This an unique tour from Scotland to Russia will not just surprise you with many discoveries: such as Scottish Moscow, St. Petersburgh, but also you will understand the actual roots to Russian strenght, Russian Soul, Russian Spirit. That what was hidden for Churchill and for many Westerners.
"Russia is a riddle wrapped in mystery inside an enigma" - Sir Winston Churchill (1939)
Some travellers to Russia may only be able to ‘scratch the cultural surface’ during their stay. You will have the opportunity to experience much more: visiting the Russian cathedrals, monasteries, Russians at work, home understanding the extent of Russian hospitality.
- We look at the power of the Russian Nation – the Icons and Orthodoxy.
- You will see why Napoleon, Hitler could not win on the Russian land.
- We learn about Russian Tsars, traditions, Art, Folk songs, costumes.
- To understand the “Underground Palace” (Stalin’s “marble glory”– Metro) we will travel via most decorative, rich and beautiful Moscow stations.
- We will visit the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil Cathedral, Nevsky Prospect
We travel by air, rail, bus, car and even by horse (on special request)All our tours are fully escorted. You have a bi-lingual UK tour manager with impeccable local knowledge.
Natasha Rostova and Pier Bezykhov from recent BBC film adoptation will take us to many film shooting locations: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Pskov. Through their eyes you'll be able to see real Russia then and now.
Moscow (the capital of Russia) linked to all the most important historical and political events in Russia since the 13th century, the Kremlin (built between the 14th and 17th centuries by outstanding Russian and foreign architects) was the residence of the Great Prince and also a religious centre.
Scottish art will be all around you!
At the foot of its ramparts, on Red Square, St Basil's Basilica is one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox monuments. Name in Russia's history: Ivan the Terrible will open to you many unexpected Anglo-Russian secrets....
Historic Centre of St. Petersburg (XVIII-XIX Century). The city of the Peter the Great. The 'Venice of the North', with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, is the result of a vast urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. It was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). St. Petersburg ceased being the capital in 1918 after the Russian Revolution of 1917. It is Russia's second largest city after Moscow with 4.6 million inhabitants. St. Petersburg is a major European cultural centre also was known as Leningrad (in the former USSR). Its architectural heritage reconciles the very different Baroque and pure neoclassical styles, as can be seen in the Admiralty, the Winter Palace, the Marble Palace and the Hermitage.
We will also visit "War and peace" locations: Catherine Palace (building commissioned in 1717, the vast Catherine Palace was ordered to be completely redesigned on a scale to rival Versailles in 1743), Yusupov Palace (The stunning St. Petersburg-based Yusupov Palace on the Moika River is one of two surviving residences of the Yusupov family, and is known as being the place that the infamous Grigory Rasputin was assassinated).
I can guarantee, that this a life time trip will change your Russia related cliches forever. You'll fall in love with this spiritual, vast and kind country!
Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra (XIV century). The main church of the Lavra, the Cathedral of the Assumption (echoing the Kremlin Cathedral of the same name), contains the tomb of Boris Godunov. Among the treasures of the Lavra is the famous icon, The Trinity, by Andrei Rublev.
Time for travel: July, August, September, October.
Duration of the tours: 5 days (Thursday to Monday) or 7 days: Sunday to Sunday; or 10 days: Thursday to Monday.
Visas and flight tickets are arranged by our partners.
**2 years ago I was invited to Women Institute in Berkshire to give a lecture on this topic. Please see some slides online: http://www.slideshare.net/TatianaWhite/in-search-of-a-russian-soul-33749170 - Tatiana White.