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Program #3340RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Aug 23 — Sep 9, 2013

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Day One: Friday, August 23 - US departure
Depart From: Your home airport

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Radisson Blu Lietuva hotel (3-4 star) is located on the bank of the Neris River, a short walk to the Old Town and close to major tourist and cultural sites. Built in 1980, it is a fully renovated conference-style hotel (291 rooms). The simple but elegant interiors reflect the spirit of modern Vilnius, and some guestrooms and bars have a stunning view of the river.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Konstitucijos Str. 20
Vilnius, LT 09308 Lithuania
phone: (+370) 5-272 6272
web: www.radissonblu.com

Room amenities: Standard rooms are not large in size but are tastefully furnished, air-conditioned, have a full bath or shower and standard amenities, including high speed Internet for a fee, TV, telephone, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel features a nice modern lobby with an ATM, a number of shops, a fitness center, a business center offering free Internet access, several bars, and two restaurants. It is fully air-conditioned, has 24-hour security, and employs English-speaking staff.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: to be reconfirmed
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate and you will pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Do note that the reservation will be separate from the program reservation and it is likely that you will need to check out of the room and check back in to a different room with the group. Extra nights can also be reserved independently via the Internet.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, August 24 - Arrivals / Orientation meeting
Note: IMPORTANT INFORMATION: walking up to 2 miles daily on cobblestone and uneven surfaces and some standing in museums. Wheelchair/walker facilities are not available. Group meals are preset and cannot be changed on demand or ordered from menus. Luggage limit:1 pc/1 carry-on Porters are not always available. All personal and medical expenditures must be paid directly by participants. The Group Leader is not authorized to make any payments on participants' behalf. Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Arrive To: Arrival in Vilnius. Transfers to the hotel are arranged for all travelers with Road Scholar air tickets. Please look for our representative holding a Road Scholar sign in the arrival hall. Independent participants are welcome to use the group transfer. In that case arrival flights must be indicated on the Participant Forms to secure space on the transfer vehicle.

Afternoon: Orientation meeting at the hotel.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner.

Lodging: Radisson Blu Lietuva Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Radisson Blu Lietuva hotel (3-4 star) is located on the bank of the Neris River, a short walk to the Old Town and close to major tourist and cultural sites. Built in 1980, it is a fully renovated conference-style hotel (291 rooms). The simple but elegant interiors reflect the spirit of modern Vilnius, and some guestrooms and bars have a stunning view of the river.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Konstitucijos Str. 20
Vilnius, LT 09308 Lithuania
phone: (+370) 5-272 6272
web: www.radissonblu.com

Room amenities: Standard rooms are not large in size but are tastefully furnished, air-conditioned, have a full bath or shower and standard amenities, including high speed Internet for a fee, TV, telephone, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel features a nice modern lobby with an ATM, a number of shops, a fitness center, a business center offering free Internet access, several bars, and two restaurants. It is fully air-conditioned, has 24-hour security, and employs English-speaking staff.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: to be reconfirmed
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate and you will pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Do note that the reservation will be separate from the program reservation and it is likely that you will need to check out of the room and check back in to a different room with the group. Extra nights can also be reserved independently via the Internet.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, August 25 - Trakai Castle / Museum of Rural Life in Rumsiske...
Trakai Castle / Museum of Rural Life in Rumsiskes / Cultural event

Note: Expected walking up to 2 miles, comfortable shoes are a must

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Theme of the day: "Lithuania as a Baltic country with a 1000-year history". Drive to historic Trakai 9 (about 1 hour) for an educational visit to the Trakai Castle and a presentation on Lithuanian history at the Museum of History. See the castle, built in 1406 by Grand Duke Vytautas and beautifully nestled on an island in the middle of Lake Galve. The museum curator will talk about Lithuania's medieval history and the important events associated with Trakai, a one-time capital of Lithuania.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Continue on to the town of Rumsiskes (about a 1-hour drive) for an educational visit to an open-air museum to learn about rural life, national crafts, local customs and traditions from a museum expert. Return to the hotel (a 1-hour drive).

Dinner: Dinner in a local restaurant in the city

Evening: Evening cultural event - a FOLKLORIC SHOW.

Lodging: Radisson Blu Lietuva Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Radisson Blu Lietuva hotel (3-4 star) is located on the bank of the Neris River, a short walk to the Old Town and close to major tourist and cultural sites. Built in 1980, it is a fully renovated conference-style hotel (291 rooms). The simple but elegant interiors reflect the spirit of modern Vilnius, and some guestrooms and bars have a stunning view of the river.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Konstitucijos Str. 20
Vilnius, LT 09308 Lithuania
phone: (+370) 5-272 6272
web: www.radissonblu.com

Room amenities: Standard rooms are not large in size but are tastefully furnished, air-conditioned, have a full bath or shower and standard amenities, including high speed Internet for a fee, TV, telephone, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel features a nice modern lobby with an ATM, a number of shops, a fitness center, a business center offering free Internet access, several bars, and two restaurants. It is fully air-conditioned, has 24-hour security, and employs English-speaking staff.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: to be reconfirmed
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate and you will pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Do note that the reservation will be separate from the program reservation and it is likely that you will need to check out of the room and check back in to a different room with the group. Extra nights can also be reserved independently via the Internet.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, August 26 - City walk and university library / Evening with l...
Note: Expected walking up to 2 miles, be prepared to walk up several flights of stairs in the University library

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we have an expert-led city excursion, focusing on the history and architectural highlights of Vilnius. We walk through the university campus and have an inside visit to the university library, dating from the Middle Ages.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: The city overview continues. Have an inside visit to see the rich interior of the Peter and Paul Cathedral and St. Anna's Church. Continue your walk through the Gates of Dawn and stop at the site of the ancient synagogue. See numerous medieval baroque buildings.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Evening: This evening we spend with local residents at their homes for a cultural connection.

Lodging: Radisson Blu Lietuva Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Opened in June 2007, the newly built, award-winning, 4-star Avalon Hotel successfully blends modern design with the medieval traditions of the city's architecture. It is located in the city center and is adjacent to the Old Town of Riga.

Contact info:
70 Kaleju St.
Riga, LV-1050 Latvia
phone: +(371) 671 69999
web: www.hotelavalon.eu

Room amenities: All rooms are spacious, air conditioned, and offer all the standard amenities, including private baths or showers, satellite TV, telephone, minibars, safes, and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The Avalon is fully air-conditioned, has a modern, tastefully designed lobby, conference facilities, a business center with Internet access, several bars, a fitness center, and a nice restaurant. It offers a wide range of standard services, employs English-speaking staff and has 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, August 27 - Political discussion / Vilnius-Riga transfer / Ru...
Note: All inter-cities transfers are done by comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach with facilities on board. Rest stops are made every 2 hours (expected total travel time is 5-6 hours).

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Attend a lecture on "Lithuania's integration into the European community" (presented by a government official). After the lecture drive to Riga, Latvia, via the town of Pilsrundele and participate in an organized excursion to the baroque palace of Rundele, the former summer estate of the Duke of Courland.

Lunch: Lunch en route to Riga.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Riga. Founded in 1201 by the German Bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals; it boasts a kaleidoscope of architectural styles, a busy seaport, and a rich cultural life. Check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Evening free to relax; or, have an independent walk to enjoy the Old Town near your hotel.

Lodging: Avalon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Opened in June 2007, the newly built, award-winning, 4-star Avalon Hotel successfully blends modern design with the medieval traditions of the city's architecture. It is located in the city center and is adjacent to the Old Town of Riga.

Contact info:
70 Kaleju St.
Riga, LV-1050 Latvia
phone: +(371) 671 69999
web: www.hotelavalon.eu

Room amenities: All rooms are spacious, air conditioned, and offer all the standard amenities, including private baths or showers, satellite TV, telephone, minibars, safes, and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The Avalon is fully air-conditioned, has a modern, tastefully designed lobby, conference facilities, a business center with Internet access, several bars, a fitness center, and a nice restaurant. It offers a wide range of standard services, employs English-speaking staff and has 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Wednesday, August 28 - Political discussion / Museum of Latvian Occupati...
Political discussion / Museum of Latvian Occupation / Walking excursion in Old Town / Cultural event

Note: Expected walking in Old Town up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Lecture at hotel: “Latvian identity; political and economic situation, and Latvia's socio-demographic structure.” After the lecture begin an expert-led walking excursion to explore the 800-year old UNESCO-listed Old Town. See the medieval Riga Castle and Dome Cathedral. Enjoy an organ recital in the Dome Cathedral.

Lunch: Lunch in town.

Afternoon: Visit the Museum of Latvian Occupation, featuring many items and documents related to Latvia’s struggle for independence. Later in the afternoon participate in an expert-led excursion in the district of the city regarded by specialists as the capital of Art Nouveau architecture, known as New Style ("Jugendstil" in German). Art Nouveau appeared in architecture and furniture in the 1890s, and nearly half of the buildings in the center of Riga were built in this striking, flamboyant style. Free time.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Avalon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Opened in June 2007, the newly built, award-winning, 4-star Avalon Hotel successfully blends modern design with the medieval traditions of the city's architecture. It is located in the city center and is adjacent to the Old Town of Riga.

Contact info:
70 Kaleju St.
Riga, LV-1050 Latvia
phone: +(371) 671 69999
web: www.hotelavalon.eu

Room amenities: All rooms are spacious, air conditioned, and offer all the standard amenities, including private baths or showers, satellite TV, telephone, minibars, safes, and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The Avalon is fully air-conditioned, has a modern, tastefully designed lobby, conference facilities, a business center with Internet access, several bars, a fitness center, and a nice restaurant. It offers a wide range of standard services, employs English-speaking staff and has 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Thursday, August 29 - Presentation on Latvian music / Excursion to Yurm...
Note: Be prepared to spend all day outside the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: A presentation on Latvian national music: learn about Latvian folklore traditions and musical instruments. Following the lecture drive to the resort town of Yurmala (driving time approx.1 hour).

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Yurmala.

Afternoon: Spend part of the afternoon in Yurmala, a seaside resort famous for its music festivals, concerts, art galleries, and health spas. Admire the stunning city skyline on the way back to Riga, an unforgettable sight! Upon your return to Riga, drive through the area of the former Jewish ghetto, and visit the Ghetto Museum. Time to rest upon arrival at hotel, before taking a short walk (10 minutes) to a special CONCERT.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel before the concert.

Lodging: Avalon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Park Inn Central is a comfortable, newly renovated, modern hotel, managed by Radisson, and situated near Old Town and the city center, within walking distance to major city sites. The hotel staff speaks English, offers 24-hour front desk service, and 24-hour security.

Contact info:
7C, Narva mnt
Tallinn EE
10117, Estonia
phone: + 372 633 9800
web: www.parkinn.com/hotel-centraltallinn

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious with twin beds. They are air-conditioned, have private showers, all the standard amenities, and a hair dryer. Internet access is available for a fee, and there is a direct-dial phone, cable TV, and a minibar. No safes in standard rooms.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 245 spacious guestrooms with modern amenities,a nice modern lobby, elevators, ATMs, a good restaurant, lobby bar, and a stylish café. It provides standard hotel services, including 24-hour laundry and dry-cleaning service and free high-speed wireless Internet access in the hotel lobby. Internet access for a fee is also available in standard rooms. It has good conference facilities and a small fitness area with a jacuzzi and sauna.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, August 30 - Travel by motor coach: Riga-Paarnu-Tallinn, Eston...
Note: Expected travel time is about 4-5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel in Riga.

Morning: Spend part of the morning at a local market before driving to Tallinn, Estonia. Enjoy the beautiful Estonian countryside and the picturesque Baltic coastline, numerous hills and lakes on the way to Paarnu, a seaside resort town where a short stop is planned.

Lunch: Lunch en route to Tallinn.

Afternoon: Continue on to Tallinn with a late-afternoon arrival at the program hotel. Rest.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Evening free.

Lodging: Park Inn Central Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Park Inn Central is a comfortable, newly renovated, modern hotel, managed by Radisson, and situated near Old Town and the city center, within walking distance to major city sites. The hotel staff speaks English, offers 24-hour front desk service, and 24-hour security.

Contact info:
7C, Narva mnt
Tallinn EE
10117, Estonia
phone: + 372 633 9800
web: www.parkinn.com/hotel-centraltallinn

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious with twin beds. They are air-conditioned, have private showers, all the standard amenities, and a hair dryer. Internet access is available for a fee, and there is a direct-dial phone, cable TV, and a minibar. No safes in standard rooms.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 245 spacious guestrooms with modern amenities,a nice modern lobby, elevators, ATMs, a good restaurant, lobby bar, and a stylish café. It provides standard hotel services, including 24-hour laundry and dry-cleaning service and free high-speed wireless Internet access in the hotel lobby. Internet access for a fee is also available in standard rooms. It has good conference facilities and a small fitness area with a jacuzzi and sauna.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Saturday, August 31 - Discussion on the politics and economy of modern ...
Discussion on the politics and economy of modern Estonia / Walking excursion in Old Town / Cultural event

Note: Extensive walking up/down hills, be prepared to walk on cobblestones and uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Discussion: "Estonia today: the Estonian economy, and social and political issues in the aftermath of Estonia's entry into the European Union''. Following the discussion, have a short city orientation and begin a city walk to learn about the history of Estonia and the architectural treasures of Old Tallinn. See the Toompea Castle, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dome Church, and other sites in the Upper Town.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Old Town.

Afternoon: A city walk led by an expert continues in the Lower Town of Tallinn. Spend time at Catherine's Arts and Crafts Center. ATTEND A CLASSICAL CONCERT.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel.

Lodging: Park Inn Central Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A superior 3-star hotel in the heart of St.Petersburg in an impressive, partially renovated 19th-century building once known as the Grand Hotel. It is conveniently located in the heart of the city close to major museums and theaters. The hotel has 24-hour security and employs English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
10 Ligovsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 10098 Russia
phone: +7 (812) 578-15-15
web: www.oktober-hotel.spb.ru

Room amenities: Standard rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished, with private baths or showers. Some rooms have showers only. All have renovated bathrooms with basic amenities and a hair dryer. Room amenities also include telephone, remote control TVs, and clock radio. Note: Rooms are air conditioned, but no safes are provided.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a spacious, partially renovated lobby, a restaurant, a pleasant lobby bar, ATMs, a small fitness center, beauty salon, souvenir shops, currency exchange desk, theater desk, well equipped business center and conference facilities with Internet access, and a number of bars and snack rooms. There is no WiFi connection in standard rooms, but complimentary computers are available in the hotel business area.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Sunday, September 01 - Transfer from Tallinn to St. Petersburg, Russia /...
Transfer from Tallinn to St. Petersburg, Russia / Arrival in St. Petersburg

Note: Expected travel time is about 7-8 hours on an air-conditioned motorcoach with facilities on board.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Morning motorcoach transfer to St. Petersburg, Russia, with a stopover in Narva for customs and border-crossing formalities (expected travel time about 7 hours by air-conditioned motorcoach with facilities on board).

Lunch: Boxed lunch en route to St. Petersburg.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in St. Petersburg. Hotel check-in. Rest.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Oktyabrskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A superior 3-star hotel in the heart of St.Petersburg in an impressive, partially renovated 19th-century building once known as the Grand Hotel. It is conveniently located in the heart of the city close to major museums and theaters. The hotel has 24-hour security and employs English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
10 Ligovsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 10098 Russia
phone: +7 (812) 578-15-15
web: www.oktober-hotel.spb.ru

Room amenities: Standard rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished, with private baths or showers. Some rooms have showers only. All have renovated bathrooms with basic amenities and a hair dryer. Room amenities also include telephone, remote control TVs, and clock radio. Note: Rooms are air conditioned, but no safes are provided.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a spacious, partially renovated lobby, a restaurant, a pleasant lobby bar, ATMs, a small fitness center, beauty salon, souvenir shops, currency exchange desk, theater desk, well equipped business center and conference facilities with Internet access, and a number of bars and snack rooms. There is no WiFi connection in standard rooms, but complimentary computers are available in the hotel business area.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Monday, September 02 - The Romanovs and St Petersburg. Summer estates of...
The Romanovs and St Petersburg. Summer estates of the Tsars: Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and Peterhof.

Note: All day excursion. 1-2 hour drive each way. Extensive walking (up to 2 miles) including up/down stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This morning we drive to see the summer estates of the Romanov tsars, who ruled Russia for over 300 years. En route to Peterhof hear the story of the Romanov dynasty. Arrive in in Peterhof, the favorite summer estate of Peter I (the Great). Walk with an expert to admire the famous golden fountains, the palace grounds, and other constructions in the park. See (exterior only) the Grand Palace (known as the "Russian Versailles", now a museum), the Mon Plaisir Palace, Peter's more humble villa, the Grand Cascade, which is the centerpiece of the palace grounds, other pavilions, and the spectacular Lower Park itself, stretching along the Gulf of Finland and featuring over 150 fountains (note: excursions to palaces and other museums on site are not part of the visit).

Lunch: Lunch in a restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue on to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) to visit Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin). This is an elaborate baroque and rococco palace built in 1752 for Tsarina Elizabeth to honor the memory of her mother, Catherine (not "the Great"). See the eighth wonder of the world -- the extraordinary Amber Room, decorated with six tons of solid amber carved and framed in gold leaf. The original room was lost or confiscated by the Nazis during World War II and meticulously reconstructed in 2003 by Russian specialists.

Dinner: Dinner upon arrival at a city or hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Oktyabrskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A superior 3-star hotel in the heart of St.Petersburg in an impressive, partially renovated 19th-century building once known as the Grand Hotel. It is conveniently located in the heart of the city close to major museums and theaters. The hotel has 24-hour security and employs English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
10 Ligovsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 10098 Russia
phone: +7 (812) 578-15-15
web: www.oktober-hotel.spb.ru

Room amenities: Standard rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished, with private baths or showers. Some rooms have showers only. All have renovated bathrooms with basic amenities and a hair dryer. Room amenities also include telephone, remote control TVs, and clock radio. Note: Rooms are air conditioned, but no safes are provided.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a spacious, partially renovated lobby, a restaurant, a pleasant lobby bar, ATMs, a small fitness center, beauty salon, souvenir shops, currency exchange desk, theater desk, well equipped business center and conference facilities with Internet access, and a number of bars and snack rooms. There is no WiFi connection in standard rooms, but complimentary computers are available in the hotel business area.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Tuesday, September 03 - City excursion / Evening performance
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Theme of the Day: "The History and Architecture of St. Petersburg": city's architectural highlights led by an expert. Participate in an expert-led visit to the Peter and Paul Cathedral -- the birthplace of the city and the burial place of the Romanovs. See the Winter Palace, the Bronze Horseman statue, St. Isaac's Cathedral (exterior), St. Petersburg University, the Summer Garden, and many other historic sites and architectural treasures of this magnificent city.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Drive through Nevsky Prospekt (the main boulevard), and enjoy the sights of numerous canals, palaces, and bridges. Return to hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at a city restaurant.

Evening: Attend AN EVENING PERFRORMANCE: ballet 'Swan Lake' at the Rimsky Korsakov conservatoire theater. (note: The Mariinsky Theater is not part of this program)

Lodging: Oktyabrskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A superior 3-star hotel in the heart of St.Petersburg in an impressive, partially renovated 19th-century building once known as the Grand Hotel. It is conveniently located in the heart of the city close to major museums and theaters. The hotel has 24-hour security and employs English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
10 Ligovsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 10098 Russia
phone: +7 (812) 578-15-15
web: www.oktober-hotel.spb.ru

Room amenities: Standard rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished, with private baths or showers. Some rooms have showers only. All have renovated bathrooms with basic amenities and a hair dryer. Room amenities also include telephone, remote control TVs, and clock radio. Note: Rooms are air conditioned, but no safes are provided.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a spacious, partially renovated lobby, a restaurant, a pleasant lobby bar, ATMs, a small fitness center, beauty salon, souvenir shops, currency exchange desk, theater desk, well equipped business center and conference facilities with Internet access, and a number of bars and snack rooms. There is no WiFi connection in standard rooms, but complimentary computers are available in the hotel business area.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Wednesday, September 04 - The Hermitage museum
Note: Expected walking (up to 2 miles), up/down stairs, also some standing in the museum. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: A morning visit to the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest art galleries. View the dazzling collection of Old Masters, French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, as well as numerous items of all eras, from all corners of the world (3 hours to be spent with a licensed expert).

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Enjoy the Hermitage collection independently, or spend this afternoon exploring the city on your own.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or nearby restaurant.

Lodging: Oktyabrskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Moscow Marriott Tverskaya Hotel is housed in a beautiful, modern building in the city center; it is a rather small and comfortable hotel, recently renovated (204 rooms and suites). It is located within walking distance to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theatre (approximately 2 miles). Public transportation is easily available.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +74952583000
web: www.marriott.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are spacious, have 1 or 2 double beds, a safe, are air conditioned, and bottled water is provided daily. There is a combination bathtub/shower with a private bathroom, a hair dryer and normal bathroom amenities. Electrical plug adaptors are available. There is a mini-refrigerator, cable television with all-news channels, AM/FM radio, and a direct-dial phone.

Facility amenities: A spacious lobby, two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, high-speed wireless Internet connection, foreign exchange office, ATM machine in the lobby, small business center, concierge service, complimentary coffee in the lobby, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club. Smoking is permitted only in designated rooms and areas of the hotel. The hotel employs English-speaking staff and offers 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx $380 twin; $350 single.
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate, and you pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Room rates are subject to change and can only be confirmed at time of reservation.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Thursday, September 05 - Political discussion / St. Petersburg-Moscow tran...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Lecture: "Russia Today: an overview of Russian society, the political system, and issues of religion and ethnicity in modern Russia" (presented by a university professor). Q&A session.

Lunch: Lunch box, water provided.

Afternoon: Travel to Moscow by hi-speed train late in early afternoon (travel time, depending on train, 4-4.5 hours). Note: seats on the train are similar to those on a motorcoach, with plenty of legroom but limited space for luggage; facilities are available on board.

Dinner: Dinner in a city restaurant upon arrival in Moscow.

Evening: Transfer to the program hotel.

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Moscow Marriott Tverskaya Hotel is housed in a beautiful, modern building in the city center; it is a rather small and comfortable hotel, recently renovated (204 rooms and suites). It is located within walking distance to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theatre (approximately 2 miles). Public transportation is easily available.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +74952583000
web: www.marriott.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are spacious, have 1 or 2 double beds, a safe, are air conditioned, and bottled water is provided daily. There is a combination bathtub/shower with a private bathroom, a hair dryer and normal bathroom amenities. Electrical plug adaptors are available. There is a mini-refrigerator, cable television with all-news channels, AM/FM radio, and a direct-dial phone.

Facility amenities: A spacious lobby, two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, high-speed wireless Internet connection, foreign exchange office, ATM machine in the lobby, small business center, concierge service, complimentary coffee in the lobby, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club. Smoking is permitted only in designated rooms and areas of the hotel. The hotel employs English-speaking staff and offers 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx $380 twin; $350 single.
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate, and you pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Room rates are subject to change and can only be confirmed at time of reservation.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Friday, September 06 - City excursion / Tretyakov gallery
Note: Walking up to 1-2 miles in the museum

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Begin your exploration of Moscow with an expert-led drive through the city. Learn about Moscow's heroic past and vibrant present reflected in the city's history and architectural treasures. Stops are made at Moscow University, the New Maiden (Novodevichy) Convent where famous Russians are buried (view the exterior only), the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Russia's White House, Gorky Park, and the legendary Bolshoi Theater.

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own

Afternoon: This afternoon participate in an expert-led visit to the Tretyakov Picture Gallery, housing the world's finest and most extensive collection of Russian paintings of all periods. Learn about Byzantine-influenced medieval icons, paintings by the Peredvizhniki (a group of 19th-century Russian artists) and admire masterpieces by Surikov, Kramskoy, Repin, and other talents.

Dinner: Dinner in a city restaurant.

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Moscow Marriott Tverskaya Hotel is housed in a beautiful, modern building in the city center; it is a rather small and comfortable hotel, recently renovated (204 rooms and suites). It is located within walking distance to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theatre (approximately 2 miles). Public transportation is easily available.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +74952583000
web: www.marriott.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are spacious, have 1 or 2 double beds, a safe, are air conditioned, and bottled water is provided daily. There is a combination bathtub/shower with a private bathroom, a hair dryer and normal bathroom amenities. Electrical plug adaptors are available. There is a mini-refrigerator, cable television with all-news channels, AM/FM radio, and a direct-dial phone.

Facility amenities: A spacious lobby, two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, high-speed wireless Internet connection, foreign exchange office, ATM machine in the lobby, small business center, concierge service, complimentary coffee in the lobby, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club. Smoking is permitted only in designated rooms and areas of the hotel. The hotel employs English-speaking staff and offers 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx $380 twin; $350 single.
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate, and you pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Room rates are subject to change and can only be confirmed at time of reservation.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Sixteen: Saturday, September 07 - The Kremlin compound and Armory Chamber
Note: Extensive walking -- up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: An educational trip to the legendary Kremlin compound: this is a self-contained, walled city (fortress) with an armory, churches, and a palace, which for hundreds of years has been the symbol of the powerful Russian state. You will see the exterior of the Kremlin Palace, its cathedrals, and the legendary Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell. Cathedrals in the Kremlin compound include the golden-domed Cathedral of the Annunciation and the majestic Cathedral of the Archangel, a harmonious melange of Italian Renaissance and traditional Russian architecture. The walk through the Kremlin grounds is led by a licensed expert.

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own

Afternoon: Continue on with a visit to the Armory Chamber, featuring a unique collection of arms and armaments used through the Middle Ages, as well as various Russian royal treasures, including famous Faberge eggs commissioned by the Romanov tsars. Later have free time in Red Square, where all rulers of Russia left traces of their reign; see the ancient Kremlin wall, the striking Kremlin Clock Tower, GUM department store, and take pictures of St. Basil's Cathedral -- a multi-colored architectural wonder of the 16th century commemorating Russia's victory over the Tatars at Kazan.

Dinner: Dinner in a city restaurant.

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Moscow Marriott Tverskaya Hotel is housed in a beautiful, modern building in the city center; it is a rather small and comfortable hotel, recently renovated (204 rooms and suites). It is located within walking distance to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theatre (approximately 2 miles). Public transportation is easily available.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +74952583000
web: www.marriott.com

Room amenities: Guest rooms are spacious, have 1 or 2 double beds, a safe, are air conditioned, and bottled water is provided daily. There is a combination bathtub/shower with a private bathroom, a hair dryer and normal bathroom amenities. Electrical plug adaptors are available. There is a mini-refrigerator, cable television with all-news channels, AM/FM radio, and a direct-dial phone.

Facility amenities: A spacious lobby, two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, high-speed wireless Internet connection, foreign exchange office, ATM machine in the lobby, small business center, concierge service, complimentary coffee in the lobby, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club. Smoking is permitted only in designated rooms and areas of the hotel. The hotel employs English-speaking staff and offers 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx $380 twin; $350 single.
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate, and you pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Room rates are subject to change and can only be confirmed at time of reservation.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seventeen: Sunday, September 08 - Center for Arts and Crafts / Political discussion...
Note: Be prepared to spend all day outside the hotel.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This morning have a drive in the city to see more city landmarks and experience and Moscow Metro ride (if desired only).

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own

Afternoon: Transfer to the Center for Preservation of Ethnic Arts and Crafts from all corners of the multi-ethnic Russian state. See the museum and showrooms (no purchases are expected from you). PARTICIPATE IN A POLITICAL DISCUSSION.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Evening: Attend a CONCERT - RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHOIR. (note: The Bolshoi Theater is part of this program)

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eighteen: Monday, September 09 - Depart from Moscow
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Program ends, transfers to airport DME and SVO for all participants holding air tickets from Road Scholar. Independent travelers are welcome to join the designated group transfer bus to Domodedovo Airport (DME), or arrange a taxi to the airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Vilnius
AmberInteresting collection of Amber for those who wish to learn more about Amber which the Baltic sea is famous for. Program staff will assist you with this visit if desired. Entrance fee is additional.
JewishThe museum is dedicated to Jewish history in Lithuania, featuring numerous documents and photographs related to various historic periods. Program staff will assist with this visit if desired. Entrance fee is additional.

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