B.V. Kukarkin Centenary Conference: Variable Stars, the Galactic Halo and Galaxy formation
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B.V. Kukarkin Centenary Conference: Variable Stars, the Galactic Halo and Galaxy formation
    Location and Accomodation

Zvenigorod Health Hotel
The main venue of the conference will be the Zvenigorod health hotel of the Russian Academy of Sciences, located at outskirts of the old Russian town Zvenigorod (Moscow Region), at the right bank of the Moskva River, in 60 km from downtown Moscow.

The area around Zvenigorod belongs to the most picturesque parts of the Moscow region: its landscape is dominated with birch groves and pine forests, hills and valleys of the Moskva River and its subsidiaries. This region is also famous for unique historical and cultural monuments: the architectural ensemble of the Savvino-Storozhevski monastery, archeological sites, places related to biographies of famous writers, composers, artists, and politicians.

The health hotel owns 18 hectares of mixed, mainly pine, forest with quiet, picturesque places.

The participants will be accommodated in comfortable rooms of the health hotel. The rates for one night (meals included) are:
Suite (two rooms) Rbl. 5000.
Single Rbl. 1900.
Double (price for 2 persons) Rbl. 3000.

The LOC asks those participants who have not done it yet to specify the room category they desire immediately!

The memorial session will be held in Moscow, at the Sternberg Astronomical Institute.

Arrival and departure of participants

It is expected that most participants will arrive on Sunday, October 11. Participants arriving to Moscow on that day are asked to come to Sternberg Astronomical Institute (SAI), located in the campus of Moscow University (address: 13, University Avenue, close to the corner of Vernadsky Avenue). The registration desk for final registration will work at the SAI during the day. Approximately at 5 pm, a bus to the Zvenigorod Health Hotel will start from the SAI.

Participants planning to arrive to Moscow earlier than October 11 as well as those wishing to stay in Moscow after October 17 are requested to inform the LOC about their plans in advance (if you have not done it yet). They may book rooms in Moscow hotels by themselves using Internet or ask the LOC to help them with booking. It is possible to arrange a stay in the hotel rooms of the University dormitory, in the main building of the University. Rooms in the dormitory are in two-room blocks with shower and bathroom, they are rather modest but have everything needed for a short stay. The prices in the dormitory are US $25–30 per night.
As soon as you book your air or train tickets, please let the LOC know the arrival date, time, and flight or train number. THE LOC IS PLANNING TO MEET SEVERAL PLANES IN MOSCOW AIRPORTS We will send you an e-mail confirmation if we plan to meet your flight. If the circumstances of your arrival do not permit the LOC to meet the flight or if, for any reason, you do not find the LOC representatives meeting you in the airport, proceed according to the following instructions concerning transportation from Moscow airports to the Sternberg Astronomical Institute.
The most practical way to get to Moscow from the airports are Air Express trains. They are comfortable, clean, and safe. If you will arrive to Sheremetyevo International Airport, Terminal 2. Air Express station is close to the terminal. The schedule of departures of Air Express trains from the airport is:
05:00, 06:30, 07:00, 08:00, 08:30, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 22:30, 23:30, 24:00
The trains go to Byelorussky Railway Station in Moscow. The ride takes 35 minutes. A ticket for the train should be purchased in front of the entrance to the Sheremetyevo railway station, the price is Rbl. 250 (about US $8). Keep the train ticket till your arrival to Moscow, you will need it to exit the station.
If you arrive to the Sheremetyevo Airport Terminal C (not very likely), you will have to take a free shuttle bus to the railway station.
Participants arriving to Domodedovo International Airport should take Air Express to Paveletsky Railway Station in Moscow. Note that international arrivals are in the left wing of the airport building and the railway station, in the right wing. There are signs indicating the direction to the station in many places of the airport. The train schedule is:
7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 22:00, 22:30, 23:00, 24:00
The price is Rbl. 250 (about US $8), the ride takes 40 minutes. Keep the train ticket till your arrival to Moscow, you will need it to exit the station.
In the (least likely) case of your arrival to Vnukovo International Airport, take the Air Express to the Kievsky Railway Station. The price is the same, it takes about 35 minutes to get to Moscow. The trains start every hour from 7:00 am to 1:00 am (except 13:00).
From the Moscow railway stations, you can get to the Sternberg Institute by taxi (approximate cost: US $10–15). It is also possible to use metro. All the three railway stations in question have transfer metro stations close to them ("Byelorusskaya", "Paveletskaya", "Kievskaya"). The price of a single metro ride is Rbl. 22 (about US $0.7); it should be paid in Russian currency at the cash counter near the entrance to the metro station. We suggest that you take the circle (brown) line to "Park Kul'tury" station, make a change to the Sokol'nicheskaya (red) line there and go to the "Universitet" station. From there, you can walk according to the above map or take a trolleybus (No. 28, three stops towards the north-east). Trolleybus drivers sell one-ride tickets for Rbl. 25 (about US $0.8).

Visiting Moscow on October 14 and participating in the tours on October 14 and 15
On Wednesday, October 14, the LOC is planning to take the participants from Zvenigorod to Moscow and to organize a morning city tour (in English) including a visit to Moscow Kremlin.
In the afternoon, a memorial B.V. Kukarkin centenary session will be held at the Sternberg Institute. Participants who do not wish to take part in the tour can be taken immediately to the Sternberg Institute.
After the memorial session, buses will take the participants back to the Zvenigorod hotel.
On October 15, a tour of the town of Zvenigorod and the Savvo-Storozhevski monastery will be arranged.
The Moscow tour will cost about US $ 20 and the Zvenigorod tour, about US $ 10.
The conference dinner will take place in the evening of October 15. A dinner ticket will cost about US $ 30.
Please inform us if you wish to take part in the memorial session, in the Moscow tour, and in Zvenigorod tour. We need this information to undertake arrangements of bus communication and tour guides.
For departure of participants to Moscow after the conference termination buses in the evening on October, 16th and in the morning on October, 17th will be organised.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
P.S. In case of a delay of your flight or train and in other inconvenient situations you have to use cellular telecommunication and to call to Nikolay Samus (phone number +7 916 6190813).