LENINGRAD, U.S.S.R. -- Samantha Smith, the 11-year-old American guest of President Yuri Andropov, placed red roses at a monument to Soviets who died in the Nazi siege of Leningrad and then went to bed, worn out from her journey.
Samantha, from Manchester, Maine, arrived in a drizzle in Leningrad Wednesday after four days in the sun-drenched Crimea.
Exchanging the uniform she donned at the Young Pioneers communist youth camp in Yalta for the informal garb of tourist, Samantha and her parents, Arthur and Jane Smith, took a three-hour flight to the Soviet Union's second largest city.
The Smiths were greeted upon their arrival in Leningrad by schoolchildren and then rode in a black Chaiak limousine to a monument commemorating those who died during the city's siege by Nazi Germany's forces during World War II.
After placing red roses at the monument, Samantha retired early to her hotel room to ward off the exhaustion that has plagued her in the first six days of her all-expenses paid, two-week vacation. She arrived in Moscow last Friday.
During her stay in the former imperial city built by Peter the Great on the Neva River, Samantha's itinerary will include a tour of Leningrad's famous museums. Her complete schedule has not been disclosed.
On Saturday, she and her parents will return to Moscow. No definite schedule has been set but Samantha is expected to try to meet with Andropov before she leaves for home next week.
The ailing Soviet leader invited Samantha to visit the Soviet Union after she wrote to him in April expressing her concern over the nu:lear arms build-up.
She began the day Wednesday in Yalta at the Artek camp, the Soviet Union's largest Young Pioneers camp for the children of ranking Communist Party officials. She arrived there last weekend.
Accompanied by an entourage of Soviet and Western reporters, including two television crews from her home state, she rode to the state collective farm outside Simferopol.
Wearing a red-and-white sun dress, she waded through a peach orchard to find a table covered with the fruit produced around her. She sampled plums, tangerines and peaches but seized upon the red raspberries.
'Slow down,' her mother said as Samantha popped berry after berry into her mouth.
'I didn't have any breakfast,' Samantha responded in protest.
She also toured the farm's teaching center, signing the visitors book: 'To the vocational school of the Crimea, your fruits are delicious. Good luck and best wishes from Samantha Smith.'