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Vladivostok Incentive Summer Program

01 September  2020
Country / city: Russia / Other Russian Cities
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
19 Jun
2021
Sat

MUST KNOW: Climate of Vladivostok

MUST KNOW: City of Vladivostok

Airport of Vladivostok

Hotel Check-in and free time to have a rest after a long trip to Vladivostok

Lunch at Lesnaya Zaimka Restaurant on the way from the airport

 

19:00 Dinner at restaurant «Na Ogonek»

Day 2
20 Jun
2021
Sun

09:00 — 17:00 Transport and guide full day 8 hrs

Visit to Russkiy Island and the Vladivostok Aquarium

14:45 Lunch at Novik Country Club — Russkiy Island

Visit to Oceanarium (Aquarium) at Russkiy Island — the first and the biggest one in Russia

15:00 Return and explore the city of Vladivostok

Railway Station of Vladivostok

Admiral Fokin walking street

GUM Department store Vladivostok

Walk to Funicular Station and ascend to Eagle Hill

Glass of Champagne on the Eagle Nest Observation Platform

Visit to Primorye State Art Gallery

18:00 — 00:00 Evening entertainment tour to Casino Tigre de Cristal with dinner included

20:00 Dinner at Tigre de Cristal — Cascade Restaurant

Day 3
21 Jun
2021
Mon

08:00 — 16:00 Transport and guide full day 8 hrs

08:00 — 16:00 Safari Park tour — MEET WITH AMUR TIGER see the wild nature

 

 

18:30 Return to the city and DINNER at Port Cafe Vladivostok- Far East Cuisine

20:00 Evening Performance at Mariinsky Theater Primorsky Stage

Day 4
22 Jun
2021
Tue

09:30 — 13:30 Military Highlights of Vladivostok including MIDDAY CANNON SHOOTING

Midday Cannon Shooting from the Walls of Vladivostok Fortress

4/ Petrov Island

 

13:30 — 17:30 HARBOR CRUISE WITH SEAFOOD DEGUSTATION and ISLANDS visit

1/ Golden Horn Harbor

2/ Putyatin Island

3/ Ascold Island

19:00 Farewell dinner at Seven Feet Restaurant

Day 5
23 Jun
2021
Wed

Airport Departure Vladivostok

 

 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 Lotte Hotel Vladivostok 5*

The hotel was built in 1997 and is located in the business and cultural center of Vladivostok: shopping centers, supermarkets, main attractions and recreation areas are located nearby.

 OPTIONAL: Astoria Hotel Vladivostok 4*

In the heart of the city of Vladivostok is a modern hotel called «Astoria». The convenient location allows guests to quickly and comfortably get to any point of the city. The hotel is chosen by those who value comfort and quality of services provided. Individual approach to each guest will make your stay unforgettable.

For guests who come not only on vacation, but also for work, Astoria hotel offers a conference room that can accommodate up to 50 people. The hall is equipped with modern appliances and necessary furniture. There is air conditioning, a marker Board, a changing room and a coffee break area. At your request, the hotel staff will select an individual menu for You, taking into account your budget and wishes.

Address:

Vladivostok, Partizansky prospect, 44

 OPTIONAL: Azimut Vladivostok Hotel

VLADIVOSTOK Hotel opened March 7, 1975. Located in the center of the city within 10 minutes walk from the Railway Station and Sea Terminal, the hotel stands on the picturesque hillside that offers a beautiful panorama of the Amursky Bay and the Golden Horn Bay. Nearby there are beaches, yacht clubs.

Hotel has 415 comfortable and cosy rooms which can accommodate up to 700 people. All guest rooms are equipped with bath (with a set of toiletries)/WC, fridge, direct dial phone, cable and satellite TV. An independent water and electricity supply system ensures uninterrupted work of all the hotel divisions.

For a refreshing drink or stack you can stop at the Snack Bar (4th, 11th floor) and try some of the local specialities, or enjoy a meal at «Sakura» restaurant, which serves seafood delicacies. In leisure time you are invited to casino, billiards, hall of machine games, sauna, hairdressing saloon, massage room, fitness gym.

The Business Center will help you execute your business while staying at the hotel: internet, e-mail, fax, copying. You can rent a car, a mobile phone, as well as a Conference room, and a VCR.

The hotel offers all the necessary consumer services: laundry, valet service, luggage storage, dentist office, souvenir shop, and newspaper kiosk.

We have everything to make a business or leisure traveler feel comfortable and at home.

 

DAY 1 — 19th June 2021, Saturday

 MUST KNOW: Climate of Vladivostok

The capital of Primorsky Krai is located on the Muravyov-Amursky and Sandy peninsulas and on five dozen Islands off the coast of the sea of Japan (Peter the Great Bay). These are mostly small Islands with an area of up to 1 square km. Major rivers do not flow through the Vladivostok district, there are only small rivers and streams. Two of them, the Bogataya and Sedanka rivers, have reservoirs. The relief of the city consists of many hills up to 474 meters high.

The climate of the district is monsoon. Summers are humid and warm,with maximum precipitation. The winter is sunny, cool and dry. Autumn is warm, and frosts come in November. In spring, temperature changes are often observed. In Vladivostok: the average temperature is 4.9 oC;

the maximum (absolute) is 33.6 ºC;

minimum (absolute) — minus 31.8 ºC;

the average temperature in January (the coldest month) is minus 11.3 ºC;

the average temperature in August (the warmest month) is 20.8 ºC.

 MUST KNOW: City of Vladivostok

Vladivostok is the major city in the Russian Far East. It is industrial, transport, scientific and cultural center and the biggest ocean port of Russia on the pacific coast. As much as almost 47% of its population are somehow involved in industry, transport, and communication. Vladivostok provides you with all major ways of transportation, it is the terminus of Trans-Siberian Railroad, the longest railroad in the world; Vladivostok -Khabarovsk highway, and the most extended air-route of Russia.

The heart of the city is the port with its 16 piers, 4 190meters mooring line, and passenger-service area, specialized in container and bulk cargo processing, shipping of cargoes to Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Magadan, and the northern Sakha Republic.

Vladivostok is a college city. Its higher education arsenal accounts nine Universities The status of the major seaport in the Russian Far East predestined for Vladivostok the role of a cultural center. Vladivostok has Chamber and Drama Theatres, Puppet Show, Philharmonic Society, Circus, and Picture Galleries.

Vladivostok shares the latitude with Sapporo, Sukhumi, Almaty, Florence, Marseille, A Coruña, Boston, and Toronto.

Railroad distance to Moscow is 9,302 km. The direct distance to Moscow is 6,430 km. Direct distance to Bangkok is 5,600 km, to Darwin—6,180 km, San Francisco—8,400 km, Lisbon—10,100 km, London—8,500 km, to Seoul—750 km, to Tokyo—1,050 km, to Beijing—1,331 km.

 Airport of Vladivostok

Vladivostok international airport occupies an important strategic position in Primorye, connecting Western Europe, Russia and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region: China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, and India by air.

Today the airport has been approved to receive all types of aircraft and ICAO category II. Comfort level of the new terminal complies with the «C» standart, according to the classification adopted in the leadership of IATA to design (Airport Terminal Reference Manual 8 th Edition, April 1995 IATA). New terminal will have a capacity of 1360 persons per hour or 3.5 million per year.

The route network of the airport has more than 30 destinations, which make the leading Russian and Asian airlines flights. Among our partners is «Avrora», «Aeroflot», «Transaero», «S7 Airlines», «North Wind», «Yakutia airline», «Korean Airlines», «China Southen», «Air Koryo», etc.

The airport is located West of the village of Knevichi, 2.5 km from the city of Artem, and 38 km northeast of the city of Vladivostok.

 Lunch at Lesnaya Zaimka Restaurant on the way from the airport

Traditional Russian Restaurant situated in 25 minutes way from Vladivostok to Airport. Complex of wooden buildings looks like old russian village. Restaurant offers Russian and international cuisine. Restaurant includes 4 different rooms decorated in Russian Log House Style. Inner courtyard has small fountain. The biggest room can accommodate 120 persons.

 Hotel Check-in and free time to have a rest after a long trip to Vladivostok

After transfer and lunch on the way from the airport to the city of Vladivostok check-in at the Hotel and have rest after a long flight.

 19:00 Dinner at restaurant «Na Ogonek»

OGONEK is a farmers restaurant that combines the latest trends in the restaurant business: hospitality, nature and ecology. The chef's menu with an emphasis on local and seasonal products, modern design, and all this is seasoned with a friendly atmosphere.

Here you can taste local sea food and traditional russian cuisine.

Open 12.00 — 22.00

 

DAY 2 — 20th June 2021, Sunday

 09:00 — 17:00 Transport and guide full day 8 hrs

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.

 Visit to Russkiy Island and the Vladivostok Aquarium

Your trip begins with crossing two modern cable-stayed bridges: Bridge across Zolotoy Rog Bay and Russky Bridge constructed in 2012. Russky Island was finally established only by the mid-20th century. In Soviet time, Russky was a military and forbidden island. The new life of Russky Island started after holding the APEC Summit on its territory in autumn 2012. Unique seaside nature, azure sea, a lot of picturesque coves, majestic coastal cliffs, excellent beaches and a scattering of unique fortifications — all this is Russian island, the largest in the Gulf of Peter the Great and the closest to the mainland Vladivostok. During the tour around Russky Island you’ll visit Primorsky Aqurium – the first Aquarium in Russia included into the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In the Primorsky Aquarium you will be able to see large scale exhibits, which will show theories about the origin of our Universe, evolution in the ocean, and also will present current biodiversity in the fresh and salt waters of our planet. Most of the exhibits will be live ones. They will let you meet inhabitants of the Russian water zones, such as the Sea of Japan / East Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea, the Amur River, Lake Baikal and Lake Khanka, as well as inhabitants of cool polar seas, warm tropical rivers and seas, and the open ocean.

 Visit to Oceanarium (Aquarium) at Russkiy Island — the first and the biggest one in Russia

Oceanarium (Aquarium) was opened in July 1991. The Japanese firm Nitiro Corporation delivered and mounted the technical equipment. There are two main sections in the Oceanarium: museum exhibits, including the inhabitants of the Far East's seas and coasts. There is a cranium of the famous Stellerovaya cow that became extinct in the 18th century, a stuffed ancient cluster-finned fish, Latimeria, and a collection of shells. There is also a live exposition of 86 species and over 1,800 samples in the aquariums, representing a variety of inhabitants found in the Gulf of Peter the Great and other water reservoires of Primorye.

MON day off

TUE 10:00 — 20:00

WED 14:00 — 20:00

THU 10:00 — 20:00

FRI 10:00 — 20:00

SAT 10:00 — 20:00

SUN 10:00 — 20:00

 14:45 Lunch at Novik Country Club — Russkiy Island

The cozy restaurant with three separate rooms and a summer outdoor veranda is always happy to welcome guests. Important people from different countries meet here, businessmen conduct business negotiations, and foreign tourists try local delicacies with interest. The menu contains only the best dishes of the Far East, with a special history, spectacular presentation and unforgettable taste. The eco-friendliness and moderation of the Nordic cuisine is perfectly complemented by local farm products. An interesting combination of taste and texture of marine life, bright shades and aromas of local herbs, incredible juice of real meat from the far Eastern forests — each dish is brought to perfection. The restaurant space allows you to implement an event of any format: from a modest buffet to a large-scale reception of guests of the highest level-Novik Country Club meets the most ambitious expectations.

 15:00 Return and explore the city of Vladivostok

Every guest of Vladivostok who steps on the streets of this city, one way or another, must experience this walking tour fascinating and rich with impressions. Here are the most remarkable monuments that make up the history of the city. And you will follow in the footsteps of its founders, builders and defenders. Try to break away from the crowd of other passengers and calmly look around. And you will immediately find something to admire. For example, the building of the railway station itself, which was laid in 1891 in the presence of Tsarevich Nikolai Alexandrovich, the future Emperor. At the beginning of the 20th century, the station was rebuilt and became similar to Yaroslavl station in Moscow, thus symbolically connecting the edges of the Empire. Walking through the station's floors and looking at it in detail from the outside is a separate and great pleasure. There are many turrets, large arched arches, columns at the entrance, Dormer Windows in the form of cocoanuts. Everything is made in the traditions of Russian architecture of the modern era, and the building itself resembles an ancient Russian Teremok, decorated with the image of St. George on a white horse, as well as figures of fairy-tale birds and animals.

 Railway Station of Vladivostok

Aleutskaya St. 2

No matter by what kind of transportation you reach Vladivostok, you should visit its train station without fail. Located at the downtown, its gorgeous building is one of the oldest and most beautiful ones in Primorsky Krai's capital. Being recognized the unique engineering creation, train station's building has the status of historical and architectural monument of federal importance and is one of the most recognizable Vladivostok's symbols.

The city train station was built as the last point of the Trans-Siberian Railway — the longest railway in the world that connects Moscow and Vladivostok — and is the utmost point of the immense Russia and the terminal point for everyone traveling from country's European part to the east.

The Vladivostok train station was founded simultaneously with the railway in 1891. The Tsesarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich — future Russian Imperator Nicholas II — who visited the city within the framework of his Eastern trip participated directly in its foundation. Two years later the train station was solemnly opened. Its first stone building was notable for virtually ascetic simplicity and modesty of its forms. It was one-storey in the center and two-storey on the sides, and was covered with iron roof. Station's floor was flagged with earthen Japanese flagstones that survived until now. Ancient tiles have also partially survived on the walls. Ovens, made of Dutch tiles, were installed inside. They not only heated the train station's premises during the cold season, but adorned its interior as well.

However, in 1912, with Yaroslavsky terminal's construction in Moscow — the trains started their way to the Far East there — the Vladivostok train station was rebuilt in its image and likeness. In this way, architecturally finished train stations appeared on both sides of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Local residents used to joke that upon their arrival in Vladivostok a Muscovite who has taken a train from the Yaroslavsky terminal will see the Yaroslavsky terminal again.

The Vladivostok train station's building was reconstructed in the style of the most beautiful monuments of 17th century's Russian architecture. The symbol of Russia's power — two-headed eagle — was placed on its roof, the mosaic coat of arms of Promorsky Krai appeared on the western facade, and the coat of arms of Moscow — the Saint George riding the horse and slaying a dragon — adorned the eastern one. Building's walls were adorned with relief images from glazed ceramics depicting Russian folk fairy-tales' plots. All these symbolized Vladivostok's unity with Russia's central regions and its close link with ancient traditions of Russian culture.

When the Soviet government took over the power, train station's building's appearance underwent significant changes: two-headed eagle was pulled down, panels with coats of arms, pictorial and relief scenes were covered with thick layer of plaster, and facades were repainted. Vladivostok train station preserved such look until the late 20th century, when tandem of talented Italian and Russian specialists restored the historical building in its initial splendor.

Train station's pride is its hipped roof, decorated with metallic coping and small figured gable windows. Building's walls are covered with mosaics depicting horsemen, fairy birds, berries and fruits. The memorial ancient steam locomotive is placed on the railway platform in front of the train station, and there is the stela crowned with the figure of the two-headed eagle near it. The number 9288 is inscribed on the stela and identifies the distance between Moscow and Vladivostok in kilometers.

Today you can not only admire the magnificent historic building, but walk along the age-old block pavement that was laid on the train station's square for Tsesarevich's visit in the late 19th century.

 Admiral Fokin walking street

The most beautiful Admiral Fokin street in Vladivostok, which the locals call» Vladivostok Arbat», is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Vladivostok citizens and its guests. This street is also one of the» business cards» of the city. Here, anyone can walk along the smooth cobblestones, enjoying the architecture of buildings built in the XIX – early XX century, as well as look into local coffee shops and small shops. The original name of the street was in honor of the 1860 Treaty of Peking, which established the state border between Russia and China. In 1964, the street was renamed in honor of the deceased Admiral Fokin. Only by 1991, many streets in Vladivostok returned to their original names, but this did not affect the street of Admiral Fokin. The official reason given was that there is a large passenger interchange, and renaming it will cause confusion for everyone. It is currently long gone, and the street is completely pedestrian (the territory from the Border to the Aleutian is still informally called «Vladivostok Arbat»). In the 90s of the XX century, the street was unofficially called Trade, because it was completely filled with kiosks selling imported clothing. In 2004, all the shopping malls were demolished. The street was covered with paving stones, fountains were built, and the current appearance of the street was formed. Since then, Admiral Fokin street has been popularly called Arbat, and the street itself has become increasingly popular, mainly among visitors to the city. In our time, the architectural composition of the street was slightly changed, alleys were built next to the houses, so that the Vladivostok Arbat is almost as good as its namesake in the capital. And yet, the main attraction of Arbat is its proximity to the sea of Japan, which is visible from almost any point of the street. You can also go down the pedestrian road to the Sports embankment.

 GUM Department store Vladivostok

This is one of the symbols of the sea trade multinational soul of the city, almost the same age as Vladivostok — in 1884, a trading house of unprecedented scope «Kunst and Albers» opened here, where they sold the most necessary things for life — matches, salt, tea, sugar, weapons and vodka. In Soviet times, GUM was the main store of the city, with warehouses and guard dogs located in its courtyard.

 Walk to Funicular Station and ascend to Eagle Hill

The Vladivostok Funicular is a distant relative of the famous cable cars in San Francisco. Yet, while the cable cars in San Francisco are pulled by a cable running underneath the street and operate on lengthy and steep routes, the funicular in Vladivostok consists of only two cable cars that run up and down the slope of Orlinaya (Eagle) Hill, connecting two parallel streets: Puskinskaya and Sukhanov.

In general, a comparison of Vladivostok with San Francisco is made so often that one may wonder why these two cities have not yet twinned. In 1959, returning from his trip from the United States via Vladivostok, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev initiated a plan to build a «Soviet San Francisco.» Shortly after his announcement, the «Big Vladivostok» project started. It completely changed the look and feel of the city. In May 1962 the Funicular was opened — the one and, as it turned out, the only in Vladivostok.

Today there are only two funiculars in Russia: one in the city of Sochi and the other in Vladivostok (not to be confused with a cable car, which is sometimes also called a funicular). Due to its uniqueness and scenic view over Zolotoy Rog (Golden Horn) Bay, the Vladivostok funicular has become a popular tourist attraction, despite the short length of its route (183 meters, which is only a 1.5-minute ride — short, but unforgettable).

 Glass of Champagne on the Eagle Nest Observation Platform

Continue your day in Vladivostok from the marvelous view from the highest point of the Vladivostok – the observation Platform on the top of Eagle Nest hill. You will enjoy a stunning view of thre whole city with a glass of champagne — you will observe a beautiful view of the Golden Horn Bay, Downtown and Amursky Gulf.

 Visit to Primorye State Art Gallery

A unique art collection appeared in Vladivostok several decades before the opening of the Primorye Art Gallery in June of 1966. The history of its creation dates back to 1929 and it is associated with the name of Alexander Polovinkin (1887–1955), director of the regional branch of the Geographical Society, professor of geography, connoisseur of painting, who headed those years Vladivostok State Regional Museum. It is due to him that a new art department was opened in the museum. On 29th of April in 1929 being on a business trip in Moscow and Leningrad, Polovinkin received permission from the «Glavnauka» section of the People’s Commissariat of Education to form an art department.

And on 9th of May in 1930 the collegium of the People’s Commissariat of Education adopted a resolution «On distribution of collections from reserve funds of central museums to regional museums». It was proposed in the first place to allocate collections for the Vladivostok State Regional Museum.

 18:00 — 00:00 Evening entertainment tour to Casino Tigre de Cristal with dinner included

The luxurious Tigre de Cristal is an integrated gaming zone of Primorye, surrounded by picturesque hills and a lake close to the Ussuriyskiy Bay coast, just 20 minutes away from the Vladivostok International Airport. Tigre de Cristal Hotel & Resort guests can experience unique entertainment facilities of the largest casino in Russia, 2 restaurants, 5 thematic bars.

At the Tigre De Cristal there is a wide variety of games for the discerning Player, those games include, Blackjack, Russian Poker, Casino Texas, American Roulette and also world renowned game of Baccarat synonymous with all the high rollers in Macau. Tigre de Cristal Casino offers 321 video slot machines, including your favourite choices of Novomatic, Spielo and Merkur Gaming video slot machines. Tigre de Cristal offers you to play one of the world’s favorite card games and have a seat at any of 6 tables in Poker club.

 20:00 Dinner at Tigre de Cristal — Cascade Restaurant

Exquisite interior and cuisine of the restaurant will not leave you indifferent. Соllection of wines and dishes together with firendly atmosphere will make your evening unforgettable

 

DAY 3 — 21st June 2021, Monday

 08:00 — 16:00 Transport and guide full day 8 hrs

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.

 08:00 — 16:00 Safari Park tour — MEET WITH AMUR TIGER see the wild nature

The Safari Park is a fenced plot of forest located right along the Vladivostok — Nakhodka highway, near the village of Shkotovo (about 70 km from Vladivostok).

The Safari Park was created by Dmitry Mezentsev, a biologist and wildlife photographer, in 2007 and solves several problems: it helps wounded and sick animals, releases recovering animals back into the wild, and provides education on the environment. And, most importantly for visitors, it provides the opportunity to look a wild animal in the eye. This is not a zoo where the animals are sitting in cages, and it is not a circus. Here the animals live freely in their familiar environment, albeit limited to a few hectares. The park is divided into sections: hoofed animals, predators, and birds.

The Park is divided into sections: one is occupied by ungulates, another by predators, and the third by birds… You can view everything with the guide at once or choose one of them. It all started with ungulates. Then there were predators, including the main live brands of Primorye-Amur and Taiga tigers. Guests look at these animals from a safe place-from a viewing platform raised to a height of several meters, which is installed almost around the entire perimeter of the territory of the tigers.

 18:30 Return to the city and DINNER at Port Cafe Vladivostok- Far East Cuisine

At this destaurant you will definitely get to know what Vladivostok tastes like. Of course, in many places in the city you can try crab or scallop. But all these are separate and few items in the menu. In Port Cafe, far Eastern products have become the basis of the entire gastronomic concept. Sea gifts, fish, taiga wild plants are prepared and served here in a variety of ways: raw and cooked, grilled until Golden brown and lightly fried on a wok, dried, salted and smoked.

 20:00 Evening Performance at Mariinsky Theater Primorsky Stage

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is a performing arts complex located in Vladivostok. Artistic Director — Valery Gergiev.

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre — one of the most modern theatres in Russia and in the Asia-Pacific Region, built for the APEC Summit in 2012. Picturesquely located on the hills ( «sopkas»), overlooking the Sea of Japan, the theatre building, with its original architectural design and panoramic glass facade, has become one of the major tourists’ attractions in the Primorye region. An intense repertory schedule, distinctive acoustics and high professionalism of performers have made the Primorsky Stage one of the most visited theatres in Russia and the APR countries.

In 2016, the Primorsky Stage presented its largest cultural project of the region — the International Mariinsky Far East Festival, featuring performances by international stars of opera, ballet and instrumental music from Russia, the Asia-Pacific Region, Europe and America. Based on the success of the First Festival, it was decided to turn this event into an annual summer music forum.

The theatre houses three stages: the Great Hall, the Chamber Hall and the Summer Terrace.

The Great Hall of the Theatre is intended for major opera and ballet productions, large-scale symphonic and choral concerts. Built in a classical Italian horseshoe shape with four piers of balconies, the Great Hall can seat up to 1356 audience members. Modern stage facilities make it possible to stage the most technically challenging performances. Natural materials — custom-made wood panels in light colours and suspended guy-wired ceiling — give the Great Hall a feeling of ease and airiness of the space, creating the atmosphere of maximum comfort for the audience.

The unique acoustics of the Hall, developed on the basis of the state-of-art Japanese technologies, allow the sound to disperse evenly throughout the listening space, remaining pure in all corners of the Hall. Excellent acoustics of the Great Hall have also been noted by all musicians who have ever performed on its stage, including Valery Gergiev, Yuri Bashmet, Denis Matsuev, Maria Guleghina, Leonidas Kavakos, Vladimir Galouzine, Sergei Leiferkus. The Great Hall multi-purpose foyer comprises the cloakroom, cafes, a souvenir shop, and serves as a display area for various exhibitions held there on a regular basis.

The Chamber Hall has a total of 305 seats. It is used for chamber opera performances, «meet-the-artist» educational and educational events, autograph sessions, programmes for children and master-classes. The Chamber Hall interior in the shades of green creates a cosy setting, while its structure makes it possible to transfer the stalls and the circle into a unified space aligned with the stage, where the audience can be a part of what is going on on stage.

The Summer Terrace is designed for easily accessible open-air concerts and performances and is used from the beginning of spring till the end of autumn.

 

DAY 4 — 22nd June 2021, Tuesday

 09:30 — 13:30 Military Highlights of Vladivostok including MIDDAY CANNON SHOOTING

The Vladivostok Fortress is a unique system of fortifications that is like no other in the world. Since its founding day, Vladivostok was a military post.

Vladivostok Fortress, which numerous fortifications can be seen on the top of the hills, at the base of the cliffs and on the coast, is considered to be the masterpiece of Russian art of fortification and one of the most popular and iconic places of interest in Vladivostok. Today you will get to know the objects of the fortress everywhere, from the northern suburbs to the islands of the Peter the Great Gulf. During the tour you’ll visit Fortress museum based on the Bezymyannaya battery in the city center, C-56 submarine museum located on Korabelnaya Embankment and the Fort #7 located near Zaria Factory.

 Midday Cannon Shooting from the Walls of Vladivostok Fortress

Military cannon located on the Vladivostok Fortress on the Besimyannaya Hill announces the midday time every day. Participants of the tour will take part in this ceremony. One of the guest will pull the cord and gun will shoot.

In 2016, a glorious naval military tradition returned to Vladivostok — the daily cannon shot.

In St. Petersburg, where this custom was initiated in 1704, the shot was made from one of the bastions of Peter and Paul fortress. The history of the midday shot in Vladivostok originates in the 19th century. After a long break, the tradition returned in 1970: the shot was fired from a 100-mm cannon on «Tiger Hill.» In 1996, the cannon, which had become one of the symbols of the city, was silenced. Then museum «Vladivostok Fortress» picked up the baton and since 1997 the shot was delivered from a 45-millimeter signaling cannon on the territory of the battery «With No Name.» In 2008, the shots stopped again: very few of the necessary type of charges were produced, and the little museum lacked sufficient means to purchase them. After that, the cannon sounded only on holidays.

Concerned citizens gathered signatures and petitioned various authorities in defense of the tradition. Vladivostok, after all, was founded in 1860 as a military post, and remains today as the main base of Russia’s Pacific Fleet. In 2010, it received the status «City of Military Glory.» The forts and batteries of Vladivostok Fortress, despite having lost their defensive significance, are a unique feature of the city and continue to be popular tourist and sightseeing destinations.

Ultimately, it was decided to restore the tradition, and on June 12, 2016 — Russia Day — they fired the first shot.

 13:30 — 17:30 HARBOR CRUISE WITH SEAFOOD DEGUSTATION and ISLANDS visit

Explore the beauty of the Vladivostok seaside during our 4 hours’ harbor cruise. Don’t forget your wind jacket and sunglasses!

Route: Golden Horn Bay-Peter The Great Gulf-Golden bridge-Russky bridge-Tokarevsky lighthouse-Basargina lighthouse-Vladivostok aquarium-Russky Island-Sea birds colonies — a circle around Russky Island with going ashore for a sea food degustation-Amurskiy Bay

 1/ Golden Horn Harbor

An opportunity for a close-up view of the operations of the world renowned harbor of the Golden Horn, Russia's largest Pacific Coast seaport. Actually three harbors in one, your tour will include the fishing harbor, source of the region's prime export fish and seafood — for world markets, the naval base, home of Russian Pacific Fleet, and the commercial harbor, base of the Far Eastern Shipping Company, whose 150 vessels ply the world's waters with the exports and imports of Far East Russia. Your tour will also pass the Dalzavod ship-repairing workshops, active since 1885 and the busy ferry terminal providing hydro-foil and ferry passenger services to various districts of the city and to the outlying islands in the Gulf of Peter the Great and the piers where Vladivostok's huge four-masted sailing ships: the Pallada and the Nadezhda, training ships for sea cadets are moored.

 2/ Putyatin Island

Putyatin island is one of the most picturesque Islands of Peter the Great Bay, famous for the «Rodnoye» estate of Alexey Startsev, the grandson of the Decembrist Nikolai Bestuzhev. This talented entrepreneur grew wonderful orchards on the island, built a porcelain factory whose products were known all over the world, established tobacco and mulberry plantations, and created a horse farm. On the island of Putyatina there are natural monuments, military-historical objects, the island is also known for the Lotus lake, amazing rocks, an abundance of mushrooms and medicinal plants. Gusinoe lake is a natural lake where the Komarov Lotus, listed in the Red book of Russia, grows in early August. The most interesting thing is that the lotuses bloom only one month — in August. Putyatin island is attractive for tourists with its unusual landscapes, clear sea, and amazing underwater world. The calmness that this island conceals near its shores calls for privacy on a yacht. There are Elephant, Rooster, and Turtle bays on the island. They got their names due to the bizarre rocks that are similar in shape to these animals. Marble Cove is a wonderful place. The Bay got its name because its entire shore is covered with colorful stones. Here you can get a chocolate tan and swim in the warmest water on the entire coast. The island is attractive for tourists with its unusual landscapes, clear sea, amazing rocks, abundance of mushrooms and medicinal plants. As a result of natural processes, two unusual capes appeared on the island — a Rooster and an Elephant drinking water. Putyatin consists entirely of bays suitable for recreation (leshiy, Green stones). Tourists can travel along the island's 13 bays and lagoons. Putyatin is one of three lakes in Primorye, where lotuses bloom from the beginning of August to mid-September.

 3/ Ascold Island

Askold island is located in Peter the Great Bay at approximately equal distance from both Vladivostok and Nakhodka. The rocky shores of the island abruptly drop off to the water, and only on the North side, in the area of Cape Strelchatyy, there is a flat section of the coast, on which you can land safely. Askold Strait separates Askold island from the mainland and Putyatina island located to the North. The area of the island is 14.6 km2, and the maximum height above sea level reaches 358 meters. On the South side of the island is a deep closed Bay Rider, thanks to which the outline of the island resembles a horseshoe. On the island, you can see spotted deer, which graze freely here. At the end of the XIX century, Mikhail Yankovsky, a Polish-born exiled settler, served as the Manager of the gold mine. It was M. Yankovsky who started breeding spotted deer on the island. Over 10 years, the nursery has bred more than 2 thousand deer. The island was a favorite hunting ground.

 4/ Petrov Island

Petrov island is considered one of the truly iconic places of the region.

Many species of plants have survived the ice age, and have pronounced medicinal properties. Among them are the root of life ginseng, Eleutherococcus, lemongrass, aralia. There is a relict yew grove on the island, some of the yew trees are 200-300 years old.Some yews are also reminiscent of characters is so bizarre they are bent. There are trees on the island with almost mystical qualities — for example, the bark of one of them clearly shows the face of a shaman. There is a «magic» spring from which you need to drink without the help of hands, making a wish and it will come true. According to tourists, the batteries in the cameras are constantly running out, frames are «illuminated», and so on. Therefore, Petrov island is treated with respect even by those who do not believe in anything supernatural.

 19:00 Farewell dinner at Seven Feet Restaurant

The restaurant is designed in the best Maritime traditions for this reason — the word «restaurant»is excluded from the use of personnel, at the entrance on a bronze plaque it is written-the Cabin «Seven feet». Seven feet is a place full of unique things, as well as the most real monuments of the history of the Navy, the purpose of which is to please its guests with a warm welcome, high-quality cuisine, as well as to introduce interesting exhibits that preserve the memory of the history of sailing and the Navy. Special attention is paid to the kitchen. The cabin company is ready to offer a variety of seafood, as well as classics of Russian and European cuisine. Guests, including many from Vladivostok and all over the world, note the splendor and sophistication of the dishes served. Many of the patrons are longtime friends of the Seven-Foot cabin company.

 

DAY 5 — 23rd June 2021, Wednesday

 Airport Departure Vladivostok

Vladivostok International Airport is an international airport located near Artyom, Primorsky Krai, Russia, roughly an hour's drive (44 kilometres) north of the center of the city of Vladivostok. It was formerly known as Knevichi Airport, named after the village of Knevichi.