Moscow & St Petersburg add-ons
Moscow and St Petersburg are classic European cities on everyone’s want to see list and they’re really accessible places these days. However, there are still activities where the language barrier can lock you out an excursion not only helps you get the most out of them, but ensures you actually find the place, and get there on a day it’s open too! When the information is even finding your way can be a problem (so we’ll usually arrange to meet you at a nearby metro station or rendezvous point).
Also many activities (marked *) are only possible if pre-organised and don’t accept casual visitors.
• Excursions do not include transportation except where specifically indicated.
• Your own English language local city expert accompanies you on all the excursions
and activities (including those where the venue/organisation also provides their
own compulsory guide).
Russian Language Intro Lesson
Four hours (including a break) learning Russian for complete beginners – or if you already know some, to hone your skills! Includes some real life practice in the street.
£40 per person.
Visit Stalin’s Secret Bunker
A unique chance to visit Stalin’s Secret Bunker, built in 1942 in the heat of WW2, from where he directed the Soviet war effort. Private admission only, please book early. Can only be offered for 2+ visitors.
• Excursion: 2.5 hours which includes travelling time on public transport of 30 mins each direction.
£130 per person.
(The Andrey Sakharov Museum) When the USSR’s leading Nuclear Scientist refused to make The Bomb, he became a public enemy. The museum tells Sakharov’s story, and of those many others who refused to obey. Closed Mons.
• Excursion: 2 hours. Museum tour 1 hr 30 mins. travelling time on public transport to museum. 30 mins.
£30 per person.
Tea with Russian Family*
• Tea at a Russian Home, to include Russian tea with snacks and sweets. This is a tradition few visitors see-you not only try the tea, but hear about tea’s long tradition in Russian society too. A unique chance to see how Russians live today.
• Excursion: 2 hours. Tea with family 1 hr 30 mins. travelling time on public transport to their home 30 mins.
£25 per person.
Please note that (despite what your guidebook may say) the KGB Museum is now permanently closed for the foreseeable future, with no indication when it may reopen (if ever).
Museum of Russian Political History and History of Political Police*
Essential background for anyone wondering, “how the USSR ever came to happen? Rather more objective than the KGB Museum in Moscow.
• Excursion 2 hrs.
£30 per person.
• Tea at a Russian Home, to include Russian tea with snacks and sweets. This is a tradition few visitors see you not only try the tea, but hear about tea’s long tradition in Russian society too. A unique chance to see how Russians live today.
• Excursion 2.5 hours.
£25 per person.
*admission restricted to pre-arranged visitors only.
“As rich as a Tsar!” they used to say - but the Yusupov nobility were even richer than the Tsars. This excursion around their former Palace gives you an idea just how rich that was! (Although the best “pieces” were confiscated by the Revolutionaries). They even had a private opera theatre in their home! But for most visitors the main attraction is the room where young Prince Felix Yusupov and his university friends murdered the Siberian “wise man”, Rasputin.
• Excursion 2.5 hours which includes travelling time on public transport of 30 mins.
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