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Private St. Petersburg Food and Culture Tour - with Friendly Local Guide

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St. Petersburg, Russia
Private St. Petersburg Food and Culture Tour - with Friendly Local Guide

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

See the sights and tap into St. Petersburg’s cuisine and lifestyle on this bit-of-everything private food and culture walking tour. Stroll the handsome streets to see attractions including the State Hermitage and Church on Spilled Blood, and visit traditional eateries to try popular local dishes. Sample specialties like ‘borscht’ soup, beer-like ‘kvass,’ and more as you hear about Russian culture and customs. Pre-set menus and hotel pickup and drop-off on foot included.
  • Private food and culture walking tour of St. Petersburg
  • Learn about St. Petersburg’s cuisine and cultural heritage
  • See top landmarks such as the Church on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and the State Hermitage
  • Stop at traditional eateries to sample local culinary favorites
  • Try dishes like borscht and a glass of ‘kvass,’ the popular beer-like brew
  • Pre-set menu dishes included
  • Flexible itinerary and personalized attention from a private guide
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All taxes
Food with pre-set menu in each restaurant
Friendly local guide
Private tour
Multiple start times available
Flexible customizable itinerary
Meeting in the hotel lobby
Must-see attractions and off the beaten path
Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
Iconic places for photo shoot
Entrance fees (if any, based on your preferences)
Extra food and drinks not included in the pre-set menu
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your guide can meet you at your hotel, hostel or vacation rental.
You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email

Meet your guide, who will be on foot, at your centrally located St. Petersburg hotel, and then set out on your food and culture walking tour of this beautiful city.

Stroll along the main shopping avenue, Nevsky Prospect, and take in the imperious façade and interior of the Eliseyev Emporium, a large early-20th-century retail complex, famous for its grandiose food hall.

Having explored here, walk on to see city highlights such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Field of Mars, and St. Michael's Castle with its formal gardens; a former residence of Russia’s emperors. Admire the Russian Museum, and swing by Isaac’s Square to see the 19th-century St. Isaac’s Cathedral. This mighty cathedral took 40 years to build and is crowned by a massive gilded dome that dominates the city skyline.

Wander by the banks of the Moyka River and dive into a trendy coffee shop. Here, take a seat to taste popular local dishes such as cottage cheese fritters with sour cream and a poached egg on baked toast.

Next, make your way through Palace Square, the city’s main square. See the Alexander Column, and admire the majestic State Hermitage Museum and Alexander Garden, as your guide shares information on St. Petersburg’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Head inside a cafe and relax over a Russian tea or a glass of kvass (grain-based beer) teamed with a salad. Alternatively, enjoy a bowl of hearty borscht (beetroot soup) at the Soviet-era cafe Dachniki.

Duly refreshed, amble along the pretty Griboyedov Canal to Bank Bridge, and admire the views from here of the 19th-century Kazan Cathedral. Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at your hotel or a central location in the city.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Nevsky Prospekt
Timing is flexible and you can start the tour any time you prefer. This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you. Your private local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and discuss the tour itinerary with you at the beginning of the tour. 10am - Meet your guide in the morning at your centrally located hotel in St. Petersburg and begin your tour. Stroll along the bustling Nevsky Prospect — one of the city’s popular shopping streets — and admire the grand interior of the legendary Eliseyev Emporium.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
10.30am - As you explore, take in top city attractions including the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Field of Mars, St. Michael's Castle and gardens — once a royal residence — and the Russian Museum (from outside).
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Mikhailovsky Garden
Snap astonishing pictures passing by St. Michael's Castle and gardens
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
11.00am - Soak up the atmosphere at Isaac’s Square and admire 19th-century St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Neva Embankments
Stroll along the banks of the Moyka River to a trendy coffee shop. Here, sample local specialties such as poached egg on baked toast or homemade cottage cheese fritters with sour cream.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
State Russian Museum
Take pictures of this landmark from outside
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
One of the best photo ops in St Petersburg
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The State Hermitage Museum
12.00pm - Head onward through Palace Square to the State Hermitage Museum and Alexander Garden, and listen as your guide sheds light on St. Petersburg’s colorful culture and traditions. See Hermitage from outside
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Nevsky Prospekt
Stop at a second cafe and enjoy a refreshing cup of Russian tea or kvass accompanied by a Russian traditional snack. For an even more original taste of Russia, head instead to a country-style Soviet-era cafe called Dachniki — where traditional soup, salad and hot dishes are on the menu. You can choose one item from each category: (menu is different every day). Soups: borcht, chicken soup, solyanka soup, fish soup. Salads: Olivie (Russian salad), salad with herring, salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and dill. Or else try fancy Candies by Coffee Room instead and have a 3-course meal in a fashionable setting. Soups: home made chicken soup, tomato soup with parmesan, cheese soup with becon, soup with beef, soup with spinach and shrimps, onion soup backed with cheese. Salads: Greek Salad, salad with tuna, salad with chicken. Hot meals: pork with sauce and rice, fish lasagne, schnitzel with cheese and puree.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bank Bridge
12.30pm - Walk out along the pretty Griboyedov Canal to Bank Bridge for lovely city views.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kazan Cathedral
Enjoy fine views over 19th-century Kazan Cathedral.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole)
1.00pm - Finish your tour back at your hotel or somewhere in downtown, for example Field of Mars.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Choice of restaurants is subject to change
  • The tour can be modified to meet your preferences.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Multiple start times available
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Friendly Local Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private St. Petersburg Food and Culture Tour - with Friendly Local Guide?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private St. Petersburg Food and Culture Tour - with Friendly Local Guide?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private St. Petersburg Food and Culture Tour - with Friendly Local Guide?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private St. Petersburg Food and Culture Tour - with Friendly Local Guide?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Our guide who was a college student...
Steven G
, Dec 2017
Our guide who was a college student who was pleasant, but didn't seem engaged in the tour. She was knowledgeable, but I felt that she primarily answered our questions rather than providing a dialog about the sights. Our itinerary certainly didn't match that in the tour description. We stopped at a donut shop, pastry shop and a fancy food store. We have done several foodie tours in other cities and were delighted with them. THIS WAS DEFINITELY NOT WORTH THE PRICE!
star-5
I had a fabulous time on this...
Dale W
, Jul 2017
I had a fabulous time on this culture, history and food tour. Despite being the only one on the day, the tour went ahead and Valerie was a fantastic guide. I learnt so much about city highlights and cuisine, and was able to ask many questions. Thank you Valerie.
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This tour was a rip-off. We had the...
Kathleen D
, Jul 2017
This tour was a rip-off. We had the half day private tour. This consisted of a long walking tour to a bakery/tea shop, a stop to look at a fancy food emporium, and a stop at a place for crepes. While our guide was charming, the tour was a waste of our time and gave us little to no insight into Russian food or culture. This food and culture tour cost us 234! At total rip-off.
star-5
Very enjoyable. Our guide appeared...
John T
, Mar 2017
Very enjoyable. Our guide appeared on time despite us changing our location at the last minute. She was very pleasant with a good grasp of the history of St Petersburg and showed us some interesting landmarks. The eating establishments on the tour were well chosen and offered a variety of local dishes. All in all an excellent experience and I can thoroughly recommend this tour. N.b. St P is very cold in March so wrap up well!
star-5
What a fantastic couple of hours I...
Christopher T
, Jan 2017
What a fantastic couple of hours I had exploring the main strip of St Petersburg on this Food and Cultural tour. I could have done this on my own, as St Petersburg is an easy city to navigate, but it was lovely to get the history, knowledge and insight behind all the amazing sights from Valerie, my local guide. To top it off, you get some yummy Russian food as part of your day!

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