DAY 1 | Aug. 30
Depart for St. Petersburg, Russia.
DAY 2 | Aug. 31. St. Petersburg
Upon arrival, transfer to the Angleterre Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 3 | Sep. 1. St. Petersburg
Educational Focus: The Poetic Soul of St. Petersburg: The Literature and Poetry of Russia.
Excursion: St. Petersburg. See The Bronze Horseman, the statue of Peter the Great on a rearing horse; the Admiralty; and the buildings, palaces and churches that help make the city one of Europe’s most dazzling capitals. Visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress.
Local Flavor: Lunch is served at a local restaurant. In the evening, attend a Welcome Dinner.
DAY 4 | Sep. 2. The Russian Museum/Church of the Spilled Blood
Educational Focus: Russian Art.
Excursion: The Russian Museum and the Church of the Spilled Blood. Visit the Russian Museum, which houses the largest collection of Russian art in the world. Continue to the Church of the Spilled Blood. Built on the spot where Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, it is one of St. Petersburg’s most beautiful churches.
Local Flavor: Savor lunch at a local restaurant.
DAY 5 | Sep. 3. Alexanrinsky Theater/Yusupov Palace
Educational Focus: Russia Music and Ballet.
Excursion: Behind the Scenes in a Russian Theater and Yusupov Palace. Tour one of St. Petersburg’s famous theaters before visiting Yusupov Palace. The home to five generations of the aristocratic Yusupov family, it is best known as the site of the murder of Grigory Rasputin, the “mad monk” who was the spiritual mentor of Czar Nicholas II and his family.
Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
DAY 6 | Sep. 4. State Hermitage Museum
Excursion: State Hermitage Museum. Visit the Hermitage, part of the opulent Winter Palace constructed by Catherine the Great, and home to one of the world’s foremost collections of fine art, including Russian prehistoric artifacts, relics from ancient Greece and Rome, examples of Russian jewelry, and art by French impressionists and Dutch and Italian masters.
Cultural Event: Hermitage Theater. Attend a performance at the historic Hermitage Theater. A part of the Hermitage complex of palaces, the theater is justly renowned for its architecture and sumptuous interiors.
DAY 7 | Sep. 5. Catherine’s Palace/Pavel and the Palace of Pavlosk
Educational Focus: Czarist Russia.
Excursion: Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Rooms. Visit Catherine’s Palace, a Russian masterpiece that is home to the famed Amber Room. A splendid chamber of intricate amber panels and mosaics made of jasper and agate, its priceless decorations were stolen by the Nazis in World War II. It has been re-created as the result of a German-Russian joint effort.
Local Flavor: Enjoy a festive folkloric performance during lunch.
Excursion: Pavel and the Palace of Pavlosk. This afternoon, visit the neoclassical palace built for Paul I, son of Catherine the Great. Considered to be one of the greatest examples of Russian architecture, this elegant palace has many art treasures on display.
Local Flavor: Dinner is served at a restaurant on the Neva River.
DAY 8 | Sep. 6. St. Petersburg
Independent Exploration: Spend the day at leisure. In the evening, attend a graduation ceremony and a farewell dinner.
DAY 9 | Sep. 7.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.