Dear Participants of 2010 BGRI Annual Meeting and the 8th International Wheat
The organizers extend sincere welcome to you and wish you productive and enjoyable meeting
This letter provides some useful information on the conference logistics and organization:
Hotel Holiday Inn,
97 A, Moskovsky pr., S-Petersburg, Russia
Registration with local authorities
The registration is done by the hotel and the associated cost is covered by the registration fee.
97 A, Moskovsky pr., Saint-Petersburg, 196084, Russia
Tel.: +7(812) 448 7171
Internet in the rooms is available at discounted price of 200 rouble per day. Free internet is
available in the hotel lobby and bars.
Getting to the city center:
by taxi from the hotel.
To arrange a transfer please send e-mail request to the Hotel’s Concierge email@example.com or
call +7 812 448 7121
The nearest metro station is Moskovskiye Vorota (5 min walk).
1, Pobedy square, Saint-Petersburg, 196240, Russia
T: +7(812) 740 3900, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
WiFi in Lobbi bar and standard rooms:
400 rubles per day (twenty-four hours);
200 rubles per 1 hour;
120 rubles per 30 minutes.
Getting to the city center:free
by free hotel shuttle bus.
Free hotel shuttle bus is available each hour between the city center (Ostrovskogo square,
metro station Gosyiny dvor) and hotel
Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel –Ostrovskogo square
10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Ostrovskogo square – Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel
11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
The nearest metro station is Moskovskaya (10 min walk).
ARRIVAL TRANSFER AIRPORT – HOTEL
Group transfer is organized from Pulkovo – 1 and Pulokovo – 2 to Park Inn and Holiday Inn on
the 29th and 30th of May from 06 am till 12 pm.
Transfer for the participants arriving to the airports on other dates will be also provided
according to personal travel details sent to the Organizing Committee.
Transfer from the railway station is also provided according to personal travel details.
Those who changed the travel information and have not informed the Organizing Committee
can use city taxi service (transfer Pulkovo2 – hotel is about 15-20 USD).
DEPARTURE TRANSFER HOTELS – AIRPORT
Departure transfer will be organized according to personal travel details from both the hotels.
DAILY TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN PARK INN AND HOLIDAY INN
since 07.45 bus shuttle each hour
Park Inn – Holiday Inn
18.00 transfer Park Inn-Holiday Inn
for Welcome Cocktail;
21.00 back transfers to Park Inn
07.45 transfer Park Inn-Holiday Inn
for 8 IWC. Then shuttle bus each
hour between the hotels.
The presenters are advised to load their presentations during the previous day to assure that
the presentation works well. Please keep on time and coordinate the timing with the co-chairs.
Should be hanged early in the morning during the day of presentation or whenever the
allocated poster space if free. The presenters are expected to be next to the posters during the
poster sessions according to the program. Please remove your posters at the end of the day.
Please have your conference badge provided at registration with you all the time to assure your
access to all conference events and facilities.
The buses will depart from Holiday Inn at 19:00.
Shuttle from Park Inn will be available as well.
For transportation after dinner – please select the bus with your hotel destination. This will be
served dinner with choice of vegetarian and halal food as well.
Visit to the Catherine Palace in Pushkin
The buses will depart From Holiday Inn at 14:00. The visit will be organized by the groups of 30-
35 people. The division into groups will be done at the entrance. Please follow your group.
CITY TRANSPORT INFORMATION
Tickets for Metro
The trains run daily from 05.30 am until 00.45 am.
Note, that connections between lines may close at 00.30 am or earlier - in particular, between
Mayakovskaya and Ploshchad Vosstaniya or Gostiniy Dvor and Nevsky Prospekt.
Note also that at the intersection of lines the station may have two separate names, one for
Metro tokens or cards can be purchased at any metro station. Price is 22 rubles per token.
The tickets are available on the registration desk in the Holiday Inn as well.
The bridges over the Neva and the Nevka rivers are raised at night from May till November to
enable shipping to pass. This spectacular sight also means that access to many parts of the City
is affected between 1:45 am and 5 am.
Bridges drawing schedule from to
Leitenanta Shmidta Bridge 1.45 4.55
Liteiny Bridge 1.50 4.40
Troitsky Bridge 1.50 4.40
Stroitelei (Birzhevoy) Bridge 2.10 4.40
Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge 2.30 3.45
Aleksandra Nevskogo Bridge 2.30 4.55
The local currency is the Russian Rouble. The rouble comes in denominations of 5, 10, 50, 100,
500 and 1000 in notes and there are also 1, 2, 5 rouble and 1,5, 10, 50 kopeecks coins (one
kopeicka is 1/100 of rouble). This is now internally convertible but cannot be exchanged out of
the country for foreign currency. Credit cards are widely accepted by hotels, most large stores
and better restaurants.
To change money you may go to any commercial bank or licensed exchange point. It is
advisable to exchange money ONLY through officially licensed banks and their exchange points,
NOT in the streets, since it is less secure and you run the risk of receiving counterfeit roubles,
dollars or other troubles. The exchange offices are spread all round the city. Most of them open
at 11 a.m. and stay open until 7 or 8 p.m. Hotel exchange offices stay open all round the clock.
All individuals, either local or foreign need a passport to exchange the money.
Western Union has offices in several banks and wire-transferring money to St. Petersburg
Russia is rather easy and reliable (mind that most banks close at 6 p.m. and are closed at
Buses, trams and trolleybuses
St. Petersburg has an extensive network of buses, trams and trolleybuses that run to almost
every part of the city. However, the buses are often overcrowded and run at irregular intervals,
which are somehow compensated by private companies operating “commercial” routes
(indicated by the letter “K” or “T” in front of the route number – “marshrutka”).
Public transport is running daily from 05.30 am to 01.00 am, although the intervals get longer
after 10pm. Tickets are available from the conductor or driver onboard each vehicle. Current
price for 1 ride does not depend on the distance and is 19 rubles (about 0.5 Euro) at municipal
routes and 27 rubles at most commercial routes.
Trolleybus routes No.1, 7 and 10 offer a “sightseeing” trip along Nevsky Prospect.
Licensed taxis are usually painted yellow and carry a chequered logo on the sides and a taxi sign
on the roof.
To order a taxi, call: 327-2400, 332-1333 or 333-3233.
Locals often hitch rides, although they are not free. The price is discussed with the driver before
(!) the ride.
Always be on guard when accepting a lift from a strange driver (“gypsy cabs”). Don't get in a car
that has more than one person inside and never accept lifts from anyone who approaches you,
particularly outside restaurants and nightclubs. The stories of drunken foreigners being robbed
in the back seats of private cars are not entirely untrue.
In summer be aware of the Bridges across the Neva. They open between April and November
for a few hours every night to allow ships to pass under, severing the islands from the
Temperature (oC) Weather Pressure (mm Hg) Wind (speed, direction)
night 2 m/s
(min) 8 754
day 2 m/s
(max) 17 756
night 2 m/s
(min) 9 756
day 5 m/s
(max) 16 759
night 2 m/s
(min) 8 762
day 2 m/s
(max) 20 764
night 3 m/s
(min) 11 766
day 4 m/s
(max) 23 765
night 3 m/s
(min) 15 769
day 5 m/s
(max) 23 768
night 5 m/s
(min) 18 767
day 4 m/s
(max) 25 766
night 4 m/s
(min) 19 767
day 3 m/s
(max) 26 767
night 3 m/s
(min) 19 767
day 1 m/s
(max) 27 766
ENGLISH – RUSSIAN PHRASEBOOK
Hello! Zdravstvujte ! Здравствуйте!
Hi! Privet ! Привет!
Good morning. Dobroe utro . Доброе утро.
Good day. Dobryj den' . Добрый день.
Good evening. Dobryj vecher . Добрый вечер.
How's it going? What's up? Kak dela? Как дела?
Fine, thanks, and you? Horosho spasibo, a vy? Хорошо, спасибо, а вы?
Not bad. Neploho . Неплохо.
Good-bye. Do svidanija. До свидания
Good night. Spokojnoj nochi. Спокойной ночи
So long. Poka. Пока
I don't speak Russian. Ja ne govorju po-russki. Я не говорю по-русски.
I understand. Ja ponimaju. Я понимаю
I don't understand. Ja ne ponimaju . Я не понимаю
Yes. Da. Да
No. Net. Нет
Perhaps. Mozhet byt'. Может быть
May I…? Mozhno (mne)…? Можно (мне)…?
Certainly. Konechno. Конечно
Please Pozhalujsta. Пожалуйста
Thank you. Spasibo. Спасибо
Not at all. Ne za chto. Не за что
You are welcome. Pozhalujsta. Пожалуйста
I'm sorry. Excuse me. Izvinite. Извините
Money & Currency Exchange
Where is the nearest ... Gde nahoditsja blizhajshij ... Где находится ближайший…
...... bank? bank? банк?
...... exchange office? obmennyj punkt? обменный пункт?
Asking One's Way
Excuse me, where is… Izvinite, gde ... Извините, где…
... a hospital? … bol'nica? больница?
... a pharmacy? ... apteka? аптека?
... the subway? …metro? метро?
… a restaurant? …restoran? ресторан?
Turn right. Povernite napravo. Поверните направо.
Turn left Povernite nalevo. Поверните налево.
Go straight ahead. Idite prjamo. Идите прямо.
Taxi! Taksi! Такси!
This is the address . Votadres. Вот адрес.
Take me to... Otvezite menja ... Отвезите меня…
... the hotel. ... v gostinicu. ...в гостиницу
... the airport. ... v aeroport . ...в аэропорт
Pulkovo Pulkovo Пулково
I'm in a hurry. Ja speshu. Я спешу
Please stop. Pozhalujsta, ostanovites'. Пожалуйста, остановитесь.
How much (do I owe you)? Skol'ko s menja? Сколько с меня?
Bus, trolleybus, & tram
bus avtobus автобус
trolleybus trollejbus троллейбус
Tram tramvaj трамвай
Where is the nearest bus stop? Gde blizhajshaja avtobusnaja Где ближайшая автобусная
Does this bus go to the Mariinsky Etot avtobus idjot do Mariinskogo Этот автобус идет до
Theater? teatra? Мариинского театра?
Please tell me where to get off. Pozhalujsta, skazhite mne, gde Пожалуйста, скажите мне, где
Get off here Vyhodite zdes'. Выходите здесь.
S ubway metro Метро
What is the fare? Skol'ko stoit proezd? Сколько стоит проезд?
Where is the nearest subway Gde blizhajshaja stancija metro? Где ближайшая станция метро?
What line should I take? Po kakoj linii mne nado ehat'? По какой линии мне надо ехать?
You should take the green line up Vam nuzhnoehat' po zeljonoj linii Вам нужно ехать по зеленой
to "Mayakovskaya" station. do stancii "Majakovskaja". линии до станции “Маяковская”
Where should I change trains? Gde mne nuzhno sdelat' Где мне нужно сделать