Day 1 – ST.PETERSBURG
Early afternoon arrival in St. Petersburg. Transfer to Hotel Okhtinskaya, check in. Short introduction to this beautiful city by bus. The tour will take you to Kazan Cathedral, the Admiralty, Fontanka, Canal Griboyedova, the Palace Square, Winter Palace, Summer Gardens and other remarkable buildings. Afterwards, enjoy an energetic folk performance by the Nevsky Folk Ensemble followed by dinner in the Tschaikovsky Restaurant with tea drinking ceremony.
Day 2 – ST.PETERSBURG
Visit a Russian church to see, but especially to hear, part of the Orthodox Liturgy, then spend the rest of the morning being dazzled by the collection in the legendary Hermitage Museum. Lunch followed by free time at the flea market. Dinner in the legendary Literary Café, memorable for its ambience, food and historical importance. Afterwards, we conclude the evening with a concert (either ballet, orchestra or circus depending on availability).
Day 3 – ST.PETERBURG-OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO IVANOVO
Load luggage onto the bus, then discover more impressive sights in this “Venice of the North”. You will see the elegant buildings on the Nevsky Prospect along the Neva River and charming canals and narrow streets that might remind you of the best European traditions. There will be time for a little more shopping here before visiting Yusupov Palace, complete with Rasputin Murder Museum. After a late lunch we proceed to the train station to board the overnight train to Ivanovo. Dinner on the train.
Day 4 & 5 – IVANOVO – WWII SYMPOSIUM & SCIENCE PROGRAM
Arrive early in the morning in Ivanovo, where you’ll be met by your hosts and taken to their homes to freshen up before proceeding to the school for program sessions. Evening in the homes. Both of these days will be devoted to conference activities and special programs, besides becoming acquainted with life in a provincial Russian town. Disco in the evening of day 5.
Day 6 – IVANOVO-SUZDAL-MOSCOW
Bring luggage to school for departure via bus. Make a delightful lunch stop with tour of the Pokrovsky Monastery in Suzdal, one of the jewels in the Golden Ring of Ancient Russian Cities. Proceed to Moscow, to the Hotel Izmailovo, check in.
Day 7 – MOSCOW
After breakfast, tour of the famous Moscow Metro, to see its most beautiful stations. Then we go inside the Kremlin, Moscow’s fortress and birthplace of the city in 1147, covering 69 acres. The main landmarks are the three Cathedrals of the Assumption, Annunciation and Archangel, dating back to the 15-16th centuries. The Armory is famous for its stunning collection of treasures accumulated over the centuries by the Russian State and Church. The collection is known for its royal regalia, Faberge Easter eggs, the 800 diamond throne of Tsar Alexey, the jewel-studded and sable-trimmed gold Cap of Monomakh worn for coronations for two centuries, the coronation dresses of the 18th century empresses and the sleigh in which Elizabeth rode from St. Petersburg to Moscow for her coronation pulled by 23 horses. In the middle of it all is, of course, the Great Kremlin Palace – the official residence of the Russian president. After lunch, time for a little shopping in the elegant passageways of the GUM Department Store. Evening cultural opportunity (circus or concert) to be announced.
Day 8 – MOSCOW
This day is free to visit the Izmailovsky Art Market, famous for its folk arts and its folks. Then we proceed to the airport for the departure flight.
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