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Program #3318RJ
11 Days | 10 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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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 Sep 11 — Sep 21, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, September 11 -
In Transit: Overseas flight from the US to Moscow

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
Facility amenities: 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 before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, September 12 - Arrivals in Moscow.
Note: Participants in this Flex Active program which includes independent exploration must be prepared to walk up to 2 miles daily, including on unpaved surfaces and up/down stairs.The program is not suitable for participants with wheelchairs or walkers. Be prepared to carry/roll personal luggage on occasion; porters are not always available. Group meals are fixed and cannot be changed on demand; a vegetarian menu (not vegan) is served if requested in your PIF; other special meals cannot be confirmed.

Afternoon: Arrivals in Moscow. Group transfers are provided for participants holding air tickets from Road Scholar. Independent travelers are welcome to join the group transfer from DME. The transfer schedule is announced in this mailing. Note: estimated driving time to the hotel from DME is 2 hours. THERE ARE NO REST STOPS EN ROUTE. Participants meet the Group Leader at 6 pm in the hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Attend a group orientation meeting and meet fellow Road Scholars. Note: this meeting may be moved to the next morning (subject to participants' arrival time at hotel).

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

Meals Included: 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
Facility amenities: 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 before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, September 13 - Moscow history and architecture / Arbat Street / ...
Note: Light walking (at your leisure).

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This 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), and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Also, pass by Russia's 'White House', Gorky Park, and the legendary Bolshoi Theater, while learning about Moscow's cultural life and Moscow's current theatrical scene.

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own in city

Afternoon: This afternoon is free to explore on your own. Suggestions of interesting sights will be made by your Group Leader, or enjoy an independent walk in Arbat Street, famous for art galleries and arts and crafts stands.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner return to the hotel by bus or, if desire, independently via the famous Moscow metro (this is not part of the official program). Take time to admire the magnificent underground stations decorated with colorful mosaics, beautiful crystal chandeliers, and bronze statues.

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
Facility amenities: 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 before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, September 14 - Tretyakov Picture Gallery / Free afternoon / Even...
Note: Expected walking in museum up to 2 miles. Rest areas are available.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This morning enjoy an on-site, expert-led presentation on Russian painting during a field trip to the Tretyakov Picture Gallery, housing the world's finest and most extensive collection of Russian art. Learn about Russian spirituality and national values as represented in Russian paintings of all periods. Discover the art of Russian landscape painting by Isaac Levitan and other outstanding artists. Admire the ornate, Byzantine-influenced medieval icons and paintings by the famous Peredvizhniki, who were a group of artists of the 19th century, including Surikov, Kramskoi, Repin, and others.

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own.

Afternoon: This afternoon is free for independent visits. The Group Leader will make suggestions of interesting sights OR: return to the hotel to rest before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: Evening performance - opera "Aida" at the Stanislavsky Musical Theater.

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
Facility amenities: 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 before: 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 in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Monday, September 15 - Visit the Kremlin compound and Armory Chamber / I...
Visit the Kremlin compound and Armory Chamber / Independent time in Red Square.

Note: Expected walking up to 2 miles on cobblestoned surfaces. Be prepared for a full day in the city.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Enjoy an on-site presentation by a licensed expert on medieval Russia during your visit to the legendary Kremlin compound, which for centuries was the symbol of the powerful Russian state. It is a self-contained walled city (fortress), with an Armory, Cathedrals, and Palace. See the exterior of the Kremlin palace, the legendary Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, and examine the spectacular golden-domed Cathedral of the Annunciation and the majestic Cathedral of the Archangel, reflecting a harmonious melange of Italian Renaissance and traditional Russian architecture inside the Kremlin walls.

Lunch: Lunch on your own(Suggest a café in GUM).

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Kremlin compound with an expert-led visit to the adjacent Armory Chamber, for its unique collection of Russian Royal jewels, famous Faberge eggs and other imperial regalia. 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, the 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 at a restaurant in the city.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn is a recently opened 3-4-star hotel (270 rooms) in the heart of St Petersburg. It is housed in an impressive modern building occupying an entire city block and facing the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt and a side street. The hotel offers all standard amenities and it is conveniently located in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street/ 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 193106 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms only are reserved for this program. Rooms are, comfortable ,air conditioned and have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Complimentary WiFi in rooms. Bottled water is not provided in rooms but available for purchase in the hotel lobby.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, several bars, concierge service for theater tickets, a small fitness center, a well-equipped business center with Internet access, and conference facilities. The hotel offers various services including laundry, dry cleaning, room service, etc. Free Internet connection is available to guests in the hotel lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: USD 320 /Twin (approx.).
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 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. Additional nights can also be booked independently via www.booking.com or similar sites.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Tuesday, September 16 - Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts / Lecture / Travel to...
Note: Travel to St. Petersburg by high-speed train, about 3.5 hours (facilities are available on board). Be prepared to carry your own luggage on and off the train.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: This morning participate in an expert-led excursion to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, focusing on the museum's collection. Opened in 1912, the museum houses a collection of European art second in Russia only to St. Petersburg's Hermitage. Much of the strength of the collection is Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Explore a special attraction in the museum -- the collection of Schliemann’s Gold of Troy, which is also exhibited here.

Lunch: Packed lunch for the train.

Afternoon: Participate in a presentation on Russian culture and Russian identity and contemporary issues. Transfer for afternoon high-speed train to St. Petersburg (facilities are available on board, travel time is about 3.5 hours).

Dinner: Dinner on your own upon arrival

Evening: Evening arrival in St. Petersburg. Hotel check-in.

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn is a recently opened 3-4-star hotel (270 rooms) in the heart of St Petersburg. It is housed in an impressive modern building occupying an entire city block and facing the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt and a side street. The hotel offers all standard amenities and it is conveniently located in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street/ 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 193106 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms only are reserved for this program. Rooms are, comfortable ,air conditioned and have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Complimentary WiFi in rooms. Bottled water is not provided in rooms but available for purchase in the hotel lobby.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, several bars, concierge service for theater tickets, a small fitness center, a well-equipped business center with Internet access, and conference facilities. The hotel offers various services including laundry, dry cleaning, room service, etc. Free Internet connection is available to guests in the hotel lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: USD 320 /Twin (approx.).
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 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. Additional nights can also be booked independently via www.booking.com or similar sites.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Wednesday, September 17 - History and architecture of St. Petersburg / Pete...
History and architecture of St. Petersburg / Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral / Free evening

Note: Light walking, including on cobblestoned surfaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Theme of the day: “History and Architecture of St. Petersburg.” Start exploring the city with a field trip to the Peter and Paul Fortress -- have an inside visit to the fortress and its cathedral, which is the birthplace of the city and the burial place of the Romanov tsars. Continue your city exploration with an expert-led city drive, stopping at major architectural and historical landmarks. See (exterior only) the golden-domed St. Isaac’s Cathedral, pass by the Bronze Horseman statue, which is a tribute to Peter the Great, the founder of the city; then drive through fashionable Nevsky Prospekt (the main city boulevard) and see numerous palaces, gardens, canals and graceful bridges for which St. Petersburg is also called the ‘Venice of the North”.

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel by approximately 3.30pm. The rest of the afternoon is free for independent explorations..

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening free.

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn is a recently opened 3-4-star hotel (270 rooms) in the heart of St Petersburg. It is housed in an impressive modern building occupying an entire city block and facing the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt and a side street. The hotel offers all standard amenities and it is conveniently located in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street/ 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 193106 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms only are reserved for this program. Rooms are, comfortable ,air conditioned and have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Complimentary WiFi in rooms. Bottled water is not provided in rooms but available for purchase in the hotel lobby.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, several bars, concierge service for theater tickets, a small fitness center, a well-equipped business center with Internet access, and conference facilities. The hotel offers various services including laundry, dry cleaning, room service, etc. Free Internet connection is available to guests in the hotel lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: USD 320 /Twin (approx.).
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 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. Additional nights can also be booked independently via www.booking.com or similar sites.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Thursday, September 18 - The Romanov Dynasty: Catherine's Palace in Tsars...
The Romanov Dynasty: Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) / Peterhof park and fountains.

Note: Be prepared for extensive walking in museums and parks (up to 2 miles). Rest areas are available. Late evening return is possible due to city traffic.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: A full day is dedicated to visits to the summer estates of the Romanov tsars, who ruled Russia for 300 years. Have an on-site presentation on the Romanov dynasty and its ties with St. Petersburg. Continue on to Peterhof -- a favorite summer residence of Tsar Peter the Great, the founder of the city, to admire the stunningly famous golden fountains, the palace grounds, and other constructions in the park. See the exterior of the Grand Palace (the "Russian Versailles", now a museum), Mon Plaisir palace, Tsar Peter's more humble villa, the Grand Cascade of fountains which is the centerpiece of this architectural design, and walk in the spectacular Lower Park, located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland and featuring over 150 fountains (note: inside visits to palaces and other museums on site are not part of this group visit).

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Peterhof.

Afternoon: Continue on to see Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) -- an elaborate baroque palace built in 1752 for Tsarina Elizabeth to honor the memory of her mother, Catherine I (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 mysteriously disappeared during WWII, was never found, and finally was meticulously reconstructed in 2003. Everything is presented by a licensed expert. Enjoy the afternoon at the Hermitage on your own or have free time in the city. Suggestions of interesting sights to visit will be made by our local representative.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or at a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening free

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn is a recently opened 3-4-star hotel (270 rooms) in the heart of St Petersburg. It is housed in an impressive modern building occupying an entire city block and facing the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt and a side street. The hotel offers all standard amenities and it is conveniently located in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street/ 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 193106 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms only are reserved for this program. Rooms are, comfortable ,air conditioned and have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Complimentary WiFi in rooms. Bottled water is not provided in rooms but available for purchase in the hotel lobby.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, several bars, concierge service for theater tickets, a small fitness center, a well-equipped business center with Internet access, and conference facilities. The hotel offers various services including laundry, dry cleaning, room service, etc. Free Internet connection is available to guests in the hotel lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: USD 320 /Twin (approx.).
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 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. Additional nights can also be booked independently via www.booking.com or similar sites.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nine: Friday, September 19 - Hermitage Museum/ Farewell dinner
Note: Be prepared for extensive walking including up/down stairs in the museum (up to 2 miles). Rest areas are available.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: This morning participate in an expert-led visit to the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest art galleries. Enjoy the dazzling collection of Old Masters and French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, as well as numerous unique art treasures of all eras from all over the world.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Hermitage café or in the city.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon in the Hermitage museum on your own or enjoy free time in the city center. Suggestions for independent visits to be offered by your local hosts.

Dinner: Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant (note: this dinner is arranged for this evening as a ballet performance is scheduled for the last night).

Evening: Enjoy a folkloric show at the farewell evening.

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn is a recently opened 3-4-star hotel (270 rooms) in the heart of St Petersburg. It is housed in an impressive modern building occupying an entire city block and facing the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt and a side street. The hotel offers all standard amenities and it is conveniently located in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street/ 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 193106 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms only are reserved for this program. Rooms are, comfortable ,air conditioned and have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Complimentary WiFi in rooms. Bottled water is not provided in rooms but available for purchase in the hotel lobby.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, several bars, concierge service for theater tickets, a small fitness center, a well-equipped business center with Internet access, and conference facilities. The hotel offers various services including laundry, dry cleaning, room service, etc. Free Internet connection is available to guests in the hotel lobby.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: USD 320 /Twin (approx.).
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 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. Additional nights can also be booked independently via www.booking.com or similar sites.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Ten: Saturday, September 20 - Lecture on 'Russia today' / Free time / Evening p...
Note: Free time in the city. On-site assistance is provided.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Join a discussion on "Russia today" at the hotel, presented by a St.University staff and focusing on various aspects of contemporary Russia. Q&A. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own; suggestions of interesting sights to visit will be made on site.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: We suggest taking a walk in Nevsky Prospekt, spending time in the 'House of Books', a magnificent Art Nouveau building, stopping by the Eliseyevsky Epicurean Delights, or exploring on your own a nearby museum of your choice. Suggestions of interesting sights to visit will be made by our local representative.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the city and transfer to ballet.

Evening: Enjoy the ballet 'Sleeping Beauty" at the Mikhailovsky Theater (dressy, but not formal attire, is recommended).

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eleven: Sunday, September 21 - Departure
Note: Transfer times are pre-scheduled by an official transfer company.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

In Transit: Departure transfers. Independent travelers are welcome to join the pre-scheduled group transfers. Exact transfer schedule will be announced 24 hours in advance.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Moscow
Bolshoi theaterOut of 2 included performances one performance (opera or ballet) is planned at the Bolshoi 1 or 2 theater (in Moscow) OR Mariinsky1 or 2 theater (in St. Petersburg). Subject to performance schedule during the program. Additional tickets for these or other theaters may be purchased at the hotel concierge desk or via the Internet.
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky theaterOut of 2 included performances one performance (opera or ballet) is planned at the Bolshoi theater 1 or 2 (in Moscow) OR Mariinsky theater 1 or 2 (in St. Petersburg). Subject to performance schedule at the time of the program. Additional tickets for these or other theaters may be purchased at the hotel concierge desk or via the Internet.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
9 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
3 Performances

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