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New Years Eve Tsars Ball in Imperial Catherine Palace - Extraordinary Once in a Lifetime Experience
31 December 2013 - 31 December 2013

SCHEDULE 31 December 2013 - 31 December 2013



Tsars Ball Program | Menu of the Tsars Ball | Dress Code for Tsars Ball | Transfers | Saint-Petersburg | Catherines Palace | Designing the Tsars Ball | Video | Book | Year 2012 Ball

ALL INCLUDED:
Your will not pay any extra for anything. We will provide arrival and departure transfers for free.
During all the Ball, you will be served with drinks and appetizers. All the meals, drinks, etc during the cocktail, gala-dinner and buffet table are included into the price, so you will not pay any extra money for anything !


Limited number of tickets (220 tickets).

Tsar`s Ball Program

Departure transfer at 19:45 from Grand Hotel Europe and Astoria Hotel with police escort.
The most outstanding feature of the ball is that it closely follows past events, both in its atmosphere and its scenario, which present-day historians have painstakingly revived.
Times naturally change and some innovations have been made to the ceremony.

Arriving Arriving
Comfortable coaches have replaced gilt carriages, though guests are still welcomed by a brass band and uniformed hussars carrying torches. The guests walk up to the main entrance on a thick carpet and the palace is again aglow with lights.
Welcome Cocktail
After entering the Palace the guests are invited for the Welcome Cocktail at Stasov Room.
Welcome Cocktail
Royal welcome Royal welcome
Inside the Palace Tsar and Queen provide a lavish welcome traditionally reserved for the royalty. The procession follows through the suite of beautiful baroque rooms.
Entering The Palace
Upon mounting the marble stairway, the guests pass through silken rooms and polished halls to admire the elegant palace interiors. Magnificent rooms stretch in a sumptuous line to form one uninterrupted suite of apartments.
Entering The Palace
Music and Ballet Music and Ballet
The interior is animated by enchanting flute music and ballet dancers performing duets to the sounds of a harpsichord.
Amber Room
The splendid effect of this passageway prepares the guests for one of the main treasures of the palace- the mysterious amber room. Although it has not been fully restored, its exquisite refinement leaves no one indifferent.
Amber Room
Choir Singing Choir Singing
At the end of the enfilade, cocktails are served. The Throne Room opens at nine o` clock sharp. Guests meanwhile enjoy drinks and snacks, while a children`s choir performs Schubert`s Ave Maria.
The Throne Room
The double doors of the Throne Room are opened wide and the guests halt spellbound at the fairytale scene in front of them.
The Throne  Room
Opera Opera
The courtly entourage provides a royal welcome, while opera singers mount the stage and propose the first toast.
Imperial Dinner
French chefs always managed Imperial cuisine in Russia. And once again, the prestigious French catering company Potel & Chabot is in charge. Dinner starts with the finest of Russian delicacies - black caviar, a delight to satisfy the most discerning gourmets.
Flower Decoration Flower Decoration
In keeping with another Russian tradition, there was always a profusion of flowers, rare plants and potted palms at every ball, even in the coldest of winters. This tradition has also been preserved and scented flowers bloom on every table.
The Magic of Russian Ballet
The impression of Russia would not be complete without the magic of Russian ballet. Excerpts from operas and ballets are performed by soloists of the famous theatres and opera houses of St. Petersburg.
One of the finest orchestras plays throughout the dinner.
The Magic of Russian Ballet
Folklore Dancing Folklore Dancing
The extravaganza continues with Russian folklore and Cossack shows. Fiery dancers and ethnic songs enhance the impression of a magical night
The World of Russian Culture
The New Year`s Ball is your unique chance to enter the rich world of Russian culture, your chance to plunge into an authentic atmosphere of grandeur and luxury. This magical journey into the elegant world of the Russian Tsars guarantees a night to remember.
The World of Russian Culture
Chiming Midnight
Chiming Midnight
Midnight is coming and is signaled by a concert of bells.
Fairytale of Snow and Mirrors
An uninterrupted flow of time continues in this fairytale world of snow, candles and mirrors.
Fairytale of Snow and Mirrors
Fireworks Fireworks
The sky outside brightens up with bursts of light. Flashes of light flare up in the sky and break into flaming constellations. From the time of the first Russian Emperors , fireworks were the favorite entertainment of the Russian nobility. Back then, however, in the eighteenth century, they could only dream of such magic displays.
Ball Dancing
Dances are the most exciting part of any ball. Couples move graciously to the strains of Strauss`s waltzes in golden interiors shimmering in candle light. All this makes one feel as if one has stepped into a fairytale.
Ball Dancing
Imperial Jazz Imperial Jazz
But this is a modern fairytale, and jazz accompanies the romantic ballroom music. A famous St Petersburg jazz orchestra performs background music throughout the night.
Everyone is carried away in a whirlwind of music.

This New This New Year's it's the CZAR'S BALL amid the splendor of Empress Catherine's IMPERIAL PALACE
Don't miss this extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Book tickets in advance. For more information, please call us +1 866 869 8634 (USA), +44 800 279 7129 (UK and Europe) or e-mail us at tsarball@balletandopera.com




Menu of the Tsar`s Ball


Foie Gras Terrine with Chutney of Pineapple and Pear
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Black Caviar served with Warm Blinis
and Smetana Cream
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Lobster with Trio of Vegetables and Parmesan Sauce
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Grand Marnier and Champagne Sorbet
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Frascati Veal fillet served with Asparagus,
Mushrooms and Cauliflower
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"Boule de Neige"
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Coffee and Tea served with an assortment of "Petit Fours"



Russian Vodka
Petit Chablis Regnard AOC 2007
Chateau Plagnac Cru Bourgeois Medoc AOC 2002
French champagne





DRESS CODE
Official dress code is Black Tie and Long Dress but we are not very strict here in Russia. Everyone understands that it has to be something special.
Ladies shoes precaution - High steel heels are not allowed in Catherine's Palace.

SMOKING
Smoking is allowed in special smoking rooms only

TRANSFERS
Transfer from Grand Hotel Europe and Astoria Hotel with police escort. Departure at 18:45 (6:45 pm).
Ball hostesses arrive at the Astoria Hotel and Grand Hotel Europe early to greet guests and travel with them by Imperial Coach to Czar's Village
A comfortable transfer to Catherine's Palace on a fleet of luxurious Mercedes and Volvo coaches with a professional guide who will open to you the mystery secrets of the last centuries about Tsar's family...
Thirty-minute travel time with police escort.
After 1 am mini-shuttles leave every half-hour for all St. Petersburg Hotels. The mini-shuttle will drive you back directly to your hotel (to any hotel in the city).

Saint-Petersburg

St.Petersburg in WinterSt.Petersburg in Winter
St.Petersburg - city for all seasons. Enjoy winter St.Petersburg. Winter carnivals with traditional Russian food and drinks, brilliant Opera and Ballet premiers, dazzling balls at the city palaces - these are features of Winter St.Petersburg.
Russian Winter Entertainment Through History
At the early 18th century and the end of the 19th century St.Petersburg winter life bustled with public entertainment. Colorful masquerades, outdoor parties in the suburban residences, carnivals, gorgeous sleighs processions, imperial balls in the chamber of the palaces impressed with their pomp and boisterous spirit. Nowhere in Russia were winter seasons more majestic than St.Petersburg.

Today, traditions of celebrating New Year, Christmas and Maslenitsa (Russian Carnival) come alive, welcoming all the world to share them in the banks of the Neva river and enjoy other events of cultural, sporting and social life in Winter Saint-Petersburg.

Nearly three centuries ago, among boundless expanses of snow and desolate dark woods, a new capital of the Russian state sprang up on the banks of the majestic Neva. It was here, in Saint-Petersburg, that the glorious traditions of the Russian Empire were formed. Imposing palaces arose among the snowy wilderness, and soon they were bustling with life.

The Tsars` Ball - Reviving Traditions
Over two centuries, a beautiful ceremony developed at the Imperial Court, only to be forgotten following the revolution of 1917. But now, at the beginning of the new millenium, our traditions are returning, and once again we have the chance to take part in this remarkable fete.

It is only in Saint-Petersburg that the glorious Russian and truly majestic spirit of the bygone era of the Tsars can be experienced. It was only quite recently, in historical terms, that the Russian Tsars lived in the Catherine`s Palace - their summer residence - and the balls, receptions and celebrations that were held there astounded the world.

Catherine`s Palace

Birth of The PalaceBirth of The Palace
The Catherine`s Palace, in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo), ranks as one of the masterpieces of the world architecture and art. First build by Braunstein, it has been given in 1710 by Peter the Great to his wife Catherine.



Bartolomeo Rastrelli`s BaroqueBartolomeo Rastrelli`s Baroque
Later on, it has been enlarged and modified following the exquisite baroque style
of the famous Italian designer Bartolomeo Rastrelli.


Imperial Residence Imperial Residence
Until the Revolution, the Catherine`s Palace "was used as the summer residence of the Imperial family". Its grandiose lurquoise, while and gold facade stretches 978 feet. And its most spacious room, the Great Hall, covers 860 square meters. The park enhances the splendour of the Palace with its charming pavilious such as the Grollo pavilion, the Hermitage and the Chinese Pagoda.

Designing the Tsar`s Ball

Decorating The Palace Decorating The Palace
The work begins under the supervision of Potel & Chabot`s Executive Chef in Saint-Petersburg. The products are carefully selected and prepared while the head waiters polish the silver.

In the St. Catherine`s Palace, it takes three days to decorate the ballroom from the time the equipment is installed untie the candles are lit. Fabric, ribbons and other materials are trucked in from Paris.

Ice FiguresIce Figures
Outside, Patrick Roger de Campagnolie has been brought in from Potel & Chabot Parit to create the ice sculpture. A Russian assistant makes the blocks of ice in which the caviar will be served (ice-figures).The lights are reflected in the ice sculpture.

The ice sculptor displays his short- lived masterpiece, while the head waiters attend a final briefing. Inside the Palace , the head waiters are setting the chairs, which will then be decorated one by one.

Champaign and Music Champaign and Music
The wine steward prepares his bottles: French wines, Russian vodka and of course, the finest champagne! In the wings, the musicians from the Tsar`s guard, in period costume, who will greet the 250 guests when they arrive, are doing a final rehearsal. At 9 P.M. dinner begins...


This New Year's it's the CZAR'S BALL amid the splendor of Empress Catherine's IMPERIAL PALACE
Don't miss this extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Book tickets in advance on our website.
If you need more information, please call us +1 888 885 7909 (USA), +44 800 011 2105 (UK and Europe) or e-mail us at tsarball@balletandopera.com

Prevoius Balls Photos

The Tsars Ball is like a fairytale come to life. As the enclosed photos can testify, more than two hundred guests truly reveled in a magical gala of music, Russian opera & ballet and haute cuisine by Potel & Chabot.
The evening was a success largely because it so closely approximated the legendary celebrations that Russians and their guests enjoyed in days of yore. And, naturally, no setting could be more fitting than Catherine Palace.

Enjoy these photos of the ball.

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ALL INCLUDED:
Your will not pay any extra for anything. We will provide arrival and departure transfers for free.
During all the Ball, you will be served with drinks and appetizers. All the meals, drinks, etc during the cocktail, gala-dinner and buffet table are included into the price, so you will not pay any extra money for anything !




SCHEDULE 31 December 2013 - 31 December 2013



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