HERITAGE/ Literary Tours – The Aureole of Writers

Discover the literary past of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vienna. Experience the atmosphere of the Lake District where many of Beatrix Potter’s characters were born. Visit the home of Mark Twain and Flannery O’Connor.


Exploring the English Lake District in the Footsteps of Beatrix Potter

Joe McClain

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) was an English author, illustrator, mycologist and natural historian. She is known worldwide for her delightful series of children's stories with famous anthropomorphic characters such as: Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddle Duck, Benjamin Bunny, Mr. Tod, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle and Jeremy Fisher – all with a distinct personality and celebrating the British landscape and rural lifestyle. Potter’s 23 small format books with quality illustrations continue to sell g...

The Adventures of Mark Twain

Michael Trout

The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of America’s greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room ...

Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dostoevsky: Russian Literary Tours

Vanderlei J. Pollack

Russia is a great destination for literary tour lovers. Russian writers have always played a special role in spiritual, intellectual and political life of their readers. Russia has more literary museums than any other country in the world and its literary heritage gives a rich and varied texture to its cultural history. Literary tours take the traveler from the surreal streets of Bulgakov’s Moscow to the country estate of Tolstoy. Visitors can trace the steps of Raskolnikov through St. ...

Literati in Vienna: Experience the Atmosphere of Fin-de-siècle

Sara Thopson

Vienna in 1900 was a shimmering fabric composed of contradictions – such as “Dream and Reality” and “Death and Eros” – and some of the most prominent names in the history of European culture. The creative literary, artistic, architectural and musical talent concentrated in the city at the turn of the 20th century was unmatched. At that time, painters, musicians, architects, poets, journalists and other intellectuals met in Café Griensteidl, Café Central or Café Museum. Café Griensteidl The a...

Mystery and Manners in Savannah: Flannery O’Connor Tour

William Law

To read Flannery O'Connor's fiction is to be amused, provoked, and pushed to reconsider ourselves and our place in the world. A Roman Catholic and a native of Georgia, O'Connor created stories that inimitably blend humour, horror, and the mysteries of faith. While her writing is richly specific, evoking the dusty back roads and quirky characters of the American South, it deals powerfully with universal questions: What does it mean to be good? How should we live? What is the meaning of death? ...