Retrace the start of John Ledyard’s journey through Russia on a riveting, eight-night journey to Moscow and St. Petersburg, part of Dartmouth Alumni Travel’s 2019 Ledyard Explorer Series. Ledyard’s overland exploration of Russia took place at the urging of Thomas Jefferson and using funds from the Marquis de Lafayette. He traversed as far as Yakutsk, in eastern Siberia, before he was arrested and deported under the orders of Rusian Empress Catherine the Great. Moscow, stroll through the grounds of the Kremlin and admire the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral. View priceless collections of Russian art, jewelry and other treasures, with many pieces giving you a glimpse of the gilded lives of the czars. Visit opulent Metro stations to admire the chandeliers and artwork in the hallways. Travel by high-speed train to St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s imperial city. Stroll along the canals that have given the city its nickname, “Venice of the North.” Visit Peterhof and Catherine Palace. Discover the treasures of the State Hermitage Museum and go behind the scenes at the Mariinsky Theater. Travel to the countryside for lunch, a folk show and a vodka tasting at a dacha, a traditional country house.
Day 1: Depart gateway city
Day 2: Arrive in Moscow
Day 3: Moscow
Day 4: Moscow
Day 5: Moscow
Day 6: Train to St. Petersburg / St. Petersburg
Day 7: St. Petersburg
Day 8: St. Petersburg / Peterhof
Day 9: St. Petersburg
Day 10: Depart for gateway city
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
John Kopper is Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature. He came to Dartmouth in 1986, after teaching at UCLA. From 2000 to 2005 he served as Chair of Comparative Literature, and from 2008 to 2016 as Chair of the Russian Department, and for 15 years was one of the rotating directors of Humanities 1/2, an introduction to Western literature for first-year students. Co-editor of "Essays on the Art and Theory of Translation" and “A Convenient Territory: Russian Literature on the Edge of Modernism,” and translator of Boris Poplavsky’s novel “Apollon Bezobrazov,” he has also authored more than 30 articles on Modernist prose, literature and science, the Russian novel, symbolism, genre theory, and the classical roots of European literature. His special interests are Tolstoy, Nabokov, and Andrei Bely. In addition to teaching mainstays of the Russian curriculum, he has conducted the graduate writing seminar for Comparative Literature masters students, co-taught classes on the history of Prague, Russian women, and the literature and film of the Russo-Japanese War, and most recently taught his signature course, "Literature and Music." Kopper has led Dartmouth’s foreign study program in Saint Petersburg on numerous occasions.