St. Petersburg Seminar

August 14-22, 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

Tour Itinerary

August 14-15 - Arrive in St. Petersburg, check in to a centrally located hotel

August 16 - 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.

August 17 - 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

August 18 - 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

August 19 - 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

August 20 - 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

August 21 - 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

August 22 - Depart St. Petersburg, transfer to the airport for departure


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