Moscow Forum «PROTIST–2016»

June 06 – 10, 2016


Pre-conference tour to Saint Petersburg

June 3 - 5
According to UN ration, Saint Petersburg is in the top 10 most attractive cities for tourists in the world. The city is annually visited by about 1,5 million foreign tourists.  

St. Petersburg was the former capital of imperial Russia and the home of its czars. The city has many splendid architectural treasures, theatres and art museums and of course the world famous Hermitage. It is the largest northern city on the planet. Saint Petersburg is often called the Venice of the North, because it lies on 44 islands which are divided by a web of 86 rivers and canals.

Over 100 palaces of the Russian nobility and a great many cathedrals and unique churches built by the greatest architects of the time still remain in Saint Petersburg. Most of them are open to public now.
Saint Petersburg is famous for its "white nights" - a period when there is as much light during night time as during the day time and many bridges are raised, so that numerous strolling romantics can enjoy the sight of ships passing down the Neva river - city waterway - all night long.

Tour program:
June 3: 
- Arrival and check-in: hotel Oktiabrskaya 4*, 10, Ligovskiy prospect (transfer from the airport/railway station can be booked additionally)
- Boat trip "St. Petersburg at night": the tour will start from the quai in the city center, transfer from the hotel and back will be organized.
Penetrating into the web of city’s water veins, the boat will take you to the most lonely and quiet parts of Saint Petersburg. You will see famous architectural ensembles, pass under figured bridges which for a long time stay symbols of the city.
Departure from the hotel lobby: 19:15.

June 4:
- Full-day visit to Peterhof
Peterhof is one of the oldest summer residences in the surroundings 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.
Located on the steep slope in front of the palace, the Grand Cascade of fountains is embellished with bronze sculptures and bas-reliefs. It consists of 64 fountains. In the center of the cascade there is a famous sculptural group "Samson tearing the lion’s jaws", symbolizing the victory of Russia over Sweden. In the Lower park the Marli Palace, the Hermitage and the Monplaisir Palace were constructed.
Departure from the hotel lobby: 08:45.

June 5:
- Bus city tour with the visit to St. Isaacs Cathedral and the State Hermitage
St. Isaac’ Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in St. Petersburg. The gilded cupola of the Cathedral, which dominates the skyline of the city, stands 101.5 meters in the air making it the fifth highest cathedral in Europe and one of the symbols of our city.
Located in the heart of Saint Petersburg, the State Hermitage occupies five historical buildings, including the Winter Palace, former residence of the Russian Tsars. The 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 days. 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 Faberge jewellery, and the largest existing collection of ancient gold from Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
Departure from the hotel lobby: 09:45.
- departure to Moscow on the high-speed train Sapsan from the Moscow railway station 

Price of participation in the tour: 420 EUR with accommodation in a twin/double room, 520 EUR with single accommodation*

*Price includes: accommodation in hotel Oktiabrskaya 4* with breakfast, English-speaking guides for all excursions, transport - mini-bus, all entrance fees, lunches on June 4 and 5, transfer to the Moscow railway station, tickets St. Petersburg - Moscow, transfer to the hotel in Moscow.
Price doesn't include: transfer from the Pulkovo airport (to be booked separately), lunch on the day of arrival.