Russia has a long and complex history, from the first United East Slavic State in the 9th century, through the Mongol invasion of the 13th century, to becoming an empire by the 18th century. The Revolution of 1917 triggered an economic breakdown and the creation of the Soviet Union, which would make Russia a superpower. The breakup of the USSR in the 1980s led to the birth of the Russian Federation, which since 2000 has become a controversial player in world politics.
This vast country has played many parts in world history and continues to do so. This tour will take you from Moscow, a modern economic and political capital with a long history, to the old Tatar capital of Kazan, which over the last decade has seen itself reborn as a banking and hi tech industry capital. From here travel to the heart of the Russian empire, St. Petersburg, with its incomparable grandeur.
Visit the local markets and see how economic sanctions are affecting the everyday lives of Russian people and experience the eclectic cuisine of Russia. You wll be accompanied by local guides in each city and will hear a series of talks from your tour leader, Dr Richard Marsh, giving you deeper insight into the history and contemporary life of this vast, contradictory and endlessly fascinating country.
Dr Richard Marsh has a long association with the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches. He is the author of Black Angels: The Art and Spirituality of Ethiopia, Prayers from the East and co-authored Millenium Challenges for Development and Faith Institutions. He works in the voluntary sector, building capacity and improving governance and impact. Richard has travelled extensively and is an experienced tour leader, having led many successful tours to many destinations. He lives in Co. Mayo, Ireland.
US $3,775 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)