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Program #3340RJ
15 Days | 14 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.
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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 May 21 — Jun 4, 2015

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Day One: Thursday, May 21 - In transit
Depart From: your home airport in the USA to Vilnius, Lithuania.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Novotel Vilnius Hotel is part of the Accor Hotel chain and it is a medium size (159 rooms), 4-star hotel ideally located in the city center, next to the Old Town. The overall atmosphere of the hotel, its modern architecture and simple but elegant interior reflect the spirit of modern Vilnius. It is located in the fashionable area of the city with many shops and restaurants and in close proximity to tourist and cultural sites. The hotel has 24-hour security and employs English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
Gedimino Ave 16
Vilnius, LT 01103 Lithuania
phone: (+370)5/2666200
web: www.accorhotels.com

Room amenities: Spacious, comfortable, tastefully-furnished guest rooms, with private bathrooms, satellite TV, and telephones. Rooms are air conditioned and have hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The hotel features a nice lobby, a fitness center, conference facilities offering Internet access, a lobby bar, and an excellent restaurant. It is fully air conditioned and offers various services.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $110 twin basis.
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. Extra nights can also be reserved independently via the Internet.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, May 22 - Orientation meeting and introductions.
Arrive To: Arrival in Vilnius in the afternoon. Group Transfer to hotel for all participants holding air tickets from Road Scholar. Independent travelers are welcome to join the group transfer or make their way to hotel by 6pm.

Afternoon: 6.00pm RS registration. Orientation meeting, introductions.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner.

Lodging: Novotel Vilnius Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Novotel Vilnius Hotel is part of the Accor Hotel chain and it is a medium size (159 rooms), 4-star hotel ideally located in the city center, next to the Old Town. The overall atmosphere of the hotel, its modern architecture and simple but elegant interior reflect the spirit of modern Vilnius. It is located in the fashionable area of the city with many shops and restaurants and in close proximity to tourist and cultural sites. The hotel has 24-hour security and employs English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
Gedimino Ave 16
Vilnius, LT 01103 Lithuania
phone: (+370)5/2666200
web: www.accorhotels.com

Room amenities: Spacious, comfortable, tastefully-furnished guest rooms, with private bathrooms, satellite TV, and telephones. Rooms are air conditioned and have hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The hotel features a nice lobby, a fitness center, conference facilities offering Internet access, a lobby bar, and an excellent restaurant. It is fully air conditioned and offers various services.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $110 twin basis.
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. Extra nights can also be reserved independently via the Internet.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, May 23 - Political discussion and a city walk/ Free aftern...
Note: Expected walking is up to 2 miles, comfortable shoes are recommended

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning participate in a Lecture by a university professor focusing on the Baltic States's geographical and political position and Lithuania's integration into the European Community. After the lecture, join a local expert for a city walk, focusing on the city of Vilnius its history and baroque architecture: walk through the University campus, see the rich interior of Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Church of St. Anna, admire the medieval Gates of Dawn and stop at the site of the ancient synagogue.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made on site.

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

Lodging: Novotel Vilnius Hotel

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

Description: The Novotel Vilnius Hotel is part of the Accor Hotel chain and it is a medium size (159 rooms), 4-star hotel ideally located in the city center, next to the Old Town. The overall atmosphere of the hotel, its modern architecture and simple but elegant interior reflect the spirit of modern Vilnius. It is located in the fashionable area of the city with many shops and restaurants and in close proximity to tourist and cultural sites. The hotel has 24-hour security and employs English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
Gedimino Ave 16
Vilnius, LT 01103 Lithuania
phone: (+370)5/2666200
web: www.accorhotels.com

Room amenities: Spacious, comfortable, tastefully-furnished guest rooms, with private bathrooms, satellite TV, and telephones. Rooms are air conditioned and have hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The hotel features a nice lobby, a fitness center, conference facilities offering Internet access, a lobby bar, and an excellent restaurant. It is fully air conditioned and offers various services.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $110 twin basis.
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. Extra nights can also be reserved independently via the Internet.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, May 24 - Trakai Castle/ Free afternoon and evening.
Note: Travel time to Trakai is about 1 hour each way, expected walking up to 1 mile, comfortable shoes are recommended

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning is dedicated to Lithuania's 1000-year old history. Drive for an excursion of the historic Trakai Castle. From a museum curator learn about the history of Lithuania and the historic events associated with Trakai Castle. For a short in meddle ages Trakai was the capital of Lithuania. From the castle you have a magnificent view of more than 30 glacier-made lakes. The 15th-century castle, constructed in 1406 under Grand Duke Vytautas, is strategically situated on three islands in the middle of Lake Galve. Trakai's pride is the Castle History Museum, which features many medieval objects and Lithuanian period furniture of the 18th-20th centuries.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Retun to the city. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Check with the group leader for suggestions or just wander the city.

Dinner: Group Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Novotel Vilnius 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 67169999
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: Monday, May 25 - Vilnius-Riga transfer
Note: Travel by a comfortable, air-conditioned motor coach (expected total travel time 5-6 hours, including a stop over). Rest stops are made.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, hotel check out. Drive to Riga, Latvia, via town of Pilsrundele where we stop and we participate in an excursion to the baroque palace of Rundele, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland.

Lunch: Lunch en route to Riga.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Riga. Riga, founded in 1201 by the German Bishop Albert, 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 hotel.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Evening free to relax or join your Group leader for an informal walk to enjoy the Old Town near your hotel.

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 67169999
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: Tuesday, May 26 - Political discussion/ Museum of Latvian Occupatio...
Political discussion/ Museum of Latvian Occupation and a walking excursion in Old Town/Cultural event

Note: Extensive walking in Old Town on cobble stone surface

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This morning attend a Lecture: “Latvia today, the political and economic situation in Latvia, and its socio-demographic structure.” Following the lecture explore the Museum of Latvian Occupation, featuring many items and documents related to Latvia’s struggle for independence After that join a local expert for a city walk and learn about the 800-year history and architecture of Riga Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage site). See medieval buildings, Riga Castle, and enjoy organ music at the Dome Cathedral.

Lunch: Group Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made on site.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Concert or theatrical performance (subject to performance schedule).

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 67169999
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: Wednesday, May 27 - Presentation on Latvian music/Excursion to Yurmal...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Today attend a presentation on Latvian national music. Learn of Latvian folkloric traditions and musical instruments. After the presentation, continue exploration of the city by motor coach. Enjoy an expert led drive through the Art Nouveau district famous for Jurgenstil architecture. After the excursion drive through the area of the former Jewish ghetto.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made on site.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Avalon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 standard amenities and a hairdryer. 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: Thursday, May 28 - Riga-Parnu, Estonia-Tallinn
Note: Expected travel time is about 4-5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel in Riga.

Morning: This morning spend time at a local market before driving to Tallinn, Estonia. On the way to Tallinn, enjoy Estonian countryside, the picturesque Baltic coastline, numerous hills and lakes. Have a short stop in Paarnu, a seaside resort town.

Lunch: Lunch on your own en route to Tallinn.

Afternoon: Continue on to Tallinn with a late-afternoon arrival at the program hotel. Tallinn was founded in 1154 and, at over 850 years old, is the oldest of the three Baltic capital and is the historical, cultural, and political center of Estonia.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Park Inn Central Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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 standard amenities and a hairdryer. 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: Friday, May 29 - Discussion on politics and economy of modern Esto...
Discussion on politics and economy of modern Estonia/walking excursion in Old Town

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

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Participate in a discussion on Estonian economy and social and political issues in the aftermath of Estonia's entry into the EU. Following the discussion begin an expert led city walk to learn about the history of Estonia and the architecture of Old Tallinn. The Old Town is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. It has all features of a 15th-century trading town and the general look of a typical, prosperous Hanseatic town. We shall see the Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dome Church, and other interesting sites in the Upper Town.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant in Old Town.

Afternoon: A city walk continues in the Lower Town of Tallinn. The medieval Old Town is a busy place with shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafes and restaurants. We shall see the Old Town Hall, called Raekoja Plats,and the Tower, both dating back to the 15th century, pass by St. Nicholas Church and the Town Hall Square and end up at Catherine's Arts and Crafts Center. Attend and Afternoon performance. The rest of the day is free for independent explorations.



Dinner: Dinner on your own in Old town.

Lodging: Park Inn Central Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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 standard amenities and a hairdryer. 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 Ten: Saturday, May 30 - Visit to Kadriorg-Piriita/ Free afternoon and eve...
Note: .

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This morning we learn about historic ties Estonia has with Russia and visit the Kadriorg Palace - a stunning baroque splendor with stuccoed ceilings and landscaped gardens all round. Nowdays, as a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia it houses a rich collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures and applied from Russia. Then take a drive through the nearby seaside suburb of Piriita, a popular recreational area by the Baltic sea and a favorite venue for mid-summer festivals and active holidays. Return to Old Town.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore Tallinn on your own and suggestions of interesting sites and local museums to visit will be made on site.

Dinner: Group Dinner in Old town.

Lodging: Park Inn Central Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-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 the modern amenities and is conveniently located within walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and is also next to a Metro stop and the Moscow train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street / 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St.Petersburg, 191036 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Newly furnished, comfortable air conditioned rooms have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, and all have safes and hairdryers. There is a charge for Internet connection in the guestrooms.

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: $350 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. Please 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 into a different room with the group. Additional nights can also be booked independently via the Internet.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Sunday, May 31 - Tallinn-St. Petersburg, Russia, motor coach trans...
Note: Expected travel time 6-7 hours. Facilities on board.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Morning motorcoach transfer to St. Petersburg, Russia, with a stopover in the town of Narva for customs and border crossing formalities.

Lunch: Packed Lunch box/ water

Afternoon: Free time to rest upon arrival in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and a very important cultural and educational center. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 to rival Venice, the city was built on a series of canals and on over 100 islands connected gracefully by over 350 bridges. For its stunning beauty and architectural splendor it soon became known as the "Venice of the North".

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Evening Free, or, perhaps, join your Group leader for an informal walk in the neighborhood.

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-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 the modern amenities and is conveniently located within walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and is also next to a Metro stop and the Moscow train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street / 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St.Petersburg, 191036 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Newly furnished, comfortable air conditioned rooms have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, and all have safes and hairdryers. There is a charge for Internet connection in the guestrooms.

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: $350 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. Please 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 into a different room with the group. Additional nights can also be booked independently via the Internet.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Monday, June 01 - Lecture/ City excursion/Evening performance
Note: Extensive walking including up/down stairs, also standing in museum

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on "Russia Today", which will address the Russian society, political system,and issues of religion and ethnicity" (presented by a university professor). Q&A . Folowing the lecture begin city exploration by motorcoach, to see major architectural and historical landmarks including: Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral, the bithplace of the city; the golden domed St. Isaac’s cathedral; the Bronze Horseman monument, a tribute to Peter the Great, the founder of the city; finally, drive along the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt passing by numerous palaces, gardens, canals and graceful bridges.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Retrun to hotel to rest before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or city restaurant.

Evening: Evening performance.

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-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 the modern amenities and is conveniently located within walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and is also next to a Metro stop and the Moscow train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street / 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St.Petersburg, 191036 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Newly furnished, comfortable air conditioned rooms have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, and all have safes and hairdryers. There is a charge for Internet connection in the guestrooms.

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: $350 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. Please 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 into a different room with the group. Additional nights can also be booked independently via the Internet.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, June 02 - Visit Tsarskoye selo (Pushkin) and Peterhof
Note: A full day trip. Extensive walking (up to 2 miles), comfortable shoes are recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Today is dedicated to the Romanov Dynasty (of Russian tsars). En route to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) hear a presentation on the Romanov family who ruled Russia over 300 years. Visit Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), and see an elaborate baroque Palace built in 1752 by Tsarina Elizabeth to honor the memory of her mother Catherine I. Later it became a favorite retreat for Catherine II (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 stolen by the Nazis during WWII and later meticulously reconstructed by the Russian artists.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Continue on to Peterhof, a favorite summer estate of Peter I (the Great). See (exterior) the elaborate Grand Palace built to rival the palace of Versailles, now a museum, the Mon Plaisir Palace, a more humble villa, the Grand Cascade, and enjoy an expert led walk in the spectacular Lower Park by the Gulf of Finland, featuring over 150 fountains. (note: excursions to palaces and other museums on site are not part of the visit)

Dinner: Dinner on your own upon return. .

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-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 the modern amenities and is conveniently located within walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and is also next to a Metro stop and the Moscow train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street / 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St.Petersburg, 191036 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Newly furnished, comfortable air conditioned rooms have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, and all have safes and hairdryers. There is a charge for Internet connection in the guestrooms.

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: $350 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. Please 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 into a different room with the group. Additional nights can also be booked independently via the Internet.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Wednesday, June 03 - The Hermitage Museum/ Free time /Farewell dinner
Note: Extensive walking (up to 2 miles), comfortable shoes are recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Check-out.

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, French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, as well as numerous art treasures of all eras from all over the world.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Afternoon is free at the Hermitage, or, to explore the city on your own and suggestions for interesting sites and museums will be made. Or, perhaps, join your local expert for an optional boat ride along rivers and canals to veiw the city from water.

Dinner: Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Thursday, June 04 - Transfers to airport.
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Program ends, transfer to airport for flights home. Independent travelers are welcome to join group transfers.

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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