Cultural program

June 27 – last day of the celebration of 300-th anniversary of Tsars Village

Where else one could feel the perfect harmony of music, architecture and paintings, or spend time in the mysterious alleys of the parks dreaming of love, or hear wonderful music in the beautiful halls with perfect acoustics?

June 27, Sunday - 2 p.m. Excursion to St. Petersburg – Mystery of palace squares
June 28, Monday - 7 p.m. Welcome Reception
June 29, Tuesday - 6.30 p.m. Concert, White Hall (soloists of Mariinsk theatre)
June 29, Tuesday - 9.30 p.m. Excursion on the Mansion of Duke Kochubey (conference venue)
June 30, Wednesday - 7 p.m. Banquet 50 Euro
July 1, Thursday - 10 p.m. (until 3.00) Symphony of water and stone: night boat excursion – St. Petersburg channels; divided bridges, architectural ensembles 35 Euro
July 2, - Friday - 10 p.m. (until 2 p.m.) Excursion to the Peterhof (Park and Fountains) 25 Euro
July 2, - 3.30 p.m. Excursion to the Catherine Park (Hanging Garden, The Grotto) and Catherine Palace 20 Euro


Half-day excursion to St. Petersburg, excursion on Mansion of Duke V. P. Kochubey and concert are included in the conference fee. The prices for the optional excursions are indicated in above table. The Catherine Park and Palace may be closed for the excursions on June 27, that’s why the trip to St. Petersburg is proposed this day. If you don’t have a possibility to come to St. Petersburg on July 27, you may include Night Boat Excursion to the fee instead.

The excursions should be paid by cash upon your arrival.

  Tsars Village (Tsarskoe Selo in Russian), located 25 km south of St. Petersburg, one of St. Petersburg's numerous Imperial estates, first appeared in the 18th century as the summer residence of the Russian tsars. In 1918 the town was renamed into Detskoe Selo (Children’s Village). In 1937 the name was changed into Pushkin, to commemorate the centenary of the great Russian poet’s tragic death. Created for two centuries by many prominent architects, the unique architectural ensemble of Pushkin is world famed for its elegant palaces and pavilions, landscape parks and ponds, 18th-century marble statues and historic obelisks. This "town of Muses" inspired many celebrated Russian poets, painters and musicians to create their renowned masterpieces in music and art.
City of Pushkin (district of St. Petersburg)
Detskoe Selo (Children’s Village) – railway station of Pushkin
Tsars Village – tourist center (St. Petersburg suburb)

Mansion of Duke V. P. Kochubey – a small detached house named after Duke Kochubey who was the Chief Master of Ceremonies of the last Russian Imperial Court.
The Catherine Park is a monument of landscape architecture and the central part of Tsars Village palace ensemble. It occupies an area of more than one hundred hectares. The park consists of a grassed and landscape areas, divided by the Great Pond. There are marble sculptures and busts of the early 18th century on the park's paths. This large landscape park is centered on the magnificent blue, white and gold Catherine Palace.
The Catherine Palace is a remarkable example of Russian baroque architecture. Named after its creator, Empress Catherine, the second wife of Peter the Great, and designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Palace is over 1,000 feet long. The facade with the height of more than 300 m is embellished with columns, figures of the atlantes, cartouches with coat of arms and openwork balcony railings. The suite of the golden parade halls with the widely known Amber Hall impressed the contemporaries.
Peterhof is perhaps St. Petersburg's most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. Nestled on the shore of the Gulf of Finland (part of the Baltic Sea), Peterhof is a tremendous complex of the attractive area and Palace luxury. The Grand Palace, filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors, sits on top of a high seashore ridge overlooking the vast Lower Park adorned with fountains, statues and pavilions. There are three major cascades and over 120 fountains in the park. The most impressive is the Grand Cascade, located directly below the Grand Palace and featuring an impressive golden statue of Samson grasping the mighty jaws of the lion.
St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is often referred to as the Venice of the North or the Paris of the East, but its beauty is really a brand all its own. The lavish interior of the grandiose and skyline-dominating cathedrals, mysterious palaces and squares present a unique monument of the Russian architecture.

Night boat trip. Walk on Neva and channels - 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 the city.