Feel a sense of Russian history that cannot be experienced in the classroom. This 5 day Moscow tour is an exciting introduction to Russia's dynamic, powerful and grandiose capital.
- 5 days
- +3 hrs
- Approx. 4 hrs
- Red Square
- Lenin's Mausoleum
- The Kremlin
- Stalin's Bunker
- The Gulag Museum
For the latest travel advice, including passport and visa information, visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website
All our itineraries can be fully customised to meet your learning objectives, budget and required trip length
Day 1 - Fly to Russia, night tour
Depart on your flight to Russia. Arrive in Moscow, usually late afternoon, where your local TCBC representative will meet you and accompany you by coach to your hotel for check-in.
Tonight, after dinner, enjoy an introduction to the heart and soul of Moscow. Head to Red Square, framed by the impressive Kremlin walls, GUM department store, St Basil's Cathedral and the State Historical Museum. Learn why it's referred to as "Red" Square (nothing to do with the colour!) and explore the significance of this spectacular Square in representing the nature of government in Russia and the impact of war. Imagine the Square in use in November 1941 with tanks heading off to the front line in WW2 and also in 1945 for the victory parade with Nazi flags being trampled underfoot.
You may also have the opportunity to stroll over to the beautiful Zaryadye Park, opened at the end of 2017 on the spot where the infamous Hotel Rossiya used to stand, and walk out over the impressive floating bridge which appears to hover over the Moskva River for stunning views of the Kremlin and St Basil's.
Day 2 - Lenin's Mausoleum, City tour, Gulag museum
This morning, see first-hand how significant Lenin’s overthrow of the Provisional Government and subsequent totalitarian rule is in Russian history by visiting him – now the world’s most famous mummy – in his mausoleum, a great example of Soviet monumental architecture. This is the final resting place of the former Soviet leader, whose body has been on display here since 1924 - consider if you think he will ever be moved?
Then travel through Moscow by coach, passing some of the most famous landmarks - the Bolshoi Theatre, the sombre Lubyanka building that was KGB headquarters, the spectacular Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, reconstructed after originally being converted into a swimming pool for 40 years, all the while keeping an eye out for Stalin’s “Seven Sisters” skyscrapers on the horizon.
Later on visit the Gulag Museum and experience some of the chill of life in the Gulags in this informative and hands-on museum, focusing on the politically repressive Stalin period of the 1930s to 1950s.
Day 3 - The Kremlin, Armoury, Novodevichy, Metro tour
Today, explore the interior of the mighty Kremlin, the historical and political centre of Moscow. As you enter this powerful fortress through one of the imposing towers, try to spot the iconic red stars that replaced the gilded eagles which had symbolised Imperial Russia.
Then tour one of the world's most famous museums, the Armoury, located on the territory of the Kremlin. Reflect on the wealth and power of Russian' leaders through time and especially Russia's Tsarist period. The stunning collection includes carriages, thrones, crowns and an amazing selection of Fabergé Eggs.
Later on stroll through Novodevichy Cemetery, the resting place of some of Russia's most influential leaders and notable citizens including Khrushchev, Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, Stalin's wife and more recently, Yeltsin.
Then step back in time to Soviet days, by riding the famous Moscow Metro, a series of underground palaces resplendent with chandeliers, marble, granite and mosaics, a Communist showpiece. Much of the system was designed in the 1920s and 1930s by engineers from the London Underground, who were subsequently deported in 1933 for “espionage”, ending all business relationships between the UK and the USSR.
Day 4 - Local school, Victory Park, Great Patriotic War museum
Subject to travel dates, we can arrange for you to visit a local school this morning. Take a tour of the facilities, sit in on a class and have the opportunity to discuss and compare your methods of education with Russian students and teachers over a cup of tea.
In the afternoon, travel to Victory Park and learn from your guide how WW2, or the Great Patriotic War, is studied from the Russian perspective compared to that of the UK. This thought provoking park, host to several impressive monuments and tanks, has 5 terraces representing the 5 years of war and 1,418 fountains for each day of the war. Make your way to the top of the park for a guided tour of the museum's exhibits and memorials.
Day 5 - Stalin's Bunker, Izmailovsky Park, fly home
Get into the mindset of Stalin by visiting his secret bunker hidden underneath a sports stadium built as a ‘cover’ for his project – the inclusion of Stalin’s objects and the styling of the bunker allows students to form their own opinions on this powerful and highly controversial leader.
Explore Izmailovsky souvenir market, a vast outdoor bazaar, for those last minute quintessential Russian souvenirs such as hats, military watches, lacquer boxes and matryoshka dolls.
Then it's time to head to the airport for your flight home.
Full TCBC support from the moment of booking until your return home
We will help you every step of the way with your visa application
We'll source the best available flights based on your school's location
Our experienced local guides will be with you all day, every day
You'll have all our necessary contact details to hand should the need arise
Detailed itinerary, with all entrance fees included, no hidden costs
Includes your group invitation, support letter, processing fees, consular fees and support throughout the application process and provision of biometric data
Return flights, 1 piece of hold luggage per person, airport taxes and security charges and ATOL Protection Contribution
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure with your local TCBC guide. We can also arrange your UK airport transfers if you wish
Experienced local TCBC guide in Moscow for all your excursions. Will accompany your group full time from early morning until late evening
Coach, fitted with seat belts, at your disposal throughout, including evenings
4 nights accommodation at 3 or 4 star hotel, twin rooms for students and single rooms for teachers
Breakfasts and dinners daily at the hotel, but sometimes in local city centre restaurants depending on your schedule
Guided tours of Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the Kremlin, Armoury, Novodevichy Cemetery, Gulag museum, Moscow metro, Victory Park, Great Patriotic War museum and Stalin’s Bunker
All entrance fees are included, there will be no hidden costs. The only money your students will need on tour will be for lunches and souvenirs.
24 hour emergency contact details of TCBC's office and your local guide's mobile number
The normal free staff place ratio is 1:10 but this is flexible and we'll work to whichever ratio you require
We'll visit your school and give a presentation to parents before departure. We introduce TCBC, run through the itinerary and what to expect and answer any questions
Free to download tour app to take with you on tour, providing you and group with important tour info
We support the Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund and make a small contribution to their organisation from each tour that travels with us
Please check at school to ensure you are covered by an adequate travel insurance policy which we will need to see a copy of. We can help you source cover if you need
We generally don't include lunches unless requested. We prefer to let the students explore the local options and choose for themselves
If you feel you have received excellent service, then our local guides and drivers will appreciate being tipped. Guidelines will be outlined in your quote
Event availability isn't usually known at the time of booking. We will inform you of ballet, opera, circus, folklore show and sports event options closer to departure
Whether you teach History, Politics, Economics, Art, MFL or Religious Studies, we can design a Moscow itinerary to suit your curriculum requirements.
Together with our Education Advisor Ruth Tarrant, we have compiled useful links that show how the sights visited on your tour specifically relate to your students' studies. These will be very helpful when you come to submit the tour for approval at school.
It's important that your tour meets your learning objectives. Please feel free to download our handy introduction describing all the ways a trip to Moscow can be linked to the curriculum.
We have also prepared much more detailed specifications relating to particular modules. Simply enter your name and email address, select the module you'd like and we'll send it over.
The hotels we use in Moscow are used to working with our school groups and meet our high standards
Holiday Inn Tagansky
Personally audited by TCBC staff, this is a bright, modern hotel, located in central Moscow, 15 minutes drive from St Basil's Cathedral and Red Square. This hotel has a European feel with all the comforts you would expect from a Holiday Inn. The rooms are a good size, clean, comfortable and even come with a pillow menu. There is free wifi throughout and a wide choice of food for all diets at the tasty breakfast and dinner buffets.
TCBC has an excellent relationship with this hotel and we use it regularly for our groups. It may be a little more pricey than other accommodation options but the schools who have stayed here have felt it well worth it.
Personally audited by TCBC staff. A Soviet institution, designed by French architects for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and with a huge statue of Charles de Gaulle right on its doorstep, the best way to describe this huge hotel is "4 star lobby, 2 star rooms", giving it an average of 3 stars. Some of the rooms are exactly as they were almost 40 years ago!
Located on busy Prospekt Mira in the North of Moscow, there is a metro station right outside with a direct line to Red Square. Even though the hotel is undergoing a period of renovation floor by floor and has a fantastic team of people working behind the scenes, you can still enjoy a traditional Soviet experience staying at this hotel.
Holiday Inn Sokolniki
TCBC staff last stayed in this hotel in August 2018. Located in a tall building in a busy part of North East Moscow, just by Sokolniki Park, the views from the upper floors are fantastic. It is right across the road from the metro station and a supermarket for any provisions needed.
Inside, it's a comfortable western standard hotel, the rooms coming with all conveniences and wifi throughout. The breakfast buffet has a good choice of food as does the dinner buffet should your group be eating there.
Help with your visa application
We have years of experience of dealing with Russian visa applications. We'll guide you through the process and make things as simple as possible
An incredible trip! I would strongly recommend without hesitation that any student of Russian history take the opportunity to visit this fabulous country.