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

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Russia, Northwestern District, St Petersburg

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


Explore Russia’s traditional history and cuisine on this 3-hour Private Food and Culture Tour of St. Petersburg. Follow your friendly local guide through the bustling Nevsky Prospect to top city attractions including the Eliseyev Emporium, the Field of Mars, Palace Square, the State Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and St. Michael's Castle.

Admire fine views along the Moyka River, and stop at local cafes and restaurants to sample some of the cuisine St. Petersburg’s residents love such as Russian herbal tea, kvass, borscht soups, fish lasagne, schnitzel with cheese and puree.

Finish your tour at some place in downtown St Petersburg or get back to your hotel.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Nevsky Prospekt, Nevsky Avenue, St. Petersburg 191025 Russia

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

Stop At: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Griboyedova Kanala Emb., 2B/A, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

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

Stop At: Mikhailovsky Garden, Sadovaya street, 1 Mikhailovsky Palace, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

Snap astonishing pictures passing by St. Michael's Castle and gardens

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St Isaac_s Square, 4 Nevskiy Prospekt metro station, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

11.00am - Soak up the atmosphere at Isaac’s Square and admire 19th-century St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Neva Embankments, St. Petersburg Russia

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

Stop At: State Russian Museum, Inzhenernaya St., 4 Metro: Gostiny Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg 191011 Russia

Take pictures of this landmark from outside

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St Isaac_s Square, 4 Nevskiy Prospekt metro station, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia

One of the best photo ops in St Petersburg

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The State Hermitage Museum, Palace Emb., 30-38, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia

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

Stop At: Nevsky Prospekt, Nevsky Avenue, St. Petersburg 191025 Russia

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

Stop At: Bank Bridge, Kanal Griboedov Emb. connects Kazanskiy Island and Spasskiy Island, St. Petersburg Russia

12.30pm - Walk out along the pretty Griboyedov Canal to Bank Bridge for lovely city views.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Kazan Cathedral, Kazanskaya Sq., 2 Metro Nevskiy Prospect, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

Enjoy fine views over 19th-century Kazan Cathedral.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole), St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

1.00pm - Finish your tour back at your hotel or somewhere in downtown, for example Field of Mars.

Duration: 10 minutes

  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Nevsky Prospekt

  • Entrance fees (if any, based on your preferences)
  • Extra food and drinks not included in the pre-set menu
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Entry/Admission - The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - State Russian Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • 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
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

Voucher info

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


3 hours

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

User's Reviews

Dale W

17 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.

John T

10 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

12 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!

Steven G

02 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!

Kathleen D

09 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.

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