We propose the Pre-Congress Tour to Saint Petersburg from July 18 (Wed) to July 21/22 (Sat/Sun) and the Post-Congress Tour to Saint Petersburg from July 27 (Fri) to July 30/31 (Mon/Tue). Both Tours are organized by our partner company «INNO-MIR», based in Saint Petersburg and have the same program.

An illustrated guide to your Tour to Saint Petersburg with details on all three days of excursions can be downloaded from here.

Full payment for the Pre-Congress Tour to St Petersburg is due on May 15, 2018*.   REGISTRATION FOR THE PRE-CONGRESS TOUR IS CLOSED.

Full payment for the Post-Congress Tour to St Petersburg is due on May 22, 2018*. THERE ARE TWO MORE PLACES FOR THE POST-CONGRESS TOUR. If you want to join, please contact the organizers asap at (and we will send you an individual payment link).

One of the world’s most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel experience: high art, lavish architecture, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired and nurtured some of the modern world’s greatest literature, music, and visual art. From the mysterious twilight of the White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions, St. Petersburg charms and entices in every season.

The cost of the Tour per person includes:

  • round-trip tickets Moscow St.Petersburg → Moscow1 by a comfortable high-speed train «sapsan» (4-hour ride each way).
  • transportation inside St. Petersburg and Peterhof.
  • accommodation at the Oktyabrskaya 4* Hotel, standard room (3 nights or 4 nights according to the chosen offer) with breakfast included.
  • 3 days of excursions with an English-speaking guide with lunches included.
  • tickets to all sights indicated in the program.
  • local help desk available to all participants. 

1If you fly directly to St Petersburg on July 18, your tour will include an individual airport transfer (Pulkovo airport→ hotel). If you fly back from St Petersburg on July 30 or July 31 (and thus do not need to return to Moscow), you will also be provided with an individual airport transfer hotel→ Pulkovo airport (included into your tour price).

TENTATIVE PROGRAM of visit of A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI) (children and guests are welcome!):

14:00-14:50 Presentation of the main results of geological research of impact structures (including Popigai impact structure) of VSEGEI since 1970. Showing a documentary film “Following cosmic disasters” (in English)
14:50-15:30 Visit of the Mining Research Museum of VSEGEI 
15:40-17:30 Demonstration of geological materials from Popigai impact structure, maps, model of the deep structure and vertical profile of rocks filling the crater. Demonstration of slide-film, particular cuts of boreholes, samples from outcrops and cores from boreholes, which characterize the main lithological types of rocks as well as different fractions of breccias and impactites.
17:30-18:00 Question-answer session, general discussion, discussion of aims and possibilities of collaborative investigations of sample  collections  from Popigai impact structure.