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D AY- B Y- D AY I T I N E R A R Y

DAY 1 ~ IN TRANSIT Depart your gateway city for St. Petersburg aboard scheduled jet service.*

DAY 2 ~ ST. PETERSBURG Upon arrival, transfer* to the Angleterre Hotel. Tonight, attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

DAY 3 ~ ST. PETERSBURG Educational Focus: The Poetic Soul of St. Petersburg: The Literature and Poetry of Russia. Excursion: Highlights of St. Petersburg. See The Bronze Horseman, the famous statue of Peter the Great on a rearing horse; the neoclassical Admiralty; and the historic buildings, palaces and churches that help make the city one of Europe’s most dazzling capitals. Visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Educational Focus: Czarist Russia.

DAY 4 ~ CATHERINE PALACE/ PALACE OF PAVLOVSK Excursion: Catherine s Palace, including the Amber Room. Visit Catherine’s Palace, a Russian baroque 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 restored as the result of a German-Russian joint effort. Excursion: Pavel and the Palace of Pavlovsk. Discover the stunning neoclassical palace built for Catherine the Great’s son, Czar Paul I, considered to be one of the greatest achievements in Russian architecture.

Russian prehistoric artifacts, relics from ancient Greece and Rome, examples of Russian jewelry, and art by French Impressionists and Dutch and Italian Masters.

DAY 6 ~ THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM/THE CHURCH OF THE SPILLED BLOOD/ HERMITAGE THEATER 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 Czar Alexander II was assas- sinated in 1881, it is one of the most beautiful churches in St. Petersburg. Excursion: Performance at the Hermitage Theate . This evening, attend a cultural performance at the magnificent Hermitage Theater. A part of the Hermitage complex of palaces, the theater is justly renowned for its magnificent archi- tecture and sumptuous interiors.

DAY 7 ~ MARIINSKY THEATER Educational Focus: Russian Music and Ballet. Excursion: Behind the Scenes Visit to the Mariinsky Theate . Tour one of the world's most famous and historic performance palaces. Named after Alexander II’s wife Maria, the Mariinsky’s stage has been graced by the likes of Pavlova, Nijinsky, Nureyev and Baryshnikov.

DAY 8 ~ ST. PETERSBURG Independent Exploration: The day is at leisure. Tonight, attend a Farewell Reception, Graduation Ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

DAY 5 ~ 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. The dazzling array of works includes

DAY 9 ~ IN TRANSIT After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city.*

NOTE: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.

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    Provided for Air Program participants.

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 many historic landmarks, lively markets and fashionable shops. Recently renovated, it offers a vast range of services. Take advantage of the fully equipped fitness center, indulge in a treatment at the beauty salon, swim a few laps at the indoor swimming pool or relax in the gallery overlooking iconic St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Savor contemporary European 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 direct-dial telephone, interactive television system, minibar, electronic safe, fax and modem points, and broadband Internet connection.

Previous page (top to bottom): The Bronze Horseman Church on Spilled Blood Winter Palace Square Cameron Gallery at Catherine Palace

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