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Imperial Splendors of Russia

Trip Highlights

Experience the opulence of the age of czars on this eight-night adventure through Moscow and St. Petersburg. In Moscow, stride across Red Square, wonder at St. Basil’s swirling domes and discover the city’s beautiful Metro stations. Inside the Kremlin walls, glimpse gilded crowns, carriages and Faberge eggs. Visit Baroque Novodevichy Convent and its cemetery, the resting place of notables including Chekov and Khrushchev. Then, travel by high-speed rail to St. Petersburg, Russia’s cultured “window to Europe,” and stroll among the city’s canals and lavish cathedrals. Visit Peterhof, the palace of Peter the Great, and Catherine Palace, the splendid summer home of the Romanovs. Watch dancers warm up at the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet School, and view the masterworks at the famed State Hermitage Museum. Along the way, local experts share the secrets of Russia’s culture and heritage. Enjoy a country lunch and vodka tasting, an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner and first-class accommodations.


Day 1

Depart gateway city

Day 2

Arrive in Moscow

Day 3


Day 4


Day 5


Day 6

Board train | St. Petersburg

Day 7

St. Petersburg

Day 8

Peterhof | Catherine Palace

Day 9

St. Petersburg

Day 10

Depart for gateway city


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Imperial Splendors of Russia

Meet Your Trip Host

Tom Lyon

Thomas P. Lyon holds the Dow Chair of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce at the University of Michigan, with appointments in both the Ross School of Business and the School of Environment and Sustainability. From 2006-2011 he was Director of the University’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and from 2013-2017 he was Associate Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute. He is currently President of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), an international association of leading business schools with commitments to sustainability. Professor Lyon has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, the University of Bonn, UCLA, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Paris, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

Professor Lyon is a leader in using economic analysis to understand corporate environmental strategy and how it is shaped by emerging government regulations, non-governmental organizations, and consumer demands. His book Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy, published by Cambridge University Press, was the first rigorous economic analysis of this increasingly important topic. Professor Lyon earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and his doctorate at Stanford University. His current research focuses on corporate environmental information disclosure, greenwashing, and environmental activism.

Professor Lyon has participated in several previous trips with the Alumni Association, including to the Greek Islands, Antarctica, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos, and Scotland and Norway. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, swimming, cooking, and playing cello.

Recent Publications:

• “CSR Needs CPR: Corporate Sustainability and Politics,” California Management Review, 2018, 60(4): 5-24. Winner of Best Article Award, 2019.
• “A Theory of Multi-Tier Ecolabel Competition,” (with Carolyn Fischer), Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2019.
• “Not a Drop to Drink?: Drinking Water Quality, System Ownership, and Stakeholder Attention,” (with A. Wren Montgomery and Dan Zhao), Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 2018.
• “Salience Games: Private Politics when Public Attention is Limited,” (with Anthony Heyes and Steve Martin), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2018.
• “The Means and End of Greenwash,” (with A. Wren Montgomery), Organization and Environment, 2015.
• “Corporate Environmental Strategies in Emerging Economies,” (with Dietrich Earnhart and Madhu Khanna), Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2014.

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  • July 22–31, 2020
(10 days)
Starting price: $3,795
if booked by 11/17/19 + air + taxes; singles $4,550
Deposit per person: $600
Type: Land

You must be an Alumni Association member to travel with us. Questions? Call Michigan Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064.

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