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Conference program at Hotel with different activities at St.Petersburg

10 September  2020

The Conference program includes the following options: Ice-Hockey, Russian Cusine master class, Backstage tour to the theatre, Paintball, and others.

 

Morning Activities
08:00 — 13:00

Lunch
13:00 — 14:00

Afternoon Activities
14:00 — 19:00

Dinner Evening Activities
19:00 — 00:00

Day 1
25 Sep
2020
Fri

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg WeatherForecast

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg Description

 

PILLOW GIFTS RECOMMENDATION:

PILLOW GIFT FOR ARRIVAL — MATRESHKA WITH LOGO

Pillow gift for arrival: VODKA Collection sets

15:10 Arrival to Pulkovo Airport

OPTIONAL: Vodka Tasting at Museum of Russian Vodka — located in the same building as Russian Vodka Room

OPTIONAL: Bread & Salt Ceremony before dinner

19:00 Welcome dinner at Russian Vodka Room № 1 — 10 minutes from the hotel on foot

Day 2
26 Sep
2020
Sat

09:00 — 13:00 Angleterre Hotel Conference Half Day

13:00 Lunch at Petrov-Vodkin Russian Tapas Bar & Restaurant

13:00 City Sightseeing tour

15:00 Hermitage State Museum

17:30 Spilled Blood Church

18:30 Kazan Cathedral visit

Peter & Paul Fortress from outside

20:00 Dinner at Petrousha Russian Restaurant — 10 minutes from the hotel on foot

Day 3
27 Sep
2020
Sun

09:00-13:00 Morning Conference

 

13:00 — 18:00 Transport & Guide (5 hours)

13:30 Lunch at Stroganoff Steak House

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTIVITIES:

1/ Ice- hockey match with a local team

2/ BRANDED Mega PUZZLE Masterpiece (6 m X 10 m) created together with St. Petersburg Local Artists

3/ Master-class of Russian Cusine

4/ Paintball

5/ St. Petersburg Mosaic — 5 Steps to know the City & it’s regular life

6/ Canal & River Tour (1 hour duration)

7/ Backstage tour — Mikhailovsky theatre

8/ Submarine Museum S-189 visit

20:00 Farewell dinner at Stroganoff Palace at RUSSIAN AMPIR Restaurant (with Welcome cocktail served at secret underground rooms)

RECOMMENDATION FOR ENTERTAINMENT DURING THE DINNER:

1/ Opera singer

2/ Child Prodigy

3/ Classical quartette

Day 4
28 Sep
2020
Mon

St. Isaac's Cathedral visit to take pictures one for the road

Departure from the hotel to Pulkovo Airport

 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 Angleterre — Rocco Forte Hotels 4*

Angleterre Hotel, one of the most historic hotels in St Petersburg, is located in the city’s very heart next to St Isaac’s Cathedral. Angleterre Hotel is managed by Rocco Forte Hotels and is the member of WORLDHOTELS Deluxe collection. Within easy walking distance of St Petersburg's major attractions, Angleterre, with its welcoming hospitality, high level of service and 21st century comforts, is the ideal choice for your next trip to the romantic Venice of the North whether you are travelling for business or pleasure. A Unique Location

192 bedrooms and suites Designed by Olga Polizzi Combines the classic with the contemporary, blending Russian and European furniture and accessories Many of rooms offer a magnificent view to St Isaac’s Cathedral Accommodation. 64 Classic Rooms 63 Executive Rooms 34 Deluxe Rooms 14 Superior Deluxe Rooms 3 Studio 3 Junior Suites 2 Deluxe Suites Our Rooms and Suites.

The restaurant faithfully preserves the traditions of authentic Italian cuisine With its smart interior and relaxed atmosphere, it is the perfect place to meet, dine and unwind Borsalino Restaurant

The stylish interiors of the Gallery and its superb views of St Isaac’s Cathedral make it a classic and much-loved corner of St Petersburg Enjoy traditional Italian aperitif with fantastic Aperol Spritz with delicious antipasti plate Meeting Facilities: 7 Meeting Rooms: Anna Pavlova 1 Anna Pavlova 2 Borsalino Private 1 Borsalino Private 2 Bulgakov Esenin Malevich and Conference Hall (amphitheatre auditorium)

Cinema Lounge located on the ground floor of Angleterre Hotel and has 186 seats Here guests can see the festival and auteur cinema All films are shown in original language with Russian subtitles Cinema is open every day on evenings and on weekends during all day Angleterre Cinema Lounge.

 OPTIONAL: Astoria Rocco Forte Hotels 5*

Luxurious Rocco Forte's Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg, captures the essence of Russia with an authentic experience steeped in comfort and elegance. Rocco Forte's five-star tribute to sophisticated travelling reflects the noble history of St Petersburg, with interiors scrupulously designed to recreate the grandeur synonymous with this historic city. Hotel Astoria occupies an unrivalled setting in St Isaac's Square at the hub of St Petersburg's vibrant city Centre. St Isaac's Cathedral stands opposite Hotel Astoria, and the renowned Hermitage Museum is only a short walk away.

Complementing the beauty and heritage of St Petersburg, the 210 rooms including 42 suites at Hotel Astoria are carefully furnished with comfort and tranquility in mind. Contemporary facilities share a harmonious space with elegant decor, luxurious marble bathrooms and, in many rooms, breathtaking views over St Isaac's Square.

Rocco Forte's Hotel Astoria is not only the ideal resting place for leisure visitors to this historic city. Business travelers are welcomed with extensive conference and exhibition facilities that include all the latest technological resources. As many as 450 guests can be accommodated in comfort and luxury, enjoying stylish and practical meeting rooms alongside the superior leisure facilities and fine dining that make Hotel Astoria one of the most sought-after hotels in St Petersburg.

 

DAY 1 

 PILLOW GIFTS RECOMMENDATION:

Souvenirs from Russia are your momentos from an adventure.

We are pleased to offer fine hand-crafted traditional Russian gifts and souvenir items.

We feature hand painted Russian «matryoshka» nesting dolls and eggs, «Golden Khokhloma» style wooden tableware and lacquered jewelry boxes; along with many other fine examples of traditional Russian folk art from the regions around St. Petersburg, Moscow, Semenov, Nishniy Novgorod, Sergiev Posad, Nolinsk, and Maidan.

In Russia you'll find souvenirs that fit your personality, the style of your home, and your budget.

Several suggestions. Rates include delivery to the hotel.

— Book of St. Petersburg in hard cover;

  • Matryoshka Doll.

These dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls, are a favorite Russian souvenir. They come in the traditional styles—girls with flowered dresses and headscarves—or more whimsical designs. The more intricately painted and the more dolls nested, the higher the price.

— Bottle of Russian Vodka inside Matreshka;

-Khokhloma Souvenirs.

This gorgeous folk art is often scoffed at as being too common for the discerning tourist, but the typical red, gold, and black floral and berry designs date back hundreds of years. These symbolic colors were originally used for religious purposes. The designs on Khokhloma bowls, spoons, or other objects are hardly ordinary—it’s possible to find ones that rival even Gzhel ceramic designs!

— Russian hand-made dolls in traditional national costumes.

Heads and hands of dolls are made of porcelain and hand painted. These dolls are dressed in national costumes which reflect traditions of specific regions of old Russia.

— Lacquer boxes are special Russian souvenirs.

Lacquer miniatures and boxes from Russian Palekh, Mstera, Kholui and Fedoskino are known all over the world. Traditions of lacquer box painting came to Russia from the Western countries in 17century. Since the beginning of 19 century there were many Russian native factories that produced lacquered articles painted in own styles. Old traditions of lacquer box painting still are alive.

and other souvenirs of high quality.

-Fur-Hat.

An ushanka is a Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, or tied at the chin to protect the ears from the cold. In the English-speaking world, it is referred to as a shapka, from the Russian language word for «hat». Ushanka literally translates as «ear-flaps hat». Though Russian hat ushankas are a distinctly Russian hat the wearing of fur caps of similar design is common throughout China, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ushankas are also seen in American cities during cold winter months, especially in cities that have a sizeable East European immigrant population. In 1991, with the fall of the Soviet Union came the first wave of commercially imported Russian winter hats into the United States. Ushankas are often made from cheap sheepskin (tsigeyka), rabbit or muskrat fur, though artificial fur hats are also manufactured. Artificial fur has sometimes been referred to as «fish fur» since the material has no relation to any real fur.

and small gifts like magnits, key-charms and others.

 PILLOW GIFT FOR ARRIVAL — MATRESHKA WITH LOGO

These dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls, are a favorite Russian souvenir. They come in the traditional styles—girls with flowered dresses and headscarves—or more whimsical designs. The more intricately painted and the more dolls nested, the higher the price.

Arrival to Pulkovo Airport

Pulkovo Airport  (IATA: LED, ICAO: ULLI) is an international airport serving Saint Petersburg, Russia. Pulkovo is the 3rd busiest in Russia after Moscow's Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports. A new terminal is located directly to the north of the Terminal 1 and contains 18 gates, it is capable of supporting up to 17 million passengers annually. The new terminal is easier to navigate, compared to most of the other European airports, and is the most aesthetically pleasing terminal in Northern Europe. Airport is located on the way to Pushkin (Catherine’s Palace) and Pavlovsk. It takes approximately from 30 min to 1 hour and half to go from city center to the airport, depending on traffic situation.

• IMMIGRATION: Immigration Forms that should be duly filled in and delivered to the immigration officer that will stamp the form upon arrival and should be registered in the hotel and submitted upon departure to the Immigration Officer. Passport and Immigration Forms will be needed and collected upon check-in at the hotel and could be given back the same evening / following morning at the reception

• CUSTOMS: Customs Forms should be filled in for Arrival & Departure in case of carrying currency in cash over USD 3000 (for foreigners) and in order to be given permission to bring cash back while departure from Russia. In case of carrying an access amount these forms should be stamped by the customs at the Red Line «Goods To Declare». All other passengers will go at the Green Lane «Nothing to Declare». In case of lost luggage the person must proceed to Lost & Found and declare luggage arrived and luggage except. Due to security reasons Lost Luggage must be retrieved personally with Identification

• ARRIVAL: Guide will be waiting for the group in the lobby area with the welcome sign. Transfer to the city is approximately 45min — 1 hour and half, depending on traffic.

• LUGGAGE ASSITANCE (preordered): Luggage can be delivered from the Lobby Area after customs according to below portage prices. Luggage can also be delivered from the luggage belt to the bus after identification by each passanger.

 OPTIONAL: Vodka Tasting at Museum of Russian Vodka — located in the same building as Russian Vodka Room

Russian Vodka Museum was opened in 2009 in a new location on Konnogvardeysky Boulevard under the same roof with the restaurant Russian Vodka Room # 1.

Complex is situated in the very heart of St. Petersburg near St. Isaac’s Square. Russian Vodka Museum is the first museum in Russia and in the world dedicated exclusively to Vodka. Its exhibition tells about the drink which has been an integral part and essential attribute of Russian life for centuries.

The museum gives a fascinating insight into the Russian history, culture and drinking traditions. During the guided tour around museum the guests will listen to about the vodka’s origin, Russian dining traditions, Russian vodka Kings and get to understand close link between the history of Russian State and the history of this strong drink.

Museum tour includes: excursion and tasting.

Timing:

20 min — excursion

20 min — vodka tasting

20 min — shopping souvenirs

Working hours — from 12a.m. till 19 p.m. After 19 p.m. tasting room works as a small casual bar.

Recommended to combine with lunch or dinner in Russian Vodka Room #1 or Stroganoff Steak House.

 OPTIONAL: Bread & Salt Ceremony before dinner

Bread and Salt Ceremony is one of the oldest Russian traditions. When important, respected or admired guests arrive, they were greeted by young women in traditional costumes with a loaf of bread placed on a rushnik (embroidered towel). A salt holder or a salt cellar is placed on top of the bread loaf or secured in a hole on the top of the loaf.

The tradition originated as a folk custom in western Russia. As a sign of hospitality, when the emperor or empress visited their towns, merchants and gentry would present a loaf of bread placed on a round dish covered with an embroidered towel. The ceremony also was used prior to the marriage of a landowner when he traveled to each village on his estate, introducing his new bride to the peasants. The ceremony symbolized that the couple would never be without the necessities of life.

The tradition still is practiced, both in Russia (occasionally at weddings) and by descendants of Russians living in other countries (bread and salt is brought to a family member or friend when they move into a new home).

Man and woman, dressed in Russian national costumes serve Bread & Salt, while a folklore trio is playing and singing. The Ceremony is perfect in combination with the welcome reception during check – in (glass of champagne or a shot of Russian vodka). Ceremony duration is 20-30 min.

 19:00 Welcome dinner at Russian Vodka Room № 1 — 10 minutes from the hotel on foot

The restaurant was opened in September 2008 under the same roof as the museum of Russian vodka. The restaurant and museum are located in the center of the city next to St. Isaac's Cathedral in the historic building of the Hussars Regiment.

It is a typical restaurant offering traditional Russian cuisine. It is the only restaurant in the city that offers only traditional Russian dishes.

The interior of the restaurant corresponds to the 1950s in Russia, creating a calm and comfortable atmosphere. The restaurant offers a wide variety of traditional Russian dishes. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of different kinds of vodka.

 

DAY 2 — 26th September 2020, Saturday

 09:00 — 13:00 Angleterre Hotel Conference Half Day

The Angleterre hotel, in the heart of the historical & business centers of St.-Petersburg, provides extensive conference and business resources to arrange from an informal meeting to a major international conference. The congress hall, designed in the traditional amphitheatre style can accommodate up to 205 guests. It is equipped with the following latest audio-visual facilities: 4 languages simultaneous interpretation system, large video screen, microphones & loudspeakers. The hotel also offers 8 private meeting rooms with the capacity for up to 100 guests for any event. Rooms are with and without day light.

 13:00 City Sightseeing tour

St. Petersburg city tour includes general city tour with main city attractions. You will pass the Canals, view of the many beautiful palaces facing the Neva River. St. Petersburg is the fourth largest city in Europe, has its old city part and modern part. City in spite of according to European measurements is a rather young city. During the tour you will get acquainted with the rather small and concentrated city center (around the Nevsky Prospect, Neva River, St. Isaacs Square and peter & Paul Fortress with its many canals and bridges and land marks such as St. Isaacs Cathedral, The Church on Spilled Blood, the Kazan Cathedral, the Singer Sewing machine Head Quarters- today the House of books — Dom Knigi, the Neva River, The Hermitage and the Winter Palace to mentioned a few of the possible spots that you will be surrounded of. During the tour several picture stops are done as well as an eventual opportunity to stop for souvenirs if time allows. City tour could be combined with a short visit to one of the many museums or canal trip by boat in summer.

 13:00 Lunch at Petrov-Vodkin Russian Tapas Bar & Restaurant — for group up to 90 pax

From veteran Petersburg restaurateur Igor Meltzer comes new Russian-style tapas bar and restaurant, Petrov-Vodkin. Walls splashed with the colors of reproduction paintings by the restaurant’s namesake artist form the backdrop to a dining experience delivered by the mastermind behind La Perla, Chef Stanislav Potemkin. Think herring with mustard and egg on rye, and horseradish with cucumber and boiled ham as tapas; Kuril sea scallops, rock oysters and crab from Kamchatka as part of the seafood spread; and traditional aspic, Olivier salad, dumplings, stroganoff and borsch with bacon off the menu a la carte.

Capacity — 3 halls 30 persons each

Perfect location — just 5 minutes frorm Palace Square

 15:00 Hermitage State Museum

The State Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest museums of the world; it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. Apart from them, the Menshikov Palace, Museum of Porcelain, Storage Facility at Staraya Derevnya and the eastern wing of the General Staff Building are also part of the museum. The museum has several exhibition centers abroad. The Hermitage is a federal state property. Since 1990, the director of the museum has been Mikhail Piotrovsky.

Out of six buildings of the main museum complex, four, namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, are partially open to the public. The other two are Hermitage Theatre and the Reserve House. The entrance ticket for foreign tourists costs several times as much as the fee paid by Russian citizens. However, the entrance is free of charge the first Thursday of every month for all visitors and daily for students and children. The museum is closed on Mondays. Entrance is in the Winter Palace from Palace Embankment or the Courtyard.

The experts say that if you were to spend a minute looking at each exhibit on display in the Hermitage, you would need 11 years before you’d seen them all.

Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 — 18:00, on Wednesday, Friday till 21:00

Closed: Mondays

Address: 34 Dvortsovaya embankment.

 17:30 Spilled Blood Church

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Spilled Blood Cathedral) is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. The Church of Resurrection was built as a historical and memorial center of all Russian people. This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory. The Church was commissioned by Alexander III to commemorate the death of his father, Alexander II, and is built on the exact spot where Alexander II was assassinated on this spot. Five cupolas of the church, some 1000 square meters in area are covered with jewelry enamel. The belfry is decorated with mosaic coats-of-arms of cities and regions of the Russian empire. The facades of the church are lined with ceramic tiles, and colored glazed bricks; in the interior decoration the Italian marbles and different sorts of semi-precious Russian stones were used. The Cathedral has outstanding and breath taking mosaic exterior and interior!

The Cathedral opened from 10:30 – 18:00.

Evening entrance18:00 – 22:30 (1 May – 30 September). Day off is Wednesday.

 18:30 Kazan Cathedral visit

Whilst taking a stroll along Nevsky Prospekt you cannot fail to notice the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s main Orthodox Church.

After the war of 1812 (during which Napoleon was defeated) the church became a monument to Russian victory. Captured enemy banners were put in the cathedral and the famous Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, who won the most important campaign of 1812, was buried inside the church.

The cathedral was named after the «miracle-making» icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which the church housed till the early 1930s. The Bolsheviks closed the cathedral for services in 1929, and from 1932 it housed the collections of the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism, which displayed numerous pieces of religious art and served anti-religious propaganda purposes. A couple of years ago regular services were resumed in the cathedral, though it still shares the premises with the museum, from whose name the word «atheism» has now been omitted.

Opened everyday. Excursions can be organized 12 am — 5 pm. Taking pictures & filming are not permited.

Location: Nevsky Prospekt, Kazanskaya Square, 2.

 Peter & Paul Fortress from outside

Peter & Paul Fortress was established by Peter the Great on May 16 (May 27 by the Gregorian Calendar) 1703 on small Hare Island by the north bank of the Neva River and now it is considered to be the birthplace of St Petersburg. The fortress contains several notable buildings clustered around the Peter and Paul Cathedral (1712-1733), which has a 123.2 m (404 ft) bell-tower (the tallest in the downtown) and a gilded angel-topped cupola. The Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul is the main part of the fortress complex. The Cathedral is the burial place of the Czars beginning from Peter the Great. The remains of Nicholas II and his family were buried here on the 17th of July 1998. It is also possible to walk up to the Fortress Murals, from where opens a wonderful panoramic view of the city. On the Fortress Murals you can enjoy the impressive facades of numerous Palaces, including the Hermitage, the Marble Palace, Basil Island Spire and other splendid architectural buildings.

Cathedral working hours: 10:00-18:00, on Tuesdays till 17:00. Cathedral is closed on Wednesday.

During period: 1 May — 30 September — 10:00 — 19:00, dayly

 20:00 Dinner at Petrousha Russian Restaurant — 10 minutes from the hotel on foot

At the intersection of Konnogvardeysky Boulevard, 4 and Konnogvardeysky Lane, the restaurant of Russian cuisine Petrousha was opened. The former barracks of the Life Guards of the Equestrian Regiment have thus finally turned into, perhaps, the most famous restaurant address of the Northern Capital.

Petrousha restaurant has 3 halls for 160 seats: a living room (40 seats), a craft hall (64 seats) and a fireplace hall (56 seats), children's room is present. Antique furniture, antique interior items, engravings of Petersburg, drawings of the majestic buildings of the young capital, portraits of outstanding people of Peter's time, soft music, elegant lamps, smoke ceramics and Dulev tea set — the interior and the atmosphere of the restaurant seem to transfer guests during the youth of the great Emperor, the era of Peter Ensembles and the Grand Embassy

«Petrousha» – so, according to legend, they affectionately called Peter I abroad during the time of the Great Embassy – Russia’s diplomatic mission to Western Europe in the late 17th century. Her mother, Natalia Kirillovna Naryshkina, whom Peter loved all his life, also called it in his childhood. This tender childish name gave the innovator-king the strength to withstand the burdens of state affairs, to which he aspired from infancy. That is why Petrushi’s child’s image was chosen as the emblem of Petrushi, but on horseback (albeit small and wooden for the time being) and with a saber (albeit toy): all the glory of government and the weight of power are still ahead of him.

The restaurant also hosts master classes on modeling pelmeni for tourist groups. The event includes sculpting ravioli and vareniki, tasting homemade infusions and products.

 

DAY 3 — 27th September 2020, Sunday

 09:00-13:00 Morning Conference

The Angleterre hotel, in the heart of the historical & business centers of St.-Petersburg, provides extensive conference and business resources to arrange from an informal meeting to a major international conference. The congress hall, designed in the traditional amphitheatre style can accommodate up to 205 guests. It is equipped with the following latest audio-visual facilities: 4 languages simultaneous interpretation system, large video screen, microphones & loudspeakers. The hotel also offers 8 private meeting rooms with the capacity for up to 100 guests for any event. Rooms are with and without day light.

 13:30 Lunch at Stroganoff Steak House

Stroganoff steak House is located in the very heart of the city, just a few steps from St. Isaacs Cathedral. It is one of the best high level steak houses in the city. You can try here truly American steak, Russian beef Stroganoff, Russian olivier salad and many others. Restaurant Interior created in American steak house style, with natural woods and leather. Rooms decorated by old photos, advertising production of 20th century. The leather furniture, sofas and oak floors creates comfortable atmosphere for restaurant guests. Restaurant is 1230 square meters, it has 8 rooms with total capacity of 350 places.

 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTIVITIES:

 1/ Ice- hockey match with a local team

It's impossible to imagine the winter in St-Petersburg without troykas, cossacks and…ice-hockey which is a very popular sport in Russia, especially in winter! You will have a wonderfull opportunity to take part in a real hockey match on the one of the ice arenas in St-Petersburg. Full ice hockey equipment will be prepared for the group. Upon arrival group will have special instructions about rules and how to dress the hockey equipment. Professional judge, trainer and local team will make this event unforgettable and exciting. Two periods by 20 minutes. Also if you already had hockey practice some exercise can be organized, like an All Star Game Competitions. After the match the award ceremony will be held with the announcement of the winner team and best players. Also group foto and glass of champaign will be held after the match

 2/ BRANDED Mega PUZZLE Masterpiece (6 m X 10 m) created together with St. Petersburg Local Artists

St Petersburg is a cultural capital of Russia and here you have a chance to meet local talanted artist who will help you to create the MEGA piece of art with corporate logo.

After visit of Erarta museum guest swill go upstairs to workshops of famous St. Petersburg artists who will give instructions to them.

Each participant gets canvas 1 m x 1 m, that later become part of puzzle of huge painting with corporate logo. Artist explain different techniques to paint on individual canvas using prepared outline. Each guest creates individual painting with number (that will help to put together all of them in the end).

After everybody finish their canvas (in their own style), all art works are put together like puzzles and create mega Branded Corporate Masterpiece with size 10 x 6 meters.

Painting can be donated to charity organizations after program.

We will invite photographer will take pictures of the group during painting and than when puzzle will be brought together a group picture will be made with a flying drone.

Reccomended for groups 10- 100pax

 3/ Master-class of Russian Cusine

YWe offer you unordinary opportunity – Russian Cuisine Master Class! Master Class can be devoted to the traditional meal, connected with Russian traditional holiday. Such as: Maslenitsa (Pancakes Week), New Year, Orthodox Christmas etc.

Try to cook the following:

— Varenniki (Russian type of big home-made ravioli, stuffed with mashed potatoes, curd, jam)

— Russian borsh (Beetroot soup)

— Pelmeni (Russian Ravioil stuffed with meat, or potatoes)

— Chicken «Kiev» (chicken cutlet)

Dishes to cook — a subject of your wishes and rudiments. Please consider the timing and group size.

Professional chiefs will teach you everything connected with meal chosen and you will have the opportunity to taste traditional course made by your own hands.

Program duration: 1 30 hours to 2 hours. Group size: up to 40 guests at the same time.

Teambuilding can be done in Culinary School either at the restaurant.

Please kindly consider the price changer depending on group number and master class location.

 4/ Paintball

Paintball is a very popular means of active rest both in Russia and abroad. Statistics show that 9 million people all over the world play paintball more or less regularly.

More and more people prefer this kind of rest in Russia. Paintball is also becoming popular as a means of corporate rest for it can be easily transformed into serious and continuous work with a company staff. The advantage of this game is that, on the one hand, it can make people feel relaxed, and, on the other hand, it trains them to be more organized and cultivates necessary character traits. Besides, paintball is a good entertainment which rids participants of negative energy they accumulated and gets positive emotions.

About the game

If you decide to be part of this game this is how it works. When your group gets to the spot you change your clothes and put special camouflage on. It is important that you wear protective camouflage and gloves (fingers are very sensitive points). You get your inventory and the instructor explains how to use it. Then you form groups and you are ready to play! All games usually follow interesting scenarios (capture of a building, taking hostages, defending frontiers, etc.). There are qualified judges and instructors working on the site.

The marker is a semi-automatic air rifle capable of making up to 9 shots a second. When a ball hits a player it bursts into pieces and leaves a bright blot. Balls are ecologically clean: vegetable paint can easily be washed away from the camouflage. The paint is absolutely harmless for players.

 5/ St. Petersburg Mosaic — 5 Steps to know the City & it’s regular life

Do you want to see st. Petersburg from different sides of classical programs. Now you can see how Russian people live every day. We recommend this tour for small groups 15- 20 accompanied by guide. Main Purpose is to understand the Russian way of living and to see the contrast and day-to-day life with different means of transportation. You will have 5 steps to know the city:

1) use the most beautiful stations of St. Petersburg metro,

2) meet locals on historical farmers market,

3) listen service during Orthodox ceremony in St. Vladimir church,

4) visit local flea market and

5) enjoy Kazan Cathedrall

Tour recommended for small group (not more than 20 persons for guide).

Duration of the program is 4 hours.

The best period for this tour is Saturday and Sunday morning in order to avoide traffic.

 6/ Canal & River Tour (1 hour duration)

St. Petersburg was built on the delta of the River Neva and is spread out over numerous islands of varying sizes. During centuries numerous bridges were built to connect these islands across the Neva and the city's many canals (Moika, Fontanka, Canal Griboyedova, etc.). Boat trip on St. Petersburg's canals is one of the highlights of any visit to the city. Canal boats are available from many docking stations around the city and provide a wonderful way to see the historic city from different perspective. The boats circle through many of the 64 canals, under beautiful bridges and past magnificent palaces and other landmarks dating back to the 20th, 19th and 18th century. Actual tour duration is 1 hour. Depending on group size can be offered boats of different size. The maximum capacity of the boat is 60 guests for inside and outside seating. Inside capacity is up to 40 seats. Security explanation is given by the guide before starting a tour and should be followed by the guests. Navigation starts at the beginning of May (depending on the ice from Ladoga Lake) and finishes at the end of September. Each time the Boat Tour is a subject of confirmation depending on the weather conditions including level of the water in Neva River, small rivers and canals and wind.

It can be two options of canal boats:

— deluxe class (newly renovated boats)

— tourist class

Price depends on the class of boat.

 7/ Backstage tour — Mikhailovsky theatre

Alexander Brullov was commissioned to design the new theatre building. It had to match the existing ensemble of Mikhailovsky Square, now Arts Square. On 8 November 1833, on the name day of the Grand duke Mikhail, brother of Emperor Nicholas I, the curtain rose for the first time in the new theatre. The same year the French troupe, which had previously shared the stage with Russian actors in another recently completed theatre, the Alexandrinsky, moved into the new building. Thus began the eighty-five year-long life of the French Theatre in St Petersburg. It was run by the Imperial Theatres Company, which was under the direct control of the Ministry of the Imperial Court.

In 2001, the pre-revolutionary name of the theatre emerged again. In 2007, the original name — Mikhailovsky Theatre — came to the foreground and was added to the one existing since 1991: The St Petersburg Mussorgsky State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre — Mikhailovsky Theatre.

During the visit you will know about the persons who worked and is still working in the theater. You will have a chance to see the backstage life of the theatre.

 8/ Submarine Museum S-189 visit

The S-189 Submarine was built in 1954 and served 35 years before being decommissioned in 1990. In 1999 it was sunk off the port of Krondstadt but raised in 2005 and restored. In 2010 it was opened to the public as a floating museum, giving visitors the opportunity to look around the submarine which is classified by NATO as a Whiskey-class submarine.

Length — 76 m

Wide — 6.3 m

Reservation are available for group 2 ;onth in advance. Only one time slot is possible for group — 11h00. Capacity of a group is 20 pax in two small groups of 10 pax. So, there we need 2 guides..

DAY OFF: Monday, Tuesday

Peer, Naberezhnaya Leytenanta Shmidta, St Petersburg, Russia

 20:00 Farewell dinner at Stroganoff Palace at RUSSIAN AMPIR Restaurant (with Welcome cocktail served at secret underground rooms)

The Russian Empire Restaurant is housed in one of the oldest and most luxurious mansions of St. Petersburg, in the Stroganov Palace that stands in Nevsky Prospect, the main street of the city.

The restaurant consists of five opulent halls; each of them has its own style and character. The attention to detail is breathtaking, the finest porcelain, gold cutlery and the engraved walnut furniture amaze. The cellars have been totally transformed. The interior was designed with 24 Carat Gold Cutlery and Gianni Versace Porcelain. Restaurant has three dining rooms and impressive wine cellar. Wine cellar has an interesting stock of Armagnac (the oldest from 1812) and impressive and luxury interior. Restaurant has Russian cuisine; many dishes were created according to the tsar’s menu recipes: Cigal Lobster, imperial oysters and the Count’s beef Stroganoff. The wine cellar boasts one of the finest wine collections in Europe.

Max capacity: 70 persons. (in case of bigger group – need an approval from the restaurant).

Rooms:

— Gerbovy up to 42 pax

— Ordynski up to 30 pax (not recommended for the private event — entrance zone)

— Avans up to 12 pax (not recommended for the private event — entrance zone)

— Tronny up to 14 pax

Recommendation for small groups: welcome cocktail in the restaurant cellar.

 RECOMMENDATION FOR ENTERTAINMENT DURING THE DINNER:

 1/ Opera singer

To convey a special romantic and solemn atmosphere to the dinner, cocktail or a presentation, we suggest a performance of an opera singer. A male or female soloist will perform the most famous and beautiful classical opera pieces, Russian romances, and Russian traditional songs accompanied by the piano in between the courses (if it is a dinner). Each performance will last 10 — 15 minutes. There can be an interchange of male and female soloists. And a duet performance as a grand finale.

To be even more impressive the opera singers may be wearing the historical costumes of the epoch of Peter the Great or Catherine the Second.

Recommended for the Gala dinner in the palaces: Yussupov Palace, Peterhoff Palace, Stroganoff palace, Smolny Cathedral, Catherine Palace in Pushkin, Marble Palace and other royal palaces of Saint- Petersburg. Also it can be organized in the restaurants.

Can be arranged for any size of the group.

 2/ Child Prodigy

A child prodigy also called Wunderkind is a person who, at an early age, develops one or more skills at a level far beyond the norm for their age. A prodigy has to be a child, who is performing at the level of a highly trained adult in a very demanding field of endeavour. Usually child prodigy is around 11 – 13 years old, performing virtuosic musical masterpieces, playing violin, piano or other musical instruments.

The giftedness of prodigies is determined by the degree of their talent relative to their ages. Examples of particularly extreme prodigies could include Mozart or Béla Bartók in music, Paul Morphy or Judit Polgar in chess, Isaac Newton, Carl Friedrich Gauss.

We suggest you to have 15 min performance by child prodigy, it could be either the violin or piano player. The prodigy has the level and rank of Laureate of International contest according to his specialty.

 3/ Classical quartette

Classical quartette can be used for as an entertainment for the gala dinners, events, welcome cocktails. Usually quartette includes the following instruments: contrabass, violin, flute depending on the venue and availability. The musicians could be dressed in the classical back and white attires or historical costumes of a certain epoch, like Peter the Great times, Catherine II times, depending on the idea of the event. The evening performance includes usually two 45 minutes performances with 15 minutes breaks in between. Classical quartette is recommended for palaces and the restaurants with classical style decoration.

 

DAY 4 — 28th September 2020, Monday

 St. Isaac's Cathedral visit

The dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg and its gilded cupola can be seen glistening from all over the city. The church itself is an architectural marvel. Built by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand to be the main church of the Russian Empire, the cathedral was under construction for 40 years (1818-1858), and was decorated in the most elaborate way possible. When you enter the cathedral you pass through one of the porticos — note that the columns are made of single pieces of red granite and weight 80 tons (about 177,770 pounds) each. Inside the church many of the icons were created using moaic techniques and the iconostasis (the icon wall that separates the altar from the rest of the church) is decorated with 8 malachite and 2 lapis lazuli columns. The cathedral, which can accommodate 14,000 worshipers, now serves as a museum and services are held only on significant ecclesiastical holidays

 Departure from the hotel to Pulkovo Airport 

Pulkovo Airport  (IATA: LED, ICAO: ULLI) is an international airport serving Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Pulkovo is the 3rd busiest in Russia after Moscow's Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports.

A new terminal is located directly to the north of the Terminal 1 and contains 18 gates,

it is capable of supporting up to 17 million passengers annually. The new terminal is easier to navigate, compared to most of the other European airports, and is the most aesthetically pleasing terminal in Northern Europe.

It takes approximately from 30 min to 1 hour and half to go from city center to the airport, depending on traffic situation.

• PASSPORT: Before to check out please make sure that you have passport and Immigration Form that was stamped. Customs forms declared and stamped upon arrival should be originals only and again declared in Red Channel. Check-in starts 2 and half hour before the flight departure. Departure from the hotel is 3 hours prior departure time or according to the agreement.

• DEPARTURE: Security check with X-ray for suitcases and hand luggage — which will be marked with security label as well as personal security check. Items & Paintings from 1945 or older must be officially cleared from authorities and limitations also for caviar and food product restrictions.

• DEPARTURE HALL / GATE AREA: All departure gates demands x-ray of hand luggage, shoes and body search (plastic covers available for the feet's).

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If you need assistance with getting tickets or private tour in St. Isaac Cathdral or other museums, or hotel accommodation you can always ask team of Tsar Events. Also we can help you with planning your special event, cultural or incentive program, conference and congress in Moscow or St. Petersburg.

Tsar Events Destination Management Company & Professional Congress Organizer provides all MICE services in all Russian cities.

Tsar Events Russia DMC & PCO is existing on the market already 10 years and we have very long list of satisfied clients and successful events.

We can help you in RUSSIA, UKRAINE, BALTIC STATES, BELARUS with any MICE needs. and with planning, organizing and operating of:

  • Meeting & Congress
  • Incentive Program
  • Cultural or Special Interest Professional Group
  • Theme Parties & Special Events
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transportation and Staff logistics
  • Team-Building Activities
  • Venues & vendors Selection

Why Tsar Events Russia DMC & PCO?

  1. The only CMP   (Certified Meeting Professional) in Russia. Managing Director & Founder of the company Alexander Rodionov is the only CMP in the country  (since 2010)
  2. The first DMCP  (Destination Management Certified Professional) in Russia! Managing Director & Founder of the company Alexander Rodionov is the first DMCP in the country  (since 2011)
  3.  The only CITP  (Certified Incentive Travel Specialist) in Russia. Managing Director & Founder of the company Alexander Rodionov is the only CITP in the country  (since 2019)
  4.  We are the only company in Russia where all project managers are CIS  (Certified Incentive specialist) — since 2019
  5.  We are the first Accredited Destination Management Company  (ADMC) in Russia  (since 2015).
  6.  We wrote book Russia Survival Guide — first Book-instruction for Meeting planners who is organizing event in Russia. Published in 2013 and available online and in bookstores  (sold more than 20 000 books).
  7.  We created Russia Survival Guide Vlog – first Russian MICE Theme YouTube Channel with instructions for Meeting planners who is organizing event in Russia  (since 2018, more than 300,000 views)
  8.  We are winner of 4  (four!) World Travel Awards in category Russia’s Leading Destination Management company
  9.  Winner of ADME International Recognition Award 2016 in category Destination Management Professional of the Year, won by Alexander Rodionov, DMCP, CMP, CITP, Managing Director & Founder of Company
  10.  We are winner of ADMEI Achievements Award 2020 in nomination   «Best Tour Program» with incentive BMW Baltics   «Dreamland Program» in Moscow
  11.  We are finalist of ADMEI Excellence Award 2020 in nomination   «Excellence in Meeting Services» with SPIMUN 2019   (St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference)
  12. We are finalist of ADMEI Excellence Award 2016 in nomination   «Excellence in Entertainment Production» with SPIMUN 2015   (St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference)
  13.  We are finalist of ADMEI Excellence Award 2019 in nomination   «Excellence in Cultural and Tradition Integration» with our event Gala Dinner at Moscow GUM for FIFA World Cup 2018 Coca Cola Global Hospitality Program
  14.  We are the first Russian DMC opened Franchised office outside of Russia opening Tsar Events Panama DMC & PCO providing services in Panama Republic
  15.  We organized more than 600 events during 10 years of providing MICE services in Russia, CIS countries and Panama
  16.  We provided service for more than 90000 clients during 10 years working in Russia, CIS countries and Panama
  17.  We are helping to develop MICE industry in Russia collaborating with local Travel universities and colleges providing work places for students and graduates
  18.  Our Project Manager Ekaterina Antonova, CIS is the winner of 2019 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship supported by ADME International
  19.  We are promoting and supporting responsible consuming during planning and program execution process selecting only suppliers and activities answering ethical and ecological requirements
  20.  Together with local public schools we are supporting new generation and promoting United Nations values organizing annual non-profit event — SPIMUN   (St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference) during 10 years already
  21.  Our team members never stop personal and professional development regularly participating in global MICE industry educational events like SITE Global conferences, MPI WEC, ICCA Annual congress
  22.  Every week we are creating for you new concepts, themes, and activities and select venues vetting and choosing the best suppliers in our destinations
  23.  We are small company  (only 9 team members) and every projects becomes our  «baby» and every clients becomes our family member for life