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11-Day Eastern Front Tour

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Introduction

The 11-day Eastern Front Tour takes passengers to the heart of the former Soviet Union to experience three of the most commemorated Russian battlefields of WWII: the siege of Leningrad, Moscow and the Battle for Stalingrad. This tour covers the most significant historical sites, memorials and museums related to WWII, as well as sites of Russia’s Great War and Revolution that dismantled the Tsarist autocracy and led to the eventual rise of the Soviet Union. We take a deep look at the political and military relationship between Stalin and the other Allied leaders in order to understand how their interactions immediately led to the Cold War after WWII.

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  • Aug 16, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017
    $5,999
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Single supplement : $650
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  • Aug 16, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018
    $5,999
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Single supplement : $650

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

  • 10 nights’ accommodation at 4-star hotels
  • 10 breakfasts 9 lunches 10 dinners
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • Welcome drink and tour orientation
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • Luxury coach transportation
  • Sapsan bullet train from St. Petersburg to Moscow
  • Airfare from Moscow to Volgograd
  • Local expert guiding
  • 24/7 tour manager
  • All museum admissions
  • Free Wi-Fi at hotels
  • Online access to personalized My Trip account
  • All taxes and credit card fees
  • All departures guaranteed

Itinerary

  • Passengers are greeted at Pulkovo International Airport in Saint Petersburg and transferred to the hotel. In the evening there is a tour orientation and a chance for the passengers to introduce themselves over a welcome drink.

  • The day starts with a visit to Peter and Paul's Fortress on the Neva River. The afternoon features a visit to the Winter Palace, the official residence of Russian monarchs, today housing the world-famous Hermitage Museum. The Winter Palace also witnessed the fall of the Empire and the birth of the Soviet Union. We then head to the Cruiser Aurora, whose guns signalled the start of the assault on the Winter Palace, the beginning of the October Revolution.

  • We spend the day getting to know the Soviet Union from the military perspective. Following a visit to the Defence Museum, we move on to the Artillery Museum, which has several versions of the Katyusha rocket launcher similar to the German Nebelwerfer.

  • The day begins with a trip to the suburbs of Saint Petersburg in order to explore the German approach to Leningrad, the battlefields on the outskirts of town, ice road entry point, Lake Ladoga, Road of Life museum and the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad with lunch on the road. Passengers are free to explore Saint Petersburg in the afternoon at their leisure.

  • After breakfast we travel to Moscow with the Sapsan bullet train.

  • In the morning we take in the huge collection of WW2 armoured vehicles at the Kubinka Tank Museum, which has only just recently been open to Westerners. See Russian T-34 and KV Tanks, as well as German the Stug, Elephant and Panther II. The day continues retracing the steps of the German army’s closest approach to Moscow in the west and north.

  • We spend the day exploring central Moscow including Lubyanka Square, Red Square, Lenin's tomb, the Kremlin and the GUM department store. The afternoon is dedicated to exploration of the superb Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Poklonnaya Hill that also holds the rifle scope of sniper Vasilly Zaitsev, famous for his work in Stalingrad.

  • Our guests are brought to the airport for their flight to Volgograd. This flight is included in our pricing and arranged by the tour operator. After arrival we visit the Stalingrad Panorama Museum and Pavlov's House: a four-story building in the centre of Stalingrad defended by a platoon led by Sgt. Yakov Pavlov for two months.

  • In the morning we head to the River Don and Kalach-na-Don, where the Russians met to encircle the German 6th Army and explore the Cauldron. The rest of the day we explore the iconic locations of the Battle of Stalingrad: the Univermag Department Store that was Field Marshal Paulus’ last HQ and where he was captured, the Red October Steel Factory, the Tractor Factory, the Barrikady Gun Factory and Children's Khorovod, also known as the Barmaley Fountain.

  • The last day of the tour is dedicated to the remaining wartime treasures of the former Stalingrad: the Grain Elevator near Tsaritsa Gorge, the giant Motherland Calls statue on Mamayev Kurgan and Lyudnikov’s Island: HQ to Chuikov and Khrushchev.

  • After saying goodbye our guests are brought to Volgograd International Airport for their return flights home.