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

St. Petersburg, Russia

From US$ 129.00

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3 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 2 more


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
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.


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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!

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.

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.

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!

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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