The Changing Faces of Russia

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

Register now to hold your place on this tour and you can cancel with a 100% refund up to 60 days prior to departure* Take advantage of our early booking discount and book by February 28 to save $150 per person. 


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 meet with a wide range of Russians, including defenders and critics of Kremlin policies.

See the itinerary for complete details. Questions? Contact us via the form at the bottom of this page or call us at 212-209-5401.


  • Join an exclusive pre-trip conference call discussion covering the contemporary Russian political landscape with Nation editorial director and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel.
  • 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.
  • Meet with editors of Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s independent muckraking newspaper, and other independent media and cultural leaders.
  • Explore the Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, located in the Winter Palace, with a private guide.
  • Journey by high-speed train to Moscow where we’ll take a private escorted tour of the Kremlin, visit the remarkable Gulag Museum, and see Gorky Park. 
  • Attend a private concert with the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet at a beautifully preserved residence that was once home to a member of the Russian Imperial family.
  • Settle into the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, a 19th-century building just off Nevsky Prospekt and a short walk to the Winter Palace.
  • Enjoy the historic Metropol Hotel, built in 1907 and located next to Red Square, the Kremlin Towers, and the Bolshoi Theater.
  • 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.

See the itinerary for complete details. Questions? Contact us via the form at the bottom of this page or call us at 212-209-5401.


*Our travelers’ safety is paramount and if a trip cannot be operated after this date you will have the option of transferring all monies to the next scheduled departure OR receive a full refund minus a $750 credit that can be applied towards a trip in the next 24 months from the original date of departure. See individual tour terms for complete details.


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

The Nation purchases carbon offsets to cover the emissions generated by our travel program in order to help mitigate effects on the climate.


September 18 - 29, 2021


From $7,980