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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 May 29 — Jun 8, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, May 29 -
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 (162 non-smoking rooms and suites). It is located within walking distance to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theatre (approximately 2 miles). Public transportation (metro [subway] and trolleybus) is easily available. This is a totally non-smoking hotel.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +7-495-258-3000
Facility amenities: Two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, free internet connection on the ground floor and available for a fee in guest rooms, foreign exchange office, ATM machine in the lobby, small business center, concierge service, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club, and safe deposit boxes at the front desk. This is a non-smoking hotel. It employs English-speaking staff and offers 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: No
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, May 30 - Arrival in Moscow. Group transfers to hotel. Expe...
Arrival in Moscow. Group transfers to hotel. Expected number of program participants: 10-12.

Note: Participants of this Flex program which includes independent exploration, must be prepared to walk up to 2miles, including on uneven/unpaved surface and up/down stairs.The program is not suitable for individuals using wheelchairs or walkers. Please be prepared to carry/roll personal luggage on occasion, as porters are not always available. Group meals are fixed and cannot be changed on demand; a vegetarian menu is available if requested in advance, other dietary menus cannot be confirmed.

Afternoon: Upon arrival at the airport, look for the agent holding a Road Scholar sign. Join pre-scheduled arrival transfers for all participants holding air tickets from Road Scholar. Independent travelers are welcome to join a pre-scheduled group transfers from DME only as announced in this mailing Upon arrival at the airport(s) and at the hotel be prepared to carry/roll your luggage to/from the bus. All participants meet the Group Leader at 6 pm in the hotel lobby. NOTE: TRAVEL TIME TO PROGRAM HOTEL FROM DME - 2 HRS, FROM SVO-1,5 HRS. .

Dinner: Group Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Participate in an informal group orientation meeting and meet your fellow Road Scholars.

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 (162 non-smoking rooms and suites). It is located within walking distance to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theatre (approximately 2 miles). Public transportation (metro [subway] and trolleybus) is easily available. This is a totally non-smoking hotel.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +7-495-258-3000
Facility amenities: Two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, free internet connection on the ground floor and available for a fee in guest rooms, foreign exchange office, ATM machine in the lobby, small business center, concierge service, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club, and safe deposit boxes at the front desk. This is a non-smoking hotel. It employs English-speaking staff and offers 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: No
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, May 31 - Moscow and its cultural treasures -The Pushkin mu...
Moscow and its cultural treasures -The Pushkin museum of Fine Arts/ Evening performance

Note: Expected walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Begin your exploration of Moscow with an expert-led drive through the city center to learn of city's remarkable historical and architectural treasures. After your introduction to the historic center of Moscow participate in an expert-led Field trop to the State 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 the Old Masters and 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: Lunch on your own. .

Afternoon: After lunch return to hotel for a short rest before the evening event.

Dinner: Early dinner. Snacks are also available for purchase at the theater's café.

Evening: Transfer to the Bolshoi II theater for Opera 'Cosi fan Tutte' (d. code: dressy but not formal).

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
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 (162 non-smoking rooms and suites). It is located within walking distance to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theatre (approximately 2 miles). Public transportation (metro [subway] and trolleybus) is easily available. This is a totally non-smoking hotel.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +7-495-258-3000
Facility amenities: Two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, free internet connection on the ground floor and available for a fee in guest rooms, foreign exchange office, ATM machine in the lobby, small business center, concierge service, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club, and safe deposit boxes at the front desk. This is a non-smoking hotel. It employs English-speaking staff and offers 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: No
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, June 01 - Russian art of painting: the Tretyakov Picture Ga...
Russian art of painting: the Tretyakov Picture Gallery / Evening walk.

Note: Expected walking up to 2 miles.

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 to explore on your own. Suggestions of interesting sites will be made by your Group Leader.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: After dinner, return to the hotel via the famous Moscow metro. Led by our representative, 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 (162 non-smoking rooms and suites). It is located within walking distance to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theatre (approximately 2 miles). Public transportation (metro [subway] and trolleybus) is easily available. This is a totally non-smoking hotel.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +7-495-258-3000
Facility amenities: Two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, free internet connection on the ground floor and available for a fee in guest rooms, foreign exchange office, ATM machine in the lobby, small business center, concierge service, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club, and safe deposit boxes at the front desk. This is a non-smoking hotel. It employs English-speaking staff and offers 24-hour security.

Smoking policy: No
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, June 02 - Medieval Moscow: Visit to the Kremlin compound an...
Note: Expected walking up to 2 miles. Be prepared for a full day in the city.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Today is dedicated to medieval Russian history. Enjoy an on-site presentation led by a licensed expert on medieval Russia during your visit to the legendary Kremlin compound, which for hundreds of years 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.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Kremlin compound with an expert-led visit to the adjacent Armory Chamber, housing a unique collection of Faberge eggs and royal Russian jewels of all eras. ________________________________ Later enjoy 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: Evening free.

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

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

Description: Sokos Hotels are Finland's premier hotel chain, with nearly forty hotels across Finland. The Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden was the group's first hotel in St. Petersburg, opening in 2008. It is a modern and cozy hotel located in central St. Petersburg, in a leafy park along one of the city's main roads, Moskovsky Prospekt, and a 3-minute walk to a Metro [subway] station on a direct line to the city center (2 Metro stops away from Nevsky Prospekt).

Contact info:
Bataysky Pereulok 3 A
St. Petersburg, 190013 Russia
phone: +7 812 335 2270
web: www.saint-petersburg.com/hotels/sokos-hotel-olympic-garden/

Room amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped guest rooms, all with individual climate control and complimentary WiFi access, and all the modern amenities of a European, 4-star hotel: flat screen TVs, modern private facilities, hair dryers, etc.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable rooms, excellent meeting and conference facilities, a cozy restaurant and a lively bar. It has a well-equipped fitness center and sauna, boasts 14 hi-tech meeting venues, and a full range of standard business and leisure facilities. There are a number of shops and restaurants near the hotel, and the nearest Metro station is directly across a lovely, small garden.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx. usd 300/twin roo
The hotel is conveniently located within short walking and driving distance to the Trinity Cathedral, the Yusoupov Palace Museum, the Mariinsky Theater (10 min), the Hermitage Museum, and other famous museums and theaters (approx. 15-20 min by Metro).

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Tuesday, June 03 - Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts / Travel to St. Peter...
Note: Travel to St. Petersburg by high-speed train, 4 hours (facilities are available on board). Be prepared to carry your own luggage on and off the train.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Hotel check out. Drive to the city center and spend this last morning in Moscow in Red square, Manezh, or visit a museum of your choice nearby.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant or packed lunch for the train (tba).

Afternoon: Attend a presentation on Russian cultural heritage and traditions. __________________________________ Take an afternoon high-speed train to St. Petersburg (facilities are available on board, travel time is about 4 hours).

Dinner: Dinner on your own upon arrival

Evening: Evening arrival in St. Petersburg. Transfer to program hotel.

Lodging: Original Sokos Olympia Garden Hotel

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

Description: Sokos Hotels are Finland's premier hotel chain, with nearly forty hotels across Finland. The Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden was the group's first hotel in St. Petersburg, opening in 2008. It is a modern and cozy hotel located in central St. Petersburg, in a leafy park along one of the city's main roads, Moskovsky Prospekt, and a 3-minute walk to a Metro [subway] station on a direct line to the city center (2 Metro stops away from Nevsky Prospekt).

Contact info:
Bataysky Pereulok 3 A
St. Petersburg, 190013 Russia
phone: +7 812 335 2270
web: www.saint-petersburg.com/hotels/sokos-hotel-olympic-garden/

Room amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped guest rooms, all with individual climate control and complimentary WiFi access, and all the modern amenities of a European, 4-star hotel: flat screen TVs, modern private facilities, hair dryers, etc.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable rooms, excellent meeting and conference facilities, a cozy restaurant and a lively bar. It has a well-equipped fitness center and sauna, boasts 14 hi-tech meeting venues, and a full range of standard business and leisure facilities. There are a number of shops and restaurants near the hotel, and the nearest Metro station is directly across a lovely, small garden.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx. usd 300/twin roo
The hotel is conveniently located within short walking and driving distance to the Trinity Cathedral, the Yusoupov Palace Museum, the Mariinsky Theater (10 min), the Hermitage Museum, and other famous museums and theaters (approx. 15-20 min by Metro).

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Wednesday, June 04 - The Romanov Dynasty: Catherine's Palace in Tsars...
The Romanov Dynasty: Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and the Peterhof park and fountains.

Note: Extensive walking (up to 2 miles) in the museum and parks. rest areas are available. A late return to the city 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. Take an inside visit to 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 was lost or confiscated by the Nazis during WWII, never found, and finally, meticulously reconstructed in 2003. Everything is presented by a licensed expert.

Lunch: Lunch (not incl.)

Afternoon: Continue on to Peterhof -- a favorite summer residence of Tsar Peter the Great. Walk alongside an expert to admire the famous golden fountains, the palace grounds, and other constructions in the park. See 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 the visit).

Dinner: Dinner upon return.

Evening: Evening free.

Lodging: Original Sokos Olympia Garden Hotel

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

Description: Sokos Hotels are Finland's premier hotel chain, with nearly forty hotels across Finland. The Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden was the group's first hotel in St. Petersburg, opening in 2008. It is a modern and cozy hotel located in central St. Petersburg, in a leafy park along one of the city's main roads, Moskovsky Prospekt, and a 3-minute walk to a Metro [subway] station on a direct line to the city center (2 Metro stops away from Nevsky Prospekt).

Contact info:
Bataysky Pereulok 3 A
St. Petersburg, 190013 Russia
phone: +7 812 335 2270
web: www.saint-petersburg.com/hotels/sokos-hotel-olympic-garden/

Room amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped guest rooms, all with individual climate control and complimentary WiFi access, and all the modern amenities of a European, 4-star hotel: flat screen TVs, modern private facilities, hair dryers, etc.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable rooms, excellent meeting and conference facilities, a cozy restaurant and a lively bar. It has a well-equipped fitness center and sauna, boasts 14 hi-tech meeting venues, and a full range of standard business and leisure facilities. There are a number of shops and restaurants near the hotel, and the nearest Metro station is directly across a lovely, small garden.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx. usd 300/twin roo
The hotel is conveniently located within short walking and driving distance to the Trinity Cathedral, the Yusoupov Palace Museum, the Mariinsky Theater (10 min), the Hermitage Museum, and other famous museums and theaters (approx. 15-20 min by Metro).

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Thursday, June 05 - History and architecture of St. Petersburg / Pete...
History and architecture of St. Petersburg / Peter and Paul Cathedral / Evening performance

Note: Light walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This morning learn about the story and architecture of St. Petersburg during an expert-led motor coach excursion. Have an inside visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral -- the birthplace of the city, and the burial place of the Romanov tsars. Enjoy the city, 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, and see numerous palaces, gardens, canals, and graceful bridges for which St. Petersburg is also called the "Venice of the North”.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel to rest before the evening event.

Dinner: Early dinner.

Evening: Transfer to the Rimsky Korsakov (Conservatoire) theater: ballet "Zhizel".

Lodging: Original Sokos Olympia Garden Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Sokos Hotels are Finland's premier hotel chain, with nearly forty hotels across Finland. The Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden was the group's first hotel in St. Petersburg, opening in 2008. It is a modern and cozy hotel located in central St. Petersburg, in a leafy park along one of the city's main roads, Moskovsky Prospekt, and a 3-minute walk to a Metro [subway] station on a direct line to the city center (2 Metro stops away from Nevsky Prospekt).

Contact info:
Bataysky Pereulok 3 A
St. Petersburg, 190013 Russia
phone: +7 812 335 2270
web: www.saint-petersburg.com/hotels/sokos-hotel-olympic-garden/

Room amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped guest rooms, all with individual climate control and complimentary WiFi access, and all the modern amenities of a European, 4-star hotel: flat screen TVs, modern private facilities, hair dryers, etc.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable rooms, excellent meeting and conference facilities, a cozy restaurant and a lively bar. It has a well-equipped fitness center and sauna, boasts 14 hi-tech meeting venues, and a full range of standard business and leisure facilities. There are a number of shops and restaurants near the hotel, and the nearest Metro station is directly across a lovely, small garden.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx. usd 300/twin roo
The hotel is conveniently located within short walking and driving distance to the Trinity Cathedral, the Yusoupov Palace Museum, the Mariinsky Theater (10 min), the Hermitage Museum, and other famous museums and theaters (approx. 15-20 min by Metro).

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nine: Friday, June 06 - Hermitage Museum
Note: Be prepared for extensive walking in 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

Afternoon: Hermitage on your own or have free time in the city, returning to the hotel on your own. Suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made by our local representative.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or city restaurant.

Lodging: Original Sokos Olympia Garden Hotel

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

Description: Sokos Hotels are Finland's premier hotel chain, with nearly forty hotels across Finland. The Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden was the group's first hotel in St. Petersburg, opening in 2008. It is a modern and cozy hotel located in central St. Petersburg, in a leafy park along one of the city's main roads, Moskovsky Prospekt, and a 3-minute walk to a Metro [subway] station on a direct line to the city center (2 Metro stops away from Nevsky Prospekt).

Contact info:
Bataysky Pereulok 3 A
St. Petersburg, 190013 Russia
phone: +7 812 335 2270
web: www.saint-petersburg.com/hotels/sokos-hotel-olympic-garden/

Room amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped guest rooms, all with individual climate control and complimentary WiFi access, and all the modern amenities of a European, 4-star hotel: flat screen TVs, modern private facilities, hair dryers, etc.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable rooms, excellent meeting and conference facilities, a cozy restaurant and a lively bar. It has a well-equipped fitness center and sauna, boasts 14 hi-tech meeting venues, and a full range of standard business and leisure facilities. There are a number of shops and restaurants near the hotel, and the nearest Metro station is directly across a lovely, small garden.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx. usd 300/twin roo
The hotel is conveniently located within short walking and driving distance to the Trinity Cathedral, the Yusoupov Palace Museum, the Mariinsky Theater (10 min), the Hermitage Museum, and other famous museums and theaters (approx. 15-20 min by Metro).

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Ten: Saturday, June 07 - Lecture: "Russia today" / Free time / Farewell Di...
Note: Free time in the city

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Join a discussion on "Russia today" held at the hotel, presented by a university staff and focusing on various aspects of contemporary Russia. Q&A. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own

Afternoon: Free time in Nevsky Prospekt to spend time in the 'House of Books', a magnificent Art Nouveau building, or to explore a nearby museum of your choice, returning to the hotel on your own. Suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made by our local representative.

Dinner: Enjoy your Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Original Sokos Olympia Garden Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eleven: Sunday, June 08 - Departure
Note: Group departure transfer schedule to be announced 24 hours in advance. Independent travelers are welcome to join these group transfers.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel or packed breakfast for early departures.

In Transit: Departure transfers start at 3am. Independent travelers are welcome to join the designated group transfer bus. Transfer schedule to be announced by the group leader 24 hours in advance.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Moscow
Bolshoi TheaterOut of the included performances, one performance (opera or ballet) is planned at either the Bolshoi Theater (in Moscow) OR the Mariinsky Theater (in St. Petersburg), but not in both. The exact performances and dates will be announced on the Road Scholar website 5-6 weeks prior to departure, or sooner. Additional tickets for these or other theaters may be purchased at the hotel theater desk or via the Internet.
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky TheaterOut of the included performances, one performance (opera or ballet) is planned at either the Mariinsky theater (in St. Petersburg) or the Bolshoi Theater (in Moscow), but not in both. The exact performances and the dates will be announced on the Road Scholar website 5-6 weeks prior to departure, or sooner. Additional tickets for these or other theaters may be purchased at the hotel theater 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
16 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
2 Performances

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