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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 Apr 16 — Apr 26, 2015

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Day One: Thursday, April 16 -
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, April 17 - Arrival in Moscow. Group transfers to hotel. Meet...
Arrival in Moscow. Group transfers to hotel. Meet your Group Leader and fellow Road Scholars (expected number of program participants: 23-25)

Note: Upon arrival at the airport, look for the agent holding a Road Scholar sign. Be prepared to carry/roll your luggage to 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 the program hotel for all participants holding air tickets from Road Scholar. Independent travelers are welcome to join a pre-scheduled group transfer from DME (which will be announced 5 weeks prior to departure).

Dinner: Group Dinner at the 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 (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, April 18 - Moscow today and Russia's cultural traditions / E...
Note: Expected walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Attend a group orientation meeting and introductions of group members. Join a presentation on Russian cultural heritage and traditions. Begin your exploration of Moscow with an expert-led drive and a walk through the city center. Stop in front of the legendary Bolshoi Theater for an on-site presentation on Moscow's cultural life and Russia's theatrical traditions, Moscow theaters, and the current theatrical scene.

Lunch: Lunch in a city restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon is free to explore on your own (time permitting). Suggestions of interesting sites will be made by your Group Leader.

Dinner: Dinner on your own before transfer to evening performance (to be reconfirmed).

Evening: Evening performance (depending on the performance schedule, the date may be changed; this will be finalized 5-6 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 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, April 19 - 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, April 20 - Talk on medieval Russia / Visit to the Kremlin co...
Talk on medieval Russia / Visit to the Kremlin compound and Armory Chamber

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 have free time in Red Square, where all rulers of Russia left traces of their reign; see the ancient Kremlin wall, the striking Kremlin Clock Tower, the GUM department store, and take pictures of St. Basil's Cathedral -- a multi-colored architectural wonder of the 16th century commemorating Russia's victory over the Tatars at Kazan.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the city.

Evening: Evening free.

Lodging: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn is a recently 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 in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters. It is also next to a Metro stop and the Moscow train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
89 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 193106 Russia
phone: +7-812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Newly furnished, comfortable rooms have individual climate control (including air conditioning), private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and flat-screen TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Internet connection is free of charge in all guest rooms.

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: USD 320 /Twin (approx.).
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate and you will pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Do note the reservation will be separate from the program reservation and it is likely that you will need to check out of the room and check back in to a different room with the group. Additional nights can also be booked independently via the Internet.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Tuesday, April 21 - 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 and possibly carrying it to the hotel (ca. 100 yards).

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

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

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

Afternoon: 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. Be prepared to carry or roll your personal luggage to the hotel (about 100 yards). Hotel check-in.

Lodging: Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn is a recently 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 in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters. It is also next to a Metro stop and the Moscow train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
89 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 193106 Russia
phone: +7-812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Newly furnished, comfortable rooms have individual climate control (including air conditioning), private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and flat-screen TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Internet connection is free of charge in all guest rooms.

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: USD 320 /Twin (approx.).
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate and you will pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Do note the reservation will be separate from the program reservation and it is likely that you will need to check out of the room and check back in to a different room with the group. Additional nights can also be booked independently via the Internet.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Wednesday, April 22 - History and architecture of St. Petersburg / Pete...
History and architecture of St. Petersburg / Peter and Paul Cathedral / Evening performance

Note: Light walking, up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This morning learn about the history 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: Late lunch in the city.

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

Dinner: Early dinner on your own.

Evening: Transfer for a performance.

Lodging: Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn is a recently 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 in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters. It is also next to a Metro stop and the Moscow train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
89 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 193106 Russia
phone: +7-812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Newly furnished, comfortable rooms have individual climate control (including air conditioning), private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and flat-screen TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Internet connection is free of charge in all guest rooms.

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: USD 320 /Twin (approx.).
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate and you will pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Do note the reservation will be separate from the program reservation and it is likely that you will need to check out of the room and check back in to a different room with the group. Additional nights can also be booked independently via the Internet.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Thursday, April 23 - Hermitage Museum
Note: Extensive walking in the museum (up to 2 miles). Rest areas are available.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

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

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Hermitage Cafe or in town.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon at the 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 a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening free

Lodging: Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn is a recently 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 in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters. It is also next to a Metro stop and the Moscow train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
89 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 193106 Russia
phone: +7-812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Newly furnished, comfortable rooms have individual climate control (including air conditioning), private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and flat-screen TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Internet connection is free of charge in all guest rooms.

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: USD 320 /Twin (approx.).
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate and you will pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Do note the reservation will be separate from the program reservation and it is likely that you will need to check out of the room and check back in to a different room with the group. Additional nights can also be booked independently via the Internet.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Nine: Friday, April 24 - 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: Be prepared for extensive walking in museums and parks (up to 2 miles). Rest areas are available. An early evening return is possible due to city traffic.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: A full day is dedicated to visits to the summer estates of the Romanov tsars, who ruled Russia for 300 years. Have an on-site presentation on the Romanov dynasty and its ties with St. Petersburg. 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 on your own

Afternoon: Continue on to Peterhof -- a favorite summer residence of Tsar Peter the Great. Walk alongside an expert to admire the stunningly 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 at hotel or city restaurant.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky Hotel

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

Description: The Park Inn is a recently 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 in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters. It is also next to a Metro stop and the Moscow train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
89 Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg, 193106 Russia
phone: +7-812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com

Room amenities: Newly furnished, comfortable rooms have individual climate control (including air conditioning), private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and flat-screen TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Internet connection is free of charge in all guest rooms.

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

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: USD 320 /Twin (approx.).
Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate and you will pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Do note the reservation will be separate from the program reservation and it is likely that you will need to check out of the room and check back in to a different room with the group. Additional nights can also be booked independently via the Internet.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Ten: Saturday, April 25 - Lecture on Russian life / 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 professor and focusing on various aspects of contemporary Russia. Q&A. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own; suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made on site. Also, consider a boat ride along the city's rivers and canals to admire the stunning beauty of St. Petersburg as viewed from the water (not part of the official program).

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: Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eleven: Sunday, April 26 - Departure
Note: Group departure transfer schedules to be announced 24 hours in advance. Independent travelers are welcome to join these group transfers.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

In Transit: Departure transfers. Independent travelers are welcome to join the designated group transfer bus.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Moscow
Bolshoi TheaterOne 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 TheaterOne 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.

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9 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
2 Performances

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