St. Petersburg Seminar
May 15-23, 2014
Join a fascinating week-long seminar focusing on St. Petersburg’s momentous history in Peter the Great’s visionary city. Russia’s second city today is a cultural capital filled with world-class museums, renowned theaters and the beautifully preserved baroque and neoclassical buildings that line its winding canals. Local Russian experts bring to life six core educational themes followed by pertinent site visits. For example, a study of Russian literature features a walking tour of some of the sites mentioned in Dostoevsky’s classic novels. The lectures and tours provide participants with some deep background on the people who spent their lives here during the three centuries of its existence. The site visits showcase the art, architecture and spirit of historic St. Petersburg.
Study Leader Information
Private lectures daily focused on Russian life
May 15-16 - Arrive in St. Petersburg, check in to a centrally located hotel
May 17 - Lecture: Architectural Preservation of the City and its Suburbs; Visit a historic artists’ and writers’ country retreats; Toast the journey over a traditional Russian meal in the dacha of a St. Petersburg resident, telling stories and singing songs.
May 18 - Lecture: St. Petersburg: Home of Some of Russia’s Greatest Writers; Walk the backstreets of St. Petersburg in the footsteps of Dostoevsky’s anti-hero Raskolnikov, tour the apartment where the author wrote Crime and Punishment; lunch at the café where Pushkin drank his last cup of tea before his fatal duel. Visit Tikhvin Cemetery
May 19 - Lecture: St. Petersburg – Petrograd – Leningrad – St. Petersburg; visits to the Usupoff Palace; the Art Nouveau Political History Museum; the Smolny Institute, and the Piskarev Memorial Cemetery
May 20 - Lecture: Russia Before Peter the Great and Changes Under Peter’s Rule; board a hydrofoil out onto the Gulf of Finland and to Peter’s summer palace, Peterhof; stop at the Peter and Paul Fortress
May 21 - Lecture: Catherine I: Peter’s Wife; Elizabeth I: Peter’s Daughter; Catherine the Great: Peter’s Successor;
Today enjoy the world-class Hermitage Museum and Catherine’s Palace
May 22 - Lecture: St. Petersburg: Cradle of the World’s Modern Ballet; visits include the Samoilov Family Museum as well as an exclusive backstage tour of the Mariinsky Theater; Return in the evening for a performance by the famed ballet troupe
May 23 - Depart St. Petersburg, transfer to the airport for departure
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