Petersburg: A Winter Fairy-tale


Taleon Imperial Hotel (indicative Rates)

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• PROPERTY DESCRIPTION & LOCATION: Taleon Imperial Hotel is the only modern luxury hotel created from the XVIIIth century patrician palace in Saint-Petersburg, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and Virtuoso associations. The superb location of the hotel in the heart of the historical and business center of Saint-Petersburg is a 5-minute walk from the famous Hermitage Museum, Palace Square, Kazan Cathedral etc. Taleon Imperial Hotel dominates the busy intersection of the Moika River and Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main thoroughfare. Some of the city’s finest shopping, including exclusive clothes boutiques and jewelry salons are situated near the hotel. In summer water taxis and speed-boats wait at the quay in front of the hotel and offer a memorable tour of the city by water. The Taleon Imperial is the only luxury club hotel in Russia, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and Virtuoso groups. No other hotel in the world can compare to Taleon Imperial for the authentic beauty of its historical interiors. This unique quality is a source of great pride.
• ACCOMMODATION & CATEGORIES: All 89 rooms (40 of which are suites) meet the highest international standards, with round-the-clock butler service, interactive television and Internet access. Each room’s architectural design and décor are unique and exclusive. Guests staying at the Taleon Imperial Hotel appreciate the atmosphere of true palace life, and enjoy the historical aura in combination with all modern comforts.
• F&B OUTLETS: The Atlantes Bar, Taleon restaurant, Victoria restaurant of Russian cuisine and Griboedov Gastronomic Bar with Caucasian cuisine.
• CONFERENCE & MEETING FACILITIES: 7 magnificent rooms are at your service. Each of them has a unique interior and different seating opportunities: Enfilade, Imperial Hall, Baccarat Hall, Golden Drawing Room, Small Music Room, Library, Walnut Drawing Room.
• OTHER FACILITIES: The hotel has one of the most exclusive health clubs in Saint Petersburg. Guests can enjoy the luxury Taleon Spa, offering a fully equipped gym, sauna, salt room, award-winning Spa and a 20 metre heated indoor pool at the top floor. The large swimming pool is fitted with a state-of-the-art environmentally-friendly water treatment system. The pool area has a large glass dome ceiling letting in natural daylight, which makes you feel as if you were in the open air
  Persons Nights Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Registration fee 70 0 70 4.30 301.00
Porterage (in/out) 70 0 70 3.23 226.10
Standard, single 70 3 10 129.07 3,872.10
Standard, double 70 3 30 157.03 14,132.70

Kempinski Moika 22 (indicative rates)

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• PROPERTY DESCRIPTION & LOCATION: The original facade of this 19th Century building (designed by the Dutch engineer Basil von Witte in 1852-1853) has been retained while the building has been entirely reconstructed. The Hotel is located in a historical area in the very heart of St Petersburg on the Moika River opposite the Hermitage Museum and the Palace Square. The Hotel is just two minutes walk away from the Nevsky Prospect and close to all major sights and shopping.
• ACCOMMODATION & CATEGORIES: Rooms & Suites - complete with all the 21st century luxury - convey an elegance unseen since the days of the Tsars, when Dostoevsky and Strauss were frequent visitors. When you enter the Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 you have stepped into the world of Anna Karenina. Located just off Palace Square, in view of the Hermitage Museum, our rooms and suites offer panoramic views of golden cupolas and gilded palaces. The Hotel has 197 rooms and suites, among these 120 Superior rooms (which is Standard category), then Deluxe rooms and only single use Business rooms.
• F&B OUTLETS: The Hotel offers a unique dining experience, where international cuisine prepared by very French chef meets Russian hospitality. There is casual elegance and a panoramic view in the Bellevue Brasserie, fine dining in the Beau Rivage, delicacies and first growths in the Wine Cellar 1853, and a scrumptious ‘five o’clock’ in the Tea Room. The Von Witte bar is the popular watering hole. A ground floor bar and restaurant, a second restaurant on the roof terrace with spectacular views over the St. Petersburg skyline and the nearby Palace Square and Cathedral of the Spilled Blood.
• CONFERENCE & MEETING FACILITIES: Meeting and reception rooms are where a classical ambiance with antiques and old world charm meets European service with a modern touch.
There are 4 meeting rooms: Fontanka room (max 40 people), Neva room (max 160 people), Atrium Foyer (max 180 people), Griboedov room (max 100 people).
• OTHER FACILITIES: The hotel’s Business Center offers the following 24-hour services and facilities: Scanning, copying, printing, Translators (during business hours), International courier and overnight Moscow deliveries, Faxing, Broadband Internet, Office supplies, Office equipment rental, Russian SIM card and handset, Relaxation Center (SPA, Fitness), with its panoramic view, Jacuzzi and massage rooms. Parking & Garage.
  Persons Nights Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Registration fee 70 0 70 4.30 301.00
Porterage (in/out) 70 0 70 5.00 350.00
Superior (Standard), single 70 3 10 135.52 4,065.60
Superior (Standard), double 70 3 30 161.34 14,520.60

Pulkovo Arrival New Terminal

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• THE NEW TERMINAL: The new terminal will serve up to 17 million passengers annually and uniting the newly constructed building and its northern passenger waiting area with the current Pulkovo I terminal (under renovation from January 2014). The building consists of 3 levels connected by escalators, staircases & elevators. The ground floor will house the arrivals and baggage claim areas. Glass skylights and geometric panels contribute to the visual impact of the terminal. The airport’s new 5-kilometer-long automatic baggage system that can process up to 4,800 pieces an hour eliminating needs for ground personnel. The new terminal is equipped with 8 air bridges, which will expand to 14 after the renovation of Pulkovo I (one-third of passengers will be shuttled to their planes via bus). The new terminal will be equipped with 110 passport control desks and 88 check-in desks.
• IMMIGRATION: Immigration Forms will be filled in automatically at the immigration and will be stamped upon arrival and should be registered in the hotel and submitted upon departure at Immigration. Passport & Immigration Forms will be collected upon hotel check-in and could retrieved the same evening or the following morning at the reception.
• CUSTOMS: Customs forms should be filled in for arrival & departure if carrying currency over USD 3000 (for foreigners) and in order to bring cash back upon departure (forms should be stamped by the customs at the Red Line "Goods To Declare"). All other passengers will pass through at the Green Lane "Nothing to Declare" where random checks will be done of luggage in X-rays. In case of lost luggage the person must proceed to Lost & Found and declare luggage arrived and luggage received. Lost & Found Office located after Customs Zone. Due to security reasons Lost Luggage must be retrieved personally with Identification.
• ARRIVAL: Arrival Area includes Meet & Greet Area, bar/ cafe area (rubles only), toilets (free of charge) and access with security control only. Guides/ escorts with welcome signs will meet with in the Meet & Greet Area following the customs zone and transport will be parked outside the Arrival Hall. Approx. transfer to the city 45min - 1 hour depending on traffic. If agreed and confirmed by RP in advance, presence of representatives of Russkie Prostori Company.
• LUGGAGE ASSITANCE: Delivery of Luggage from the Meet & Greet Area after customs for supplements and with pre-order. Luggage delivery from the belt to the bus a (after identification by each passenger or authorized travel staff) for a supplement (double price of portage prices). Please consider bigger vehicles or luggage van service in order to ensure convenient luggage handling. 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).
• VIP SERVICES & GREEN CORRIDOR: Supplied upon request to facilitate group arrivals and delivered according to prepaid / pre-arranged services and timing informed in advance.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 70 2 200.00 400.00
English speaking guide 70 2 125.00 250.00

Check-In at the hotel

• DESCRIPTION: 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).
• REGISTRATION: 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.

Optional: Ice Check-In with hotel keys and small bottles of vodka in ice-cubes

• DESCRIPTION: The guests will be getting the keys for the hotel rooms in ice cubes, including small bottles of vodka and matryoshka dolls. In order to take the keys and vodka out the delegates will need to work on it- by means of small hammer, provided per each person, the ice cubes should be smashed. This very eccentric, ice check-in can be combined with welcome cocktail at the hotel, balalaika trio band accompaniment and bread & salt welcome.
• COMMENTS: Along with the an impressive impact and unforgettable memories from the check-in for the guests, this idea makes sense to enable the luggage distribution in the hotel's rooms. Needless to say, that the technology of cubes freezing takes time, therefore the hotel key are required for freezing 6 hours in advance. Basically, there is no limit for the group quantity, however, the bigger is the group, the more time for freezing in advance is required.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Frozen ice cube (with hotel keys and small bottle of vodka inside) 70 70 40.00 2,800.00
Shot of welcome vodka 70 70 10.00 700.00

20:00 22:00 Russian Welcome Dinner in restaurant RestoraN

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• Popular Russian restaurant, located in the historical center nearby Palace bridge close to Zoological museum and Kunstkamera, in 5 minutes drive from Hermitage which is located on the opposite side of Neva river. "RestoraN" was opened in January 2000 and renovated in 2010. Prestigious magazine "Conde Nast Traveler" included "RestoraN" in 100 of top restaurants on the planet as a place keeping traditions of Russian table.
• Minimalist style designed by one of the top designers in Saint-Petersburg with a rustic interior, wooden floors, wooden furniture. Tablecloth made of canvas, simple style crockery, heavy old sideboards and mirrors, candles lighting the plastered walls. There are 4 halls visually divided by curtains, for up to 200 guests. The most distant halls has a big fireplace.
• Russian cuisine with an international touch. People are especially attracted by shop-window "Russian table" offering choice of traditional cold snacks. A selection of home made vodka with various flavors can be provided for degustation and as a selection during the meal. The privatization of the restaurant is required in case the entertainment during lunch/dinner is incorporated. Address: Tamozhennij per. 2.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Dinner from... 70 70 45.17 3,161.90
Dry Red or White Wines, 2014 70 1 7.31 7.31
Mineral water (bottles) 0.33l, 2014 70 1 3.66 3.66
Russian beer (bottles) 0.5l, 2014 70 1 6.45 6.45

19:30 22:30 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) 70 2 200.00 400.00
English speaking guide 70 2 125.00 250.00
Transport surcharge after 23:00 p/hour 70 1 60.00 60.00
Guide Suppliment after midnight / hour 70 1 80.00 80.00

• Pillow Gifts

• Russian souvenirs reflect the national character and soul of Russian people so exactly and bright that you can enjoy looking at and studying them endlessly. Lively, carved and painted figurines, nesting dolls, birch boxes and accessories, Gzhel and Majolica Ceramics, Mstera, Kholuy, Palekh and Fedoskino wooden boxes, tin soldiers, clocks, wooden figures are to everyone's liking.
• These examples of great Russian culture will decorate your house and bring you back memories of Russia. Looking for something unusual and yet beautiful? Our Russian Souvenirs Store offers you highly artistic articles handcrafted by gifted masters. In every piece you will find reflections of millennium long traditions of Russian folk and decorative art. Every item will make a great addition to any collection or a perfect gift for any occasion.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Military Fur hat - from ... 70 70 25.00 1,750.00
POSADSKY RUSSIAN SCARFS / SHAWLS - from ... 70 70 20.00 1,400.00
VALENKI - from ... 70 70 55.00 3,850.00
Fur hat (rabbit) from… 70 70 64.53 4,517.10

• Pillow Gift - Russian Valenki

• The Russian Valenki (hand-made felt boots ) represent one of the key symbols of Russia. They contain warmth, cosiness and fashion. You can easily use them as slippers in your home. The history of valenki began many centuries ago. The first their prototype was founded in 4 century B.C. The ancient legend has it that valenki have therapeutic virtues. The lambswool hairs allegedly stimulate blood circulation in the feet, strengthen the immune system.
• Each valenok is cut out of a single, seamless strip of lambswool. It is dipped in acid and then in boiling water. Before being oven-dried, it is beaten into shape to form a heel and a point at the toe. From old times valenki were national footwear in Russia, and were worn not only by peasants and military but also by members of the tsar family. In 18 century this kind of footwear was considered really popular and prestigious. Peter the Great and Katherine the Great used to wear them during festivals. Soviet leaders also knew the advantages of this originally Russian footwear: Lenin, Stalin and Khrushev also wore valenki.
• Valenki - one of the best souvenirs of Russia! Russian valenki are also one of the best and liked pillow gifts that would nicely surprice guests when they come back to the hotel and would be a final "Russian touch" of the day.
• We will be provide you with valenki of any size, including children's and adults'. Can be with your company logo on it. Price depends on the model. Should be reconfirmed. Can be given at the check in a "FEEL RUSSIAN" welcom gift.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Price from .. 70 70 55.00 3,850.00

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

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• 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
2014 Bus entrance and parking in the fortress - 1 bus 70 2 10.76 21.52
Entrance fee 2014 70 70 5.38 376.60
Supplement for the entrance to the Fortress Murals 2014 70 70 4.30 301.00
2014 Minivan entrance and parking in fortress (less 8 persons) 70 1 8.60 8.60

Alternative interactive way to know the city: Winter treasure hunt in St. Petersburg - in 4 teams (17-18 persons in each team)

DESCRIPTION: The group is divided into 4 smaller groups (each of 17-18 persons) - A,B,C,D . Each group gets the first task to find their M.van according to the letters (or colors). They choose 1 captain and the group is accompanied by the guide. From their driver they get the first envelope with a task:
• Step 1 when the van stops they have to find an active Cathedral and come inside. From the part of the amount they should buy a candle and put to one of the icons.
• Step 2 Then, they leave and look for look alike of Dostoevsky. To his they say the name of the most famous novel of Dostoevsky (like Crime & Punishment or Idiot) and get envelope with new task.
• Step 3 as per instructions they go to farmer’s marker & look for a farmer with company LOGO. There they buy something and get new envelope with task
• Step 4 They come down to Metro and follow the route on the map. At the metro exit looks for a young person with balloons. They come to buy 1 balloon and get a new task.
• Step 5 following the instructions they go to the Art square and there they look for black Volga cars as per the team numbers.
With these cars they arrive to Peter & Paul Fortress. After the visit they walk to the area of Austeria restaurant. There the Ice sculptors wait for them. Forming two competitive groups they are offered to make ice sculptures under the guidance of the instructors. The best sculpture is the team winner. Captains also have to answer the following questions - to determine the final winner: How Old is St Petersburg? What is the city population? What is the name of the main street of the city? Which Russian President was born in SPB?
• Then the guests come to Austeria restaurant. There Peter the Grate welcomes the guests, gives and Award to the team winner and raises a tost with vodka. The scenario can be changed according your request.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
4 Guides + 4 minivans 70 4 275.00 1,100.00
A shot of vodka with Peter the Grate 70 70 8.00 560.00
Actors involved ( 4) 70 1 1,000.00 1,000.00
administraition fee 70 1 350.00 350.00
Envelopes with tasks, maps, metro tockens and cash 70 70 20.00 1,400.00
Award - TBD 70 1 0.00 0.00
Ice sculpturing - 2 ice blocks & instrutors 70 1 2,000.00 2,000.00
Volga Cars - price per 1 car 70 70 65.00 4,550.00

13:00 14:30 Lunch in Korushka on Peter-and-Pauls Fortress with amazing view

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• TYPE OF CUISINE: European, Caucasian
• CAPACITY: 3 halls of 340 seats
• LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: New luxury restaurant by Ginza Project, named «Korushka» (Smelt) is open at the Peter and Paul Fortress in June 2013. New restaurant has an amazing view on the Vasilievsky island and on the center of St Petersburg with its Neva spaces. New venue boasts a terrace and three halls of 340 seats. Guests of restaurant are able to enjoy finest European as well as Caucasian cuisine. A new trendy restaurant is a perfect place to get all day dining experience in a unique ambiance, especially during famous White Nights.
Korushka (Smelt) is the main commercial fish of St. Petersburg. Apart from the Baltic and White Seas smelt lives in Ladoga, Onega and Karelian lakes.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Lunch from... 70 70 80.67 5,646.90

15:00-17:00 Ice Sculpture at The Summer Gardern - team work for company LOGO!

• The guests go to the oldest Park of the city, founded by Peter the Great in the beginning of the 18-century. They walk along the snowed alleys of the park towards one of the oldest city constructions - the palace of Peter the Great. After that in one of the areas of the Garden they stop for the Ice Sculpturing.
• There is a Professional instructor who will show and explain the procedure and after the presentation of what is going on one block of ice will be available for the group in order to try and make their own sculpture. IT may be great to create the company LOGO! After that the group picture is done, the pictures are delivered next morning. The Russian ice cold Vodka is offered.
RP: the park can be changed to another
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Instructer & 2 Ice Blocks 70 1 1,250.00 1,250.00
Supplement for a shot of vodka with Russian pickls 70 70 10.00 700.00
Photogrepher 70 1 350.00 350.00
Cd with photos 70 70 15.00 1,050.00

17:30 Arrival to the hotel, free time at leisure. Departure for dinner at 19:00

19:30 22:00 Dinner in restaurant Gymnasium

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• TYPE OF CUISINE: Russian, European, Japanese
• CAPACITY: Main hall – 150 seats maximum, summer terrace – 50 seats maximum.
• LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: It is located in the historical heart of the city, within several minutes walk of St. Isaac Cathedral. The restaurant has been settled in the house of the former girl’s gymnasium in Konnogvardeisky boulevard. The main hall is decorated in classical style: elegant columns along the hall, cozy elite furniture made according to historical patterns. The soft illumination lamps create the relaxing night club atmosphere.
• ADDITIONAL SERVICES: high level sound and light equipment, DJ panel, plasmas are available upon request.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Dinner 1 70 70 57.50 4,025.00
Wine( Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. Concha y Toro. Chile- 1 bottle 70 1 43.02 43.02
Heineken 0,5 70 1 7.53 7.53
Vodka Russian Standard Platinum 0,05 70 70 10.76 753.20

10:00 22:30 Transport & English speaking guide

  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 70 2 700.00 1,400.00
English speaking guide 70 2 275.00 550.00
Transport Surcharge after midnight p/hour 70 1 60.00 60.00
Guides addtional Suppleiment after midnight 70 1 80.00 80.00

10:00 Departure from the hotel

10:30 12:30 The Czars Winter Palace - Hermitage State Museum

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• 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: See the official website on
• 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), on Wednesdays 10:30 am - 9 pm (ticket office till 8 pm). Closed: Mondays. Address: 34 Dvortsovaya Embankment. The earphones are required for groups more than 6 people.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
2014 Entrance fee to the Hermitage including Photo & Video permission 70 70 11.83 828.10
Earphones rent for tour (if group more than 6 guests) 2013 70 70 4.00 280.00
RP assistance (recommended for 2 and more buses for the group and for special opening) 70 1 100.00 100.00
2014 Early Opening 09.30 for group up to 50 pax (instead of 10.30). 70 1 860.46 860.46
2014 Early Opening 09.30 - supplement for each extra person if group more than 50 pax 70 70 17.21 1,204.70

13:00 14:30 Lunch in restaurant Sadko

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• CAPACITY: 160 persons (including separate banquet hall for 50 persons).
• LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: The 19th century building, which houses the restaurant, features high, vaulted ceilings and modest, anthracite-gray walls, painted with tasteful red and golden traditional style flowers. Red crystal chandeliers, like huge blossoms stand out on the otherwise minimalistic background. Even plates are decorated with traditional patterns.
Sadko is located in front of the Mariinsky Theater and in 5 minutes walking distance from Yusupov Palace.
• ADDITIONAL SERVICES: The restaurant provides singing waiters. Singing waiters perform every Friday and Saturday night. For additional charge they can be invited to sing on other days.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Lunch #1 2014 70 70 33.34 2,333.80
Supplement for Singing waiters (3 waiters; 4 songs) 70 1 193.60 193.60

10:00 15:00 Transport & English speaking guide

  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 70 2 335.00 670.00
English speaking guide 70 2 150.00 300.00
Transport surcharge after 23:00 p/hour 70 1 60.00 60.00
Guide Suppliment after midnight / hour 70 1 80.00 80.00

Transfer to the hotel, At Leisure (half-day). Optional activities:

• DESCRIPTION: Recommended shopping: Russian watches, scarves, fabrics, handicrafts, fur hats, souvenirs, glassware, crystal, Russian CD, paintings, caviar, lacquer boxes, amber, Matrushka, Russian Champagne, wine, Brandy.
• COMMENTS: 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.

1/ Ice-Fishing (30min)

• Enjoy short winter fishing on the firm ice of picturesque lakes or rivers in the Saint-Petersburg suburbs and Leningrad region. There are many beautiful lakes in Leningrad region for Ice-Fishing, such as Gladyshevskoe, Ulovnoje, Vysokinskoe, Borisovskoe, Pionerskoe lakes, Kolokoltsevo bay, Vuoksa river, Ladoga lake, Pashosero, Pravdinskoe lake, Krasavitsa lake etc. By guests' arrival, a huntsman will drill holes in advance. Guests will be provided with a short instruction. Do not forget to put on warm clothes and footwear for the tour.
• Big catches not guaranteed, but count on a lot of fun! Hot tea, Russian bubliks (bread rings) will be served as well as a shot of vodka for getting warm. A "fisherman’s lunch" will be cooked on open fire.
Transfer by Russian 4WD cars is possible to organize. Upon request, a fish soup will be cooked on the campfire right on a riverbank.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Hot tea and bubliki, shot of vodka 70 70 12.00 840.00
Rental of the equipment 70 70 25.00 1,750.00
Suppliment for fish soup 70 70 20.00 1,400.00

2/ Russian Winter Day: - Winter Rally (4WD) with Russian Military Jeeps

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• To feel the real Russian Winter, we suggest you to visit the Russian Country Side: the bus will bring the group to one of the Picturesque lakes of the St. Petersburg region (40 minutes), where they may participate in Winter Rally (see the description below), Ice Fishing and Ice Sculpturing in circiut. Also skiing or skating on the lake.In a middle of the program, the BBQ lunch with Tea from real Russian SAMOVAR will be offered. Outdoor BBQ includes Fish and Shashlik (grilled meat) and light beverages, tea/coffee in the forest followed by a Russian Banya (sauna) experience.During the BBQ the Folklore group will perform with the elements of russian winter games. To keep the warmth, we suggest to wear Russian special winter boots - VALENKI.
• Winter Rally: Driving on a winter road/tracks or lake with Russian brand new 4WD UAZ,according to a marked routing, over Ice, snow track roads and some difficult moments… Followed by a Russian Banya (sauna) experience. As remarks of our being there, by the end of the program the group will devide in smaller ones and will make snow maids to celebrate Russian Winter!
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
B-b-q with tea from Russian SAMOVAR 70 70 35.00 2,450.00
Route preparation and administartive charge 70 1 1,000.00 1,000.00

3/ Skiing and snowboarding in "Igora" winter resort

• IGORA is the fist international-class hospitable ski resort in Leningrad region for those who love outdoor adventure, only 54 km away. Comfort and many recreational and entertainment options for anyone. Adrenaline-pumping downhill skiing, ultimate relaxation in our SPA, intimacy and seclusion in cosy cottages, and live music in the restaurants with some of the most scenic views you have ever seen. "Le Chalet" restaurant of Swiss Fine Dining, Grand Café and Bistro restaurant offer best dishes of European and Russian cuisine and wide selection of wines.
• Igora hotel has 50 standard double rooms and one junior suite. In the Double room: two single beds, two bedside tables, wardrobe, coffee table, TV rack, TV set; bathroom with shower booth; telephone and multi-channel interactive TV. Igora has a SPA center and an indoor swimming pool, designed for ultimate relaxation all year round. Package and personalized spa programs for stress relief, and for physical and mental recovery: relaxation, fitness exercises, rejuvenation and figure shaping. Cosmetic spa packages available for both ladies and gentlemen.
• Cottages with 2 or 3 bedrroms are built from glued woodblocks, on top of central heating, the cottages have individual electric heating and heated floors. Each cotrtage has a kitchen with stove, fridge and microwave oven; Sauna and fireplace; Plasma screen TV, VCR and DVD player; Multi-channel interactive TV; Internal telephone; Individual bathroom off of each bedroom; Drying cabinets.
IGORA boasts the highest hill and some of the longest slopes in the Leningrad Region with a maximum incline of 120 m. Artificial snow makers assure the perfect quality of ski slopes in any weather. Artificial snow has higher endurance than compacted natural snow, so it has a higher skier throughput. Slopes are groomed by 2 snowcats (Bombardier BR-275 snow compacting machines).
Igora offers ski runs for different skill levels: from beginner to expert.
• Main slopes: Slope #1; for training; length: 150 m; incline: 2 m, Slope #2; length: 650 m; incline: 100 m, Slope #3; length: 540 m; incline: 100 m, Slope #4; length: 530 m; incline: 100 m, Slope #5; length: 560 m; incline: 100 m, Slope #6; length: 1210 m; incline: 120 m, Slope #7; length: 260 m; incline: 50 m
Slope #8; length: 270 m; incline: 50 m, Slope #9: inner tube sledding track.
• A skating rink 40 meters long and 20 m across, Bots & skates for rent.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
price P/P 2 hrs 70 70 35.00 2,450.00
professional assistance (instructor) per hour 70 1 70.00 70.00

20:00 22:30 Farewell Dinner in restaurant Tsar

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• Located in the centre of St-Petersburg near Nevsky prospect, in historical mansion of Ivan Shuvalov and is popular among high society people. This venue gives its guests the opprtunity to make a trip to Imperial Russia of 19-20 century and to try a piece of Tsar's life. Menu disturbes your imagination and suggests variety of rare in modern life dishes. There is a good collection of wine that can satisfy every guest. The wine card here is perfectly designed by Denis Mikhailov - the professional chief sommelier of the holding.
• Tsar hosts high level events such as gastronomic performances, fashion shows, parties with Russian and foreign pop stars held here. Careful choice of meals, specially trained personnel, inus cultural and worldly, formal and at the same time luxurious atmosphere – this is what the guests might enjoy!
Capacity: 75 pax. Recommended for groups up to 40 persons. Credit cards accepted. Address: Sadovaya street, 12.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Dinner from... 70 70 90.35 6,324.50

19:30 23:00 Transport Evening (Hotel-Restaurant-Hotel)

  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 70 2 200.00 400.00
English speaking guide 70 2 125.00 250.00
Transport surcharge after 23:00 p/hour 70 1 60.00 60.00
Guide Suppliment after midnight / hour 70 1 80.00 80.00

- Actors/Artists: Bread & Salt Ceremony

• BACKGROUND: The Traditional Russian Welcome Ceremony with Russian Bread Karavay & Salt. This is one of the oldest Russian traditions in the countryside to greet dear guests with freshly baked bread and the precious salt. It originated as a folk custom in western Russia. As a sign of hospitality, when the emperor or empress visited their towns, merchants and gentry would present a loaf of bread placed on a round dish covered with an embroidered towel. A cellar of salt was placed on top of the bread or set in a hole cut into the top of the bread. The ceremony also was used prior to the marriage of a landowner when he traveled to each village on his estate, introducing his new bride to the peasants. The ceremony symbolized that the couple would never be without the necessities of life. Nowadays, it is popular to welcome official guests while national festivities, government receptions, openings of new exhibition and entertainment centers. It is interesting to note that upon his return to Russia on May 27, 1994, Alexander Solzhenitsyn was greeted with the traditional bread and salt.
• DESCRIPTION: A couple (man and woman) dressed in Russian national, folklore costumes is serving round Bread & Salt, while a musical band (folklore trio) is playing and singing. The Ceremony is perfect in combination with the welcome reception during check - in with possible glass of champagne or a shot of Russian vodka. Duration of the entertainment 20-30 min.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Woman & Man dressed in folklore costumes with Bread & Salt 70 1 400.00 400.00
Supplement for Folklore Trio 70 1 550.00 550.00

09:00 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.

10:00 11:30 The Summer Palace & Park of Catherine's the Great, Pushkin

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• DESCRIPTION: 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).
• RECOMMENDATIONS: 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.
• SPECIAL NOTES: Open: 10 am - 8 pm. Closed Tuesday’s & last Monday/month. The day before holidays open till 4 pm (1 JUN - 31 AUG entrance for tourists: 10 am - 12 pm and 16 pm - 19 pm.1 SEP - 31 MAY entrance for tourists: 10 am - 12 pm and 14 pm - 16 pm.)
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Entrance fee 2014 with photo & video permission 70 70 12.91 903.70
RP assistance (recommended for 2 and more buses for the group) 70 1 100.00 100.00

12:00 13:30 Russian farewell lunch in restaurant Podvorie with wine, vodka and folk entertainment

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• 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 -2014 70 70 41.00 2,870.00
Welcome drink -3 70 1 5.50 5.50

14:00 15:30 The Summer Palace & Park of Pavlovsk

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• DESCRIPTIONS: The town of Pavlovsk is famous for its palace and park ensemble, it is located 26 km to the south of Saint Petersburg it is one of the most beautiful and famous suburbs of St-Petersburg.
Among the great historic-cultural complexes in the environs of St-Petersburg the latest to be created was Pavlovsk. It is one of the most beautiful and biggest in Europe English Landscape Parks. The collection of sculptures ranks among the richest in the country. Its fame rests on the splendor of the palace with its classical architecture, its sumptuous interiors and great art collections, and on the beauty of the spacious park, which covers around 1,500 acres and is one of the country's largest and most picturesque. Park surrounds the Summer Palace of Russian Czar – Paul, built by the order or his mother Russian Czarina – Catherine the Great. A country residence of the Russian imperial family, it was created by a succession of outstanding architects, painters and sculptors within a relatively short span of time: begun around 1780, it was virtually completed by 1825.The construction of the palace and park ensemble was entrusted to Charles Cameron in 1777 and completed in the late 1820ths. With the latest touch made by the architect Shtakhenshnaider in 1843-44 the Pavlovsky Palace achieved the appearance it has now.
The interiors of the Palace are fabulous. The private rooms have now their original interior and all the furniture and the Emperors and his wifes belongings remain untouched. The Pavlovsky Palace rooms are full of pieces of art which make up a fine collection of paintings, furniture, sculptures and china sets. The artworks were bought by the Emperor and his wife themselves when traveling to Europe.
• SPECIAL NOTES: Closed Friday’s & first Monday of a month. Open: 10:00-17:00, a day before holiday till 16:00. Actual visit 1,5 hr.
• RP RECOMMENDATIONS: Specially arranged retro train transfer is possible one way from Vitebski station and Russian first railroad.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Entrance fee 2014 70 70 10.76 753.20

- Horse sledge ride in Pavlovsk Park

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• The Russian Troika appeared in the 18th century with the development of postal service. It quickly became popular for high speed, fatigue endurance, good cargo capacity and good maneuverability. Three-horse teams transported couriers, mail and passengers and the horses were harnessed to sleighs, wagons and carts but never to coaches. Foreigners who tried riding a troika, all said that the experience was unforgettable for the breath-taking speed of such a dashing ride. The Russian troika, incarnating the generous Russian soul and nature, turned into a symbol of Russia.
• The Russian troika was compared to a musical instrument. A traditional three-horse team boasted more than 100 bells — on the bridle, on the saddle and inside the many harness brushes. Each bell sounded different thanks to the skillful masters, who made the ringing tones minor and major.
After the tour around the museum, the harnessed horses will wait the group to take around the picturesque Pavlovsk park and to bring to the Restaurant for the lunch.
• The ride takes about 15 - 20 minutes. Before the Troikas a shot of vodka with sushki (dried cookies) may be served (supplement). At one and the same time maximum 30 pax may participate in the Troika Horse ride int he park. The itinerary of riding may be changed due to the weather conditions in the park.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
1 house - 10 minutes 70 70 19.00 1,330.00
Troika (3 horses) 10 minutes 70 70 24.00 1,680.00

15:30 Transfer to the airport

09:00 16:00 Transport & English speaking guide

  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 70 2 435.00 870.00
English speaking guide 70 2 165.00 330.00
Transport surcharge after 23:00 p/hour 70 1 60.00 60.00
Guide Suppliment after midnight / hour 70 1 80.00 80.00

Pulkovo Departure New Terminal (in operation from December 2013)

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• THE NEW TERMINAL: While all passengers traveling through Pulkovo will use the new terminal for check-in, international passengers will wait for their flights on the third floor of the new terminal. Domestic passengers will continue to depart from Pulkovo I once renovation has been completed. The building consists of 3 levels connected by escalators, staircases & elevators. The airport’s new 5-kilometer-long automatic baggage system that can process up to 4,800 pieces an hour eliminating needs for ground personnel. The new terminal will be equipped with 8 air bridges, which will expand to 14 after the renovation of Pulkovo I (one-third of passengers will be shuttled to their planes via bus). The new terminal will be equipped with 110 passport control desks and 88 check-in desks.
• PASSPORT: Prior to the hotel check-out please ensure that all passports and Immigration Forms that was initially stamped by immigration and hotel registration have been collected. Customs forms declared and stamped upon arrival should be originals only and declared in Red Channel (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 & hand luggage as well as personal security check prior entering the Departure Gate. 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. Airline Counters available in the hall as well as Paper & Magazine shop and Bar and Cafe.
• 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.
• 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).
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