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This unique tour will provide a different insight into the culture, history and people of Russia. This three week tour will explore the architecture and rich history of Russia’s most beautiful city. Often called the Venice of the North, St. Petersburg is alive with many opportunities to see and explore. The tour includes:
The Hermitage, the Russian museum, St. Isaacs Cathedral, Cathedral on the Spilled Blood, Tsar Village (including Pushkin, the Summer Palace and the Amber room), Peter/Paul Fortress, Peter the Great Statue, Smolney Cathedral, Tour of a Children’s Orphanage, Big Palace parks, Victory Park, the Summer Garden, Vailievskiy Island, Kunst-Camera Museum, Petrohoff Fountains and Palace, and a downtown shopping and walking tour. Also travel by historic overnight train to Moscow and visit Red Square, various museums and cathedrals, and the Kremlin. There will be plenty of free time to explore and learn on your own.
The tour also includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles Airport plus a welcome dinner and farewell dinner. The tour is unusual because you will meet everyday people, ride the metro with them, and have time to enjoy the culture and customs of the Russian people. The living arrangements are hostel style, with kitchen facilities, Wi-Fi, Television, and other amenities. In-suite bathrooms may be available for married couples. All tours will be led by Dr. Botkin or professional guides. The cost of the tour is $3,120.00 per person, including travel insurance. The tour deposit of $500.00 per person is non-refundable. The maximum group size is 10 participants.
Although not included in the tour, arrangements can be made for inexpensive tickets which can be acquired for the ballet, concerts and other entertainment options.
Additional expenses would be normal living expenses other than lodging. Items such as meals (except welcome and farewell dinners), souvenirs, clothing, and admission to places not on the program would be the responsibility of the participants. In addition, each participant must acquire a Russian Visa at approximately $200.00 per person plus 2 passport photos. Dr. Botkin will help you with this process.
Special Note: Dr. Botkin is a professor, published author and well known expert on Russia. He has travelled frequently to Russia, as well as the former Soviet Union, for almost 20 years. Although many people speak English, both he and his colleagues will provide translation during the entire trip as needed. For specific tour questions, please contact Dr. Botkin at 301-514-8010.
* Approximately $200.00 extra per person for Russian Visa plus 2 passport photos