Southwestern Illinois College students have a chance to visit the rivers and lakes of Russia as part of an upcoming travel study trip.
The Russian River Cruise will take place July 7-17. It will feature the beauty of the Russian waterways as well as Imperial architecture and local culture, SWIC Instructor Catherine Kreher said. On the agenda is seeing Moscow's Kremlin, Red Square, the Hermitage Museum and the Catherine Palace.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some of the natural and architectural wonders of Russia while learning more about the culture," Kreher said. "Travel is the ultimate educational experience."
The cruise begins in Moscow, heads up the Volga River to White Lake and Lake Onega, continues down the Svir River to Lake Ladoga, and then follows the Neva River to the final destination of St. Petersburg. Ports of call along the way include the cities of Uglich, Goritsy, Kizhi Island, Mandroghi and Svirstroy.
Red Square, the Armory Museum, the Church of Prince Dimitry on the Blood and Kirill Belosersk Monastery are some trip highlights. The three meals per day include a Piroshki tea party, the captain's dinner, a Shashlik barbecue and a sampling of various vodkas.
The travel study trip is a three-semester credit course that costs $4,599, plus tuition. Students who register before Nov. 1, will save $250.
For more information, visit SWIC.edu/TravelStudy or contact Kreher at 618-233-7569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.