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St. Petersburg Cultural & Leisure Group, 30pax, 5*Hotel

12 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / St. Petersburg
Season: Summer
Theme: Cultural & Leisure Group

PROGRAM at a Glance

 

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
27 Jun
2021
Sun

14:30 Train station «Finland» Arrival

19:00 Performance at Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov)

 

15:00 — 16:00 Canal & River Tour — tour finishes near Spilled Blood Church

16:00 Visit of Spilled Blood Church — THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF MONUMENTAL MOSAICS IN EUROPE

17:00 Check-In at the hotel

Dinner at Russian Sadko Restaurant

Day 2
28 Jun
2021
Mon

09:00 — 23:00 Transport & Guide Full Day & Evening (14 hours)

10:30 -12:00 Hermitage State Museum

Hermitage: Diamond room

Hermitage: Golden room 2 Scythian Gold

13:00 Lunch at Bellevue rooftop at Moika 22 Kempinski:

15:00 Museum of Glass at Yelagin Palace visit

19:30 — 20:30 Faberge Museum Visit

20:30-22:30 Dinner at Stroganoff Palace at RUSSIAN AMPIR Restaurant (with Welcome cocktail served at secret undeground rooms)

Day 3
29 Jun
2021
Tue

Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Departure

 

 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 Astoria Rocco Forte Hotels

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 — 27th June 2021, Sunday

 14:30 Train station «Finland» Arrival

FINLAND RAILWAY STATION is located close to the city center-Ploschad Lenina 6

First building was constructed in 1870 which connected Russia with Finland. It was the only active train station during the Siege of Leningrad and here you can find the monument commemorating the «Way of Life» which started here. There is also a steam train ¹ 293 is installed in the glass pavilion -which brought Lenin in Russia in October 1917.

Finlyandsky Rail Terminal (Russian: Финля́ндский вокза́л, Finlyandsky vokzal) is a railway station in St. Petersburg, Russia handling transportation to northern destinations including Helsinki and Vyborg.

Trains from Helsinki arrive at the terminal, except for a transit train to Moscow which runs through Ladoga Rail Terminal. The terminal is also one step in creating a high speed rail line between Saint Petersburg and Helsinki. The railway companies are upgrading track on that route to accommodate faster trains.

The main entrance to the metro station Ploshchad Lenina is in the main building of Finland Station.

Nowadays the Finland Train Station serves different suburb destinations and Helsinki- trains «Repine» and «Libelous»

Ticket Office is located in the wing flanking the tracks. You can enter it from both the street and the platforms. This office (counters # 9 and # 10) will sell you tickets for the St Petersburg — Helsinki line. Counter # 16 provides fax and photocopying services and sells phonecards.

Currency Exchange is in the Main Hall of the station.

Open: 10 am to 8 pm. Lunch break: 2 pm to 3 pm.

To access metro: walk out of the main doors and turn right — the entrance to the metro station is at the corner.

 15:00 — 16:00 Canal & River Tour — tour finishes near Spilled Blood Church

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.

 16:00 Visit of Spilled Blood Church — THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF MONUMENTAL MOSAICS IN EUROPE

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.

 17:00 Check-In at the hotel

Regular Check-In: Every passenger must have the passport and Immigration card upon arrival as these will be handed in at the reception desk. Every room has to sign for their respective registration and usually also a print of the Credit Card for extra charges if not accepted to the master bill of the organizer or ground handler in advance. The immigration document must be officially registered and passport kept at the reception until the evening or the following morning what is convenient.

Pre-ordered Check in: Private check-in can be organized if confirmed and requested in advance. Please ensure that every passenger has the passport and Immigration card upon arrival. Keys from the rooms will be sorted in alphabetical order of the clients and displayed on a dedicated desk/ area. Extras guests should guaranteed by credit card of tour-leader prior the group arrival in order not to ask credit card from each guest. Full rooming list should be provided 1 week prior the group arrival.

According Russian Federation Visa and Register Department, every passenger should be register, after the check in, the hotel will make registration. Registration stamp will put on a paper attached to the visa, saying that you are register for living at the hotel for the exact period of time.

 19:00 Performance at Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov)

The Mariinsky Theater (formerly the Kirov Academic Opera and Ballet Theater) is one of the biggest and oldest music theaters in Russia that is famous all over the world. The theater dates back to 1783. The construction of the theater building was completed in 1859 (architect A. Kavos). On October 1860 the performance of M.I. Glinka's opera «Life sacrificed for Tsar» marked its inauguration. The theater was named after the wife of Alexander II. Operas and ballets written by the great Russian composers were put on the stage of the theater. The performances here featured such brilliant world famous stars as E. Lavrovskaya, F. Stravinsky, F. Shaliapin, M. Kshesinskaya, A. Pavlova, T. Karsavina, V. Nizhinsky, M. Fokin, and G. Ulanova. Valery Georgiev, one of the best orchestra conductors in the world, is now the Chief Producer of the theater. If you go to the opera you will surely enjoy splendid singing, magnificent costumes and scenery, and brilliant orchestra. The ballet repertoire consists of Marius Petipa's stage versions of classical Russian ballets like «Swan Lake», «Sleeping Beauty», «Nutcracker», etc.

Closed: from the end of June till the end of September.

The season opens on 5 October. Address: ½ Teatralnaya Square. Max capacity is 1700 seats.

SEATS CATEGORIES ARE:

— VIP parterre 1 circle, 1-8 row, 13 row

— Middle par-terre seat 9-12 row, 1-8 row side seats

- Parterre seat in 14-18 row

 Dinner at Russian Sadko Restaurant

Sadko restaurant was opened in 2006 as a Russian Russian restaurant with separate wine bar and high level of service and food.

Restaurant Sadko is located in the very city center, close to Marinsky Theater. Walking distance is approximately 5 minutes. You will be impressed by restaurants interior, which include and stylishly combine modern and folklore elements. Ceilings are covered with Russian authentic patterns with huge red crystal chandeliers and colorful food plates for the food. The restaurant is famous for its singing waiters. Breathtaking singing of a few waiters during dinner or lunch will make your event unforgettable. Singing waiters take palace every Friday and Saturday. For supplement charge they can be invited to sing on other days. Maximum restaurant capacity is 160 persons. (Including separate banquet hall for 50 persons). Maximum size of the group is 60 persons. Bigger groups only upon separate requested. Restaurant offers wide variety of Russian traditional cuisine, starting from Russian Borch (beetroot soup), «Herring under fur coat», Chicken Kiev and many others. All food is cooked according to Old Russian recipes and there are no doubts that you will enjoy this restaurant.

 

DAY 2 — 28th June 2021, Monday

 09:00 — 23:00 Transport & Guide Full Day & Evening (14 hours)

Due to the traffic situation all transportation is ordered 1 hour prior departure. Guides will be available 30 minutes prior departure. Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after 23:00 is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend to have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 10:30 -12:00 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.

 Hermitage: Diamond room

Welcome to the State Hermitage. First of all the guests will have orientation tour over the main halls of the Hermitage and then they'll be taken one of the biggest treasures of St-Petersburg — Golden Rooms.

The main idea of the second section, which is called the Diamond Rooms, is to show the development of the jeweler's craft over the course of mankind's many centuries of history from the third millennium B.C. to the start of the 20th century.

The Hermitage collection includes rare examples of works of jewellery produced by European craftsmen in the 16th and 17th centuries. The majority of them are pendants that were used not only as adornments and additions to clothing, but also as amulets. Typically such pieces include the use of bright enamels, irregularly-shaped «baroque» pearls and precious stones of various colours mounted quite deep in their settings.

The manner in which the jewellers’ art formed in St Petersburg differed from that seen in many Russian and European artistic centres. A host of national artistic schools co-existed in the city, interacting and complementing each other. As well as the Russian gold- and silversmiths who moved to the new capital from Moscow, many craftsmen from various corners of Europe worked in St Petersburg. Works by such foreign jewellers make up a considerable part of the Hermitage collection.

Visitors' information:

Work hours: from 11 till 16.00

Day off: Monday.

The visits should be arranged in advance.

Photo or video is prohibited.

 Hermitage: Golden room 2 Scythian Gold

Welcome to the State Hermitage. First of all the guests will have orientation tour over the main halls of the Hermitage and then they'll be taken one of the biggest treasures of St-Petersburg — Golden Rooms.

In Russia the collecting of gold objects belonging to the «barbarian» cultures of the Eurasian plains began in the years 1715-18. It was at that time that on the orders of Peter the Great Prince Matvei Gagarin sent to St Petersburg two hundred ancient gold artefacts that became known as the Siberian Collection of Peter I. The majority of these pieces that included magnificent belt plates and clasps bearing scenes of animals fighting, torques and bracelets, often adorned with turquoises, were bought from robbers of ancient graves. In the middle of the 19th century, the Siberian Collection was given to the Hermitage which is also where the Imperial Archaeological Commission, created in 1859 to seek out and study antiquities, sent the Scythian and Sarmatian artefacts from the steppes north of the Black Sea.

The world-famous collection of Scythian works from the 7th-4th centuries B.C. consists mainly of finds made during the excavation of numerous burial mounds in the Kuban and Dnieper basins and the Crimea. Among the masterpieces of the Hermitage collection are gold shield ornaments (a deer from a burial mound near the Cossack village of Kostromskaya and a panther from the Kelermesskaya burial mound), a unique gold comb with a depiction of fighting warriors and a ritual bowl from the untouched burial in the Solokha mound, and also a silver vessel from the Chertomlyk mound that is decorated with ornament and splendidly executed reliefs depicting Scythians and their horses.

Visitors' information:

Work hours: from 11 till 16.00

Day off: Monday.

Photo and Video are prohibited.

 13:00 Lunch at Bellevue rooftop at Moika 22 Kempinski:

 

 15:00 Museum of Glass at Yelagin Palace visit

This classical gray-and-white mansion stands in the lovely park, which covers the whole of St. Petersburg's small Yelagin Island. Once the property of the prominent nobleman, Ivan Yelagin, the palace was bought by the Imperial family and rebuilt between 1818 and 1822 by the famous Italian architect for Empress Maria Fedorovna, the mother of Emperor Alexander I. The palace remained a royal residence until 1917.

After having been virtually destroyed by the Nazi bombardments of 1942, the palace's stylish interiors have now been fully restored to their former elegance. The palace became a museum in 1987 and visitors are free to roam around the building's Oval Hall, the Porcelain Room, the Dining Room and the other impressive interiors. Frequent temporary exhibitions are held in the palace and the garden pavilions. The adjoining park and Butter Meadow (Masliany Lug) is a delight to wander through and provides some fantastic photo opportunities.

Excursion includes walking around park, sightseeing of pavillions and visit of rooms of Yelaginoostrovsky Palace.

Open:

10am to 6pm (closed: Monday and Tuesday).

 19:30 — 20:30 Faberge Museum Visit

The museum is housed within Shuvalov Palace, a historic dwelling in the heart of the city which once held balls and concerts attended by members of the Imperial family as well as famous literati.

The first Fabergé egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who had decided to give his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna, an Easter Egg in 1885, possibly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. It is believed that the Tsar’s inspiration for the piece was an egg owned by the Empress’s aunt, Princess Vihelmine Marie of Denmark, which had captivated Maria’s imagination in her childhood. Known as the Hen Egg, the first Fabergé egg was crafted from gold. Its opaque white enameled ‘shell’ opens to reveal its first surprise, a matte yellow gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multicoloured gold hen that also opens. It contained a minute diamond replica of the Imperial Crown from which a small ruby pendant was suspended, but these last two elements have been lost.

After Alexander III's death on November 1, 1894, his son Nicholas II presented a Fabergé egg to both his wife, the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, and his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna. Eggs were made each year except 1904 and 1905, during the Russo-Japanese War.

The Imperial eggs enjoyed great fame, and Fabergé was commissioned to make similar eggs for a few private clients, including the Duchess of Marlborough, the Rothschild family and the Yusupovs. A series of seven eggs were also made for the industrialist Alexander Kelch.

Maximum group size is 15 pax.

 20:30-22:30 Dinner at Stroganoff Palace at RUSSIAN AMPIR Restaurant (with Welcome cocktail served at secret undeground 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.

 

DAY 3 — 29th June 2021, Tuesday

 Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Departure

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).