Tour to local Bathhouse

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
800 ₽
per person
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
No prepayment is required, pay directly to guide
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Private
2 h.
Group size up to 2 persons
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
English

We will visit together local Banya on Petrogradskaya side and I will introduce you step buy step what to do and teach you how to use Russian Banya and spend time usefully for your health.
How a Russian banya is set up: A Russian banya has a special room, where a large amount of hot steam is created with the help of water and hot air. Inside the banya, which is usually built of wood, there are wide wooden benches along the walls.
They are built up one above the other like steps. You can sit or lay on the benches. The higher up the bench the hotter the air is. Once someone has warmed up well enough, he or she leaves the steam room and dips into a pool of cold water. You can also pour water over yourself from a tub, while in Siberia it's common to walk right out of the steam room and jump into the snow. At Russian banya there are special bath brooms that are used. These brooms or veniks are bundles of twigs and leafy branches bound together from some kind of tree-usually they are from birch or oak trees. The veniks are dipped into cold water and then smacked briskly all over the body. Russians don't spend all their time in the parnaya (парна́я is a room with hot wet steam). During a break they walk out to another room which is called predbannik is a room before the steam room. Usually, that room has a large long table and a few benches. In the predbannik, people take a break from the hot temperature and relax, drink aroma tea or special herbal tea, have conversations about life and share their ideas or beliefs to each other.

800 ₽
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Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
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This is a new tour, check out reviews from other tours by this guide:
Richard
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
11 months 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
11 months 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
12 months ago
Irina was super friendly and welcoming and made the shared cooking experience one that we would like to repeat back at home!
Andy
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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!
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
about 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 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 :)
Price
Ticket
800 ₽
per person
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

In Banya I will accompany your to all departments in the Women common department and explain step by step how to enjoy Banya.
I will provide Kvass for my guest, individual blankets and hat for steam room.
Kvass is a traditional fermented Slavic and Baltic beverage commonly made from rye bread and usually locals like to drink fresh Kvass while relaxing in the bathhouse.

What is not included

Please take a bed sheet for using in steam room, towel, slippers,hat and individual toiletries.

Activity schedule

dayly excluding Thursday

What places will you see

Interesting area near metro station and very beautiful Chkalovskaya metro station, wonderfully decorated in the style of retro air symbolism.

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

Chkalovskiy Prospekt, 12

How long your tour will be
2 h.
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This is a new tour, check out reviews from other tours by this guide:
Richard
11 months 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
11 months 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
11 months 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
12 months ago
Irina was super friendly and welcoming and made the shared cooking experience one that we would like to repeat back at home!
Andy
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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
about 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...
800 ₽
per person
Full refund for cancellations up to 72 hours
No prepayment is required, pay directly to guide
All payment methods
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