Explore Russia with your family. We have created family – oriented tours that are educational and fun for everyone. Our friendly guides will help you make the most of your time in St. Petersburg. You're welcome to design your own tour, selecting the museums and attractions that best match your interests and those of your children. Plus, if you know of another family you would like to travel with or don't mind travelling in a small group of two to three families, you'll save money, have even more fun and make your trip extra special.
Enjoy some quality time with your family exploring another culture and experience the magic of a country that you will never forget.
|City tour + costume photos
Enjoy the city's highlights on a pleasant guided drive and experience the grandeur that has made historic St. Petersburg famous the world over.
Your route takes you along Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg's most famous street, lined with magnificent palaces, churches and 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Travel past the vast Palace Square, along the University Embankment, past the Admiralty and the famous Peter the Great bronze monument, to the Peter and Paul Fortress and much more.
And while you're taking in the sights, your guide will share many funny and exciting tales of the city’s rich history that you and your children will enjoy. Of course, you'll have plenty of stops along the way for photos and to experience the city beyond the windows of the minivan. Plus, we'll visit a few out of the way spots most tours miss, but ones we're sure your kids will love.
Ever imagine how your child might look if he/she was born into the Russian Imperial family? Have some fun trying on authentic Russian costumes of the 18th- and 19th- centuries and take home a photo souvenir for about 10 USD per picture.
|Traditional Russian market + family cooking||⌚ 4|
Experience a colorful food market where locals sell vegetables and fruit from their dacha (country house) plots as well as imported melons, oranges, bananas, dried fruit, cheeses, nuts, honey, meat and other delicious treats. You can usually bargain a bit over prices.
Cook together Russian-style. A unique culinary adventure awaits you! Your whole family will have the chance to prepare a delicious traditional borsch, pancakes or Russian salad. Our cooking expert will show you how. Then it's up to you. Dad peels, mum chops and the kids mix and stir – however you divvy up the tasks, after an hour or so of cooking together, you'll be rewarded with a delicious gourmet lunch that you prepared yourselves. We'll help you capture the fun for your family photo album.
|Peterhof Park and train ride
Travel to the former Imperial summer palace. Surrounded by magnificent gardens dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. Although it was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, it has been lovingly restored to its full splendor. We'll take a train ride through the beautiful park grounds, stopping for th ebest photo opportunities and after our ride your guide will take you on a stroll to see the famous fountains – including the amusement fountains, so loved by the more mischievous of 18th-century Russian nobility. Your kids might get a little wet finding out why, but that can be quite refreshing on a warm summer afternoon!
No trip to St. Petersburg would be complete without a visit to the Hermitage (the Winter Palace, home of the Russian Tsars). With the possible exception of the Louvre, there is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality. Its collection, displayed in four 18th-19th-century buildings, is so large that it would take years to view it all.
Your guide will help you focus on the highlights, including the major collections of Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist paintings and works by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse. Your children will learn many myths and tales depicted in the masterpieces of these and other great artists.
The Baroque splendor of the museum is epitomized by its grand reception halls, such as the Throne, Ball, Malachite and Gold Rooms.
|Museum of Etnography
The Russian Museum of Ethnography offers one of the largest ethnographic collections in the world. Close to half a million exhibits feature objects of everyday life, archive materials, drawings, engravings, lithographs and documentary photographs reflecting the traditional cultures of more than 150 peoples of Eastern Europe, Siberia, the Far East, the Caucasus and Central Asia, from the 18th through the 20th-centuries. Here you'll also find a Handcraft School where a master (handcraft teacher) will teach you how to paint Matreshka (sets of nesting dolls). Every member of your family (from 3 to 99) can participate in this fun activity and the traditional handmade souvenir you make is yours to keep!
Enter the magical world of Russian children's stories at St. Petersburg’s Fairytale House.
Situated in a picturesque park not far from the city center and near the Central Zoo, the museum is a cozy place where the world of Russian folk tales comes to life. During our hour long visit, a kindly character (a fox or a mouse) will lead you through an izba (peasant's log hut) where you can play Russian folk musical instruments. Hints in verse will help you find Baba-Yaga’s hut and get to Koshchei the Deathless’ den through a klin.
Ideal for children ages three and above, a trip to Russian Fairytale house is fun for adults, too. Your children will receive a small present from Tour De Force – a book with Russian folk tales in English that will help them learn more about Russian culture.
|Museum of Artillery
While touring this museum, your guide will show you and your children all the curious details of Russian soldiers' uniforms. You'll also see pieces of artillery, arms and ammunition, battle colours and other military equipment. During the second part of your visit, your guide will show your children how to make their own paper soldiers.
Here your family will get acquainted with the natural wonders of the Arctic and the Antarctic. Stunning dioramas depicting the wildlife of these frozen regions (walruses, birds, penguins and more) make you feel like you are there. (Don't be surprised if you start feeling a little chilly!) The breathtaking simulation of the northern lights (aurora borealis) makes the experience even more memorable.
|Dine at home with a local family
Today you will be taken right into St.Petersburg household to meet the family, enjoy a meal, and get close to local culture.Take a pleasant drive to the countryside where you'll stop at a typical summer cottage, or dacha. About 70% of St. Petersburg's citizens spend their weekends at these cottages, each with its own garden plot. While you're here you'll enjoy a traditional Russian banya (sauna) and true Russian hospitality – including a delicious home-cooked dinner with a local family featuring chicken or pork shashlik, fresh vegetables grown in a local kitchen garden and, of course, a little vodka to celebrate the occasion.
|Hermitage Museum with a visit to the Treasure Gallery (Gold Room)
With the possible exception of the Louvre, there is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality. Its collection is so large that it would take years to view it in its entirety. The collection is displayed in 4 buildings built in the 18th-19th centuries, the home of the Russian Tsars.
Your guide will focus your attention on the highlights of its collection. The museum is especially strong in Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist paintings, as well as possessing outstanding collections of works by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse.
Experience a unique collection of jewelry designed by Russian, European and Oriental artists and craftsmen visiting the Gold Room (Treasure Gallery).
The collection features archeological finds, including the Siberian collection of Peter the Great, fabulous Scythian Gold of the 7th-4th centuries B.C., diplomatic gifts and personal belongings of the imperial family.
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