Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 18:00 – Welcome reception

It will be a dinner (stand-up meal and drinks) on a double-decker boat – the Neva River cruise with an English speaking guide. The boat cruise starts at the landing pier located on Universitetskaya Embankment near the Palace Bridge (Dvortsovyy Most), and we will walk there from the workshop venue (only 5 min walk). Duration of the welcome reception is approximately 2 hours.

Thursday, 15 May 2014, 18:30 – Conference Banquet

Conference Banquet will be at the historical Russian restaurant “Literary Cafe” located on the Nevsky Prospect 18 (2nd floor). Web site:

It was a favorite place of famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Banquet will be accompanied by live piano music and Russian romances. We will walk there from the workshop venue (about 20 min walk across the Neva River and through the historical center of St. Petersburg). Duration of the banquet is approximately 3 hours. Meat, fish, vegetarian dishes and drinks will be offered. 3D virtual tour:


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Friday, 16 May 2014, 13:30 – Bus excursion

We will offer you a bus excursion with an English speaking guide in and around St. Petersburg city. It starts at the workshop venue (Birzhevaya Liniya 4). We will visit the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, you will see the famous Isaak cathedral and Kazan cathedral, the Admiralty, Bronze Horseman monument, Church of the Savior on Blood, the Summer Garden and some other sights of St. Petersburg.

Duration of the excursion is 3.5-4 hours. After the excursion the bus will take the participants to the hotels on the Vasilievsky Island.

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