Lisa Reilly, Professor in the Department of Architectural History

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$6,595 per person, double occupancy, land only (includes high-speed train to St. Petersburg)

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $895 to the per person, double occupancy rates.


Moscow and St. Petersburg are two of the most fascinating cities in Eurasia. Steeped in history and intrigue, they are the symbols of Russia’s glorious imperial past and its position as archrival of the west for much of the last century. Relics of both are evident as you stroll through Red Square with the Kremlin on one side and the whimsical onion-domed cathedral, St. Basil’s, on the other. Visit the finest collection of historic Russian icons in the Tretyakov Gallery, and on the same day tour Stalin’s bunker with portraits of Engels, Marx and Lenin. It is delightfully paradoxical.

This program allows you to experience the highlights of these fine cities using well-located hotels as your base.

Program Highlights

• Explore the rich cultural heritage of the country on a behind-the- scenes visit to the Bolshoi Theater.
• Discover the treasures of the Kremlin with exclusive early entrance to the remarkable collection of the Armory.
• Savor the flavors of the region with gourmet meals in historic settings.
• Experience the awe-inspiring scope of the Hermitage Museum on a guided tour through its extravagant halls.
• Marvel at the grandeur of Russian imperial opulence at Catherine Palace, the ornate summer residence of the Tsar, and enjoy early access to the Grand Palace at Peterhof.


Lisa Reilly, Professor in the Department of Architectural History

Lisa is associate professor of the Architectural History Department and has regularly taught the survey of global architectural history as well as courses on medieval, Islamic and nineteenth century architecture. Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France, and Italy. Together with Kevin Murphy of Vanderbilt University, she has edited a volume of essays on skyscraper Gothic, which was published by UVA press in spring 2017.

Ms. Reilly is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. In 2015 she was the Fulbright Fellow in the History of Art at the University of York where she researched the medieval stained glass of a local church. She has previously published books on Peterborough Cathedral (Oxford University Press) and Vassar College (Princeton Architectural Press). She held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002. She teaches a course entitled “Rome: Baroque & Renaissance Art on Site” during U.Va.’s January term. Lisa has traveled extensively with Cavalier Travels, most recently to Scotland, Cuba, India and the French and Italian Rivieras .


DAY 1 - Sunday, September 13, 2020

Welcome to Moscow

Arrive at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) and transfer as a group to the Hotel National, our historic five-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of central Moscow. Begin the tour with an insightful lecture by your University of Virginia Study Leader. Discover the imposing presence of Red Square as we enjoy a evening bus tour through the illuminated square. Celebrate the start of our tour with a festive welcome dinner of local specialties at a historic Muscovite restaurant.
Hotel National, Moscow. Dinner (D)

DAY 2 - Monday, September 14

Power & Performance

KremlinBegin the day with a tour of the world-famous home of Russian political influence—the Kremlin. Our first stop will be to the Armory where we will be granted early access to the site on a guided visit. Originally the Royal Arsenal, this building today houses a large collection of state treasures, including precious metals, carriages and weapons. Continue our exploration of the complex as we explore Cathedral Square, the site of the coronations and funerals of the Tsars. Marvel at the glittering gilded domes of the three cathedrals flanking the square and tour inside the cathedrals for a glimpse of the vibrant religious art. Savor the specialties of the region as we enjoy lunch at a Georgian restaurant. Explore the rich cultural legacy of Russia as we embark on a behind- the-scenes guided tour of the Bolshoi Theatre. Built as an imperial theater in the 19th century, this elegant theater is home to the world’s largest ballet company—the Bolshoi Ballet. Marvel at the plush interiors and sumptuous decorations, which have played host to countless elegant evenings. Return to the hotel to enjoy dinner and the evening at your leisure.
Hotel National, Moscow. Breakfast and Lunch (B, L)

DAY 3 - Tuesday, September 15

Capital Views

This morning, return to Red Square and begin with a tour of Lenin’s Mausoleum. Here the remains of the Bolshevik revolutionary have remained on display for decades. Continue our tour of Red Square with a visit to St. Basil’s Cathedral. Built in the 16th century to honor a local saint, the building was secularized in the 1920s and today serves as a museum welcoming visitors to see its colorful interior. Enjoy lunch together at a nearby local restaurant. Visit the stunning Christ the Savior Cathedral. Rebuilt in 2000 after its destruction in the 1800s, this Russian Orthodox church dazzles from its brilliant golden dome, which glitters over the Moscow River, to its lavish gilded interiors. Tour the final resting place of the Russian elite on a visit to the New Maiden’s Convent Cemetery. Among the trees, sculptures, and chapels discover the graves of prominent politicians and artists, from Nikolai Gogol and Anton Chekov to Nikita Khrushchev. Continue with a panoramic view of the city as we transfer to Sparrow Hills. Under the shadow of the iconic tower of Moscow State University, this hill offers expansive views across Moscow. Venture underground for a tour of some of the city’s most unexpectedly impressive sites—the Moscow Metro. We will explore a selection of unexpectedly lavish stations on this Metro tour. Return to the hotel to enjoy dinner and the evening at your leisure.
Hotel National, Moscow (B, L)

DAY 4 - Wednesday, September 16

Russian Art & Heritage

Discover Russia’s rich artistic heritage with a visit to the country’s preeminent national art gallery, the State Tretyakov Gallery. Founded by a prosperous merchant in the 1850s, the collection grew and was acquired by the state in 1918. Today visitors can explore centuries of Russian art in its historic setting. Savor lunch at a nearby restaurant. Transfer to the train station to take the high-speed train to St. Petersburg. Enjoy dinner on the train before our arrival. Upon arriving in St. Petersburg, transfer to the Hotel Angleterre, our four-star hotel in the heart of the city, which will be our base for the remainder of the trip.
Angleterre Hotel, St. Petersburg (B, L, D)

DAY 5 - Thursday, September 17

Imperial Treasures

Begin our first morning in St. Petersburg with a lecture by the UVA Study Leader. Discover the treasures of the world’s second largest art museum as we embark on a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum. Marvel at the astonishingly ornate architecture of the palace while viewing the museum’s vast collections, which span the globe with treasures from Ancient Egypt, Renaissance Italy, and Impressionist France. Take time to explore the museum’s vast collections on your own or enjoy lunch at your leisure in the museum café. Continue our exploration of Russian imperial art as we transfer to the Fabergé Museum. Housed in the neoclassical Shuvalov Palace, this museum highlights the exquisite craftsmanship of Russian decorative arts. A group of nine imperial eggs, made for the last Russian Tsars, forms the centerpiece of the museum’s collection. Indulge in local specialties as we enjoy dinner together at one of the city’s most celebrated restaurants.
Angleterre Hotel, St. Petersburg (B, D)

DAY 6 - Friday, September 18

Urban Elegance

Begin our day with a tour of Yusupov Palace. This former noble residence on the Moika River offers a glimpse of the lavish elegance of aristocratic life in the late 19th century. The palace gained international notoriety when Grigori Rasputin was murdered in the courtyard in 1916. Next, explore St. Isaac’s Cathedral and marvel at its imposing neoclassical architecture, which dominates the city. Topped by a shining cast-iron dome, this former cathedral now houses a museum showcasing religious architecture. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at a nearby restaurant. Transfer to the Peter and Paul Fortress, an imposing fortification on the banks of the Neva, offering expansive views of the rest of the city from its ramparts. Explore the architecture of the city as we embark on a cruise of the canals, enjoying the stunning nighttime views from the water. Return to the hotel to enjoy the evening and dinner at your leisure.
Angleterre Hotel, St. Petersburg (B, L)

DAY 7 - Saturday, September 19

Summer Sanctuaries

Catherine Palace Begin our day with a tour of the summer residence of the Tsars, the impressive Catherine Palace. A glittering confection of Rococo architecture, the stunning façade of the palace is outmatched only by its opulent interior. Discover the intricate craftsmanship of the Amber Room and the rich hues of the Chapel on a guided tour through this magnificent residence. Take time to rest as we enjoy lunch together at a nearby restaurant. Continue our exploration of the imperial Russian summer as we visit Pavlovsk Palace and Park, another holiday home frequented by the royal family. Explore this grand palace, which was meticulously reconstructed after its destruction during World War II, and venture through the adjoining English garden. Return to the hotel to enjoy dinner and the evening at your leisure.
Angleterre Hotel, St. Petersburg (B, L)

DAY 8 - Sunday, September 20

Grandeur on the Gulf

Begin our final day with a lecture by the UVA Study Leader. Continue with a visit to the Grand Palace of Peterhof, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will be granted early admission to tour this opulent residence known as “The Russian Versailles.” Gaze at the dazzling brilliance of the gilded Ballroom and the haunting faces of the Portrait Room as we make our way through the palace. Our journey through the complex continues as we explore the Low Park. Inspired by 17th-century French formal gardens, the meticulously manicured lawn is dotted by gilded statues and breathtaking water features that transport onlookers to the height of Imperial Russia. Return to the city in style as we board a hydrofoil for transfer across the Gulf of Finland back to St. Petersburg. Savor a lunch of regional specialties at a local restaurant. Tour another strikingly colorful example of Russian religious architecture as we visit the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood. From its intricately decorated domes to its vibrant interior, this historic church exemplifies the region’s unique architectural style. Gather together for a festive farewell dinner in a historic setting to celebrate a successful conclusion to our trip.
Angleterre Hotel, St. Petersburg (B, L, D)

DAY 9 - Monday, September 21


Depart the hotel with a group transfer to Pulkovo Airport (LED).


Hotel National, Moscow
Situated directly in the heart of downtown Moscow, the five-star Hotel National offers Old World elegance without sacrificing modern amenities. The historic building conjures images of the imperial city at the turn of the century, while the striking views speak to the vibrant modernity of Moscow. Relax in the hotel pool, enjoy gourmet Russian cuisine at Dr. Zhivago, sample caviar at Beluga, or dine at the Alexandrovsky Bar.

Angleterre Hotel, St. Petersburg
Ideally located under the shadow of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, the historic Angleterre Hotel provides travelers with a welcome respite from the excitement of this dazzling city. A favorite jaunt of Russia’s poets in the 1920s, the Angleterre today offers a mix of modern, elegant decor in a historic space. Relax at the pool or sauna, enjoy a movie at the Angleterre Cinema, or indulge in authentic Italian food at the on-site Borsalino Restaurant.


Eight (8) breakfasts, Six (6) lunches, Four (4) dinners; Water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with each lunch and dinner; Two (2) glasses of wine or beer at dinners

Program Fees

$6,595 per person, double occupancy, land only (includes high-speed train to St. Petersburg)

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $895 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price Includes:
• Entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary
• Expert, local English-speaking guides throughout planned activities
• Services of a Tour Manager for the duration of the tour
• Gratuities for guides and motor coach drivers
• Personal listening devices for guided excursions
• Bottled water for excursions on private motor coach
• Handling of two (2) pieces of luggage per person upon arrival and departure at each hotel
• Wireless internet access in all guest rooms
• Complete pre-departure documentation and materials, including recommended reading list, destination information, and luggage tags
Private air-conditioned motor coach for all land transportation as outlined in the itinerary
• High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in Business Class
• One (1) group airport transfer upon arrival from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) to the Hotel National.
• One (1) group airport transfer upon departure from the Angleterre Hotel to Pulkova Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg

Price does not include:
• International airfare, airline taxes, and airline fuel surcharges. Participants are responsible for all aspects of their air arrangements into Moscow and out of St. Petersburg.
• Passport and visa fees
• Airport porterage
• Individual airport transfers for those not participating in the included group transfers
• Activities marked optional on the itinerary
• Gratuities for hotel housekeeping staff
• Any personal items not listed as included such as telephone calls, personal services and travel extensions, meals not included in the itinerary, room service and valet service; items such as wines, liquors, mineral water, à la carte orders and laundry charges
• Other items not specifically mentioned as included

A Russian Visa will be needed.

You will need a full tourist visa. Our operator will obtain letters of invitation to pass along to travelers along with detailed instructions on how to procure the visas.
We recommend going through the Russian Visa Center-Invisa Logistic Services (https://ils-usa.com/), which is a company outsourced by the Russian Embassy specifically to handle Russian visas.

The Russian Embassy or Consulate General reviews your visa application and decides whether to issue you a visa within a period of 4 to 10 calendar days, after having received all the necessary documents and received payment in full.

** One may not apply for a visa more than six months prior to the intended date of entry into the Russian Federation.

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All cancellations must be received in writing by ISDI, and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $500 per person. Written cancellation received by ISDI on or before June 5, 2020: full refund minus $500 per person administrative fee. Written cancellation received by ISDI on or between June 6 and July 30, 2020: full refund of any recoverable land costs, less $3,300 per person cancellation charge (includes administrative fee). Cancellations received on or after July 31, 2020: no refund. After the tour has commenced, it is not possible to issue any refunds. No refunds for any unused portion of the tour including, but not limited to, occasional missed meals or any missed sightseeing tours. Costs for promotion, staff, and other group expenses are not refundable. In the case of cancellation, substitutions are not accepted. The tour cost is non-transferable.

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