Dates: June 8 - June 17, 2017
Total Duration: 10 days
Cost: Starting from $6,995 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Vehicle: Volga Dream
Tour Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad
Region: Western Europe
Discover the cultural treasures of Moscow and cruise Russia's waterways to St. Petersburg on the elegant Volga Dream river vessel. For the centennial of the October Revolution, spend three days in Moscow exploring the legacies of Romanovs and Bolsheviks. Hear a talk on Russian politics and the rise and fall of Communist ideas by celebrated anchorman Boris Notkin. Go backstage at the newly renovated Bolshoi Theatre to meet a dancer from the prestigious company, enter the Kremlin before public hours, tour the extraordinary collections of the Old and New Tretyakov Galleries, and visit the Garage Museum, an exciting new museum of contemporary art designed by Rem Koolhaas in Gorky Park.
Embark Volga Dream, a luxury riverboat, for a six-night cruise to the picturesque Golden Ring towns of Russia's heartland—places few Americans have seen. In Uglich, which played an important role in the rise of the Romanovs, hear a special concert of choral music at the five-domed Church of the Transfiguration. In Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga, admire religious buildings unscathed by World War II, then cross Lake Beloye ("white lake") to the village of Goritsy to tour its painted monasteries. Step ashore on the island of Kizhy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Lake Onega featuring an open-air Museum of Architecture, and pause in charming Mandrogi before disembarking in St. Petersburg. Onboard classes in Russian language and cuisine will add to the many pleasures of this voyage.
Post-trip extension: St. Petersburg