek fortress. Set on a tiny island in the middle of the lake, this fort was bravely defended by Soviet troops throughout the siege.

Following a break for lunch we visit the small Diorama Museum, set in the exact location where one of the most critical battles took place that resulted in the end of the siege. The museum houses a diorama depicting some of the most important events that took place during this crucial battle. is crucial battle. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo in St Petersburg
Day 6: Free day in St Pete's
Explore the city at your own pace today or opt for the Pukka Pass, a bolt-on option that includes fully guided sightseeing and entrance fees to some of the city’s most famous sights. There is also a complimentary lunch with the Pukka Pass taken traditional Russian restaurant. Try local favourites such as Borsh soup, Beef Stroganoff and sweet pancakes. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
Visit Piskariovksoye Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg. Photo courtesty of Alexey Ivanov.
Day 7: Memorial Cemetery
We start the morning by attending a military parade celebrating the victory of Leningrad. Later we visit the Piskariovksoye Memorial Cemetery, a poignant reminder of the lives that were lost during the Second World War and siege of Leningrad. By the entrance of the cemetery you will find an eternal flame, and inside there are numerous tombs and monuments as well as two pavilions with photographs and documents from the siege.

In the evening we will march in a candle light vigil with veterans along the main Nevsky Street, followed by a fantastic fire-works display to celebrate their ultimate victory, bringing a close to the day. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
Day 8: Goodbye Russia!
Sunday. Today our tour comes to an end. An airport transfer can be arranged locally upon request. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Moscow / Ends in: St Petersburg
  • Departs: 3rd May 2015
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:7, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 0
  • Hotel Rating: 3 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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