The famous Russian poet A.S. Pushkin called St. Petersburg 'The beauty and wonder of the northern lands.' The translation might not sound as poetic as in the Russian language, but the sentiment is there! Tour St Petersburg sample Russian culinary delights, discover the city’s hidden treasures, and be blown away by the iconic architecture – all from the perspective of a local.
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Really enjoyable tour, Irina was excellent, knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend.
Great experience with our guide Anna! She seemed excited to show us around and her English was excellent! The 'market' portion of the tour was well-planned and thoughtful--just the right amount of sampling foods that were new to us. The home cooked meal was an unforgettable (in a good way) experience! What a wonderful glimpse into the lives of some locals. We were HIGHLY entertained and the food was delicious! Overall experience was fantastic and we highly recommend to any adventurous traveler!
I cannot improve on our review in TripAdvisor, which was as follows: This is a fascinating tour of two halves. The first half involves a visit to a local market with stalls selling all sorts of produce. You get to sample many of the market's offerings, such as honeys, pickled vegetables, salamis of all types, the famous salo (cured pig fat - trust me, it's delicious) and sweet confections. You also experience the bustle of this local market - the sights, sounds and smells. The second half of the tour involves a short journey by metro to arrive at the home of a local family. We visited a friendly couple with five delightful children who were real live wires and a joy to meet. Here you are treated to a genuine home-cooked meal (including kvass and vodka) and made so very welcome. We learned things about everyday life in St Petersburg that no traditional guided tour will offer. Highly recommended. We loved it!
This was an excellent tour. Our guide Jana was very knowledgeable about St Petersburg and gave us an excellent introduction and understanding of the history and daily life in the town. The taste of Russian food at the end of the tour was excellent and capped off a great experience. My wife and I would recommend this tour to all of our family and friends.
Thanks Anastasia for an excellent tour of The Hermitage - your knowledge was huge and we learnt a lot from you.
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