Moscow - St. Petersburg: Two Capital cities

HOTEL ACCOMODATION

Holiday Inn Sokolniki- INDICATION!

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• PROPERTY DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION: The hotel is opened since 9th September 2006. The Holiday Inn Moscow Sokolniki is a brand new - high value for money hotel, situated a few minutes drive from the Moscow City Center and next to Sokolniki Exhibition Business Center. The Lokomotiv Football Stadium is just at a stone’s throw away. The Sokolniki metro station only a 2 minutes walk. The Holiday Inn Moscow Sokolniki hotel is the perfect venue for a private dinner for 10 up to a conference for 800. The hotel gives meetings in the Russian capital a new dimension with a variety of convention spaces, world class service and intriguing cuisine. Located at only a 45 minutes drive from the Sheremetyevo International Airport and a one and half hour drive from the Domodedovo International Airport, the Holiday Inn Moscow Sokolniki is a smart choice for any business or leisure traveler. Check-in 2:00 PM. Check-out 12:00 PM
• ACCOMMODATION AND CATEGORIES: 523 classic furnished guest rooms, located from 4th - 23rd floors. All rooms and suites are made in warm colors with high-class furniture offering incomparable stay and ultimate Holiday Inn comfort. The elegant interior design and high-quality service will make your stay a thing to remember. • 144 twin rooms (72 smoking, 72 non-smoking) • 132 single rooms (66 smoking, 66 non-smoking) • 159 double rooms (80 smoking, 79 non-smoking) Executive room
• F&B OUTLETS: At the panoramic restaurant ANT-25 our guests are delighted with both beautiful views of Moscow and the ambiance accompanied by high-quality service. The interior is decorated in a modern style in warm orange colors. The atmosphere is changing depending on the time of the day – from airy and transparent in the afternoon to cozy and chic in the evening time after the sunset. You can enjoy various culinary delights: from European with Mediterranean accents to Russian and original dishes. Opening hours: Daily 07:00-10:30 (breakfast), 12:00-16:00 (lunch), 18:00- 01:00 (dinner).
• CONFERENCE AND MEETING FACILITIES: 16 conference rooms including "Sokolniki" ballroom with a capacity for up to 700 pax are equipped with the most up-to-date high-tech facilities.
Sokolniki Ballroom is a combination of a conference and a ballroom. Wooden wall coverings and crystal chandeliers form the festive setting of this unique room. The adjustable lighting can transform this conference room into enchanting ballroom within minutes.
  Persons Nights Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Registration fee 80 0 80 5.00 400.00
Porterage (in/out) 80 0 80 10.33 826.40
Double Standard room with BB 80 5 1 95.00 475.00
Double Standard room with BB 80 5 40 120.00 24,000.00

Holiday Inn St.Petersburg Moskovskie Vorota-INDICATION!

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• PROPERTY DESCRIPTION & LOCATION: High-rise hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from Pulkovo Airport in a peaceful central St. Petersburg district. Speedy subway trains link Holiday Inn St. Petersburg-Moskovskye Vorota to the city center in just 10 minutes.
• ACCOMODATION & CATEGORIES: Hotel offers accommodation in 557 comfortable rooms. There are standard, superior, junior suite and suite categories of rooms. All rooms are equipped with safe-boxes, iron and have Internet access.
• F&B OUTLETS: The hotel offers at guests disposal several restaurants: 3 restaurants include Rodchenko Restaurant featuring Russian and European Cuisine, Steak House Korova Bar and Night Club XXXX. 3 Bars include the Rodchenko Cocktail Bar, Chernikov Lounge Bar, Tatlinn Lobby Bar.
• CONFERENCE & MEETING FASCILITIES: The hotel offers various conference facilities. The are two floors at the hotel where 15 conference and meeting rooms are situated. The biggest conference hall can accommodate 1000 people.
• OTHER FASCILITIES: Car parking is available for hotel's guests. Health and Fitness Center (On-site), Business Center available 24 hrs, gift shop.
  Persons Nights Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Registration fee 80 0 80 4.30 344.00
Porterage (in/out) 80 0 80 4.00 320.00
Double Standard room with bb 80 5 40 90.00 18,000.00
Double Standard room with bb 80 5 1 80.00 400.00
DAY 1

• GENERAL: Moscow Description (Click the link below for CityMap)

• Moscow is the biggest city in Europe and the Capital of Russian Federation founded in 1147. The official birthday is celebrated on the first weekend of September (September 4th) with fireworks and manifestation in the center and Tveskaya Street. The population has grown from a million people in the beginning of 1900 to 12 million people. The city covers an area of 1,100 km2 (683 miles2) with a city border of 109 km (67 miles). There are 3.500 streets covering a total of 4.535 km (2817 miles). The longest street is Warshavskoe Prospect and the shortest one is Lazy Street. There are 1.290 traffic lights and 424 underground passages and more than 3 million vehicles registered. The Moscow Metro is the 5th largest as per the amount of stations and covers 292 km (181 miles) of lines and more than 150 stations and transports more than 9.5 million passengers yearly. 3 airports (Shermemetievo, Vnukovo and Domodedovo handling more than 13 million passengers with direct flights connecting Moscow to 112 countries. There are 9 railroad stations handling 45 million passengers yearly. The tallest building is Ostankino TV tower – 539 meters (1768 ft) (51.400 tons).
• The city is centered on the Kremlin, the Red square and the famous Cathedrals at the Moskva River connecting the city with the Baltic Sea with an actual sea or river port at the city border. There are 5 Ring roads around the Kremlin. Crossing the city is the Leningradskoe Prospect arriving to the city center with Tveskaya Ulitza leading the way to the Kremlin from the North East. Around the city there are: Tolstoy's country home, the cities of the Golden Ring (Sergiev Possad, Rostov Veliki, Jaroslav, Kostroma).There are 159 bridges, over 200 Theaters and more than 150 museums holding more than 13 million exhibits and visited by more than 14 million people yearly.
• Moscow is one of the fastest growing economical centers in the world whose active business life has an ever changing profile or skyline. Investments are made in order to make the city more and more beautiful: green areas are appearing, facades are beautifully illuminated at night, Soviet Style buildings are demolished, water fountains are set up in rivers and a new skyline of Moscow is being built, together with many new restaurants, deluxe hotels and night spots.

Sheremetievo Arrival Terminals B, C (Click below link for floorplan)

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• DOMESTIC ARRIVAL Airport Sheremetievo B and C are used for domestic flights and for international flights as well. The terminals are located next to each other. For international flights: Upon arrival 2 forms must be filled in; Arrival Cards and Customs forms (should be filled in for Arrival & Departure in case of carrying currency in cash (over USD 10000) & in order to be given permission to bring cash back when departure from Russia). Guides/escorts will meet with signs outside the customs zone. Approximate transfer to the city is 1 hour 30 min (35 km), to International Airports Sheremetievo F, D approx 30 min(transportation needs to be pre-booked).
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 80 2 330.00 660.00
Guide/Escort at requested language 80 2 100.00 200.00
Airport Portage 1 bag/suitcase per person 80 80 7.00 560.00

20:00 Dinner at the Restaurant Yar & Classical Cabaret Show

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• LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: One of the most spectacular Halls in Moscow with a daily show, located in Leningradsky Prospect (a continuation of Tverskaya Street to the North), in about 20 minutes drive from the city center. The main Yar Hall is located in Sovietsky Hotel with separate entrance to foyer with cloakroom, a separate banquet room and a huge lobby bar. The show is a classical cabaret variety entertainment and takes a place in the main Yar Hall. With slightly changes, its program includes various dance and acrobatic elements with Russian touch and folklore. Show starts around 9 p.m. and continues for approx. 1,5 hour followed by jazz or soft dance music.
• CAPACITY: The privatization of the hall is possible (please, see the price list) and required for the groups of more than 80 persons. The hall's capacity is 200 persons. No separation from smoking or non-smoking sections.
• IMPORTANT NOTE: The restaurant does not guarantee availability of the tables in the Yar Hall (with a show) without a privatization of the Hall AND Show program (extra supplement). If the Hall is given for a private event, the restaurant will provide upon availability the tables in another room (with no show program). The possibility of having a dinner in Yar Hall with a show without privatization is subject to availability and normally confirmed 10 days prior the day of the dinner.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
group menu from 80 80 43.02 3,441.60

Transport Evening (Hotel-Restaurant-Hotel)

• Please note due to the traffic situation and according to Russkie Prostori Quality Standards - all transportation is ordered 30 minutes prior to use to ensure exact departure. Guides will be available 15 minutes prior to dispatching of the coaches Transportation in according to stated time and hours can be used with or without guide. We recommend to have assistance to enable assistance with translation - non English speaking drivers - and providing general help and explanations. Surcharge after midnight hour according to specification below.
• Transport Evening service Hotel-Restaurant-Hotel is based on 4 hours of transport use. All additional hours are charged additionally according to drivers' journals. In the night time between 23-00 - 06-00 the rate per hour is additional 50% of the regular cost.
• Regarding assistance of guides/hostesses during dinner: an additional cost for the meals of drivers & guides might be charged. Beverages in the bus (mineral water) will be supplied only upon extra order.
• Please note restrictions of drinking and eating in some vehicles. In case of more than three (3 coaches/vehicles) we strongly recommend an additional "runner" providing service and coordination at each stop and arrival (assistance with parking, tickets, forgotten things advising correct bus and items not provided by guides at the time). NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures above are samples of vehicles used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation confirmed.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 80 2 300.00 600.00
Guide/Escort at requested language 80 2 100.00 200.00
Transport surcharge after 23:00 p/hour 80 1 60.00 60.00
DAY 2

10:00 13:00 City Sightseeing Moscow

• Moscow is the biggest city in Europe and the Capital of Russia founded in 1147. The population of 11,5 million people makes it the biggest city in Europe and still growing and changing with 250 restaurants opening yearly competing as the one of the most culinary cities in the world. Traffic and an explosion of new cars and transport makes sometimes the traffic to be blocked but with the right logistic and use of alternative transport and walking the city offers unique impressions and possibilities. Moscow has one of the fastest growing economical centers in the world with an active business life with an enormous changing profile / skyline. Investments in making the city looking more and more beautiful have been made. There are green areas, facade lightning, water fountains in the River. Many Soviet Style buildings have been demolished and a new skyline has been set up: many new restaurants, deluxe hotels and night spots were founded.
• During the orientation of Moscow we will acquaint ourselves with the main tourist attractions of the city. Passing the famous Tverskaya Boulevard, the Red and Manege Squares as well as Arbat (the capital's commercial center), we will stop at Vorobyovy Gori - the highest point of Moscow with a breathtaking view at the city and Moscow-river. The building of Lomonosov's Moscow State University (one of the seven famous Stalin's Age skyscrapers) is located just in a short walk from here. Luzhniki Stadium (honored the final UEFA Champions League match 2008), is situated right in front. In winter, Vorobyovy Hills are popular among ski- and snowboard fans in the winter time. Regular visitors can also try a ride in a lifting chair down/up the hill the year round. Victory Park, Red Square, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, New Maiden Convent, Bolshoi Theater, and a photo stop for the best views of the Kremlin!

13:00 Lunch at the Restaurant Artist Gallery

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• LOCATION: The Artist Gallery Restaurant is situated in the building of the Tsereteli Art Gallery, a beautiful mansion of the late 18-th century, close to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The restaurant is a marvelous place decorated with frescos, bronze bas-reliefs and mosaics of the famous Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli. The restaurant consists of 5 halls, each of which boasts its unique interior: 1) The Flower Hall (30 seats) is decorated with colorful posters of Tsereteli’s works on the walls and the ceiling; 2) The Bronze Hall (20 seats) is made in the moderate colors of the oriental engraving; 3-4) The Slavic (20 seats) and Italian (30 seats) Halls are decorated with the paintings of the famous Moscow artists, created under with direction of the monumentalist E.N. Maksimov and V.P. Psarev. 5) Winter Garden Hall (870 sq. m., capacity of 140 pax without balcony (or max. 14 round tables of 10 pax seating each), and 100 extra seats capacity with balcony, total capacity of the hall is 240 seats) is a magnificent 2-level hall with the high transparent ceiling and picturesque trees, an ideal venue for a gala-dinner. All the halls boast the “castle” furniture with high backs and carved fly glassed tables made in France on the author’s project.
• TYPE OF CUISINE : European, Georgian, Japanese. The fascinating dishes of Italian and French cuisine are emphasized due to creative shaping. Sushi Bar is to surprise true gourmets. Any kind of entertainment can be organized upon request.
• RP RECOMMENDATIONS: Live music (pop/jazz band/classical quartet or duo (harp&violin), folkloric ensemble (acoustic trio, kazak ensemble etc.)), circus performance.
• SPECIAL NOTES: Depending on the menu budget and number of pax, a rental fee for Winter Garden is applied (to be reconfirmed upon request). Credit cards accepted: Visa and Mastercard. Dress-code: smart casual. On Mondays Zurab Tsereteli Gallery part is closed for visits. Working hours 12 am - 12pm.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Menu from 80 80 45.17 3,613.60

15:00 17:00 Cradle of the city: Kremlin Territory

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• The Moscow Kremlin is the chief architectural ensemble of the city. Along the South wall of the Kremlin, overlooking the Moscow River, you will find the Grand Kremlin Palace. Within the Kremlin there is a Cathedral Square, the so-called "City of God". The famous Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon are there, too. Six buildings, including 3 three enormous cathedrals edge the square. Most of them, the work of Italian architects during the late 15th and early 16th Century.The Armory building built in 1851 as a factory for making weapons nowadays houses a museum, in which an enormous collection of Russian national treasures, including the famous Fabergé eggs, carriages, cookware, jewelry, etc. is on display. The State Historical Museum is located outside the walls. Entry fee includes the visit to the Kremlin Territory and 3 cathedrals. Additional fee is for the Armory visit.
• It is possible to have an exclusive entrance to Kremlin territory and The Armory Chamber with a concert of spiritual music (10-15 minutes) at the parade hall of the Armory. Please, note, that concert is subject to availability.
• CANCELLATION POLICY: 5 working days prior to the visit.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Kremlin guide (1 group - 20 persons) 80 1 68.84 68.84
Kremlin Territory with visit of 1-3 Cathedrals - entrance fee per person 80 80 13.98 1,118.40
The Armory 80 80 21.51 1,720.80

18:00 Arrival back to the Hotel (estimated)

20:00 Dinner at the Restaurant Turandot

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• LOCATION: Turandot Restaurant is located in Tverskoy boulevard, in the very center of Moscow. It is a true luxury palace, all the interiors of which are hand-made. Here is mosaic gold and antiques, majestic chandelier of Malaysian crystal with unique lightning and acting fireplaces, Gobelin tapestries and Venetian mirrors – and everything is genuine! The details of interior have been made for 6 years and brought from China, France, Italy and other countries. The restaurant has got 14 halls of totally 20 thousand sq. m. and amazing summer terrace, which copies Versailles grounds! The tables boast china-ware - the XVIII century original copies.
• TYPE OF CUISINE: The local menu was elaborated by Alan Yau, the only chef, who was awarded with two Michelin stars for Asian cuisine. But restaurant's menu is not limited only by Asian cuisine (which is, by the way, adopted to European traditions) - a wide choice of European dishes is available and represented by one of the best French chefs with 3 Michelin stars. Talking about local food, a dish in Turandot is more than just a food - it is a true culinary masterpiece. Not to mention an excellent service.
• SPECIAL NOTES: The total capacity of the restaurant is around 500 pax depending on the set up.
The first floor fits up to 150 pax; second floor - 120 pax; the Japanese hall - 75-80 pax; the Grand room - 40-50 pax. Live music (harp, violin, cello, piano) - a spectacular peformance, consisting of classic and modern songs - can be watched and listened on the turning round podium every evening (two casts of quartet are changing during the week). Charming ladies start to play at 19.30. Open from 12:00 until 00:00. All major credit cards are accepted.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Dinner-menu from 80 80 88.20 7,056.00

Transport Full Day & Evening

  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 80 2 750.00 1,500.00
Guide/Escort at requested language 80 2 250.00 500.00
Transport Surcharge after 23:00 p/hour 80 1 60.00 60.00
DAY 3

10:00 12:00 Tretyakov Gallery (historical)

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• DESCRIPTIONS: The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. It is located in one of the oldest directs of Moscow – Zamoskvorechye, not far from the Kremlin. The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made а contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. The collection contains more than 130 000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists. Russian art works, ranging in date from the 11th to the early 20th century, are on the show in Gallery's historic building on Lavrushinskiy Pereulok.
• SPECIAL NOTES: Open Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Closed Mon.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Entrance fee per person 80 80 12.00 960.00

12:30 Lunch at the restaurant Genatsvale on New Arbat

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• LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Georgia is very famous for its cuisine and wines. "Genatsvale" is true Georgian restaurant, located in the centre of Moscow, between New and Old Arbat Streets. From outside it has a cozy cobbled terrace with a huge stone jug on it. Inside, Genatsvale is decorated with cobbled pavement, wooden verandah, wheel of a mill with small river and live fish. The new "Sea Hal" looks like a deck of a yacht.
• CUISINE & CAPACITY: Here the one will be able to taste a wide range of dishes, including the famous eggplants with nuts, satsivi, lobio, harcho-soup, hachipuri and many others. For those, who prefers European cuisine, the restaurant offers a choice of dishes cooked by traditional European recipes (e.g. fish dishes). The restaurant's capacity is 350 seats.
• SPECIAL NOTES: The parking is free of charge. Take-away dishes are availible. Guests can pay by credit cards (Mastercard/Visa/Maestro).
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Lunch-menu from 80 80 36.57 2,925.60

14:30 16:00 Fabulous Novodevichy Convent

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• DESCRIPTIONS: It is probably the best-known cloister of Moscow. Its name, sometimes translated as the New Maidens' Monastery, was devised to differ from an ancient maidens' convent within the Moscow Kremlin. Unlike other Moscow cloisters, it has remained virtually intact since the 17th century. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For 400 years the Novodevichy Convent was the witness and the participant of important historical events, connected with the names of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Sofia and Peter I. The architectural ensemble of the convent was formed by the end of 17th century and till now remains one of the best in Russia. In the main, Smolensk Cathedral, there is a valuable wall fresco of 16th century and a magnificent carved iconostasis with icons of famous imperial masters of that time. Representatives of noble families and tsar relatives, the hero of the Patriotic war of 1812 D.V.Davydov, the writer I.I.Lazhechnikov, the historian S.M. Solovyev and others are buried on the convent territory.
• SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS: Exhibits throughout the convent display such treasures as: rare and ancient Russian paintings, both ecclesiastical and secular; woodwork and ceramics; fabrics and embroidery; and a large collection of illuminated and illustrated books decorated with gold, silver, and jewels.
• SPECIAL NOTES: Hours: Museum: Thursday – Tuesday from 10:00 to 17:00. Convent: daily from 10:00 to 18:00; closed last Monday of every month. Try to catch a Russian Orthodox service in the cathedral. Women should cover their heads before entering.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Entrance fee per person 80 80 7.53 602.40
obligated supplement of a guide (for each group of 1-15 pax) 80 6 7.74 46.44

16:30 Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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• DESCRIPTION: The main Cathedral of Russia - Christ the Saviour Cathedral barbarously destroyed on December 5, 1931, has been rebuilt in 1994-2000 with joint work of architects, builders, as well as artists and sculptors, who reconstructed artistic beauty of the Cathedral. Construction was sponsored by Moscow Government and citizens. Located in very heart of Moscow the Cathedral is a perceptible memorial to the battle of the Russian people against the Napoleonic hordes. The names of the renowned heroes, whom God chose as instruments to save His people are engraved on marble boards in the main gallery of the Cathedral.
• SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS: The exhibitions available in the building of cathedral, like: "Sacred Etny Russia", the exhibition of icons,who was named "The color of eternal", "Orthodox in Poland", also exhibition with monuments from send.
• RP RECOMMENDATIONS: Strongly advised to visit this amazing place.
• SPECIAL NOTES: Opening hours 10.00 -18.00 Sunday 10.00 -17.00, Monday 13.00 - 18:00. The entrance is free of charge (not possible during the service). It is not allowed to have a guided tour inside of the Cathedral during a visit, therefore the guide will tell guests the history of the Cathedral from outside. It is strictly prohibited to enter the Cathedral in sport clothes, such as shorts , tank top etc; for women: shirts with uncovered shoulders, short trousers, skirts etc.

18:00 Arrival back to the Hotel (estimated)

20:00 Dinner at the Restaurant Tinkoff

LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: The "Tinkoff" boasts its ideal location between the Moskva-River embankment and Arbat Street, situated in a 10 minutes walking distance. Inside the restaurant is decorated in hi-tech style - with steel, glass and industrial elements, mixed with traditional architecture. Except in-house brewery, The Tinkoff Brewery Restaurant consists of a sushi-room, a brew watching room, the main hall and the downstairs beer hall. Tinkoff restaurant is capable to house up to 550 guests, including 3 VIP-halls for 6, 8 and 20 persons accordingly. Live music in the evenings during weekends. Sport events broadcast. Open daily from 12.00 until 02:00. A tour of the brewery can be arranged at your request. The brewery produces 40 tons of draft beer per month, and sells it in bulk to beer shops.
CUISINE: European and Japanese. Various pizzas and pastas, sausages and aroma meat dishes, fish and fresh salads will be appreciated with 6 basic sorts of beer and 4 seasonal sorts. The sushi bar pleasantly surprises with a wide choice in a menu of 250 dishes.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Diner-menu from 80 80 58.08 4,646.40

Transport Full Day & Evening

  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 80 2 750.00 1,500.00
Guide/Escort at requested language 80 2 250.00 500.00
Transport Surcharge after 23:00 p/hour 80 1 60.00 60.00
DAY 4

Free morning

• Recommended shopping: Russian watches, scarves, fabrics, handicrafts, fur hats, souvenirs, glassware, crystal, Russian CD, paintings, caviar, lacquer boxes, amber, Matrushka, Russian Champagne, wine, Brandy.
• Shops are also open on Saturdays and Sundays in the Nevsky Prospekt, Bolshaya Konjushenaya. Main Department stores are 'Passage', 'Gostiny Dvor', Painters' Market, Flea Market, bookshops, glass shops, fur shops etc.

Check-Out of the hotel

• Please do not forget to instruct the Reception about wake-up calls, ensuring yourself about passports and Immigration Forms (that had been stamped by Immigrations and by hotel registration) taken from the hotel reception. Ensure correct and coordinated breakfast, luggage pull and bell service. Also provide time for individual payment at the reception for extra room charge.
• A questionnaire will be given to you and we kindly ask you to fill in during transfer and hand over to our representative at the airport prior to departure.
• If combining the departure with an excursion to Pavlosk / Pushkin the transfer time will be approx. 25-40 minutes (all depending on traffic). Departure from the hotel 3 hours prior departure time or as agreed.
• Official check out time in Russia is 12 p.m. Latest check out is a subject of confirmation and should be discussed in advance.

12:15 Train Departure from Leningrad Train Station (Moscow)

• 3 Komsomolskaya pl.The oldest railroad station in Moscow; built in 1851 by the design of Ton in Empire style, like its twin-station in St. Petersburg. Long-distance trains to North-West of Russia and abroad: St. Petersburg, Tallin, Helsinki, Borovichi, Vyborg, Murmansk, Nikel, Novgorod, Ostashkov, Petrozavodsk, Pskov. Commuter trains to Klin, Konakovo, Kryukovo, Tver, Khimki.
• Night Train: Arrivals from 07-55. Speed train# 166 (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays): Departure at 19.10 - arrival to St-Petersburg at 23-40.Departure 23.55 - Hotel check-out 13.00. Day Trains: "Aurora"- Moscow dep. at 16.30 - arrival to St-Petersburg at 21-45.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 80 2 330.00 660.00
Guide/Escort at requested language 80 2 80.00 160.00
Porterage per bag/suitcase (train-transport) 80 80 9.00 720.00

13:45 Sapsan - High-speed train

DESCRIPTIONS: Sapsan is a high-speed train, operated by Russian railways. In December 2009 the Sapsan train ran its first journey between Moscow and St. Petersburg, and from July 2010 it also runs on the route St. Petersburg - Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod and back. The journey to Moscow takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. Train Sapsan is capable of speeding up to 350 km / hr, but the Russian railways is limited in its speed only up to 250 km. / hr. In the future there is a plan to increase the speed of train movement in some areas up to 330 km / h. Train consists of 10 cars. Business class (1,2 carriages) has 44 seats in open saloon. Economy class (carriages 3,4, 6,7,8,9,10) has 66 seats in open salon. Bistro car (5 carriage) has 40 seats in open saloon. All cars of the train are non-smoking.
• BUSINESS CLASS CARRIAGE: each business class seat is equipped with an adjustable backrest, individual lightning, a built-in audio- video module, a collapsible table and a footrest. Electric outlets for battery charges and laptops are located between seats.
• ECONOMY CLASS CARRIAGE: All economy class seats are equipped with an adjustable backrest, individual lighting, a collapsible table and a footrest. Ticket sale starts 45 days before the departure.
• SCHEDULE ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW: 06:45, 07:00, 13:30, 13:45, 16:30, 19:30, 19:45 - journey time 4 hours.
• SCHEDULE ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW: 06:45, 07:00, 13:30, 13:45, 15:00, 19:25, 19:45 23:25 - journey time 4 hours.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Economy class ticket (indicational) 80 80 120.00 9,600.00

St. Petersburg Description (Click below link for CityMap)

• The Fourth biggest city in Europe with 5,5 million inhabitants but also the historical and cultural city of Russia. The city was founded 1703 by Peter the Great celebrated its 300 years anniversary during 2003. The foundation and European influence made it famous as the cultural center of Russia and the Capital during nearly 200 years during the Romanov dynasty prior to the revolution. The city has been called the Venice of the North due to all canals and bridges along the Neva River and canals as well as the Window to the West, the gateway to the East and many more.
• The city is created by five major Islands and the center is rather small around all main attractions, the Marinsky Theater, the Palace Square, Peter & Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral which all surrounds the Neva River and the main Street Nevsky Prospect as well as the major Hotels which all are on walking distance. The development since the name change from Leningrad to St. Petersburg is amazing and still continues rapidly to change with an active reconstructions and refreshing of buildings and facades which adds the feeling of "Energy & Development" into the fastest growing economy in Europe. Around the city cottages and summer resorts are developing quickly especially around the beaches and the costs. The closeness to Europe but with its distinctive difference makes the city exotic also compared with other European cities and within a short reach from all European travel hubs.
• A city for shopping & entertainment! The majority of shops and stores are opened during weekends and late evenings (7-9pm) with a lot of 24 hours food convenient stores. In addition to souvenir shops there are plenty of fashion and design stores and Russian Fur fashion) The cities’ many restaurants, bars, lounges and night spots offers a wide variety of entertainment with wine and dined opportunities, theme bars jazz lounges and maybe even some of the best European restaurants? The night life starts after midnight and keeps on going until early morning. The interest in St. Petersburg has not only attracted investments such as Car companies, breweries and deluxe products lines but also the economic life with G8 meetings 2003 & 2006 again focused on the importance to the Baltic Sea Gate as well as new built hotels not only catering for the deluxe segment with many new project planned to expand for visitors. The most exciting project confirmed are the creation of a second stage for Marinsky theater and the development of the nearby New Holland to become a cultural, congress and entertainment center.

17:55 Train Station "Moscow" Arrival & Departure (St.Petersburg)

DESCRIPTION: Moskovsky Railway Station has one of the largest traffic flows in whole Europe. It is located in the very heart of St Petersburg at the main avenue Nevsky Prospect. Moskovsky Railway station serves trains to and from Moscow, Central and Southern Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Crimea. Sapsan high-speed trains (Moscow - St-Petersburg - Moscow) arrive and depart to/from Moscow railway station. Transportation between Moscow and St-Petersburg by Sapsan train takes 3,45 hours. There are also eleven night-trains (the most famous are the “Red Arrow” and the “Nikolaevsky Express”), most of which leave at around midnight and arrive to Moscow at around 8 am. Ticket office: it is the first door on the right if you enter the main hall via the main lobby.
Service Center: offers reliable telephone and fax service, photocopying, typing. Currency Exchange is in the Main Hall. (A better exchange rate can be found elsewhere.) Restaurant, Bar, Telegraph office is in the Main Lobby, Newsagent's and Souvenir kiosks.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 18-23:00 80 2 300.00 600.00
Guide/Escort at requested language 80 2 125.00 250.00
Portage inside the wagon - 1 piece P/P (Add. 5 eur a piece) 80 80 11.00 880.00

Check-In at the hotel

• Regular Check-In: Please ensure that every passenger has the passport and Immigration card in their hand upon arrival as these will be handed in at the reception desk. Every room has 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 note 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 be 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).
• According to Russian Immigration Policy, each person, entering Russian Federation should be register in OVIR (Visa and Register Department) within 72 hours (3 days). After the check in, the hotel will make registration. Registration stamp will put on a paper attached to the visa, saying that you are register for living at the hotel for the exact period of time.

20:30 Dinner at the Restaurant Academia

• Restaurant Academia is a venue/banquet hall that operates on request only. It has been renovated in September 2010. There are two halls with separate entrances with capacity of 250 seats each, with private bathrooms, and coat check. A dance floor can be arranged in the center of each hall with basic sound and light equipment pre - installed, which enables to arrange dancing and/ or live music entertainment. It serves European, Russian, Asian cuisine.Total dinner capacity: 500 seats; cocktail capacity: 1000 guests.
• Recommended entertainment: Soviet style for lunch/dinner with Lenin (copy) and military choir; "Zapoy" vodka tasting with a Russian Tzar's army officer pronouncing toasts; Master class of Russian cuisine; Themed Disco Night (White nights in Saint-Petersburg) and more.
• "Academia" is located in the heard of the city on Spit of Basil island near the Palace bridge, in the building which used to belong to Saint-Petersburg Stock Exchange. Address: Birzhevoy proezd, 1.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Menu-from 80 80 51.63 4,130.40
DAY 5

10:00 13:00 Get to know St. Petersburg & Peter & Pauls Fortress

• DESCRIPTION / ROUTE: An introduction tour of the city with its five and a half million people and the main attractions in the center along the impressive Boulevard "Nevsky Prospect" with buildings, palaces, Churches, Cathedrals, shopping areas. You will pass the many Canals and as well the view of the many beautiful palaces facing the Neva River. Since the creation in 1703 as a small fortification at the present Peter & Paul Fortress the city of myths and mystery was build on a flat march land by architects and prisoners of wars. The whole sophisticated development of St. Petersburg is materialized in its palaces and temples, park ensembles, street labyrinths and multistories houses and as a master plan of Venice of the North and Amsterdam. During the tour we 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 to mentioned a few of the possible spots that you will be surrounded of.
• MAIN ATTRACTION: The tour includes a visit to Peter & Paul Fortress is considered to be the birthplace of St Petersburg, since it was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great as the beginning of the city. The Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul is the main part of the fortress complex. It took 21 years to build it and is the burial place of the Czars beginning from Peter the Great. The remains of Nicholas II and his family were buried here on the 17th of July 1998.
• RP RECOMMENDATIONS: It is also possible to walk up to the Fortress Murals, from where a wonderful panoramic view of the city opens up. The impressive facades of numerous Palaces include the Hermitage complex, the Marble Palace and many other former palaces of Russian Nobility. The view creates a strict skyline, since the palaces were not allowed to be built higher the Palace of the Russian Czars (Winter Palace).
• SPECIAL NOTES: Closed on Wednesdays. Opened 11:00-18:00. On Tuesdays till 17:00. Actual visit 1 hr. During the tour several picture stops are done as well as an eventual opportunity to stop for souvenirs if time allows.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Entrance fee 2012 80 80 7.53 602.40

13:00 Lunch at the Restaurant Russian Kitsch

• LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION: Welcome to Period of Perestroyka Cafe Russian Kitsch, located in the very center of the city. Russian-Kitsch unlike anywhere else. This is Kitsch the real Russian way. Green marble, polished gilded bronzes garlands of flowers, hand painted murals on the ceilings, luxury sofas, the gallery adored with busts of native figures. Although very luxurious, but luxurious in a typical Russian manner, with a sense of humor and self-mockery. Within all this opulence and luxury are feels completely free and relaxed. No stiffness and no etiquette.
• TYPE CUISINE: The menu in the Russian Kitsch is full of non-compatible dishes, for example common herring slightly pickled in pistachio and served with real gold leafs or common sausages made from foirs grass. Brew yourself vodka- it is actual process of how vodka is done and the guests can do it and see the process themselves.
• Upon request to guests can be offered: 1)Brewing machine for a group ( several machines in case of a big group), 2) a professionally qualified brewing instructor, 3) the traditional Russian snacks, 4) the free brewing and traditional Russian lessons. Vodka Brewing should be booked in advance, the number of brewing machines depends on availability. All menus are subject to change.
• 6 halls, 2 glass galleries are working for you from 1 pm until 2 am. (Pioneer's hall -50 seats, New Russians Hall - 37 seats, Big gallery- 50 seats, Small gallery- 12 seats, Banquet Hall - 18 seats, Hall of fame- 14 seats). During weekdays restaurants offers musical band show, stars from 20:00, from 22:00 - DJ. On Friday and Saturday nights, from 22:00 - show program with erotic elements.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Lunch-menu from 80 80 32.27 2,581.60

14:30 16:30 The Czars Winter Palace - Hermitage State Museum

• DESCRIPTIONS: The State Hermitage occupies 6 magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St Petersburg. The Winter Palace - playing the leading architectural role - was the residence of the Russian Czars, that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The Winter Palace was built in 1762 for Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. Many of the palace’s impressive interiors have been remodeled after 1837, when a huge fire destroyed most of the building. The Hermitage Museum is the largest art gallery in Russia and is among the largest and most respected art museums in the world. The basic display areas of the Hermitage occupy 365 rooms in the Main Museum Complex. The Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage and the New Hermitage display the collections of monuments of culture and art of the ancient world, Western Europe, Russia and the countries of the Orient, as well as archaeological and numismatic collections. The Hermitage Theater and the Reserve House also form part of the Main Museum Complex. The museum was founded in 1764, when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from the German city of Berlin. The Hermitage’s collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandt and Rubens, many French Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet and others, numerous canvasses by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin and several sculptures by Rodin.
• SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS: Some temporary exhibitions are available, as an example: "Carlo Gavazzeni Ricordi. Imaginary Theaters in Rome" (4 FEB - 25 MAR 2012); "Carlo Crivelli. Annunciation with St Emidius. From the collection of the National Gallery, London. From the series Masterpieces from museums of the world in the Hermitage" (15 FEB - 27 MAY 2012);
• RP RECOMMENDATIONS: As optional you can visit Hermitage before opening or after closing hours. Early in the morning (at 9:30) or late in the evening (at 6:00 p.m.) you can have special tour with demonstration of the Peacock Clock (Peacock will spread its wings, the owl will turn and the rooster will sing). Exclusive Classical Quartet in the Pavilion Hall or Exclusive Classical Concert in the Italian Art Hall is good additional to special tour (only after 6:00 p.m.). Glass of Champaign can be arranged after concert on the staircase next to the concert rooms. N.B. Special opening is always the subject of reconfirmation of Hermitage!
• SPECIAL NOTES: Open: 10:30 am – 6 pm (ticket office till 5 pm), on Sundays 10:30 am - 5 pm (ticket office till 4 pm). Closed: Mondays. Address: 34 Dvortsovaya Embankment. The earphones are required for groups more than 6 people.
N.B.! Special programs at evening can not be arranged by the Hermitage on following dates: 15-18 May 2013 (St. Petersburg International Legal Forum), 20-22 June 2013 (St. Petersburg International Economic Forum), 22 June 2013 (Scarlet Sails), 28 June 2013 (International Gala Banquet in the Winter Palace).
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
2013 Entrance fee to the Hermitage including Photo & Video permission 80 80 11.83 946.40
Earphones rent for tour (if group more than 6 guests) 2013 80 80 4.00 320.00

18:00 Arrival back to the Hotel (estimated)

20:00 Dinner at the Restaurant Stroganoff Steak House

• TYPE OF CUISINE: American, Russian
• CAPACITY: 8 rooms – 350 seats
• LOCATION& DESCRIPTION: The Restaurant is located nearby St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Interiors are created in style of Russian and North-American steak houses of the beginning of 20th is Moscow, New York, Boston and Chicago. Rooms are decorated by old Russian and American photos and advertising production of 20th century. The whole restaurant is more then 1000 square meters. The leather furniture, comfortable sofas and oak floors create a cozy atmosphere. Open : 12.00 till last guest
• ADDITIONAL SERVICES: live piano music upon request; free parking.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Dinner -menu from 80 80 51.63 4,130.40

Transport Full Day & Evening

  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 80 2 650.00 1,300.00
Guide/Escort at requested language 80 2 250.00 500.00
Transport Surcharge after midnight p/hour 80 1 60.00 60.00
DAY 6

Check-Out of the hotel

• Please do not forget to instruct the Reception about wake-up calls, ensuring yourself about passports and Immigration Forms (that had been stamped by Immigrations and by hotel registration) taken from the hotel reception. Ensure correct and coordinated breakfast, luggage pull and bell service. Also provide time for individual payment at the reception for extra room charge.
• A questionnaire will be given to you and we kindly ask you to fill in during transfer and hand over to our representative at the airport prior to departure.
• If combining the departure with an excursion to Pavlosk / Pushkin the transfer time will be approx. 25-40 minutes (all depending on traffic). Departure from the hotel 3 hours prior departure time or as agreed.
• Official check out time in Russia is 12 p.m. Latest check out is a subject of confirmation and should be discussed in advance.

15:30 17:30 The Summer Palace & Park of Catherine's the Great, Pushkin

• Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo/ Czars Village) is 28 km away from St. Petersburg and approximate 1 hour depending on traffic, where the Catherine the Great Summer Palace is located. The palace-and-park ensemble of Czarskoye Zelo - former country residence of Russian emperors - is a fascinating monument of the world's architectural and gardening arts of the XVIII-XIX centuries. Its 3 parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions rise: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures. Its three parks occupy the area of 600 ha, on which over 100 architectural constructions rise: from magnificent palaces and grand monuments to intimate pavilions and park sculptures.
• In the 17th century there was a Finnish farm here at Dudorovsky eminence called "Saari mois" in Finnish language. In 1708 it became a possession of the Russian Czar, and the Finnish toponymy word "Saari mois" was transformed into "Czarskaya Mysa" that sounded more Russian. In 1708-1724 Czarskaya Mysa was the residence of Peter the Great's wife, the Empress Catherine I. From 1741 Czarskoye Zelo became the residence of the Empress Elizabeth and during her reign the architect Rastrelli created a magnificent Imperial Palace, a brilliant masterpiece of Russian baroque. Bolshoi Catherine Palace is a remarkable example of Russian baroque architecture. The existing palace was built between 1744 and 1756 by architects Zemtsov, Kvasov, Chevakinskiy, Rastrelli, Cameron, Quarenghi, Monighetti, Stasov. In the years 1811 - 1843 the Czarskoselsky Lyceum was established there, an elite school for noble families offspring's, where the great Russian poet A.S. Pushkin was educated. After revolution of 1917 the palace-and-park ensemble was made the museum, and best buildings were given to educational and health-care establishments. Because of it in 1918 the town was renamed to Detskoye Zelo (Children's Village).
• Reconstructed Amber Room in Catherine Palace of the State museum- "Czarskoe Zelo" was officially opened for the visitors on May, 31 2003 course of the meeting of the chapters and the governments of 8 conducting industrial countries of the world in St.-Petersburg.
• A flee market is located near the Palace. Open: 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Tuesday’s & last Monday/month. The day before holidays open till 4 pm. Entrance for tourists: 10 am - 12 pm and 14 pm - 16 pm.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Entrance fee 2013 (21 OCT - 30 APR) with photo & video permission (10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00) 80 80 12.91 1,032.80

13:30 Lunch at Russian - Podvorie- with cossack songs!

• TYPE OF CUISINE: Russian
• CAPACITY: five rooms: 92 seats, 76 seats, 52 seats, 30 seats, 40 seats. The Summer outdoor veranda for 130 seats.
• DESCRIPTION & LOCATION: The restaurant built in the ancient Russian style is made as a wooden village house and court. Lunch or dinner at Podvorie restaurant is a nice continuation of a walkabout or excursion in the Palaces and parks of Pavlovsk or Pushkin. Ten years of work gave this restaurant popularity and faultless reputation. Famous politicians, businessmen and artists that have been visiting the restaurant are President Vladimir Putin, the composer Rostropovich, Prince Charles, Gerhard Schroeder, Jacque Chirac and others. In the summer there is an open-air cafe located outside the wooden building and in the winter there is an outdoor skating rink and a true Russian slide.
• ADDITIONAL SERVICE: the Folklore performance – Russian Cossacks. Takes part during the meals and is included in the menu price for the groups from 20 guests. (Please kindly note that the supplement for the groups less than 20 guests will be applied.)
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Lunch -menu with local wine & vodka unlimited 80 80 38.00 3,040.00

Pulkovo 2 Departure International (Click below link for Floorplan)

• Pulkovo Airport (LED) is an international airport serving St. Petersburg. It consists of two terminals, Pulkovo-1 (serving mostly domestic flights) and Pulkovo-2 (international flights), which are located about 20 km (12 mi) and 17 km (11 mi) south of the city center, on the way to Pushkin and Pavlovsk. It takes approximately from 45 min to 1 hour to go from city center to the airport, depending on traffic situation. Pulkovo 2 airport was renovated and rebuilt for the 300 years anniversary in 2003.
• PASSPORT: Prior to check out of the hotel please ensure that all passports and Immigration Forms that was initially stamped by immigration and hotel registration has been collected. Customs forms declared and stamped upon arrival should be originals only and again declared in Red Channel if bringing back more than USD 1.500 (or equivalent). Transfer from the city approx. 45 minutes - 1 hour depending on traffic. If combining the departure with an excursion to Pavlosk / Pushkin the transfer time will be approx. 20-30 minutes (all depending on traffic). Departure from the hotel 3 hours prior departure time or as agreed.
• DEPARTURE: Security check with X-ray for suitcases and hand luggage - which will be marked with security label as well as personal security check prior entering the Departure Hall. Access to customs area with control of Passport and Airline Ticket prior to Red & Green Channels. Items & Paintings from 1945 or older must be officially cleared from authorities and limitations also of caviar (please note at present - Beluga Caviar is forbidden to bring to the United States) and food product restrictions should be foreseen in respective countries. Airline Counters available in the hall as well as Paper & Magazine shop and Bar / Cafe on the First Floor.
• CHECK IN AREA: on two sides prior Immigration & Border Control. In case of a non-sufficient cover of Visa period a penalty will be charged at the Consular Point following the Border control.
• DEPARTURE HALL / GATE AREA: Security control of Hand luggage and personal scanning prior to Departure Area in 2 floors. Bottom floor includes Bar, Toilets Tax free shop (with assortment of Russian souvenirs, Liquors, tobacco perfumes, Russian Champagne & vodka and Red Caviar - Black Caviar is not for sale at the airport). First Floor includes Restaurant & Bar (including Sushi bar), Souvenir Shop, CD & DVD Shop, Fur Shop, Toilets. 2 Business Class Lounges where off one in the end of the Departure Area. All departure gates demands x-ray of hand luggage, shoes and body search (plastic covers available for the feet's). The airport has also introduced a limited amount of liquid that is allowed according to International standards.
• Please consider bigger vehicles OR luggage van service in order to be on the safe side with luggage. Please kindly pay attention to the vehicles luggage capacity: Big bus (45 – 50 seats – 45 suitcases), Mini-van (15 seats – 10 suitcases), Mini-van (5 seats – 4 suitcases), Sedan car (3 seats – 3 suitcases).
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 80 2 300.00 600.00
Guide/Escort at requested language 80 3 80.00 240.00
Airport Portage - 1 piece pp (add. Eu 4/piece). 80 80 7.00 560.00
PROGRAM TOTALS
  Price PP, EUR Total, EUR
TOTAL PRICE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION 0.00 0.00
TOTAL PER PERSON PRICE - LAND ARRANGEMENT PER PERSON 596.35 47,708.00
TOTAL LOT PERSON PRICE - LAND ARRANGEMENT 153.32 12,265.28
ESTIMATED TOTAL PROGRAM COST 749.67 59,973.28
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