Telegraph columnist and BBC world affairs editor John Simpson will lead a fascinating trip to Russia next year, giving guests first-hand insight into his experiences reporting from the country.
“Nowhere has the historical intensity of Russia - there is no finer, more fascinating destination,” says Simpson, who has travelled frequently to Moscow throughout his 45-year reporting career, observing it oscillate between peace and animosity numerous times.
“You really understand much more about Russia when you have seen it, when you’ve been there,” he continues. “That of course is true of everywhere, but in Russia in particular you start to get a glimpse into what makes the people the way they are.”
Following an itinerary that traverses the heartland of the world’s largest country, this Telegraph Exclusive Tour will showcase not only the landmarks and historic monuments of two of Russia’s most captivating cities, but also reveal the mesmerising vistas and waterways in between.
Guests will cruise from St Petersburg on the Neva River, via the ornate wooden ‘museum village’ of Mandrogi, the opulent Kirillo-Belozersky monastery, and the ancient treasures of Yaroslavl. The itinerary culminates in a three-night stay in the Russian capital, where John Simpson himself will join.
Simpson will share his experiences reporting from the country’s landmarks - including the Red Square - and reveal the historic events that have shaped modern-day Russia, as well as regaling guests with the highlights of his career.
Also joining the tour is award-winning author and leading expert on Russian history, Orlando Figes. He will meet guests in St Petersburg, a city that has played centre stage in many of the dramas that shaped Russia, to share his encyclopedic knowledge of the nation and its diverse historical culture.
This is an excellent opportunity to explore Russia’s fascinating recent history and the nation’s rich cultural tapestry, in the company of those who know it best.
Russian Revelations with John Simpson is provided by Scenic in partnership with The Telegraph. Departs 25 May 2018, from £4,725 per person. See here for more information and to book.