Europe & Baltic
Learn about the evolution of Russia and its politics as you visit some of the most important sites pertaining to Lenin and the Bolshevik Party. Pass Peter and Paul Fortress en route to the Kshesinskaya Mansion. From this vantage point, you will have an excellent view of the River Neva, the Hermitage, and the gilded spire of Peter and Paul Fortress. Kshesinskaya Mansion, now a Museum of Political History, is the former home of prima ballerina Kshesinskaya. In February 1917, it became the seat of the Council of Soldier's and Worker's Deputies. From the balcony of the mansion, Lenin gave his famous political speech in April 1917, known as a program of peaceful transition from the bourgeois democratic revolution to the socialist one. Your tour of the mansion will feature a visit to the offices of Lenin, and an exhibition on the evolution of Russia and its politics. A photograph stop will be made at the Battleship Aurora, whose guns signaled the start of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. There you may have the opportunity to barter with local souvenir vendors before continuing past the Finland Station and the Tauride Palace en route to the Smolny Institute. The Smolny Institute, originally built as a school for girls from aristocratic families, became the headquarters of the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917 and where Lenin resided and worked following the communist takeover. Visit the Lenin Museum and tour the rooms in which Lenin lived, worked and slept prior to the return drive to the ship.
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