Petersburg: Leisure Winter Program

HOTEL ACCOMODATION

Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg Ligovsky (indicative rates)

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• PROPERTY DESCRIPTION & LOCATION: Hotel Crowne Plaza St. Petersburg-Ligovsky is set in the spectacular environment of St. Petersburg's busy business area, just a stone throw from it’s main Moskovskiy Railway and right across the street from the largest shopping mall of Russia. The hotel is just a short walk away from metro station Vosstania Square.
• ACCOMMODATION & CATEFORIES: There are 195 rooms: 183 Standard Rooms (with possibility to connect rooms); 9 Deluxe Rooms; 3 Suites. Each room is equipped with shower and bath, safe, mini bar, WIFI, hairdryer, voice mail, TV, iron & ironing board, tea facility, some rooms interconnected.
• F&B OUTLETS: Restaurant "Olivetto" with Mediterranean Cuisine; Lobby Bar;
• CONFERENCE & MEETING FACILITIES: The Hotel has 5 conference rooms. 2 pairs of rooms can be united. Maximum square of united room - 80 square meters. All rooms are located on same floor. The smallest 2 rooms can accommodate 12 people each. Room “Pushkin” with 20 seats, room “Peterhof” with 24 seats and room “Pushkin” with 35 seats. Business facilities: business center, copying, Internet, facsimile, PC available, printer, high-speed Internet Access, technical support available while making a conference.
• OTHER FACILITIES: 24 hours fitness center, baby-sitting, A/C public areas, cash machine, concierge services, porter/bellman, safety deposit box available at front desk.
  Persons Nights Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Registration fee 30 0 30 4.30 129.00
Porterage (in/out) 30 0 30 2.00 60.00
Standard, double 30 4 15 185.00 11,100.00
Standard, single 30 4 0 180.00 0.00

Sokos hotel Vasilievsky (indicative rates)

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• PROPERTY DESCRIPTION & LOCATION: Sokos Hotels is the biggest hotel chain in Finland, 39 hotels in 26 cities all around the Finland and also one in Tallinn, Estonia. In addition to accommodation Sokos Hotels offer a wide range of restaurant and meeting services, conveniently all under the same roof. St. Petersburg has plenty to see and do: arts and culture, hundreds of restaurants, numerous shopping streets and throbbing nightlife. Today, traveling to St. Petersburg is safer and more convenient than ever: the Sokos Hotels chain will open two 7-floor hotels in St. Petersburg, in highly accessible locations in the central area. Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky is on the island of Vasili, a 10–15 minute walk from the Hermitage Museum with its millions of artworks.
• ACCOMMODATION & CATEGORIES: The Hotel has 255 rooms: 209 Standard rooms, 32 Superior rooms, 14 Suites, 24 Adjoining rooms, 1 room for disabled.
• F&B OUTLETS: Repin Lounge Restaurant & Bar. A warm-spirited, cozy and relaxed Italo-american restaurant in a fresh and stylish interiors. Pastas, salads, burgers and much more! 8th Line Pub - real pub atmosphere and tasty beers in casual surroundings, one of the best whiskey collections in the city, also a large screen for Live Sports Broadcasts and a dartboard. You will not want to leave this place unless you have to!
• CONFERENCE & MEETING FACILITIES: Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky offers five conference rooms with the capacity of up to 55 people. Our cozy meeting rooms can easily be converted into a banqueting space, if needed. A garage, gym and saunas are also available if you want the event to be unique and unordinary. In case our banqueting facilities are not big enough to accommodate your party, the ample-sized meeting rooms are available within a 15-minutes walk from the hotel - at Sokos Palace Bridge.
• OTHER FACILITIES: Parking for 30 cars, wireless broadband connection in all rooms. Air conditioning in all rooms. Gym, Business Center, 1 private sauna for 5-8 persons.
  Persons Nights Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Registration fee 30 0 30 4.30 129.00
Porterage (in/out) 30 0 30 4.30 129.00
Standard, single 30 4 0 140.00 0.00
Standard, double 30 4 15 150.00 9,000.00
DAY 1

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) 30 1 200.00 200.00
English speaking guide 30 1 125.00 125.00
Airport portage - 1 piece pp (Add. Eu 4/ piece) (Lobby - Bus) 30 30 10.00 300.00
DAY 2

10:00 Departure from the hotel

10:00 12:00 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
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 30 1 260.00 260.00
English speaking guide 30 1 125.00 125.00
2014 Bus entrance and parking in the fortress - 1 bus 30 1 10.76 10.76
Entrance fee 2014 30 30 5.38 161.40
Supplement for the entrance to the Fortress Murals 2014 30 30 4.30 129.00

12:30 14:00 Lunch at the restuarant - Na Zdorovie

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• TYPE OF CUISINE: Traditional Russian.
• CAPACITY: 90 seats in two halls
• LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: It is situated near the Neva River, within 10 min drive to the magnificent Peter and Paul Fortress. It boasts the atmosphere of Soviet time though with mixture of some Old Russian decor. There’re beautiful scrappy napkins and chair covers, Russian oven, soda-water machine, some portraits of pioneers and rag-dolls in colorful shawls and glass-beads, brass samovars and much more to surprise.
• ADDITIONAL SERVICES: The restaurant provides folklore and gypsy entertainment. Daily. From 19.00 till 22.00.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Lunch -1, 2014 30 30 20.00 600.00
drink package 2 glasses of wine + 2 glasses of beer 30 1 16.00 16.00

14:30 Arrival to the hotel

At Leisure:

• 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.

- Eliseevskiy Grocery Store

• DESCRIPTION: The famous grocery store "Eliseevsky", open a long time ago in 1901, is considered to be the first one in St. Petersburg till now. It is located in historical center of the city in Nevsky Prospect. Named in honor of its former owner and millionaire, Grigory Eliseev, the store became famous not only for its big variety of products, but for luxurious decoration of sales areas in Neo-Baroque taste. Huge crystal chandeliers decorate high arc's of the sales area. Now Eliseevsky Store remains traditional and the same it was one hundred years ago. It manages to combine the form of trade in counters with a modern supermarket harmoniously. In 2000s there was a serious restoration of inside premises in the store. Politics of assortment, the industrial base changed, new standards of service were introduced.

- Flea market souvenirs shopping

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• The Flea Market (Souvenirs Market) is located in a very picturesque place, in 5 minutes walking from the Hermitage and the Square Palace, in front of the Church of our Savior on the Spilled Blood, between two canals & two bridges. Highly recommended to include Flea Market visit during tours of the Spilled Blood church, walking tour around the city center and different treasure hunt programs.
• Recommended shopping: Russian watches, scarves, fabrics, handicrafts, fur hats, souvenirs, glassware, crystal, Russian CD, paintings, lacquer boxes, amber, matryoshka wooden dolls.
• Flea market is opened Monday - Sunday during 10:00 - 17:00.
• Note: Be very aware of pickpockets. Recommended size of the group: 10 persons for 1 guide. Recommended duration: 1 hour.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Guide assistance (1 guide for 10 pax) 30 1 100.00 100.00

Dinner Recommendation:Romeo's Bar & Kitchen

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• TYPE OF CUISINE: Italian, Russian, Oriental
• CAPACITY: 80 seats: cafeteria 30 seats and the main room 50 seats
• LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Romeo's Bar & Kitchen successfully combines three concepts: restaurant, pastry and bar. It is located in the authentic area of the city, near St. Isaac Cathedral na St.Nicolas church. The world famouse Mariinski theatre is in several minute from the restaurant. The restaurant's elegant interior has been designed in contemporary style and light colors. Main place of a new restaurant is an open kitchen where chefs from Italy and Russia create their culinary masterpieces. The restaurant is open from 09.00 to 24.00
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
group dinner menu 1 30 1 34.42 34.42

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) 30 1 200.00 200.00
English speaking guide 30 1 125.00 125.00
Transport surcharge after 23:00 p/hour 30 1 60.00 60.00
Guide Suppliment after midnight / hour 30 1 80.00 80.00
DAY 3

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 http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/04/hm4_0.html
• 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
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 30 1 200.00 200.00
English speaking guide 30 1 125.00 125.00
2014 Entrance fee to the Hermitage including Photo & Video permission 30 30 11.83 354.90
Earphones rent for tour (if group more than 6 guests) 2013 30 30 4.00 120.00

Lunch at Gloss Restaurant

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• TYPE OF CUISINE: There is the Asiatic Cuisine on the ground floor with classic sushi recipes and some now-how - "sushi-balls". And there's European Cuisine on the second floor, where the chef creates his delicates.
• CAPACITY: 120 persons
• LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: “Gloss / Glayanets” restaurant is new premises opened by Concord Catering Company. Restaurant "Glyanets" has about 500 exclusive sorts of wines. This Restaurant is the only one, the special one in Saint-Petersburg, because of it's cuisine. It's got a two storied kitchen set in the center of the restaurant.
• ADDITIONAL SERVICES: And for the Special Dessert at "Glyanets" is also an Exclusive Show, which is popular for it's cast of 8 wonderful ladies! Every Friday and Saturday there is DJ show. Gloss is the only place in St. Petersburg where all DJ's are ladies only. Recommended for after dinner parties with a-la-carte drinks in the bar.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Menu-1, 2014 30 30 21.51 645.30

At Leisure (half-day):

• 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.

- Shopping at the Department Stores on Nevsky Prospect

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• DESCRIPTION: St. Petersburg has a growing number of stores offering a variety of goods and services including everything from hand-made arts, crafts, and souvenirs to fresh fruits and vegetables. Shopping along the city's festive main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospect makes you feel more like a native Piterbyrzhets (Petersburger), and offers the best variety of stores in the city. Finally, before you do your shopping, have a look to the list of stores, markets and galleries and plan your shopping destinations to save time and money. St. Petersburg has several department stores, which offer a varying selection of goods and services. Three of the larger and more popular department stores (Bolshoi Gostiny Dvor, Grand Palace and the Passage) are all conveniently located within a few minutes’ walk from each other in the city center.
• COMMENTS: Many stores accept credit cards accept only rubles that you can buy at a number of conveniently located currency exchange points (obmenni punkti) throughout the city. Be sure to bring along your passport. Without a passport you cannot change money. The shops are opened also during Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 till 21:00. Shopping in smaller groups with assistance for translations recommended due to language finding the various goods.

- Walking tour around the St. Petersburg city center

• DESCRIPTION: One of the ways to see the real life of the city is to walk along the city streets. The walking tour includes the main attractions of Saint Petersburg, situated in the center of the city: you will walk along the famous Nevsky prospect (which you usually pass quickly during the bus city tour) now you have an opportunity to see the beautiful palaces lined along the main avenue of the city and feel the history of the city of different epochs; you will pass the Cathedral of the Spilled Blood, The Hermitage museum, the Palace Square, the Admiralty, St. Isaak Cathedral and the Square, cross the bridges with the magnificent views of the powerful Neva river, Peter and Paul Fortress, and numerous canals of St. Petersburg. The walking city tour may be combined with a visit to one of the museums, canal tour along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg, visit to the theater, shopping. The walking tour may also include the small streets of the city and unknown districts, never seen from the windows of the bus. The itinerary may be chosen in advance, according to the preferences of the clients and time disposal, the duration of the stops should also be discussed beforehand.
• RP RECOMMENDATIONS: Recommended size of the group: 10 persons for 1 guide. Recommended duration: 2 hours.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Guide Assistance (RECOMMDED 1 GUIDE for 10 PERSONS MAXIMUM) 30 1 100.00 100.00

Dinner at the 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
Russian style dinner-2, 2014 (sample) 30 30 75.29 2,258.70
Dry Red or White Wines, 2014 30 1 7.31 7.31
Mineral water (bottles) 0.33l, 2014 30 1 3.66 3.66
Russian beer (bottles) 0.5l, 2014 30 1 6.45 6.45

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) 30 1 200.00 200.00
English speaking guide 30 1 125.00 125.00
Transport surcharge after 23:00 p/hour 30 1 60.00 60.00
Guide Suppliment after midnight / hour 30 1 80.00 80.00
DAY 4

09:00 Departure from the hotel

10:30 12:30 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
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 30 1 350.00 350.00
English speaking guide 30 1 165.00 165.00
Entrance fee 2014 with photo & video permission 30 30 12.91 387.30
RP assistance (recommended for 2 and more buses for the group) 30 1 100.00 100.00

13:00 14:30 Russian - Podvorie

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• 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 -2014 (Supplement for Folclore grp 1-19 pax) 30 30 41.00 1,230.00
Folclore supplement for groups 1-19 pax-2014 30 1 120.00 120.00
Welcome drink -3 30 1 5.50 5.50

15:45 Arrival to the airport

At Leisure (half-day)

• 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.

Dinner at the restaurant Russian Kitsch

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• 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
Dinner-1, 2014 30 30 27.97 839.10
house wine (glass) 30 1 6.45 6.45

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) 30 1 200.00 200.00
English speaking guide 30 1 125.00 125.00
Transport surcharge after 23:00 p/hour 30 1 60.00 60.00
Guide Suppliment after midnight / hour 30 1 80.00 80.00
DAY 5

Pulkovo Departure New Terminal

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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).
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Transport - Coach (45 seats) 30 1 200.00 200.00
English speaking guide 30 1 125.00 125.00
Airport Portage - 1 piece pp (add. Eu 4/piece). 30 30 10.00 300.00
PROGRAM TOTALS
  Price PP, EUR Total, EUR
TOTAL PRICE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION 376.30 11,289.00
TOTAL PER PERSON PRICE - LAND ARRANGEMENT PER PERSON 170.41 5,112.30
TOTAL LOT PERSON PRICE - LAND ARRANGEMENT 73.69 2,210.76
ESTIMATED TOTAL PROGRAM COST 620.40 18,612.06
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