- Destinations: Moscow - Stalingrad - Kursk battlefield trip
We visit main museums dedicated to the Great Patriotic war in Moscow together with some sights which require special permits like Kubinka tank and Monino aviation museums. The city of Stalingrad is a museum under open air by itself where combat took place through out the city. Our visits include Mamaev Kurgan (Mamaev Hill) with enormous monument of Mother Russia, Ludnikov's island, Factory district, Grain Elevator. Upon arrival to Kursk you have a unique opportunity to see the northern salient of the battle with key points of German offensive at Poniry, Olkhovatka and last point of Russian defense at Teplov Hights. These sights are almost never visited even by specialized groups.
The second day will be given to the southern bulge with the biggest tank battle at Prokhorovka. The tour is a wonderful opportunity to learn incredible details of main battles that took place during Great Patriotic war, ask questions and discuss the course and controversy of the fighting together with other participants of the group interested in military history.
Day 1: We arrive in Moscow. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel for two nights, with balance of day to rest and relax. Tonight we gather for a Welcome Dinner and tour briefing.
Day 2: Today we visit the superb Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Poklonnaya Hill. The second part of the day will be dedicated to the exploration of the magnificent Moscow Kremlin.
Day 3: This morning we take a tour around central Moscow including the GUM department store, Lubyanka Square, Red Square and Lenin's tomb. In the afternoon we depart to catch the flight to Volgograd (Stalingrad) and check into our hotel for two nights.
Day 4: Full day exploratory tour of the Stalingrad battlefield including the Mamaev Hill, the Factory District, the Grain Elevator, the Volga river crossing, the Lyudnikov's island, the Paulus last HQ and the Stalingrad panorama.
Day 5: We take a boat trip up the Volga past the giant Mother Russia monument and up to the Factory District. There will be an opportunity for some free time before we catch our return flight to Moscow. Check into our Moscow hotel for one night.
Day 6: Drive out to the massive tank Museum at Kubinka with its huge collection of WW2 armoured vehicles, which has only just recently been open to Westerners. After lunch we visit the Museum dedicated to the Defence of Moscow. In the evening we catch overnight train to Kursk.
Day 7: We will arrive to Kursk early and take a trip to Ponyri Station to look at the events within the 'northern shoulder' and last Soviet defense line on Teplov Hights. In the afternoon we will have time to visit the Rokossovsky HQ. Overnight in the hotel located in a picturesque and typical Russian village.
Day 8: Drive to Jakovlevo and follow the 'death ride' of the Fourth Panzer Army. Explore the battlefield around Prokhorovka, the furthest extent of the German advance. Visit the museum and monument at Prokhorovka (including the preserved trenches and gun emplacements). Return to Kursk and catch the overnight train to Moscow.
Day 9: Upon return to Moscow we take a trip outside of the city to enjoy a tour of the Monino aircraft museum. The museum is part of a military airbase and traces the history of Russian aviation from the first days up to the present.
Day 10: Today we watch the parade on TV which takes place on the Red Square at 10 am and head for the airport to catch the flight back home.
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