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Beyond Red Square: An In-Depth Exploration of Western Russia

Learn the true story of Russia through the country’s monuments and people on this educational adventure. Join experts at sites from the Kremlin to the towns of the Golden Ring.
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Program No. 22350RJ
Length
17 days
Starts at
5,999
Flights start at
875
Russia

Beyond Red Square: An In-Depth Exploration of Western Russia

Learn the true story of Russia through the country’s monuments and people on this educational adventure. Join experts at sites from the Kremlin to the towns of the Golden Ring.
Length
17 days
Starts at
5,999
Flights start at
875
Program No. 22350 RJ
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Apr 20 - May 6, 2022
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Jul 13 - Jul 29, 2022
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Aug 17 - Sep 2, 2022
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Sep 14 - Sep 30, 2022
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Apr 20 - May 6, 2022
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6,929
Jul 13 - Jul 29, 2022
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6,929
Aug 17 - Sep 2, 2022
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7,199
Sep 14 - Sep 30, 2022
Starting at
7,199

At a Glance

Discover authentic art, architecture and culture on an educational adventure that goes far beyond the Red Square as you join experts to learn about classic sites and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Explore the Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin’s Armory Museum and St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. Discover the preserved traditions of Russia’s Golden Ring towns. And dive deeper into the region’s culture as you savor traditional cuisine in a private dacha, learning the true story of Russia through its monuments and people.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles per day on cobblestone streets. Unavoidable stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover historic architecture and authentic culture in Russia’s Golden Ring towns.
  • Ride an overnight train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in the grand tradition of Russian travel.
  • Enjoy a traditional meal in a Russian family’s private “dacha” outside St. Petersburg.
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This trip was a terrific experience and I recommend it without hesitation. I knew little about Russia but between reading several of the recommended books (very helpful), having extremely knowledgeable guides, and having the opportunity to speak with citizens about what they see as the pros and cons of their country, I learned a great deal. However, the emphasis is on historic Russia rather than the present status of the Russian Federation. An advantage of this tour was that it provided the opportunity to also see the countryside and smaller towns of the Golden Ring in addition to visiting Moscow and St Petersberg. I had thought that this part of the trip might involve too many cathedrals and monasteries but it was actually very interesting. I was familiar with Russian writers but was impressed by the work of Russian artists and artisans that were new to me. We enjoyed attending a more contemporary Russian ballet and a concert highlighting a Russian composer. The trip involves a fair amount of standing and little down time but it is not particularly strenuous if you are in good health. It is fast paced because there is so much to see. The food was fine but somewhat bland and repetitive so not a draw for us. We had a couple of afternoons for our independent exploration and spent an additional day in St Petersburg following the Road Scholar tour. We felt very comfortable being on our own and others in our group arrived early or remained even longer.






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