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S T A N F O R D T R A V E L / S T U D Y a program of the stanford alumni association Trans-Siberia by Rail Epic Journey from Vladivostok to Moscow September 7 to 23, 2012

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S T A N F O R D T R A V E L / S T U D Y
a program of the s tan ford a lumni assoc ia t ion
Trans-Siberia by Rail Epic Journey from Vladivostok to Moscow
September 7 to 23, 2012
Highlights H E A R the UNESCO-
recognized, 17-century
Believers in a historic
qol sharif mosque, kazan
Covering more than 6,000 miles and seven time zones, our journey aboard
the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express is
truly one of a kind. Gone are the days when
western travelers were obliged to listen to
Communist propaganda for the duration of
their trip — indeed, the Soviets of yesteryear
might be rather dismayed with the opulence
of today’s train, though the Romanovs would
surely feel right at home! On this epic rail journey,
popular faculty leader Gail Lapidus will help us
understand the incredible transitions that have
taken place in Russia in recent years and will
put all the extraordinary sites and complicated
history into context for us. Join us for the ride
of a lifetime!
Kazan, capital of the
and champagne reception at
cerated Decembrist, in Irkutsk.
era Old Railway along the pictur-
esque shore of Lake Baikal, the
deepest and most voluminous
freshwater lake in the world.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 & 8 depart u.s. / VladiVostok, russia / embark the Trans- siberian express Depart the U.S. on overnight flights, arriving on Saturday in Vladivostok. Upon arrival, transfer to the train station to board the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Enjoy a private welcome reception and dinner this evening. GoldEn EaGlE TranS-SibErian
ExprESS (D)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 VladiVostok Due to its strategic importance, Vladivostok was declared off- limits to foreigners and most Russians from the end of World War II until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1992. Visit the Socialist-Realist-style railway station, the Pacific Navy War Memorial and the Eagle’s Nest observation point with its spectacular view of Golden Horn Bay. Learn about Vladivostok’s original indigenous population at the Arsenyev Regional Museum, housed in a building originally owned by actor Yul Brynner’s
grandfather. Return to the train station to board our train, departing this evening. TranS-
SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 khabaroVsk Arrive in Khabarovsk, the easternmost point of our journey. Founded by Cossacks in 1858, Khabarovsk was originally a military outpost guarding the Chinese border. Visit lively Muravyov-Amursky Street with its 19th-century buildings and the war memorial in Glory Square, dedicated to Russian Far Easterners who were awarded medals for heroism during “The Great Patriotic War” (WWII.) Tour the Natural History Museum with its wonderful collection of the indigenous peoples’ artifacts and exhibits about the region’s plants and animals. Return to our train and spend the evening skirting the Chinese border. TranS-
SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 aboard the Trans- siberian express Enjoy a full day onboard our luxury train, relaxing and attending lectures as the landscape outside the windows slowly begins to change. TranS-SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 aboard the Trans- siberian express Continue to enjoy our train ride as we make our way toward the Mongolian steppe. During our brief stop at the train station in Ulan-Ude, catch a glimpse of what we will experience when we return in two days’ time. TranS-SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 ulaanbaatar, mongolia Arrive in Mongolia’s fascinating capital today. Learn about the traditional, and rapidly disappearing, nomadic life of the country’s inhabitants and enjoy lunch in a restaurant set up as a typical Mongolian-style ger (yurt). This afternoon choose to shop in Ulaanbaatar or travel about an hour outside the city to view the lovely mountain scenery of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. TranS-SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 ulan-ude, russia Arrive in Ulan-Ude, capital of the Russian Republic of Buryatia. Founded by Cossacks in 1666 as a winter encampment, the outpost became a strategic trading center and later an important city linking Russia
with China and Mongolia. Visit the city’s most significant sites, many of which reflect the unique culture, language and spiritual beliefs of the region’s indigenous Buryat people. Visit a village of Old Believers, who have preserved their 17th- century clothing, architecture, language and traditions, including their unique style of singing. Enjoy a concert of this music, which UNESCO has declared “a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.” TranS-SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 lake baikal Ride along the shoreline of 30-million-year-old Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest and oldest freshwater lake, a spectacular part of our journey today. The lake contains 20 percent of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, and its age and isolation have produced one of the richest and most unusual ecosystems on earth. Enjoy a barbeque at the lake’s edge and, for the adventurous, a quick dip in the crystalline, and very cold, water. Explore the village of Listvyanka, a small lakeside settlement and visit the private home of a local family. TranS-
SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
A r c t i c O c e a n
Ulan- Ude
Ulaanbaatar ulan ude
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 irkutsk Admire the classic wooden architecture of the cultured small city of Irkutsk, a place of exile from the time of Genghis Khan through the Soviet period and where many exiles who built the Trans-Siberian Railway lived. At the Decembrist House-Museum, once the home of Decembrist Sergei Volkonsky, learn about the history of the unsuccessful 19th- century movement to abolish serfdom and institute reforms. Conclude our museum visit with a special classical music concert and a glass of champagne in Volkonsky’s former drawing room. TranS-SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 aboard the Trans- siberian express Roll along through the vast Siberian taiga, or subarctic, coniferous forest, relaxing and attending our onboard lectures. TranS-SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 noVosibirsk Explore Novosibirsk, a population center that didn’t exist before the construction of the Trans- Siberian Railway and subsequently became Russia’s third-largest city. Visit Lenin Square, locale of
the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, the biggest opera house in Russia and nicknamed the “Siberian Coliseum.” View artifacts of Siberia’s many indigenous peoples at the Novosibirsk State Museum of Regional Studies. TranS-SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 ekaterinburg Ekaterinburg, formerly known as Sverdlovsk, is perhaps most famous for being the city in which the last czar, Nicholas II, and his family were placed under house arrest before being executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Visit the Church on the Blood, which was built between 2000 and 2003 over the site where the czar and his family were murdered. The church was designed in the early 20th-century Russian/Byzantine style favored by the ill-fated czar. Ekaterinburg was closed to foreigners until 1990 because of its many defense plants. TranS-SibErian ExprESS (B,L,D)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 kazan Explore Kazan, the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a former khanate (principality) that became a successor state to the Golden
Horde. Visit the walled old town, home to both Orthodox churches and mosques, including the World Heritage site, Kazan Kremlin. Tour the Annunciation Cathedral, built by Ivan the Terrible and the gloriously reconstructed Qol Sharif Mosque, a remarkable synthesis of Tatar and Russian cultures. TranS-SibErian
ExprESS (B,L,D)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 moscow / disembark the Trans-siberian express Arrive in Moscow late morning and disembark our train. Tour some of the classic sights of Russia’s 850-year-old capital city, including expansive Red Square with its fanciful St. Basil’s Cathedral, before transferring to our hotel. HOTEL MARRIOTT ROYAL
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 moscow Continue exploring Moscow with a visit to the Kremlin and Armory Museum. Built in the 16th century as a warehouse for the Kremlin’s weaponry, the Armory now houses Russia’s national treasures including Fabergé eggs, the coronation dress belonging to Catherine the Great and the
Optional Post-trip Extension to St. Petersburg SEPTEMBER 23 TO 26 (3 additional days)
Take an express train to St. Petersburg, whose miles of canals have earned it the nickname, “the Venice of the North.” Visit Catherine’s Palace with its magnificent Amber Room and Alexander’s Palace where Czar Nicholas II and his family were held under house arrest before being sent into exile in Siberia. Explore the magnificent Hermitage Museum, home to one of the largest art collections in the world. details and a full itinerary will be sent to confirmed participants.
throne of Ivan the Terrible. After lunch visit the State Tretyakov Gallery whose collection consists entirely of Russian fine art from the 11th to the early 20th century. Celebrate our journey at a festive farewell reception and dinner. HOTEL MARRIOTT ROYAL
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 moscow / u.s. Check out of our hotel this morning and transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S. (B)
ulan ude lake baikal
Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
Silver Class Cabins Silver Class cabins feature modern en suite amenities including power showers and under-floor heating. Cabins are equipped with a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, audio system, individual air conditioning, recessed lighting and wardrobe space. Silver Class cabins are 60 square feet and measure 6’7” by 9’, including the bathroom. The lower berth is 4’ wide; the upper berth is 2’9” wide.
Gold Class Cabins Although they feature the same amenities and en suite facilities as Silver Class cabins, Gold Class Cabins are larger, and have a larger shower area. Gold Class cabins are 77 square feet and measure 6’7” by 11’8”, including the bathroom. The lower berth is 4’5” wide and can be used as a double bed; the upper berth is 2’9” wide.
Imperial Suite There is one Imperial Suite onboard, the size of two Gold Class cabins. A special non-refundable deposit is required to hold the Imperial Suite and special cancellation fees apply. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information please contact Stanford Travel/Study.
Each sleeping car has its own attendants who provide turndown service, tea, coffee and mineral water. Towels, bathrobes, slippers and toiletries are provided and onboard laundry service is available.
The train formation includes sleeping cars and restaurant cars, plus a kitchen, bar, staff, generator and office car. The restaurant cars provide both international and local cuisine, serving three meals a day when passengers are onboard; meals are provided at local restaurants during some city stops.
Silver Class Cabins $16,525 per person, double occupancy $22,120 per person, single occupancy**
Gold Class Cabins $19,425 per person, double occupancy $25,720 per person, single occupancy**
Imperial Suite $27,895 per person, double occupancy
Program Costs*
* Association nonmembers add $200 per person. ** Single acommodations are limited.
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D a t e S September 7 to 23, 2012 (17 days)
S I z e Limited to 40 participants.
I N C L U D e D 2 nights of deluxe hotel accommodations 13-night journey aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 15 dinners Welcome and farewell receptions Beverages with meals onboard the train Bottled water on excursions Gratuities to porters, guides, drivers and train crew for all group activities All tours and excursions as described in the itinerary Double-entry visa for Russia for U.S. citizens Transfers and baggage handling on program arrival and departure days Baggage handling at hotels and when embarking/ disembarking the train Minimal medical, accident and evacuation insurance Educational program with lecture series and pre-departure materials, including recommended reading list, a selected book, map and travel information Services of our professional tour manager to assist you throughout the program
N O t I N C L U D e D International and U.S. domestic airfare Passport fees Immunization costs Meals and beverages other than those specified as included Independent and private transfers other than on arrival and departure days Trip-cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance Excess- baggage charges Photo/video fees inside museums (where allowed) Personal items such as email, telephone and fax calls, laundry and
gratuities for nongroup services
a I r a r r a N G e m e N t S International and U.S. domestic airfare is not included in the program cost. Information on recommended flight itineraries will be sent by our designated agent.
W H a t t O e X P e C t We consider this program to be moderately strenuous. Train travel, as well as touring in Russia and Mongolia, can be quite difficult. Daily excursions may involve between one and three miles of walking on city streets, sometimes over cobblestones or on unpaved terrain. In most instances, such as museums, cathedrals and other sites, guided tours require climbing up and down several flights of stairs where steps may be steep, uneven and/ or without handrails, and elevators are generally unavailable. All of the train stations require walking up and down many uneven steps. Some sites do not allow motorcoaches to pull directly in front, thus requiring a several-minutes’ walk to reach the entrance. Some days require early-morning starts. Many days have a full schedule of excursions, lectures and special events. Medical treatment and care are not always available or up to U.S. standards. The train can be very bumpy and noisy; participants should feel comfortable walking without assistance between train cars while the train is moving, which requires stepping over pivoting raised plates and opening very heavy doors between the cars. Participants on this program should be in excellent health. We welcome travelers 15 years of age and older on this program.
Deposit & Final Payment A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your space for this program. An additional $500 per person deposit is required to hold space on the Optional Post-trip Extension. Final payment balance is due 120 days prior to departure. Complete and return the attached reservation form or place your deposit online. As a condition of participation, all confirmed partici- pants are required to sign a Release of Liability.
Cancellations & refunds There is a $1,000-per-person cancellation fee from the time you place your reservation until 120 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can be made only if the program is sold out and your place(s) can be resold, in which case a $1,000-per-person cancellation fee will apply. We recommend trip- cancellation insurance; applications will be sent to you.
Insurance Stanford Travel/Study provides all travelers who are U.S. or Canadian citizens with minimal medical, accident and evacuation coverage under our group-travel insurance policy. Our group policy is intended to provide minimal levels of protection while you are traveling on this program. We strongly recommend that you subscribe to optional baggage and trip-cancellation insurance. A brochure offering such insurance will be mailed with your confirmation about one week after we receive your deposit. The product offered in this brochure includes a special Waiver of Pre-Existing Conditions and coverage for Financial Insolvency and Terrorist Acts if you postmark your insurance payment within 15 days of the date listed on the confirmation letter.
eligibility We encourage membership in the Alumni Association as the program cost for nonmembers is $200 more than the members’ price. Parents and their children under 21 may travel on one membership. For more information or to purchase a member- ship, visit membership or call (650) 725-0692.
responsibility The Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University and our operators act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation and exercise every care possible in doing so. However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the service of any automobile, motorcoach, launch or any other conveyance used in carrying out this program or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the program. We cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, force majeure or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make such alterations to this published itinerary as may be deemed necessary. The right is reserved to cancel any program prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the program. No refund will be made for an unused portion of any tour unless arrangements are made in sufficient time to avoid penalties. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk entirely. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not onboard their plane or conveyance. Neither the Alumni Association, Stanford University nor our operators accept liability for any carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket in connection with the tour. Program price is based on rates in effect in january 2012 and is subject to change without notice to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates, tariffs or fuel charges.
Information Terms & Conditions
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Trans-Siberia by Rail September 7 to 23, 2012
Stanford Faculty Leader Growing up in the U.S. during the Cold War, DR. GAIL LAPIDUS was fascinated by the Communist regimes of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Their rich histories and cultures juxtaposed against rigid political systems drew her into studying these entities, and the causes and consequences of their later collapse have been the focus of her recent teaching and research. Her extensive travels in Russia and contacts among the Russian intellectual and political elite have given her valuable insights into the challenges facing the country as it undergoes major economic, political and social transformations. This is her 15th trip with Stanford Travel/Study.
At Stanford: senior fellow emerita, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and professor, by courtesy, of political science
At UC-Berkeley: political science professor; director, Center for Slavic and East European Studies
Head of the UC-Berkeley/Stanford Program in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies Former president, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Author of Women in Soviet Society (University of California Press, 1978) and of numerous studies of Soviet and post-Soviet politics and foreign policy
Member, board of trustees, World Affairs Council of Northern California and the European University of St. Petersburg
Recipient of research fellowships at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford
BA, Radcliffe College; MA and PhD, Harvard University
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“Gail is just outstanding! Very clear and concise lectures on a difficult subject. I would look forward to any trip that she would lead.” D O N R E I N b E R G , D a L m a t I a N C O a S t C O L L E G E , 2 0 0 8
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“This was an amazing, glorious, awe-inspiring voyage that never ceased to astonish and delight, and the faculty leaders added immensely to the beautiful experience for all of us.” a m a N D a N E w L O N , t R a N S - S I b E R I a N R a I L C O L L E G E , 2 0 0 8
Stanford Travel/Study Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center 326 Galvez Street Stanford, CA 94305-6105 (650) 725-1093
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September 7 to 23, 2012
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