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July 4, 2009: St. Petersburg, Russia

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Viking river cruisePeter is broadcasting his radio show this Saturday from on board Viking River Cruises’ Viking Surkov in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Featured guests include:

Blogger/columnist Chris Elliott, discussing á la carte pricing from airlines, and the new rules regarding pilot flight hours.

Geraldine Norman, director of the U.K.-based Friends of the Hermitage Club and author of The Hermitage, giving us a peek into the museum’s secret rooms and the items that aren’t available for public viewing.

Chris Epting, author of The Birthplace Book, sharing some “must-see” places in America, from the birthplace of baseball, to the future birthplace of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk.

Mihail Torich, features editor for Time Out St. Petersburg, dishing on the city’s  underground art, music and food scene.

Michelle Higgins, “Practical Traveler” columnist for the New York Times, telling us about the next best budget destination, Australia.

St. Petersburg historian Igor Bogdanov, talking about his favorite places in the city, including the popular but little-publicized Water Museum.

Philip C. Stittleburg, chairman of the National Volunteer Fire Council, reminding us why volunteers firefighters are the backbone of America, and how we can continue to support them.

Russian culture expert Andrei Zonin, talking about the country’s 150 museums, 50 theaters and numerous festivals.

Karen Schaler, author of Travel Therapy, discussing why you should travel, and how to figure out what destination would suit you best.

Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of, updating us on why river cruising is finally catching on and where the best deals are.

Vladimir Bakanov, restaurateur and expert in Russian cuisine, discussing food, the best places to eat, and his future plans for new eateries in St. Petersburg.