Russia For You: Sample Programs

Destination
Season
Theme

St.Petersburg Conference Tour for 450 pax, 5*Hotel

11 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / St. Petersburg
Season: Spring
Theme: Conference & Congresses

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
24 Apr
2021
Sat

 

 

Check-In at the hotel

Bread & Salt Ceremony during Hotel Check-in

Welcome Dinner at the hotel

Day 2
25 Apr
2021
Sun

15:00 — 19:00 Businmess meeting at Corinthia St.Petersburg Conference

 

 

19:30 — 23:30 Transport & Guide (Hotel — Venue-Hotel)

20:00 Dinner at Russian Beer Restaurant Alpenhaus — redecorated to Russian Traditional theme

RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Interactive Vodka Tasting during Dinner

Welcome by Look-alike Artist (Vladimir Lenin, Tsar Nikolas and others depending on theme)

RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Cossack Dance Show

RECOMMENDED THEME: National costume for your Russian event

Day 3
26 Apr
2021
Mon

08:45 — 17:30 Transport & Guide Full Day (9 hours)

09:00 Exclusive Choirs performance at Saint Isaac Cathedral (30 min concert of 4 Choirs)

10:30 Canal & River Tour from St. Isaack cathedral to the Fortress

11:30 Peter & Paul Fortress

12:00 Peter & Paul Fortress: Midday Cannon shooting from the walls

13:00 Lunch at Atrium of the Commandants House of Peter & Paul Fortress

15:00 Spilled Blood Church

16:00 Metro Tour St. Petersburg — The deepest metro in the world

19:30 — 23:30 Transport & Guide (Hotel — Venue-Hotel)

20:00 Glamour Party & Dinner at Gymnasium restaurant (with usage of Terrace and Park area)

RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Opera singers performance

Day 4
27 Apr
2021
Tue

09:30 Hydrofoil (Speed Boat) Transfer from St. Peterburg City Center to Peterhoff Park (30 minutes)

10:00 Morning at Peterhoff Palace & Park

13:00 Lunch at Summer Palace Restaurant (Peterhof)

RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Red Army Choir (or Naval Male choir)

3/ Sadko Restaurant — 150 pax

19:00 — 23:00 Transport & Guide Evening (Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel) for Dine around

1/ Russian Vodka Room № 1 — 100 pax 

2/ Petrov-Vodkin Russian Tapas Bar & Restaurant — 50 pax

4/ Katyusha Restaurant — 10 pax

5/ Petrousha Russian Restaurant — 50 pax

Day 5
28 Apr
2021
Wed

SIGN-UP ACTIVITIES:

OPTION 1: Mariinsky Theater — Backstage Tour — 30 pax

OPTION 2: Master-class of Russian Cusine — up to 200 pax

OPTION 5: Ballet Master Class at Children Ballet School after Leonid Yakobson — up to 100 pax

OPTION 3: Capella book special visit (for group up to 15 guests) — 30 pax

OPTION 4: Roof tour — 30 pax

OPTION 6: Meeting with Local artist at Marina Gisich Gallery — 30 pax

OPTION 7: Communist Legacy Walking Tour — 50 pax

OPTION 8: Dostoyevsky's World in St. Petersburg — 50 pax

OPTION 9: Instagram Sensation St. Petersburg — 30 pax

13:00 Lunch at Stroganoff Steak House

18:30 Hermitage Exclusive Evening Visit (Peacock Clock Ceremony, Classical Quartet & Cocktail in one of the rooms)

18:30 — 23:30 Transport & Guide Evening (Hotel — Hermitage — Venue — Hotel)

20:00 Gala Dinner at Beggrov mansion (former Commercial Bank)

Possible theme of event: Flowers’ Ball theme dinner

Catherine the Great to welcome at chosen location

RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Private Ballet performance

RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Welcome by Drummers Girl Imperial Show

Dinner served by Royal Catering

Day 6
29 Apr
2021
Thu

Retro Steam Train Exclusive from St. Peterbsurg to Tsarskoe Selo

Morning at Catherine's Palace & Park (Pushkin)

13:00 Lunch at Russian Podvorie (with unlimited local wine and vodka)

 

 

Day 7
30 Apr
2021
Fri

Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Departure

 

 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

Corinthia St. Petersburg

Hidden behind a 19th-century facade on Nevsky, this hotel has a glass-enclosed lobby and atrium lush with greenery. The five-star Corinthia St. Petersburg opened in 1993 in two renovated neoclassical mansions, and completed another upgrade in summer 2009. Hotel has a prime location so all major historical sites including the Hermitage museum and the Winter Palace, St. Isaacs Cathedral are easily accessible from the hotel.

Hotel offers 388 rooms: 205 Superior rooms, 47 business deluxe rooms, 8 junior suites, 2 presidential rooms, 21 deluxe suites, 95 executive rooms, 11 executive wing suites, 1 royal suite.

All rooms are equipped with: direct-dial satellite telephone and voice-mail,satellite television – with 18 international and 6 local channel, central air-conditioning and heating, alarm clock, safe, mini bar, computer connection,hairdryer.

Facilities: 4 restaurants; bar; cafe; babysitting; concierge; executive-level rooms; health club; Jacuzzi; room service; sauna; smoke-free rooms; spa

Corinthia St. Petersburg offers an extensive range of both conference and banqueting facilities. The Hotel boasts the largest conference and meeting facilities in a five-star hotel in St. Petersburg with a capacity of up to 1000 guests.

The hotel's beautiful Ballroom which can accommodate a large conference as well as a Gala dinner for the top level customers. Movable partitions allow the ballroom to be sub-divided into three areas.

Number of meeting rooms: 15

 

DAY 1 — 24th April 2021, Saturday

 Check-In at the hotel

Regular Check- in: Please ensure that every passenger has the passport and Immigration card in their hand upon arrival as these will be handed in at the reception desk. Every room has to be assigned for a respective guest and usually a print of a Credit Card for extra charges is taken 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 which is more convenient. Please note that the Immigration card will be delivered upon departure and if misses registration at the hotel or at Ovir complications will appear at the Passport / Border Point and fine will usually apply and needed to be paid at the consular point of the airport.

Hospitality Check in (Preordered): Reregistered rooms and private check-in for Incentive groups at the separate hospitality desk if confirmed and requested in advance. Please ensure that every passenger have the passport and Immigration card in their hand upon arrival. Keys from the rooms will be sorted in alphabetical order of the clients and displayed on a dedicated desk/ area. Extras of the guests should be guaranteed either by TSAR- EVENTS DMC&PCO or credit card of tour-leader prior the group arrival in order not to ask credit card from each guest. Full credit guests' list should be provided to TSAR — EVENTS DMC&PCO 1 week prior the group arrival. Every passenger needs to sign for the rooms passports with visas will be taken by the hotel and should be recollected by Tour leader or advices to the client when available (usually in the evening / or following morning).

Special Welcoming reception can be organized upon guests’ arrival to the hotel with short folkloric performance and Bread & Sault ceremony.

 Bread & Salt Ceremony during Hotel Check-in

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 the hotel

Group dinner will be served in one of the hotel restaurants. Menues will be provided accordingly.

 

DAY 2 — 25th April 2021, Sunday

 15:00 — 19:00 Businmess meeting at Corinthia St.Petersburg Conference

Corinthia Nevsky Palace is situated on the Nevsky Prospect, the main street of the city. Corinthia Nevsky Palace Hotel offers a wide range of conference and banqueting facilities. The Hotel is the ideal place for organizing an kind of conference. The Hotel boasts the largest conference and meeting facilities in a five-star hotel in St. Petersburg with a capacity of up to 1000 guests.

The hotel has an amazing Ball Room, which can be used for the conference as well as for the gala dinner. Ballroom can be devided into 3 sections.

Total number of meeting rooms: 15

Rooms: St.Petersburg /Admiralty /Moscow I II  (Moscow I & Moscow II) /Boardroom I /Boardroom II

/Nevskij Ballroom  (Nevskij I + Nevskij II + Nevskij III + Nevskij I II)/Samara I /Samara II /Sochi I /Sochi II /Novgorod I /Novgorod II /Kazan I /Kazan II

Business Center can provide you with all needed materials.

Upon request technical equipment can be provided.

 19:30 — 23:30 Transport & Guide (Hotel — Venue-Hotel)

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 23:30 (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.

 20:00 Dinner at Russian Beer Restaurant Alpenhaus — redecorated to Russian Traditional theme

Welcome to Alpenhaus — one of the biggest Russian beer restaurants, located in a picturesque place of St. Petersburg — Krestovsky Island, 400 meters from the stadium.

The restaurant and its interiors are made in the style of the Alpine hunting house, in a cozy and spacious hall of that can host more than 1000 guests. Alpenhaus is a new venue of the restaurant chain «Karl and Friedrich» available for the events of any complexity and various formats — from broadcasts of sports matches to banquets and show programs.

The high-tech features of the restaurant will surprise and delight our guests: a large LED screen with a diagonal of more than 10 meters, wonderful sound and light, modern multimedia system — all this allows not only to watch sports broadcasts, but also completely immersed in the atmosphere of the game, as if you are on the stadium.

Show programs, performances of your favorite artists — thanks to an innovative speaker system, every sound will be perfectly audible even far from the stage! And, of course, guests will enjoy our specialty snacks and delicious beer from the own brewery of the restaurant «Karl and Friedrich», which will only accentuate the alpine atmosphere in the Alpenhaus space!

 RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Interactive Vodka Tasting during Dinner

Always going abroad we try to try the national drink or food of each country we travel to. What Russian drink is one of the most famous? – Vodka! Today we suggest you to have a special interactive performance with vodka tasting.

Group arrives to the restaurant and is greeted by Russian Hussar in the historical uniform.

During lunch/dinner guests will be welcomed to raise a toasts but in unusual form. Each 20 min the hussar will show up and make toast in Russian and in English. (or other requested language) Totally 4 – 5 toast will be made during all meal.

Guests repeat the toast after the Hussar and take a short with vodka (as well as a hussar).

Vodka menus will be printed in advanced and placed on tables for each guest. On menus there will be vodka specification (eg. Russian Standard Vodka, Horseradish Vodka etc) and also toasts in both languages.

After the last toast, suddenly appears the Cossack Dance Group, which perform national Cossack dance for 5 minutes and after invite guest to dance with them. (about 15 min).

PS. Please note that not all restaurants allow have the above entertainment at the restaurant.

 Welcome by Look-alike Artist (Vladimir Lenin, Tsar Nikolas and others depending on theme)

Artists who look like famous historical character (for example, Lenin, Stalin, Brezhnev, Gorbachev, Russian tsar Nicholas the Second and others) can be invited for certain program activities and dinners with political/Soviet theme. They can be a part of an entertainment program — for example, greeting the guests with a welcome speech. It is also possible to make photos with them at various historical places (Red square, close to Mausoleum, Stalin's Bunker etc) with a photo to be delivered to the guest room later or presented during the dinner.

Can be combined with other entertainment options and activities, such as Red Army Military Choir and black Volga transfers in/out the venue.

Recommended venues: State Historical Museum (located at Red Square), Stalin's Bunker, Vernadskiy State Geological Museum.

 RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: COSSACK DANCE SHOW

Cossack Dance Show is performance of traditional Cossack Russian folk dance routine consisting of acrobatic tumbles, jumps, breathtaking spins and leaps and the infamous Cossack kicks! It's also a traditional Russian entertainment for dinners, birthday parties and different functions.

The cossaks are a group of Russian military warriors who still exist today, but without the same military power they had in the past. The Cossacks had specific customs and traditions. The Cossacks of Russia were legendary horsemen and warriors, but it was really through their music and dance that they unleashed their relentless energy and passion for life and freedom. Cossack (or Hopak) dancing originated in southern Russian and Ukranian military communities. The general plan was to have a battle, win, then return and have a big dance off with all your comrades. The party was male-only, of course, and often involved pantomime style re-enactments of battlefield moments, with sabres et al. Cossack Dance captivates audiences with the ultimate in folklore presentation. Theirs is a truly remarkable performance, rich in energy, passion and excitement, that will leave lasting memories of a truly remarkable evening's entertainment.

The duration of the performance is about 20-25 minutes (depending on client’s wish).

Recommended as entertainment for Russian folklore dinners.

Usually dancing group include 8 couples, but size of the group can be changed depending on venue and on the budget.

 RECOMMENDED THEME: National costume for your Russian event

We suggest to change your fest wear for a Russian National costume for your event: it will be very impressive if the whole group or a VIP part will come to the dinner in Russian costumes! You can also organize a competition for a best costume!

An expert group will bring the costumes of different models & sizes to the hotel where you will be able to choose your particular image for the evening. Sizes are required in advance, anyway you will have the possibility to change the costume on spot as we always have more costumes as a reserve. We also suggest to invite specialists for make-up and hair-style- everything to create your special style! Recommended location: meeting-room atthe hotel. A guarantee deposit is required. All the costumes must be given back the same day at the end of the evening.

 

DAY 3 — 26th April 2021, Monday

 08:45 — 17:30 Transport & Guide Full Day (9 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 midnight hours is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. In case of full day usage price for meals of drivers & guides might be charged. 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 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.

 09:00 Exclusive Choirs performance at Saint Isaac Cathedral (30 min concert of 4 Choirs)

Saint Isaac Cathedral is the fourth highest domed construction in the world and is one of the greatest masterpieces of the architectural art in St. Petersburg. You have a unique opportunity to enter the cathedral before the opening hours (10:00 a.m.) or after the working hours (18:00) and have unforgettable choir performance inside the Cathedral.

Inside the Cathedral 4 choirs stand in the middle, and each choir stands on each side. Choirs perform one by one the Orthodox Church songs and then, as a grand final all of them sing together a hymn of St Petersburg, which sounds fantastic in the Cathedral, among all this splendid masterpieces. The concert duration is about 30 minutes and is followed by a tour around the Cathedral  (30 min).

Morning time schedule:

08:30 — Departure from the Hotel;

09:00 — Arrival to the Cathedral;

09:05 — 09:35 — Choirs performance;

09:35 — 10:00 — Tour around Cathedral;

10:05 — Departure;

Afternoon time schedule:

18:00 — Arrival to the Cathedral;

18:05 — 18:35 — Choirs performance;

18:35 — 19:05 — Tour around Cathedral;

19:05 — Departure;

Fixed price is for group up to 100 people, supplement for each extra person applies in case of group more than 100 persons.

 10:30 Canal & River Tour from St. Isaack cathedral to the Fortress

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.

 11:30 Peter & Paul Fortress

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, Sunday 11:00-18:00. Cathedral is closed on Wednesday.

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

 12:00 Peter & Paul Fortress: Midday Cannon shooting from the walls

Peter & Paul Fortress is considered to be the birthplace of St Petersburg, since it was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great as the beginning of the city. The Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul is the main part of the fortress complex. It took 21 years to build it and is the burial place of the Tzars beginning from Peter the Great. The remains of Nicholas II and his family where burried here on the 17th of July 1998.

Actual visit 1 hr.

After the tour to the Cathedral the guests climb up on the old Fortress Walls to enjoy Neva river & city panoramic view.

At 12.00 a.m. the Midday Cannon will be seen and heard by the guests. Take the unique opportunity to make a midday shot from the bastion of the Fortress (upon coordination with fortess), and take away the shooting shell with company name engraved. After that guests can be invited for a shot of vodka with pickles in company of Russian Tsar Peter the Great, the founder of Saint-Petersburg!

Murals open every day without exeption.

*Peter and Paul cathedral is open every day from 01 May to 30 September.

*Peter and Paul cathedral is closed on Wednesdays from 01 October to 30 April and last Tuesday of the month.

Activity duration: 1 hour.

 13:00 Lunch at Atrium of the Commandants House of Peter & Paul Fortress

Located on the territory of Peter & Paul Fortress in the center of the city Commandant’s House was built in 1893 specially for commandant of the Fortress. Commandant’s family lived there. Also his office was located there. The glass roof above the yard of the commandant’s house was erected in 2003, the same period walls and the whole building was reconstructed. At present exhibition devoted to history of St. Petersburg is located in this building. The Atrium is used for different exhibitions and events as one huge area 600 m2. For seated dinner it is up to 300 people.

RECOMMENDED DECORATIONS: any kind od decorations depending of the theme of the dinner. Atrium can answer any theme including avangard, disco, folk, etc. For dinner stage constrauction is highly recommended. Light & Sound installitions are required.

IMPORTANT: can be used only in summer/spring time. In case of cold weather heaters are necessary.

 15:00 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.

 16:00 Metro Tour St. Petersburg — The deepest metro in the world

The first plans to build a metro in St. Petersburg were drawn in 1899, but were not implemented due to the outbreak of WWI and then the Revolution of 1917. In 1941, 8 years after the Moscow metro was opened, building was started on the Leningrad metro, but a few months later the U.S.S.R. was forced to enter WWII. After the war the construction work resumed and the first metro line (from Avtovo to Ploschad Vosstania) was opened on November 15, 1955. Since then the metro network has grown to five lines with an average of 1.9 km (1.19 miles) between its 62 stations.

Subway stations exhibit many typical Soviet designs and features exquisite decorations and artwork making it one of the most attractive and elegant metros in the world. Due to the city's unique geology, the Saint Petersburg Metro is the deepest metro system in the world. Serving nearly three million passengers daily, it is also one of world's busyest metro system.

During the guided tour around the Metro you will visit the the most beautiful stations: Ploshad Vosstania, Vladimirskaya, Avtovo, Nevsky Prospect and other stations.

Duration of the tour is 1 hour.

Recommend to combine with Farmer’s market visit and Orthodox Church Ceremony.

Small Groups of 10 -15 persons each.

 19:30 — 23:30 Transport & Guide (Hotel — Venue-Hotel)

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 23:30 (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.

 20:00 Glamour Party & Dinner at Gymnasium restaurant (with usage of Terrace and Park area)

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.

Main hall – 150 seats maximum, summer terrace – 50 seats maximum.

 RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Opera singers performance

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.

 

DAY 4 — 27th April 2021, Tuesday

 09:30 Hydrofoil (Speed Boat) Transfer from St. Peterburg City Center to Peterhoff Park (30 minutes)

If you do not want to spend about 1 hour (depending on traffic situation) seating in bus (car, minivan and etc), going to Peterhoff Palace and Park –you can use hydrofoil! It takes about 30 – 40 min to go from the city center to Peterhoff (or vice versa). Hydrofoil makes trips only with right weather conditions. It embarks at the pier of Peterhoff (15 minutes walk through the park to the Grand Palace). Maximum capacity is 120 passengers. Hydrofoil terminals are within the city center: 1) Near the State Hermitage Museum 2) Opposite the Dekabrist Square. Walking from the landing to the Palace & Park might include areas with slight difficult access for guests in special dresses and shoes. Limited access for people with mobility difficulties — no elevators to the exhibition areas. Late departure (delay) will include extra charges for the pre-arranged transport and guides. Navigation on Neva River and Baltic Sea available only upon Sea Port restrictions and if weather conditions allows. Navigation season is from middle May to the end of September /beginning of October.

 10:00 Morning at Peterhoff Palace & Park

Peterhof is one of the world's most famous palace-park ensembles.

The Peterhof Museum Complex is one of the most popular museums not only in Russia, but in the whole world. Even a few hours here are enough to feel the spirit of history, which still lives on and breathes in this magnificent place.

As a former residence of the Russian monarchs, Peterhof brings together the finest achievements in national and international culture. This unique complex was created by outstanding architects, decorators and sculptors, whose spectacular works of art slot perfectly into the natural beauty of the coastal landscape.

Peter the Great planned Peterhof as the residence of a sea king. This was to be his incarnation of Russia as a great European power, with a foothold on the shores of the world's oceans, capable of competing with the finest Western courts — above all, with Versailles.

The history of Peterhof begins back in 1705, when travelling chambers were built for Peter the Great on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Soon, not far from this place, work began on the creation of a new imperial residence, which, Peter determined, would one day outshine all the other royal palaces of Europe. The tsar deliberately built his new residence by the sea, as a triumphant symbol of the successful conclusion of Russia's long struggle for an outlet to the Baltic Sea. Peterhof was officially opened in the presence of the tsar and foreign diplomats in August 1723.

The architecture and decor of Peterhof reflects all the artistic styles of the past and the personal tastes and preferences of every Russian monarch.

One of the world's most famous palace-park ensembles, Peterhof was virtually destroyed during the Second World War. The post-war resurrection of the entire complex was one of the finest chapters in the history of restoration in Russia. The present-day beauty of Peterhof is the result of decades of painstaking work by architects, painters and masters of decorative and applied art. Restoration work continues even to this day, in the Chapel Royal of the Grand Palace, which ought to be completed by May 2011.

Today, the museum complex stretches across five hundred hectares of territory, embracing Strelna, Peterhof and Oranienbaum. Dotted with sparkling fountains, the Lower Park and Upper Gardens flow effortlessly into the shady and romantic glades of Alexandria, forming a unique fusion of regular and landscape parks. Every day, more than twenty museums — vastly different in their origins, ideas and contents — delight visitors with exciting new discoveries and the joy of their handsome treasures.

The Peterhof Museum Complex is rightfully regarded as the «capital of fountains.» Included in the state register of most valuable cultural objects of the Russian Federation, Peterhof now bears the proud title of one of the «Seven Wonders of Russia.»

Peterhoff Palace and Park is reachable by hydrofoils, which depart from the city center and it takes 30 min one way. Visit duration is approximately 2 hours. Photo & video is prohibited in the Palaces.

Group size restriction for Grand Palace is 30 persons for 1 guide.

Museum is opened; Tuesday – Sunday: 10:30 – 18:00.Last entrance to Grand Palace is at 16:30.

The day before holidays: till 17:00. Museum is closed on Monday and last Tuesday of each month.

 13:00 Lunch at Summer Palace Restaurant (Peterhof)

The Summer Palace restaurant is located on the St. Petersburg Motorway, within easy reach of Peterhof Fountains, next to Sergiyevsk and Alexandria Parks. The interiors are grandiose — the kitchen alone occupies a space of 1,500 square meters. Surrounded by brass chandeliers you will think that you to dine in the museum.

The restaurant has 2 rooms, the Rose Room and the Painting Room. The total area of ​​these 2 rooms is — 800 sqm. The rooms can be separated by the curtain.

The Rose Room has the capacity of 350 people and the Painting Room 200 people. The restaurant can be used for conferences, a room can be used for coffee to rest and the second as a conference room. The restaurant can accommodate up to 600 people. The summer palace has the following equipment: scene of 10m x 6m, big screen, two entrances: main entrance and VIP entrance, large parking.

 RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Red Army Choir (or Naval Male choir)

What can be more impressive than to have a male choir performing specially for you during lunch/dinner. Red Army Choir (or Naval Male choir), consisting approximately of 10 — 16 men (the number can vary, depending on place of performing and clients budget). The choir will wear Green Russian Military uniform (or Russian Naval Officers Blue uniform) and will perform upon the group arrival, during the dinner or special event, which sounds very impressive.

The performance will last for 20 — 25 minutes; the duration of the performance also may be different upon the requirements. The male choir may be combined with an military style brass orchestra.

All the choristers are of a philharmonic level. The repertoire is of a great variety: Military, Russian Folkloric or Classical songs. Usually they finish their performance with well-known traditional Russian song «Kalinka» together with guests.

Recommended to use as welcome at Artillery museum or as separates entailment during dinners or cocktails.

 19:00 — 23:00 Transport & Guide Evening (Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel) for Dine around

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.

 1/ Russian Vodka Room № 1 — 100 pax

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.

 2/ Petrov-Vodkin Russian Tapas Bar & Restaurant — 50 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

 3/ Sadko Restaurant — 150 pax

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.

11 pax = 1 free meal for a guide

 4/ Katyusha Restaurant — 10 pax

«Katyusha» is situated across the street from the Kazansky Cathedral, just a few steps from Nevskiy. A hot samovar puffs smoke at the entrance, making you forget that you’re not home. Entering through the souvenir shop, you delve into the enfilade of halls – «Green», «White», «Burgundy» and further on – where Firebird burns on the bar stand. Mesh-patterned laces and trays from Zhostovo, sofas gently wrapped into Pavloposad’s cloths, the Gzelian ceramics, velvet and lamp covers made of chintz – this hospitable comfort and tranquility were designed by the Megre Interiors agency.

The menu is thoroughly Russian. The food is nourishing – pies, pancakes and dumplings. The food is high-profile – Astrakhan sturgeon caviar, mirror-like carp, moose stew. Traditional spirits or local wines would go well with milk mushroom cutlets soaked in sour cream.

How long ago have you sung romances, engaged in a circle dance or played a shell game? Every Friday and Saturday night a Dinner show rocks the place. Cheerleaded by the gentle waitresses, guests are participating. During weekdays, naval battle game competitions take place, as well as dumpling-making master classes. Katyushas are always in for a compliment at «Katyusha» – as sweet as the feeling of home.

 5/ Petrousha Russian Restaurant — 50 pax

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 5 — 28th April 2021, Wednesday

 SIGN-UP ACTIVITIES:

 

 OPTION 1: Mariinsky Theater — Backstage Tour — 30 pax

The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic theatre of opera and ballet in Saint Petersburg. Theater was opened in 1860 and became the preeminent music theatre of late 19th century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov received their premieres. Visit to St. Petersburg would not be completed without a visit to the Mariinsky Theater, home of the Kirov ballet and opera company. Small groups can take an exclusive backstage tour of the Mariinsky Theater (about 1 hour). The group will see how a performance is engineered, the rooms where the dancers and singers prepare for a performance and how the scenery is made. There also will be an opportunity to see scenery painted by artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The tour can be part of «Ballet Program» covering the visit to the Children Ballet School of Jacobson and Backstage of Mariinsky Theater.

The Theater is located on the very center of the city with walking distance from Astoria, Renaissance, Ambassador Hotels.

Maximum group capacity is 15 people. Recommended for the groups not more than 40 people. Duration of the tour is 1 hour. The tour is guided by the local Russian Speaking guide with translation into requested language.

 OPTION 2: Master-class of Russian Cusine — up to 200 pax

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.

 OPTION 3: Ballet Master Class at Children Ballet School after Leonid Yakobson — up to 100 pax

St. Petersburg is a center of Russian ballet and its history. It can even can be called a Ballet capital. Vaganov Ballet School, Yakobson Ballet School are located in the city. Also guests can always enjoy ballet performances in one of the numerous theaters. The most famous Russian Theater «Mariinsky Theater» is also located in the city.

During the tour guests will visit Russian ballet school named after Leonid Jacobson and meet the young dancers. Guests will see how children of 10-12 years old do their trainings, they will demonstrate complex technical elemets (32 fuete) and then show a few ballet performances.

Tour duration is about 1 hour. Tour scenario:

10 min introduction by the School Director;

10 min training class by children of different ages;

40 min private concert with different pieces of ballets by the children of different ages;

Program schedule:

10:00 — departure from the hotel

10:45- arrival to school (depending on traffic)

10:45 — program

11:45 — departure from the school

It is possible to organize welcome glass of Russian Champagne

Recommended maximum size of group is 40-50 persons at the same time.

 OPTION 4: Capella book special visit (for group up to 15 guests) — 30 pax

The Book Chapel features over 5,000 volumes of carefully selected books, albums and geographic atlases from the 16th to early 20th centuries, valuable from a scientific, cultural, artistic point of view. These publications have passed the test of time and not one generation of readers, many of them were awarded the title of book rarities based on the results of the evaluation at antique auctions. However, their main value is that most of them are iconic editions of the era of pre-revolutionary Russia, which embodied her life most fully and comprehensively. Nowhere else is it possible to see such a meeting — the «Book Chapel» was created specifically for these publications that make up the luxury book fund, not represented in libraries or in modern bookstores.

The collections of the «Book chapel» cover various branches of knowledge and all the main spheres of human life. Particular attention is paid to works on history — both domestic and foreign, publications devoted to the development of natural sciences and geographical discoveries, as well as books on art. Of course, in the first place, the Book Chapel is the abode of the historical book, and literary literature in it is practically not represented, but anyway, anyone can find a book that corresponds to his interests.

 OPTION 5: Roof tour — 30 pax

Everybody knows that St.Petersburg is famous for beautiful sights. Nevsky prospect, Hermitage, Saint Isaac's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Blood, rivers and bridges of the Northern Capital.

Seeing the city from above is a must when visiting St. Petersburg. Since the mid 19th century local law has limited building height, with the exception of churches, to that of the tsar’s Winter Palace (23.5 meters). Today, if you climb onto the roof of any six-storey building in the downtown, you’ll be able to see the glorious St. Petersburg skyline and its major architectural gems.

It is possible to see all these sights from the ordinary walk tours of city sightseeing buses, but just roof tours let you to see famous sights from the different point/in a new fashion. There is no better place to enjoy St. Petersburg.

 OPTION 6: Meeting with Local artist at Marina Gisich Gallery — 30 pax

St. Petersburg is a Russia's cultural capital. A city of palaces, waterways and boulevards — scenic and yet with enormous energy — St. Petersburg is the perfect place for the arts to flourish.

Now you have a unique chance to explore the contemporary art scene of St.Petersburg from inside, visit real local private gallery of Marina Gisich.

The gallery was established by Marina Gisich in 2000, the Marina Gisich Gallery is one of the first St. Petersburg contemporary art galleries. Today it is one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Russia.

The gallery also works with foreign artists and collaborates with major Russian and European museums and foundations (the State Russian Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Multimedia Art Museum, Novy Museum, Moscow City Museum, Waino Aaltonen Museum). The gallery willingly promotes contemporary art both locally and internationally.

Get a glimpse into life of local gallery owner, have a private visit of the gallery, meet local artist and visit his workshop or discover St.Petersburg through the eyes of gallery owner and spend a day together.

Duration 1 hour

Max group size 30 pax

 OPTION 7: Communist Legacy Walking Tour — 50 pax

There are questions still intriguing people's minds: Any Stalin or Lenin statues left around? Was Kirov a ballet dancer, and was Lenin a mushroom? What is a factory kitchen? Hammers and sickles are still decorating many St. Petersburg's facades, and the remains of the puzzling Soviet-era mentality still greatly influence everyday lives of Russians.

Learn about the fascinating intrigue that surrounded the throne of the Red Tsars. Page through the history of a great nation, from the glories days of the Revolution, through the Civil War and the Stalin's repressions, to the Cold War as seen from this side of the Atlantic, and finally the Stagnation, the Perestroyka and the collapse of the USSR in 1991.

We understand that people joining this tour come with rather varying level of knowledge on the subject. Our guides do their best to adjust the narration to your interests — active participation on your part is expected! The theme is too broad to be covered entirely anyway, so we can always concentrate on a particular aspect or episode of the Communist History.

Duration: 3 hours. Visits included:

— Cruiser Aurora;

— Museum of Political History;

— Building of Smolny (Head Committee of October Socialist Revolution);

Can be suggested for any number of guests. Maximum group capacity per visit inside — 30 guests at one time.

 OPTION 8: Dostoyevsky's World in St. Petersburg — 50 pax

When you speak about Russia and about Russian Culture you always mean Russian ballet and Dostoevsky who was born and created all his books in St. Petersburg. Today you have unique chance to see the place where he wrote famous «Crime and Punishment» novel, you will follow the places described in this book.

The tour will start with a visit to the Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum where the rooms contain displays of the writer’s personal belongings and furnishings and where Dostoyevsky lived from 1878 until his death in 1881. Another part of the museum includes editions of Dostoyevsky's books published during his lifetime, a collection of illustrations for them, books and photographs signed by the writer and his famous contemporaries, and manuscripts and portraits. (Note: museum is closed on Mondays and the last Wednesday of every month).

After guests will go to visit the writer’s tomb at the Alexander Nevsky Lavra’s Necropolis, place of his burial. Then you will walk by the old part of the city — Sennaya Square and surroundings following the rout described in «Crime and Punishment» novel. Here you will find the Rasskolnikov Monument. Also in this area you will see the house where Dostoevsky lived.

Tour can be finish in one of the restaurants. Like «Idiot» (after the name of Dostoevsky novel), only vegetarian menu.

Tour duration is 4 hours (without lunch)

Tour includes a lot of working so it is highly recommend to have very comfortable shoes.

Recommended Schedule:

09:30 — Departure from the hotel;

10:00 — 11:00 — Visit to Dostoyevsky Museum;

11:30 — 12:15 — Alexander Nevsky Monastery;

12:45 — 13:30 — Walking tour (Sennaya District);

14:00 — 15:30 — Lunch

 OPTION 9: Instagram Sensation St. Petersburg — 30 pax

Everybody loves to travel and take Instagram-worthy pictures in amazing locations.

We are offering program that will make you real Instagram influencers.

Everybody will agree that finding the perfect locations and taking the right pictures for your Instagram account has become an art form and real obsession of Millennials and Generation Z. So, we will help you do just that – create amazing art.

Guided by one of our highly successful Russian Instagram influencers or photographer, we will take you on an amazing exploration of the city, taking breathtakingly beautiful pictures in the best location of St. Petersburg. From famous landmarks, spectacular views, trendy hotspots and hidden gems you will experience the absolute best and take amazing Instagram pictures with a professional who knows how to capture those moments and settings that will make for your dream Instagram feed.

Tour recommend for smaller groups – up to 15 persons.

Duration can be 2 hours of full day.

There are different options:

- budget option with visit of «secret» places that don’t require administration or entrance fee, or

- more upgraded option with getting special permissions for closed venues etc.

The tour is guided by a professional Photographer who will help to create best shots

Tour can be accompanied by Instagram influencer too for extra payment.

Everybody should bring own camera and/or smartphone, but photographer will make professional shots of your guests.

 13:00 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.

 18:30 — 23:30 Transport & Guide Evening (Hotel — Hermitage — Venue — Hotel)

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 23:30 (11:30 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.

 18:30 Hermitage Exclusive Evening Visit (Peacock Clock Ceremony, Classical Quartet & Cocktail in one of the rooms)

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.

The special performance in the Hermitage will take place in the Pavilion Hall (building of the Small Hermitage) with combined elements of Classical and Renaissance architecture, marbles and fountains. The Peacock Clock created by James Cox in the 18th century was a present to Catherine the Great. It was one of the most skilled clock works of the time. During the closing hours — 17.00 the Peacock will spread its wings, the owl will turn and the rooster will sing. As option, the musical quartet dressed in 18th century costumes playing in this marvelous room will make the impression really unforgettable.

Recommended schedule:

18:00 – entrance to the Hermitage, tour visiting the most important masteries of art;

19:00 – group enters Pavilion Hall (Peacock Clock room), classical quartet is playing;

19:05 – Peacock Clock ceremony;

19:10 – classical quartet is playing;

19:20 – cocktail in one of teh rooms of Hermitage (to be confirmed);

19:45 – groups depart from Hermitage

VERY IMPORTANT: FINAL CONFIRMATION CAN BE GIVEN ONLY AFTER HERMITAGE AGREEMENT.

TIMING CAN BE CHANGED.

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

Closed: Mondays

 20:00 Gala Dinner at Beggrov mansion (former Commercial Bank)

Recently rennovated Beggrov's mansion with the unic view to Nevskiy prospect is finally opened for the guests!

At first the building belonged to the artist Mr.Beggrov, then since 1895 and up to 2000 one of the largest Russian banks had operated here. By 1917 it was ranked first bank in Russia with the largest number of assets, loans, deposits and accounts.

There are two floors and beautiful galleriies inside.

Max capacity:

Cocktail — 550 pax

Dinner — 450 pax

 Possible theme of event: Flowers’ Ball theme dinner

Everybody knows famous «Flower’s waltz» part from Tchaikovsky Ballet «Nut cracker». Today you have a chance to be part of this wonderful and mysteries piece of art. We are inviting you to the Flowers’s Duncing Ball that we will organize for you in one of the gorgeous palace of St. Petersburg.

The whole room will be decorated by different flower compositions representing different part of the world. During welcome cocktail guests will be greeted by models dressed different costumes decorated by flowers and have very unusual hair set with exotic flowers.

Each table will have unique central flower compositions that will not be repeated and will be masterpieces of art.

During evening the following enterinemdnt is recommended:

-Children choir

-Ball dance performance

-ballet performance (including different part of Tchaikovsky ballets) with «Flower’s waltz» part from Tchaikovsky Ballet «Nut cracker» in the final part.

Recommended venues: Yusupoff, Marble, Grand Duke Palace

 Catherine the Great to welcome at chosen location

Catherine II of Russia (1729-1796) was one of history's most unlikely rulers. After marrying into Russia's Romanov family, she found herself part of a coup to unseat her husband and place her on the throne. The achievements of her reign, which lasted for 34 years, have often been overshadowed by her personal life, one of the most scandalous of her—or any—era. However, behind the rumor and gossip lay one of the most astute and skillful rulers in Russia's long, turbulent history.

 RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Private Ballet performance

Russia is famous for its ballet. In Moscow and St. Petersburg located one of the most famous and prestigious ballet schools. We suggest you to have an unforgettable ballet performance during your evening. You will have an exclusive ballet performance after or during dinner. We will invite 6 soloists from world-famous Mariinsky Theater, dancing exclusively for you the famous pieces from world-famous ballets, like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nut Cracker etc. Ballet performance can be accompanied by Orchestra or by music from sound system. The duration is 30 minutes.

The above entertainment is recommended for gala dinners in Yusupoff Palace, Catherine Palace, Peterhoff Palace and many others.

Additional cost: sound and light equipment/ Live Orchestra

 RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Welcome by Drummers Girl Imperial Show

Do not miss an unique opportunity to invite the only Girls Drummer Orchestra in Russia and make your event (gala dinner) unforgettable experience. 12 young girls, wearing Russian historical military style costumes, like Russian hussar’s or as an option navy version with short skirt and imperial military hats, playing the drums. Drum show upon arrival of the group takes about 10 minutes (can be longer upon clients request).The show may be organized at the entrance, in the courtyard or inside the restaurant depending on the chosen venue as an option drummers can be a part of the evening entertainment program.

 Dinner served by Royal Catering

European management, competent logistics, culinary creations of the famous chef, high level of organization, unique design solutions, individual approach for each client — all these are the main tools

success Royal Catering.

The main task of the catering service is to emphasize the individuality of the event with the high level of services provided, that is, to provide food, drinks, service, furniture and serving.

Royal Catering can meet your expectations and find the optimal solution to the celebration — regardless of its scale, budget and other details to guarantee your success.

 

DAY 6 — 29th April 2021, Thursday

 Retro Steam Train Exclusive from St. Peterbsurg to Tsarskoe Selo

The Tsarskoye Selo Railway was the first public rail way in Russia! It ran for 27 km from St. Petersburg City Center (Vitebskiy train station) to Pavlovsk through the nearby (4 km) Tsarskoe Selo (Puskin). The line was officially opened on 30 October 1837, when an 8-carriage train was hauled by a steam locomotive between St. Petersburg and Tsarskoye Selo. Until the construction of the Moscow – St. Petersburg railway in 1851, it was the only passenger train line in Russia.

We are offering you unique experience – take HISTORICAL STEAM TRAIN dated beginning of 20th century and repeat rout of Russian Tsars along the first rail road. Your journey start in legendary Art Nouveau style Vitebsky railway station (Interesting fact that this train station saw two Tsar Nicholases and was used in production of three «Anna Karenina» movies), here you will see beautiful interiors and enjoy short tour along Imperial pavilion created especially for Tsar’s family. .

After departure from station tea ceremony with light snacks and drinks can be served on the board of the train, combined with the musical entertainment. Train arrives to Pavlovsk. Surprise Welcome cocktail can be arranged in the historical Tsar's Pavilion (upon confirmation).

The whole trip from St. Petersburg to Pavlovsk or Tsarskoe Selo takes approximately 30 — 40 minutes.

If the group comes back to Saint-Petersburg with steam train, extra fee applies.

Please note that below price is indication & is subject to re-confirmation with local railway in accordance with the date.

 Morning at Catherine's Palace & Park (Pushkin)

Catherine Palace was the Rococo summer residence of the Russian tsars, located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg. Originally it was a residence of Catherine I.

Catherine Palace complex includes Palace and Park ensemble. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions rise: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. In the years 1811 — 1843 the Tsarskoselsky Lyceum was established there, it was an elite school for noble family’s children. Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin was educated there. After revolution of 1917 the palace and park were made the museum. During the tour you will enjoy the magnificent view of the 300-meter facade of the palace and reconstructed Amber Room, located inside the palace.

It takes about 1 hour to go to Pushkin (Catherine Palace) by bus. (depending on traffic situation).

There is a flee market near the Palace. Palace visit is recommended to combine with Pavlovsk Palace tour (3 km from Pushkin), followed by lunch in Podvorie restaurant.

Also horse riding can be done for the transfer to the restaurant or to the Pavlovsk Palace.

Museum is opened: 10 am — 5 pm. Closed Tuesdays & last Monday of the month. The day before holidays — till 4 pm.

 13:00 Lunch at Russian Podvorie (with unlimited local wine and vodka)

Lunch or dinner at Podvorie (Log House)restaurant is a nice continuation after the tour in Pushkin (Catherine palace or Pavlovsk. Ten years of work gave this restaurant popularity and faultless reputation. Famous politicians, businessmen, people of art have become regular visitors of the restaurant. President Vladimir Putin had his birthday party here. Famous composer Rostropovich always visits Podvorie when he is in Saint Petersburg. Prince Charles, Gerhard Schroeder, Jacque Chirac – are some of the high-ranking officials who form the list of restaurant visitors.

'Podvorie' is considered the most Russian of all Russian restaurants. Here you will be offered traditional Russian cuisine, exclusive home products and wines made by the restaurant owner at his private summer residence in Crimea from the grapes brought up at private vineyards. During summer, a summer outdoor part is opened. It is located outside in a traditional Russian wooden. The restaurant itself is a wooden rustic building. Restaurant has five halls with different capacity: 1st hall (90 seats), 2nd hall (70 seats), 3rd hall (50 seats), 4th hall (30 seats), 5th hall (40 seats). Summer outdoor hall capacity is 130 seats. Russian Folklore group is performing during lunch/dinner and is included into menu price ONLY for the groups from 25 guests.

 

DAY 7 — 30th April 2021, Friday

 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).