Russia For You: Sample Programs

Destination
Season
Theme

Summer St. Petersburg Conference Tour for 120 pax, 4* Hotel

09 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / St. Petersburg
Season: Summer
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
15 Jul
2021
Thu

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg Description

MUST KNOW: St. Petersburg WeatherForecast

Afternoon Arrival at Pulkovo Airport

Bread & Salt Welcome Ceremony during Check In

Welcome Dinner at Cote Jardin Restaurant, Novotel Hotel

Day 2
16 Jul
2021
Fri

Morning Meeting at Novotel Hotel

Lunch at Cote Jardin, Novotel Hotel

Afternoon Meeting at Novotel Hotel

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

19:30 Welcome Reception & Tour at Museum of Russian Vodka

20:00 Welcome Russian Dinner at Russian Vodka Room № 1

Day 3
17 Jul
2021
Sat

Morning Meeting at Novotel Hotel

Lunch at Stroganoff Steak House

City Sightseeing with St. Isaac's Cathedral

Hermitage State Museum

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

Gala Dinner at Last Palace

Dinner Served by Royal Catering

Entertainment during the dinner: Cossack Dance Show

Day 4
18 Jul
2021
Sun

 

 

Pulkovo Airport (New Terminal) Departure

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

Novotel St. Petersburg Center 4*

Novotel St Petersburg Centre 4 * hotel situated in the historical centre of St. Petersburg a stone's throw from Nevsky Prospekt with its bar scene, nightlife, shopping and main attractions.

The hotel features 233 spacious rooms (consisting of 217 Standard rooms, 14 Junior Suites and 2 Executive Suites.), 9 meeting rooms, fashionable French restaurant, cozy Lobby Bar, La Brioche Deli-Counter with assortment of fresh homemade cakes, free Wi-Fi Internet, free fitness centre with hammam to relax, concierge services, ATM, exchange office, free parking and visa support.

 

DAY 1 — 15th July 2021, Thursday

 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°)

 Afternoon Arrival at Pulkovo Airport

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

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

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

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

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

 Bread & Salt Welcome Ceremony during 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 Cote Jardin Restaurant, Novotel Hotel

Cote Jardin is a modern furnished restaurant with international flair. You will be thrilled with a Mediterranean cooking style with a Russian touch. Cote Jardin presents assorted specialties with weekly changing suggestions from the Chef, his «Signature dishes». These suggestions and additional seasonal food festivals on a regular basis will become a culinary highlight.

From 06:30 till 10:30 international American Breakfast is served. Beside freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, a healthy corner and local specialties.

Daily buffet business lunch on week-days from 12:00 till 16:00 from French Chef Fabrice Pantera. Enjoy the wide range of starters as salads, fish and meat cuts, terrines, vegetables, pickles and mushrooms, the soup of the day, meat, fish and vegetarian main courses, desserts, seasonal fresh fruits and ice cream, tea, coffee, mineral water.

Restaurant capacity is 120 guests.

Recommended for group lunches and dinners.

 

DAY 2 — 16th July 2021, Friday

 Morning Meeting at Novotel Hotel

Novotel Hotel in the city center has 9 modern fully equipped meeting and conference rooms with modern ergonomic furniture, daylight, individual air conditioning and state of art conference technology. With professional multi-lingual employees assisting your function.

Meeting rooms are from 25 to 140 square meters. Two modular rooms provide space for up to 120 persons each. Pre-function area and foyer for a coffee-break are available.

The capacities shown are without technical equipment, stage or dance floor.

Meeting facilities include overhead projectors, high definition LCD projectors, slide projectors, integrated screens, DVD players, TV sets, sound system with wireless microphones, high speed and wireless Internet connection and much more. Standard equipment is included in the room rental: Flipchart, Overhead Projector, Screen, Pin Board and Moderator Box.

Additional equipment has to be ordered in advance

 Lunch at Cote Jardin, Novotel Hotel

Cote Jardin is a modern furnished restaurant with international flair. You will be thrilled with a Mediterranean cooking style with a Russian touch. Cote Jardin presents assorted specialties with weekly changing suggestions from the Chef, his «Signature dishes». These suggestions and additional seasonal food festivals on a regular basis will become a culinary highlight.

From 06:30 till 10:30 international American Breakfast is served. Beside freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, a healthy corner and local specialties.

Daily buffet business lunch on week-days from 12:00 till 16:00 from French Chef Fabrice Pantera. Enjoy the wide range of starters as salads, fish and meat cuts, terrines, vegetables, pickles and mushrooms, the soup of the day, meat, fish and vegetarian main courses, desserts, seasonal fresh fruits and ice cream, tea, coffee, mineral water.

Restaurant capacity is 120 guests.

Recommended for group lunches and dinners.

 Afternoon Meeting at Novotel Hotel

Novotel Hotel in the city center has 9 modern fully equipped meeting and conference rooms with modern ergonomic furniture, daylight, individual air conditioning and state of art conference technology. With professional multi-lingual employees assisting your function.

Meeting rooms are from 25 to 140 square meters. Two modular rooms provide space for up to 120 persons each. Pre-function area and foyer for a coffee-break are available.

The capacities shown are without technical equipment, stage or dance floor.

Meeting facilities include overhead projectors, high definition LCD projectors, slide projectors, integrated screens, DVD players, TV sets, sound system with wireless microphones, high speed and wireless Internet connection and much more. Standard equipment is included in the room rental: Flipchart, Overhead Projector, Screen, Pin Board and Moderator Box.

Additional equipment has to be ordered in advance

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

 19:30 Welcome Reception & Tour at Museum of Russian Vodka

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

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

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

Museum tour includes: excursion and tasting.

Timing:

20 min — excursion

20 min — vodka tasting

20 min — shopping souvenirs

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

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

 20:00 Welcome Russian Dinner at Russian Vodka Room № 1

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

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

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

 

DAY 3 — 17th July 2021, Saturday

 Morning Meeting at Novotel Hotel

Novotel Hotel in the city center has 9 modern fully equipped meeting and conference rooms with modern ergonomic furniture, daylight, individual air conditioning and state of art conference technology. With professional multi-lingual employees assisting your function.

Meeting rooms are from 25 to 140 square meters. Two modular rooms provide space for up to 120 persons each. Pre-function area and foyer for a coffee-break are available.

The capacities shown are without technical equipment, stage or dance floor.

Meeting facilities include overhead projectors, high definition LCD projectors, slide projectors, integrated screens, DVD players, TV sets, sound system with wireless microphones, high speed and wireless Internet connection and much more. Standard equipment is included in the room rental: Flipchart, Overhead Projector, Screen, Pin Board and Moderator Box.

Additional equipment has to be ordered in advance

 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.

 City Sightseeing with St. Isaac's Cathedral

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.

The tour includes a visit to St. Isaac ‘s Cathedral which is the fourth highest domed constructions in the World. St. Isaac's Cathedral was once the main church of St. Petersburg and the largest church of Russia. A French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand built the Cathedral, a prime landmark of the Russian Imperial capital, in 1818-58. The facades are decorated with sculptures and massive granite columns (made of single pieces of red granite), while the interiors dazzle the eye with mosaic icons, paintings and columns made of malachite and lapis lazuli.

Working hours: 16 SEP — 30 APR: 11 am – 7 pm.

1 MAY — 15 SEP: 10 am — 7 pm.

Closed: Wednesdays. On school holidays opened — daily.

The actual tour duration is 1. 5 – 2 hours, depending on traffic.

 Hermitage State Museum

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

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

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

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

Closed: Mondays

Address: 34 Dvortsovaya embankment.

 18:30 — 23:30 Transport & Guide Evening (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 (11:30 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.

 Gala Dinner at Last Palace

The palace of Prince Abamelek-Lazarev happened to be the last building erected in St. Petersburg before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Located in the most magnificent part of St. Petersburg’s historical downtown, the building has retained its dazzling palatial interiors. The palace is an ideal place for hosting exhibitions, presentations, conferences, gala parties and banquets. There is a convenient boat landing in front of the palace’s main entrance so as an option guests can arrive to the restaurant by boat, or embark from here on an exciting tour of St. Petersburg’s enchanting rivers and canals. The specious lobby on the ground floor is ideal for gala receptions.

The Banquet Hall (250 sq.m.) accommodate up to 150 guests capacity for seates dinner and up to 200 guests for coctail. Hall has a painted ceiling, molds, marble pillars and balcony is the palace’s pride and joy.

The Theatre Hall is adorned with red-brown Corinthian pilasters with white capitals and painted ceilings. The hall is fitted with a stage, a make-up room, a floor area of 180 square metres.

Capacity for seated dinner is 100 persons, for standing reception up to 130 persons.

 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.

 Entertainment during the dinner: 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.

 

DAY 4 — 18th July 2021, Sunday

 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).