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Cultural Treasures of Moscow and St. Petersburg

Program Number: 3318RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/11/2014 - 9/21/2014;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Russia
Price starting at: $3,495.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.
Meals: 18; 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Thanks to modern technology, anyone with a computer can take a peek inside the vast collection of the Hermitage and see a virtual image of Mesopotamian papyrus or the snuff boxes of museum founder Catherine the Great. While the times may have changed, the treasures of Russia have not. Enjoy unique access to premier arts institutions in Moscow and St. Petersburg for a firsthand experience of the nation’s artistic past and its visionary future.


• Explore the Kremlin compound, art museums and galleries, and experience the beat of modern Moscow.
• Attend a performance at the Bolshoi or Mariinsky.
• A visit to the renowned Amber Room and a walk in the gardens of the imperial Peterhof with its world famous fountains.

Activity Particulars

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

No medically required diet can be guaranteed. However, vegetarian diet is O.K.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Moscow, 4 nights; St. Petersburg, 5 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from U.S.
1 night
Arrival Moscow
4 nights

Learn about art treasures in Moscow and Russian culture in the new political era. Participate in a discussion on Moscovites' passion for performing arts and current Moscow art scene. Learn about Russian national character reflected in national dance and paintings. Explore the Armory chamber and Kremlin cathedrals, Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, and the Tretyakov Picture Gallery. Enjoy independent time to admire the art of French Impressionists, Peredvizhniki, Russian Avangarde and Constuctivism. Attend an evening performance.

Afternoon Train to St. Petersburg
5 nights

Survey the cultural heritage of St. Petersburg as it is reflected in its history and stunning architecture. Spend a full day at the Hermitage, housed in five huge buildings, including the Romanov’s former Winter Palace. During a visit to Tsarskoye Selo enjoy the opulent summer palaces and magnificent gardens of the Russian tsars. Have ample time to explore on your own the city’s rich art treasures, unique museums and galleries. Attend an evening performance.


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.

Moscow: Four-star hotel, close to the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and two miles from Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theater. St. Petersburg: Superior three-star hotel in the heart of city facing fashionable Nevsky Prospekt.
Meals and Lodgings
   Marriott Tverskaya Hotel
  Moscow, Russia 4 nights
   Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
  St. Petersburg, Russia 5 nights
 Marriott Tverskaya Hotel
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 (204 rooms and suites). It is located within walking distance to Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Bolshoi Theatre (approximately 2 miles). Public transportation is easily available.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: 34 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.
Moscow,  125047 Russia
phone: +74952583000
  Facility amenities: Two nice restaurants, a lobby bar, high-speed wireless Internet connection, foreign exchange office, ATM machine in the lobby, small business center, concierge service, complimentary coffee in the lobby, room service, laundry service, a small fitness center and health club. Smoking is permitted only in designated rooms and areas of the hotel. The hotel employs English-speaking staff and offers 24-hour security.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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

 Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Park Inn is a recently opened 3-4-star hotel (270 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 standard amenities and it is conveniently located in walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and it is also next to a Metro stop and the Moskva train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.
  Contact info: 4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street/ 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St. Petersburg,  193106 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
  Room amenities: Standard guest rooms only are reserved for this program. Rooms are, comfortable ,air conditioned and have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, all have safes and hairdryers. Complimentary WiFi in rooms. Bottled water is not provided in rooms but available for purchase in the hotel lobby.
  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. Free Internet connection is available to guests in the hotel lobby.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: 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 or similar sites.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Day 2: 3.00 pm - Room check-in starts. 6.00 pm - Meet at hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Marriott Tverskaya Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Day 11: 10.00 am - Program ends. 12.00 noon - Room checkout. You will be staying at Park Inn Nevsky Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains are available from major European cities.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Moscow
  Nearest city or town:  Moscow RF
  Nearest airport:  DME Domodedovo
  Transportation to site: Public transportation (bus or train) is not recommended. If you choose to hire a taxi at Domodedovo (DME) or Sheremetyevo (SVO) airports upon arrival, please consider an official taxi stand in the arrival hall and reconfirm the taxi fare in advance (expected cost: equivalent of $80-100, payable in rubles). To obtain rubles, a currency exchange office and an ATM that dispenses rubles are available in the arrival hall of both airports.
  From End of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg
  Nearest city or town:  St. Petersburg
  Nearest airport:  Pulkino Airport LED
  Transportation from site: Participants not taking the group transfer can arrange a taxi to the airport with the hotel concierge.
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:
(Thursday, September 11)
 In Transit: Overseas flight from the US to Moscow

Day 2: Arrivals in Moscow.
(Friday, September 12)

Note: Participants in this Flex Active program which includes independent exploration must be prepared to walk up to 2 miles daily, including on unpaved surfaces and up/down stairs.The program is not suitable for participants with wheelchairs or walkers. Be prepared to carry/roll personal luggage on occasion; porters are not always available. Group meals are fixed and cannot be changed on demand; a vegetarian menu (not vegan) is served if requested in your PIF; other special meals cannot be confirmed.

 Afternoon: Arrivals in Moscow. Group transfers are provided for participants holding air tickets from Road Scholar. Independent travelers are welcome to join the group transfer from DME. The transfer schedule is announced in this mailing. Note: estimated driving time to the hotel from DME is 2 hours. THERE ARE NO REST STOPS EN ROUTE. Participants meet the Group Leader at 6 pm in the hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Attend a group orientation meeting and meet fellow Road Scholars. Note: this meeting may be moved to the next morning (subject to participants' arrival time at hotel).
Accommodations: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Moscow history and architecture / Arbat Street / Free evening
(Saturday, September 13)

Note: Light walking (at your leisure).

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: This morning begin your exploration of Moscow with an expert-led drive through the city. Learn about Moscow's heroic past and vibrant present reflected in the city's history and architectural treasures. Stops are made at Moscow University, the New Maiden (Novodevichy) Convent where famous Russians are buried (view the exterior only), and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Also, pass by Russia's 'White House', Gorky Park, and the legendary Bolshoi Theater, while learning about Moscow's cultural life and Moscow's current theatrical scene.
 Lunch: Time for lunch on your own in city
 Afternoon: This afternoon is free to explore on your own. Suggestions of interesting sights will be made by your Group Leader, or enjoy an independent walk in Arbat Street, famous for art galleries and arts and crafts stands.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.
 Evening: After dinner return to the hotel by bus or, if desire, independently via the famous Moscow metro (this is not part of the official program). Take time to admire the magnificent underground stations decorated with colorful mosaics, beautiful crystal chandeliers, and bronze statues.
Accommodations: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Tretyakov Picture Gallery / Free afternoon / Evening performance
(Sunday, September 14)

Note: Expected walking in museum up to 2 miles. Rest areas are available.

 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 for independent visits. The Group Leader will make suggestions of interesting sights OR: return to the hotel to rest before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Evening performance - opera "Aida" at the Stanislavsky Musical Theater.
Accommodations: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Visit the Kremlin compound and Armory Chamber / Independent time in Red Square.
(Monday, September 15)

Note: Expected walking up to 2 miles on cobblestoned surfaces. Be prepared for a full day in the city.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy an on-site presentation by a licensed expert on medieval Russia during your visit to the legendary Kremlin compound, which for centuries 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(Suggest a café in GUM).
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the Kremlin compound with an expert-led visit to the adjacent Armory Chamber, for its unique collection of Russian Royal jewels, famous Faberge eggs and other imperial regalia. 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: Free evening.
Accommodations: Marriott Tverskaya Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts / Lecture / Travel to St. Petersburg
(Tuesday, September 16)

Note: Travel to St. Petersburg by high-speed train, about 3.5 hours (facilities are available on board). Be prepared to carry your own luggage on and off the train.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: 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: Packed lunch for the train.
 Afternoon: Participate in a presentation on Russian culture and Russian identity and contemporary issues. Transfer for afternoon high-speed train to St. Petersburg (facilities are available on board, travel time is about 3.5 hours).
 Dinner: Dinner on your own upon arrival
 Evening: Evening arrival in St. Petersburg. Hotel check-in.
Accommodations: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: History and architecture of St. Petersburg / Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral / Free evening
(Wednesday, September 17)

Note: Light walking, including on cobblestoned surfaces.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Theme of the day: “History and Architecture of St. Petersburg.” Start exploring the city with a field trip to the Peter and Paul Fortress -- have an inside visit to the fortress and its cathedral, which is the birthplace of the city and the burial place of the Romanov tsars. Continue your city exploration with an expert-led city drive, 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 (the main city boulevard) and see numerous palaces, gardens, canals and graceful bridges for which St. Petersburg is also called the ‘Venice of the North”.
 Lunch: Time for lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel by approximately 3.30pm. The rest of the afternoon is free for independent explorations..
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Evening free.
Accommodations: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: The Romanov Dynasty: Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) / Peterhof park and fountains.
(Thursday, September 18)

Note: Be prepared for extensive walking in museums and parks (up to 2 miles). Rest areas are available. Late 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. Continue on to Peterhof -- a favorite summer residence of Tsar Peter the Great, the founder of the city, to admire the stunningly famous golden fountains, the palace grounds, and other constructions in the park. See the exterior of 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 this group visit).
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in Peterhof.
 Afternoon: Continue on to see 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 mysteriously disappeared during WWII, was never found, and finally was meticulously reconstructed in 2003. Everything is presented by a licensed expert. Enjoy the afternoon at the Hermitage on your own or have free time in the city. Suggestions of interesting sights to visit will be made by our local representative.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel or at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Evening free
Accommodations: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Hermitage Museum/ Farewell dinner
(Friday, September 19)

Note: Be prepared for extensive walking including up/down stairs 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 café or in the city.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon in the Hermitage museum on your own or enjoy free time in the city center. Suggestions for independent visits to be offered by your local hosts.
 Dinner: Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant (note: this dinner is arranged for this evening as a ballet performance is scheduled for the last night).
 Evening: Enjoy a folkloric show at the farewell evening.
Accommodations: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Lecture on 'Russia today' / Free time / Evening performance
(Saturday, September 20)

Note: Free time in the city. On-site assistance is provided.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Join a discussion on "Russia today" at the hotel, presented by a St.University staff 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 sights to visit will be made on site.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: We suggest taking a walk in Nevsky Prospekt, spending time in the 'House of Books', a magnificent Art Nouveau building, stopping by the Eliseyevsky Epicurean Delights, or exploring on your own a nearby museum of your choice. Suggestions of interesting sights to visit will be made by our local representative.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the city and transfer to ballet.
 Evening: Enjoy the ballet 'Sleeping Beauty" at the Mikhailovsky Theater (dressy, but not formal attire, is recommended).
Accommodations: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Departure
(Sunday, September 21)

Note: Transfer times are pre-scheduled by an official transfer company.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 In Transit: Departure transfers. Independent travelers are welcome to join the pre-scheduled group transfers. Exact transfer schedule will be announced 24 hours in advance.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Moscow Bolshoi theater
Out of 2 included performances one performance (opera or ballet) is planned at the Bolshoi 1 or 2 theater (in Moscow) OR Mariinsky1 or 2 theater (in St. Petersburg). Subject to performance schedule during the program. Additional tickets for these or other theaters may be purchased at the hotel concierge desk or via the Internet.
  St. Petersburg Mariinsky theater
Out of 2 included performances one performance (opera or ballet) is planned at the Bolshoi theater 1 or 2 (in Moscow) OR Mariinsky theater 1 or 2 (in St. Petersburg). Subject to performance schedule at the time of the program. Additional tickets for these or other theaters may be purchased at the hotel concierge desk or via the Internet.
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