Russia: Historical and Contemporary

13 - 23 Apr 2018
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Russia has a long and complex history, from the first United East Slavic State in the 9th century, through the Mongol invasion of the 13th century, to becoming an empire by the 18th century. The Revolution of 1917 triggered an economic breakdown and the creation of the Soviet Union, which would make Russia a superpower. The breakup of the USSR in the 1980s led to the birth of the Russian Federation, which since 2000 has become a controversial player in world politics. 

This vast country has played many parts in world history and continues to do so. This tour will take you from Moscow, a modern economic and political capital with a long history, to the old Tatar capital of Kazan, which over the last decade has seen itself reborn as a banking and hi tech industry capital. From here travel to the heart of the Russian empire, St. Petersburg, with its incomparable grandeur. 

Visit the local markets and see how economic sanctions are affecting the everyday lives of Russian people and experience the eclectic cuisine of Russia. You wll be accompanied by local guides in each city and will hear a series of talks from your tour leader, Dr Richard Marsh, giving you deeper insight into the history and contemporary life of this vast, contradictory and endlessly fascinating country.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​Dr Richard Marsh

​Dr Richard Marsh

Dr Richard Marsh has a long association with the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches.  He is the author of Black Angels: The Art and Spirituality of Ethiopia, Prayers from the East and co-authored Millenium Challenges for Development and Faith Institutions. He works in the voluntary sector, building capacity and improving governance and impact. Richard has travelled extensively and is an experienced tour leader, having led many successful tours to many destinations. He lives in Co. Mayo, Ireland.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 13 Apr (Fri) Moscow: Arrive in Moscow and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner in the evening at a local restaurant
  • 14 Apr (Sat) Moscow: Explore Russia's history, starting with a Kremlin tour with its territory and cathedrals. Visit the Armoury Chamber to see its imperial treasures. After lunch visit St. Basil's Cathedral, New Maiden Convent and view the city from Sparrow Hill to see how Russia changed from Imperial Empire to Soviet State
  • 15 Apr (Sun) Moscow: Explore the city via Moscow's famous metro. Visit the Tretyakov Gallery and explore the vast art collection before continuing to the Museon Park of Arts. After lunch visit Novodevicy Cemetery, where the tombstones represent a politicial Who's Who of Russia
  • 16 Apr (Mon) Moscow: Leave the city for Sergiev Posad and visit Trinity Sergius Lavra. Return to Moscow late afternoon and visit Danilov Market, Moscow's oldest market. Board the Trans Siberan railway on an overnight sleeper train to Kazan
  • 17 Apr (Tues) Kazan: Arrive in Kazan and transfer to the hotel for breakfast and a chance to freshen up. Explore Kazan, including its museum, old merchant houses and the monastery. Enjoy a traditional Tatar lunch before a walking tour of Kazan's Kremlin and Suyumbike Falling Tower. Finish the day with vodka tasting
  • 18 Apr (Wed) Kazan: Visit Kazan Central Market before driving to the island city of Sviyazhsk, a Russian Orthodox shrine. Continue to Innopolis, a new city that has been built for the IT and hi tech industry. Return to Kazan via the Temple of all Religions.
  • 19 Apr (Thurs) Kazan / St.Petersburg: Fly to St. Petersburg and transfer to the hotel. Rest of afternoon at leisure
  • 20 Apr (Fri) St. Petersburg: Early entrance to the Hermitage Museum with a guided tour. Take a canal boat ride along the river and afternoon city tour. visit Peter and Paul's Fortress, St. Isacc's Cathedral and the Church of the Spilled Blood.
  • 21 Apr (Sat) St. Petersburg: Visit to Yusupov Palace and its rooms devoted to Rasputin. Drive to Pushkin and visit Catherine's Palace. Return to the city.
  • 22 Apr (Sun) St. Petersburg: Day at leisure or optional tours. Farewell dinner
  • 23 Apr (Mon) St. Petersburg: Depart to the airport or extend your stay in St. Petersburg

Tour cost

US $3,775 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)