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Royalty, Revolution and Rebirth in Moscow and St. Petersburg

Join us in St. Petersburg and Moscow to retrace Russia’s dramatic 20th-century history. Visit the sites where key events took place and meet the people whose lives they shaped.
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Program No. 22275RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,849
Flights start at
850
Russia

Royalty, Revolution and Rebirth in Moscow and St. Petersburg

Join us in St. Petersburg and Moscow to retrace Russia’s dramatic 20th-century history. Visit the sites where key events took place and meet the people whose lives they shaped.
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,849
Flights start at
850
Program No. 22275 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 1 - Oct 11, 2021
Starting at
3,949
Itinerary Note

This departure will visit Catherine`s Palace and Park.

Apr 15 - Apr 25, 2022
Starting at
3,849
May 13 - May 23, 2022
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3,849
Jul 1 - Jul 11, 2022
Starting at
3,949
Aug 12 - Aug 22, 2022
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3,949
Sep 2 - Sep 12, 2022
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3,949
Oct 7 - Oct 17, 2022
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3,949
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 1 - Oct 11, 2021
Starting at
4,549
Itinerary Note

This departure will visit Catherine`s Palace and Park.

Apr 15 - Apr 25, 2022
Starting at
4,449
May 13 - May 23, 2022
Starting at
4,449
Jul 1 - Jul 11, 2022
Starting at
4,549
Aug 12 - Aug 22, 2022
Starting at
4,549
Sep 2 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
4,549
Oct 7 - Oct 17, 2022
Starting at
4,549

At a Glance

It was a century like no other. War, revolution, oppression, and a fragile freedom — all forged in the crucible of the largest nation on earth. Join us on a historic expedition to St. Petersburg and Moscow to follow the dramatic arc of Russia in the 20th century. Visit the sites where history was made and witness the relics of a former glory and an enduring grandeur. But, most important, meet the people and the descendants of those who were on the front lines of Europe’s most formidable events.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to four miles per day on city streets; some cobblestones, uneven terrain, and stairs without railings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience the refined culture of St. Petersburg at the Hermitage, the czars’ Winter Palace, Catherine’s Palace or the grounds of Peterhof, the Fabergé Museum, and an evening at the theater.
  • Immerse yourself in the intellectual and political history of Moscow at some of the nation’s most important institutions, museums, and monuments.
  • Learn about Russia’s pivotal events through expert lectures.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
by Peter Pomerantzev
Russians escaped Soviet rule only to find themselves under the oppressive thumb of a more complicated form of tyranny. Pomerantsev illuminates these complexities through compelling portraits of the corrupt and the damned, including prostitutes and Mafia bosses.
Putin Mystique
by Anna Arutunyan
In this exploration of the love-hate relationship between the Russians and their notorious leader, journalist Arutunyan hypothesizes that Putin’s power stems from the people he rules.
St. Petersburg Map
by Berndtson & Berndtson
A detailed, laminated city plan at a scale of 1:11,000.
Peter the Great, His Life and World
by Robert Massie
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Massie portrays the giant of history who transformed Russia from backwater tsardom into a major empire.
The Empress of Art, Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia
by Susan Jaques
In her magisterial biography of Russian czarina Catherine the Great, Susan Jaques shows how the leader modernized Russia through a ravenous acquisition of art -- a visionary idea that put Catherine far ahead of her time.
Moscow, St. Petersburg & the Golden Ring
by Masha Nordbye
A newly updated guide with a wealth of cultural information on Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Golden Ring, those picturesque cities northeast of Moscow rich in museums and cultural monuments.
Restless Empire, A Historical Atlas of Russia
by Ian Barnes
British historian Barnes presents the epic sweep of Russian history, from the first Slavic migrations to the age of Putin, in this beautifully illustrated, full-color atlas.
The Romanovs, 1613-1918
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Lengthy but accessible, this history takes readers into the inner-workings of the Romanov family that ruled Russia for over three centuries. Montefiore balances information on governmental function with biographic details about each emperor and empress.
My Hermitage
by Mikhail B. Piotrovsky
Following a popular Russian documentary of the same name, the accessible essays collected here explore the rich history of the landmark and its priceless, world-famous collection.
The Madonnas of Leningrad
by Debra Dean
Dean effortlessly interweaves two epochs of a woman's life -- Marina's wartime experiences as a young guide at the Hermitage during the Siege of Leningrad and her life as an 82-year-old Seattle resident struggling with Alzheimer's. A remarkable debut novel.
A Traveller's History of Russia
by Peter Neville
An impressively compact, lively survey of Russian history from the coming of the Slavs to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Nicholas and Alexandra
by Robert Massie
This entertaining and well-researched history traces the royal relationship and explores how a disease determined the destiny of rulers, the disintegration of the empire and the course of Russian history.
Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin
by Catherine Merridale
Drawing on the archives of the Kremlin itself, Merridale uses the great fortress, which dates from the 15th century, as a lens, covering the history of Russia from its obscure origins through the times of figures including Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Lenin and Stalin.
Russian Short Stories
by Robert Chandler (Editor)
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.
The Russian Revolution, A Very Short Introduction
by S. A. Smith
A concise, provocative summary of events in Russia between 1917 and 1939.
The Russian Revolution, A New History
by Sean McMeekin
With recent scholarship, this history shines new light on the Bolshevik Revolution, a momentous event that is fundamental to understanding modern-day Russia.
The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories
by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin
This collection of short stories from the Russian poet and master storyteller opens with his famous novella, The Captain's Daughter, set against the events of the Pugachov uprising during the reign of Catherine the Great, and contains eight additional tales, all rendered in Pushkin's simple, elegant prose and beautifully evocative of the caprices of Tsarist Russia
The Winter Queen
by Boris Akunin, Andrew Bromfield (Translator)
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.
Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia
by W. Bruce Lincoln
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.
Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook
by James Jenkin, Inna Zaitseva
A handy shirtpocket phrasebook for Russian basics focusing on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Culture Smart! Russia
by Anna King
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Moscow Map
by ITMB
A folded map of Moscow, its subway system and surrounding neighborhoods at the broad scale of 1:50,000, with a detailed map of the city center at 1:12,500.
Russia of the Tsars
by Peter Waldron
Waldron recounts the exploits of Peter the Great, the tsars and the splendor of their capital city, St. Petersburg, in this lively, well-illustrated and compact overview of the largest and most diverse empire of its day.





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