is one of the world’s most famous palace-park ensembles


Peterhof was created by outstanding architects, decorators and sculptors, whose spectacular works of art slot perfectly into the natural beauty of the coastal landscape.

Peter the Great planned Peterhof as the residence of a sea king. This was to be his incarnation of Russia as a great European power, with a foothold on the shores of the world’s oceans, capable of competing with the finest Western courts — above all, with Versailles.

Peterhof is one of St. Petersburg’s most famous and popular visitor attractions, it contains several palaces, a number of beautifully landscaped parks and a numerous magnificent statues and fountains.  This kingdom of playing water and palaces contains more that 140 fountains, and every one is unique.

Even a few hours here are enough to feel the spirit of history, which still lives on and breathes in this magnificent place.

The Peterhof Museum Complex is rightfully regarded as the “capital of fountains.” Included in the state register of most valuable cultural objects of the Russian Federation, Peterhof now bears the proud title of one of the “Seven Wonders of Russia.”

Date: June 21, 2016
Duration: 4 hours
Day tour to Peterhof includes:
– guided walking tour around the Lower park;
– English-speaking guide;
– transport (bus and hydrofoil boat);
– headset.

Meeting point to Peterhof:  A. S. Popov Central Museum of Communications  at 2 p.m.
Tour type: 
To Peterhof by bus
From quay in Lower Park to St. Petersburg (Palace Square) by hydrofoil boat
Price: 2500 rubles per person

Boat trip

реки и каналы

Saint-Petersburg is the city of rivers and canals. Someone calls Saint-Petersburg a North Venice because of its numerous waterways. A boat cruise along the channels and waterways will present you the unique view of the city. You will realize that the city looks completely different when viewed from the water.
Penetrating into the web of city’s water veins the boat will take you to the most lonely and quiet parts of Saint Petersburg. Walk on Neva – 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 our city.

Date: June 24, 2016
Duration: 2 hours
Excursion will be held in English by experienced guides.
Meeting point:  Moyka emb., 62  at 5:30 p.m.
Tour type: boat
Price: 1200 rubles per person

Application for the excursions are accepted until June 03, 2016 only.
Deadline for the payment –  June 06, 2016

Komarov Botanical Garden

Komarov Bot Garden

The Botanical Garden of Saint Petersburg, also known as Botanical Garden of the Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Russia. It is situated on Aptekarsky Island and consists of outdoor and indoor plant collections. The Garden, covering an area of about 1 hectare and of 1 km total length, includes wonderful park areas and several greenhouses. Nowadays, plant collections in greenhouses count over 10 thousands of taxa, including species from the most remote and exotic parts of the world.

Eхсlusively for the participants of the 4th Symposium on «Plant Signaling & Behavior»,  the  Botanical Garden is pleased to offer a special excursion «World’s tropical plants». For visitors’ convenience,  a maximum number of participants in a group is limited to 15 persons. Two to three groups in a day are foreseen. Duration of the excursion is 1-1.5 hours.

Date: June 20 and 22, 2016
Duration: 1-1,5 hours
Price includes: English-speaking guide, admissions
Meeting point: Symposium venue at 08:30 p.m. (Pochtamtskiy per., 4)
Price: 900 rubles per person


The State Hermitage


The State Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world after the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London. St. Petersburg’s most popular visitor attraction, and one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums, the Hermitage is a must-see for all first-time travellers to the city. With over 3 million items in its collection, it also definitely rewards repeat visits, and new-comers can only hope to get a brief taste of the riches on offer here, from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures. One estimate has it that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute, so many visitors prefer to organize a guided tour to ensure they have time to catch all the collection’s highlights. Art aficionados, however, may find it more rewarding to seek out for themselves the works that they are particularly interested in.

Date: June 24, 2016
Duration: 3 hours
Price includes: English-speaking guide, admissions, headset.
Meeting point:  Symposium venue at 2:00 p.m. (Pochtamtskiy per., 4)
Price: 1500 rubles per person

Application for The State Hermitage are accepted until May 13, 2016 only.
Deadline for the payment –  May 15, 2016

Please note that the number of tickets is limited!

Please, book the tickets if you want to take part in these excursions in Social program’s section in online registration.

Fabergé museum


Fabergé museum is the newest and probably the most anticipated museum in St Petersburg. It holds 14 large Fabergé eggs, the majority of which used to belong to Russian royal family, today it is the largest collection of that type in the world. Besides that, you can see many other jewelry pieces made by Fabergé company or  by the contemporaries of Carl Fabergé

Location: Fontanka river embankment, 21 (Shuvalov Palace)

Fabergé museum schedule:  daily from 10:00 to 21:00.
Ticket office: 
from 09:30 to 20:15
There are 2 visiting options: joining a group  tour in English or independent visit.

Group guided tours: usually there are 2 tours in English a day sometime between 10:00 and 18:00.
Independent visit: from 18:00 to 21:00. It’s not a guided tour, you can visit the museum on your own.

On Friday the museum opens only for independent visit.

Joining a group tour in English

Fabergé museum sells tickets for English tours online .They have in English every day except Friday, but the number of people in a group is limited to 15 or 18.

“Independent” visit

If you couldn’t join a scheduled English tour, you can buy tickets for independent evening visit. You’ll be on your own without a guide, but it’s possible to rent an audioguide or take a brochure. Independent visits are possible daily except Friday from 18:00 to 21:00, tickets are sold from 17:45 to 20:15 in the ticket office.

Please note, the Organizing Committee does not organise the excursion to Fabergé museum.

Participants can book their excursion to Fabergé museum on your own here http://fabergemuseum.ru/en/