Russians have been a lot of things, and being the mother of all communist revolutions is like a feather in their cap! And the stories of their revolution are legendary! Also called the February Revolution due to the then Russia’s use of the Julian calendar. It’s an inspiring tale of how the masses overthrew the dictatorial regime.
On March 8, 1917, demonstrators clamoring for bread took to the streets of the Russian capital of Petrograd. Supported by 90,000 men and women on strike, the protesters clashed with police, refusing to leave the streets. On March 11, the troops of the Petrograd army garrison were called out to quell the uprising. In some encounters, regiments opened fire, killing demonstrators, but the protesters kept to the streets, and the troops began to waver. That day, Nicholas again dissolved the Dumas. When the frustrated Russian army at Petrograd unexpectedly switched their support to the demonstrators, the imperial government was forced to resign and a provisional government was established. Three days later, Nicholas formally abdicated his throne, effectively ending nearly four centuries of czarist rule in Russia.
If the story gives you goosebumps, imagine seeing the places in person!
On arrival, at the St. Petersburg Airport, check-in at your hotel. Our recommendation is Grand Hotel Europe. Meeting with the curator of the group. Tea in historical interiors of the hotel.
City tour of St Petersburg with entrance to Peter & Paul Fortress and visiting the places related to Decembrists Rebellion Excursion to Cruiser “Aurora” and Literary Museum Lunch. Visit Yusupov Palace – Excursion “Rasputin’s Assassination” Lecture-talk “Revolution through time” at hotel.
First stop is at Peter and Paul Fortress.
It was the one the history of St. Petersburg began with. On May 16, 1703, this very place was chosen by Peter The Great to become the fortress which was supposed by the tsar to become protection from enemy’s assault. The Peter and Paul Cathedral was built in this particular fortress and later made the burial place for members of the Romanov dynasty. The main political jail of the Imperial Russia was located within the walls of one of the bastions where were imprisoned such famous ones as Prince Alexey, Princess Tarakanova, the Decembrists, writers Feodor Dostoevsky, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Alexander Radishchev. The largest Mint in the world is situated on the territory of the fortress.
The Yusupov Palace
The Yusupov Palace is a residence of one of the oldest Russian noble families descended from the monarchs of the Nogai Horde. They were as high born as Romanovs themselves and even richer than Tsars. The Palace was the setting for the important moment of Russian history: it was the site of Grigori Rasputin's murder who was thought to be the holy elder and was a trusted friend of the family of Nicholas II.
Today is the historic day when you tour the Hermitage Museum – Excursion “Winter Palace Attack” Lunch. Visit Museum of Political History.
The Hermitage which emerged in XVIII c.as a private collection of Catherine II nowadays has one of the richest collection in the world. It comprises over three million items: painting, drawing, sculpture, applied art, archaeological finds. Here you'll find masterpieces by Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, van Dyck, Rodin etc. The Hermitage is rightly bears the title of Temple of the Arts. We will also have a wonderful opportunity to visit the "Treasure Gallery", which houses a collection of Imperial family members and other jewelry masterpieces of the masters of Western Europe and Russia.
The Winter Palace.
The first Imperial residence on the site of the Winter Palace was a wooden house in the Dutch style built in 1708 for Peter the Great and his family. This was replaced in 1711 by a stone building, the remains of which formed the foundations of the Hermitage Theatre. In 1917, after Nicholas II's abdication and the February Revolution, the Winter Palace became the seat of the Provisional Government under Alexander Kerensky. It was against this authority, rather than the Imperial family, that the Bolshevik-led revolutionary forces besieged and then stormed the palace in October of the same year.
Museum of Political History.
The period of the WWI and the Revolution of 1917-1922 is presented at the exhibition Russian Revolution 1917-1922 as well as in the memorial office of Lenin and in the room of the Secretariat of the Bolshevik Party. The exhibition demonstrates images of a number of outstanding revolutionaries of that time - Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin.These figures are represented through documents, personal belongings. You will have the opportunity to learn of the crucial events of the great Russian Revolution- the February Uprising, October Military Coup (the notorious October Revolution when Bolsheviks seized power in Russia) and the Civil War.
With our head filled with all kinds of revolutionary stories it's time to close the day!
Hotel of the tour: “Belmond Grand Hotel Europe” (5*, city center)
All tours and transfers are with Spanish speaking guide or an English-speaking guide for English speaking groups or Portuguese-speaking guide for Portuguese speaking groups
All transfers are provided on private basis with assistance
Lectures according to the program
All meals stated in the program
Upon request, we will be happy to offer extra nights and optional services (more guided tours and excursions on private basis, tickets for evening performances, with and without transfers, etc.)