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WIU Alumni Russia Trip

April 5, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University alumni, friends and anyone interested in seeing Russia are in for a trip of a lifetime this summer.

WIU Alumni Programs staff and Agriculture Professor John Carlson will lead the "Discover Russia" trip July 25-Aug. 5. The trip has been developed from successful student trips to Russia that Carlson has led in the past, with many of the same places to be visited. Carlson, who has traveled to Russia 30 times, will work with local tour guides to enhance the trip.

According to Jana Knupp, associate director of alumni programs, individuals can expect to learn about Russian culture and agriculture and visit historic cathedrals, museums and monuments.

The 12-day trip will take participants to such historic sites as Sergeiv Posad, Sparrow Overlook, Red Square, the Kremlin, Christ the Savior Cathedral and the Cathedral of Spilled Blood. The trip will also include time in the Hermitage Art Museum, one of the largest museums in the world, and a visit to Peterhof, Peter the Great's summer home. Participants will also visit a Russian farm project in the Dmitrov region, where a Wisconsin dairy farmer manages the operation; the ACDI-VOCA's Moscow office; and agricultural sites near Ryazan.

Prior to departure, Alumni Programs will send participants an informational CD to help prepare for the trip. The CD will include information on Russian culture, customs, history, language and specific information, such as how to navigate the Moscow subway.

Cost is $3,025 per person, with a $25 discount if paying by check or cash. The trip includes airfare, inland transportation, daily breakfasts, hotel accommodations, entrance fees to all planned attractions and guides.

For more information, visit To register for the trip by the Friday, May 18 deadline, visit or call

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