|04 Sep - 13 Sep|
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. This new small group tour visits key sites in the timeline of the end of the Russian Monarchy including Tobolsk and Yekaterinburg in the heart of Siberia. End in St Petersburg and visit grand former Romanov summer residences.
Arrive in Yekaterinburg and transfer to the hotel. Meet your local guide for a city tour. On the Iset River, Yekaterinburg is the historic and economic centre of the Urals, founded in 1723 by Tsar Peter the Great and named after his wife, Catherine. The city witnessed the death of monarchy in Russia as the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II, was assassinated with his family by the Bolsheviks on 16th July 1918 in Ipatiev's House.
In 1974, the house was formally listed as a Historic-Revolutionary Monument before the Soviet Government ordered its demolition in 1977. Visit the Church of All Saints that now stands at the site, the Afghanistan Memorial at the Square of the Red Army and the attractive opera house. (B)
Today, visit the obelisk that marks the border between Europe and Asia, stopping en-route to visit a memorial complex in honour of the victims of Stalin’s repression. Travel to hauntingly beautiful Ganina Yama, the wooden monastery that was built on the site where the murdered bodies of Nicholas II and his family were thrown into a mine shaft. (B,L)
Take a day trip to Koptelovo village, around 130 kilometres from Yekaterinburg. This beautiful Siberian village was founded in the 17th century and inhabitants still live by their old traditions. Peep inside an old Russian house, called an "izba", visit a museum of antiquities and artefacts about the region’s history and enjoy a lunch of popular local dishes. In the evening transfer to Yekaterinburg Railway Station for Tobolsk. (B,L)
Arrive in Tobolsk and tour the provincial Siberian town that was once the centre of Russian Siberian Colonisation. Just off the main Trans-Siberian line, Tobolsk has a magnificent kremlin and a charming, crumbling old town. Until the early 20th century it remained a significant a centre for exile; deposed Tsar Nicholas II and his family were sent to live in the governor’s mansion in 1917. (B,L,D)
This morning arrive in Yekaterinburg and transfer back to the hotel. Spend the day sightseeing, shopping or relaxing, before transfer to the airport for flight to St Petersburg. Peter The Great’s Window on the West is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Transfer to the hotel and check in for 4 nights. (B)
Embark on a city tour of St Petersburg. Visit Peter and Paul Fortress; dating back to 1703 it is one of the oldest buildings in St Petersburg and the resting place of Peter the Great. Visit the Church of the Spilled Blood, one of Russia’s most ornate churches with a classic Russian Orthodox exterior, and an interior decorated with mosaics. (B,D)
This morning visit one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums and St Petersburg’s most iconic landmark, the State Hermitage. In the afternoon stop at the Yusupov Museum, housed in one of St Petersburg’s mansions, and home to the cellar in which Count Yusopov and tried to murder Rasputin. (B)
Please note that there is no single supplement offer on this tour if booked before the 31st October 2017
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
04 Sep 2018
13 Sep 2018