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THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.


February 23 - March 5, 2017
• 11 days
$4450 based on double occupancy
from New York, JFK via Finnair including taxes
plus Russia visa processing $311
Single Supplement $880

 

Dear Serious Traveler,

Join us for a magnificent and carefully planned adventure! You will not fully understand and appreciate Russia unless you see her in winter! This is the time the theater is in full swing. We’ve included tickets to three performances in Moscow including the Bolshoi and three performances in St. Petersburg including the Mariinsky (Kirov). The schedule should be released later this summer.

You'll enjoy very comfortable accommodations at the Marriott Courtyard in Moscow, located within walking distance of the Kremlin and the theater, although we'll provide transportation. Just imagine a brilliant cityscape on a walk home after a sensational performance at the Bolshoi! In St. Petersburg we are also providing the award-winning Marriott Courtyard.

By day we see the fascinating museums leaving the late afternoon for a rest and time to prepare for the theater at night. We’ll visit Moscow - marvel at Red Square at night; step inside the Kremlin; see St. Basil’s Cathedral in her snowy splendor; be guided through Tretyakov Gallery; ride the Metro and stroll Arbat street; and visit the Romanov Chambers. Those who have visited Russia before will enjoy free time to revisit favorite spots while first-time visitors enjoy comprehensive excursions. One excursion is to Sergiev Posad which is home to the medieval Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, a historic center of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Getting to know some outstanding Russians completes the experience. Ludmila in Moscow and Galina in St. Petersburg will provide insight into the changes in Russia, as well as carefully and leisurely guiding you through the sites in both cities. We think they are the best guides in the country and will be a lasting memories of your trip. Our artist friends have invited us to their home studio for a reception and to view some of their award-winning work.

Then, we’re whisked off by Sapsan fast train to St. Petersburg, the Venice of the North. We’ll visit the Hermitage, one of the world’s most amazing museums; step inside the Peter and Paul Fortress; see the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood; see splendid works of art at the Russian Museum; and make an excursion to the town of Pushkin to see the magnificently restored Catherine Palace.

Please enjoy our brochure. If you need additional copies for family and friends, please let us know. We’ll be happy to send them. But don’t delay – we’re limiting our group to only 15.

We look forward to welcoming you to this very special tour and preparing you for this great adventure. The journey is limited to a small group of serious, but fun-loving, travelers.

Sincerely,

Gwen
President, Travel Concepts International


Discovery Highlights

  • Fly roundtrip from New York via FINNAIR
  • Travel in comfort and security with our favorite guide, Ludmila
  • Enjoy six included performances in Russia: 3 at the Bolshoi Theater and 3 at the Mariinsky Theater
  • Stand in Moscow’s Red Square in the shadow of St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • Take an excursion to Sergiev Posad, Medieval town and seat of Russian Orthodoxy
  • Venture inside the walls of the formidable Kremlin and delight in the treasures of the Armory including the Fabergé eggs
  • Take in the Tretyakov Gallery
  • Experience Russian hospitality as you are greeted by famous artists in their home-studio
  • Travel by Sapsan, the Peregrine Falcon, (fast train) to St. Petersburg
  • Visit the Hermitage, one of the world’s great museums, housed in a Palace
  • Take an excursion into the Russian countryside to Tsarskoe Selo, formerly known as Pushkin
  • Explore the Usipov Palace
  • Go inside the exquisite and mysterious Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Prepare yourself mentally with pre-trip study material
  • A flight bag, document holder and luggage strap are our gifts to you

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

Experience the Highlights of Moscow and St. Petersburg
Including the Medieval Towns of Vladimir, Suzdal and Fedoskino

Treasures of Russia
September 28 - October 10, 2017

13 days based on double occupancy
$4880 from New York, JFK via Finnair including taxes
plus Russia visa processing $296

 


Accompanied by
Ambassador Charles Magee

With our Favorite Guide
Ludmila Barzenkova!

Dear Travel Friends,

Our company was formed in 1985 specifically to offer tours to the Soviet Union, and to see the face of the (then) “enemy”. Through the years we offered many trips to Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, and even the Trans-Siberian train to the Far East on our memorable Around the World trip.

More recently, as the Muslim world became the new “face of the enemy”, we have focused more closely on the Arab countries and Iran, to see far beyond the picture presented by the media. It was my good fortune during our trip to Iran two winters ago to enjoy the excellent company of Ambassador Magee, who encouraged me to again offer Russia.

We have lengthened the time we usually spend in Moscow, Suzdal and St. Petersburg to take in many of the best-known treasures as well as to have time for some very interesting lectures and discussions. I have added some lessor known treasures such as the Romanov Chamber and the Usipov Palace. We’ll get out to the countryside with a three-day excursion to the historical towns of Vladimir and Suzdal in the Golden Ring, with Catherine the Great’s Summer Palace and Paul’s lovely estate, greatly damaged in World War II but lovingly restored. Yes, of course the Hermitage and Kremlin Armory as well as the Tretyakov Gallery are included too. We’ll also meet artists and craftsmen at the village of Fedoskino and in a home studio of a famous Moscow artist.

You will delight in the lively lectures and discussions led by Ambassador Magee and have a chance to meet our State Department representatives in St. Petersburg.

Then see even more of St. Petersburg by extending your stay for three days where our guide and lecturer are on hand to enhance your experience. Or, better yet, begin with our Baltics Capitals adventure, September 16 - 28, 2017. See page 6 for more details and request a full brochure for that tour.

If Russia has been on your list to visit, don’t miss this special trip where you will be treated as VIPs. And if it has been awhile since you have seen Russia, take this opportunity to see it again, in all her splendor.

Sincerely,

Gwen Erwood
President, Travel Concepts International

Discovery Highlights

  • Fly roundtrip from New York via Finnair
  • Travel in comfort and security with our favorite guide, Ludmila
  • Learn from five lectures by Ambassador Charles Magee plus a visit to the Residence of the U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg
  • Stand in Moscow’s Red Square in the shadow of St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • Venture inside the walls of the formidable Kremlin and delight in the treasures of the Armory
  • Explore ancient Golden Ring towns of Vladimir and Suzdal and see a folk performance
  • Stop by Fedoskino where craftspeople create exquisite Russian lacquered miniatures and boxes
  • Experience Russian hospitality as you are greeted by famous artists in their home-studio
  • Travel by Sapsan, the Peregrine Falcon (fast train) to St. Petersburg
  • Visit the Hermitage, one of the world’s great museums, housed in a palace
  • Take an excursion into the Russian countryside to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin)
  • Stroll the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt, marveling at the grand neo-classical architecture
  • Prepare yourself mentally with pre-trip study material

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

 

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