The Changing Faces of Russia

A unique opportunity to meet Russian historians, cultural and political figures, and independent thought leaders.

At this pivotal moment in US-Russian relations, The Nation continues to believe in the power of direct people-to-people interaction as an essential way to foster more productive dialogue and support and maintain peaceful relations between nations.  Please join us on our latest trip to Russia—feed your curious mind and adventurous spirit while gaining insight into Russia’s culture, history, politics and people.

We’ll travel to St. Petersburg and Moscow on a unique excursion specially curated for Nation readers. We’ve designed a distinctive program, calling on our network of contacts and connections in Russia, that promises to offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a country at the very center of today’s geopolitics. We’ll be immersed in Russian culture, history, and politics with behind-the-scenes tours to museums and private visits with Russian historians, political, media and cultural figures. During our visit, participants will have the chance to meet with defenders and critics of Kremlin policies.

After we fly into St. Petersburg, we’ll check in to the 19th-century five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. We’ll then spend five days touring the renowned sights of this historic city and its surroundings, from the Hermitage and the Nevsky Prospekt to the Grand Palace and gardens of Peterhof, followed by private meetings with distinguished historians, cultural leaders, curators and professors. After taking a high-speed train to Moscow, we’ll travel to the city of Sergiyev Posad and the Trinity Lava of St. Sergius, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a destination that brings medieval Russia to life with its stimulating mixture of the country’s most celebrated architecture, iconic paintings, and unique cultural activities.

In Moscow, we’ll stay at the historic Metropol Hotel. Built in 1907, this architectural  jewel is located next to Red Square, the Kremlin Towers, and the Bolshoi Theater. We’ll take a private escorted tour of the Kremlin, and meet with Pavel Palazhchenko (Mikhail Gorbachev’s longtime interpreter and colleague) as well as independent media and cultural leaders. We’ll also visit the emotionally powerful Gulag Museum, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Gorky Park, and the famed Novodevichy Cemetary.

This all-inclusive trip costs $7,690 per person double occupancy ($1,670 single supplement) and includes five nights at the five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, five nights at the Moscow Metropol Hotel, all transportation within Russia, all tours, seminars, lectures, a welcome cocktail party, most of your meals, and numerous other curated events and activities.


  • Join an exclusive pre-trip conference call discussion covering the contemporary Russian political landscape with Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and Princeton and NYU Professor Emeritus and Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen
  • Settle into the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, a 19th-century building just off Nevsky Prospekt, a short walk to the Winter Palace.
  • Tour the 42 islands of St. Petersburg on a private canal boat. Experience the stunning city by gliding under ornate bridges.
  • Review the Gorbachev years with Pavel Palazhchenko, the longtime principal interpreter and colleague of Mikhail Gorbachev, with a discussion of the US-Soviet summit talks that led to the end of the Cold War.
  • Explore the Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, located in the Winter Palace, with a private guide.
  • Experience the Kremlin on a specially curated early-morning visit free of crowds. Walk through Red Square, with its vastness, beauty, and magnificent monuments of Russian architecture.
  • Visit Bunker 42 and have a private tour of the underground shelter built in 1956 to house top Soviet leadership in case of nuclear war.
  • Dine in fine restaurants, enjoying classic Russian cuisine and traditional fare such as dumplings, borscht, and shashlyik, as well as modern Russian cooking, while sampling the world’s finest vodkas.
  • And much more. View the full itinerary here.

100% of the proceeds from our travel programs support The Nation’s journalism.


August 27–September 7, 2018


From $7,690