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Program #14304RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Jul 22 — Aug 3, 2015

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Day One: Wednesday, July 22 - Overnight Flight From U.S.
Note: Travel overnight, arriving the next day

Depart From: Depart USA via overnight flight to St Petersburg.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Sokos Hotels are part of 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, opened in 2008. It is a modern and comfortable 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 Nevsky Prospekt. The hotel is conveniently located within walking or a short walking and driving distance to the Trinity Cathedral, the Yusoupov Palace Museum, the Mariinsky Theater and other famous museums and theaters.

Ship Information: N / A

Contact info:
Bataysky pereulok 3-A
St. Petersburg, 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, and other features.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable rooms, a pleasant lobby, 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 park. The hotel has 24 hour security and English speaking staff.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: approx $250 /twin
Contact Road Scholar travel service for additional nights prior to the program. or book directly via Internet : www.booking.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, July 23 - Arrival at St. Petersburg airport / Hotel Check-i...
Note: This is an 'Active' program, not suitable for participants using wheelchairs, walkers or scooters. Please be prepared to walking up to 2 miles daily including on unpaved uneven terrain, and also standing at some museums. Some museums do not have elevators. There are elevators at program hotels, and one elevator on board the ship.

Afternoon: Arrivals at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg. Look for the arrival agent, who will be holding a Road Scholar sign and will lead you to the bus for the hotel. This city of more than 5 million people was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and is considered by many to be Russia’s cultural capital.

Independent travelers are welcome to join the pre-scheduled group transfers if space on the vehicles permits. The transfer schedule will be announced in the final mailing 5-6 weeks prior to departure. Hotel check-in: Available from 3 p.m.

Program Registration: We meet in hotel lobby at 6pm.

Dinner: In hotel dining room.

Evening: Orientation: Meet the group leader and your fellow participants. We will review the updated daily schedule and discuss responsibilities, schedule changes (if any), safety guidelines, emergency procedures, contact numbers for key staff and answer all your questions.

Lodging: Original Sokos Olympia Garden Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Sokos Hotels are part of 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, opened in 2008. It is a modern and comfortable 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 Nevsky Prospekt. The hotel is conveniently located within walking or a short walking and driving distance to the Trinity Cathedral, the Yusoupov Palace Museum, the Mariinsky Theater and other famous museums and theaters.

Ship Information: N / A

Contact info:
Bataysky pereulok 3-A
St. Petersburg, 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, and other features.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 348 comfortable rooms, a pleasant lobby, 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 park. The hotel has 24 hour security and English speaking staff.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: approx $250 /twin
Contact Road Scholar travel service for additional nights prior to the program. or book directly via Internet : www.booking.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, July 24 - Theme of the day: “Historical overview of St. Pet...
Theme of the day: “Historical overview of St. Petersburg and the Romanov Dynasty” /Visit to Tsarskoye Selo-Pushkin/ WWII Memorial museum/ Evening performance

Note: Walking in the palace and park. Comfortable shoes are a must. Rest areas are available.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel dining room.

Morning: Begin exploring St. Petersburg with an on-site presentation on the history of St Petersburg and the Romanovs - this long-reigning Russian royal family who founded the city. This morning we take an expert-led field trip to the town of Pushkin, site of the Tsarskoye Selo, or “Tsar’s Village,” to explore the Catherine Palace and adjacent park. Tsarina Elizabeth built this elaborate baroque residence in 1752 to honor the memory of her mother Katarina, first wife of Tsar Peter I. This palace was later leveled to the foundations and rebuilt to become the main summer residence of Tsarina Catherine II(the Great). Inside the palace, experience what some have been inspired to call the “Eighth Wonder of the World — the extraordinary Amber Room, decorated with six tons of solid amber, carved and framed in gold leaf. Learn about the room’s mysterious disappearance during World War II and theories regarding its yet-unknown whereabouts, and hear the story of its meticulous reconstruction in 2003 by a team of Russian restoration artists.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: In the afternoon visit the Memorial museum dedicated to the Defenders of Leningrad during the 900 day siege. Participate in the talk on the events of WWII war in St. Petersburg. See the impressive monument and a small museum featuring old documents and photographs relating the heartrending story of the city’s 900-day siege during World War II.

Dinner: In hotel dining room.

Evening: Attend an evening performance (Exact performance and the date will be announced 4-5 weeks prior to departure).

Lodging: Original Sokos Olympia Garden Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: For 7 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. Within the river cruise fleet operating in Russia the motor ship 'Mstislav Rostropovich' is regarded as one of the top river cruise vessels. This 4 passenger deck ship was built in Chekhoslovakia in the 1980's and was completely rebuilt and redesigned in 2009-10 to provide luxurious service in the Volga-Baltic Waterway. With a capacity for 212 passengers, it has staterooms featuring all the modern amenities. Comfortable public areas include a Panorama Lounge and a Conference room for our onboard lectures and performances. The friendly all-Russian, English-speaking crew and staff are well-trained in servicing Western passengers. Other on board services include: Complimentary specialty tea and coffee station; Complimentary wine served at dinner; Bottled water for all meals and additional complementary bottled water provided in cabins; WiFi service on board (a fee applies); Hair salon, massage room, and a small fitness room; One elevator on board connecting all decks (limited use); Quality linen and contemporary furnishings in cabins; Laundry service.

Ship Information: This river ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and radio communication. Technical data: Length: 443 feet; Beam (width): 52 feet; Draft: 9.5 feet; Speed: 16 mph. Maximum passenger capacity: 212 passengers and 130 crew members.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod'
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +7
web: www.bestrussiancruises.com/cruises/motorships/rostropovich

Room amenities: For this program the following cabins are reserved: 1/ De luxe cabins with private balconies (approx. 170 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Boat deck-3 (type B+) 2/ Standard cabins with private balconies(approx.130 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Middle deck-2 (type H+) The same Standard cabin type and configuration are used for both, twin and single-occupancy. All these cabins are air conditioned, have a large window/door, 2 twin hotel style beds which can be put together or set apart, bedside tables, a vanity, chair, wardrobe, a small fridge and a TV. All bathrooms feature a toilet, sink and a shower area separated by a shower curtain. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins; electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is strongly recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: 'The Mstislav Rostropovich' has 4 passenger decks, connected both by stairs and an elevator. One of the two restaurants is situated in the stern of Deck Two, and the other is in the stern of Deck Three. The Panorama Lounge with a bar offers a beautiful view of the area through which we sail. The Conference Room for lectures and other activities is found on the main deck, where the Reception area, a Gift Shop, a well-equipped infirmary with a medical doctor, a massage room, and a hair salon are also located. For the Road Scholar program, we have reserved: Deluxe Balcony staterooms (170 sq. feet plus a balcony, 2 twin hotel style beds on Boat Deck-3 ) and Standard staterooms (130 sq feet plus a balcony, 2 twin beds, on Middle Decks-2) - reserved for Twin use and Single use.

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

Bathroom: A modern unit: a toilet/sink and a shower area separated by a curtain -- standard style and of same configuration in Deluxe cabins and in Standard cabins.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Saturday, July 25 - Visit to Peterhof //Transfer to the motorship ...
Visit to Peterhof //Transfer to the motorship Mstislav Rostropovich/Ship's orientation and Lecture on board

Note: Walking two miles in the park. Rest areas are available.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel dining room.

Morning: Continue exploring the Royal life style of the Romanovs with an expert led visit to Peterhof - the stunning summer residence of the Russian tsars - along the Gulf of Finland. Learn about Tsar Peter I and his vision to build a city on the Baltic Sea and to “open a window on the West” for then-medieval Russia in the early 1700s. Walk in the famous Lower Park amid more than 150 fountains and other constructions beautifully restored to their former splendor. (note: inside visits to the Grand Palace and other museums on site are not part of the visit).

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Transfer to and embark the motorship Mstislav Rostropovich After a short rest attend a lecture on "Russia today"(prepared for Road Scholars).

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Attend a ship orientation meeting introducing you to the vessel and enjoy a free evening onboard the ship.

Lodging: M/S MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: For 7 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. Within the river cruise fleet operating in Russia the motor ship 'Mstislav Rostropovich' is regarded as one of the top river cruise vessels. This 4 passenger deck ship was built in Chekhoslovakia in the 1980's and was completely rebuilt and redesigned in 2009-10 to provide luxurious service in the Volga-Baltic Waterway. With a capacity for 212 passengers, it has staterooms featuring all the modern amenities. Comfortable public areas include a Panorama Lounge and a Conference room for our onboard lectures and performances. The friendly all-Russian, English-speaking crew and staff are well-trained in servicing Western passengers. Other on board services include: Complimentary specialty tea and coffee station; Complimentary wine served at dinner; Bottled water for all meals and additional complementary bottled water provided in cabins; WiFi service on board (a fee applies); Hair salon, massage room, and a small fitness room; One elevator on board connecting all decks (limited use); Quality linen and contemporary furnishings in cabins; Laundry service.

Ship Information: This river ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and radio communication. Technical data: Length: 443 feet; Beam (width): 52 feet; Draft: 9.5 feet; Speed: 16 mph. Maximum passenger capacity: 212 passengers and 130 crew members.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod'
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +7
web: www.bestrussiancruises.com/cruises/motorships/rostropovich

Room amenities: For this program the following cabins are reserved: 1/ De luxe cabins with private balconies (approx. 170 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Boat deck-3 (type B+) 2/ Standard cabins with private balconies(approx.130 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Middle deck-2 (type H+) The same Standard cabin type and configuration are used for both, twin and single-occupancy. All these cabins are air conditioned, have a large window/door, 2 twin hotel style beds which can be put together or set apart, bedside tables, a vanity, chair, wardrobe, a small fridge and a TV. All bathrooms feature a toilet, sink and a shower area separated by a shower curtain. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins; electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is strongly recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: 'The Mstislav Rostropovich' has 4 passenger decks, connected both by stairs and an elevator. One of the two restaurants is situated in the stern of Deck Two, and the other is in the stern of Deck Three. The Panorama Lounge with a bar offers a beautiful view of the area through which we sail. The Conference Room for lectures and other activities is found on the main deck, where the Reception area, a Gift Shop, a well-equipped infirmary with a medical doctor, a massage room, and a hair salon are also located. For the Road Scholar program, we have reserved: Deluxe Balcony staterooms (170 sq. feet plus a balcony, 2 twin hotel style beds on Boat Deck-3 ) and Standard staterooms (130 sq feet plus a balcony, 2 twin beds, on Middle Decks-2) - reserved for Twin use and Single use.

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

Bathroom: A modern unit: a toilet/sink and a shower area separated by a curtain -- standard style and of same configuration in Deluxe cabins and in Standard cabins.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, July 26 - St. Petersburg's history and architecture by bus ...
St. Petersburg's history and architecture by bus / Hermitage Museum/SET SAIL

Note: For city excursions air-conditioned motorcoaches are used with no facilities onboard. Rest stops are made. At the Hermitage, walk two miles, standing in the museum. Rest areas are available.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Built on the order of Tsar Peter I to rival Amsterdam, a city the tsar greatly admired, St. Petersburg became the new capital of Russia in 1712 and was the seat of the Russian Empire for over two centuries. Set out on an excursion by bus to explore the city, affectionately dubbed the "Venice of the North" for its numerous canals, graceful bridges and stunning beauty. Architectural and historical highlights of this excursion include the Peter and Paul Fortress and its cathedral on the site where the city was founded, as well as a drive along Nevsky Prospekt (the city’s main boulevard) to see Palace Square and the Winter Palace of the Russian tsars, now home to the Hermitage Museum. You’ll also see the outside of St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman statue dedicated to Peter I and many other important sites, leaving you with a lasting impression of the city’s grandeur.

Lunch: In a city restaurant along the route of the bus excursion.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a field trip to the Hermitage Museum, one of world's greatest art galleries. This dazzling collection was founded by Tsarina Catherine II the Great in the mid-18th century. Today the museum collection is housed in six buildings, including the Winter Palace, the former residence of the tsars, where the largest collection of world-famous paintings is displayed, including works by the Old Masters, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists) are displayed. Delight in art treasures from all corners of the world as a licensed expert leads you among the stunning staircases and opulent rooms.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: SET SAIL AT 5.30PM Enjoy an evening program onboard including a concert.

Lodging: M/S MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: For 7 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. Within the river cruise fleet operating in Russia the motor ship 'Mstislav Rostropovich' is regarded as one of the top river cruise vessels. This 4 passenger deck ship was built in Chekhoslovakia in the 1980's and was completely rebuilt and redesigned in 2009-10 to provide luxurious service in the Volga-Baltic Waterway. With a capacity for 212 passengers, it has staterooms featuring all the modern amenities. Comfortable public areas include a Panorama Lounge and a Conference room for our onboard lectures and performances. The friendly all-Russian, English-speaking crew and staff are well-trained in servicing Western passengers. Other on board services include: Complimentary specialty tea and coffee station; Complimentary wine served at dinner; Bottled water for all meals and additional complementary bottled water provided in cabins; WiFi service on board (a fee applies); Hair salon, massage room, and a small fitness room; One elevator on board connecting all decks (limited use); Quality linen and contemporary furnishings in cabins; Laundry service.

Ship Information: This river ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and radio communication. Technical data: Length: 443 feet; Beam (width): 52 feet; Draft: 9.5 feet; Speed: 16 mph. Maximum passenger capacity: 212 passengers and 130 crew members.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod'
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +7
web: www.bestrussiancruises.com/cruises/motorships/rostropovich

Room amenities: For this program the following cabins are reserved: 1/ De luxe cabins with private balconies (approx. 170 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Boat deck-3 (type B+) 2/ Standard cabins with private balconies(approx.130 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Middle deck-2 (type H+) The same Standard cabin type and configuration are used for both, twin and single-occupancy. All these cabins are air conditioned, have a large window/door, 2 twin hotel style beds which can be put together or set apart, bedside tables, a vanity, chair, wardrobe, a small fridge and a TV. All bathrooms feature a toilet, sink and a shower area separated by a shower curtain. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins; electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is strongly recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: 'The Mstislav Rostropovich' has 4 passenger decks, connected both by stairs and an elevator. One of the two restaurants is situated in the stern of Deck Two, and the other is in the stern of Deck Three. The Panorama Lounge with a bar offers a beautiful view of the area through which we sail. The Conference Room for lectures and other activities is found on the main deck, where the Reception area, a Gift Shop, a well-equipped infirmary with a medical doctor, a massage room, and a hair salon are also located. For the Road Scholar program, we have reserved: Deluxe Balcony staterooms (170 sq. feet plus a balcony, 2 twin hotel style beds on Boat Deck-3 ) and Standard staterooms (130 sq feet plus a balcony, 2 twin beds, on Middle Decks-2) - reserved for Twin use and Single use.

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

Bathroom: A modern unit: a toilet/sink and a shower area separated by a curtain -- standard style and of same configuration in Deluxe cabins and in Standard cabins.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, July 27 - Arts and crafts lecture onboard / Mandrogy Villag...
Note: Walk on uneven terrain and unpaved surfaces at your own pace.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Participate in a presentation on the arts and crafts of the regions we are sailing through. Arrive in Mandrogy village. Enjoy the lake region and beautiful northern forest. Take a stroll in this recreated quaint village dotted with wooden cottages - an open air museum, reproducing a typical rural Russian settlement of the 19th century. Free time. Note: this is a mandatory (technical) stop over required for all river vessels.

Lunch: A shish-kebab lunch is served ashore in Mandrogy Village.

Afternoon: Attend a lecture on Russian modern history (prepared for Road Scholars). The ship winds down the 139-mile long Svir River and then along the southern shores of Lake Onega, one of the world's purest, and Lake Ladoga, the second- and first-largest lakes in Europe, respectively. More like inland seas than lakes, these immense bodies of water can experience waves as high as four feet during inclement weather. Glide past sandy and rocky beaches and admire beautiful shores overgrown with graceful willows, tall alder trees and stately pines. Enjoy an on board program including Russian language lessons.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an entertainment on board.

Lodging: M/S MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: For 7 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. Within the river cruise fleet operating in Russia the motor ship 'Mstislav Rostropovich' is regarded as one of the top river cruise vessels. This 4 passenger deck ship was built in Chekhoslovakia in the 1980's and was completely rebuilt and redesigned in 2009-10 to provide luxurious service in the Volga-Baltic Waterway. With a capacity for 212 passengers, it has staterooms featuring all the modern amenities. Comfortable public areas include a Panorama Lounge and a Conference room for our onboard lectures and performances. The friendly all-Russian, English-speaking crew and staff are well-trained in servicing Western passengers. Other on board services include: Complimentary specialty tea and coffee station; Complimentary wine served at dinner; Bottled water for all meals and additional complementary bottled water provided in cabins; WiFi service on board (a fee applies); Hair salon, massage room, and a small fitness room; One elevator on board connecting all decks (limited use); Quality linen and contemporary furnishings in cabins; Laundry service.

Ship Information: This river ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and radio communication. Technical data: Length: 443 feet; Beam (width): 52 feet; Draft: 9.5 feet; Speed: 16 mph. Maximum passenger capacity: 212 passengers and 130 crew members.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod'
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +7
web: www.bestrussiancruises.com/cruises/motorships/rostropovich

Room amenities: For this program the following cabins are reserved: 1/ De luxe cabins with private balconies (approx. 170 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Boat deck-3 (type B+) 2/ Standard cabins with private balconies(approx.130 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Middle deck-2 (type H+) The same Standard cabin type and configuration are used for both, twin and single-occupancy. All these cabins are air conditioned, have a large window/door, 2 twin hotel style beds which can be put together or set apart, bedside tables, a vanity, chair, wardrobe, a small fridge and a TV. All bathrooms feature a toilet, sink and a shower area separated by a shower curtain. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins; electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is strongly recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: 'The Mstislav Rostropovich' has 4 passenger decks, connected both by stairs and an elevator. One of the two restaurants is situated in the stern of Deck Two, and the other is in the stern of Deck Three. The Panorama Lounge with a bar offers a beautiful view of the area through which we sail. The Conference Room for lectures and other activities is found on the main deck, where the Reception area, a Gift Shop, a well-equipped infirmary with a medical doctor, a massage room, and a hair salon are also located. For the Road Scholar program, we have reserved: Deluxe Balcony staterooms (170 sq. feet plus a balcony, 2 twin hotel style beds on Boat Deck-3 ) and Standard staterooms (130 sq feet plus a balcony, 2 twin beds, on Middle Decks-2) - reserved for Twin use and Single use.

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

Bathroom: A modern unit: a toilet/sink and a shower area separated by a curtain -- standard style and of same configuration in Deluxe cabins and in Standard cabins.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, July 28 - Wooden architecture of Kizhi Island / Lecture on ...
Wooden architecture of Kizhi Island / Lecture on Famous Russian artists and musicians of the Volga and Lake Regions

Note: Walking excursion requires comfortable shoes.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Arrive at Kizhi —a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 1,650 islands on Lake Onega — for an expert-led walking excursion among the island’s unique wooden churches. These fairy-tale structures discovered on the island are a superb example of traditional Russian wooden architecture. Most spectacular among them is the Church of the Transfiguration, adorned with 22 domes built in 1714 without the use of a single nail and famed for its rare icons and iconostasis.

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: Enjoy a presentation on famous Russian artists and musicians whose life and creations are connected to the Lake and Volga regions (prepared for Road Scholars). Later in the afternoon participate in a Russian language class.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an entertainment on board.

Lodging: M/S MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: For 7 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. Within the river cruise fleet operating in Russia the motor ship 'Mstislav Rostropovich' is regarded as one of the top river cruise vessels. This 4 passenger deck ship was built in Chekhoslovakia in the 1980's and was completely rebuilt and redesigned in 2009-10 to provide luxurious service in the Volga-Baltic Waterway. With a capacity for 212 passengers, it has staterooms featuring all the modern amenities. Comfortable public areas include a Panorama Lounge and a Conference room for our onboard lectures and performances. The friendly all-Russian, English-speaking crew and staff are well-trained in servicing Western passengers. Other on board services include: Complimentary specialty tea and coffee station; Complimentary wine served at dinner; Bottled water for all meals and additional complementary bottled water provided in cabins; WiFi service on board (a fee applies); Hair salon, massage room, and a small fitness room; One elevator on board connecting all decks (limited use); Quality linen and contemporary furnishings in cabins; Laundry service.

Ship Information: This river ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and radio communication. Technical data: Length: 443 feet; Beam (width): 52 feet; Draft: 9.5 feet; Speed: 16 mph. Maximum passenger capacity: 212 passengers and 130 crew members.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod'
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +7
web: www.bestrussiancruises.com/cruises/motorships/rostropovich

Room amenities: For this program the following cabins are reserved: 1/ De luxe cabins with private balconies (approx. 170 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Boat deck-3 (type B+) 2/ Standard cabins with private balconies(approx.130 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Middle deck-2 (type H+) The same Standard cabin type and configuration are used for both, twin and single-occupancy. All these cabins are air conditioned, have a large window/door, 2 twin hotel style beds which can be put together or set apart, bedside tables, a vanity, chair, wardrobe, a small fridge and a TV. All bathrooms feature a toilet, sink and a shower area separated by a shower curtain. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins; electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is strongly recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: 'The Mstislav Rostropovich' has 4 passenger decks, connected both by stairs and an elevator. One of the two restaurants is situated in the stern of Deck Two, and the other is in the stern of Deck Three. The Panorama Lounge with a bar offers a beautiful view of the area through which we sail. The Conference Room for lectures and other activities is found on the main deck, where the Reception area, a Gift Shop, a well-equipped infirmary with a medical doctor, a massage room, and a hair salon are also located. For the Road Scholar program, we have reserved: Deluxe Balcony staterooms (170 sq. feet plus a balcony, 2 twin hotel style beds on Boat Deck-3 ) and Standard staterooms (130 sq feet plus a balcony, 2 twin beds, on Middle Decks-2) - reserved for Twin use and Single use.

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

Bathroom: A modern unit: a toilet/sink and a shower area separated by a curtain -- standard style and of same configuration in Deluxe cabins and in Standard cabins.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, July 29 - Lecture onboard/ Excursion in Goritzy
Note: Expected walking up to 1-2 miles on uneven and unpaved terrain.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Lecture on Russia's medieval history (prepared for Road Scholars).

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: Arrive at Goritzy, a small, picturesque village located near the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in the 15th century and famous for its collection of rare icons. This area is also known for its convent, which was used as a place of exile for politically unpopular ladies of nobility, including Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Tsar Ivan IV, the Terrible. She was exiled here from Ouglich by Boris Godunov, the notorious Russian ruler of the late 1500s. Join a local expert on an informative walk in this historic farming village, meet the locals and see their homes. Later back on board participate in an on board talk on Russian tea ceremony traditions, and learn Russian songs in Russian.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening onboard.

Lodging: M/S MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: For 7 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. Within the river cruise fleet operating in Russia the motor ship 'Mstislav Rostropovich' is regarded as one of the top river cruise vessels. This 4 passenger deck ship was built in Chekhoslovakia in the 1980's and was completely rebuilt and redesigned in 2009-10 to provide luxurious service in the Volga-Baltic Waterway. With a capacity for 212 passengers, it has staterooms featuring all the modern amenities. Comfortable public areas include a Panorama Lounge and a Conference room for our onboard lectures and performances. The friendly all-Russian, English-speaking crew and staff are well-trained in servicing Western passengers. Other on board services include: Complimentary specialty tea and coffee station; Complimentary wine served at dinner; Bottled water for all meals and additional complementary bottled water provided in cabins; WiFi service on board (a fee applies); Hair salon, massage room, and a small fitness room; One elevator on board connecting all decks (limited use); Quality linen and contemporary furnishings in cabins; Laundry service.

Ship Information: This river ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and radio communication. Technical data: Length: 443 feet; Beam (width): 52 feet; Draft: 9.5 feet; Speed: 16 mph. Maximum passenger capacity: 212 passengers and 130 crew members.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod'
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +7
web: www.bestrussiancruises.com/cruises/motorships/rostropovich

Room amenities: For this program the following cabins are reserved: 1/ De luxe cabins with private balconies (approx. 170 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Boat deck-3 (type B+) 2/ Standard cabins with private balconies(approx.130 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Middle deck-2 (type H+) The same Standard cabin type and configuration are used for both, twin and single-occupancy. All these cabins are air conditioned, have a large window/door, 2 twin hotel style beds which can be put together or set apart, bedside tables, a vanity, chair, wardrobe, a small fridge and a TV. All bathrooms feature a toilet, sink and a shower area separated by a shower curtain. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins; electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is strongly recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: 'The Mstislav Rostropovich' has 4 passenger decks, connected both by stairs and an elevator. One of the two restaurants is situated in the stern of Deck Two, and the other is in the stern of Deck Three. The Panorama Lounge with a bar offers a beautiful view of the area through which we sail. The Conference Room for lectures and other activities is found on the main deck, where the Reception area, a Gift Shop, a well-equipped infirmary with a medical doctor, a massage room, and a hair salon are also located. For the Road Scholar program, we have reserved: Deluxe Balcony staterooms (170 sq. feet plus a balcony, 2 twin hotel style beds on Boat Deck-3 ) and Standard staterooms (130 sq feet plus a balcony, 2 twin beds, on Middle Decks-2) - reserved for Twin use and Single use.

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

Bathroom: A modern unit: a toilet/sink and a shower area separated by a curtain -- standard style and of same configuration in Deluxe cabins and in Standard cabins.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, July 30 - Excursion in Uglich / Captain's Farewell Dinner/ ...
Note: Walking on uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Arrive at the ancient town of Uglich — founded in 1148 and pronounced “Ouglich” — and join a local expert for a walk through one of the most beloved towns in old Russia. The view of the city from the Volga River is especially lovely, with the blue-domed Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church looming on the horizon. At the end of the 16th century, Maria Nagaya, seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in exile in the kremlin (fortress) at Uglich. It was here that Tsarevich Dmitry, son of the deceased Ivan the Terrible, met his "mysterious" death in 1591 and where the Church of St. Dmitry on the (Spilled) Blood stands today. Located within the kremlin walls is the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry, which you’ll get to experience from the outside.

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: This afternoon, take part in a program onboard the ship: learn about Russian fairy tales, and folklore, and learn to sing Russian songs in Russian.

Dinner: In the ship's dining room.

Evening: Spend the evening at the Captain's Farewell Dinner celebrating the last sailing night onboard the ship before arriving in Moscow.

Lodging: M/S MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: For 7 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. Within the river cruise fleet operating in Russia the motor ship 'Mstislav Rostropovich' is regarded as one of the top river cruise vessels. This 4 passenger deck ship was built in Chekhoslovakia in the 1980's and was completely rebuilt and redesigned in 2009-10 to provide luxurious service in the Volga-Baltic Waterway. With a capacity for 212 passengers, it has staterooms featuring all the modern amenities. Comfortable public areas include a Panorama Lounge and a Conference room for our onboard lectures and performances. The friendly all-Russian, English-speaking crew and staff are well-trained in servicing Western passengers. Other on board services include: Complimentary specialty tea and coffee station; Complimentary wine served at dinner; Bottled water for all meals and additional complementary bottled water provided in cabins; WiFi service on board (a fee applies); Hair salon, massage room, and a small fitness room; One elevator on board connecting all decks (limited use); Quality linen and contemporary furnishings in cabins; Laundry service.

Ship Information: This river ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and radio communication. Technical data: Length: 443 feet; Beam (width): 52 feet; Draft: 9.5 feet; Speed: 16 mph. Maximum passenger capacity: 212 passengers and 130 crew members.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod'
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +7
web: www.bestrussiancruises.com/cruises/motorships/rostropovich

Room amenities: For this program the following cabins are reserved: 1/ De luxe cabins with private balconies (approx. 170 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Boat deck-3 (type B+) 2/ Standard cabins with private balconies(approx.130 sq. ft. plus balcony) on Middle deck-2 (type H+) The same Standard cabin type and configuration are used for both, twin and single-occupancy. All these cabins are air conditioned, have a large window/door, 2 twin hotel style beds which can be put together or set apart, bedside tables, a vanity, chair, wardrobe, a small fridge and a TV. All bathrooms feature a toilet, sink and a shower area separated by a shower curtain. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins; electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is strongly recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: 'The Mstislav Rostropovich' has 4 passenger decks, connected both by stairs and an elevator. One of the two restaurants is situated in the stern of Deck Two, and the other is in the stern of Deck Three. The Panorama Lounge with a bar offers a beautiful view of the area through which we sail. The Conference Room for lectures and other activities is found on the main deck, where the Reception area, a Gift Shop, a well-equipped infirmary with a medical doctor, a massage room, and a hair salon are also located. For the Road Scholar program, we have reserved: Deluxe Balcony staterooms (170 sq. feet plus a balcony, 2 twin hotel style beds on Boat Deck-3 ) and Standard staterooms (130 sq feet plus a balcony, 2 twin beds, on Middle Decks-2) - reserved for Twin use and Single use.

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

Bathroom: A modern unit: a toilet/sink and a shower area separated by a curtain -- standard style and of same configuration in Deluxe cabins and in Standard cabins.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, July 31 - Round-table discussion: “Life in Russia Today” / ...
Round-table discussion: “Life in Russia Today” / Moscow's architectural highlights / excursion of the Kremlin grounds

Note: Walking up to 2 miles including on cobble stone surface

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: Delve into matters of life in today’s Russia during an informal round-table discussion and subsequent Q&A session.

Lunch: In the ship's dining room.

Afternoon: Arrive in Moscow and explore its cultural and historical treasures by bus while an expert teaches you about the modern life of Moscow residents. Stop along the way at Moscow University, Manezh Square, the Bolshoi Theater, the exterior of Novodevichi Convent, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and other important sites and landmarks.__________________ Continue your afternoon in Moscow with a an expert-led field trip to the legendary Kremlin compound. Go inside the Kremlin walls and visit the grounds as you learn about the medieval history of Moscow and explore the fortress walls, armory, cathedrals and palace, with an opportunity to photograph the famous Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell.

Dinner: On board the ship of Packed dinner in the city.

Evening: Evening free to enjoy Moscow independently, if desired, or relax on board.

Lodging: M/S MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH

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

Description: The Moscow Marriott Tverskaya Hotel is housed in a beautiful, modern building in the city center; it is a rather small and comfortable hotel, recently renovated (162 non-smoking rooms and suites). It is located within walking distance to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theatre (approximately 2,5 miles). Public transportation (metro [subway] and trolleybus) is easily available. This is a totally non-smoking hotel.

Ship Information: N/A see a separate page

Contact info:
34 1 Tverskaya -Yamskaya Street
Moscow, Russia
phone: +7-495-258-3000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/

Room amenities: Guest rooms are air conditioned, spacious, well appointed and quiet, most of them have 2 twin beds, Guest rooms include all amenities of a modern hotel including flat screen TVs, modern bathrooms with standard amenities and a hair dryer, telephone and Internet connection (fee allies in standard rooms). Free Internet connection is available in the hotel lobby.

Facility amenities: This beautiful hotel has a nice lobby, 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: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Saturday, August 01 - A vist to Armory chamber/ a walk in Red Square/ T...
A vist to Armory chamber/ a walk in Red Square/ Transfer to hotel/ Evening performance

Note: Walk up to two miles including on cobble stone surface.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's dining room.

Morning: An expert led visit to the Armory Chamber in the Kremlin Compound, housing a rich collection of royal jewels, of all eras, including famous Faberge eggs and many other treasures of the Russian tsars.

Lunch: Lunch in the city.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the day at your leisure, or return to the hotel to relax before the evening.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Attend an evening performance (Exact performance will be announced 5-4 weeks prior to departure).

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 2,5 miles). Public transportation (metro [subway] and trolleybus) is easily available. This is a totally non-smoking hotel.

Ship Information: N/A see a separate page

Contact info:
34 1 Tverskaya -Yamskaya Street
Moscow, Russia
phone: +7-495-258-3000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/

Room amenities: Guest rooms are air conditioned, spacious, well appointed and quiet, most of them have 2 twin beds, Guest rooms include all amenities of a modern hotel including flat screen TVs, modern bathrooms with standard amenities and a hair dryer, telephone and Internet connection (fee allies in standard rooms). Free Internet connection is available in the hotel lobby.

Facility amenities: This beautiful hotel has a nice lobby, 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: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Sunday, August 02 - The Tretyakov Picture Gallery/Free afternoon
Note: Walk up to 2 miles in museum. Rest areas are available.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant

Morning: An expert led visit to the Tretyakov picture Gallery featuring the largest collection of Russian art of all eras.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in the city.

Afternoon: Participate in a special visit to the WWII museum dedicated to the US-Russia cooperation during the war. After that enjoy your last afternoon in Moscow wondering around a the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Krasnaya Ploshchad (Red Square), where you will find the striking Kremlin Clock Tower, the Lenin Mausoleum and the grand, multi-colored St. Basil's Cathedral, a 16th-century architectural marvel commemorating Russia's victory over the Tatars, and many other constructions nearby. Other suggestions for free time will be offered by your Group leader.

Dinner: Dinner in the city.

Evening: After dinner, if desired, return to hotel via the famous Moscow Metro: admire beautiful underground stations decorated with beautiful mosaic and chandeliers. Free evening.

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Contact info:
x
x, NY 000 USA
phone: 000-000-
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Monday, August 03 - Departures
Note: Transfers to airports

Breakfast: At Hotel restaurant

Morning: Program ends. Transfers to airport for all participants holding air tickets issued by Road Scholar. Independent travelers are welcome to join the pre-arranged group bus transfer(s), or arrange a taxi at the hotel desk. Transfer schedule to be announced by the Group Leader 24 hours in advance.

Lodging: In Flight

Meals Included: Breakfast

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12 nights of accommodations
28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
5 Performances

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