Discover Moscow, Star City & the Blue Eye of Siberia!
Special savings of $500 pp for bookings by
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
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
Join us... as we discover
the delights of Moscow
Margaret M. Betchart
Betchart Expeditions Inc.
for AAAS, Sigma Xi & ACS
$5,995 Plus air.
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