THE HEART AND SOUL OF RUSSIA:
St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Golden Ring

September 8- September 20, 2018
Led by Mr. Mikhail Smetnick

Trip Price: $5,780
Single Room Supplement: $1,390

Russia, long seen as a mysterious, formidable power, has a history as rich and turbulent as the country is expansive. It’s a land of contradictions - a land of frigid Gulags and premier ballets, of dramatic poverty and pristine, pastoral landscapes. Our visit begins in St. Petersburg; the city built by Peter the Great as a tribute to his military successes and transformed by Catherine the Great into a manifestation of the Enlightenment movement in Western Europe. Discover the city’s charming canals awash in soft light and its resplendent history via stops at some of the world’s most magnificent museums. Visit the Golden Ring, a series of prosperous medieval villages and monasteries that remain from the height of the Kievan Rus Empire as many as a thousand years ago, paying special attention to the area’s perfectly-preserved religious capital, Suzdal. Finally, head to Moscow, where Russia’s history is made. Here, we seek to understand the context of contemporary geopolitical events by exploring the various eras of Russia’s history - absorb the weight of the country’s Soviet past at the Gulag museum, stand in the city’s center of power in Red Square, and observe the ways that life in Russia has changed since the fall of the USSR at sites like Gorky Park and Moscow’s brand new Tolerance Center. Return home from Moscow.

 

Itinerary

September 8: Saturday. Depart US.
September 9: Sunday. St. Petersburg. Belmond Grand Hotel Europe.
September 10: Monday. St. Petersburg.
September 11: Tuesday. St. Petersburg.
September 12: Wednesday. St. Petersburg.
September 13: Thursday. Kostroma. Old Street Hotel.
September 14: Friday. Suzdal. Art Hotel Nikolaevskiy Posad.
September 15: Saturday. Suzdal.
September 16: Sunday. Moscow. Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya.
September 17: Monday. Moscow.
September 18: Tuesday. Moscow.
September 19: Wednesday. Moscow.
September 20: Thursday. Return from Moscow.

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