Social program

1. A Boat Cruise along Big Neva

including Welcome reception on board
Monday, 12 September 2011,
14:00 - 17:00
 

2. Museum of Optics SPbSU ITMO

Tuesday, 13 September 2011,
14:30 15:30
 

3. State Hermitage Museum *

Thursday, 15 September 2011,
15:00 - 18:00
15 Euro

3. A guided bus tour to Peterhof **

Friday, 16 September 2011,
6 hours
85 Euro

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Note:
The conference fee covers the costs for the excursions 1-2, whereas it does not cover the costs for the excursions 3-4. All rates are subject to changes depends on number of people in the group.

*
The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg ranks among the most famous museums in the world. The whole complex of Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and the Hermitage Theatre is known as the "State Hermitage". The setting is magnificent and lavish; malachite, jasper, agate and marble provide a fine backdrop to the treasures.
The Hermitage collection shows the development of art and material culture in the West and the East from prehistoric times to the present day. There are remarkable collections of paintings, prints, sculptures as well as tapestries, carpets, objects d`art, archeological finds, furniture and unique articles of jewelry.

**
Peterhof is located at the seaside, some 29 kilometers from the centre of St. Petersburg. It is known throughout the world as a jewel of Russian art, a place of parks, palaces and fountains. In the past, it was an exquisite summer residence for Russian Tsars. Peter the Great was the first to realize that he would need not only a new capital and a naval base on the Gulf of Finland, but also a new country palace. He commissioned a Versailles-by-the-sea from the French architect Leblon, who liked many of the Tsars ideas and soon translated them into reality. Nowadays, the whole complex comprises the Grand Palace, the Lower and the Upper Parks with several park pavilions, 150 fountains and five monumental cascades. The Grand Palace was redesigned by Bartolomeo Rastrelly, the favorite architect of Peter`s daughter, Elizabeth, in the mid 18th century. Its fabulous Baroque decoration surpasses any expectations. The palace houses collections of Russian and European paintings, sculpture, furniture, porcelain and crystal ware. From the marble terrace of the Grand Palace, there is a magnificent view over the Grand Cascade, made up of waterfalls, 64 fountains and 37 statues.