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Program #17051RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Julie Laitin Apr 16, 2014 at 02:15 PM

Places to go (or NOT): DO NOT take the Arbat shopping afternoon. I was forewarned on TripAdvisor. You have 1.5 hours to eat and then stroll down Arbat Street, where there's really nothing to see. Spend your afternoon doing something more intg: Recos: The State Historical Museum is great but you need 3-4 hours there; The Political History Museum is close to your hotel and perfect for a few hours; the Romanov house is small, and near RedSquare, on a street just past the GUM dept store and perfect for after the Kremlin visit (easy walk from the Kremlin, but be sure you know how to get there bec it's a little tricky). (If you know the history of the czars, it'll make your visit wonderful. This is the house of Michael, the very first Romanov, and utterly delightful/interesting. DO NOT MISS the Russian Museum in St. Pete. We didn't go there on our tour, and I went on my own. An absolute 'must," esp after the other museums where you'll learn more about Russian artists. Feel free to write with more questions if you have them. I adored the trip -- but did TONS of research before I went, and it was worth it ten times over.

Julie Laitin Apr 16, 2014 at 02:07 PM

Other thoughts: The most impt words you should know are: WHere is (Ga-DEE-ya); Here (z-DYES) and there (Tahm)(helpful when you're in a subway stop and not sure of which station you're at, or when you want to get out at a particular street); Exit (VWEE-cut) and entrance (v-CHUT) (The CH sounds like the Jewish CHAI, not like the English Church).

Julie Laitin Apr 16, 2014 at 02:00 PM

James and Sally -- I went on last year's tour and spend two days on my own before/after the tour and loved it. Several suggestions to help you enjoy your trip: 1. Read Robt Massie's Peter the Great and Catherine the Great; 2. Go to YOUTUBE and take a few "World Russian" lessons, which are fantastic. The first 6 teach you the Cyrillic alphabet, along with some impt words. Believe me, you won't be sorry you learned it. The subways are a snap, esp if you can pick out the cyrillic letters. The green and brown lines have lots of great stops; the blue line has a couple worth checking out. All you have to do is get on at any station on either line and just go from stop to stop, getting off to check it out and the on to the next. Trains come every 2-3 minutes, even at nite, so it's very fast. If you get some info from Trip Advisor on the lines, take the info with you and just read it as you go. The subways have signs in the middle and on both sides telling you which direction they're going in (In the center, the right side of the sign show s you the stops/direction of the trains to the right, and the left side tells you the direction/stops to your left. That's why knowing the alphabet is so helpful -- you'll never feel lost. You can prob do the stations one each line in 1-1.5 hours max, so it's a great thing to do either at nite or during your free time.

Sally McKeen Apr 15, 2014 at 04:23 PM

Hi James, thanks for the info. I chexcked with my capitol one credit card to verify no foreign charge to use it in russia. see you soon, Sally
Julie Laitin Apr 16, 2014 at 01:24 PM

Sally -- you're never better exchanging currency instead of using ATM machines. Using a DEBIT card will cost 3% commision on regular CREDIT cards, 1% from a Fidelty DEBIT card and 0% from a Schwab DEBIT card. To purchase anything in a foreign currency, use a card that charges no commission: Debit cards like Fidelity charge 1%; Schwab Debit charges 0%; premium cards like Chase Explorer charges 0%, and Capital One charges 0%. It's helpful to call to check. Most regular cards charge an add'l 3%.

Sally McKeen Apr 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

thanks,James, for researching best stops on Moscow underground. any thoughts on bringing extra us dollars:? the exchange rate aqs of now is 1$ =n36 rubles. wondering if it would be better than buying rubbles with a credit card.
James B. Apr 13, 2014 at 01:57 PM

I've never bought foreign currency with a credit card. Won't the credit card company treat that as a cash advance and fee you big time? I know that it will if you use it in an ATM machine.... I've always brought some dollars for flexibility but relied primarily on my ATM card (typically gives best exchange rate) for foreign currency. I have a deal with my bank which waives their ATM fees so there's only the foreign ATM fee. Also like my Capital One credit card for purchases as it charges no foreign transaction fees. Here's a good general article comparing the various options for handling money overseas: Any insight for Sally from anyone else who uses credit cards for foreign cash?

Sally McKeen Mar 27, 2014 at 01:03 PM

Hi James, I too am interested, in the Hermitage and perfomances. Hope we will see a ballet.I also want to ride the subway/underground in Moscaw, which is a mini museum. hope others will also, as i probably would not on my own. I was in russia 1997, with my late husband and our 2 children, 6&9 at the time. Quite an adventure as we were on our own except for two very biased day tours, 1 in Moscow and 1 on Leningrad. We lived in Singapore at the time, and were on home leave. We traveled with Elderhostel on many trips. both US and international, and on our own. Last year I went on the RS Turkey journeY. It was one of the best.I am happy to know two other travelers. Look forward TO traveling with you. Mary, I am not so concerned about Ukraine or safety. Russia keeps tight control. I hope we are not limited on what we can do. I agree with James, RS would cancel, which I hope won't happen.
James B. Mar 27, 2014 at 04:11 PM

Well, count me in for the Moscow Metro. The itinerary suggests Friday, April 25 and there'll probably be other opportunities. --James
James B. Apr 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM

James B. Apr 10, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Hello again, Sally...and anyone else interested in the Moscow Metro. I've been reading an older edition (2004) of Masha Nordbye's "Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Golden Ring". She cites 8 Metro stations as the "more interesting" and 4 of them are between the Marriott Tverskaya and Red Square: Belorusskaya (nearest the hotel), Mayakovskaya, Teatral’naya, and Okhotny Ryad. So, if we wanted to make a few stops, we might have an interesting tour! --James

Mary Martin Mar 24, 2014 at 08:08 PM

Any thoughts or concerns about what is happening in the Ukraine?
James B. Mar 25, 2014 at 08:19 AM

Sure. No particular concerns re personal safety; just concerned that the tit for tat might escalate to some kind of reciprocal travel restrictions or even outright ban, especially if Russia makes additional moves (Eastern Ukraine, Moldova, whatever). I checked yesterday and the State Dept hasn't posted anything since the pre-Sochi Olympics warning. My planned November trip to Egypt was canceled by Road Scholars due to the post-coup unrest. Hoping to avoid a two-fer.... --James
Sally McKeen Mar 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Sally McKeen Mar 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Sally McKeen Mar 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I will be going on the Russian journey April/May 2014. I woulod enjoy hearing from others going. Sally McKeen
James B. Mar 24, 2014 at 05:21 PM

Hi, Sally. I'll be on this trip. Been to Europe a number of times but the closest I've been to Russia is Istanbul (3 weeks there). Did the RS "India: Treasures of the North and South" in December; interesting and eye-opening. Russia trip is a great fit for me as I'm interested in art (Pushkin, Tretyakov, Hermitage museums); classical choral; and ballet (to a lesser degree). What are your interests? So far only you and I have "gone public" for the April May trip (maybe Shirley below?). Looking forward to hearing from others. --James .

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