St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg

AUG. 23-31, 2015

It was the vision of Peter the Great to build a Russian city that would rival the great capitals of Europe. Today, St. Petersburg stands as testimony to his success. Like a jewel box fashioned by Fabergé, St. Petersburg is a masterpiece of design and ingenuity, a magical tapestry of vibrant colors framed by sparkling water. Discover its highlights with a panoramic tour and visits to St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress. Tour one of St. Petersburg’s world-famous performance halls. Take advantage of early entrance to the State Hermitage Museum to view its extensive art collections without the crush of large groups then attend a performance at the famous Hermitage Theater. Visit Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, reconstructed to look as it did before World War II. This seven-night journey includes all excursions, deluxe accommodations, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner.

Note: The dates for this trip have been changed to Aug. 23-31; previously Aug. 30 – Sept. 7. 

Cost: $3,295
Activity Level: Mild Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Groups are limited to 36 travelers to maximize your travel experience.
  • Discover St. Petersburg with a tour of its highlights and visits to some of its key landmarks.
  • Visit Catherine’s Palace and marvel at the Amber Room, meticulously reconstructed to look as it did prior to World War II.
  • Admire the treasures housed in the State Hermitage Museum. A guaranteed early entrance ensures a leisurely viewing of its many works of art.
  • Go backstage at one of Russia’s storied theaters and witness firsthand what makes St. Petersburg one of the world’s greatest capitals of culture.
  • Enjoy a cultural performance at one of St. Petersburg’s magnificent theaters.

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Itinerary

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.

Accommodations

Angleterre Hotel
Located in the heart of St Petersburg, the elegant Angleterre Hotel overlooks St. Isaac’s Square and is close to the city’s historic landmarks and fashionable shops. Take advantage of the fully equipped fitness center, indulge in a treatment at the beauty salon, swim a few laps in the indoor swimming pool or relax in the gallery overlooking iconic St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Savor contemporary Italian cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant and listen to the performance of a jazz pianist in the bar. At the end of the day, return to the comforts of your stylishly appointed guest room. Each one includes individual climate controls, a telephone, an interactive television system, a mini-bar, a safe and Internet access.

Pricing

Pricing: $3,545

Special Pricing Available: $3,295*

*Special Price valid if booked by 5/5/2015.
VAT is an additional $295 per person

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How to Book

STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:

UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.