100 years on from the Russian Revolution ...

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Discover the Decadence of the Tsars on Saga’s exclusive departure from Moscow to St Petersburg

Visit the Kremlin, the Hermitage and the Gorki Leninskiye Museum

2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, one of the most momentous periods in modern world history. Discover how the Revolution evolved and erupted on a journey through Russia’s two grandest cities on Saga’s exclusive new ‘Russia’s Red Revolution’ tour.

To mark the centenary of the event, guests can immerse themselves in the unique and fascinating political history of Moscow and St Petersburg, along with the people, places and story of how the deprivation of World War I led to Revolution in 1917.

Saga’s one-off exclusive departure begins in Moscow where a tour reveals the cities highlights including Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum where the embalmed leader of the revolution lies. Later guests pay a visit to the Gorki Leninskiye, the mansion and estate that was ‘nationalised’ in 1918 for use as a sanatorium, and was where Lenin spent his later years and now the last of many museums dedicated to the Bolshevik leader.

An included excursion explores The Kremlin, former residence of the Russian Tsars but now that of the Russian President. The vast citadel highlights the indulgence of early Tsarist Russia and gives an insight into the jaw-droppingly opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the Russian royalty.

The tour continues to St Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital, the spectacular city has stood firm through the chaos of two World Wars and three revolutions with its beauty intact.

A full day tour of the city takes guests to some of the main sites of the revolution including the Bolshevik Vyborg District, The grand Tauride Palace, The Smolny Institute and the notorious Peter and Paul Fortress. The Fortress and original citadel is the final resting place to all but two if the Tsars and once served as a prison to many political prisoners including Leon Trotsky. The tour finally takes guests to the island of Krondstadt from where the unsuccessful 1921 rebellion against the Bolsheviks was launched.

Another included excursion takes guests to the Hermitage Museum, the famous Winter palace with around 365 rooms of exhibits and the State Museum of Political History, opened in 1919 as the Museum of the Revolution telling the tale of Russian politics from the downfall of the Romanovs to the current regime of Putin.

The journey ends with a visit to the Rumayntsev Mansion where an exhibition tells the story of how Petrograd, formerly St Petersburg and not changed back again until 1991 with the fall of the USSR, became Leningrad in honour of the former leader following his death in 1924.

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For details call free on 0800 414 383 or visit saga.co.uk/russia

6 nights from £1,199 departing London Heathrow on November 6, 2017. Price includes 6 nights in hotels, 12 meals: 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners, Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required, Return flights and transfers, Saga tour manager, Welcome drink reception, Porterage at both hotels and 8 excursions.  

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Contact PR officer Jessica Myers, email jessica.myers@saga.co.uk or call 01303 776113.

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