Please note, due to international interest in this tour there are two departure dates to select from:
- July 2nd to July 14th
- July 18th to July 30th
GET is offering an air and land package for Australian participants, and a land-only component for international participants. Prices listed next to the price tag above.
The tour will focus on the final 18 months (1916-1918) in the life of Russia's last imperial family Romanov. Their photographs, diaries and letters will be used to help us relive their experiences, from the revolution torn Petrograd to the "Red" Ekaterinburg. We will start in Tsarskoe Selo with their wartime efforts at the infirmaries, their daily attendances of prayer services at local churches, their visits to orphanages, and burials of their beloved patients. We will also visit places where they went regularly such as Anna Vyrubova's house, Peterhof and Yelagin Palace. We will enter the Yusupov Palace where their 'friend' Grigori Rasputin was murdered in late 1916 and take a peek at the apartment where he lived just prior to his death. We will relive the Tsar’s abdication and retrace the steps of his sad last ride from the imperial train station to the Alexander Palace. We will experience the family's life under house arrest by walking around the Alexander Park - where they planted a garden, broke ice on canals, cut trees for firewood and took walks followed by guards.
During our time in St Petersburg we will visit additional locations, including the cathedral where the remains of the imperial family are currently entombed. We will then follow the Romanovs to Siberia and enter the Governor’s mansion in Tobolsk where the family lived in captivity for almost a year. We will then head back towards Urals through Tyumen, making a stop in Pokrovskoye village, Rasputin's hometown. We will stand in the same spot the Romanovs stood - in front of Rasputin's house, when on Easter of 1918 they changed horses during their transfer to Ekaterinburg. We will then travel to Alapaevsk where Grand Duchess Elisabeth, the Tsarina’s sister and other members of the Romanov family, were imprisoned and ultimately murdered. Our journey will conclude in Ekaterinburg, where 'The House of Special Purpose' - the last prison of the Russian imperial family - once stood. We will pay respects in the exact spot they were murdered 100 years ago, and we will remember and honour them at their original burial site in the woods outside the city limits.
For more information on the history of the Romanov family, please visit the Romanov website.