Romanov Centenary Tour
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Romanov Centenary Tour
Tailor Made 11 day, 10 nights
From £1,360 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, Nikolas 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.

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St Petersburg
St Petersburg
St Petersburg is a former Russian capital and a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World.
Peter & Paul Fortress
Peter & Paul Fortress
The first structure to be built in St. Petersburg, and thus the birthplace of the city, it never served its intended defensive function. Instead it has had a rich, hugely varied, and sometimes sinister history as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of groundbreaking scientific experiments, and a forbidding jail that held some of Russia's most prominent political prisoners.
St Isaac’s Cathedral
St Isaac’s Cathedral

St Isaac’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the city and dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Designed by a French architect and taking 40 years to construct, it is the 3rd largest domed cathedral in the world! St Isaac’s is decorated with mosaics, painted ceiling murals, bronze gilt statues and is surrounded by 112 monolith granite columns, which were transported from one of the suburbs of the city. Now the cathedral houses a museum, but for the Major Orthodox holidays Religious services are still held here.

Mariinsky Theatre
Mariinsky Theatre
The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic theatre of opera and ballet in Saint Petersburg. For more than two centuries the Mariinsky Theatre has been presenting the world with a plethora of great artistes, such as Fyodor Chaliapin, Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and many more. Please get in touch with our Destination Experts to order tickets for one of its illustrious ballet and opera performances.
Peterhof
Peterhof
Known as the “Russian Versailles”, Peterhof Palace and Park is a must see at any time of the year. Famous for its myriad of fountains, the grounds of the palace become a haven for tourists in the peak summer months. Look out for the ‘Joke Fountains’ – if you step on the wrong paving stone, you will get wet! If you’re not travelling in the summer, never fear; the parks foliage is beautiful in the autumn and the grounds transform into a striking crystallised wonderland during winter months so there’s never a wrong time to visit.
Catherine Palace & Amber Room
Catherine Palace & Amber Room
In the quaint village of Pushkin, on the outskirts of St Petersburg, lies one of the most impressive and iconic buildings in Russia; Catherine’s Palace. The pastel exterior is flamboyantly embellished with gold accents and the interior is far from modestly decorated! The palace is home to the famous Amber Room with its mysterious past which our guides will tell you all about. The residence was destroyed in World War II and has been under construction ever since.
Hermitage
Hermitage
Lose yourself amongst the treasures of one of Russia’s best known sights and arguably the largest collection of fine art in the world. Masterpieces from artists such as Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Kandinsky make the Hermitage an unforgettable visit.
Moscow
Moscow
A truly iconic, global city, Moscow is the 860 year-old capital of Russia. There are dozens of reasons to come. Being one of the most breathtaking capitals in the world, Moscow has a wide range of cultural landmarks. We suggest exploring them all.
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg
Founded in 1723 by Peter the Great, Yekaterinburg is the third largest Russian city and the capital of the Urals. The cultural and architectural influences of European and Asian civilisations come together in this fascinating and cosmopolitan landscape. The last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II Romanov and his family spent their last days here. On 19th July 1918 the whole family was executed by the Bolsheviks in the basement room of the Ipatiev’s estate. Nowadays there is the Cathedral On Spilt Blood which provides a powerful insight into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.
Church on Blood Cathedral Yekaterinburg
Church on Blood Cathedral Yekaterinburg

One of the main Romanov attractions of the city, this grand church commemorates the sainthood of the family. It was built on the place of the Ipatiev House where Nicholas IIand his family, as well as the members of the household, were assassinated. Designed in the style of Byzantine Revival, this beauty forever captures the end of the whole era.

Monastery of Ganina
Monastery of Ganina

Visit this picturesque place of commemoration of the Romanovs built in the memory of the last tsar and his family. It has a unique character and location hidden behind the trees and is a perfect place to find a piece of mind and contemplate the past.

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Romanov Centenary Tour
Day 1
FLY TO ST PETERSBURG

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.

Day 2
ST PETERSBURG

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your tour guide at the reception and set off to explore magnificet 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 burrial ground of the Romanov tsats 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 withother gems of the city. This evening will be an opportunity to visit the worldfamous theaters of St Petersburg and see an opera or a ballet performance. (B)

Day 3
ST PETERSBURG

Spend a day out in Peterhof (middle may - early autumn) or Puskin (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. Puskin is a home to Catherine’s Palace and Park, the symbols of Russian Imperial chic and might. Explore the unique interiors designed by reknowned architects and delve into the lavish lifestyle of the monarchs. (B)

Day 4
ST PETERSBURG

Enjoy the world-renowned works of art in Hermitage, the winter residence of the Russian monarchs and the second largest art and culture musem 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)

Day 5
MOSCOW

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)

Day 6
MOSCOW

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)

Day 7
DEPARTURE TO YEKATERINBURG

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)

Day 8
YEKATERINBURG

Arrive at Yekaterinburg and have an evening of the independent exploration of this beautiful city. (B)

Day 9
YEKATERINBURG

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 Nikolas II and his familly were shot and the Monastery of Ganina commemmorating 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)

Day 10
YEKATERINBURG/TOBOLSK

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 Nikolay 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!

Day 11
YEKATERINBURG

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.

Package Includes:

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

Optional:

International flights

Europe-Asia border trip

Trip to Tobolsk

Theatre tickets

Package excludes:

Russian visa fees paid directly to the Consulate

 

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