From 1941-1944 the city survived the most destructive siege in the history of human warfare. More than 800, 000 citizens lost their lives to starvation, cold, shelling and air raids. Our tour brings the images of that terrible and heroic time alive.
What to Expect
The Siege of Leningrad tour offers you a unique opportunity to go beyond the standard tour and visit the battlefields and memorial sites of the most dramatic siege of the Second World War.
The tour starts by driving along the Road of Life, the only supply route to the besieged city. Dozens of trains shuttled constantly along the lake coast to the city’s supply depots.
We will stop by a cemetery where the victims of war are buried and two memorials were built in the 1960s, commemorating the vital role the railroad played in saving the city from starvation.
The first big stop of the tour is the Road of Life museum which displays wartime relics telling of the heroic feat of the truck drivers. Braving the lake’s frozen expanses they faced constant harassment by enemy bombers and artillery to bring supplies to the city.
Next to the museum there is an exhibition of military and transport vehicles complete with a Soviet-made C-47 airplane that delivered food supplies to the starving.
On the way to Kirovsk we will stop at the coast of Ladoga Lake in Morozovka. Here you will get a good view of the Oreshek fortress. Located on a tiny island, it was heroically defended by the Soviet troops throughout the whole siege.
We will have lunch in the little provincial town of Kirovsk.
Nevsky Bridgehead, nicknamed pyatachok or five kopeck coin, is a tiny patch of land that became a common grave for almost 50, 000 Soviet soldiers. Making it one of the bloodiest battlefields in the world.
There is a network of trenches you’ll be able to walk alongside still clearly visible. Several memorials and a church have been built on the site.
Finally we will visit the Diorama Museum. Located on the same place where the German fortifications and were successfully stormed by the Soviet infantry. Six days later the Siege was broken.
The Diorama features the most crucial events that took place on that day on an impressive canvas. Several Soviet tanks that sank during the river crossing are standing in front of the museum’s entrance.
- Air-conditioned chauffeured transportation
- Museum tickets as per the itinerary
- Private guide services
- Hotel pick up & drop off