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Episode 55: Astoria Rocco Forte Hotel in St. Petersburg - Tsar Events' RUSSIA SURVIVAL GUIDE

Tsar Events' RUSSIA SURVIVAL GUIDE with Maya Krivchenia:  ASTORIA ROCCO FORTE HOTEL   — on eo fteh best hotels in St. Petersburg and Russia. You can enjoy video about it using this link.




Luxurious Rocco Forte's Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg, captures the essence of Russia with an authentic experience steeped in comfort and elegance. Rocco Forte's five-star tribute to sophisticated travelling reflects the noble history of St Petersburg, with interiors scrupulously designed to recreate the grandeur synonymous with this historic city. Hotel Astoria occupies an unrivalled setting in St Isaac's Square at the hub of St Petersburg's vibrant city Centre. St Isaac's Cathedral stands opposite Hotel Astoria, and the renowned Hermitage Museum is only a short walk away. Complementing the beauty and heritage of St Petersburg, the 210 rooms including 42 suites at Hotel Astoria are carefully furnished with comfort and tranquility in mind.



Contemporary facilities share a harmonious space with elegant decor, luxurious marble bathrooms and, in many rooms, breathtaking views over St Isaac's Square. Rocco Forte's Hotel Astoria is not only the ideal resting place for leisure visitors to this historic city. Business travelers are welcomed with extensive conference and exhibition facilities that include all the latest technological resources. As many as 450 guests can be accommodated in comfort and luxury, enjoying stylish and practical meeting rooms alongside the superior leisure facilities and fine dining that make Hotel Astoria one of the most sought-after hotels in St Petersburg.

Maya Krivchenia grew up in a small Appalachian town in southeastern Ohio. After attending Eastman School of Music for her undergraduate degree in vocal performance, Krivchenia went on to the Ohio State University to do her master’s degree in vocal performance. In 2005 she won a Fulbright Fellowship to come to Russia and study Russian opera and art song at the Mariisnky Theater’s Academy of Young Singers. After finishing her master’s she returned to St. Petersburg where has been living, working, and singing ever since. Every year Krivchenia gives many solo concerts and returns the United States to give charity concerts when her schedule allows.


We have such a GREAT NEWS that we were waiting for so long. SIMPLIFIED ELECTRONIC VISAS for citizens of 54 countiries, who is visiting St. Petersburg will be available from 1st of October 2019. This e-visa will also be valid for guests from Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, Ireland, Island, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, Netherlands, France, Turkey and Japan and other countries. Now your clients can visit Russia (entering and leaving St. Petersburg) during 8 days just filling in all necessary information on web-site of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (exact link for St. Petersburg will be published later). Now you can check this link — it is already used for applying electronic visa for tourists entering Russia throe Kaliningrad Region) So, starting from 01st of October 2019 you will just need to fulfil all information online and get electronic visa on-line before visiting St. Petersburg.

If you need asistance with hotel accommodation or museums visits you can always ask team of Tsar Events. Also we can help you with planning your special event, cultural or incentive program, conference and congress in Moscow or St. Peterbsurg. Tsar Events Destination Management Company & Professional Congress Organizer provides all MICE services in all Russian cities.


Tsar Events Russia DMC & PCO is existing on the market already 9 years and we have very long list of satisfied clients and successful events. We can help you in RUSSIA, UKRAINE, BALTIC STATES, BELARUS with any MICE needs. and with planning, organizing and operating of: • Meeting & Congress • Incentive Program • Cultural or Special Interest Professional Group • Theme Parties & Special Events • Hotel accommodation • Transportation and Staff logistics • Team-Building Activities • Venues & vendors Selection


We are proud to say that we are: • The ONLY ADMC (Accredited DMC) in Russia • ALL our Project Managers are (CIS) Certified Incentive Specialists • Company is run by the ONLY CMP (Certified Meeting professional) in Russia • We wrote book-instruction Russia Survival Guide for meeting planners to help organize vents in Russia • Created First Russian MICE Professional Vlog on Youtube to help client better understand our destination

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For centuries the Yusupovs had been tsars’ trustworthy and favorite associates. The Palace on Moika became the Yusupovs' family residence in 1820 and until Bolshevik Revolution remained the richest aristocratic house of Russia. The Yusupov Palace acquired its present appearance in the course of palace’s constructions from 1760 till 1850 done by the famous architects of the time. The staterooms in neoclassical style are remarkable for their rich and elegant decoration. The unique West European works of art as well as musical instruments of the 19th century adorn the palace interior. The germ of the palace is the unique Domestic Theatre built in the Rococo style as a miniature of the world-known Marinsky Theatre. Yusupovs' palace on Moika is notoriously famous for Rasputin's murder that took place in one of the cell rooms on 16-17 December 1916. The exhibition dedicated to Grigory Rasputin is set up in the original rooms where the tragedy took place. The exhibition dedicated to Grigory Rasputin is set up in the original rooms where the tragedy took place. The Rasputin exhibition can be visited only with a tour. Visit can be organized upon request only. Yusupov palace has never become a museum. In 1919 it was nationalized and in 1925 became Teachers' Community house.



The restaurant was opened in September 2008 under the same roof as the museum of Russian vodka. The restaurant and museum are located in the center of the city next to St. Isaac's Cathedral in the historic building of the Hussars Regiment. It is a typical restaurant offering traditional Russian cuisine. It is the only restaurant in the city that offers only traditional Russian dishes.



Stroganoff steak House is located in the very heart of the city, just a few steps from St. Isaacs Cathedral. It is one of the best high level steak houses in the city. You can try here truly American steak, Russian beef Stroganoff, Russian olivier salad and many others. Restaurant Interior created in American steak house style, with natural woods and leather. Rooms decorated by old photos, advertising production of 20th century. The leather furniture, sofas and oak floors creates comfortable atmosphere for restaurant guests. Restaurant is 1230 square meters, it has 8 rooms with total capacity of 350 places.



The Russian Empire Restaurant is housed in one of the oldest and most luxurious mansions of St. Petersburg, in the Stroganov Palace that stands in Nevsky Prospect, the main street of the city. The restaurant consists of five opulent halls; each of them has its own style and character. The attention to detail is breathtaking, the finest porcelain, gold cutlery and the engraved walnut furniture amaze. The cellars have been totally transformed. The interior was designed with 24 Carat Gold Cutlery and Gianni Versace Porcelain. Restaurant has three dining rooms and impressive wine cellar. Wine cellar has an interesting stock of Armagnac  (the oldest from 1812) and impressive and luxury interior. Restaurant has Russian cuisine; many dishes were created according to the tsar’s menu recipes: Cigal Lobster, imperial oysters and the Count’s beef Stroganoff. The wine cellar boasts one of the finest wine collections in Europe.




he restaurant ‘Gymnasium’ is located in the historical heart of the city, within several minutes walk of St. Isaac Cathedral. The restaurant has been settled in the house of the former girl’s gymnasium in Konnogvardeisky boulevard. It has been established recently, but the restaurant has been highly appraised by Petersburg citizens and city guests. Spacious restaurant halls house 400 visitors. The main hall is decorated in classical style resembling palace interiors: elegant columns along the hall, cozy elite furniture made according to historical patterns, fine lamps decorate the walls. In such luxury even everyday life with its bustle and problems gets the shade of aristocratism. The bar hall interior is modern. The color scale is elegant black. Massive red chandeliers brighten up this dark space with soft illumination. So the atmosphere of aristocratic exquisiteness is created in the hall. Cozy leather sofas, plasma panels promote to the comfortable rest. VIP cabins suit ideally to have a private talk or meeting. When the weather is fine it is a great pleasure to have a rest at summer veranda located in the restaurant yard. Pleasant gentle breeze and low leaves rustle are going to awoke inimitable sensation of calmness and solitude. The restaurant cuisine is international; there is a wide choice of the best dishes from Russia, Asia, East and Europe. The rich wine list deserves special guests’ attention. Every night the atmosphere of the brightest holiday reigns in the restaurant: captivating laser show, live music is going to raise your spirits. As soon as you hear your favorite tunes you can’t help singing or dancing. Restaurant ‘Gymnasium’ is the perfect place to have a nice rest, to admire fine interiors, to enjoy tasty dishes and pleasant music. Main hall – 150 seats maximum, summer terrace – 50 seats maximum.


At the intersection of Konnogvardeysky Boulevard, 4 and Konnogvardeysky Lane, the restaurant of Russian cuisine Petrousha  (Petrusha) was opened. The former barracks of the Life Guards of the Equestrian Regiment have thus finally turned into, perhaps, the most famous restaurant address of the Northern Capital. Petrousha restaurant has 3 halls for 160 seats: a living room  (40 seats), a craft hall  (64 seats) and a fireplace hall  (56 seats), children's room is present. Antique furniture, antique interior items, engravings of Petersburg, drawings of the majestic buildings of the young capital, portraits of outstanding people of Peter's time, soft music, elegant lamps, smoke ceramics and Dulev tea set — the interior and the atmosphere of the restaurant seem to transfer guests during the youth of the great Emperor, the era of Peter Ensembles and the Grand Embassy  «Petrousha» – so, according to legend, they affectionately called Peter I abroad during the time of the Great Embassy – Russia’s diplomatic mission to Western Europe in the late 17th century. Her mother, Natalia Kirillovna Naryshkina, whom Peter loved all his life, also called it in his childhood. This tender childish name gave the innovator-king the strength to withstand the burdens of state affairs, to which he aspired from infancy. That is why Petrushi’s child’s image was chosen as the emblem of Petrushi, but on horseback  (albeit small and wooden for the time being) and with a saber  (albeit toy): all the glory of government and the weight of power are still ahead of him. The restaurant also hosts master classes on modeling pelmeni for tourist groups. The event includes sculpting ravioli and vareniki, tasting homemade infusions and products.

The goal of this VIDEOBLOG is to help people understand #Russia better and to have a better experience while they are here. We wanted to create something that would help people fall in love with Russia, as much as we have, by sharing our experiences and funny stories about our life as an expat in St. Petersburg and #opera singer   (Maya Krivchenia) and Tsar Events — #travel professional organizer Russia is an exciting, interesting, and dynamic country, but sometimes the differences that people come across are extremely frustrating and confusing. Our goal is to explain some of Russia’s unique qualities so that our friends, clients, tourist, and all others can appreciate this amazing country. Hopefully this will help answer some of the many questions you already have about Russia while planning your #trip. By #traveling to Russia you will certainly have a unique experience and hopefully by reading this you will get to experience Russia to the fullest! We’ll show what is must to do in Russia, what should be avoided, how will be better for you to prepare trip for your client and for yourselves. Together with Tsar Events we’ll shares an informative and enjoyable guide to enjoying the historical and cultural wealth of the world’s largest country.

Vlog will tell about museums, venues, restaurants and dos and don’ts while you are planning your event or visiting Russia! We made it together with famous opera singer from USA Maya Krivchenia who lives and works in Russia for  more than 10 years.

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And of course we  will be happy to help you with any requests for Russia, Ukraine, Belarus or Baltic states.  Just let us know.

If you need asistance with museum visit or  accommodation booking, planning your special event, cultural  or incentive program, conference and congress in Moscow or St. Peterbsurg, please, contact  team of Tsar Events Destination Management Company & Professional Congress Organizer that provide all MICE services in all Russian cities.


Tsar Events DMC & PCO has become first DMC who wrote book-instruction for tourists and professional travel planners who are going to Russia!

  • RUSSIA’S LEADING DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY World travel awards 2012 & 2013 & 2014 & 2015 WINNER
  • The first  Russian DMC to earn Accredited Destination Management Company                          (ADMC) Designation
  • The BEST DMC 2011                                   (New European Economy magazine, UK)
  • The only CERTIFIED DESTINATION MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL                                (DMCP) in Russia
  • The only COMPANY in Russia run by CERTIFIED MEETING PROFESSIONAL                             (CMP)
  • Partner of St. Petersburg Government
  • RUSSIA’S LEADING INCOMING AGENCY World travel awards 2012 Nominee

From  »concept to reality», our services & events are designed to meet the creative, motivational and budgetary needs of the professional meeting planner or executive. We work with you from concept and design through successful program execution.

Through one point of contact we are proud to provide our clients with:
• Collaborative Creativity
• Consistency in Services
• Destination Communication
• Imaginative Corporate Incentive Programs
• Innovative Theme Parties and Special Events
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Tsar Events DMC & PCO has become first DMC who wrote book-instruction for tourists and professional travel planners who are going to Russia!  New book offers a mesmerizing slice of life in Russia. Alexander Rodionov & Maya Krivchenia shares an informative and enjoyable guide to enjoying the historical and cultural wealth of the world’s largest country.


The most CULTURAL city in Russia

The 4th biggest city in Europe with the population of 6 million people
City with largest number of palaces and the deepest metro in the world
The cradle of Russian Literature, Art and Education.

Ideal places for Tsar’s Events:

— Gala Dinner at Faberge Museum –with biggest collection of Faberge Eggs
— Congress for 1000 guests in Smolny Cathedral
— Lunch at a single long table for 600 persons inside of the biggest Artillery museum in the world
— Exclusive night visit to Hermitage                    (Winter Palace)
— Transfer from airport by BTR, stretch limousine or Russian Troika
— Gala dinner with Rasputin in Yusupoff Palace
— Water and Fire Fairytale in Peterhoff Palace
— Hockey game against Russian team 
— Politburo meeting in  Political Dacha K2

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