Visit four distinct nations and experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the imperial riches of St. Petersburg.

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 The palace and fountains at the Romanov summer palace at Peterhof  Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg  Gallery inside the world-class Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg  Viewing the treasures of the Hermitage Museum  View of St. Petersburg from the Neva River, with the dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral  The magnificent interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg  Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania  The architecture of the Old Town of Vilnius, Lithuania  A medieval castle in Trakai, Lithuania  The turrets and spires of Tallinn's Old Town, a World Heritage site, in Estonia  The Old Town of Estonia's Tallinn  Cityscape of Riga, Latvia  A main square in Riga, Latvia, with the House of the Blackheads  The palace of Rundale, Latvia  The ballroom of Rundale Palace  Gardens at Rundale Palace

St. Petersburg and the Baltics

14 days from $4,998 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Visit four distinct nations and experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the imperial riches of St. Petersburg.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

May 12 - 25, 2018 Departure
Nadieszda Kizenko

Nadieszda Kizenko

Nadieszda Kizenko teaches Russian and East European History at the State University of New York at Albany.  She received degrees in Russian History and Literature at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the Harriman Institute. Prof. Kizenko explores the intersection of nations and empires, of history and culture, and the extent to which religion has been a constituent element of national and imperial identity.  She has long been fascinated by how the three Baltic nations succeeded in keeping their distinctive identities even when ruled by Germans, Poles, and Russians. For Russia in particular, the three nations have meant a very specific form of access to Europe—and opposition to it.

Prof. Kizenko’s research, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences Research Council, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, has allowed her to publish widely on questions of religion as an instrument of empire.  Her first book, A Prodigal Saint:  Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People, won the Heldt Prize; a recent article, “The Feminization of Patriarchy?”, won the Best Article award from Association for the Study of Eastern Christianity.  Prof. Kizenko is currently writing a history of confession in the Russian empire.

Jul 31 - Aug 13, 2018 Departure; Sep 24 - Oct 7, 2019 Departure
Pamela Kachurin

Pamela Kachurin

Pamela Kachurin is an art historian specializing in Russian and Soviet art and architecture. Having first traveled to the Soviet Union before 1991, Dr. Kachurin has been able to witness the remarkable changes since then. She has traveled and worked in Uzbekistan, Belarus, and the major cities of Russia. Dr. Kachurin has conducted wide-ranging research on Russian and Soviet artists at Russia’s museums, archival repositories, and libraries. She is the author of “Making Modernism Soviet”, published by Northwestern University Press in 2013, as well as numerous articles, book reviews and encyclopedia essays on Russian and Soviet art. She was the curator of "Designing the Modern Utopia" an exhibition of Soviet-era textiles at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Kachurin currently works with the Russian collection at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and has lectured widely in the US and abroad.

Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2018 Departure
Charles Ingrao

Charles Ingrao

Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is a professor emeritus of history at Purdue University, where he has taught a broad range of courses on the European World. He has published twelve books and given over a hundred public lectures to academic, governmental, and military audiences across North America and Central Europe. Charles has also been a regular commentator for print, radio, and television media, including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS).

May 7 - 20, 2019 Departure
Bertrand Patenaude

Bertrand Patenaude

Dr. Bertrand Patenaude is an expert in modern European history and international relations at Stanford University, where he is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Dr. Patenaude has lectured throughout Europe and has led several study tours on the Danube, including his first trip for Smithsonian Journeys in 1991. He first came to the region as a student in Vienna, during his Junior Year Abroad in 1975-76, and he spent a year as a graduate student at the University of Vienna in 1977-78. He received his BA from Boston College and his MA and PhD from Stanford University. Dr. Patenaude is the author and editor of several books on European, Russian, and American history. His most recent book is Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, which was serialized for radio in Great Britain by the BBC. His first book, The Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in the Famine of 1921 (Stanford University Press, 2002), won the 2003 Marshall Shulman Book Prize and has been made into a documentary film for Public Television. He taught for eight years in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where his outstanding performance as a classroom instructor was recognized with the Schieffelin Award for Teaching Excellence for two consecutive years.

Jul 30 - Aug 12, 2019 Departure
Denis Crnković

Denis Crnković

Denis Crnković grew up in Lancaster, Penna,. in an immigrant Croatian and German family. The Crnković family history dates well back to the Renaissance in coastal Croatia and many of Denis’ relatives still live in Zagreb and the surrounding area where they continue to tend the ancestral vineyards. In Lancaster he attended Franklin & Marshall College, earning an A.B. in Russian Language & Literature. On finishing his PhD in Slavic Literatures (Yale 19850 , he studied at St Petersburg – then Leningrad – State University and, after a one-year teaching appointment at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., he accepted a position at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota, where he has ever since been Director of the Russian and Eastern European Studies Program. In his years there he has taken numerous January term study tours to Central Europe and Russia and taught the Gustavus Semester Abroad in Pécs, Hungary. His research and writing center on Slavic literatures and cultures, particularly on the Croatian middle ages, although he has published articles on later Croatian literature, Russian modernism and Dostoevsky. He is also an accomplished amateur letterpress printer and his research has often been a happy confluence of his Slavic studies and his fascination with early printed books. Besides his scholarly and pedagogical interests, Prof. Crnković is also an amateur musician who has sung with the Lancaster (Penna.), Musica Sacra, the Yale Russian Chorus, the Te Deum Gregorian Choir, and the Schola Gregoriana Ss Petri & Pauli dedicata