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ST.PETERSBURG CONFERENCE SUMMER PROGRAM (5* FOR 120 PAX)

02 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / St. Petersburg
Season: Summer
Theme: Conference & Congresses

 

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
4 Jun
2021
Fri

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg Description

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg WeatherForecast

 

Arrival to Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal)

Welcome Bread & Salt Ceremony

Welcome Dinner at Faberge Museum

Day 2
5 Jun
2021
Sat

10:00 — 13:00 Conference at White Hall of Grand Duke Vladimir's Palace

13:00 — 14:30 Lunch at Oак Hall of Grand Duke Vladimir's Palace

14:30 — 18:00 Сontinuation of the conference at White Hall of Grand Duke Vladimir's Palace

19:00 — 22:00 Dinner at the Gymnasium Restaurant

Day 3
6 Jun
2021
Sun

09:00 — 12:00 Morning Conference at Mikhailovsky Castle

20:30 — 23:30 Farewell dinner at White Column Room of Yusupov Palace

13:00 — 14:30 Lunch at Stroganoff Steak House

14:30 — 18:00 Afternoon City Sightseeing

Afternoon St. Isaac's Cathedral visit

Afternoon Hermitage State Museum

19:30 — 20:30 Exclusive Russian ballet on Theater stage of Yusupov Palace

Entertainment during the dinner: Opera singers

Day 4
7 Jun
2021
Mon

Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Departure

 

 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 Lotte St. Petersburg 5* Hotel

154 rooms Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg is located in the heart of St. Petersburg, a city steeped in culture and the arts. Featuring classic rooms full of grace and refinement, and modern rooms with a cozy and romantic mood, our premium Japanese restaurant, luxury spa facilities, and the magnificent atrium, our hotel will offer guests a completely new experience during their stay. The hotel is within walking distance of St Petersburg’s busiest street, Nevsky Prospekt, and top tourist attractions including the Winter Palace and the Mariinsky Theater, and is thus ideally situated for you to enjoy a special break with your family or loved one. Staying in a guest room overlooking St. Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the most characteristic buildings representing the Tsarist period, combined with a magnificent view from the rooftop, you are guaranteed an unforgettable memory. Welcome to Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg, with exceptional, attentive service in elegant surroundings.

 

DAY 1 — 4th June 2021, Friday

Arrival to Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal)

Welcome Bread & Salt Ceremony

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.

 Welcome Dinner at Faberge Museum

Faberge museum's collection contains the world's largest collection of works by Carl Faberg&eacute, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts. The museum's collection also includes decorative and applied works made by the Russian masters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The most valuable items in the Museum's collection are the nine Imperial Easter Eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Russian emperors. Each of them is a masterpiece of jewelry and art, as well as a unique historical monument to the reign and personal life of Alexander III and Nicholas II.

DAY 2 — 5th June 2021, Saturday

 10:00 — 13:00 Conference at White Hall of Grand Duke Vladimir's Palace

The Vladimir Palace (Vladimirsky dvorets) was the last imperial palace to be constructed in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. It was designed by a team of architects (Vasily Kenel, Aleksandr Rezanov, Andrei Huhn, Ieronim Kitner, Vladimir Shreter) for Alexander II's son, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia. Construction work lasted from 1867 to 1872.

Like the Winter Palace and the Marble Palace, the Vladimir Palace fronts Palace Embankment; water frontage on the Neva was extremely prized by the Russian aristocracy. The façade, richly ornamented with struccorustication, was patterned after Leon Battista Alberti's palazzi in Florence. The main porch is built of Brenen sandstone and adorned with griffins, coats-of-arms, and cast-iron lanterns. Other details are cast in portland cement.

The palace and its outbuildings contain some 36 rooms, all decorated in disparate historic styles.

Table settings can be provided in various colors and motives depending on if providing a classical evening / seating or folkloristic themes and table settings with Russian Samovars and Russian Scarf's instead of table cloth. The Cocktail can be arranged at the entrance to the Main Room or in the Staircase.

 13:00 — 14:30 Lunch at Oак Hall of Grand Duke Vladimir's Palace

The Vladimir Palace (Vladimirsky dvorets) was the last imperial palace to be constructed in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. It was designed by a team of architects (Vasily Kenel, Aleksandr Rezanov, Andrei Huhn, Ieronim Kitner, Vladimir Shreter) for Alexander II's son, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia. Construction work lasted from 1867 to 1872.

Like the Winter Palace and the Marble Palace, the Vladimir Palace fronts Palace Embankment; water frontage on the Neva was extremely prized by the Russian aristocracy. The façade, richly ornamented with struccorustication, was patterned after Leon Battista Alberti's palazzi in Florence. The main porch is built of Brenen sandstone and adorned with griffins, coats-of-arms, and cast-iron lanterns. Other details are cast in portland cement.

 14:30 — 18:00 Сontinuation of the conference at White Hall of Grand Duke Vladimir's Palace

The Vladimir Palace (Vladimirsky dvorets) was the last imperial palace to be constructed in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. It was designed by a team of architects (Vasily Kenel, Aleksandr Rezanov, Andrei Huhn, Ieronim Kitner, Vladimir Shreter) for Alexander II's son, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia. Construction work lasted from 1867 to 1872.

Like the Winter Palace and the Marble Palace, the Vladimir Palace fronts Palace Embankment; water frontage on the Neva was extremely prized by the Russian aristocracy. The façade, richly ornamented with struccorustication, was patterned after Leon Battista Alberti's palazzi in Florence. The main porch is built of Brenen sandstone and adorned with griffins, coats-of-arms, and cast-iron lanterns. Other details are cast in portland cement.

 19:00 — 22:00 Dinner at the Gymnasium Restaurant

The restaurant ‘Gymnasium’ is located in the historical heart of the city, within several minutes walk of St. Isaac Cathedral. The restaurant has been settled in the house of the former girl’s gymnasium in Konnogvardeisky boulevard. It has been established recently, but the restaurant has been highly appraised by Petersburg citizens and city guests.

Spacious restaurant halls house 400 visitors. The main hall is decorated in classical style resembling palace interiors: elegant columns along the hall, cozy elite furniture made according to historical patterns, fine lamps decorate the walls. In such luxury even everyday life with its bustle and problems gets the shade of aristocratism.

The bar hall interior is modern. The color scale is elegant black. Massive red chandeliers brighten up this dark space with soft illumination. So the atmosphere of aristocratic exquisiteness is created in the hall. Cozy leather sofas, plasma panels promote to the comfortable rest. VIP cabins suit ideally to have a private talk or meeting.

When the weather is fine it is a great pleasure to have a rest at summer veranda located in the restaurant yard. Pleasant gentle breeze and low leaves rustle are going to awoke inimitable sensation of calmness and solitude.

The restaurant cuisine is international; there is a wide choice of the best dishes from Russia, Asia, East and Europe. The rich wine list deserves special guests’ attention. Every night the atmosphere of the brightest holiday reigns in the restaurant: captivating laser show, live music is going to raise your spirits. As soon as you hear your favorite tunes you can’t help singing or dancing.

Restaurant ‘Gymnasium’ is the perfect place to have a nice rest, to admire fine interiors, to enjoy tasty dishes and pleasant music.

 

DAY 3 — 6th June 2021, Sunday

 09:00 — 12:00 Morning Conference at Mikhailovsky Castle

Mikhailovsky Castle is located near Nevsky prospect between Sadovaya street and Fontanka embankment. Near by are Field of Mars and Summer Garden. Entrance is from from Zamkovaya Ulitza.

Mikhailovsky Castle — «fortress» of Russian tsar Paul the 1st who is called «Russian Hamlet».

Paul the 1st is one of the most mystories figures in Russian history.

Castle was founded in 1797. 3 architects worked at the project of the palace: Vasiliy Bazhenov, Vicenzo Brenna and tsar Paul the 1st himself.

It was built very quickly — in 3 years on the place of summer palace of tsarina Elisabeth in which Paul was born in 1754. He was murdered when he was 47 in the new palace. Nowadays it houses different expositions as a part of Russian Museum.

The palace interiors included sumptuous state chambers, intimate private apartments and enfilades of long, narrow rooms housing the emperor's art collection — the Raphael Gallery, the Laocoön Gallery, the Arabesques Gallery and two Antique Rooms. Many parts of the interior were made according to the drawings by Vincenzo Brenna and Carlo Rossi. Johann Mettenleiter, Antonio Vigi, Pietro and Giovanni Batista Scotti added to monumental decoration of parade rooms.

 13:00 — 14:30 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.

 14:30 — 18:00 Afternoon City Sightseeing

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.

 Afternoon 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

 Afternoon 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.

 19:30 — 20:30 Exclusive Russian ballet on Theater stage of Yusupov Palace

The Yusupov Palace belonged to the Yusupov family. The palace has a historical meaning since the night of 16-17 December 1916, when Grigory Rasputin, who was very close to the family of Emperor Nicholas II, was murdered here by a group of monarchists, including Prince Felix Yusupov. Tour around the Yusupoff Palace will be finished at the beautiful family theater of Yusupoff family, covered with gold plated decorations. The Theater is located on the second floor of the Palace. The Theater is a miniature of Mariinsky Theater, built for the private use of the Family Yusupov. Theater capacity is 100 seats on the parterre and 78 seats on the 2nd floor, totally 178 seats. Theater has original chairs of XX century, from Yusupoff times. Theater is well known for the good acoustics. Theater is 445 sq.m. Guided tour takes 20-25 minutes. In case of evening functions, welcome cocktail can be done in Perziosa Room before the theater for 20-25 min. Theater entertainment can be done for 15 – 30 minutes by the artists form Mariinsky/Musorgsky Theater.

 20:30 — 23:30 Farewell dinner at White Column Room of Yusupov Palace

The Yusupov Palace acquired its present appearance in the course of palace’s constructions from 1760 till 1850 done by the famous architects of the time. The building belonged to the Yusupov family. The staterooms in neoclassical style are remarkable for their rich and elegant decoration. The White Column Room is the biggest room in the Palace with the perfect acoustics. The ceiling of the Hall is made of wood which makes the sound perfect. The Hall is made in pure Classical style with Antic Colums and White Marble. The White Column Room (The Banqueting Hall) is ideal venue for the gala dinners for the groups from 40 up to 150 guests (445 sq.m). 

 Entertainment during the dinner: Opera singers

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.

 

DAY 4 — 7th June 2021, Monday

 Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Departure

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