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Tour Programme


St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, is one of the world’s finest cities. Founded in the estuary of the Neva, on the Baltic Sea coast, in 1703, St. Petersburg – the new capital of the Russian Empire – became something of a window on the rest of the world for Russia and, conversely, a window on Russia for the rest of the world. 

To all intents and purposes, the architectural look of St. Petersburg and its environs has not changed much since the 19th or even 18th centuries. St. Petersburg is now a matchless showcase of European architectural styles from the past three centuries. There are thousands of remarkable architectural landmarks in the city and its suburbs, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. St. Petersburg, the former capital of Russia, is proud of its numerous theatres and museums, particularly the State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest museums in the world with over three million artworks and historical artefacts. It would take at least 13 years to view them all. Built on the many islands of the Neva estuary, St. Petersburg has 48 rivers and manmade canals, 160 kilometres of embankments, and 800 bridges.

Do not miss the opportunity to explore St. Petersburg up close during the days of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum!

Tour included in the delegate package

To apply for the tour please forward the request via Personal Office menu “Tour included in the Delegate Package”. The deadline for applications is 7th May 2019.

Venice of the North: A Boat Tour of St. Petersburg’s Rivers and Canals

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Date: 15th May 2019

Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Duration: 2 hours

St. Petersburg has really earned its poetic appellation, Venice of the North. Standing on a scatter of islands, the city is crossed by dozens of rivers and canals, lined by gorgeous embankments with fancy openwork railings. The banks of the rivers and canals are spanned by hundreds of bridges, ranging from huge steel structures with draw-spans in the middle to elegant suspended wooden foot-bridges. The buildings facing the river embankments are truly majestic, and you get the best viewing angle from the water.

We invite you to join us for a boat tour of St. Petersburg on the evening of 15th May 2019.

7:30 pm – boarding of the shuttles outside the SPBILF official hotels

8:00 - 10:00 pm – boat tour of St. Petersburg’s rivers and canals

10:00 pm – shuttle ride back from the boat landing to the SPBILF official hotels

Place of departure of boats: pier at 23 Moika emb.

Please note that the boats will sail strictly on schedule, without any delays, so please be there on time.

Price: this tour is included in SPBILF 2019 Delegate Package and SPBILF 2019 Accompanying Person Package. 

Participation upon Voucher and Badge presentation (Delegate, Accompanying person)

To apply for the tour please forward the request via Personal Office menu «Tour included in the Delegate Package».

The deadline for applications is 7th May 2019.

The Legendary Hermitage Museum Collection of Impressionist art

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Location: 3rd and 4th floor, The General Staff Building of The State Hermitage Museum а

Date: 15th , 16th ,17th May 2019

Open hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Price: this tour is included in SPBILF 2019 Delegate Package

For more information please contact volunteers at the Info Desk.

The State Hermitage Museum boasts one of the world’s foremost collections of Impressionist art, which is now on display in the Memorial Gallery of Sergey Shchukin and the Brothers Morozov, on the fourth floor of The General Staff. The artists present include Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Cézanne, Sisley, Gauguin, Van Gogh, among others. Some rooms are dedicated to an individual artist. Admiring the paintings of Picasso, or the bizarre, fanciful paintings of Matisse, one cannot help paying homage to the intuition and courage of those Russian collectors, most of them simple merchants, who saw talent, power, beauty and sense in these works that were so at odds with the prevailing notions of the epoch regarding what is proper or beautiful, and realized that this art was the way of the future.

Occupying the third floor are the exhibitions French Painting and Sculpture of the last 18th-19th Century.

We invite you to investigate the Hermitage collection of late 19th-century French art. On their own, any viewer can figure out the differences between Monet and Manet, or step in an interior designer’s shoes to pick the best wall colour for a room reserved for French Impressionist art. It may dawn on you how the seemingly small individual discoveries of each of these artists eventually resonated together to transform the world.


Participation upon Delegate badge presentation.