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Discover Moscow, Star City & the Blue Eye of Siberia!

Special savings of $500 pp for bookings by March 22nd!
June 21–July 3, 2013

We invite you to join us for this wonderful opportunity to explore Moscow and Lake Baikal, traveling on board the 30 passenger M/V Vampilov on Lake Baikal.

Leading the expedition will be Dr. Victor Kuzevanov along with a team of Russian scientists.

Our 13-day journey will begin in Moscow where we will discover the enchantment of Moscow’s Kremlin, with its frescoed Archangel Cathedral, Armory Museum, political offices, and historic buildings. We will have a special visit to Star City, where Russia’s cosmonauts and astronauts from many countries train.

We will then fly to Irkutsk, the “Paris of Siberia,” with striking gold-domed churches and wooden homes with blue and green shutters.

At Lake Baikal, we will board M/V Vampilov, a comfortable ship with modest accommodations for 26 participants plus leaders.

We will venture more than 250 miles up Lake Baikal. The Russian “Galapagos Islands,” Baikal is the single richest location in Russia for endemism, a fabulous reservoir of unique flora and fauna. Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake in the world, and stores nearly 20% of the freshwater on earth. It contains more than 1,500 species unique to Baikal, and hundreds more endemics on the surrounding mountainsides.

Our visit will include Pribaikalsky and Zabaikalsky National Parks; Maloe More, the “small sea” and Olkhon Island, to visit the fishing village, school, and museum.

We will walk along the marble headlands of Baikal’s famous “Shaman Rock” and explore the Ushkanyi Islands, home to the “nerpa” seals of Lake Baikal.

Join us... as we discover the delights of Moscow and Siberia!

Best regards,

Margaret M. Betchart
Betchart Expeditions Inc.
for AAAS, Sigma Xi & ACS

$5,995 Plus air.

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