Treasures of Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg – a Tour

In our Russian Century lectures over 6 weeks, Dr. Leonard Friesen and his wife, Mary, gave us a 100 year historical tour from Tsar Nicholas to President Putin and some insight into Russian life and people. He mentioned many places in Russia and in particular, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Having lived in Moscow, they enjoy unique and different places which they like to share. The Friesens  are leading a tour this summer.

To quote Len (as he likes to be called) –
“Mary and I lead tours as a labour of love, and we especially enjoy working through a company that favours small group-sized travel.  I also value that we go beyond the tourist sights so that we can get on city buses and sip coffee in cafes that will be filled with Russians, and no tourists.” 

Please Note: This tour information is provided because a number of our members asked about the tours Mary and Len lead which were mentioned in the lectures. GTLLI is not connected with nor promoting these tours or the company, TourMagination. For information on the company, go to their website and read their About Us.

Treasures of Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg
Explore the cultural and architectural riches of Russia in St. Petersburg and Moscow and explore its Soviet past. Gain a full understanding of the Mennonite experience in Ukraine through a consideration of the land of Lenin, Stalin, and the Tsars.

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