UMM Plans Spring 2011 Trip to Russia

May tour will include stops in Estonia and Finland

RussiaMACHIAS, ME – The University of Maine at Machias has announced that it will offer an 10-day trip to Russia in the spring of 2011 for both students and community members. The trip will run May 16 – 26, 2011, and is being organized by UMM psychology professor Meghan Duff.

The trip will include tours around the Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and brief visits to the nearby countries of Estonia and Finland. Many famous landmarks will be visited, including the Kremlin, Red Square, Square of Cathedrals, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Ivan’s Bell Tower, and Armory Palace Museum, all in Moscow; the St. Petersburg sites of the Peter and Paul Fortress, Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospeckt, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, and Tikhvin Cemetary; City Hall, Herman Tower, Old Town, and the Parliament, in Tallinn, Estonia; and several city landmarks, including Temppeliaukio Church, City Museum, and Finland’s Parliament House, in Helsinki, Finland.

To prepare for the trip, all travelers will meet a number of times as a group and discuss travel plans, cultural expectations, and other essentials. There will also be opportunities throughout the 2010-2011 academic year to learn more about Russia and prepare for the trip. Duff will teach a beginning Russian language and culture class during the spring 2011 semester, and will feature guest speakers on art, history, literature, film, and more. With additional work and planning, students may take the trip to earn college credit.

The trip is open to anyone 10 years of age and older. Minors will need parental permission to register. The tour fee includes airfare, ground transportation, all breakfasts and dinners, cost of the full-time tour director, entrance fee for local attractions, and hotel stays. Duff encourages anyone interested in the trip to register as soon as possible. Discounts are provided to travelers who sign up early.

For travel details, costs, and other information, please contact Meghan Duff at (207) 255-1227 or, or visit the links below.

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