St. Petersburg: the history of the Revolution from Aurora to Smolny

During this 4-hour tour, you will plunge into the history of St. Petersburg as the "cradle of the Russian revolution." In the company of the guide, you will take an informative walk through the iconic places associated with the February and October events of 1917. The program will begin at the Museum of Political History of Russia, where Vladimir Lenin worked from April to July 1917, and then you will visit the cruiser Aurora, which gave a legendary volley at the Winter Palace. The tour ends at the Smolny Institute, which now houses the residence of the governor and government, and in 1917 the revolutionary headquarters of the Bolsheviks, headed by Lenin, was located.

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  • What's included :
    • Guide
    • Entry/Admission - Cruiser Aurora
    • Entry/Admission - The State Museum of the Political History of Russia
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - Smolny Institute Propylaeum
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Cruiser Aurora, Petrovskaya / Petrogradskaya Emb. Gorkovskaya Metro, St. Petersburg 197046 Russia

    The legendary vessel, which became the first combat-capable ship in the Soviet Baltic Fleet, a brave participant of the Russian-Japanese War and World War I, and the eternal symbol of the October Revolution. On 25 October 1917, Aurora gave his famous volley at the Winter Palace, to demoralize its defenders and gave the signal for storming the imperial residence. Perfectly equipped, the cruiser was always on guard of the country, ready to defend it and to attack the enemy. Today Aurora stands proudly on its permanent place in the Big Nevka and annually attracts thousands of tourists who want to touch the history of it.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: The State Museum of the Political History of Russia, Kuibysheva st., 2/4 Metro: Gorkovskaya, St. Petersburg 198218 Russia

    In 1919, the Bolshevik government officially established the State Museum of the Revolution at the Winter Palace. It showcased valuable artifacts of the revolutionary movement in the Russian Empire. As a result of a continuum of transformations and relocations, the museum found its current home in the former mansions of the ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya and Baron Brant, and was renamed to the State Museum of Political History of Russia. Today, it is the best place in St. Petersburg to learn about the 20th century in the history of Russia.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Smolny Institute Propylaeum, Smolnogo Alley, 13 A, St. Petersburg 191060 Russia

    Built by Giacomo Quarenghi between 1806 and 1808 as a school for aristocratic girls, the Smolny Institute was thrust into the limelight in 1917 when it became the headquarters for the Bolshevik Central Committee and the Petrograd Soviet. From here, Trotsky and Lenin directed the October Revolution, and in the Hall of Acts (Aktovy zal) on October 25, the All-Russian Congress of Soviets conferred power on a Bolshevik government led by Lenin.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Activity ID: V-56763P3

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