$ 2753

Historical WWII Tour: Moscow, Battle Of Stalingrad & Battle Of Kursk

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Destinations: Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast, Kursk
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2753 — max $ 3557
Group size: min 5 — max 20
Duration: 11 days
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  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Day Schedule:

➤Arrive Moscow, meet & greet at the airport

➤Transfer to the hotel in the downtown

➤At leisure

➤Group tour: meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner

A tour to Russia is not complete without a tour to Moscow, the heart of Russia and one of the oldest cities in the country. It was founded in 1147. Moscow is a city of bright contrasts where quiet patriarchal courts and small streets adjoin to futuristic business centres, and old neighbourhoods are interspersed with modern high-rises.

World-famous sightseeing spots such as St Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin & Red Square, the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, hundreds of amazing sights and beautiful places attract tourists from all around the world. We at Discovery Russia have carefully selected the most exciting places to visit in Moscow. Welcome aboard!


Day 2

Day Schedule:

➤Guided tour to Kubinka

➤Walking city tour

➤Moscow metro tour

The Kubinka Tank Museum

It is a large military museum in Kubinka. Russia where tanks, armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) and their relevant information are displayed and showcased. The museum consists of open-air and indoor permanent exhibitions of many famous tanks and armoured vehicles from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries (between 1917 and the present day). It is also known to house and display many unique and one-of-a-kind military vehicles, such as the Nazi German Panzer VIII Maus super-heavy tank, and a Karl-Gerät heavy self-propelled artillery, amongst other single or limited-production prototypes from the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

Moscow Metro Tour

Get to know the city by taking a metro ride to the place of your first visit. Metro is the fastest ways to get anywhere in this city and to avoid traffic jams. If you want to see the Bolshoi, it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance!

The Moscow Metro was opened in 1935 with one 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) line and 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union. As of 2018, the Moscow Metro excluding the Moscow Central Circle and Moscow Monorail has 224 stations (255 with Moscow Central Circle) and its route length is 381 km (237 mi), making it the fifth-longest in the world. The system is mostly underground, with the deepest section 84 metres (276 ft) underground at the Park Pobedy station, one of the world's deepest. It's the busiest metro system in Europe, and a tourist attraction in itself.


Day 3

Day Schedule:

➤Guided tour to the Monino Air Force museum

➤Guided tour to Poklonnaya Hill including Victory Park and visit to WWII Museum

Victory Park

Victory Park is a memorial complex dedicated to Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany. It is located in the historic area of Moscow known as Poklonnaya Hill, which means "Bow Hill". It's one of the highest spots in Moscow - in old times travellers approaching the capital from the west used to climb onto the hill to get a beautiful panoramic view of the city, and would bow to Moscow. The hill did not attract only peaceful travellers. In 1812, it was the spot where Napoleon foolishly expected the keys to the Kremlin to be brought to him by Russians. This part of Moscow is connected to the country's military history. This is why after the end of the Second World War, Victory Park was laid out here.


Day 4

Day Schedule:

➤Guided tour to the Moscow Kremlin

➤Transfer to the airport

➤A short flight to Volgograd (ex-Stalingrad)

➤Meet & greet at the airport

➤Transfer to your hotel in the downtown

➤Evening free at leisure

The Moscow Kremlin

The name "Kremlin" means "fortress inside a city", this construction had to protect the city from enemies. The Moscow Kremlin acquired the status of a sacral symbol representing the power of the great country. A holiday to Moscow is not complete without a visit to the Kremlin. Modern walls and towers of the Kremlin were constructed of red brick at the end of the 15th century. Now behind its walls, there are government buildings and a huge museum complex where thousands of artefacts telling about the history and the culture of Russia are stored. In 1990 both Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Day 5

Day Schedule:

➤Guided city tour visiting all the highlights: the Mamayev Hill memorial complex (the main height #102.0), Motherland calls monument, Square of Fallen Fighters, etc.

➤Guided tour to the Pavlov's House famous for being defended for 58 days and being specially marked at Friedrich Paulus' personal map. You will see the Hall of Glory, Not a Step Backwards Memorial, ruins of the buildings and other traces of the battle.

➤Guided tour to the headquarter of the 6th German Army, paying special attention to the sport where Friedrich Paulus surrendered in the basement of the central department store.

➤Guided tour to the open-air Weapon of Victory exhibition and "The Battle of Stalingrad" museum.

➤In the evening, take a sunset cruise at Volga river.

Battle of Stalingrad

The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was the largest confrontation of World War II, in which Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia. Marked by fierce close-quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians in air raids, it was the largest (nearly 2.2 million personnel) and bloodiest (1.8–2 million killed, wounded or captured) battle in the history of warfare. After their defeat at Stalingrad, the German High Command had to withdraw vast military forces from the Western Front to replace their losses.


Day 6

Day Schedule:

➤Tour to Kalach-on-Don – the city of Military Glory, which is 80 km from Volgograd

➤Visit to the Golubinskiy Stanitsa

About the tour

Our guided tour to Kalach-on-Don – the city of Military Glory, which is 80 km from Volgograd, includes a visit to the battlefields outside the city and will be completed on the Don Heights near "memorial tank" of Josef Stalin.

Visit to the Golubinskiy Stanitsa. Here the 6th Army/Friedrich Paulus HQed until the German Sixth Army encirclement. The guide will recommend a place for lunch on the way. Depending on traffic, we expect to return to Volgograd by 17.00 to take the River Volga cruise. Enjoy the view of the city and the Volga, the longest and widest river of Europe.


Day 7

Day Schedule:

➤Tour to Kotelnikovo via Tinguta-Abganerovo-Akzai-Verkhnekumskiy

➤We expect to be back to Volgograd between 19.00 and 22.00

Tour to Kotelnikovo via Tinguta-Abganerovo-Akzai-Verkhnekumskiy

We will follow the way which was taken by the group of Panzer army of Hoth/ Erich von Manstein (Dec 1942) to relieve German 4th Panzer and 6th Armies trapped in Stalingrad - the "Winter Storm" operation and the famous battle on the river Myshkova.

During the tour, you can also visit the local museum in Kotelnikovo to see the panorama of Liberation of Kotelnikovo. Roads are truly bad here, to add to your experience some reality of those times… We expect to be back to Volgograd between 19.00 and 22.00. Today we will have driven at least 800 km and see/visit uncountable memorials all around. Your Discovery Russia guide will determine a more precise schedule for you based on your preferences.


Day 8

Day Schedule:

➤Check-out of the hotel

➤Transfer to the airport

➤A short flight to Moscow

➤Transfer to the train station

➤Boarding the train to Kursk

Kursk during WWII

During World War II, Kursk was occupied by Germany between November 4, 1941, and February 8, 1943. In July 1943, the Germans launched Operation Citadel in an attempt to recapture Kursk. During the resulting Battle of Kursk, the village of Prokhorovka near Kursk became the centre of a major armoured engagement – the Battle of Prokhorovka – between Soviet and German forces, which is widely considered to have been one of the largest tank battles in history. Operation Citadel was the last major German offensive against the Soviet Union. Rebuilding efforts in the city began in February 1944.


Day 9

Day Schedule:

➤Arrive Kursk in the morning and take off for a guided tour to Poniry Station including Teplov Heights and Rokossovsky HQ

Poniry Village

Poniry Village (northern section): over 1000 tanks wheeled and fought on the heights west of the village, while entire Infantry Divisions fought a hand to hand struggle for control of the village. On the 7th of July, the village changed hands no less than 5 times. Over 15,000 infantry casualties mounted through the course of the day. Poniry village tour includes visits to the local museum, defensive lines, Teplovskie heights, train station, a monument to sappers, a memorial to communication specialists, and a memorial to artillery division.


Day 10

Day Schedule:

➤Drive to Jakovlevo

➤Explore Prokhorovka battlefields

➤Guided tour to the museum and monuments at Prokhorovka

➤Late evening transfer to the train station in Belgorod

➤Boarding an overnight train to Moscow

Prokhorovka Tour

Prokhorovka village (southern section): the Battle of Prokhorovka (12 July 1943) is the largest tank battle in history. The Germans had first thought they were almost through the defences and were expecting nothing more than a few anti-tank guns; instead, they met over 800 tanks. Our full day tour to Prokhorovka includes visits to several sites with a major memorial complex called The Great Tank Battle of the Kursk Bulge with a large bell tower, museum and field displaying Russian tanks, etc. In 2010, huge Museum of Military Glory was opened here at astonishing 5000 m2.


Day 11

Day Schedule:

➤Arrive Moscow

➤Transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Inclusions

Accommodation

Hand-picked centrally located hotels of the selected category (3*, 4* or 5* hotel of your choice)

3 nights Moscow in a hotel of the selected category

4 nights Volgograd (Park Inn 4* hotel)

2 night Kursk (Aquamarine hotel & Spa)

1 night on board, 1st class train (compartment for 2 people, 1 seat per person. Please inquiry if you want to travel privately in the compartment)

Note: In Volgograd and Kursk only 4* hotels are available

Meals

Full breakfast daily (except Day 1 and Day 11)

Lunchboxes (for 2 days of driving tours Volgograd)

Group tour: Welcome dinner

Transportation

Flight Moscow-Volgograd-Moscow (economy fare)

Train tickets 1st class, Moscow-Kursk and Belgorod-Moscow

Meet & greet at the airports/train stations

Private return airport/train station transfers

Private transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus (except on walking tours)

Sightseeing

Moscow full-day (8 hours) guided tour: the Kubinka Tank Museum, walking city tour, Moscow metro tour

Moscow full-day (8 hours) guided tour: guided tour to the Monino Air Force Museum, guided tour to Poklonnaya Gora including Victory Park

The Moscow Kremlin tour

Volgograd full-day (8 hours) guided tour: the Mamayev Hill memorial complex (the main height #102.0), Motherland calls monument, Square of Fallen Fighters, open air Weapon of Victory exhibition and "The Battle of Stalingrad" museum, the Pavlov's House

Kalach-on-don full-day (8 hours) guided tour– the city of Military Glory, which is 80 km from Volgograd. The tour includes a visit to the battlefields outside the city and will be completed on the Don Heights near "memorial tank" of Josef Stalin

Full day (8 hours) guided tour to Kotelnikovo via Tinguta-Abganerovo-Aksai-Verkhnekamsky including visiting local museum in Kotelnikovo to see the panorama of Liberation of Kotelnikovo

Poniry village full-day guided tour

Jakovlevo and Prokhorovka half-day guided tour: the guided tour to the museum and monuments at Prokhorovka (including the preserved trenches and gun emplacements)

Volga River cruise

Entrance tickets & visas

Entrance tickets to all listed attractions (except optional)

Russian visa supporting documents (official visa invitation letter and detailed manuals on how to apply for the visa in your country of residence)

Your comfort counts

Dedicated local English-speaking guide in all places as per program

Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line

Russian local sim card with data

Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure with the tour operator that specializes in Russia

The group tour is fully escorted by Discovery Russia tour director and professional local guide

Group size 20 people maximum. All our group departures are guaranteed.

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Discovery Russia
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