Waterways of the Tsars: Russian Music and Arts,
June 13-23, 2013

Each time Princeton Journeys offers an educational cruise program along the waterways from Moscow to St. Petersburg, high praise has been the result—from both first time travelers to Russia and those for whom the region is a special destination. Join your fellow Princetonians, June 13-23, 2013, for this midsummer voyage enjoying "insider" access at Moscow’s highlights, discovering the Golden Ring cities and sleepy hamlets along the lakes and rivers, and concluding in beloved St. Petersburg.

During three days in Moscow, tour the Kremlin when it is closed to the public, visit backstage at the legendary Bolshoi Theater, and see the stellar collections at the Pushkin Museum and Tretyakov Galleries. Then board the elegant 100-passenger Volga Dream for a cruise of Golden Ring Cities, calling at Uglich, with its five-domed Church of the Transfiguration, and Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga. Crossing Lake Beloye, arrive in the village of Goritsy to tour the magnificently frescoed monasteries. Explore the picturesque island of Kizhy and cruise the Svir River toward Lake Ladoga to visit charming Mandrogi. An optional postlude in St. Petersburg and environs includes a visit to Catherine’s Palace and a tour of the Hermitage on a day when it is closed to the public.

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined on this voyage by those from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Smithsonian Journeys.

About the Study Leader

Simon Morrison *97, Professor of Music, will serve as Study Leader for this Journey.

Professor of Music Simon Morrison *97 specializes in 20th-century music, particularly Russian and Soviet music, with special interests in dance, cinema, and historically informed performance based on extensive archival research. He is a leading authority on composer Sergey Prokofiev and has received unprecedented access to the composer’s papers, housed in Moscow at RGALI. Given this access, he has overseen restorations of censored works, recreations of long-lost works, and world premieres of still others, all the while generously walking alumni learners through the process. His distinctions include the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society (1999), an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2001), Phi Beta Kappa Society Teacher Award (2006) and the 2012 Alumni Council Award for Excellence in Alumni Education. On this Journey, Professor Morrison will lead discussions on the Russian musical tradition and the key figures in its history. His commentary will be complemented by that of a curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Trip Details

  • Dates: June 12-23, 2013
  • Cost: From $6,995 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad

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