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Program #17051RJ
17 Days | 16 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.

Itinerary for Aug 21 — Sep 6, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, August 21 - Departure
Depart From: Overnight trans-atlantic flight.

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 is easily available.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +74952583000
Facility amenities: Two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, free internet connection in public areas 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, complimentary coffee in the lobby, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club. This is a non-smoking hotel. The hotel 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, August 22 - Arrival in Moscow
Note: Upon arrival at the airport, look for the agent holding a Road Scholar sign. Be prepared to carry your luggage to/from the bus and upon arrival at the hotel. All participants meet the Group Leader at 6 pm in the hotel lobby. NOTE: TRAVEL TIME FROM DME TO THE HOTEL IS 2-3 HOURS. FROM SVO -- UP TO 2 HOURS.

Afternoon: Arrival transfers to program hotel for all participants holding air tickets from Road Scholar. Independent travelers are also welcome to join pre-scheduled group transfers from DME (transfer schedule will be announced in final mailing 5 weeks before departure).

Dinner: At hotel restaurant

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 is easily available.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +74952583000
Facility amenities: Two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, free internet connection in public areas 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, complimentary coffee in the lobby, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club. This is a non-smoking hotel. The hotel 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, August 23 - Theme of the day: Moscow today/ Lecture/ Red Squa...
Theme of the day: Moscow today/ Lecture/ Red Square /Evening performance.

Note: Driving time to all program sites is unpredictable due to heavy city traffic.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Group introductions and orientation meeting. Participate in a lecture on Russian culture and national character. Start exploring Moscow with an expert-led city highlights excursion (by motorcoach), learning about the history and architecture of Moscow.

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own

Afternoon: After lunch, join an expert on a walking excursion in UNESCO-listed Red Square, from which you can admire the ancient Kremlin walls, the striking Kremlin Clock Tower, Lenin's Mausoleum, and the ornate, multi-colored architectural masterpiece of the 16th century, St. Basil's Cathedral, commemorating Russia's victory over the Tatars at Kazan.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or city restaurant

Evening: Attend an evening performance (note: the date and exact performance will be announced in final mailing 5 weeks prior to departure).

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 is easily available.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +74952583000
Facility amenities: Two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, free internet connection in public areas 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, complimentary coffee in the lobby, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club. This is a non-smoking hotel. The hotel 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, August 24 - Theme of the day: Moscow as a Cultural Treasure C...
Theme of the day: Moscow as a Cultural Treasure Chest: Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts / Evening Performance

Note: Be prepared for walking up to 2 hours.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Participate in an expert-led visit to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts: view the rich collection of Old Masters, Impressionists and Post Impressionists, and a special collection of 'Schleimann's Gold' (treasures of Troy), also on display here.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at a museum café.

Afternoon: Continue exploration of Moscow. Drive to the Moscow University site, stop at Novodevichi Convent (see the exterior), visit the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (inside visit), and see many other important sites. If desired, return to hotel by the famous Moscow Metro system: see stunning underground stations featuring paintings, mosaic-covered walls, bronze chandeliers, and granite columns.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or a local restaurant.

Evening: Attend an evening performance (note: the date and exact performance will be announced in final mailing 5 weeks prior to departure).

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 is easily available.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +74952583000
Facility amenities: Two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, free internet connection in public areas 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, complimentary coffee in the lobby, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club. This is a non-smoking hotel. The hotel 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, August 25 - Theme of the day: Moscow and Medieval Russia: Kr...
Theme of the day: Moscow and Medieval Russia: Kremlin grounds / Armory Chamber

Note: Extensive walking on cobble stone streets, up/down stairs, 2-3 flights with no elevators. All day in the city.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Enjoy a presentation on Medieval Russian history during an educational visit to the Kremlin compound, led by an expert: see the grounds and cathedrals inside the Kremlin walls, see the Tsar cannon and Tsar bell and other constructions.

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own

Afternoon: Join and an expert for a special Visit the Armory Chamber, housing a rich collection of royal jewels, including famous Faberge eggs and many other treasures of the Russian tsars.

Dinner: Dinner in a local restaurant.

Evening: If desired, return to hotel by Moscow Metro famous for its beautiful underground stations.

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 is easily available.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow, 125047 Russia
phone: +74952583000
Facility amenities: Two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, free internet connection in public areas 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, complimentary coffee in the lobby, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club. This is a non-smoking hotel. The hotel 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 Six: Tuesday, August 26 - The Tretyakov Picture Gallery / Lecture / the Ar...
Note: Walking (up to 2 miles). Be prepared to spend all day in the city.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: In the morning, drive to the Tretyakov Picture Gallery housing the largest collection of Russian paintings of all periods. Enjoy an expert-led presentation.

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own

Afternoon: **Participate in a political discussion led by a university professor.** After lecture spend time in the Arbat Pedestrian Street famous for art galleries and arts and crafts stands. Explore (independently) shops with regional arts and crafts from many corners of the multi-ethnic Russian state.

Dinner: Dinner at a city restaurant

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

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

Description: A small, comfortable, newly opened hotel in the center of Suzdal, close to major tourist attractions. This two-story hotel is located in a fully renovated 19th century building and rebuilt in the traditional Old Russian architectural style of ‘Russkoye Podvorye”, which represents the spirit of Russian rural life in the 19th century.

Contact info:
Lenin Street 45
Suzdal, 60123 Russia
phone: +011-7-492 312-33 03
web: n/a

Room amenities: Guest rooms are comfortable, air conditioned, clean and modern with private baths or showers and hairdryers provided. All rooms have TVs and telephones.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers all the basic services, with a restaurant, lobby bar, small sauna, and a business center with Internet access. There is 24-hour security.

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


Day Seven: Wednesday, August 27 - A motor coach trip: Moscow-Sergiyev Posad -Vladim...
Note: Expected driving time: Moscow - Sergiev Posad (2 hours) - Vladimir (3 hours) - Suzdal (40 min). Rest stops to be made every 2-3 hours. Note: city traffic is unpredictable and delays are possible. A lecture on the Russian Orthodox church is offered on the bus en route to Sergiyev Posad and Vladimir.

Breakfast: At hotel in Moscow

Morning: Depart on a 4-day trip through the Golden Ring towns: Sergiyev Posad, Vladimir-Suzdal, Kostroma, and Yaroslavl. The “Golden Ring” (Zolotoye Koltso) is a modern name for a loop of very old towns southeast and northeast of Moscow, the area which historically preceded Moscow as the cultural and political heart of the Russian state. The Golden Ring’s towns began as outposts of Kievan Rus and grew when people moved north as Kiev declined. Today these towns, churches, monasteries, and city forts reflect various periods of Russian history and form a well-preserved, unique environment for a study of country life as it existed over all of European Russia. During the transfer from Moscow to the town of Sergiyev Posad, hear a presentation on the Russian Orthodox church. Walk through the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergei, which is the official seat of the Russian Orthodox church and equivalent to the Vatican (a "lavra" is the highest rank of Russian Orthodox monasteries). Architecturally, this stunning medieval setting easily rivals the Moscow Kremlin compound.

Lunch: In restaurant in Sergiyev Posad

Afternoon: Continue your travel to the town of Vladimir, founded by Prince Vladimir in 1108 as a fort against the Tatars. At first the nearby small town of Suzdal (founded in 1024) was made the capital of the area. Then in 1158 the capital was moved to Vladimir, and the area became known as the Vladimir/Suzdal principality. The region not only thrived economically and politically, but it also became the chief inheritor of the Kiev-Byzantine artistic traditions as seen in the spectacular local architecture and in the art of mosaics, frescoes and icon painting. Upon your arrival in Vladimir, have a short city excursion and see the Assumption Cathedral and the famous Golden Gate (1164). .

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant in Vladimir

Evening: After dinner, travel to your overnight hotel in Suzdal, arriving by 8.30 pm. Hotel check-in.

Lodging: Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

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

Description: A small, comfortable, newly opened hotel in the center of Suzdal, close to major tourist attractions. This two-story hotel is located in a fully renovated 19th century building and rebuilt in the traditional Old Russian architectural style of ‘Russkoye Podvorye”, which represents the spirit of Russian rural life in the 19th century.

Contact info:
Lenin Street 45
Suzdal, 60123 Russia
phone: +011-7-492 312-33 03
web: n/a

Room amenities: Guest rooms are comfortable, air conditioned, clean and modern with private baths or showers and hairdryers provided. All rooms have TVs and telephones.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers all the basic services, with a restaurant, lobby bar, small sauna, and a business center with Internet access. There is 24-hour security.

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


Day Eight: Thursday, August 28 - Suzdal architecture / Open-air museum
Note: Extensive walking (up to 2 miles), including on unpaved terrain, up/down hills.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Join our local expert for an excursion of medieval Suzdal, famous for its magnificent medieval architecture as seen in numerous churches, monuments, towers, and ornate domes. Walk through the grounds of the Yefimov Monastery and learn about its history.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Suzdal

Afternoon: Continue exploring Suzdal: participate in an expert-led visit to the local museum of wooden architecture. Enjoy the surroundings of this fairytale town. Free time to walk around and enjoy the arts and crafts stands.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or a restaurant in Suzdal

Lodging: Pushkarskaya Sloboda Hotel

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

Description: The Yubileynaya Hotel is conveniently situated on the bank of the Kotorosl River, just a few steps away from the historical center of the city. It was built in 1973 and fully renovated in 1998. The hotel is close to all museums and local historical and architectural sights. The hotel has English-speaking staff and 24-hour security.

Contact info:
Kotoroslnaya Naberezhnaya 26
Yaroslavl, 150000 Russia
phone: +7 ( 4852) 72-65-65
web: not available

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are of good size, have standard twin beds, are tastefully furnished and comfortable but rather small in size. They include standard amenities and modern bathrooms with hair dryers, telephones, TV, and hot water heaters, but the rooms are not air conditioned.

Facility amenities: The hotel has elevators, a pleasant lobby, a bar, 244 rooms including suites, restaurants, a beauty salon, and a small souvenir kiosk. There is also a business center with conference facilities and a small health center. The public areas of the hotel are air conditioned, but there is no air conditioning in standard rooms. The hotel offers various services for a comfortable stay.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, August 29 - In transit: Suzdal-Kostroma-Yaroslavl.
Note: Expected total travel time is about 6-8 hours, including a stopover.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Travel Suzdal-Kostroma. Enjoy the beautiful countryside (expected travel time 3-4 hours).

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Kostroma

Afternoon: After lunch in Kostroma, have a city excursion and learn about Kostroma's rich history and Russia's turbulent medieval era known as the "Time of Troubles". Stop by the Ipatyev Monastery (see the exterior only), where the Romanov dynasty of Russian Tsars began, and which ruled Russia for over 300 years. Later in the afternoon, travel to the town of Yaroslavl (expected travel time about 1 hour, arriving at the hotel by dinner time).

Dinner: At hotel restaurant

Lodging: Yubileynaya Hotel

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

Description: The Yubileynaya Hotel is conveniently situated on the bank of the Kotorosl River, just a few steps away from the historical center of the city. It was built in 1973 and fully renovated in 1998. The hotel is close to all museums and local historical and architectural sights. The hotel has English-speaking staff and 24-hour security.

Contact info:
Kotoroslnaya Naberezhnaya 26
Yaroslavl, 150000 Russia
phone: +7 ( 4852) 72-65-65
web: not available

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are of good size, have standard twin beds, are tastefully furnished and comfortable but rather small in size. They include standard amenities and modern bathrooms with hair dryers, telephones, TV, and hot water heaters, but the rooms are not air conditioned.

Facility amenities: The hotel has elevators, a pleasant lobby, a bar, 244 rooms including suites, restaurants, a beauty salon, and a small souvenir kiosk. There is also a business center with conference facilities and a small health center. The public areas of the hotel are air conditioned, but there is no air conditioning in standard rooms. The hotel offers various services for a comfortable stay.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, August 30 - Yaroslavl: local history, cultural heritage, mode...
Note: Walking up to 1 mile, including on uneven surfaces

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Spend a full day in Yaroslavl. Participate in a city drive led by a local expert. Learn about the city's history, medieval architecture, and the dynamic, modern life of Yaroslavl. Stretching along both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important river port. As the second largest city in Russia in the 17th century, Yaroslavl was the de facto capital of Russia during the Polish occupation of Moscow in 1612 (the so-called "Time of Troubles"). It was founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslavl the Wise and today retains many noteworthy monuments of its rich history. Of special interest here are the 13th-century Spassky Monastery ensemble, a group of 17th-century cathedrals, an elegant rotunda, and remnants of an ancient trading center. Loveliest of all is the Church of the Prophet Elijah in the town's central square. The frescoes on the walls and vaulting inside the church form a valuable collection of old Russian medieval paintings.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit a local art gallery housed in a former governor's mansion. Enjoy a cultural event -- participate in a re-enactment of a governor's reception and dance in the century traditions of the 19th century (interactive experience).

Dinner: At hotel restaurant

Lodging: Yubileynaya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Train

Description: An intercity train built in Germany and designed for overnight travel, featuring 8-10 cars of various comfort and service levels and a restaurant car. Each car has its own conductor. Sleeping arrangements and meal services are offered on board.

Contact info:
intercity transfer
Yaroslavl, Russia
phone: + xxx
web: n/a

Facility amenities: For this program, 2-passenger, 1st class compartments are reserved. There are no single compartments. They are rather small (approx 70 sq. feet) but are quite comfortable for overnight travel. They all have 2 lower berths with bed linen and towels provided, a large window, a luggage area (due to the small size of the luggage space, we strongly urge you to limit your baggage to 1 standard-size suitcase and a carry-on), all compartments have a lock for personal safety, and adjustable lighting. 1st class compartments have heating and air conditioning systems. Each 1st class car is designed for 22-24 persons, and there are 2 toilets with a sink available on board each car. No shower facilities are available. Travel by train in Russia is quite comfortable and provides a special experience.

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

Bathroom: no baths or showers, toilets and sinks only

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Sunday, August 31 - A presentaton on Russian holidays and cultural tr...
A presentaton on Russian holidays and cultural traditions / Free afternoon / Overnight train: Yaroslavl - St. Petersburg

Note: Rest time in the afternoon is recommended due to a scheduled overnight train trip to St. Petersburg. Be prepared to carry your personal luggage on/off the train, as no porters are available in Yaroslavl. Luggage space on the train is limited. We strongly recommend that you not exceed 1 piece of standard-size luggage and 1 carry-on.

Breakfast: At hotel restaurant.

Morning: Participate in an informal talk on Russian holidays and cultural traditions, OR have an educational visit (to be reconfirmed on site).

Lunch: Lunch in hotel or city restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon free to rest or enjoy the city center independently. Hotel check out at 6 pm, before dinner.

Dinner: At hotel restaurant

Evening: After dinner, transfer to the train station for an overnight train(at 10.30pm) from Yaroslavl to St. Petersburg (travel in 2-passenger sleeping compartments, NO single accommodations, facilities on board: 2 toilets/sinks per train car). Travel time: about 13 hours.

Lodging: Overnight Train

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

Description: The Park Inn Nevsky is a newly opened 3-4-star hotel (269 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 it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street / 89 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 191036 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are of good size, comfortable, air conditioned, offer all modern amenities, are pleasantly furnished, all have private modern showers (no baths), and all have safes and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Nevsky Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, a bar/bierstube, 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 service is available in each guest room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx. $270 -350 twin room
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. The room rate will be reconfirmed at the time of the reservation based on currency exchange. 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 into a different room with the group.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Monday, September 01 - Arrival in St Petersburg / Free afternoon
Note: In St. Petersburg, please: 1) be prepared to carry your personal luggage about 100 yards to the hotel door; 2) be prepared to walk to/from the restaurant for lunch and dinner (7-10 min).

Breakfast: Continental breakfast on board the train

Morning: Enjoy the train ride experience. Arrival in St. Petersburg by lunch time. Hotel check in.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon free.

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

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn Nevsky is a newly opened 3-4-star hotel (269 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 it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street / 89 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 191036 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are of good size, comfortable, air conditioned, offer all modern amenities, are pleasantly furnished, all have private modern showers (no baths), and all have safes and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Nevsky Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, a bar/bierstube, 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 service is available in each guest room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx. $270 -350 twin room
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. The room rate will be reconfirmed at the time of the reservation based on currency exchange. 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 into a different room with the group.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, September 02 - History and Architecture of St. Petersburg / Perf...
Note: Exact performance schedule to be reconfirmed and posted on the website 5 weeks prior to departure in the final mailing.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: This morning participate in a city excursion of St. Petersburg, the capital of the Russian Empire for over two centuries. Built on the order of Tsar Peter the Great to rival Amsterdam, a city which he greatly admired, St. Petersburg became the new capital of Russia in 1712. The stunning city became know as a "Venice of the North" for its numerous canals, graceful bridges, and stunning beauty. Have an inside visit to the Peter & Paul Fortress where the city began, and see the cathedral, burial place of the Romanovs; drive along Nevsky Prospekt (main boulevard), see Palace Square and the Winter Palace of the Russian tsars (now the home of the Hermitage Museum), pass by St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman statue dedicated to Peter I, and many other important sites. Driving through St. Petersburg and seeing its beauty leave a lasting impression.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Return to hotel.

Dinner: At hotel or city restaurant

Evening: Attend a performance (note: the performance date is subject to change)

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn Nevsky is a newly opened 3-4-star hotel (269 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 it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street / 89 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 191036 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are of good size, comfortable, air conditioned, offer all modern amenities, are pleasantly furnished, all have private modern showers (no baths), and all have safes and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Nevsky Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, a bar/bierstube, 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 service is available in each guest room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx. $270 -350 twin room
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. The room rate will be reconfirmed at the time of the reservation based on currency exchange. 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 into a different room with the group.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Wednesday, September 03 - The Hermitage Museum / Free afternoon
Note: Walking up to 2 miles, up/down stairs, rest areas are available

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Spend the morning or a full day at the Hermitage Museum. Enjoy a 3-hour excursion of this world-famous museum, featuring rich art collections from all over the world, including Old Masters, Impressionists, and Post-Impressionists (the highlights of the collection to be presented by an expert on the museum).

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own

Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy the Hermitage collection on your own or spend time in the city. Return to hotel on your own.

Dinner: At hotel or local restaurant

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn Nevsky is a newly opened 3-4-star hotel (269 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 it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street / 89 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 191036 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are of good size, comfortable, air conditioned, offer all modern amenities, are pleasantly furnished, all have private modern showers (no baths), and all have safes and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Nevsky Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, a bar/bierstube, 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 service is available in each guest room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx. $270 -350 twin room
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. The room rate will be reconfirmed at the time of the reservation based on currency exchange. 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 into a different room with the group.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Thursday, September 04 - Theme of the day: The Romanov Dynasty / Summer es...
Theme of the day: The Romanov Dynasty / Summer estates of the Russian tsars in Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof

Note: Extensive walking (up to 2 miles)

Breakfast: at hotel

Morning: An expert-led trip to the summer estates of the tsars. Learn about the reign of Catherine the Great. See the magnificent palace in Tsarskoye Selo housing the famous Amber Room, recently recreated by Russian restoration artists. Enjoy a short walk in the park.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: Drive to Peterhof, the favorite summer retreat of Tsar Peter the Great. Have an expert-led walk in the park to enjoy the famous fountains. (Note: inside visits to the Grand Palace and other museums on site are not included, view exteriors only). Return to the city.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or city restaurant

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn Nevsky is a newly opened 3-4-star hotel (269 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 it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street / 89 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 191036 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are of good size, comfortable, air conditioned, offer all modern amenities, are pleasantly furnished, all have private modern showers (no baths), and all have safes and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Nevsky Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, a bar/bierstube, 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 service is available in each guest room.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: approx. $270 -350 twin room
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. The room rate will be reconfirmed at the time of the reservation based on currency exchange. 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 into a different room with the group.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Sixteen: Friday, September 05 - Lecture / Free time in the city / Farewell Dinner...
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Political discussion (held at hotel): "Russia Today", followed by a Q&A session (presented by a university professor. After the lecture, enjoy free time on Nevsky Prospekt. We suggest a visit to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan and hear the church choir (head cover for women required).

Lunch: Time for lunch on your own (we suggest the cafe in the House of Books).

Afternoon: Enjoy an independent visit to the famous "House of Books" on Nevsky Prospekt or consider a visit to a museum of your choice.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner.

Evening: Performance during farewell dinner.

Lodging: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Saturday, September 06 - Program ends. Departures.
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Program ends. Transfers to airport for all participants holding air tickets issued by Road Scholar. Independent travels are welcome to join the designated group transfer(s) if space is available, or arrange a taxi.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Moscow
Bolshoi theaterOut of 4 included performances one performance (opera or ballet) is planned at the Bolshoi theater (in Moscow) OR Mariinsky theater (in St. Petersburg). Additional tickets for these or other theaters may be purchased at the hotel theater desk or via the Internet.(Expected ticket cost $80-$200 per ticket depending on seats.
For additional information, visit: www.bolshoi.ru
Mariinsky theaterOut of 4 included performances one performance (opera or ballet) is planned at the Bolshoi theater (in Moscow) OR Mariinsky theater (in St. Petersburg). Additional tickets for these or other theaters may be purchased at the hotel theater desk or via the Internet. (Expected ticket cost $80-$200 per ticket depending on seats.
For additional information, visit: www.mariinsky.ru
St. Petersburg
Mariinski-Kirov BalletIf Mariinsky(Kirov) Opera and Ballet theater company is performing during program dates then tickets and transportation for additional evening performances can be arranged at hotel theater desk. Also our staff will assist all who will desire to attend an additional performance. (Expected ticket cost $800-200 per ticket). Schedule of other theatrical performances and concerts will be available upon arrival in St. Petersburg or it can be checked on the Internet.
For additional information, visit: www.mariinski.ru

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