Cross-Curricular School Trip To Moscow & St Petersburg
A twin city tour that reveals the life and language of modern Russia as well as its rich history.
Red Square where students can see Lenin's Tomb & St Basil's
The astounding and colourful Kremlin
See the impressive architecture of Nevsky Prospekt
Visit the largest museum in Russia, The Hermitage
*Visa fee not included in this tour – please contact us to learn more.
Scene of grand military parades during the Soviet era, Red Square is Moscow’s bustling centre. Visitors here can admire Lenin’s tomb where he has lain in state in a colourful mausoleum since his death in 1924. Red Square is also home to the whimsical, onion-domed St Basil’s Cathedral -an amazing feat of religious architecture commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in 1552 and now housing a museum.
This flamboyant neoclassical cathedral was built between 1839 and 1883 as a memorial to the Russian troops who fell fighting Napoleon’s forces. It is the tallest Orthodox Church in the world, with architecture full of symbolism. It was blown up in 1931 under Stalin, and the then resurrected in 1997 from the ruins at a cost of more than $150m USD.
This typical Russian church, with its colourful onion domes, was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. The extravagant interior features glittering stretches of mosaic, gold leaf and an altar made entirely of semiprecious gems and painted scenes of martyrdom.
A visit to the Hermitage brings home to students the incredible wealth posed by the Czars. The largest museum in Russia, it has over 3m items including the largest collection of paintings in the world, sculptures and classical antiquities. The collection is housed in six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace.
Built between 1712 and 1733 under Peter the Great, this complex contains the cathedral that served as St Petersburg’s symbol for centuries and also the prison that held many prominent Bolsheviks captive. Students can use both sites to compare the similarities and differences between the regimes and also explore the importance of religion to the Tsars.
This cemetery serves as a poignant reminder of the scale of the tragedy St Petersburg endured through World War II and the 900-day Siege of Leningrad under the Nazis. About half a million of those who died – mostly of cold and starvation – are buried in the cemetery’s 186 mass graves. Despite the horrors experienced by the city’s residents, Leningrad did not surrender.
What groups like:
What groups like:
- Experience learning outside the classroom in another country – the language, culture, history, politics, geography and art
- Broaden the mind through the study of another culture
- Gain a deeper understanding of Russian history and politics
- Develop an understanding of Russia’s economic and political role in the modern world
- Build confidence and learn to value the skills and techniques needed for personal and team success
- Discover, explore and have fun with fellow students and teachers
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Visit a foreign country and experienced another language and culture
- Consider a range of issues around citizenship and history
- Gain a better understanding of Russia’s role in the modern world
- Understand more about history, politics, religion, art and architecture
- Gain independence and self-confidence
- Strengthen existing friendships and make new friends
- Understand personal organisation, co-operating and working with others in a variety of environments