XVII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY, X-RAY DIFFRACTION AND SPECTROSCOPIC STUDIES OF MINERALS

June 20-24, 2011

 
 

Welcome Party
21.06.2011- 19:00-21:00 - boat trip along Neva River (price is included to the Conference Fee).

Conference Dinner
23.06.2011 - 19:00 - University Banquet Hall. Please reserve your Conference Dinner Ticket before June 1st, 2011.

Excursions
Saint Petersburg and its suburbs offer a lot of things to see. We have selected the following tours for participants and/or accompanying persons to enjoy the city attractions. All tours are guided by the English-speaking professional tour guides.

All tours will take place only in case of not less than 15 persons will attend.

If you are going to attend some of the tours, we recommend you to make booking until May 18, 2011 in order to have a guaranteed ticket!

All tours start from the Conference Venue.
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Tour
Date and Time
Ticket, RUR
1.
Tsarskoye Selo
Catherine Palace, Alexander Palace, lunch
June 20, Monday
10:00 - 17:00
2400
2.
State Hermitage
June 22, Wednesday
15:00 - 18:00
650
3.
Boat Tour to Peterhof
Bolshoy Palace, park
June 24, Friday
9:30 - 15:00
2250


TSARSKOYE SELO
During this tour you’ll visit the Catherine Palace (with famous Amber room) situated in the remarkable suburb of Saint Petersburg. The town of Pushkin, which was called Tsarskoe Selo until 1917, is 24 km south of Saint Petersburg. The Palace Ensemble Tsarskoe Selo is a brilliant of world’s significant architecture and ornamental gardening art of XIII-XIX centuries. It is a masterpiece of Russian baroque created by the architect Rastrelli. The Amber room in the Catherine Palace, recognized as the eighth marvel of the world, produces an indelible impression on everybody who sees it. The avenues of the park are adorned with marble pieces of sculpture, monuments celebrating military victories and exquisite garden pavilions and bridges. Tsarskoe Selo has celebrated a 300-years anniversary in 2010. Peter the Great gave the estate called Sarskaya Myza to his wife Catherine I in 1710.


STATE HERMITAGE
The tour to the State Hermitage is for the real connoisseurs of art. The collection of one of the largest museums in the world includes over 3 millions works of art (paintings, graphic works, sculptures, archaeological finds and etc.). The Hermitage possesses a very rich collection of jewellery – from the rarest ancient examples to works of the XX century. The Hermitage has been included in the Guinness Book as the largest gallery in the world. It is considered that a person needs several days, weeks, months to see everything which is exhibited in the Hermitage, and that is really true. With more than 400 exhibit halls, the Hermitage cannot possibly be seen in a single day. But during this tour you’ll be able to see the highlights and main collections.


BOAT TOUR TO PETERHOF
Peterhof is 30 km to the West of Saint Petersburg, on the south shore of the Gulf of Finland. The palace and park complex with its unique array of fountains is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Peterhof is often called the Capital of Russian fountains or the Russian Versailles. The first title is explained by the numerous fountains of the Peterhof park, the Grand Cascade going downhill from the Palace is one of the world’s largest fountain ensembles. The other one derives from the comparison with French palace which gave the inspiration for Peter the Great to build the imperial residence in one of his suburbs. The park began to take shape in 1705 during Peter’s reign. In addition to the Grand Palace, built by the architects Braunstein, Zemtsov, Leblond and Rastrelli, the complex also includes the Monplaisir and Marly Palaces and the Hermitage Pavilion. The gardens and parks look especially charming on sunny days when their emerald greenery is tinged with the colours of a rainbow from thousands of fountain jets and the palaces and pavilions seem to have been magically born from the sea.