Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Saint Basil's Cathedral at Moscow, Europe

A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine and Culture

MIR Corporation
5.0 . Excellent
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
10 days
From: $ 5,295 $ 530 / day
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  • Master cooking class at Taste of Russia cooking school
  • Cook’s tour of Moscow, a treasure-hunt for culinary highlights
  • Private tour and tasting of Russia’s best at the Cristall Vodka Museum
  • Moscow’s 850-year-old Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Exploration of the Armory Museum, housing Russia’s national treasures
  • Historic city center of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The incredible Hermitage Museum
  • Hands-on class with a celebrity chef
  • Vodka bar-hopping
  • Kvas sampling, for a taste of history
  • Dinner at Molokhovets’ Dream restaurant, serving iconic 18th century recipes
  • Dessert at a cozy, kitschy retro-Soviet café
  • Dostoevsky’s café and market
  • Organic farm junket
  • Home-cooked dinner at a traditional Russian dacha


Short Description

This delectable new journey, led by a passionate local foodie, lets you eat your way through Russia’s greatest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, while taking care to touch on all the definitive cultural sites. Explore the enduring open-air markets, the czarist and nouvelle cuisine restaurants, retro Soviet cafés and vodka bars and meet famed chefs for hands-on cooking classes.  Plus dine in a country dacha, where home-cooked cuisine and traditional Russian culture come together.

Stride Take

This journey promises to take you beyond borscht into the depths of Russian cuisine, Vodka included.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Moscow
End City Petersburg

Trip Includes

  • Shared accommodations in superior tourist class hotels in central locations.
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners per the itinerary.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • For groups of four or more travelers, services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met upon arrival and transferred to the airport on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private vehicle (type of vehicle depends on group size).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.


Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request)
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application and instruction kit.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.

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Days 1-4: Moscow

Meals: B, M, D

Accommodation: Shared accommodation

Attend a master cooking class at Moscow’s Taste of Russia, where expert chef/instructors lead a hands-on lesson in purchasing and preparing classic Russian dishes; then dine together on your creations. Take a cook’s tour of Moscow, dropping in at the lavish pre-revolutionary Eliseyevsky food store; the canteen at John the Baptist Convent, where the nuns make the best bread in town; and Perlov’s Tea House, to learn about the history of tea- drinking in Russia. Sip Russia’s premium vodka, Crystal, on a private tour and tasting at the Cristall Vodka Museum. And of course, explore UNESCO-listed Red Square and the Kremlin.

Days 5-10: St. Petersburg

Meals: B, M, D

 Accommodation: Shared accommodation

Admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site of 18th century St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s summer palace, and beautiful blue Catherine’s Palace. Meet a St. Petersburg celebrity chef and take a class with him, preparing traditional Russian specialties. Indulge in some Soviet nostalgia with an exploration of Ryu Moch Nii, vodka bars for the workers. Sample kvas, a popular Russian drink with ancient roots made from fermented brown bread, and dine in places that Dostoevsky and Gogol might have eaten. Venture to an organic farm that supplies LavkaLavka, a modern whole-foods collective, with some of their products. And enjoy a festive home-cooked dinner at a dacha in the company of its St. Petersburg owners.


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Price Per Day: $ 530 per day
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  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 995

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Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

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Trip Excludes

  • A few lunches and dinners are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to experiment on your own.
  • International airfare is not included in the land tour cost.
  • Visa fees are not included in the tour price.

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