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Welcome to Russia!

You will visit Moscow and St. Petersburg, both home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, known for their history and architecture, an integral part of Russian art.

We will provide insight into traditional art and share behind-the-scenes techniques and details usually hidden from the general public.

You will experience the art of different styles and eras as a guest of modern art studios and art museums while gazing out across cities from some of the most exclusive viewpoints.

This cultural experience will be combined with meetings with intriguing professionals whom will share their artistry and views on art.


Learn Traditional Russian Art including Master Classes


May 15, 2022 days and May 23, 2022 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Welcome to Moscow!

Welcome to Moscow!

DAY 2: Moscow – Full day guided city exploration with Kremlin visit – Cultural Sketch

Before you start learning about art and immerse in practical lessons with professionals, enjoy a cultural sketch of the main highlights of Moscow and take in the atmosphere of this historical city.

DAY 3: Moscow- Morning drive to Sergiev Posad – MASTER CLASS- Afternoon Workshop of Matryoshka Painting-Te

Today you will visit the Golden Ring cities of Sergiev Posad to learn how an icon is painted. The area grew in the 15th century around one of the greatest of Russian monasteries, the Trinity Lavra.

DAY 4: Moscow- Morning visit of State Tretyakov Gallery & Zaryadye – Master Class at an Artist’s studio

Tretyakov Gallery is a unique museum where one can immerse in the best samples of the Russian art. The founders, brothers Pavel and Sergei Tretyakov, used their family fortune to become important collectors of art.

DAY 5: Moscow-Morning visit of water-color painting school with drawing workshop - evening train to St. Pet

Learning Experience:
Water Color Painting School named after S. Andriyaki with master class
Transfer to the train station to board high speed train to St. Petersburg. Economy class train tickets included. Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, meet with the guide at the train station and transfer to the hotel, check in.

DAY 6: Saint Petersburg City Exploration- The Hermitage including a Visit to the Gold/Jewelry Rooms

This morning, after having breakfast, get acquainted with one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg remains one of the most romantic cities in Russia. Morning activities begin with a cultural sketch of St. Petersburg.

DAY 7: Saint Petersburg Morning workshop of Matryoshka Painting – Evening canal boat ride

Learning Experience:
Master class of painting matryoshka
Visit of Museum of Ethnography
Evening canal boat ride (weather permitted)

DAY 8: Saint Petersburg Sculpture -Morning workshop at sculptor studio - afternoon visit of Russian Museum

Russian Museum
Visit to Sculptor’s studio named after Mikhail Anikushin
Master class of gypsum bas-relief or clay toy
Visit to Russian Museum with emphasis on sculpture

DAY 9: Departure-See You Again!

Don’t leave yet!


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Departure

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What You Will Learn/Do

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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Program

DAY 1: Welcome to Moscow!

Upon arrival, meet with a Learning Journeys local guide and have a private transfer to your hotel.

Enjoy your free time after a long flight.

Overnight in Moscow at Radisson Collection hotel (or similar 5-star hotel)


DAY 2: Moscow – Full day guided city exploration with Kremlin visit – Cultural Sketch

Learning Experience:
Cultural sketch of the main highlights of Moscow: Red Square “The Heart of Moscow,” St. Basil’s Cathedral, Christ the Savior Church with panoramic view, Sparrow Hills, the highest viewpoint of the city; Iconic Kremlin “a fortified complex in the center of Moscow,” Armory Chamber.

Originally a commercial center, Red Square has been at the very center of Russian history since the 15th century. The magnificent square encompasses an area of over 70,000 square metres and is bounded by the Kremlin walls, St. Basil’s cathedral, the Historical museum, and GUM department store, the shopping arcade that was completed in 1893. At the southern end of Red Square is the almost
fairy-tale-like building of St Basil’s Cathedral, commissioned in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible.

Cathedral of Christ the Savior
The cathedral was consecrated May 26, 1883, the day Alexander III was crowned. In 1931, according to the personal order of Stalin, St. Savior Cathedral was fully destroyed. Go to the best viewpoint on Sparrow Hills, from where you can see most of the city. The observation platform offers a good panoramic view of the city.

Kremlin Visit
You might be surprised how many ancient and magnificent structures one can see within its walls, including 15th century cathedrals (the coronation, wedding and burying place of Russian rulers), the bell-tower, Patriarch’s Palace, Grand Kremlin Palace, and, of course the richest museum, the Armoury. The Armoury has a fantastic collection of insignia of Imperial power relics, precious clothes, ceremonial harnesses, and a unique collection of imperial carriages.

Learning Experience:
Cultural sketch of the main highlights of Moscow: Red Square “The Heart of Moscow.”
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Moscow


DAY 3: Moscow- Morning drive to Sergiev Posad – MASTER CLASS- Afternoon Workshop of Matryoshka Painting-Te

This is the town around the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, and is one of Russia’s most important religious and historical landmarks, as well as a place of spiritual pilgrimage. Here, visitors can still experience the feeling of Medieval Russia. During Soviet times, this was the residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, and the wealth of beautiful churches include the Trinity Cathedral,
which houses 42 icons by the master Andrei Rublyov.

The icon painting workshop master class will take place at the icon painting school of Sergiev Possad. You will engage on the rules and techniques of icon painting, as well as its history of icon painting, with a hands-on opportunity to create a holy image on paper. Following the class, it’s off to a traditional Russian Tea from Samovar with typical pastries and cookies. The tea ceremony is a major part of the Russian culture. Making its first appearance several centuries ago, this hot drink conquered the heart of Russians, becoming an integral part of everyday life.

Learning Experience:
Master Class-Icon Painting
Traditional Tea Ceremony
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Moscow


DAY 4: Moscow- Morning visit of State Tretyakov Gallery & Zaryadye – Master Class at an Artist’s studio

The gallery houses the world’s best collection of Russian icons, as well as a fantastic collection of other pre-Revolutionary Russian art. Enjoy a visit of the halls devoted to Russian icon painting where you will learn the techniques of the masters and admire medieval masterpieces while listening to the fascinating stories about them.

Zaryadye Park is a modern site for recreation, entertainment, and education. Created by an international team of architects, engineers, landscape designers, and other experts, the concepts of nature and technology, education and entertainment, history and modernity are united and complement one other.

Lunch at Artist’s Gallery Restaurant
Enjoy lunch at a unique and amazing location. This small building’s exterior, a former palace of Prince Dolgoruky, is modest in design and is highly contrasted with the splendour of the place inside. There are seven beautiful halls in the restaurant and the artist’s gallery of Zurab Tseritelly, a well-known Russian architect. The “Artist Gallery” hall of this restaurant boasts a natural light via its glossy roof and abundance of gleaming mosaics. The menu features Russian and Georgian cuisine.

Afternoon Master Class at a Moscow Artist’s Studio
A rare opportunity to visit an artist’s studio and see the world of art inside. The meeting will take place at the artist’s studio, in the central part of Moscow, near Mayakovskaya metro station. During the reception, the painter will speak about her art, demonstrate her works and perform a brief master class.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Learning Experience:
View the collection of Russian Art at Tretyakov Gallery
Zaryadye Park a landscape urban park in the center of Moscow
Painting master class at artist’s studio

Overnight in Moscow


DAY 5: Moscow-Morning visit of water-color painting school with drawing workshop - evening train to St. Pet

The Moscow state specialized school of watercolor, with a museum and exhibition center, opened in the capital in 1999. The art director of this educational institution is Sergey Nikolayevich Andriaka, People’s Artist of Russia, and Correspondent Member of the Russian Academy of Arts. The main mission of the school is for the development of classical watercolor painting with reference to an academic system of training future generations the experience and traditions of old masters. Teaching is conducted in Andriaka’s own technique, where the teacher works together with students on one task. Here, you will experience a hands-on drawing lesson.

Before leaving for St. Petersburg, enjoy your lunch in a unique restaurant atmosphere. The concept here is “Chestnaya Kuhnya,” or “honest cuisine,” where the owner reflects the idea of simple home-made dishes without any pathos but with natural and unusual products. (Optional)

In the afternoon high-speed train to St. Petersburg
You will be transferred by private vehicle to the Leningradsky railway station, a 10-minute drive from the city center, for the train to St. Petersburg. The train leaves Moscow at 1 p.m. and arrives at 6 p.m. to Moskovskaya railway station, which is a 10- to 15-minute drive from the city center.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Learning Experience:
Drawing lesson at the Watercolor Painting School.

Overnight in Astoria Rocco Forte hotel in St. Petersburg (or similar 5-star hotel)


DAY 6: Saint Petersburg City Exploration- The Hermitage including a Visit to the Gold/Jewelry Rooms

First up, a visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of late classicism. This is the largest church building in Russia and the second largest Orthodox church building in the world. Commissioned in 1818 by Alexander I, the imperial cathedral boasts an opulent interior and huge gold dome. Continue on to Vasilievsky Island, Rostral Columns and visit Peter and Paul’s Fortress.

Standing on a small island at the center of the Neva delta, the fortress was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great and is the oldest building in St. Petersburg. Up to 1917, the fortress was mainly used for holding political prisoners, such as Dostoyevsky, Lenin’s brother Alexander, and Peter the Great’s own son Alexei. At the heart of the fortress is the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, with its landmark gold spire and other than Peter, Ivan IV and Nicholas II, where all of Russia’s pre-Revolutionary leaders were buried.

This afternoon visit the Hermitage, one of the largest museums in the world, housing over 3 million exhibits within its four buildings. The exhibitions are diverse and include works by Da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, and an impressive collection of impressionists, as well as the largest collection of Titians in existence. The main building of the Hermitage Museum, ideally located on the bank of the river Neva, is the Winter Palace, built from 1754 to 1762, once the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Included in the visit is entrance into the Gold and Jewelry room.

Meals included: Breakfast
Learning Experience:
Cultural sketch of the main highlights of St. Petersburg: St. Isaac's Cathedral with colonnade; Peter & Paul’s Fortress
Majestic Hermitage Museum/Old Building & Main Staff building (with impressionist collection)

Overnight in St. Petersburg


DAY 7: Saint Petersburg Morning workshop of Matryoshka Painting – Evening canal boat ride

Master class of painting your own matryoshka
This master class is designed for beginners. Get a real pleasure from choosing and combining colors. To paint the matryoshka doll, you just need to be able to hold a brush and recognize colors. Our masters will take care of the rest. Before such a special experience, you will visit the Matryoshka Museum to learn the myths and legends about matryoshka, fold and unfold a unique collection of dolls, take a selfie with our 2-meter matryoshka, buy matryoshkas, souvenirs, and other gifts, and drink Ivan-tea with printed gingerbread.

Visit the Museum of Ethnography
This museum is devoted to the culture and everyday life of the peoples of Russia. The tools, domestic items, folk costumes, utensils, and objects of ritual exhibited in the 24 halls of the museum, give an idea about the occupations of the population, their dwellings, holidays, rites, and religious beliefs. Most of the exhibits illustrating the domestic culture of the various peoples of Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries are presented in the form of life-size models. The focal point of the museum is its Special Storeroom, which contains a great variety of national ornaments, weaponry, and devotional objects that are constructed of precious metals, pearl, and precious and semiprecious stones. Many of the artifacts are the only ones of their kind and the art of their production has long been forgotten. The displays, "The Slavs of Eastern Europe" and "From the History of St. Petersburg Gubernia," dwell on the distinctive features of regional cultures.

In the evening enjoy the majestic atmosphere of the city from the water and have a private canal boat ride (weather permitting). The city of St Petersburg looks completely different from the water. A canal ride will show visitors several parts of the city missed during a city tour by coach. The city is situated on 42 islands, washed by more than 90 rivers, Neva’s arms and channels. The granite embankments with the slopes and piers have become peculiar pedestals for the magnificent palaces: Winter, Marble, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (Neva), Mikhailov, Mariinsky, Stroganof, Yusupov (Moyka), Anichkov, Sheremetyev, and Dukes Beloselski-Belozerski (Fontanka). The lower deck has a roof to protect from the wind and rain, with tables and chairs. For those who would like a breath of air, there is an open-air terrace on the upper deck. It’s great just to relax at the end of the day, enjoying the sights from the boat and learn more about the city, listening to the guide’s story.

Meals included: Breakfast
Learning Experience:
Master class of painting matryoshka
Visit of Museum of Ethnography
Evening canal boat ride (weather permitted)

Overnight in St. Petersburg


DAY 8: Saint Petersburg Sculpture -Morning workshop at sculptor studio - afternoon visit of Russian Museum

This sculpture studio, named after Mikhail Anikushin, is a branch of the museum of city sculpture, a former working place of the famous sculptor and where important monuments were created. Explore behind-the-scenes techniques of making sculpture. As the only studio in St. Petersburg for working on memorial monuments, there is a uniquely large space the work demands, and a variety of equipment of its time. Within these walls, the Lenin Monument, the Monument for the Defenders of Leningrad, for Chekhov, and a large number of portraits and sculptures were created.

Next visit the Russian Museum, built in 1819 as the Mikhailovsky Palace for Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, a brother of Alexander I and Nicholas I. The palace contains art ranging from ancient Kievan Rus to the present day. The collection was developed following the nationalization of private collections after the revolution and the “acquisition” of 40,000 icons from churches closed during the Soviet era. The collection of Russian paintings found here is equaled only by those at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Farewell dinner at Sadko restaurant
The unusual decoration of this restaurant combines things rarely combined, such as huge chandeliers of red Venetian glass and typical Russian decoration of the walls, among them. Generally speaking, this may be called the minimalist style, a very popular form in Russia today.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Visit to Sculptor’s studio named after Mikhail Anikushin
Master class of gypsum bas-relief or clay toy
Visit to Russian Museum with emphasis on sculpture

Overnight in St. Petersburg


DAY 9: Departure-See You Again!

Extend your journey on one of our numerous arts-based programs in Italy, India, or Nepal. Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Learning Journeys Traveling Classroom.




Program Registration Fees

Per person for Single Standard $950.00

Per person for Standard $4,200.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

5/15/2022 8:00:00 AM

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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Easy


What You Will Learn/Do

Masterclasses:

Paint a matryoshka and learn how an icon is painted

Watercolor painting

Sculpting

Moscow Cultural Sketch

Traditional Russian Tea Ceremony


Why This Program Is Unique

This program familiarizes you with the Russian art, especially painting and sculpture, and you will gain practical skills about how masterpieces are created.


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

A portion of your program goes to global restoration and community-based programs.


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1:

Upon arrival, meet with a Learning Journeys local guide and have a private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your free time after a long flight. Overnight in Moscow at Radisson Collection hotel (or similar 5-star hotel)

DAY 2:

Learning Experience: Cultural sketch of the main highlights of Moscow: Red Square “The Heart of Moscow,” St. Basil’s Cathedral, Christ the Savior Church with panoramic view, Sparrow Hills, the highest viewpoint of the city; Iconic Kremlin “a fortified complex in the center of Moscow,” Armory Chamber. Originally a commercial center, Red Square has been at the very center of Russian history since the 15th century. The magnificent square encompasses an area of over 70,000 square metres and is bounded by the Kremlin walls, St. Basil’s cathedral, the Historical museum, and GUM department store, the shopping arcade that was completed in 1893. At the southern end of Red Square is the almost fairy-tale-like building of St Basil’s Cathedral, commissioned in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible. Cathedral of Christ the Savior The cathedral was consecrated May 26, 1883, the day Alexander III was crowned. In 1931, according to the personal order of Stalin, St. Savior Cathedral was fully destroyed. Go to the best viewpoint on Sparrow Hills, from where you can see most of the city. The observation platform offers a good panoramic view of the city. Kremlin Visit You might be surprised how many ancient and magnificent structures one can see within its walls, including 15th century cathedrals (the coronation, wedding and burying place of Russian rulers), the bell-tower, Patriarch’s Palace, Grand Kremlin Palace, and, of course the richest museum, the Armoury. The Armoury has a fantastic collection of insignia of Imperial power relics, precious clothes, ceremonial harnesses, and a unique collection of imperial carriages. Learning Experience: Cultural sketch of the main highlights of Moscow: Red Square “The Heart of Moscow.” Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Moscow

DAY 3:

This is the town around the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, and is one of Russia’s most important religious and historical landmarks, as well as a place of spiritual pilgrimage. Here, visitors can still experience the feeling of Medieval Russia. During Soviet times, this was the residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, and the wealth of beautiful churches include the Trinity Cathedral, which houses 42 icons by the master Andrei Rublyov. The icon painting workshop master class will take place at the icon painting school of Sergiev Possad. You will engage on the rules and techniques of icon painting, as well as its history of icon painting, with a hands-on opportunity to create a holy image on paper. Following the class, it’s off to a traditional Russian Tea from Samovar with typical pastries and cookies. The tea ceremony is a major part of the Russian culture. Making its first appearance several centuries ago, this hot drink conquered the heart of Russians, becoming an integral part of everyday life. Learning Experience: Master Class-Icon Painting Traditional Tea Ceremony Meals included: Breakfast Overnight in Moscow

DAY 4:

The gallery houses the world’s best collection of Russian icons, as well as a fantastic collection of other pre-Revolutionary Russian art. Enjoy a visit of the halls devoted to Russian icon painting where you will learn the techniques of the masters and admire medieval masterpieces while listening to the fascinating stories about them. Zaryadye Park is a modern site for recreation, entertainment, and education. Created by an international team of architects, engineers, landscape designers, and other experts, the concepts of nature and technology, education and entertainment, history and modernity are united and complement one other. Lunch at Artist’s Gallery Restaurant Enjoy lunch at a unique and amazing location. This small building’s exterior, a former palace of Prince Dolgoruky, is modest in design and is highly contrasted with the splendour of the place inside. There are seven beautiful halls in the restaurant and the artist’s gallery of Zurab Tseritelly, a well-known Russian architect. The “Artist Gallery” hall of this restaurant boasts a natural light via its glossy roof and abundance of gleaming mosaics. The menu features Russian and Georgian cuisine. Afternoon Master Class at a Moscow Artist’s Studio A rare opportunity to visit an artist’s studio and see the world of art inside. The meeting will take place at the artist’s studio, in the central part of Moscow, near Mayakovskaya metro station. During the reception, the painter will speak about her art, demonstrate her works and perform a brief master class. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Learning Experience: View the collection of Russian Art at Tretyakov Gallery Zaryadye Park a landscape urban park in the center of Moscow Painting master class at artist’s studio Overnight in Moscow

DAY 5:

The Moscow state specialized school of watercolor, with a museum and exhibition center, opened in the capital in 1999. The art director of this educational institution is Sergey Nikolayevich Andriaka, People’s Artist of Russia, and Correspondent Member of the Russian Academy of Arts. The main mission of the school is for the development of classical watercolor painting with reference to an academic system of training future generations the experience and traditions of old masters. Teaching is conducted in Andriaka’s own technique, where the teacher works together with students on one task. Here, you will experience a hands-on drawing lesson. Before leaving for St. Petersburg, enjoy your lunch in a unique restaurant atmosphere. The concept here is “Chestnaya Kuhnya,” or “honest cuisine,” where the owner reflects the idea of simple home-made dishes without any pathos but with natural and unusual products. (Optional) In the afternoon high-speed train to St. Petersburg You will be transferred by private vehicle to the Leningradsky railway station, a 10-minute drive from the city center, for the train to St. Petersburg. The train leaves Moscow at 1 p.m. and arrives at 6 p.m. to Moskovskaya railway station, which is a 10- to 15-minute drive from the city center. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Learning Experience: Drawing lesson at the Watercolor Painting School. Overnight in Astoria Rocco Forte hotel in St. Petersburg (or similar 5-star hotel)

DAY 6:

First up, a visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of late classicism. This is the largest church building in Russia and the second largest Orthodox church building in the world. Commissioned in 1818 by Alexander I, the imperial cathedral boasts an opulent interior and huge gold dome. Continue on to Vasilievsky Island, Rostral Columns and visit Peter and Paul’s Fortress. Standing on a small island at the center of the Neva delta, the fortress was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great and is the oldest building in St. Petersburg. Up to 1917, the fortress was mainly used for holding political prisoners, such as Dostoyevsky, Lenin’s brother Alexander, and Peter the Great’s own son Alexei. At the heart of the fortress is the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, with its landmark gold spire and other than Peter, Ivan IV and Nicholas II, where all of Russia’s pre-Revolutionary leaders were buried. This afternoon visit the Hermitage, one of the largest museums in the world, housing over 3 million exhibits within its four buildings. The exhibitions are diverse and include works by Da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, and an impressive collection of impressionists, as well as the largest collection of Titians in existence. The main building of the Hermitage Museum, ideally located on the bank of the river Neva, is the Winter Palace, built from 1754 to 1762, once the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Included in the visit is entrance into the Gold and Jewelry room. Meals included: Breakfast Learning Experience: Cultural sketch of the main highlights of St. Petersburg: St. Isaac's Cathedral with colonnade; Peter & Paul’s Fortress Majestic Hermitage Museum/Old Building & Main Staff building (with impressionist collection) Overnight in St. Petersburg

DAY 7:

Master class of painting your own matryoshka This master class is designed for beginners. Get a real pleasure from choosing and combining colors. To paint the matryoshka doll, you just need to be able to hold a brush and recognize colors. Our masters will take care of the rest. Before such a special experience, you will visit the Matryoshka Museum to learn the myths and legends about matryoshka, fold and unfold a unique collection of dolls, take a selfie with our 2-meter matryoshka, buy matryoshkas, souvenirs, and other gifts, and drink Ivan-tea with printed gingerbread. Visit the Museum of Ethnography This museum is devoted to the culture and everyday life of the peoples of Russia. The tools, domestic items, folk costumes, utensils, and objects of ritual exhibited in the 24 halls of the museum, give an idea about the occupations of the population, their dwellings, holidays, rites, and religious beliefs. Most of the exhibits illustrating the domestic culture of the various peoples of Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries are presented in the form of life-size models. The focal point of the museum is its Special Storeroom, which contains a great variety of national ornaments, weaponry, and devotional objects that are constructed of precious metals, pearl, and precious and semiprecious stones. Many of the artifacts are the only ones of their kind and the art of their production has long been forgotten. The displays, "The Slavs of Eastern Europe" and "From the History of St. Petersburg Gubernia," dwell on the distinctive features of regional cultures. In the evening enjoy the majestic atmosphere of the city from the water and have a private canal boat ride (weather permitting). The city of St Petersburg looks completely different from the water. A canal ride will show visitors several parts of the city missed during a city tour by coach. The city is situated on 42 islands, washed by more than 90 rivers, Neva’s arms and channels. The granite embankments with the slopes and piers have become peculiar pedestals for the magnificent palaces: Winter, Marble, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (Neva), Mikhailov, Mariinsky, Stroganof, Yusupov (Moyka), Anichkov, Sheremetyev, and Dukes Beloselski-Belozerski (Fontanka). The lower deck has a roof to protect from the wind and rain, with tables and chairs. For those who would like a breath of air, there is an open-air terrace on the upper deck. It’s great just to relax at the end of the day, enjoying the sights from the boat and learn more about the city, listening to the guide’s story. Meals included: Breakfast Learning Experience: Master class of painting matryoshka Visit of Museum of Ethnography Evening canal boat ride (weather permitted) Overnight in St. Petersburg

DAY 8:

This sculpture studio, named after Mikhail Anikushin, is a branch of the museum of city sculpture, a former working place of the famous sculptor and where important monuments were created. Explore behind-the-scenes techniques of making sculpture. As the only studio in St. Petersburg for working on memorial monuments, there is a uniquely large space the work demands, and a variety of equipment of its time. Within these walls, the Lenin Monument, the Monument for the Defenders of Leningrad, for Chekhov, and a large number of portraits and sculptures were created. Next visit the Russian Museum, built in 1819 as the Mikhailovsky Palace for Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, a brother of Alexander I and Nicholas I. The palace contains art ranging from ancient Kievan Rus to the present day. The collection was developed following the nationalization of private collections after the revolution and the “acquisition” of 40,000 icons from churches closed during the Soviet era. The collection of Russian paintings found here is equaled only by those at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Farewell dinner at Sadko restaurant The unusual decoration of this restaurant combines things rarely combined, such as huge chandeliers of red Venetian glass and typical Russian decoration of the walls, among them. Generally speaking, this may be called the minimalist style, a very popular form in Russia today. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Visit to Sculptor’s studio named after Mikhail Anikushin Master class of gypsum bas-relief or clay toy Visit to Russian Museum with emphasis on sculpture Overnight in St. Petersburg

DAY 9:

Extend your journey on one of our numerous arts-based programs in Italy, India, or Nepal. Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Learning Journeys Traveling Classroom.


Program Registration Fees

2022 Departures & Fees 3 Departures

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May 15, 2022
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July 24, 2022
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September 04, 2022
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Services Included

Moscow airport/private transfer to the hotel 4 nights hotel accommodation at Radisson Collection hotel in Moscow or similar 5* 4 nights hotel accommodation at Astoria Rocco Forte hotel in St. Petersburg or similar 5* Learning Experiences /Classes as noted Daily breakfast Two Lunches and one dinner Guided visit of Moscow and St. Petersburg including private guide and private transportation Transfer from Moscow hotel to train station Economy class train tickets for high-speed train Sapsan from Moscow to St. Petersburg Pick up at St. Petersburg train station and transfer to the hotel Pick up at St. Petersburg hotel and transfer to the airport Hotel taxes and fees Luggage handling at airport or hotels Visa support letter Bottled water Learning Journeys Certification of Completion

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