When your cruise ship docks in St. Petersburg, immerse yourself in local culture during this 3.5-hour sightseeing tour and dinner. With your guide, drive through some local residential neighborhoods to learn about Russian daily life, then visit a local family for a communal dinner of Russian specialties. Port pickup and drop-off included.
3.5-hour shore excursion including St. Petersburg sightseeing and dinner with a local family
Cruise through different areas of St. Petersburg in a comfortable tour vehicle
Learn about Russian culture, traditions, and people
Visit a local family for a traditional Russian dinner
Begin your authentic St. Petersburg experience by meeting your guide outside the cruise port at 7pm. Climb into a comfortable tour vehicle and take off for a sightseeing drive through the city, including some of the local neighborhoods. See some of the famous Soviet-era buildings, constructed as temporary housing but still in use today. Cruise through the wealthiest areas of the city, where glitz and glamour are on display, on the way to a typical neighborhood.
Through your guide's commentary, learn about the different socioeconomic classes in St. Petersburg and the struggles that average Russian citizens face. Arrive at a local family's home around 8pm, where you will sit down for a traditional dinner. The family will fill you in on their lifestyle, as well as Russian traditions and culture.
Say your goodbyes and head back to the cruise port for drop-off around 10:30pm.
Reviews by Viator travelers
A piece of Russian HEAVEN
, Jul 2019
Yes, my wife and I were a bit apprehensive. We were afraid that we and our best friends Nancy & Bert were going to go to a fancy big house and be served a "canned" so-called Russian meal. Instead, we were treated to a wonderful evening of middle class St, Petersburg. We were driven to a complex of high-rise apartment buildings, walked along a dirt path through a small field surrounding one of the buildings, while children laughed and played games around us. When we reached the building, our guide/interpreter Tatianna took us to the 15th floor where we met Ludmilla and her 3 year old daughter. Ludmilla appeared to be thirty something years old, but later in the evening she told us that she also had a 29 year old daughter, so I guess she was really forty something years old. Ludmilla proudly walked us through her apartment. It was small by American standards (2 smallish bedrooms, 1 small bath and a kitchen/living/dining area), but it was nice and a pretty normal middle class Russian apartment. What a gracious hostess Ludmilla was. We sat and talked for a few minutes, while she fed us an array of traditional Russian snacks. We didn't like many of them and that was part of what made the evening so fantastic. Then Ludmilla's husband Vladimir arrived home from work and the fun began. Vladimir had a cache of homemade Vodka and while Ludmilla served several appetizers, a couple of main courses and dessert, we partook of that Vodka. We toasted new Russian freedoms, great weather, newfound friends and their generosity. What an evening! I was sorry it had to end. Thank you Vladimir and Ludmilla for sharing your home with us … thank you Tatianna for being our guide (you were FANTASTIC). That was an evening we will never forget.