The Nation phones home

28 Jun
Join The Nation’s inaugural excursion to Moscow and St. Petersburg, from September 4th — 14th. Calling on our network of contacts and connections in Russia, we’ve designed a distinctive and exclusive program that promises to offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a country at the very center of geopolitics for many decades.
 Book now! After we fly into St. Petersburg, we’ll check in to the 19th-century five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. We’ll then spend five days touring the renowned sights of this historic city and its surroundings, from the Hermitage and the Nevsky Prospekt to the Grand Palace and gardens of Peterhof, followed by private meetings with distinguished historians, cultural leaders, and curators. Next, we’ll board a canal boat to explore the city’s 42 islands.
After taking a high-speed train to Moscow, we’ll travel to the city of Sergiyev Posad and the Trinity Lava of St. Sergius, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This destination brings medieval Russia to life with its stimulating mixture of the country’s most celebrated architecture, iconic paintings, and unique cultural activities.
In Moscow, we’ll stay at the InterContinental Tverskaya Hotel, a modern, five-star hotel within walking distance of Red Square. We’ll take a private escorted tour of the Kremlin, and meet with Pavel Palazhchenko (Mikhail Gorbachev’s longtime interpreter and colleague) and Sergei Kapkov, Moscow’s former culture minister, as well as other media and cultural figures. We’ll also visit the Pushkin Museum, Gorky Park, and the famed Novodevichy Cemetary.
Click here for a detailed itinerary.
Throughout the trip, you’ll be accompanied by Teresa Stack, The Nation’s president from 1998 to 2016 and a founder of our travel program, including our annual seminar cruise (now in its 19th year) and the host of multiple Nation educational trips to Cuba. Also joining us will be Natasha Makarova, a Russian native who graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University in 2004 with a MA in linguistics and intercultural communication. Natasha has led group-education tours in Russia for many years.
For our travelers flying to St. Petersburg from New York City, the journey will begin with a special event as editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel—along with renowned scholar of Soviet and Russian history and politics, longtime Nationcontributor, and former Nation columnist Stephen F. Cohen—hosts an intimate conversation at The Nation’s Manhattan office (Katrina and Stephen will not be accompanying us to Russia). Katrina and Stephen have been visiting Russia for more than three decades, and they have relationships with many of the country’s media, cultural, and political leaders.
  Book now! The cost of this tour is $6,485/$7,365 per person (double/single occupancy) and includes nine nights at luxurious hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow, most of your meals, all ground transportation (including high-speed rail, a private air-conditioned bus for all sightseeing and excursions, and private canal boat tour), a bilingual local guide/tour manager, gratuities, lectures, guided visits to Russia’s preeminent museums and historical sites, and many other captivating and exclusive activities and events.

Space is extremely limited—so please register without delay!
Proceeds from this trip support The Nation’s journalism.


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