12 ICID International Drainage Workshop Saint-Petersburg ( Congress Complex Pushkin)

23 -26 June 2014


 The State Museum-Preserve  Tsarskoye Selo
June  23rd 3:00 pm

Tsarskoe Selo is a town to the south from St. Petersburg. It was the main summer residence of the royal family, hence the name (Tsarskoe Selo means tsars village). The second name of the town is Pushkin. It was called so in honour of great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, as his life was closely connected to this town. Mostly known for its marvellous Catherine Palace and park, it also has Alexander Palace. Many historical films, dedicated to Russian history and tsars, were shot in the interiors of the palace and other sights of Tsarskoe Selo. The main landmark of Pushkin is Catherine Palace. It features splendid interiors, designed by eminent architects Rastrelli, Cameron, Stasov and Monighetti. The collection of the palace includes a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues, canvases and so forth, including personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of their families.
Excursion to the Tsarskoe Selo including:
- visit to the Palace;
- guided walking tour around the park;
- the entrance fee;
- English-speaking guide;

The State Hermitage
June  24th 10:00 am

Located in the heart of Saint Petersburg the Hermitage occupies five historical buildings, which are the architecture monuments, including the Winter Palace, former residence of the Russian Tsars. The State Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world after the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London. The Hermitage is famous for its numerous collections: one can find works from prehistoric times till the present day. In 240 years of its existence the museum accumulated a collection of almost three million exhibits, including significant art collections of Ancient East, Ancient Greece and Rome, Islamic arts, Italian Renaissance, XIX—XX centuries paintings, etc. The strong points of the Hermitage collection of Western art include Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Poussin, Watteau, Rodin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Cézanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse. There are collections of the Russian imperial regalia, an assortment of Fabergé jewellery, and the largest existing collection of ancient gold from Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
 Excursion to the State Hermitage including:
- visit to the State Hermitage;
- tour around the parade halls and enfilades;
- the entrance fee;
- English-speaking guide;
- Lunch
- transport (bus): the tour will start from the Workshop venue and will finish at the same place

The State Museum-Preserve Peterhof
June 25th 09:00 am

Peterhof is one of the oldest summer residences in the vicinity of St.Petersburg. Peterhof means "Peter’s Court". It was founded in 1710, when the Peter and Paul Fortress lost its military significance, and Peter the Great started to build another fortress on Kotlin Island to protect St.Petersburg from the city. The fountains are connected by means of a water-main with springs welling out in the Ropshinsky Heights. It was also the time when the park later named as Lower was established there. In the middle of the XVIII century the palace was augmented upon the project of the architect Rastrelli. Located on the steep slope in front of the palace the Grand Cascade of fountains embellished with bronze sculptures and bas-reliefs dedicated to Russia’s victories in the Northern war. It consists of 64 fountains. In the center of the cascade there is the famous sculptural group "Samson tearing the lion’s jaws", symbolizing the victory of Russia over Sweden. At the base of the cascade there are the fountains "Volkhov" and "Neva". In the Lower park the Marli Palace, the Hermitage and the Monplaisir Palace were constructed.The Monplaisir became the first picture gallery in Russia which contained a large collection of paintings of Dutch and Flemish masters. In front of the palace are a garden with a fountain, a parterre and several sculptures. On the western side of the Monplaisir Garden stands the Catherine Wing. It was built by the order of Empress Elizabeth in the middle of the 18th centure to hold court dinners, balls and masquerades. In front of the palace are a garden with a fountain, a parterre and several sculptures. The Marli Palace is situated on the shore of a pond and opposite it there is the "Golden Mountain" cascade, the steps of which are faced with marble and gilded copper panels. The marble statues decorating the cascade are designed from the ancient original sculptures or brought in from Italy in 1870. In the park the alleys are also adorned with fountains. There are also two marble fountains in the square which bear resemblance to the fountain in front of the St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, hence their name, the "Roman" fountains. 
 Excursion to the Peterhof including:
- guided walking tour around Lower park;
- visit to the Marli palace and the Great Palace;
- all the entrance fees;
- business-lunch;
- English-speaking guide;
-  transport (bus): the tour will start from the Workshop venue and will finish at the same place

 Bus city tour with boat trip on rivers and canals
June 25th 7:00 pm

There is no other way to get an impression about the City of St. Petersburg, than to take a short ride on a bus with an expert guide. The tour includes picturesque sightseeing peculiarities that are most favored by tourists from all over the world.
You will learn a lot about the history and modern life of the city. The tour is spectacular! Saint-Petersburg is the city of rivers and canals. Someone calls Saint-Petersburg a North Venice because of its numerous waterways. A boat cruise along the channels and waterways will present you the unique view of the city. You will realize that the city looks completely different when viewed from the water.
Penetrating into the web of city’s water veins the boat will take you to the most lonely and quiet parts of Saint Petersburg. Walk on Neva - wonderful travel. You will see prospect of the Petersburg embankments famous architectural ensembles, will pass under figured bridges, which for a long time stay symbols of our city.