Sadly and ironically, in 1918, Yekaterinburg became a grave to the last Russian Emperor Nicolas II and in 1991, the birthplace of the first President of the post Soviet Russia - Boris Yeltsin. Founded with the blessing of Peter the Great in 1723, the city witnessed slave labor in the mines of the Demidov family, gold rush, rapid industrial growth, revolutions and civil war. In 1924, it is renamed to Sverdlovsk to mark a victory of the Bolshevik Revolution and the new Soviet era. Soon, the city becomes one of the major industrial centers for military production and a contributor to the needs of WWII. In 1960's, the world’s attention is glued to the American pilot Mr. Garry Powers, whose spy plane “U-2” was downed by a soviet missile above Sverdlovsk. The “Perestroika” in early 1990's returned to the city its original name, market economy, and hope...
The historical center and the city Pond. Main features of this part of the city are the 300-year-old water damn (Plotinka) and the 9-foot monument to the founders of Yekaterinburg city erected right at the spot where they built their first iron mill in 1723.
The St. Catherine chapel. Originally, it was the first cathedral of Yekaterinburg built by the founders in 17th century. In the 1930's it was destroyed per Stalin’s order and 1990, reborn in the form of a small chapel...
Monument to the Peter the Great. In the 17th century Yekaterinburg becomes Peter’s “Window to Asia”…
The Voznesenksaya Hill. This site will provide you with great views and lots of stories about the Old Believers of Urals and the “golden rush in 1814”.
The Lenin at the Square named after 1905 Revolution. During turbulent times of the Revolutions and the Civil War of 1905-1922, Yekaterinburg is fully involved and is the strategic center for both Red and White armies in Urals…
The Ipatievsky House and Church “On the blood”. This is where in July of 1918, the last Russian Emperor, his family and servants were shot in cold blood…In the 1990's the Russian church canonizes the Czar Nicolas II and builds a cathedral right on the spot where the execution took place.
Marshal Georgy Zhukov. The master of WWII victory, he spent few years in Stalin’s exile in Yekaterinburg before he was called for duty at the critical moment for the USSR in the war against Nazi Germany. We will pay a visit to his personal monument and the memorial for WWII solders.
Boris Yeltsin. The first President of post Soviet Russia or the “new Czar Boris”. Born in the village, during 1960's he is the Communist Party leader in Yekaterinburg. In 1991 he becomes the first President of the new Russia and in 1999 resigns with tears in his eyes…Take a brief look at the buildings where Boris Yeltsin lived and worked in Yekaterinburg…
Museum of military history and the U-2 story. Take a glimpse at the "cold war" exhibition featuring peaces of the American
U-2 spy plane and the Soviet air defense complex "S-75" that for the first time in 1960's managed to reach high altitude spy planes.
Monuments to Afghanistan and Chechnya wars. Yekaterinburg is one the few cities in Russia where one can find monuments for solders who died in “unclaimed” ideological wars.
Shirokorechinskaya cemetery. It is particularly known for victims of Stalin’s repressions in 1937 and life-size monuments to the “fallen brothers” of gang wars of the 1990's. The deceased are rendered in perfect photographic details and can be featured in a variety of casual attire modeled after American "heroes" such as Al Capone, Marlon Brando and James Dean…
[Option 1] - 5 hours, driving, with bilingual guide;
This tour is dedicated to the city's evolution. Our driver and the guide will pick you up from the hotel. The tour starts at the historical part of the city. We will stop by landmarks of early history of the city: the city Pond, Catherine chapel, Monument to the Peter the Great, Voznesenksaya Hill, and the City square. After that, we will take you to the The Ipatievsky House and Church “On the blood” to learn about tragic fate of the Royal Family. The last part of the tour will tell you about modern history of Yekaterinburg. Learn about Marshal Georgy Zhukov's and Boris Yeltsin's resident history in Yekaterinburg. During the visit to the Museum of military history you will hear a story and see artifacts related to the U-2 incident. At the monuments to Afghanistan and Chechnya wars you will return to the cold war times and reminded about instability of our today's life, and finally, the Shirokorechinskaya cemetery will get your mind spinning from trying to understand how all that happened.
Private car w/driver;
Museum Admission Fee (1);
Not included:Meals or snacks;
Special exhibitions fees;
Time/Fees for pick ups outside of the city center perimeter;
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