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‘Heroes of Stalingrad’ Second World War History Tour

Overview

Russia has a long legacy of conflict from devastating civil wars to tumultuous international conflicts, and none are more prevalent than those of Russia’s Stalinist era. This 12-day tour moves beyond the trenches to bring the legacy of Russia’s Great Patriotic War to the fore. If you enjoy Russian and Soviet military history and are looking for a wholly authentic experience that tells the story of Stalinist Russia, then this is the tour for you. As part of this experience, you will visit a multitude of museums and memorial sites including a tour of the districts in Volgograd, a visit to the Tank Museum in Kubinka, a trip to the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg, and an exclusive tour of the Panoramic museum “The Battle of Stalingrad”, known for being one of the largest WW2 museums in the world.

  • Exclusive tour of the Panoramic museum “The Battle of Stalingrad”

  • Exploring the “To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad” memorial complex at Mamayev Hill

  • Full day at the Air Force Museum in Monino

  • Visit to the Museum of Great Patriotic War in Moscow

  • Visit to the Tank Museum in Kubinka

  • Walking around Moscow’s Red Square

  • Visit to Peter and Paul Fortress

Itinerary

St Petersburg

The pinnacle of art and culture in Russia, St Petersburg, is one of the country’s most visited destinations and former capital city. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its elaborate system of canals, the city lies on the Neva River. It is popular with tourists and includes several of Russia’s most famous attractions including the Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace and the Peterhof.

Day 1

Arrival in St Petersburg

On arrival in St Petersburg, your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel ready for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 2

Tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress

After breakfast, you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby and begin a full day trip around St Petersburg by car. You will stop at St Petersburg’s most famous landmarks including a guided tour around Peter and Paul Fortress, the Aurora Cruiser, and the State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defence and Siege.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Peter and Paul Fortress

  • Military History

  • Russian cruiser Aurora

  • State Memorial Museum of Leningrad Defence and Siege

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 3

Visiting the Siege of Leningrad Reserve

After breakfast, you will meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby before heading out by car on an action-packed day of touring around the Leningrad Siege Monuments.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Leningrad Siege Monuments

  • Expert Guide

  • “Nevsky Pyatachok” complex

  • Sinyavinskie heights

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 4

Trip to the Leningrad Monument of Defenders

After breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for a final half-day excursion around St Petersburg. You will make several stops along the way including the Monument of Defenders of Leningrad, a sculpture and museum complex honouring the 1941-1944 defence of the city, followed by a stop at Pulkovo Heights, a natural line of defence used during the Siege of Leningrad when the Germans occupied the hills from September 1941 to January 1944.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Monument of Defenders of Leningrad

  • Military History

  • Pulkovo Heights

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfer to Train

  • New Destination by Train

Travel to

Moscow

Russia’s official capital, Moscow, is the political and religious heart of the country. The city has the highest density of billionaires, is the world’s most populated inland city and boasts six out of Europe’s ten tallest buildings. It continues to be a major tourist destination in Europe growing year on year with famous attractions including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin.

Day 5

Visiting the Museum of Moscow Defence

Today, you will head over to several unique museums celebrating Russian innovation pre and post-war.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Guided Museum Tour

  • Kubinka Tank Museum

  • Vadim Zadorozhny Vehicle Museum

  • Moscow Defence State Museum

  • Military History

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 6

Day trip to the Air Force Museum in Monino

Today, you will embark on a full day tour to the Air Force Museum located 38 KM from the city.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Central Air Force Museum

  • Expert Guide

  • Military History

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 7

Guided tour of the Museum of the Great Patriotic War

After breakfast, you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby and start your day with a walk across the city to Arbat and Tverskaya street that enters Moscow’s famous Red Square directly in front of the Moscow Kremlin.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Moscow Kremlin

  • Red Square

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Museum of the Great Patriotic War

  • Military History

  • Transfer to Train

Travel to

Volgograd

One of Russia’s oldest cities and an important industrial centre with just over a million inhabitants. Volgograd is often known as the ‘window to Russia’, due to it being a short distance from Georgia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The city is better known under its Soviet name, Stalingrad, and for its famous resistance against the invading German troops during the Second World War.

Day 8

Train journey to Volgograd

Today, you will spend the day on the train to Volgograd (formerly known as Stalingrad). This is the perfect chance to sit, back and relax with a book while enjoying spectacular views from the edge of the seat.

  • New Destination by Train

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 9

Sightseeing city tour the “Hero-city Volgograd”

After breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby where you will begin your “Hero-city Volgograd” sightseeing city tour. As part of the guided tour, you will visit the memorial complex “To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad” at Mamayev Hill.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Guided History Tour

  • Mamayev Kurgan

  • Military History

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Volga river

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Optional excursions

Day 10

Day excursion to the “The Battle of Stalingrad” Panoramic-museum

Today you will visit one of the largest World War II museums in the world, “The Battle of Stalingrad” Panoramic Museum.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • “The Battle of Stalingrad” Panoramic-museum

  • Guided History Tour

  • open-air “Weapon of Victory” exhibition

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

Day 11

Trip to the Rossoshka Reconciliation Ensemble

Your final full day in Volgograd will begin with an excursion to the revered site of Rossoshka where you will visit the Soviet and German war cemeteries.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Guided History Tour

  • Rossoshka Reconciliation Ensemble

  • Military History

  • Volga Hydroelectric Station

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Volzhsky Beer Factory

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 12

Departure from Volgograd

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and your driver will take you to your scheduled departure point (airport / railway station) where your tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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