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June 17, 2000
From journal Culture and Art tour of St. Petersburg
June 6, 2000
Because of Dr. Donnelly’s incredible interest in Russian art, the tour focuses on the great contributions Russians have made to the art world. The group leader was at his best when he took us through the Russian State Museum of Art. He narrated that tour with great knowledge and animation thus making each painting interesting.
Of course we also saw many of the things that any other tour would focus on such as St. Issacc’s Cathedral and The Peter and Paul Fortress. The itinerary for the trip was very ambitious, and I doubt any other commercial tour could cover any more of the city (if as much) in the same period of time (ten days).
It has to be said, too, that Dr. Donnelly is a completely colorful character with a sharp wit and light-hearted propensity to tease. When our Atlanta, Georgia travel group arrived at the airport, Dr. Donnelly made sure a small Russian band was there loudly playing Dixie! This music followed us throughout the tour as our group leader paid many, many sidewalk musicians to strike up this same tune.
I know for a fact that many of the individuals involved in the tour group that I went to Russia with chose St. Petersburg as a destination spot because of Dr. Donnelly. Not to say the tour was perfect (does such a creature exist?), but great pains were taken to meet certain individual’s needs. For instance, we liked going to night clubs, and we were given the option of taking a Russian guide with us if we needed one.
Most people going on one of Dr. Donnelly’s tours are retirees with a great interest in culture and time to travel whenever they want to. My husband and I are in our late twenties, however, which gave way to an experience in-and-of itself. We found that many of our travel companions were very young at heart, and we were astounded by how much they knew about, well, everything. It was like having bonus guides along for the ride!
The tour was great fun and well worth the money. The price included lodging, airfare, meals and tickets. Tourists pay for alcohol. (Bottled water is provided with each meal to guard against dehydration. There is a lot of walking involved!!!)
A one night lay-over in Zurich was also included (see my Switzerland Travel Journal!)
A Travel Package can be customized for small groups or couples who do not want to travel in a large company but would like to have a "personal tour guide" who speaks Russian to help them better enjoy their vacation.
From journal Peter’s City