St. Petersburg Russia
Director: Mr. Ruslan Lukichev
A relatively young city, St. Petersburg was founded in 1703, and has been playing key role in the history of Russia ever since. St. Petersburg's most renowned novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky in perhaps his greatest novel "The Brothers Karamazov" wrote about three brothers who represent three worlds: the intellectual, the spiritual, and the sensual. No doubt modern St. Petersburg offers a fascinating combo of all these worlds, which will make your stay here a unique and memorable one. Whether you are walking across the city in summer, visiting the world-renowned ballet at the Mariinsky Theater on a magical winter evening, enjoying an early autumn afternoon in one the city's outstanding suburban parks, or delighting in the world-class art collection at the Hermitage Museum at any time of the year, you are sure to appreciate the unique beauty and rich culture of the city on the Neva river. Take a bus ride along its main streets and prospects enjoying its splendid sights: numerous palaces and cathedrals, rivers and channels, old monuments and parks. The city's most popular spots are St. Isaac's Square, the Cruiser Avrora, the Peter and Paul Fortress. In summer a boat trip along the Fontanka River, the Griboedov Canal, or the Moika River; the Mikhailovsky Garden, the Admiralty or Palace Embankments; or around the Peter and Paul Fortress will unveil for you more mysteries of the Venice of the North. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy spectacular panorama of the rasing bridges at night. More than 20 bridges span the Neva river and its armlets. Most of these bridges are bascule bridges and are opened at night during the navigational season for large vessels to pass through. Among the most beautiful are the Troitsky (Trinity), Dvortsovy (Palace), and Bolshoy Okhtinskiy Bridges. Watching the raising of the bridges, whether from the embankments or from a pleasure boats, is one of the great St. Petersburg experiences during the dreamy White Nights of June and July.
Arrival of the group to the station, meeting with the guide. Recommended arrival time: from 9:00 to 11:00. Meeting with the guide: not earlier than 7:00.
Boarding the bus. Guided sightseeing tour of St.Petersburg (preliminary list of attractions: St. Isaac's Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Blue Bridge, building of the Mariinsky Palace, the monument to the Tsar Nikolay the Ist, the buildings of Astoria and Angleter hotels, "The Bronze Horseman", the Admiralty building, the buildings of Senate and Synod, the Art Square, the monument to Alexander Pushkin, the building of the Mikhailovsky Palace, the Church of the Savior on Blood, the Field of Mars, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Cruiser Aurora, the Spit of the Vasilyevski Island, Rostral columns and other tourist attractions).
Walking tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Visiting the Peter and Paul Cathedral.*
Transfer to the hotel. Check-in time after 14.00. Early check-in in the hotel is possible only if there are free rooms available.
Organizational meeting with the leaders of the groups.
Completion of the first day. Free time. Optional - additional excursions.*
Breakfast at the hotel.
Boarding the bus. Transfer to the festival. Registration of contestants.
Rehearsal of the concert program according to the schedule.
Opening ceremony. Welcoming words of the jury and the Organizing Committee. Festival performances of the contestants. Meeting of the jury.
Round table for teachers and group leaders, devoted to topical problems of education in the field of culture and arts. Discussion of performances of contestants with the members of the jury.
Gala concert. Disco.
Awarding ceremony, presenting of the diplomas, cups, souvenirs. Presenting letters of thanks and certificates of participation to the teachers and group leaders (during round table).
The closing ceremony of the festival. Informal communication, exchange of contact details.
Transfer to the hotel. Completion of the second day. Free time. Optional - additional excursions.*
to the attractions near Saint-Petersburg (transfer is provided).
Breakfast. Departure from the hotel no later than 12.00. Boarding the bus.
The guided tour to Pushkin town (the former imperial residence Tsarskoye Selo):
Visit of the magnificent Catherine Park
Visit of the Grand Catherine Palace and Amber room*
- 89 EURO (per person) - Category "Economy" - Quadruple and 5-bed Rooms with shared bathroom, business breakfast.
- 99 EURO (per person) - Category "Standard" – Triple and Quadruple Rooms with bathroom, business breakfast.
- 109 EURO (per person) - Comfort - Double (twin) rooms with bathroom, buffet breakfast, in the city centre.
- 15 paying participants + 1 free of charge.
Participation fee includes:
- accommodation in Saint-Petersburg (2 nights);
- meals (2 breakfast and 2 lunches);
- guided sightseeing tour of St.Petersburg;
- walking tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress;
- bus excursion to Tsarskoye Selo (the Pushkin town), entrance fees to the park;
- meeting the groups at the station and accompanying groups to the station;
transfers according to the festival program***
Participation fee doesn't include:
- entry tickets and sightseeing fees;
- additional sightseeing tours and transfers;
- transfer from the station to the hotel and from the hotel to the station for groups smaller than 10 people;
additional night of stay in the hotel (price upon request).
12 EUR for one ensemble participant (no more than 180 EUR for an ensemble)
25 EUR for a soloist
Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.