Side Trips

We have prepared a number of optional side trips and excursions for conference participants that can be reserved via the Four Seasons Travel Agency.


Reservations: Please visit our travel reservations page to learn more about how you can reserve your side trip.


TOUR OF ST. PETERSBURG

The tour will take place from June 30, 2011 to July 6, 2011 after the conference has completed. You have the option of returning to Moscow or flying home directly from St. Petersburg.

Schedule: To view the schedule, you can download it as a Word Document or as a PDF

Pricing: TOTAL COST PER GUEST for 4 nights and 5 days (in roubles) in a single room and PER ROOM in a double room, INCLUSIVE THE TOUR PROGRAM
Occupancy: Only one person can occupy a single room and only 2 persons can occupy a double room. For example, 6 people can either occupy 6 singles or 3 doubles.
Number of people: The price differences relate to the cost of the tour. The more people, the cheaper the overall price.

Hotel Option 1:

Hotel Name
Minimum 1 Guest
Minimum 4 Guests
6 Guests or More (single or double occupancy)
Neysky central hotel (mini hotel) 3*
Single
44072
35534
32687
Dbl (2 guests per room)
64524
47447
41754
Nevsky hotel Moyka (mini hotel) 3*
Single
44072
35534
32687
Dbl (2 guests per room)
64524
47447
41754
Alexander house 4*
Single
60397
51859
49012
Dbl (2 guests per room)
81122
64045
58352
Sokos hotel palace bridge 5*
Single
50365
41827
38980
Dbl (2 guests per room)
73370
56293
50600
Astoria 5*
Single
116257
107719
104872
Dbl (2 guests per room)
147926
130849
125156
Grand hotel emerald 5*
Single
48085
39547
36700
Dbl (2 guests per room)
68582
51505
45812


Hotel Option 2:

Hotel Name
2 Guests
6 Guests
10 Guests or More
hotel 3*
½ Dbl
42807
25080
21432

There will be a 3* hotel chosen by the agency. Tickets to the museums are included into the price.

There is an extra charge for train tickets.

Train Tickets: Train tickets cannot be purchased earlier than 45 days before the start of the journey.

The current train tickets prices: (The train has 2 sleeping places compartments and 4 sleeping places compartments, thus you will have to share a compartment with either 1 or 3 people.
  • Moscow-St. Petersburg -- Red Arrow train (overnight) 002А 23:55-07:55, single ticket in a 4 persons compartment - 3215 roubles, single ticket in a 2 persons compartment - 5941 roubles
  • St. Petersburg - Moscow -- Sapsan train (4 hours) 161 15:30-19:25 seating place - 4427 roubles

ST. PETERSBURG-MANDROGUI-KIZHI-GORITSY-UGLICH-MOSCOW RIVER CRUISE

21.06.11-26.06.11 6days/5nights sightseeing tour in Russian

Programme:

Day Staging Post Arrival Departure Excursions
1 St. Pet - 19.00 Registration 17.00-19.00.
Dinner on the boat.
2 Mandrogui 12.30 17.00 A country style staging post in Mandrogui.
Stylized ancient village, rich in folklore program, a lot of souvenir shops with national Karelian touch, craftsmen suburb.
Entertainments on site (extra charge):
  • alcohol tasting at the "Russian vodka " Museum
  • shooting at saucers
  • Horseback riding
  • Russian sauna
3 Kizhi 8.00 11.00 Tour of the island of Kizhi. Visit to the wooden houses of 18-20 centuries, wooden chapels and churches and the famous tabernacle bell tower.
4 Goritsy 13.00 16.00 A bus tour to St. Cyril-Belozersky Monastery (founded in 14 century).
5 Uglich 11.00 13.30 A walking tour about the Uglich city.
Excursion to the Uglich Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church. Savior Transfiguration Cathedral.
6 Moscow 15.00 - Breakfast. Lunch. End of tour in Moscow

"Georgy Chicherin" Boat


To learn more about the boat and pricing options for the tour, you can view as word document or PDF


MOSCOW EXCURSIONS

1. Sightseeing tour about Moscow

Sightseeing tour about Moscow will give you an idea of how big and beautiful Moscow is. The tour includes a trip about the main streets and squares of Moscow, visiting the Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow Kremlin, Church of Christ, the Novodevichy Covent, a walk about the Alexander's Garden and the Sofia Embankment, the memorial complex on the Mount Poklonnaya and the viewing point on the Sparrow Hills, from where you'll see magnificent views of Moscow.

English speaking Guide (group 10 - 45 pers.), duration: 3 hours Cost per person in $ US
Russian/English 40

2. The Kremlin and Cathedrals

The Moscow Kremlin is a unique architectural ensemble. It is famous for the ancient Cathedral Square and its churches: Annunciation Cathedral, Assumption Cathedral, where Russian tsars and emperors were crowned, Archangel Cathedral, the burial place of the Grand Dukes, the Patriarch's Palace and the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great. Many heard of the famous artifacts like the Tsar Cannon and the Tsar Bell, which are symbols of Moscow. The Arsenal, a monument of architecture of Peter the Great time, and the Senate can be seen in the Senate Square. The Palace Square is famous for the Grand Kremlin Palace, which was the residence of the Russian tsars and emperors and is currently the residence of the President of Russia.

Nearest Metro Station: Alexander's Garden, Lenin's Library
Working Hours: daily from 10:00 to 17:00 Closed on Thursday
There is an extra admission charge

English speaking Guide ( group 5 - 25 pers.), duration: 1,5 hours Cost per person in $ US
Russian/English 25

3. The Armoury Chamber

The Armoury Chamber, a treasure house, is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex. It is situated in the building constructed in 1851. The museum collections consisted of the precious items that had been preserved for centuries in the tsars’ treasury and the Patriarch’s vestry. The museum is named after one of the oldest Kremlin’s treasury stores. The highest artistic level and particular historical and cultural value of the exhibits have made the State Armoury of the Moscow Kremlin a world-wide known museum.

The Armoury Chamber houses a unique collection of ancient state regalia, ceremonial tsar’s vestments and coronation dresses, vestments of the Russian Orthodox Church hierarchs, the largest collection of gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, West European artistic silver, ceremonial weapons and arms, carriages and horse ceremonial harness.

Nearest Metro Station: Alexander's Garden, Lenin's Library
Working Hours: daily from 10:00 to 17:00 Closed on Thursday
Meeting point: at Kutafya Tower (entrance to the Kremlin)
Sessions: 10.00, 12.00, 14.30, 16.30
There is an extra admission charge

English speaking Guide ( group 5 - 25 pers.), duration: 1,5 hours Cost per person in $ US
Russian/English 25

4.The Kremlin and Cathedrals + Armoury Chamber + Diamond Fund

Tours of the Kremlin with a visit to the Assumption and the Archangel Cathedrals, the Armoury Chamber and the Diamond Fund
Working hours:10.00 to 17.00.
Visits to the Armoury -10.00, 12.00, 14.30, 16.30
The Diamond Fund - break from 13.00 to 14.00.
Meeting: at Kutafya Tower (entrance to the Kremlin)
There is an extra admission charge


English speaking Guide ( group 5 - 25 pers.), duration: 4 hours Cost per person in $ US
Russian/English 40

5. Tretiakov Gallery

The world-famous rich collection of Russian paintings, drawings and sculpture was founded in 1856 by the Moscow merchant Pavel Tretyakov. Easily recognizable building in the picture of Lavrushinsky Lane was built in 1902-1904 upon the project of the famous Vyatka painter Victor Vasnetsov.

Museum expositions represent all periods of the Russian art for more than a thousand years, beginning from the 11th century to the present day. During the Soviet times the museum collection was considerably enlarged and currently there are more than 125,000 various items in the stock of the gallery.
Nearest Metro station: Tretyakovskaya
Address: 10 Lavroushinsky Lane
Working Hours: 10 to 19.30
Closed on Monday
There is an extra admission charge


English speaking Guide ( group 5 - 45 pers.), duration: 4 hours Cost per person in $ US
Russian/English 40

6. Kolomenskoye

This old mansion, situated in the outskirts of Moscow, was the residence of the Russian princes and tsars. In the 16th century Kolomna was a favourite country estate of Grand Prince Vasily III, and then his son - Ivan the Terrible. The oldest building in the estate is a unique Church of the Ascension, built in 1532, and the Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist was the prototype of the 16th century St. Basil's Cathedral in the Red Square.
Nearest Metro station: Kolomenskaya
Address: 39 Andropov Avenue
Workin Hours: 9:00 to 21:00.
Closed on Monday


English speaking Guide ( group 5 - 45 pers.), duration: 2 hours Cost per person in $ US
Russian/English 30

7. Moscow Metro

The first metro line was opened in Moscow in 1935 and connected 13 stations. Currently, the Moscow Metro has more than 150 stations and is rightly considered the most beautiful in the world. Many stations are real palaces with marble columns, impressive chandeliers, sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, etc., although, the metro is still the major way of transportation in the city. Tour of the Moscow Metro is one of the most unusual ones. During the tour you will see the best-known stations. Some of them look like real castles and palaces and you will be amazed by the beauty and variety of marble, bright mosaics and whimsical lamps. Numerous bronze and granite statues tell of the deeds of the Soviet people.
There is an extra admission charge


English speaking Guide ( group 3 - 45 pers.), duration: 1 hours Cost per person in $ US
Russian/English 20