Learn about Russian culture, enjoy food and drinks, and indulge yourself in a wooden sauna
This tour reflects the Russian mentality. Russian people live in the North and work quite hard. In this tour you will experience how Russian people would spend their dream weekend.
First of all we will experience a bit of culture-it is crucial. You have to get into a mood that will lead you some further steps into the tour. I will tell you about the museum and things you are going to see there and on the way to it. You will be able to choose one thematic (or smaller size) museum according to your preferences; just message me. Like any other Russian native you will start your day with "a touch of beauty" while you are still fresh and vigorous.
Then the magic will start. On the way to the place I will tell you about Russian wooden broom sauna and the traditions, the secrets of shashlik (grilled meat) making and vodka (or tea) tasting. Then you will experience these all by yourself. A Russian person would say he or she "got a second birth" after it. I hope you would say it as well. Just relax and enjoy!
11:00- Meeting time. I will meet you at any spot of the city that suits you better. I will tell you the general information about the country, the inhabitants and the traditions, also tell you about the museum chosen and give an understanding of where you are going and what you are going to see and experience.
11:30- Arrival to the museum. I am giving several museums at your choice: Russian vodka museum (!NOTE! opens at 12:00, later meeting time), Russian Levsha (miniature museum), Aurora cruiser (Closed on Mondays and Fridays), The Mysteries of Saint-Petersburg museum, Kuntskamera-the first Russian museum established(Closed on Mondays), The museum of Illusions.
13:00 Start a trip to the cottage. I will tell you about Russian sauna traditions on the way.
14:00-18:00 Wooden sauna with brooms and Russian dinner outside the city, spirits, herb tea and honey.
19:00- Arriving back to the meeting point.
NOTE! The itinerary is flexible. You can message me to add or remove attractions.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the hotel or any other spot convenient for you holding a paper with your name.
End location: I will bring you back to the hotel or any other spot that is convenient for you.
Duration: 8 hours
There could be delays due to heavy traffic on the way back to Saint Petersburg, especially on Sundays.
Private museums usually open around noon so that is the best time to start the tour.
By taxi or a rental minivan.
-My services as your private tour guide
-Transportation in a modern, air conditioned vehicle for the duration of the tour
-Admissions fee to the museum of your choice
-Russian sauna with banya brooms
-Russian dinner with vodka and shashlik on skewers
-Russian tea with herbs and honey
-A bottle of water per person
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 RUR - Souvenirs, beverages or personal expenses.
Possible excursion services inside the museums, around $10-$15 per person.
Any personal expenses or souvenirs.
This tour is designed for a maximum of 6 travelers. If your group is larger, I can customize it for you. Please ask for a quote.
I am not a driver guide but I can make transportation arrangements.
I cannot guide inside museums at the moment.