You are invited to join Grand View University faculty, alumni, and staff on an exciting trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia from July 28-August 12, 2015.  See the palaces and churches of the Tsars (such as Peterhoff Palace and St. Isaac’s Cathedral), world-class art museums (such as the Hermitage), historic Red Square in the Kremlin, the Yusupov Palace (where Grigory Rasputin was assassinated), and dozens of other places you’ve read about in history and heard about in the news.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to visit places not frequented by tourists such as a hospital, a school, and the St. Petersburg State University.  You will learn about Russia in ways most Americans never do.  

“I enjoyed traveling with the Grand View group.  Each participant brought a wealth of experience to the trip.  Walking the streets of St. Petersburg, seeing where the Revolution occurred and other historical sites, such as the Church on Spilled Blood, as well as the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow, enlivened my imagination.  Attractions included visiting a hospital and enjoying an evening concert.  The tour guide was excellent and helped me challenge my preconceptions about Russia.  Indeed, the warmth of the Russian people was a highlight. ” Mr. Leonard Larsen, retired from Lutheran Services of Iowa

Tour hosts include Professor Dmitry Yarushkin who was raised in St. Petersburg.  You can be confident that you will have an expert navigating you through Russia.  Your official tour guide, Sergey Fedorov, is an expert on Russian history, culture, and trip logistics, as well as an effective communicator with Americans.  Total cost for the trip is approximately $4,000.00 per participant, which includes not only airfare to Russia and train fare within Russia, but also double occupancy hotel rooms, three full meals a day, visas, the tour guide,  and tickets to all the museums, performances, and local transportation.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.  Become acquainted with Russia, and its magic and charm, for an unforgettable, life-changing experience.

Any questions?  Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Mark Mattes, Grand View University, at [email protected] or Prof. Dmitry Yarushkin at [email protected].  Hearing from you before March 15, 2014 will help us determine the total number of participants. The first orientation meeting will be scheduled for March 2014.

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