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Post-Symposium Tour

For those, who wish to get more Russia in September 2007, post-conference tour to St.-Petersburg will be organized. Departure to St.-Petersburg is planned on September 5 by the night train. It will take 8 hours to transfer from Moscow to St.-Petersburg. The tour will last 2 days and 2 nights.

The program of the tour
  06.09.2007  Thursday
Meeting with a guide on the Railway Station in St Petersburg. City Tour
Breakfast downtown
Check-in at the Oktiabrskaya Hotel. Free time
Meeting with a guide near the reception desk. Departure to Isakievsky Cathedral
Excursion to the Cathedral
Returning to the hotel. Free time
  07.09.2007  Friday
Meeting with a guide near the reception desk. Departure to the Hermitage
Excursion to the Hermitage
Departure to Peter and Paul Fortress
Excursion to Peter and Paul Fortress
Returning to the hotel. Free time
  08.09.2007  Saturday
                  Transfers to railway station/airport

The tour includes following excursions:
St. Petersburg has played an exceptional role in the life of Russia. It is the second largest city in our country. St. Petersburg is the most northern capital in the world. It is on the latitude as Greenland, Alaska an Chukotka. This explains the white nights which are most clearly visible between 11 June and 2 July. The city is rather young. It was founded less than 300 years ago. The founder of St. Petersburg is Peter the Great, who laid the first stone of the Peter and Paul Fortress in 1703 on Hare island, thus starting a new city. In 1712 it became the capital of Russia, the centre of its political and cultural life.
St. Petersburg is one the greatest and most beautiful cities in the world. Its historical and cultural importance is as big as that of Paris, London or Rome. “Northern Palmira”, “Northern Venice” attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.
St.Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the most beautiful and highest buildings with a cupola 101.5 meters high. It was built during 40 years (1818—1858) to the design of French architect August Monferan in Russian classical style.
It is interesting not only for its architectural style and construction technology but also for its interior decorated with 150 paintings, 62 mosaics, sculptures of Russian and Italian sculptors.

The Palace Square is one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles in the world. The square is dominated by the Winter Palace, the former residence of tzars, designed by Rastrelli in 1754–1762. In the centre of the square there is the Alexander Pillar, the monument to the victory of Russian people in the Patriotic war (1812). The ensemble of the square includes the monumental Admiralty building, designed by Peter the First in 1704. Like the Red Square in Moscow, the Palace square has witnessed the most important events of Russian history.
The Hermitage is Russia’s largest museum. There are a few museums in the world which can compare with it in its value, richness and variety of its exhibits. Its collection includes over 2,7 mln items of both European and Russian culture. It is housed in 125 halls.
Peter and Paul Fortress is located on Hare Island, on the right bank of the Neva river. It is the oldest monument of history and architecture in St. Petersburg.The construction of it started in 1703. It was built as a fortification during the Russian-Swedish war. But it was never used as a fortress and its bastions were turned into political cells. Nowadays it is a museum of architecture and history. The Peter and Paul Cathedral was the burial-vault of Russian emperors since Peter the Great.
Today the Russian museum contains more than 300,000 paintings by Russian artists starting from the 10th century. The St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the most grandiose cathedral in the word. It can hold 14,000 people. A marvellous view of the city one can have from its observation platform.

The Post-Symposium Tour to St. Petersburg should be booked and paid separately.

After the Post-Symposium Tour it is possible to leave from St.-Petersburg

There are International flights from Pulkovo-2 airport to the major European cities, including Frankfurt, Paris, London, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Berlin, Munich, Rome, Milan, Athens, Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Riga, as well as to the Istanbul, Shanghai, Seoul, Bangkok, Astana, Almaty, Karaganda and Bishkek. These flights are operated by Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways, SAS, KLM, Finnair, AlItalia, Korean Air, GTK Rossia, TransAero and other carriers. For more details, please, contact your travel agency.

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