Voroshilov's coastal battery and Grand Ducal's battery (1913)
Vladivostok fortress was considered to be the strongest coastal fortress in the world in the first decade of 20th century. From the 1880s to 1917, about 100 millions golden coins was spent for its building. Nowadays complex consist of 122 constructions: forts, batteries, so on. Defensive constructions are located in the area more than the area of modern city buildings.
This tour consist of two excursions: to the museum of the Voroshilov coastal battery and to the Grand Ducal battery - both batteries are situated on the Russky island.
Our route to the island will pass through the Russky bridge - one of the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, with a 1104 m long central span. The bridge also has the second highest pylons.
Grand Ducal Battery was built before Soviet times, in 1913 and named after Grand Duke Sergey Romanov.
Construction of Voroshilov's battery was finished in 1934. The 305-mm turret artillery battery was the first and the last battery of such high caliber, created in the soviet period.
During the way to the first point of this tour - Voroshilov's coastal battery you will hear about history and modernity of Russky island. You get to know reasons of appearance of Vladivostok's Fortress and coastal defence, and why Vladivostok was founded just at that spot.
You will pass through outer part of Voroshilov's battery between two its turrets, see guns of 1914 year inside the turrets and also take the stairs down to the underground premises.
The next point - Grand Ducal Battery. There you will walk with lamp along the underground gallery and see artillery patio for 10-inch Russian gun. From this place you also can enjoy by fascinating sea view to the Peter the Great Bay.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I'll meet you on the quay just beside your cruise ship. If you stay in hotel, I'll pick up you in the lobby.I'll have a badge with my name on it.
End location: I'll take you back to your hotel/cruise ship. If you prefer go for lunch/dinner afterwards, I'll show you some place (depends on your preference)and leave you there.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Clean and air-conditioned car.
Transportation, guide service, bottle of water,entrance fee to the Voroshilov's battery. Also I will equip you with lamps for free.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 rubles - Cost of photographing inside and outside of Voroshilov's battery.
Also you can make a shoot by blank charge from the gun caliber 45 mm. It will cost 1000 rubles.
Attention please: Underground premises are wet and cold. Battery is situated high above sea level, so there can be strong wind. Please dress warmly, even in summer. Shoes should be without high heels.
I am not a driver. I arrange for a separate car and driver.
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I will recommend Elena and the Vladivostok Fortress tour if you are going to Vladivostok. She was very positive and speaks good English.