St Petersburg Social Agenda

East West Conference

19 - 26 July 2019

Important Information about Visa Requirements!

It is very important that prior to the conference you have checked the visa requirements for travelling to St Petersburg, Russia. Visa conditions may differ depending on which country your passport is from. 

Please visit or talk to your local embassy/consulate for the most up to date visa information. Please also note that most countries require 6 months validity remaining on your passport. 

Without a valid visa or passport, you may be denied boarding. CPE Conferences will assist with your visa enquiries, but it is the delegates responsibility to ensure that they obtain a valid visa if required. 

For more information on visas, please contact CPE Conferences - [email protected] - or your Travel consultant.

Academic Sessions
Please note that although we have a provision for the academic sessions below, the Academic Agenda will remain fluid until the final agenda is provided to you at the Welcome Drinks. 

The Attendee App
We have introduced a conference Attendee App, which is where the most up to date information for the Social Agenda and Academic Program will be noted. The Attendee App will be released in the week leading up to the conference. All details below are subject to change. 

Day 1: Friday 19 July | Arrival Coach, Welcome Drinks & Welcome Dinner

Arrival Car Transfer - Airport to Hotel Kempinski

For those delegates travelling from St Petersburg Airport (Pulkovo Airport) to the city of St Petersburg, we have arranged for luxury cars to transfer you to the conference hotel, the Kempinski Moika 22. The transfers are part of the hotels concierge service.

At St Petersburg Airport, you will be greeted by a member of the Kempinski Hotel’s concierge service. They will have a “CPE Conferences” sign. You will then be taken to your car for your transfer to the Kempinski.

Please note that if you would like to book this transfer, we will require the following details on your booking form. We will not be able to book your transfer without all of the information below:

- Date of arrival,
- Time of arrival
- Flight number
- Flight origin

The transfer service is through the Kempinski Hotels concierge service and therefore will only transfer delegates to and from the Kempinski Hotel. If you are staying at another hotel, please contact your travel agent or email [email protected]

BMW (max of 3 passengers)
$140 one way

Mercedes Benz Minivan (max of 6 passengers)
$165 one way

Please note that prices are per car, not per person.

Inclusions: Pick up St Petersburg Airport, drop off Hotel Kempinski (one way)

6:00pm to 6:45pm - Welcome Drinks at Kempinski Moika

Join your fellow delegates for a welcome drink or 2 at the luxurious conference hotel, the Kempinski Moika; a perfectly luxurious way to kick off the exciting conference week ahead.

Cost: Inclusive
Kempinski Hotel, Moika 22, St Petersburg

For delegates wishing to continue onto the Welcome Dinner, it is a 10 minute walk from the hotel to the pier. Alternatively you can get a taxi at your own expense.

7:30pm to 10:00pm - Welcome Dinner cruising the Neva River
(Cruise departs at 8:00pm. Latecomers will not permitted and no refunds will occur)

Continue to bond with your fellow delegates as you join us for a night cruising on the Neva River!

Enjoy food, laughter and wine as we set sail on this two hour cruise to the sounds of jazz from the grand piano. CPE Conferences have reserved tables on the lower deck for our delegates, so you can enjoy a Welcome Dinner overlooking the Russian cultural centre of St Petersburg from a completely different viewpoint!

Cost: $140 AUD per person
Central Pier (Pier with Lions) of the Palace Bridge, Admiralteyskaya Emabankment, 2 (cruise will return to the same location)
Inclusions: Cruise ticket, 3 course dinner from the premium dinner package, wine (Please note that this cruise is unguided)

Please note that the cruise company reserves the right to change the route due to the weather.
This is not a private cruise, and there will be other guests enjoying the river cruise.

Day 2: Saturday 20 July | Social & Academic

9:30am to 1:30pm - Private tour of the Hermitage Museum (including guided tour of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Exhibitions)
Meet your guide in the foyer of the Kempinski Hotel Moika at 9.30am for a 9.45am departure. It will take 5 minutes to walk to the museum from here.

Welcome to the 2nd largest art museum in the world! Formerly the Russian Royal Family’s “Winter Palace”, the Hermitage Museum is as beautiful architecturally as the three million (plus) works of art and artefacts it houses from around the world. Russian Empress, Catherine the Great initiated this enormous art collection when she first purchased paintings from Berlin in 1764. Today, the museum boasts pre-historic, Egyptian, oriental and European art within it’s walls.

The Hermitage's collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art is among the most famous in the world, and definitely one of the key reasons to visit this extraordinary museum. With our English-speaking guide, we will explore the main exhibits of the Hermitage, and then the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist exhibitions of the General Staff Building before then having the opportunity to peruse the museum at your leisure.

Cost:  $100 AUD per person
Venue: State Hermitage Museum, Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Inclusions: Guided Tour around the Hermitage Museum (approx 1.5hours), Guided Tour around the Impressionist and Post-impressionist exhibition at the General Staff Building (opposite the main Hermitage Building) - approx 1 hour

(Please note that there will be a break of approximately half an hour in between the 2 tours)

3:00pm to 7:00pm - Academic Session

Venue: TBC

Day 3: Sunday 21 July | Social


If not confirmed, please write that there is potentially a planned activity for the day and more information will be released upon confirmation in due course.

Time TBA - Catherine Palace and Lunch
Meeting point instructions

You have visited the winter residence of the Russian Tsars, so now it is time to visit their summer residence.

Catherine Palace’s exterior is a place of obscene lavish, with more than 100 kilograms of gold used when creating the facade and roof.

After spending time at the Catherine Palace we will enjoy an exquisite lunch before moving on to the Leningrad Siege Museum. This small but extremely moving museum commemorates perhaps the most harrowing period of the city’s history - the 900-day Blockade of Leningrad which lasted from 8 September 1941 to 17 January 1944. For 2.5 years, the citizens of Leningrad suffered chronic privations and constant bombardment. Although the precarious Road of Life brought supplies across the ice of Lake Ladoga in the winter months, food was woefully short, fuel was scarce in winter, and in summer the dire state of sanitation spread disease at epidemic levels. In all, over 700,000 civilians died during the Blockade. Their sacrifice and the extraordinary endurance of the survivors is etched on the conscience of the city, a source of immense pride and profound sorrow.

Cost: TBA
Venue: TBA
Inclusions: TBA

7:00pm to LATE - Feel Yourself Russian - Folkshow
Meet at the entrance of the Nikolaevsky Palace at 6.40pm for a strict 7.00pm performance. Latecomers will not be permitted until there is an interval.

Feel Yourself Russian is the oldest and most popular show in St Petersburg. The show itself, performed in the Nikolaevsky Palace, is staged in two parts, and takes in around two hours of singing, dancing and sword tricks that will have you clapping in unison.

The Nikolaevsky Palace was originally built in 1853-61, and was one of several palaces built for the children of Nicolas 1 Russia. Nowadays it continues to be a place of luxury, and you can enjoy listening to the famous Russian music and appreciate the incredible skills of the Russian folk ballet dancers; all whilst admiring intracitely decorated main staircase and the precious interior of the palace.

The palace is not generally open to the general public, so every guest of the show is technically a guest of the Russian Tsar himself!

Cost: $ 155 AUD per person
Venue: White Gala Hall - Nikolaevsky Palace. 190098, St. Petersburg, pl. Labor 4
Inclusions: Ticket to the show

Please note that tickets here are limited and are on a request basis only. If you cannot book tickets online, please contact the CPE Conferences team - [email protected] - so that we can request additional allocation. You will need to prepay in full for these tickets. If in any case we can’t get more allocation you will be offered a full refund.

Day 4: Monday 22 July | Academic Field Activity


THIS IS THE OTHER OPTION THAT WE DON’T YET HAVE INFO FOR (I have no idea what LB has planned here)

If not confirmed, please write that there is potentially a planned ACADEMIC activity for the day and more information will be released upon confirmation in due course.

Time TBA - Academic Session: Levoshovo Cemetery
Meeting location TBA

[Brief explanation of the event/tour]

Cost: TBC
Venue:  TBC
Inclusions:  TBC

Day 5: Tuesday 23 July | Academic & Social

1:30pm to 5:30pm - Academic Session

Venue: TBC

7:00pm to 9:30pm - Ballet: Giselle at the Mariinsky Theatre
Please meet the group outside the main entrance of the Mariinsky Theatre at 6:15pm to collect your tickets.  The performance will last 2 hours 10 minutes, excluding the one interval. (Finish time above is approximate)

Enjoy a night with your fellow delegates as you immerse yourself in the ballet production of Giselle, at the home of one of Russia’s oldest theatres.  

The Mariinsky Theatre is an architectural and historical wonder. Named after Empress Maria Alexandrovna, the first wife of Tsar Alexander II, it has been host to significant moments in the history of music and ballet. Since it’s 1860 opening, its name has changed on multiple occasions to replicate the political environment at the time. Today the Mariinsky headlines excellence in the performing arts and is performing home to the Mariinsky Ballet, originally known as the Imperial Russian Ballet.

One of the worlds most performed classical ballets, Giselle is a timeless story of romance and betrayal. Famous for its ethereal beauty, it tells the story of a young girl who dies of heartbreak following the deception of an already betrothed man, Albrecht.

Cost: $205 AUD per person
Venue: Mariinsky Theatre, Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Inclusions: 1 x admission ticket to the theatre

E-tickets will be distributed to you either at the Welcome Drinks or on the night of the performance.
Please note that tickets here are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. If you cannot book tickets online, please contact the CPE Conferences team - [email protected] - so that we can request additional allocation

Day 6: Wednesday 24 July | Networking Day

No activities or academic sessions have been scheduled for this day.

Day 7: Thursday 25 July | Social & Academic


9:45am to 1:00pm - Academic Session: Kunstkamera Private Tour
Meet your guide in the foyer of the Kempinksi Hotel Moika 22 at 9.45am. Taxis will be provided to transfer you to the Kunstkamera building.

Established by the founder of St Petersburg, Peter the Great, in 1727, Kunstkamera is Russia’s first recognised museum. Commonly known as the cabinet of curiosities the Kunstkamera building hosts the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, an exhibition with a collection of almost 2 million items!

Kunstkamera is a literal take on the German words meaning 'Art Chamber’. At over 300 years old, the museum is filled with an abundance of history and holds artefacts from Peter the Great’s private collection

Cost:  $80 AUD per person
Venue: Kunstkamera, University Embankment, 3, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199034
Inclusions: Guided tour of the museum, visit to the observatory, one way taxi (you must make your own way back to the hotel)

3:00pm to 7:00pm - Academic Session

Venue: TBC

Day 8: Friday 26 July | Departure Day

Book your activities

To book any of the above activities, please complete the Activity Registration Form that was emailed to you previously with the Social Agenda Release email. Please complete one form per delegate. If your accompanying person is also attending the conference as a delegate please ask them to complete the form that was emailed to their email address.

Please note that activities are non-refundable as we must adhere to the suppliers terms and conditions. Please ensure that you have adequate Travel Insurance - if you don't have this, then you can contact CPE Travel to purchase a policy.