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Russian Heritage: Moscow, the Golden Ring and St. Petersburg

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Program #17051RJ
18 Days | 17 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.
Meals: 41 total, 16 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 16 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Peking Hotel: Moscow, 5 nights
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Peking is situated in the heart of Moscow, next to the famous Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, less than 2 miles from Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theater. It is a 3-star hotel and a famous Moscow architectural landmark, housed in one of the city's unique 'wedding-cake' buildings, constructed in 1956, a typical example of Soviet neogothic-style skyscrapers.

Contact info:
Bolshaya Sadovaya 5
Moscow, 123001 Russia
phone: +7 (495) 650 2215
web: www.hotelpeking.ru/en

Room amenities: Guest rooms may differ in decor and configuration, but they have been renovated and are elegantly decorated in a traditional style. All are rather spacious, have high ceilings, large windows, and smart reproduction furniture. However, depending on room location one must be prepared to hear street noise if the windows are opened. Rooms are air-conditioned, have safes, a small refrigerator, telephone, and television with satellite and local channels. All have updated bathrooms with basic amenities and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The Peking Hotel represents the architectural grandeur of the Soviet era and has elegant, renovated but somewhat old-fashioned rooms (a total of 122 rooms and suites). There are 2 restaurants, a bar, a café, a small gym, and a small business center with Internet access (a fee applies). The hotel is air conditioned, has elevators, and a newly renovated lobby with an ATM machine. There is also a currency-exchange office off of the lobby. Services at the hotel are limited, with no laundry service. The friendly hotel staff speaks English and there is 24-hour security.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $250 for a twin room (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 into a different room with the group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM

Goryachie Kluchi Hotel: Suzdal, 1 nights
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Built in the style of traditional Russian rural architecture, the Goryachie Klyuchi, or "Hot Springs" hotel compound (3-star) features a number of guest houses on site, including the 28-guest Manor Suites, and 45 rooms in the Pinnacle tourist hotel. These 1-2 storey buildings are air conditioned. No elevators. This compound offers a very traditional Russian atmosphere from the architecture down to the numerous bathhouses perched along the bank of the hotel's private creek. The hotel has 24-hour security and a friendly staff, of whom some speak English.

Contact info:
14, Korovniki str
Suzdal, 60100 Russia
phone: +7 492 312 4000
web: www.parilka.com

Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are comfortable and air conditioned, clean, and have modern showers with basic amenities and hairdryers. All rooms have TVs and telephones. WiFi services are available in public areas only.

Facility amenities: In the main building of the Goryachie Klyuchi Hotel there is a pleasant restaurant serving traditional Russian specialties; there are also conference facilities, a health facility with a sauna, basic hotel services, and more. The special pride of the compound is its own pond and creek, where the hotel guests can take a swim in the summer months, and/or enjoy fishing.

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

Yubileynaya Hotel: Yaroslavl, 2 nights
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 11 a
Yaroslavl RF, 150000 Russia
phone: +7- 485-273-03-49
web: www.yubilyar.comn/eng

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 mini bars, but they 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

Overnight train: Overnight train, 1 nights
Type: Train

Description: An German-built intercity train 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:
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Yaroslavl, RF Russia
phone: +
web: n/a

Room amenities: 1st class, 2-passenger compartments are reserved. No single compartments. They are rather small (approx 70 sq feet) but quite comfortable for overnight travel. They all have 2 lower berths with bed linen and towels provided, a large window, a shelf for luggage (1 medium-size suitcase only is recommended for the train ride), all compartments have a lock for personal safety and adjustable light. 1st class compartments have heating and air conditioning systems.

Facility amenities: For this program, 1st class, 2-passenger compartments are reserved. No single compartments. They are rather small (approx 70 sq feet) but quite comfortable for overnight travel. They all have 2 lower berths with bed linen and towels provided, a large window, an area for luggage (1 medium-size suitcase only is recommended for the train ride), all compartments have a lock for personal safety and adjustable light. 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: There are no baths on the train.

Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel: St. Petersburg, 1 nights
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel is a conference-style hotel, conveniently located on, Moskovsky Prospekt famous for shopping and historical sites. The hotel is situated within a 15-minute drive to Pulkovo Airport and a short walk to a metro station bringing you to the heart of the city in 15-20 minutes.

Contact info:
1 Pobedy Square
St Petersburg, 196240 Russia
phone: +7 812 740 3900
web: www.park-inn-st-petersburg.h-rez.com

Room amenities: Rooms are reserved in the building adjacent to the main lobby and overlooking a quiet area. All rooms are of good size, air conditioned, have standard amenities including a hair dryer, a small refrigerator, satellite TV, and telephone.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 841 modern air conditioned guest rooms of various categories, 27 suites, conference facilities, several restaurants, a fitness center with swimming pool ( additional charge), several shops and lobby bars. The hotel offers numerous services, has a business center with Internet access (additional charge), an ATM, and a theater desk in the lobby. The hotel employs English-speaking staff and has 24-hour security.

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

Elevator: Yes

Park Inn Veliky Novgorod Hotel: Veliky Novgorod, 1 nights
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This is a western-managed hotel located on the bank of the Volkhov River and offering 225 guest rooms. It is newly renovated and the city's best and largest hotel. It is situated within walking distance from the city center -- the local Kremlin and St. Sofia's Cathedral. Its architecture and furnishings are unique, representing a blend of old Novgorodian traditional architecture and modern design. The hotel offers all the modern amenities, has a friendly English-speaking staff and 24-hour security.

Contact info:
2a Studentcheskaya Ulitsa
Velikiy Novgorod, 173014 Russia
phone: +7- 816 215 8010
web: www.parkinn.com/hotel-velikynovgorod

Room amenities: All 225 guest rooms are spacious; standard rooms have 1 or 2 standard twin beds. All are air conditioned and have modern bathrooms equipped with basic amenities, including hair dryers. The rooms are comfortable, have direct-dial telephones, satellite TVs, and safes.

Facility amenities: The Park Inn Veliky Novgorod is fully air conditioned, has elevators, a spacious lobby with marbled floor, a number of bars, two nice restaurants, a fitness center, and well-equipped conference facilities with Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Oktyabrskaya Hotel: St. Petersburg, 5 nights
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Oktyabrskaya Hotel is a superior, partially renovated, 3-star hotel in the heart of St. Petersburg. Once known as the Grand Hotel, it is housed in an impressive 19th-century building, has a spacious grand lobby, a pleasant restaurant, and a lobby bar. It is conveniently located close to major museums and theaters. The hotel has 24-hour security and employs English-speaking staff.

Contact info:
10 Lygovsky Prospekt
St Petersburg, RF Russia
phone: + 7 812 578-15-15
web: www.oktober-hotel.spb.ru

Room amenities: The guest rooms are spacious, with high ceilings and large windows. They are renovated and clean and have simple, traditional furniture; renovated bathrooms with showers include basic amenities and hairdryers. All rooms have TVs and telephones. No safes in standard rooms.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a spacious, partially renovated lobby, a small fitness center, a beauty salon, souvenir shops, an ATM, a pleasant restaurant, a lobby bar and snack rooms, and good conference facilities and meeting rooms. Free WiFi service is available in the hotel's public areas and in the hotel's business center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: not available
For additional post-program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services or consider making reservations via the Internet.



The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
16 nights of accommodations
41 meals: 16 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 16 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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