Pskov by Train

HOTEL ACCOMODATION

Heliopark Old Estate

Business-hotel & SPA Heliopark Old Estate is an architectural monument of XVI-XIX centuries. Located in the historical part of Pskov,close to Kremlin and Pskova river embankment. 50 comfortable rooms and a fully equipped guest house with 2 Apartments for 1-3 guests and Apartments Royal for 4 guest.
Restaurant «Аristocrat» serves dishes of European cuisine, wines and desserts from Chef.
Bar «Rublev», Cigar and Fireplace rooms. Lobby bar and room service, parking, bank machine, concierege service to book a taxi. SPA-center offers: baths, swimming pool with contraflow, waterfall, Turkish hammam, Finnish sauna, jacuzzi, beauty parlour.
Rooms: Standard rooms: 3 Kingsize rooms and 4 twin rooms, 19 square meters, and Standard rooms with Queensize bed that are used for SGL and DBL accomodation.
18 Superiors for DBL accomodation, 10 Superiors with twin beds. View to Pskov Kremlin, churches and river.
9 Junior suites, Heliopark suite.
In the rooms: satellite TV, high speed Internet, minibar,
In the bathroom: bath, personal hygene items, hairdryer.
2 fully equipped meeting rooms for 100 and 10 persons with Wi-Fi, sound system for simultaneous translations Bosch, screen & projectors.
Address: Pskov, Verhne-Beregovaja str, 4.
  Persons Nights Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Registration fee 35 0 35 5.00 175.00
FIT Standard room including breakfast and porterage 35 1 1 120.47 120.47
FIT Standard room including breakfast and porterage 35 1 17 161.34 2,742.78

Rizhskaya Hotel

This 7-storey hotel is located in a cozy residential district in the city center, 10-15 min. walk from the Kremlin. The hotel was put into operation in 1981 and has 265 rooms for accommodation of 345 guests. In 1997-2004 it was partly renovated. Each room has a telephone, fridge, TV and cable TV, bathroom with hairdryer. The hotel also offers 6 suites of 3 rooms and 14 suites of 2 rooms.
There is a conference hall with a seating capacity of 60 pax, a meeting room, beauty center, solarium, 2 cafes, a bar and casino. A guarded parking lot is available. The ANDROMEDA restaurant for 150 seats offers a good choice of authentic Russian and European dishes.
  Persons Nights Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Registration fee 35 0 35 5.00 175.00
GRP Renovated room including breakfast and porterage 35 1 1 43.00 43.00
GRP Renovated room including breakfast and porterage 35 1 17 85.83 1,459.11
DAY 1

****Pskov Description****

Pskov, the centre of Pskovskaya oblast, is situated on the bank of the river Velikaya at its flowing into the river Pskova 689 kms to northwest from Moscow. Precipitations are 600 mm a year. It is the railway unit (to Saint Petersburg, Vilnius, Bologoye, Riga) and the junction of highways. Here is also the airport in Pskov.
Pskov first was mentioned in annals of the year 903 in connection with names of the princess Olga and the prince Igor. Pskov history is first of all the military history. The Pskov fortress is one of the largest ancient Russian fortresses that withstood 120 attacks and 26 large sieges. Since XVI Pskov became the capital of an independent state - the Pskov feudal republic. It was time of Pskov`s fullest flower when it even minted its own coin.
In modern Pskov the leading industries is the machine-building. Plants of the city produce the electric equipment, radio components, communication equipment, the machinery for manufacture of artificial and synthetic fibres, etc. The light, sewing, tanning, food-processing industries and manufacture of building materials are also highly developed.
Educational institutions are the Pedagogical Institute and the branch of the St.-Petersburg Technical University. Theatres: the Drama and Puppet theatre\\; Philharmonic society\\; the planetarium. Museums: the Historical and Art and the Architectural Museums with branches "Izborsk fortress" in Izborsk, the Museum named after K.I.Nazarova in Ostrov town, the Museum named after M.P.Musorgsky in Kuninsky district, Manor of N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov in Plyussky district, the House of V.I.Lenin, the Museum of the artist and restorer Y.P.Spegalsky.
In the centre of the most ancient part of the city at the confluence of the rivers Velikaya and Pskova stands the Pskov Kremlin - Krom. District around Krom are divided into 4 parts: Dovmontov town, Middle town, Okolny town and Zapskoviye.
In Pskov and its suburbs were preserved and restored many noteworthy historical and architectural monuments. There are some works of Pskov iconographic school in the Pskov historical-architectural and art reserve. Frescos of XII century are carefully kept in the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral of the Mirozhsky monastery. These frescos are registered by UNESCO as the monuments of culture of world value.
Near Pskov lies the Izborsk fortress (XIV) connected with the legendary Varangian Truvor. The fortress affords a fine view on the Zheraviye lake and Izborsk valley, which is natural reserve.
At the border with Estonia stands the Svyato-Uspensky Monastery, which picturesque architectural ensemble has been formed for several centuries.
In the south of the Pskov land the Pushkin Reserve is situated. It is the territory that keeps ashes of the great Russian poet.
Distance Pskov-Moscow - 700 km
Distance Pskov-Saint-Petersburg - 280 km
Pskov-Novgorod - 200 km

07:30 10:30 Arrival/Departure Pskov Railway station

Transfer from / to railway station by transport as per confirmation.
Train Moscow-Pskov:
#10 Dpt from Moscow at 19:20 - arrival at Pskov at 07:30
Trains St-Petersburg-Pskov (as in season 2008-2009):
# 677. Departure from St-Petersburg at 18-02 - arrival to Pskov at 23-38
# … . Daily train from Vilnus. Departure from St-Petersburg at 20-07 - arrival to Pskov at 00-57
# 37. Departure from St-Petersburg at 21-55 - arrival to Pskov at 02-34.
Classes of the tickets available:
- Coupee compartment for 4 passengers. Pls check if lunchbox is included in the rate or not.
- SV Standard class compartment for 2 passengers. SV Standard class with lunchbox included.
- SV Comfort class compartment for 2 passengers. SV Comfort class with lunchbox included.
- Platskart class: the economy class. The wagons with about 44 sleeping shelves for 44 passengers, the coupee compartments are open and there are no doorss, all the space in the wagon is open.
Each wagon is equipped with minimum 2 toilets, a boiler with drinking water used for making tea/coffee. The stewards are not English-speaking and are responsible for checking the tickets, serving tea upon request, for handling of bed linen and cleaning the wagons.
Lunchbox usually includes: a yogurt, a sandwich with ham/cheese, biscuits, bread, butter, a small pack of jam/a chocolate bar. It is common to order tea from steward (payment in Roubles cash only) and have breakfast in the coupee. Wagons-restaurants are also available but not in all the trains (check with your manager).
It is recommended to store your luggage under the sleeping shelves.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport+guide for transfer 35 1 81.74 81.74
Porterage at the railway station 35 35 2.80 98.00

Check-in at hotel

Regular Check-In: Please ensure that every passenger have the passport and Immigration card in their hand upon arrival as these will be handed in at the reception desk. Every room have to sign for their respective registration and usually also a print of the Credit Card for extra charges if not accepted to the master bill of the organizer or ground handler in advance. The immigration document must be officially registered and passport kept at the reception until the evening or the following morning what is convenient. Please not that the Immigration card will be delivered upon departure and without registration at the hotel or at "Ovir" - complications will appear at the Passport / Border Point and a fine will usually apply and needed to be paid at the consular point of the airport.
Hospitality Check in (Pre-ordered): Pre-registered rooms and private check-in for Incentive groups at the separate hospitality desk if confirmed and requested in advance. Please ensure that every passenger have the passport and Immigration card in their hand upon arrival. Keys from the rooms will be sorted in alphabetical order of the clients and displayed on a dedicated desk/ area. Extras of the guests should guaranteed either by Russkie Prostori or credit card of tour-leader prior the group arrival in order not to ask credit card from each guest. Full credit guests' list should be provided to Russkie Prostori 1 week prior the group arrival. Every passenger needs to sign for the rooms passports with visas will be taken by the hotel and should be recollected by Tour leader or advices to the client when available (usually in the evening / or following morning).
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Early check-in + 50 % of 1 night p/p 35 1 0.00 0.00

09:30 Breakfast at the hotel

  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Breakfast 35 35 16.95 593.25

Transport

Transport for excursions and meals. Transfer from/to the railway station is quoted separately.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport full day and evening (14 hours) 35 1 376.45 376.45

10:00 13:00 - 13:00 Citysightseeing ( Pskov Kremlin, The Trinity Cathedral )

Pskov, a typical Russian city, attracts numerous tourists due to its wonderful combination of the new and the old. The remains of ancient fortress walls, modest and magnificent churches, old houses are scattered here and there in Pskov. The ancient Kremlin is the pride of the residents. It arose on a narrow cliff at the confluence of the Velikaya and Pskova Rivers. It was built by the gifted architects of Pskov. During many centuries of its existence the Kremlin was reconstructed for a few times. But even nowadays its mighty walls and towers make a great impression, that is why the best way to get to know Pskov is to begin sightseeing from the Kremlin. During the tour you will get acquainted with the peculiar features of the Pskovian religious and secular architecture, as well as the architecture of fortifications. The most brilliant samples of the Pskov architectural school are the Churches of St. Nicholas on Usokha (16th century) and St. Basil on the Hill (15th century), the Pogankin House (17th century), the Intercession complex (16th century).
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Tour+guide for groups 16-35 pax 35 35 5.79 202.65

13:00 Lunch at Cafe EVROPEISKOYE

Only 10-15 minutes by car from any place in the city – and you are in «Evropeiskoye» cafe.
«Evropeiskoye » - is not just a simple cafe, it has it’s own story: it is like an island of luxury, a real paradise for gourmets. Here you – strolling wanderers– will be met by a charming mermaid, who will offer you all sorts of fabulous pleasures of the table. And it will be really hard get out from this «gastronomic» net...
Even a short description of the dishes tempts an appetite and invites you for dinner: «Evropeiskaya» cutlet made of chopped pork and tender veel, filled with mushrooms, in branded sauce; veel entrecotes, rolled with pier and cheese, fried in oil and braised in wine...
«Evropeiskoye» cafe – is not only delicious, hefty and various food, it is also a holiday for your soul. A band, making visitors feel happy with their music – is the best in the city. Here is only first-rate service: each dish is cooked with love and served with a smile, because the staff are proud of the cafe they work at.
And there is much to be proud of. Established in 1997, «Evropeiskoye» became a laureate and prize winner of numerous competitions.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Lunch 35 35 23.66 828.10

14:00 20:00 Izborsk & Pechory

Izborsk is located 32 km west of Pskov. In The Tale of Bygone Years – the most outstanding literary work of Kievan Russia – Izborsk was mentioned in one of the first chapters, when in 862 three Varangian princes were asked by the Slavs to rule over their towns. One of them, Truvor, became a prince of Izborsk. In the 14-16th centuries Izborsk was a reliable outpost of Pskov, its “younger brother”. The perfectly preserved Izborsk fortress had to withstand 8 long sieges from the 14th to the 16th century and was never captured by enemy. Sightseeing in Izborsk will not be complete if you do not have a look at its ancient buildings. The Church of St. Sergius (16th century) is the most interesting among them. Now it houses a museum of the archaeological finds. The ethnographical complex Peasant Farmstead was recently opened in Izborsk. Here you can taste Russian traditional dishes cooked according to the old Izborsk recipes.
Pechory (20 km of Izborsk, 52 km of Pskov) is a tiny neat town, located on the very Estonian border. Its main attraction is Pskov’s Monastery of the Caves. Founded in 1473, the monastery has never been closed. The magnificent architectural ensemble of the monastery was formed over many centuries, and nowadays its extraordinary beauty makes a great impression on everyone who comes here for the first time. The perfectly preserved powerful fortress of the 16th century was an impregnable outpost in the western part of the Russian state. At the same time, the monastery was one of the largest cultural centers of ancient Russia. Chronicles and literary works were written here, as well as priceless samples of Russian painting, applied art and jewelry were made and collected by the monks. The name of the monastery was derived from the Old Russian word “pechera” meaning “cave”, as the monastery originated from the caves. The caves are located in a steep sandy slope of the Kamenets Stream, in a hill that was considered as a holy site since pagan times. Amazing climatic conditions (the constant temperature in the caves is + 5° C all the year round) made the caves a convenient refuge for the people who wished to live in solitude away from the distractions of the world. The ancient caves are an enormous burial vault where nearly 10 000 people are buried – monks, worries, statesmen, peasants and townspeople. The first monastery church was also a cave church. It was sanctified in 1473 in honor of the Dormition according to an ancient tradition. Annually, on August 28 lots of pilgrims and tourists come to the monastery to celebrate its main feast, the Dormition of Virgin Mary.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Tour+guide for groups 16-35 pax 35 35 9.68 338.80

20:00 Dinner at the Restaurant Old Talinn

In a rushy part of the city among noise and always speedy vehicles there is a small piece of old and good Europe – a restaurant “Old Tallinn”.
Low arched ceilings, street lamps, wood, stone, forge iron, old photos on the walls... It seems that everything here is inspired by a medieval town, but at the same time it is really warm and cosy here.
At working noon “Old Tallinn” is a picture of a business life: you can come here and have a hefty dinner or negotiate at a business lunch.
At night, when the lights are turned on, the restaurant’s atmosphere is quite different: relaxed, unhurried, prepossessing to enjoyabale rest. The light comes down, live music is starting to play and waiters fulfill any gastronomic wishes.
«Old Tallinn’s» menu is a unique one as well: original colour of Estonian and Latvian cuisines perfectly matches our naturaly Russian hospitality. Why it can be differently – we are neighbours after all!
Descriptions of the dishes sound like a song – so native and so familiar: Atlantic herring with onion and mustard sauce and hot potatoes O'Brien; jelled meat made of choice veel and pork foreshank broth with horse reddish and Estonian mustard; porkling ribs, marinaded in spices and baked in oven with young potatoes, fresh gren peas an cherry tomatoes garnish.. It is impossible to forget about the restaurant's visit card – branded liqueur «Vana Tallinn», which will melt your heart and come into your body with pleasant warmth.
Restaurant «Old Tallinn» offers a wide range of services:
● oganization of banquets, drink receptions, weddings, receptions, corporate holidays;
● meals for tourists groups;
● buffet;
● acceptance of telephone orders.
Seating capacity of the main hall is 60 persons, VIP-hall – 10 persons.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Dinner 1 - 2009 35 35 21.49 752.15
Dinner 2 - 2009 35 35 23.66 828.10

Guide Service for the Evening

  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Two Hours' Service 35 1 32.27 32.27
DAY 2

Transport half-day (4 hours)

Transport for excursions and meals. Transfer from/to the railway station is quoted separately.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport half-day (4 hours) 35 1 139.83 139.83

10:00 12:00 - 12:00 Visit to Mirozhsky monastery

Mirozhsky monastery was founded in the 12th century. It not only was the most ancient and one of the richest monasteries in Pskov, but also a significant cultural center. It took a few centuries to construct the monastery buildings. The most ancient of them, the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Savior, was commissioned by the Archbishop Nifont of Novgorod and built in the 12th century. On the architectural style the Cathedral differs from all the churches not only in Pskov, but also in entire Ancient Russia. Niphont, who was of Greek origin, wished to built a church according to the Byzantine pattern in Russia. The walls of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of our Savior are decorated with the frescos. They were painted by the Byzantine artists in the middle of the 12th century. 80 % of the original frescos have survived. Mirozhsky monastery is included in the UNESCO list of the most outstanding architectural landmarks of the world.
Duration - 2 hours.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Tour+Guide 35 35 9.68 338.80

13:00 Lunch at the Hotel

  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Lunch 35 35 29.04 1,016.40

Check-out of the hotel

18:00 21:00 Departure Pskov Railway station

Transfer from / to railway station by transport as per confirmation.
Train Moscow-Pskov:
#10 Dpt from Moscow at 19:20 - arrival at Pskov at 07:30
#19 Dpt from Pskov at 18:00 - arrival at Moscow at 06:25
Trains St-Petersburg-Pskov (as in season 2008-2009):
# 677. Departure from St-Petersburg at 18-02 - arrival to Pskov at 23-38
# … . Daily train from Vilnus. Departure from St-Petersburg at 20-07 - arrival to Pskov at 00-57
# 37. Departure from St-Petersburg at 21-55 - arrival to Pskov at 02-34.
Classes of the tickets available:
- Coupee compartment for 4 passengers. Pls check if lunchbox is included in the rate or not.
- SV Standard class compartment for 2 passengers. SV Standard class with lunchbox included.
- SV Comfort class compartment for 2 passengers. SV Comfort class with lunchbox included.
- Platskart class: the economy class. The wagons with about 44 sleeping shelves for 44 passengers, the coupee compartments are open and there are no doorss, all the space in the wagon is open.
Each wagon is equipped with minimum 2 toilets, a boiler with drinking water used for making tea/coffee. The stewards are not English-speaking and are responsible for checking the tickets, serving tea upon request, for handling of bed linen and cleaning the wagons.
Lunchbox usually includes: a yogurt, a sandwich with ham/cheese, biscuits, bread, butter, a small pack of jam/a chocolate bar. It is common to order tea from steward (payment in Roubles cash only) and have breakfast in the coupee. Wagons-restaurants are also available but not in all the trains (check with your manager).
It is recommended to store your luggage under the sleeping shelves.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Porterage at the railway station 35 35 2.80 98.00
Transport+guide for transfer 35 1 81.74 81.74
PROGRAM TOTALS
  Price PP, EUR Total, EUR
TOTAL PRICE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION 134.72 4,715.36
TOTAL PER PERSON PRICE - LAND ARRANGEMENT PER PERSON 121.89 4,266.15
TOTAL LOT PERSON PRICE - LAND ARRANGEMENT 20.34 712.03
ESTIMATED TOTAL PROGRAM COST 276.96 9,693.54
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