Key Dates

Abstract submission: 15.08.2019
Notification of abstract acceptance: 26.08.2019
Early bird registration: before 26.08.2019
Late registration: after 26.08.2019
Deadline for payment of early bird registration fee: before 26.08.2019
Cancellataion of participation without penalty: before 15.08.2019

Cultural Programme

St. Petersburg City Sightseeing and Hermitage

Saint Petersburg is a unique incentive destination combining rich historical and architectural heritage with an atmosphere of imperial luxury and a modern city beat. This mix of old and new is what makes Saint Petersburg such an attractive destination for both city-lovers and business tourists alike. The city has a rich history. For three centuries, it was the capital of the Russian Empire. Throughout this period, its picturesque architecture, created by the world’s best architects, transformed the city into a virtual open-air museum. The city has always been a magnet for talented artists all-over the world. Saint Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia and one of its leading administrative and economic centers, with its historic downtown core, coupled with the magnificent Palace-and-park ensembles in its center and environs, listed as official UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Saint Petersburg has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel and business experience: high art, lavish architecture, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions coupled with developed infrastructure and powerful business capabilities. Nowadays, Saint Petersburg is modern city with great historical background and commitment to progress. One more point is about location. The city is located in northern-west, combining the refinement of Northern Europe and the breadth of Russian soul. This mix makes the city unique cultural space, visiting which may give the tourist amazing experience. Here you can discover incredible local traditions, and special Russian hospitality united with magic if white nights. The informal name of the city is Venice of the North.

Nevsky Prospekt is the main and most famous street of St. Petersburg. The unique architectural ensemble of Nevsky Prospekt has been formed during the 18 — early 20th centuries. The street connects the Admiralty and the Alexander Nevsky Square, it starts from the bank of the Neva River, runs through the center of the city and ends at the Neva River. The whole history of St. Petersburg can be seen in the history of the Prospekt. Length of Nevsky Prospect — 4.5 km, width — 25 — 60 m.

Enjoy the major city attractions: St. Isaac’s and Palace squires, Nevsky Prospect, St. Isaac’s and Kazan Cathedrals, the Arrow of Vasilievsky Island, Church of the Savior on Blood, Hermitage, Palace Bridge, The Bronze Horseman and others.

“The hermit’s dwelling.” So literally translated the word Hermitage. The State Hermitage Museum is the second largest art museum in the world. The Hermitage’s amazing art collection officially began in 1764 when Catherine the Great made her first bulk purchase of 225 paintings from a Berlin merchant, including thirteen Rembrandts and eleven Rubens. Ironically, the collection had originally been intended for Catherine’s adversary, Frederick the Great of Prussia, but poor Frederick was forced to decline as his unsuccessful wars with Russia had resulted in a deficit of funds.

The Malachite Room (Alexander Briullov, 1839) served as the state drawing-room of Empress Alexandra Fiodorovna, the wife of Nicholas I. The unique malachite decoration of the room and many of its furnishings were made in the “Russian mosaic” technique. The large malachite vase and furniture produced to designs by Auguste Montferrand were among the furnishings of the Jasper Reception Room that perished in the 1837 fire. One wall of the room is embellished with an allegorical depiction of Night, Day and Poetry by Antonio Vighi. From June to October 1917 the Provisional Government met in this room. The display features 19th-century works of decorative and applied art.

Recommended Visit:

– Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour
This night trip that travels under raised bridges will let you fully embrace the beautiful views of St. Petersburg by night. Marvel at architectural ensembles, view the unique shape of the St. Petersburg skyline with a recognizable string of spires and domes and see a variety of bridges. During the cruise, see palaces and noble mansions, notable cathedrals in the city, the hand-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul’s Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul’s Cathedral.The views you see will take your breath away. Views that are particularly fabulous from the water are the ingenious ensemble of the spit of the Basils Island, the peculiar pattern of the Summer Garden fence, the mysterious St.Michaels Castle, and the square of the seven bridges.

– Unusual courtyards in Saint-Petersburg
The idea behing the excursion “Saint Petersburg’s courtyards” was to explore the other side of the city, and to open to our participants the images that a typical citizen can encounter here.

Saint Petersburg’s courtyards are an important part of the city culture. There are a lot of books and photo albums dedicated to this topic, but it doesn’t mean that it is included in the official tour guide for travelers. So, what is so specific about Saint Petersburg courtyards?

The most interesting feature is their shape. You can often meet “courtyards-wells” in the city center (enclosed courtyards with houses that look like deep wells). Take for example this famous courtyard close to the Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad): if you look at the sky you will see a shape outlined by the house walls that reminds two wings. People called it the Angel’s courtyard.

– Excursion to Kronstadt
Kronstadt, which is located on Kotlin Island since 1704, is one of the most beautiful suburbs of St. Petersburg. This fact is vouched by UNESCO, which included the historical part of Kronstadt and its main fortress in the list of the World heritage.

The main attraction of Kronstadt is the Naval Сathedral. The magnificent Naval Cathedral leaves no one indifferent.  It is a pearl of Kronstadt.  The Naval Cathedral was built in 1903-1913 by V. Kosyakov. It was created to honor all Russian sailors. In 2013 the reconstruction of the Naval Cathedral was finished and now we can see it in its original form.

– Visit Catherine Palace and Park in Tsarskoye Selo
The Tsarskoye Selo palace and park ensemble (the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve) is a superb monument of world-ranking architecture and garden-and-park design dating from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries.

The compositional centre of the ensemble is the Great Tsarskoye Selo or Catherine Palace – a splendid example of the Russian Baroque. Visitors are enraptured by the sumptuous décor of the Great Hall and the Golden Enfilade of state rooms that includes the world-famous Amber Room. Today, as we enter the palace, we can sense the spirit of the times of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine II and admire unique works of fine and applied art.

– Peterhof Tour
Peterhof used to be a summer residense of tzars. The place is famous for the Grand palace and an absolutely beautiful fountain park. It’s a rare occasion when the gardens are more famous than the palace itself. The main attraction are dozens of unique fountains created in the 18th and the 19th centuries.

The Upper Gardens cover over 15 hectares (~37 acres) and are the front yard leading up to the Grand Palace. The Lower Gardens contain most of the more prominent fountains and are featured in a lot of the pictures you will see if you do a search for Peterhof. The Lower Gardens span an area of 102 hectares (~252 acres) and are split in half by the canal into the eastern and western sections. The Lower Gardens were designed in French style and showcase the talents of Peter I, his sense of style, and his sense of humor.