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14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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. 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.
Start of Program
May 22, 2014
Day 2: 3:00 pm - hotel check in starts. 6.00 pm - meet in the hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration.
You will be staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiiskaya Hotel that night.
Location: St. Petersburg
Nearest city or town: St.Petersburg
Nearest airport: LED Pulkovo
Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air-inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Independent travelers are welcome to join pre-arranged group arrival transfers. Neither public transportation (bus) nor hotel shuttle bus is recommended. If you hire a taxi at Pulkovo Airport (LED) upon arrival, please go to one of the several official taxi stands in the arrival hall to arrange transportation to the hotel (cost is approximately the equivalent of $50). In order to obtain rubles, a currency exchange desk and ATMs that dispense rubles are located in the airport arrival hall.

End of Program
Jun 3, 2014
Day 14: 9:00 am -- program officially ends. Drop off at airport.
You will be staying at the Nikolay Chernyshevsky the night before.
Location: Moscow
Nearest city or town: Moscow
Nearest highway: n/a
Nearest airport: DME Domodedovo
Transportation to site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air-inclusive program and depart on the group date. GROUP DEPARTURE TRANSFER SCHEDULES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE LAST PROGRAM SITE 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. Independent travelers are welcome to join pre-arranged group departure transfers.
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya Hotel is one of the largest conference-style hotels in St. Petersburg, It is located on the scenic Gulf of Finland, with a spectacular view of the Gulf, a 15-20 minute drive from the city center and 18 miles from the airport. The hotel was designed by a Swedish construction company and opened in 1979, featuring 1293 rooms and suites and boasting excellent conference facilities.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
14 Korablestroiteley Street
St. Petersburg, 199226 Russia
phone: +7 812 329 2626
web: www.parkinn.com/hotelpribaltiyskaya-stpetersburg

Room amenities: Hotel guestrooms are spacious (240 sq. feet), air conditioned, feature a sleek design, and some of them have beautiful views of the Gulf of Finland. All standard rooms offer convenient amenities, including satellite TV, 24-hour room service, free wireless high-speed internet access, and modern bathrooms with standard amenities and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a pleasant spacious lobby, four restaurants, a number of well-stocked bars and snack rooms. It also features a business center, a fitness center, hair salon, gift shops, currency exchange desk and ATMs, concierge service, and 24-hour medical services. There is complimentary shuttle bus service to/from the city center. However, the hotel shuttle service from the airport is not recommended. The hotel also offers laundry, dry cleaning and tailoring services. It employs an 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

Additional nights before: $250/twin approximate rate
Additional nights can be booked independently via the internet through www.booking.com or similar sites. This hotel offers a comfortable stay to group travelers, but it is not recommended for RS participants arriving prior to the program commencement, as its location is not in the heart of the city and not close to major museums and theaters.

Type: Train

Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel will be your river cruiser. The motor ship 'Nikolay Chernyshevsky', managed by the Russian river cruise operator Vodohod, was built in Germany in 1981. It was completely refurbished in 2002 and 2009 and freshly painted in 2011, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. The friendly all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.

Ship Information: Ship Type 301 – a 4-passenger deck vessel. Length – 125 m. Beam – 16.7 m. Draft – 2.9 m. Speed – 25.5 km per hour (15 mph). Total Passenger capacity: 250-252. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only). Electrical service: 220 V, requiring round prong sockets. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has 2 two-room suites, 2 junior suites with double beds, 100 standard twin cabins on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks, 18 single cabins, and 10 triple cabins.

Contact info:
St. Petersburg River Station. Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya Naberezhnaya 31
St. Petersburg, Russia
phone: +xxx
web: www.vodohod.com

Room amenities: For this program we have reserved 2 junior suites (260 sq. feet) and standard twin cabins with 2 twin lower beds (129 sq. feet) on the 2nd and 3rd decks. The same cabin types and configuration are used for both twin and single-occupancy. Single-occupancy cabins with 2 beds are usually assigned on the 2nd deck. Standard twin cabins have 2 lower twin beds (37" x 79") attached to the opposite walls and are located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; 2 Junior suites (260 sq. feet) have a double bed (2 twin beds put together, 37" x 79" each) attached to the wall, and a couch that could be used as an extra bed. All cabins have large windows, a combined simple shower and toilet unit, a built-in wardrobe, a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but rather modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. Hairdryers are provided in all cabins, electrical outlets are for 220V and require round prongs. An extension cord is recommended for CPAP users.

Facility amenities: There is a large sun deck, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference/social room, two restaurants, a small fitness center, and recreational areas. On board services include: Bottled water served at meals; Morning coffee available for Road Scholars; Medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board; A hair salon and massage room; Laundry services; Water boiler; Note: access to distilled water is not available. Credit card payments are accepted on board (MC and Visa only); There are no ATMs and no public phones on board; There is limited WiFi service on board; internet cafes are available at ship's stopover points. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication (please verify details with your mobile phone provider). It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury river or ocean cruise ship. The ship will serve the needs of sailing along the rivers and canals with frequent stops for shore excursions along the way. In inclement weather all passengers gather inside and attend various activities on board.

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

Bathroom: toilet and shower in one unit in standard cabins. toilet and separate shower area in Junior Suites.

Additional nights after: n/a
Not available on board the ship

Check out time: 9:00 AM

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12 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 12 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
5 Performances


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