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Russian River Voyages Between Moscow and St. Petersburg

Program Number: 14304RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/28/2013 - 9/10/2013; 8/13/2014 - 8/26/2014; 9/3/2014 - 9/16/2014; 9/24/2014 - 10/7/2014; 5/13/2015 - 5/25/2015; 5/27/2015 - 6/8/2015; 7/22/2015 - 8/3/2015; 9/2/2015 - 9/14/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Russia
Price starting at: $3,112.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats
Meals: 33; 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Immerse yourself in the vast country of Russia and its people through the prism of life along its waterways. Learn of the Russian Imperial past in St. Petersburg and experience the Volga region’s villages. Explore the dynamic center of Moscow during informal talks and walks addressing Russia’s history, architecture and current issues.




Activity Particulars

Please note that the cruise operator reserves the right to subsitute the vessel with a sister ship. Walking up to two miles a day and standing in museums. Program cost excludes two lunches to enjoy on your own.



Walking up to two miles daily, standing in museums; no wheelchair facilities.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

St. Petersburg (Russia), 2 nights, aboard vessel, 10 nights.



Day 1:
Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-6:
St. Petersburg (Russia):

Focus on the history of St. Petersburg and the Romanov dynasty during narrated visits to Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and Peterhof. Discuss modern Russia with an expert. An art expert leads you through the Hermitage Museum. Enjoy a National Dance and Music performance. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Day 7:
Mandrogy:

Stroll through this quaint riverside village and enjoy lake and river vistas. Engage in an expert led onboard discussion on Russian national customs and traditions. Enjoy Shashlyk (shish kebab) lunch ashore. Participate in an evening program aboard.



Day 8:
Kizhi:

A narrated excursion presents the wooden architecture, featuring the spectacular Church of the Transfiguration, on this UNESCO-designated fairy-tale islands on Lake Onega. Attend a lecture and enjoy onboard activities.



Day 9:
Goritzy:

With a local expert, explore the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery in the village of Goritsy. A narrated excursion takes you through the monastery grounds and the local museum featuring a collection of rare icons. Attend an onboard performance.



Day 10:
Yaroslavl:

During a city drive led by an expert admire this historic river city's medieval architecture featuring 17th-century cathedrals. Hear about the dramatic events of Russia's turbulent medieval history and the 'Time of Troubles' which took place here in early 1700s. Participate in an onboard program.



Day 11:
Ouglich:

During a walking excursion, view the medieval Kremlin (fortress) walls of ancient Uglich, see the Cathedral of Resurrection and St. John's Church. Hear about the Rurick dynasty of the Russian Tsars which ended here. Enjoy the Captain's farewell dinner.



Days 12-14:
Moscow / disembark / departure:

Focus on modern Russia and the dynamic life of Moscow's citizens during an expert led city drive. Visit the legendary Kremlin compound and spend time in Red square. Participate in a political discussion. Attend an evening performance.



ms Russ

This modern German-built riverboat was extensively renovated in 2007. At 423 feet long it comfortably accommodates 260 passengers. All cabins are outside with large (except lower deck) scenic windows, air conditioning and refrigerators. Public areas include reading room, bar, beauty salon, sauna, first-aid post and gift shop.


Russia

Russia developed under the influence of intellectuals, peasants, tsars and demagogues. Byzantine origins meld with Christianity in vibrant architecture, while religion, folkways and revolution inspired artists from Stravinsky to Chagall. Oppressive regimes helped to create the Iron Curtain, but the late 20th century ushered in glasnost, perestroika and a democratic nation of billionaires, ongoing reforms and an integral role in modern geopolitics.



Meals and Lodgings
   Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel, Building 2
  St. Petersburg, Russia 2 nights
   MS Russ
  St. Petersburg, Russia
Various ports of calls, Russia
Moscow, Russia
10 nights
 Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel, Building 2
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The international-class Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel is a comfortable, conference-style hotel offering facilities for tourists and business guests. It is located 3 miles away from Pulkovo Airport, about 5 miles to the heart of St. Petersburg, and close to a Metro station (5-7 minute walk), on a direct line to the heart of the city. The hotel is located in two buildings and has total of 840 guestrooms and suites. For this program, rooms are reserved in Building 2 of the hotel.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 1 Pobedy Square
St. Petersburg,  196240 Russia
phone: +7 -812-740 39-00
web: www.parkinn.com/hotelpulkovskaya- stpetersburg
  Room amenities: Standard guestrooms are spacious and air conditioned, all have telephone and TV, are nicely furnished, have a small refrigerator, have private baths and standard amenities, including hair dryers. No WiFi service is available in standard rooms but is available in the hotel lobby.
  Facility amenities: The Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel has a pleasant, newly updated lobby, excellent conference facilities, WiFi service in the hotel lobby, a business center with Internet access, 3 restaurants, several bars, a theater ticket desk, a fitness center with solarium, sauna, swimming pool and a beauty salon (fee applies). The hotel offers various services, employs English-speaking staff and has 24-hour security. Note: Hotel shuttle service is available between the hotel and the Domestic terminal LED-1. There is no scheduled shuttle service available between the hotel and the International Terminal LED 2.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: not available Additional nights are subject to availability and should be booked independently by participants. Note: the rooms for the program dates are reserved in Building 2 of the hotel, which is adjacent to the main building. Please note: this hotel is NOT located in the city center and is chosen to best fit the program schedule for the first two days in St. Petersburg, which we spend outside the city.

 MS Russ
Type: Cabin
  Description: For 10 nights your floating hotel/study site will be your river cruiser. The ship, MS RUSS, run by Vodohod cruise operator, was built in Germany in 1986, and completely refurbished in 2002 and 2007 and freshly painted in 2010, with new carpeting installed in the cabins and all public areas, and with new furniture in the restaurants and bars. This ship and all cabins are updated every travel season. The all-Russian crew and cruise staff are trained to service western travelers and most of them speak English.
  Ship Information: Ship Type 302 – a 4 passenger deck vessel. Length – 129 m. Width – 16,7 m. Draft – 2,9 m. Speed – 25,5 km per hour (approx.15 mph). Passenger capacity: 260 -280. The ship has two suites (not offered for this program),120 standard twin cabins (approx.129 sq. feet) and 10 single cabins (approx.100 sq. feet). These are all outside cabins with large windows located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th decks. For this program we have reserved cabins with 2 twin lower beds on the 2nd and 3rd decks only. The same cabin types are used for single occupancy as well. Single cabins are usually assigned on 2nd deck. The ship is equipped with the latest navigational system and satellite phones. Communication: radio and mobile phones (used for emergencies only).
  Contact info: River Terminal Utkina Zavod
Oktyabrskaya nab. 31
St. Petersburg,   Russia
phone: +011-7 916 641 0623
web: www.vodohod.com
  Room amenities: All outside cabins (129 sq. feet) with 2 lower beds, located on the 2nd and 3rd decks; they are air conditioned with large windows, have private facilities, a built-in wardrobe,a table, and a small refrigerator. The cabins are clean and pleasant but modest by western standards. Bed linen is changed every 3 days, and towels are changed daily. No hairdryers are provided in the cabins, but electrical outlets are available for hairdryers.
  Facility amenities: There is ample sun deck space, a reception area, a gift shop, two bars, a large conference / meeting room, two restaurants, and recreation areas. The ship is fully air-conditioned. The ship has medical facilities and a medical doctor or trained nurse on board. Other services on board include laundry and a hair salon. There are no ATMs and no public phones on board. WiFi service is not reliable on bard. Personal mobile phones suitable for use in Russia are recommended to bring along for possible personal emergency communication. WIFI service is not reliable on board. It must be remembered that this ship is comfortable, but it is still a river vessel, not a luxury 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. 3 meals daily are served on board. Breakfast is served buffer style and for lunch and dinner meal choice is available and you will be asked to chose the main dish in advance. Medically required diets are not guaranteed on board but a vegetarian diet is available. Bottled water is served at group meals, additional bottled water is available for purchase. Distilled water is not available during this program.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: n/a Not available on board the ship
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Day 2: 3:00 pm - Hotel check-in starts. 6.00 pm - meet at hotel lobby of Building 2 for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel, Building 2 that night.
  End of Program:
Day 14: 9.00 am - Program ends. 9.00 am - Check-out. You will be staying at MS Russ the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Not applicable
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Public buses are available to the Pulkovskaya Hotel but they are not recommended. Airport/Hotel shuttle is available between the hotel and the Domestic Terminal. There is no scheduled shuttle service between the hotel and the International Terminal.
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg
  Nearest city or town:  St.Petersburg
  Nearest airport:  LED Pulkovo
  Transportation to site: Participants traveling independently are responsible for their own transportation arrangements to meet the group at the first site (BUILDING 2 at the Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel). Public transportation (bus) is not recommended. If you take a taxi at Pulkovo Airport (LED) upon arrival, please make arrangements with the official taxi stand INSIDE the arrival hall and reconfirm the taxi fare in advance (expected cost: equivalent of approximately $30-40, payable in rubles). A currency exchange desk is located in the Pulkovo 2 Airport arrival hall. Hotel shuttle service is available between the hotel and the Domestic terminal, which is some distance away from the International terminal. There is no scheduled shuttle service between the International terminal and the hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Moscow
  Nearest city or town:  Moscow
  Nearest highway: n/a
  Nearest airport:  DME Domodedovo
  Transportation from site: Participants traveling independently are responsible for getting to the airport on the last day of the program. Public transportation is not recommended. Please reserve a taxi in advance on board the ship.
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.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departure from the USA to St. Petersburg, Russia
(Wednesday, August 28)

Note: Travel overnight, arriving the next day



   
 Depart From: Depart USA via overnight flight to St Petersburg.

Day 2: Arrival in St. Petersburg / Dinner at hotel / Group orientation meeting
(Thursday, August 29)

Note: IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO CONSIDER: be prepared to walk up to 2 miles daily on cobblestone and uneven surfaces. No wheelchair/walker facilities are available, no elevator on board. WIFI on board is unreliable. Luggage limit: 1 piece/1 carry-on. No distilled water available. Bottled water served at meals, additional for purchase. All personal and medical expenditures (if any) must be paid on site by participants. Group leader is not authorized to make payments. Thank you for your kind cooperation.



   
 Afternoon: Arrival at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport. Transfer to Building 2 at the Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel. Rest.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: 2 Group meetings are planned. Introductions. Meet your Group/Study Leader and fellow Road Scholars. NOTE: For the duration of this program ALL ROAD SCHOLARS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO 2 GROUPS, each with a separate bus and a local expert for all included excursions and field trips. However, all Road Scholars will be having meals together at the same restaurants, attending the same lectures and will enjoy the same performances at the same time.
   
Accommodations: Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel, Building 2
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: St. Petersburg and the Romanov Tsars / Visit to Peterhof / Evening performance
(Friday, August 30)

Note: Expected driving time to/from Peterhof - 1 hour. Expected walking up to 2 miles. Comfortable shoes are a must. Rest areas are available.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: We begin exploring St. Petersburg with a visit to Peterhof -- a summer residence of the Romanov tsars on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. En route to Peterhof, hear about St. Petersburg and the Romanov tsars. We learn about Tsar Peter I (the Great) and his vision to build a city on the Baltic Sea and to 'open a window on the West' for then-medieval Russia in the early 1700s. Have an expert-led walk in the famous lower park of Peterhof, featuring over 150 fountains, and see numerous structures, now beautifully restored (note: inside visits to the Grand Palace and other museums in the park are not part of the visit). Free time in the park.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in Peterhof.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel. Free time before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Drive for an evening performance of the ballet "Swan Lake" at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory Theater (music by P. Tchaikovsky).
   
Accommodations: Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel, Building 2
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) / Leningrad Defenders Memorial Museum / Transfer to the ship
(Saturday, August 31)

Note: Expected driving time to/from Pushkin - 40 minutes. Walking up to 2 miles in the palace and park. Rest areas are available.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Today we continue exploring the summer residences of the Romanovs and visit Tsarskoye Selo (now known as Pushkin). En route to Tsarskoye Selo and during the visit there, learn more about the Romanov dynasty. Have an inside visit to Catherine's Palace -- an elaborate baroque and rococo palace built in 1752 by Tsarina Elizabeth to honor the memory of her mother Katarina, first wife of Tsar Peter I (the Great). This palace was later rebuilt to become the main summer residence of Tsarina Catherine II (the Great). Here 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 mysteriously lost or stolen by the Nazis during WWII, never found, and finally meticulously reconstructed in 2003 by a team of Russian restoration artists.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon participate in a visit to the Leningrad Defenders' Memorial Museum. Hear the story of the 900-day siege during WWII. If desired, view the museum's collection of old documents and photographs. Transfer to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner in ship's restaurant
 Evening: Ship's Orientation, meet your on-board representatives assigned to each RS group in addition to the Group/Study Leader. Evening free on board
   
Accommodations: MS Russ
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: City's architectural highlights / Hermitage Museum
(Sunday, September 1)

Note: Air-conditioned motor coaches are used for city excursions. No facilities on board. Rest stops are made. At the Hermitage: walking up to 2 miles and standing in the museum can be unavoidable. Rest areas are available.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: This morning take an expert-led motor coach excursion and learn about the city's architectural and cultural treasures. Stops are made at major architectural sites: the Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral -- the birthplace of the city and the burial place of the Romanovs; St. Isaac's Cathedral; the Bronze Horseman statue; the Summer Garden; St. Petersburg University; and other sites. Drive along glamorous Nevsky Prospekt and pass by splendid palaces, numerous statues, and elegant bridges over rivers and canals before returning on board the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch in the city's restaurant
 Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a field trip to the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest art galleries. Take pleasure viewing the dazzling collection of Old Masters, French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, as well as numerous items of all eras, from all over the world here on display. (2.5 hours with a licensed expert).
 Dinner: Dinner in ship's restaurant
   
Accommodations: MS Russ
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Free time in the city /Lecture on board / SET SAIL
(Monday, September 2)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast on board
 Morning: Spend this morning on Nevsky Prospekt -- the main street of St Petersburg, center of shopping, commerce, and culture. Consider a visit to the House of Books (a magnificent art nouveau building), admire the newly re opened Elyseyevsky deli store, enjoy the Russian Museum, or take a walk in the Summer Garden nearby. Transfer to the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch in ship's restaurant
 Afternoon: (Exclusively for all Road Scholars on board): This afternoon attend a lecture on board: "Russia Today": an overview of current issues of nationalities, ethnicity, religion, and modern social issues (presented by a university professor), followed by a Q&A session. Program on board. Welcome Cocktail. Meet the ship's crew and staff. SET SAIL
 Dinner: Dinner in ship's restaurant
 Evening: At leisure to enjoy on-board activities.
   
Accommodations: MS Russ
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Mandrogy Village / lecture on board
(Tuesday, September 3)

Note: Leisurely walk ashore.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in ship's restaurant.
 Morning: (Exclusively for Road Scholars): Attend a lecture on board, followed by a Q&A session. Arrival in Mandrogy village. Enjoy the lake region and beautiful northern forest. Take a stroll in Mandrogy -- a quaint riverside village dotted with wooden cottages (a reproduction of a typical rural Russian settlement). Free time.
 Lunch: Lunch ashore (local specialties)
 Afternoon: Cruise the 139-mile long Svir River and then along the southern shores of Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe and one of the world's purest, then along Lake Ladoga, Europe's largest lake. Both lakes are more like inland seas and can experience waves as high as 3-4 feet during inclement weather. Take time along the way to admire the sandy and rocky beaches and beautiful shores overgrown with graceful willows, tall alder trees, and stately pines.
 Dinner: Dinner in ship's restaurant
 Evening: On-board entertainment
   
Accommodations: MS Russ
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Russian customs and traditions / Wooden architecture of Kizhi Island / On-board program
(Wednesday, September 4)

Note: Walking excursion (walk up to 1 mile). Comfortable shoes are a must.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in ship's restaurant.
 Morning: Arrival in Kizhi - a UNESCO preservation site -- one of 1650 islands on Lake Onega. This morning participate in an expert-led walking excursion of the open-air museum and learn about unique fairytale-like wooden churches built in the 1700s. Most spectacular is the Church of the Transfiguration, with its 22 domes, built without a single nail, and featuring rare icons and an iconostasis.
 Lunch: Lunch in ship's restaurant
 Afternoon: On-board program.
 Dinner: Dinner in ship's restaurant
 Evening: On-board entertainment.
   
Accommodations: MS Russ
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Talk on famous Russians of the Volga and Lake region / Excursion in Goritzy
(Thursday, September 5)

Note: During the excursion in Goritzy, expect to walk up to 2 miles on uneven terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the ship's restaurant
 Morning: (Exclusively for Road Scholars): Attend a presentation on famous Russians whose lives and artistic creations were inspired by the Volga and Lake region
 Lunch: Lunch in ship's restaurant
 Afternoon: Arrival in Goritzy. Have an expert-led walking excursion of the village. Learn about the medieval history of these old settlements. Goritzy is a small, picturesque village located about 4 miles from the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, which is famous for its rare icons. Goritzy is also known for its convent, a place of exile for politically unpopular ladies of nobility, including Maria Nagaya, sent there by an infamous ruler of Russia, Boris Godunov, in the late 1600s.
 Dinner: Dinner in ship's restaurant
 Evening: On-board activities
   
Accommodations: MS Russ
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Lecture on board / Excursion of Yaroslavl
(Friday, September 6)

Note: Afternoon excursion by motor coach and by foot (up to 1 mile).



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's restaurant
 Morning: (Exclusively for Road Scholars): This morning attend a lecture on "Medieval Russia: the reigns of the Rurik Tsars" (presented by an expert and followed by a Q&A session).
 Lunch: Lunch in ship's restaurant
 Afternoon: Arrival in the ancient town of Yaroslavl. This morning take a motorcoach excursion of the city and the Spassky Monastery. Stretching along both banks of the Volga, Yaroslavl is an important river port with a population of 600,000. 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 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 paintings. 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").
 Dinner: Dinner in ship's restaurant.
 Evening: On-board entertainment
   
Accommodations: MS Russ
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Excusion of Uglich / Captain's Farewell Dinner
(Saturday, September 7)

Note: Expected walking (up to 1 mile) and up the hill to the town and on uneven terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in ship's restaurant
 Morning: Arrival in the town of Uglich. Join a walking excursion of the town and its cathedrals. Founded in 1148, Uglich is one of the most beloved towns in old Russia. The view of the city from the Volga River is especially lovely, with the blue-domed Cathedral of the Resurrection and St. John's Church looming on the horizon. At the end of the 16th century, Tsaritsa Maria Nagaya, the seventh wife of Ivan the Terrible, lived in exile here in the local kremlin before being sent to the monastery near Goritzy. It was here that Tsarevich Dmitry, son of the deceased Ivan the Terrible, met his "mysterious" death in 1591 and where the Church of St. Dmitry on the (Spilled) Blood stands today. Located inside the kremlin walls is the oldest building in Uglich, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: On-board program.
 Dinner: Dinner in ship's restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy the Captain's Farewell Dinner to celebrate the last sailing night on board the ship before arriving in Moscow.
   
Accommodations: MS Russ
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Informal on-board discussions / Moscow's architectural highlights / Evening performance
(Sunday, September 8)

Note: All afternoon to be spent in the city.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the ship's restaurant
 Morning: Participate in an informal round-table discussion on various aspects of life in Russia.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Arrival in Moscow. This afternoon during a motor coach excursion we learn about the history and architecture of Moscow. Explore Moscow's cultural and historical treasures and take pictures during stops at major architectural and historic sites: Moscow University, Manezh Square, Novodevichi Convent (exterior only), the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and other important sites. Free time: have a walk in UNESCO-listed Red Square, where all rulers of Russia left traces of their reigns. Admire the striking Kremlin Clock Tower, the Lenin Mausoleum, and see the exterior of the ornate, multi-colored architectural grandeur of the 16th century, St. Basil's Cathedral, commemorating Russia's victory over the Tatars at Kazan. Enjoy this politically-charged architectural wonder reflecting the mysterious Russian soul (note: this excursion and a visit to the Kremlin compound may be offered in reverse order - TBA on board).
 Dinner: Packed Dinner (prepared by the ship's restaurant).
 Evening: Attend an evening performance: A Choir concert of Classical and Russian Orthodox music.
   
Accommodations: MS Russ
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Excursion to the Kremlin compound / Lecture on board / Free time
(Monday, September 9)

Note: Expected walking up to 2 miles.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in ship's restaurant
 Morning: Drive to the city center. Participate in a field trip to the legendary Kremlin compound led by an expert. Visit the grounds inside the Kremlin walls, learn about the medieval history of Moscow, and see the intact medieval fortress: the walls, cathedrals, and palace. Take pictures of the legendary Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell. (note: this excursion and a city drive may be offered in reverse order - TBA on board). Return to the ship, or spend the afternoon in the city on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch on board, or packed lunch in the city.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: MS Russ
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Program ends. Departures
(Tuesday, September 10)

Note: All participants with air tickets from Road Scholar are transferred to corresponding airports. Independent travelers are welcome to join the designated group transfer buses to DME or SVO airport. DEPARTURE TRANSFER SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED ON BOARD 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Check out. Program ends. Departure transfer schedule for all holding air tickets from Road Scholar to be announced on board 48 hours in advance. Independent travelers are welcome to join the designated group transfers. NOTE: All Group transfers are scheduled to service RS booked flights arriving or departing within a window or 2 hours. Therefore, depending on your flight schedule, be prepared for up to 2 hours of extra waiting time (per official Road Scholar policy).
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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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Russia, A Concise History


Author: Ronald Hingley


Description: Well-known scholar Hingley sketches Russia's multiple transformations from her illiterate, pagan, Slavic roots to a multi-ethnic empire in this highly readable, well-illustrated brief history.



Russian Short Stories


Author: Robert Chandler (Editor)


Description: This fine collection of tales captures the sweep and soul of Russian literature, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy along with lesser-known greats.



Russka


Author: Edward Rutherfurd


Description: In this absorbing, complex novel Rutherfurd transforms Russian history into an epic saga. The bestseller follows the fate of interconnected families over 800 years. Catherine the Great, Tolstoy, Pushkin and Rasputin all make appearances.



Speak, Memory


Author: Vladimir Nabokov


Description: Nabokov's richly imagined memoir wonderfully evokes cultural life among the well-to-do in turn-of-the-century St. Petersburg.



St. Petersburg Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A detailed, laminated city plan of St. Petersburg, with street index inset. Place names are in transliterated English.



Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia


Author: W. Bruce Lincoln


Description: A wonderfully written, informative portrait of St. Petersburg, focusing on the city's development in the 18th and 19th centuries as Russia's "window on the West." Highly recommended for travelers with an interest in the character and significance of the city and its monuments.



The Art and Architecture of Russia


Author: George Hamilton, Judith Gordon


Description: An elegantly written introduction to the art and architecture of Russia. Published in 1954, it's a good handbook for the traveler that goes beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg. Includes 314 black-and-white illustrations.



The Hermitage: A Journey in Time and Space


Author: Kultur Video


Description: This 116 minute documentary, directed Vladimir Ptashchenko and accompanied by orchestral music, showcases the extraordinary collections, Originally established as the private collection of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great.



The Ransom of Russian Art


Author: John McPhee


Description: McPhee tackles a rather unusual topic for him: the story of suppressed Russian art and the man who brought it to America.



The Winter Queen


Author: Boris Akunin, Andrew Bromfield (Translator)


Description: Akunin sets a suspected murder among the glitterati of late 19th-century Moscow in this first book in the series of clever detective novels starring the rascal Erast Fandorin, wildly popular in Russia. The series continues with: The Turkish Gambit (RUS263), set during the 1877 Russo-Turkish War; Murder on the Leviathan (RUS225), an homage to Christie; and The Death of Achilles (RUS291), back in Moscow. Fandorin is deputy to the governor-general of czarist Moscow in Special Assignments (RUS371), facing a serial murder and a swindler.



Vodka, A Global History


Author: Patricia Herlihy


Description: A professor of history at Brown, Patricia Herlihy tracks our fascination with this most versatile of spirits from its mysterious 14th Century Slavic origins to today's global dominance in this throughoughly entertaining, erudite and illustrated short history. A volume in the lively Edible History Series, which also includes the ideal companion: Olives, A Global History.





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