School Trips to Russia

A school trip to Russia is a truly unique learning experience. As a country at the centre of key developments in both modern history and present-day politics, Russia is sure to leave a lasting impression on students.

From Moscow’s Red Square and the Kremlin to St. Petersburg’s incredible architecture, there is plenty for students to see and do. Sightseeing is just one element of any NST trip though, with our focus on ensuring your group comes away enriched by an experience which aids their curriculum.

With this in mind, we can design any school trip to Russia with an itinerary to perfectly suits the needs of your group - and if there’s any country to aid learning, Russia is a fantastic choice. From the reign of the Tsar’s and the subsequent Russian Revolution of 1917, the rise of communism and the Soviet Union, Russia’s major role in the Second World War and Cold War, to its place as a modern day superpower, the country is brimming with chances to educate and enlighten students.

If you would like to talk through your options regarding an educational trip to Russia, please get in touch with our team of school travel experts today on 0845 293 7970.

Trip Destinations in Russia

Moscow

Moscow

History

In Moscow, students will have the chance to see the majestic legacy of Russia's recent history, from the Tsardoms to Communism, set amongst stunning architecture and engaging attractions.

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If you’re looking for more information or free advice, get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today.

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

History

The grandeur of St Petersburg gives a vivid insight into Russian society on the eve of revolution and its canals, squares and buildings were the backdrop against which the events of 1905 and 1917 were played out. It is a city among the most fascinating to the historian and the most beautiful to all visitors.

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If you’re looking for more information or free advice, get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today.


Russia trip highlights - our groups love...

Kremlin Grounds

Kremlin Grounds

The Kremlin, Russia’s most famous and iconic landmark, is a behemoth sized opportunity for students to learn all about Russian history and politics. A visit to the grounds will take in many of the most interesting parts of Moscow’s centrepiece, including the Tsar Bell, Tsar Cannon, and Church of Assumption. 

Metro Station Tour

Metro Station Tour

Moscow’s metro stations are well known for their unique architecture, artistry and design. Students will have the chance to view the stations on a tour around the city. 

Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress

The Peter and Paul Fortress has a long and often bloody past. Originally built as the citadel of St. Petersburg, it serves as the burial ground for all of the Russian Tsars, from Peter the Great to Nicholas II. In the early 20th Century, the fortress was used by the Bolsheviks as a prison and execution site for political prisoners. Students will have the chance to visit the cells prisoners were held in.

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

Students have the opportunity to view a wide range of impressive art in this museum, known for being the second largest art museum in the world. 

Nevsky Prospekt

Nevsky Prospekt

A stroll along Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg’s main street, is sure to inspire and excite students. Now a central hub for the city’s shopping and nightlife, the street is home to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including many 18th century churches, a monument Catherine the Great, the Stroganov Palace, the Anichkov Bridge, and the Kazan Cathedral.

Church of the Savior on the Spilt Blood

Church of the Savior on the Spilt Blood

St Petersburg’s Church of the Savior on the Spilt Blood is an architectural masterpiece sure to inspire the creative spark in your students. The Church is one of a number of impressive buildings across the city, all of which students will the chance to see.

Expert trip planners

Hundreds of groups travel with NST to Russia every year, and members of our team regularly visit the two main cities - Moscow and St. Petersburg - to really get to know the ins-and-outs of each area, from logistics and attractions to our range of student-friendly accommodation.

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge of Russia to create an itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and meets your exact school travel needs. They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, suggest options you might not have considered and give you insight into the feedback other teachers have given us too.

 

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process.

 

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information:

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals


You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

Free school trip promotion pack

Free school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip


For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip. 

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.

If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.

Our helpful guide covers the following:

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist


View our essential guide to a successful school trip here.

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you.

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too.

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go.

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here.

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free geography resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom!

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise of Russia to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • Free group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  

 

Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

 

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.