Waterways of Russia

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JUL. 18-29, 2020 From $5,795
St. Petersburg, Neva River, Lake Onega, Kizhi Island, Goritsy, Yaroslavl, Uglich, Moscow
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Waterways of Russia

JUL. 18-29, 2020
St. Petersburg, Neva River, Lake Onega, Kizhi Island, Goritsy, Yaroslavl, Uglich, Moscow
Aboard Volga Dream

Discover the timeless pageantry and traditional folkways of Russia along the scenic rivers, lakes and canals that link St. Petersburg with Moscow. Cruise for six nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, 90-passenger Volga Dream during this carefully crafted itinerary. Also, enjoy three nights in a Five-Star hotel in St. Petersburg, tsar Peter the Great’s “window on the West,” featuring an early entrance guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, and visits to Catherine Palace in Pushkin and Petrodvorets. Spend one night in the Five-Star MARRIOTT ROYAL AURORA HOTEL in Moscow. Between these two grand cultural capitals, explore the old-world heartland in 10th-century Uglich and medieval Yaroslavl, the 14th-century Kirillo-Belozersky monastery near Goritsy and the open-air museum of Kizhi Island. Enjoy traditional Russian tea and cakes in the home of a Svirstroy villager who will share more about the Russian way of life. This unique program appeals to first-time visitors as well as those returning to see the astounding changes that have taken place in Russia’s two most important cities.

Cost: From $5,795
Thomas P. Gohagan & Company
Activity Level: Moderate
Faster pace, substantial distances covered, long walks, city walking tours over uneven walking surfaces and stair climbing.
  • Ten days in the heart of Russia, following Gohagan & Company’s tradition of small ship travel.
  • Three nights on land in St. Petersburg, the best way to experience Russia’s “window on the West,” and one night in Moscow, political and commercial capital of the world’s largest country.
  • Cruise for six nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe Russian river ship VOLGA DREAM.
  • See Imperial Russia in comfort aboard the premier ship cruising the scenic rivers, lakes and canals that link St. Petersburg and Moscow.
  • Port calls in the seldom-visited Russian gems of Kizhi Island and Yaroslavl, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Opportunities to experience up to eight of Russia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Specially reserved admittance to the UNESCO World Heritage-designated State Hermitage Museum.
  • Absolute best value for a deluxe river cruise in Russia.
  • Visit the Kremlin Armory, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the world’s largest collection of Imperial Fabergé eggs, on the Moscow Post-Program Option.


UCLA Faculty on Tour

Department of History
Arch Getty's specialty is the history of the Soviet Communist Party and the Stalin period. He has published six books and more than fifty articles, and was the first to use Soviet secret police archives to publish exact data on the number of Stalin's victims. Each year, Getty works in the political archives of the former Soviet Communist Party in Russia. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, visiting scholar at the Sorbonne in Paris and visiting professor at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Getty is the founder and director of Praxis International, which facilitates research travel to and archival access in Russia. He has worked and lived in Russia for more than 30 years.

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

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