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St.Petersburg Incentive Program for 400 pax ( 4* hotel )

10 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / St. Petersburg
Season: Summer
Theme: Incentive

 

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 May
2020
Mon

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg Description

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg WeatherForecast

OPTIONAL: PILLOW GIFT FOR ARRIVAL — MATRESHKA WITH LOGO

OPTIONAL: Pillow gift for arrival: VODKA Collection sets

Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Arrival

 

RECOMMENDATION: Dinner at Stroganoff Steak House for all 392 pax

Day 2
5 May
2020
Tue

City Sightseeing tour

09:30 — 15:30 Transport & Guide Full Day (6 hours)

Morning Hermitage State Museum visit

OPTIONAL: Morning Peter & Paul Fortress visit

Lunch at Russian Sadko Restaurant — 147 pax

Lunch at Petrousha Russian Restaurant — 98 pax

Lunch at Russian Vodka Room № 1 — 147 pax

Afternoon activities

1/ Afternoon Canal & River Tour (1 hour duration of the tour for 1 group 110 pax))

2/ OPTIONAL: Afternoon St. Isaac's Cathedral visit

3/ OPTIONAL: Spilled Blood Church visit

Dinner at Alpenhaus restaurant for all 392 pax

OPTIONAL: Dinner at Street Food Bar №1 for 196 pax (maximum capacity is 240 pax)

OPTIONAL: Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe for 196 pax (maximum capacity is 250 pax)

Day 3
6 May
2020
Wed

09:30 — 15:30 Transport & Guide Full Day (6 hours)

Morning Peterhoff Palace & Park visit

Lanch at Shuvalov Cafe in Shuvalovka Village (2 halls for 250 pax and 150 pax)

At Leisure / Free time

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

Gala dinner at Gymnasium restaurant

OPTIONAL:Gala dinner at Nautilus

OPTIONAL: Atrium of the Commandants House of Peter & Paul Fortress

RECOMMENDATION: Classical quartette during the dinner

RECOMMENDATION: Cossack Dance Show

RECOMMENDATION: Opera singers

RECOMMENDATION: Dancing Band

RECOMMENDATION: Russian ballet heritage on stage

Day 4
7 May
2020
Thu

OPTIONAL: Morning Catherine's Palace & Park (Pushkin)

OPTIONAL: Lunch at Russian Podvorie Log House (with unlimited local wine and vodka)

Pulkovo Airport Departure — from Podvorie restaurant — 15 minutes

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 04-07/05/2020 Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya 4*

The Park Inn Pulkovskaya, situated on the beautiful Moskovsky Avenue, offers guests access to downtown St. Petersburg Russia. The hotel's close proximity to the heart of the city and main airport is ideal for business and leisure guests.

This St. Petersburg accommodation offers 841 modern rooms, including a number of Business Friendly Rooms and suites. Many of the rooms offer picturesque views of Victory Square, the Monument to the Historic Defenders of Leningrad as well as St. George church and monastery.

Able to accommodate as many as 600 delegates in its state-of-the-art congress hall, the Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya also offers 21 well-equipped, which can accommodate 10 to 200 people, modern meeting rooms in St. Petersburg, including Atrium banquet hall for up to 350 guests, Congress hall for up to 500 guests and more than 1,400 square meters of exhibition space.

 04-07/05/2020 Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya 4*

Located on the scenic Gulf of Finland and just 10 minutes from the heart of the city, this hotel in St. Petersburg is a top choice for guests.

The hotel has 1193 newly renovated rooms overlooking the city or the Gulf of Finland, hotel rooms include 40 Suites and 20 Duplex Suites with premier amenities.

The largest conference hotel the city has to offer, the Park Inn features 26 flexible meeting rooms with natural day light, modern technical equipment, Free Wireless High-speed Internet and individual climate control. More than 2000-square-metres of exhibition space on two levels with easy access for setting up.

The banquet halls of the hotel are located on the first and second floors and can be used for conferences and seminars. The halls can possilly accommodate up to 2000 participants.

 

DAY 1 — 4th May 2020, Monday

 MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg Description

Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter I on May 27, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918).

It is Russia's second largest city after Moscow with 5.132 million inhabitants, and the sixth largest metropolis in Europe after Moscow (15m), London (12.875m), Paris (9.638m), Istanbul (9.413m), and The Ruhr, (7.3m). Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural center, and an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea.

The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg constitutes a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is also home to The Hermitage, Peter & Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Marinsky Theater, Spilled Blood Church, Amber Room and many others.

The average daily temperature in July is 22 °C (72 °F), the winter minimum is about −25 °C (−13 °F). The average annual temperature is +5.4 °C (42 °F). The River Neva within the city limits usually freezes up in November–December and break-up occurs in April. Weather conditions are quite variable all year round.

St. Petersburg is called the Venice of the North due to all canals and bridges along the Neva River and canals. Navigation usually starts in the end of April and ends at the end of September.

Shopping malls, shops and stores are opened from 09-00 – 22:00 7 days a week. The city many restaurants, bars and night spots with wide variety of entertainment.

 MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg WeatherForecast

In order to have an idea about weather conditions in St. Petersburg for specific month please, click on the web link

• JAN 12F-23F (-11 to -4 C°) • FEB 12F — 24F (-12 to -4 C°)

• MAR 18F-33F (-7 to 2 C°) • APR 31F — 45F (-1 to 9 C°)

• MAY 42F — 58F (7 to 15 C°) • JUN 51F — 66F (14 to 20 C°)

• JUL 57F- 71F (14 to 25C°) • AUG 53F — 66F (14 to 22C°)

• SEP 45F — 57F (10 to 19C°) • OCT 37F — 45F (4 to 6 C°)

• NOV 27F — 34F (1 to -4C°) • DEC 18F — 26F (-15 to -5C°)

 OPTIONAL: PILLOW GIFT FOR ARRIVAL — MATRESHKA WITH LOGO

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

 OPTIONAL: Pillow gift for arrival: VODKA Collection sets

Vodka is one of the national Russian symbols and one of the things most associated with the country. Being the biggest consumer of this drink, Russia spread the vodka culture to other countries by producing some spectacular kinds of vodka.

 Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Arrival

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

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

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

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

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

 RECOMMENDATION: Dinner 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.

 

DAY 2 — 5th May 2020, Tuesday

 City Sightseeing tour

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

 Morning Hermitage State Museum visit

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.

 OPTIONAL: Morning Peter & Paul Fortress visit

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.

13:00 — 15:00 Lunch Dine around 

Russian Sadko Restaurant for 1st group — 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.

 Petrousha Russian Restaurant for 2nd group — 100 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.

Russian Vodka Room № 1 for 3rd group — 150 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.

 Afternoon activities

 1/ Afternoon Canal & River Tour (1 hour duration of the tour for 1 group 110 pax))

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.

 2/ OPTIONAL: 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

Opened 10:30 – 18:00 

Evening visit 1 MAY — 30 SEP: 18:00-22:30

Colonnade of St.Isaak Cathedral opened 1 NOV — 30 APR: 10:30 -18:00 /// 1 MAY — 30 OCT: 10:30 — 18:00

Closed: Wednesdays. During school holidays opened — daily.

 3/ OPTIONAL: Spilled Blood Church visit

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.

 Dinner at Alpenhaus restaurant for all 400 pax

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!

 OPTIONAL: Dinner at Street Food Bar №1 for 200 pax (maximum capacity is 240 pax)

This stylish, innovative sports bar is able not only to satisfy hunger, to please the eye with a thoughtful interior, but to organize your leisure even better than you would do it yourself. Business lunch or brunch, a feast or a banquet can be organized here.The menu will win you a rich choice and unusual design of popular street food.

Juicy burgers with colorful buns and exclusive sauces, delicious homemade sausages, hot dogs, barbecue, sandwiches, ice cream with pepper and spices, which are rolled in a special cart by the hall, will not leave indifferent any gourmet. A widescreen screen, a multimedia system, a powerful Dolby Atmos sound system will provide a 100% immersion in the atmosphere of the match, literally transferring you to the stadium directly to your favorite team. In times of sports calm, train your brain and reaction with the help of board games and a large console.

The maximum number of seats is up to 300 people.

— Small hall — 100 seats

— Great Hall — 150 seats

— Species gallery — 50 seats

 OPTIONAL: Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe for 200 pax (maximum capacity is 250 pax)

Hard Rock Cafe St. Petersburg is in the heart of St. Petersburg on Sadovaya Street on the delightful embankment of Kryukov Canal, just a short walk from Mariinsky Theatre and the legendary Isaakievsky Cathedral. Featuring Legendary® Burgers, delicious starters, and handcrafted cocktails, Hard Rock Cafe St. Petersburg rocks with a bar, a retail store, and a 400-square-meter floor.

St.Petersburg's location is #85 in the world and features some unique memorabilia from local artists.

 

DAY 3 — 6th May 2020, Wednesday

 Morning Peterhoff Palace & Park visit

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.

 Lanch at Shuvalov Cafe in Shuvalovka Village (2 halls for 250 pax and 150 pax)

Just thirty minutes drive from St. Petersburg on the way to the fountains and palaces of Peterhof — and you are in a real fairy tale, in the Russian village «SHUVALOVKA».

 At Leisure / Free time

During your free time in St. Petersburg, we recommend you:

1/ Do some shopping. Pay your attention to Russian scarves, fabrics, fur hats, souvenirs, crystal, Russian porcelain, paintings, caviar, lacquer boxes, amber, Matreshka (Russian Doll).

Shops are also opened dayly from 10- 22:00, some malls are opened even longer. Main department stores lockated on Nevsky Prospekt, Sadovaya street and Bolshaya Konjushenaya. Main Department stores are «Passage», «Gostiny Dvor», «Stockmann» and «Gallery».

2/ Walk along gorgeous embankments.

3/ Relax and enjoy coffee/tea in numerous coffee-houses on Nevsky prospect.

4/ Visit the Zinger House (nowadays – Book House, one of the oldest in the city)

and many other things to explore the city and its people.

 Gala dinner at 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.

 OPTIONAL: 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.

 RECOMMENDATION: Classical quartette during the dinner

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

 RECOMMENDATION: 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.

 RECOMMENDATION: 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.

Can be arranged for any size of the group.

 RECOMMENDATION: Dancing Band

A great dance band will make the reception, corporate party, or special event come alive. Dance bands (sometimes called variety bands or cover bands) perform the top dance hits that you and your party guests know and love. A truly versatile dance band plays everything from jazz, soul, motown, disco, R&B, blues, pop, contemporary, swing, to current dance music hits. A dance band will typically include male and female vocalists, a saxophone, keyboards, bass, guitar, drums and percussion, and even a brass section if required. Good dance music creates a potent sound and energy that ensures the musical success of your event. Guests will be dancing and singing along to their favorite dance music from start to finish.

 RECOMMENDATION: Russian ballet heritage on stage

Russian ballet school with its traditions is well known as one of the oldest and strongest in the world. It gave birth to such outstanding ballet dancers as M. Plisetskaya, M. Baryshnikov, G. Ulanova etc. Nowadays the ballet school tries to keep the traditions formed by years and to implement the new ideas and forms of expression. The young and talented ballet dancers, at the age of 6 — 16 years old, students of the Yakobson ballet school, prize — winners at the International Festival of Ballet schools in Prague in April 2000 and at the International Festival in Bulgaria in June 2001, perform the ballet pieces from the most famous Russian ballets, such as Swan Lake, Raymonda, Giselle, La Esmeralda, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, and Nut Cracker, which are their repertoir. The performance lasts for 30 minutes, and may be acompanied either by the orquestra or by phonogram. The stage is decorated with the attributes of the ballet. The young ballet dancers are wearing the costumes of the carachters performed. The ballet piece for the exclusive performance should be chosen beforehand. The children's ballet performance may be combined with other performances, such as opera singers, choir, adult ballet dancers performance,as a part of the evening entertainment program.

Programm duration depends on request.

 

DAY 4 — 7th May 2020, Thursday

 OPTIONAL: Morning 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.

 OPTIONAL: Lunch at Russian Podvorie Log House (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.

 Pulkovo Airport Departure — from Podvorie restaurant — 15 minutes

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