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Romanov Centenary Tour
Tailor Made 11 day, 10 nights
From 1360 £ per person
2018 will commemorate the centenary of the tragic execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family in Yekaterinburg on the night of the 16th July in 1917 at the hands of the Bolsheviks.
The Royal family of Romanovs were in power of the Russian Empire for more than 300 years and saw it grow, change and develop throughout centuries.
2018 will see a centenary since the end of the Romanov dynasty. Having strong connections with other royal families all over the world, Nicholas II being Georges V’s first cousin, the Romanovs always had strong influence on the course of historical events. Their death was a shocking and tragic event that changed the course of history not only in Russia but the whole of Europe.
Follow the steps of the Romanovs from their establishment on the throne in Moscow and creation of magnificent St Petersburg to the heart- wrenching events of 1918 in Yekaterinburg.
Welcome to St Petersburg, the key city of the Royal Russia. Our drivers will meet you at Pulkovo Airport and take you to the hotel. Check in and spend your first night relaxing or exploring the city at your leisure.
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your tour guide at the reception and set off to explore the magnificent St Petersburg. St Petersburg owes its birth to one of the most famous Romanovs - Peter the Great. Uncover the story of the creation and making of the new capital and delve into the milestones of the Romanovs’ rule in the magnificent city on the Neva river. See Peter and Paul's fortress, the birthplace of St Petersburg and the burial ground of the Romanov tsars and tsarinas, Church on Spilled Blood built on the place where Alexandr II was tragically murdered on his way to sign the first draft of the constitution along with other gems of the city. This evening will be an opportunity to visit the world famous theatres of St Petersburg and see an opera or a ballet performance. (B)
Spend a day out in Peterhof (middle may - early autumn) or Pushkin (autumn - early spring). Peterhof, also known as Russian Versailles, is famous for its palaces and a myriad of fountains. Look out for the „Joke Fountains‟ – if you step on the wrong paving stone, you will get wet! You can also enjoy the picturesque view of the Gulf of Finland. Pushkin is a home to Catherine’s Palace and Park, the symbols of Russian Imperial chic and might. Explore the unique interiors designed by renowned architects and delve into the lavish lifestyle of the monarchs. (B)
Enjoy the world-renowned works of art in Hermitage, the winter residence of the Russian monarchs and the second largest art and culture museum in the world! Stand back and surround yourself with one of the world’s largest art collections. View masterpieces from the all time greatest painters including Da Vinci, Monet and Michelangelo. In the evening we will board a train and head off to the capital of Russia! Arrival and check in. (B)
After breakfast in the hotel set off for your first Moscow adventure – the city tour. Visit the cradle of the Romanov dynasty and explore its highlights in every detail. (B)
Visit the Kremlin with the Cathedrals where the first Tsar of the dynasty took the throne in 1613 at the delicate age of 16. The highlight of the visit is a chance to see the treasures of the Armoury Chamber which still houses many personal belongings of the Imperial family. (B)
An opportunity to explore Moscow independently. Your train journey to Yekaterinburg starts in the evening and covers a part of the famous Trans-Siberian line. Relax and enjoy the view behind the window. (B)
Arrive at Yekaterinburg and have an evening of the independent exploration of this beautiful city. (B)
After breakfast your tour guide will take you on the city tour of the city where the Romanovs spent their last days. Visit the Church on Blood Cathedral, built on the site where Nicholas II and his familly were shot and the Monastery of Ganina commemorating the tragic events of 1918. Depending on your choice, you can either board a train to start your Tobolsk adventure or spend an evening exploring Yekaterinburg. (B)
Option 1 Spend day exploring Tobolsk, a historic capital of the Siberia region, with your guide. The town boasts a unique Tobolsk Kremlin and was a home for Nicholas II and his family while in exile. In the evening board the train back to Yekaterinburg. OptIon 2 Alternatively, take a trip to one of the main attractions of the region: the Europe-Asia border. Stand with one leg in each continent!
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before your departure back home. We hope to see you soon!
2018 bookings are open on enquiry basis
Introductory Special offer now on! - 10% off for bookings made before 15 March 2018
If you are a group, want to add on extra days or excursions, or are looking for a little more independence, contact our Destination Experts for a tailor-made package just for you.
Arrival and departure airport transfers
B&B accommodation in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Yekaterinburg based on 2 sharing a twin/double room with private en suite facilities
Excursions as outlined in the tour itinerary
Train St Petersburg - Ekaterinburg, 2nd class tickets
Entrance tickets to museums
Services of an English speaking guide
Russian Visa application Service
Europe-Asia border trip
Trip to Tobolsk
Russian visa fees paid directly to the Consulate