Social program. Excursion to Peterhof

Chess Cascade
Date: Friday, 10.06.2016
Time: 14:00-19:00
Duration: 4.5 hours
Price: included in the registration fee
What is included: English-speaking guided tour, tickets to the Lower Park of Peterhof, transport (high spead boat).

The tour starts at 14.00 with a walk from the Symposium Venue to the embankment of Neva river where the trip by high speead boat begins.


Peterhof is a world-famous summer residence of Russian tsars located on the shore of the Gulf ofFinland, 29 kilometres from St. Petersburg. The brilliant palace and park ensemble of Peterhof, created at the will of Peter the Great as a counterpart of Versailles. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was a setting for majestic receptions, grand festivities, balls, concerts and masquerades.

The Peterhof ensemble includes the Upper and Lower Parks with 150 fountains spurting upwards powerful jets. The Peterhof system of water supply is unequalled as concerns the time of its operation. At the edge of the 16-metre high natural terrace soars the Great Palace - the focal centre of the ensemble designed by Rastrelli. The rich facade of the palace acquaints its visitors with magnificent state rooms and halls and the living apartments of the Russian Emperors. At the foot of the palace you can see a pageant of the Great Cascade with silvery fountain jets and numerous golden sculptures, including the famous Samson Fountain.

Samson Fountain Great Cascade