Informal excursion to Kronstadt (Island Kotlin)

Dear guest,
My name is Irina.
I am outgoing, friendly, easy to get along with-full of suggestions for your visit to St.Petersburg!
I love to travel to hidden places, enjoy meeting new people, experiencing the local flavour of places and cultural backgrounds.
I'm really glad about being local tour guide of "Sputnik8" because I got to know a lot of people around the world I wouldn't have met without this project.
I was study History of Art in St.Petersburg University Culture and graduated Art expert.
Now I work like Assistant of costume designer in Film Industry.
Thanks for my occupation I know all place in the St.Petersburg where your can find authentic and vintage things and clothes.
I will be glad to show my secrets places in the city where you can find unusual things and meet interesting people.
I'm also passionate about healthy and tasty food and will be happy to share my skills of cooking.
Looking forward to meet you.
Sincerely, Irina

Irina
4.9
Assistant costume designer
1500 ₽
per group
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
Private
2 h.
Group size up to 2 persons
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
English
The goal of this excursion is to show you the unusual areas of Kronshtad with local guides. Kronshtad was a closed, military, Island-city that was opened to the public in 1996 and was thus frozen in time.
This is a new tour, check out reviews from other tours by this guide:
Jessica
My day with Irina was absolutely one of the highlights of my time in St Petersburg. I combined this 'Journey to the Past' tour with her other cooking master class. We started the day baking traditional Russian bread at Irina's place, during which time we drank tea, chatted and helped each other with our language skills :) Afterwards, Irina took me to her favorite bric-a-brac stores so I could find some little treasures to take home as Russian mementos. These are not shops you would find without local know-how! Irina introduced me to the shopkeepers who were all very friendly, and she helped me select some special souvenirs along the way, telling me the stories of many objects and their significance to Russian culture and history. We also made a trip to the local food market to sample delicacies from all over Russia, which was a lot of fun. By the time Irina and I parted ways in the evening, I really felt as if I had spent the day with a good friend. I would highly recommend to do this tour in conjunction with Irina's cooking tour as well, as she is a formidable cook :)
Ance
about 1 year ago
This tour was great! Irina is very friendly and we spent several hours chatting about everything from Russian food and culture, to what's going on in the city! She took me to an antique shop while the bread was baking and recommended several 'off-the-beaten-track' events in the city over the course of my stay that so far have all been great! The conversation was great, and Irina was very knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn about Russia and St Petersburg over a cup of tea, and take home a delicious loaf of bread! Thanks Irina!
Richard
about 1 year ago
Irina is very kind and cheerful, she explained me all the ingredients of our dishes(and taught me the ingredients' names in Russian even i speak very bad, ha-ha),then taught me how to cook step by step, she is professional. During the tea time, she shared me interesting knowledge of Russia living style and introduced flea market to me. I am glad to have a great time with her, absolutely recommend this tour.
Andy
about 1 year ago
I spent a great couple of hours with Irina, learning to bake Russian bread. The bread was delicious (I'm still enjoying it a couple of days later!) and Irina was very friendly and welcoming. She even took me to an antique shop and a church after we finished baking, and talked to me all about her travels. I would highly recommend this tour. Thank you so much Irina!
Paula
about 1 year ago
What a unique and fantastic experience. This is a must-do experience out of all the things we have done in St. Petersburg. The hosts make you feel truly at home, in Russian or English. Best ever experience and definitely best experience we’ve tried in St.Petersburg. Highly recommend.
Tom
about 1 year ago
Wonderful, fantastic experiences that I really enjoy eating Borsch while knowing the culture behind it. She is very enthusiastic and open and willing to learn people from all over the world. Strongly recommended! Thanks for your great experience.
Lkcy.wor
about 1 year ago
Very good class, Irina is very nice and helpful. She gave great tips on how to cook brocht. She also helped me to purchase vodka in local shop. Highly recommended!
Natalie
about 1 year ago
It’s very nice experience during a trip in St.Petersburg. Local Food is an important part for me when traveling. The hospitality is also very nice. Thanks a lot.
Shane.bu
about 1 year ago
Had an excellent time with Irina. We made some delicious Borscht and learnt a lot about Russian culture and way of living. Thoroughly recommended!!
Shira
about 1 year ago
Irina was super friendly and welcoming and made the shared cooking experience one that we would like to repeat back at home!

To get to Kronshtad we will take the metro from Chernaya Rechka and from there we will take the marshrutka bus to Kronshtad. The cost of the bus ticket is 80 rubles.
The trip back is made by bus or marshrutka bus to metro Chernaya Rechka or Staraya Derevnya.
In Kronshtad, we will visit the abandoned dry dock built in 1719 — 1759 for boat reparation.
We will see the stream gauging station, the place where all Russia measures the zero level of water.
We will visit the place where the Russian physicist, inventor of radio, Popov created his first radio in 1895.
We will see the building of the Holland Kitchen built in 1803 and the lighthouse of Tolbukhin built in 1719, which even today is an important landmark for ships.
During the visit we will come across parks and gardens.
We will visit the town beach and local canteens at request.
After the tour has finished there is an option to have a traditional Russian Banya. The authentic Banya is a favorite with the locals as it is much cheaper than in the city. Depending on the day of the week, it can be as low as 60 rubles.

Meeting place in front of exit from metro Chernaya Rechka.

1500 ₽
per group
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
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Description Prices What’s included Schedule Highlights Meeting point Photos Reviews
Price
Informal excursion to Kronstadt (Island Kotlin)
1500 ₽
per group
For any payment method you must book a ticket through the booking form below and receive confirmation by e-mail and (or) SMS.
What is included in activity

guide services

What is not included

Roundtrips.
Ticket to Kronstadt by minibus (Marshrutka) cost 80 rubles.

Activity schedule

by agreement

What places will you see

Kronstadt Dam
Cathedral of Vladimir Icon of Our Lady
Fortress wall of Kronstadt
Bypass channel in Kronstadt
Kronstadt Naval Cathedral
Makarov Bridge
Embankment of Kronstadt
Building of Holland Kitchen
Tolbukhin Lighthouse
The Petrovsky dock
Footstool
Authentic local canteen
Russian authentic Banya (on your choice)

Activity book period
You can book tour up to 8 hours in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed
English
Directions to meet your guide

In front of exit of metro station Chernaya Rechka

How long your tour will be
2 h.
Photos
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This is a new tour, check out reviews from other tours by this guide:
Richard
about 1 year ago
Irina is very kind and cheerful, she explained me all the ingredients of our dishes(and taught me the ingredients' names in Russian even i speak very bad, ha-ha),then taught me how to cook step by step, she is professional. During the tea time, she shared me interesting knowledge of Russia living style and introduced flea market to me. I am glad to have a great time with her, absolutely recommend this tour.
Tom
about 1 year ago
Wonderful, fantastic experiences that I really enjoy eating Borsch while knowing the culture behind it. She is very enthusiastic and open and willing to learn people from all over the world. Strongly recommended! Thanks for your great experience.
Paula
about 1 year ago
What a unique and fantastic experience. This is a must-do experience out of all the things we have done in St. Petersburg. The hosts make you feel truly at home, in Russian or English. Best ever experience and definitely best experience we’ve tried in St.Petersburg. Highly recommend.
Shira
about 1 year ago
Irina was super friendly and welcoming and made the shared cooking experience one that we would like to repeat back at home!
Andy
about 1 year ago
I spent a great couple of hours with Irina, learning to bake Russian bread. The bread was delicious (I'm still enjoying it a couple of days later!) and Irina was very friendly and welcoming. She even took me to an antique shop and a church after we finished baking, and talked to me all about her travels. I would highly recommend this tour. Thank you so much Irina!
Natalie
about 1 year ago
It’s very nice experience during a trip in St.Petersburg. Local Food is an important part for me when traveling. The hospitality is also very nice. Thanks a lot.
Ance
about 1 year ago
This tour was great! Irina is very friendly and we spent several hours chatting about everything from Russian food and culture, to what's going on in the city! She took me to an antique shop while the bread was baking and recommended several 'off-the-beaten-track' events in the city over the course of my stay that so far have all been great! The conversation was great, and Irina was very knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn about Russia and St Petersburg ove...
Lkcy.wor
about 1 year ago
Very good class, Irina is very nice and helpful. She gave great tips on how to cook brocht. She also helped me to purchase vodka in local shop. Highly recommended!
Shane.bu
about 1 year ago
Had an excellent time with Irina. We made some delicious Borscht and learnt a lot about Russian culture and way of living. Thoroughly recommended!!
Jessica
over 1 year ago
My day with Irina was absolutely one of the highlights of my time in St Petersburg. I combined this 'Journey to the Past' tour with her other cooking master class. We started the day baking traditional Russian bread at Irina's place, during which time we drank tea, chatted and helped each other with our language skills :) Afterwards, Irina took me to her favorite bric-a-brac stores so I could find some little treasures to take home as Russian mementos. These are not shops you would find witho...
1500 ₽
per group
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
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