Conversation and Tea with Locals (Private Van & Guide Included)
St. Petersburg, Russia
- Visit and tea time with local family: It’s difficult to predict what you may talk about during the family visit, from lifestyle differences to the rare insight you’ll get into the country’s liberalization and communist collapse. Your conversation and visit there will provide fascinating insight into the culture.
- What to expect? Nothing can really adequately prepare you for what you may see and hear on this tour. It is best to bring along an open mind and heart, as well as a sense of curiosity.
About this St. Petersburg tour
Anyone who is invited to spend time inside the home of a Russian family is a very lucky person indeed. This could be you if you choose to participate in this culture-rich tour that involves drinking cups of hot Russian tea. Typically, the tea of this country is served with lemon, and, sometimes, a shot of rum, which should trigger interesting conversation.
It won’t be just any family that will host you, but special families who have volunteered their hospitality and home to host you during your visit. Showing your interest in the country’s history, traditions and culture will gain the approval of your host. To show your appreciation to the family, a small gift of a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers is well received.
The entire world has been focused on Russia’s economic, political and social transformations over the years and the local people like to enlighten westerners about this. Be sure to take into account family customs when visiting this multinational country. Discussing widely shared customs is a favored affair to talk about over tea and pastries.
Keep your mind open and remember that as much as you want to hear from them, they will want to hear from you, too, so be ready to share your stories.
Build Up Your Appetite for a Russian Tea
Expect a Russian family to put more food on the table than most. Etiquette rules apply in everyday life, and, in particular, when it comes to eating. You may even get an invitation to dinner (particularly inside a Russian family’s home), which is a great honor. No matter how hungry you might be, don’t chow down on anything until the host takes the first bite but do accept second helpings, if you’re still craving!
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Bring local currency for any additional purchases or souvenirs.
Travelers must walk roughly 0.25 mile over various surfaces with steps. Wheelchair users can join tour as long as they are able to enter/exit vehicle and are accompanied by an able bodied companion. Must verify that home visited is wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Food & Wine, Private Tour
Vehicles? We have them all. Cars for up to three travelers on the rear seat, Minivan for up to nine folks, and Vans for groups of up to 16 travelers.
English, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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