Matryoshka-doll Private Painting Class in St Petersburg

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Russia, Ленинградская, St Petersburg

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  • 3 hours
  • St Petersburg
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Use your imagination and create a truly unique masterpiece to cherish forever! Paint your own matryoshka-doll being instructed by a professional artist and your personal English-speaking interpreter in the artboutique located in the heart of the Vasilievsky island.

Treat your kids and family with an exciting hands-on experience!


Paint your own matryoshka-doll being instructed by a professional artist and your personal English-speaking interpreter in the art boutique located in the heart of the Vasilievsky island.

  • One blank Matryoshka-doll per person
  • Professional artist's time for 3 hrs
  • Acrylic paint, brushes, aprons, decorations for the dolls and other necessary little things
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, if you choose an appropriate option
  • Guide/Interpreter
  • Visa-free paperwork (for cruise ship passengers)

  • Drinks and snacks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, unless appropriate option is chosen
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Attentions cruise ship passengers: the option 'Matryoshka class only' is NOT available for cruise ship passengers. You need to select the option 'Class+Cruise Port Transfer' which includes visa-free paperwork and parking in the cruise port. Please send your passport details to the supplier (full name, birthdate, passport number, citizenship) as soon as you accomplish your booking.
  • If you choose an option with no hotel pickup, you need to travel to the class location on your own
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Departure Point

Большой Во пр-т., 83, Sankt-Peterburg, Ленинградская, Russia, 199106

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotel located in the city center.


  • St Petersburg Port Passenger Terminal, р. Большая Нева,, Санкт-Петербург, Russia, 199034
  • Cruise Ship Terminal, 199226, Makarova Embankment, дом 18, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 197198
  • Morskoy Fasad, ул. Кораблестроителей, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199397

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


13 Aug, 2017

This activity was one of the best experiences of my trip to Russia. I was a bit worried that painting a nesting doll would get boring after an hour or two, but the time flew by. My instructor Irina was simply incredible. She was kind, funny, and incredibly patient. I went with the intention of making a decent looking matryoshka to proudly display in my home and Irina made it possible for even one such as I with no artistic talent to make a true masterpiece. She took into account every detail and made sure I was always happy with the way my matryoshka was turning out. At no point did Irina rush me or seem impatient. In fact, she even stayed longer than the allotted time in order to allow me to create the masterpiece I wanted. All the materials were provided, including an apron to protect your clothes. The matryoshka is completely blank when you begin, so this is no coloring-in type activity. You genuinely design and paint your own matryoshka. The doll is surprisingly big. The exact size seen in the picture.
The class takes place in a side room of a local coffee shop. The space is nice and inviting, as well as the prefect place to grab a bite or something to drink while enjoying the class.
Overall, I highly recommend this activity. I had a wonderful time that I will forever recall fondly, as well as created the best piece of art that I have ever made. I did not know I had it in me until now. It would honestly be hard to not have a lovely end result with Irina's skilled guidance. Plus, I made my first Russian friend. The instructor is the sweetest person and made the whole experience easy-going and friendly. There is no more traditionally Russian activity than painting your own Russian nesting doll, and after spending two weeks in St. Petersburg, I can say that you will have a hard time finding another activity as fun and enjoyable as this.

Geraldine C

27 Aug, 2016

Something to appeal to artists and non-artists alike. Our group of 5 were the only painters which made for a casual enjoyable experience where artistic expressions could flourish and others could learn about the doll tradition. There is a nice little café serving coffee and cakes attached to the studio so you can take a break while the varnish dries and enjoy some tasty treats.

User's Picture Gallery


Sketching the features of the matryoshka


Finished product


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