Special Programms
Special programms

The reason for travel can come from a variety of sources, but seeking out a new and wonderful culture still remains one of the most prominent. Russia has a reach history and diverse traditions from the time of Kievan Rus’ and it’s famous not only for numerous museums with unique masterpieces, but also for culture which can leave no one indifferent. Food, religion, poetry, domestic life. M&B would like to show you Russia from the side which tourists have never seen before.

Approximately 1 hour and a half from St. Petersburg, in the town of Pushkin, is an SOS Children's village.

SOS Children's Villages International is the umbrella organization of the federation of 116 autonomous SOS Children's Villages member associations active in 134 countries and territories.

HIGHLIGHTS
SOS Childrens’s village visit
DURATION
5 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 20
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:40

Uniquely, they provide long-term, family-based care for children who have lost parental care, and they work with struggling families and communities to help strengthen them and prevent child abandonment.

A group will visit the village, learn about the organization, meet some of the mothers and have some playtime with the kids.

Visit an animal shelter that helps rescue and find homes for stray dogs and cats. If you saw the Olympics in Sochi, you know this is an issue in Russia. While the stray dogs in St Petersburg may not quite have achieved the celebrity of their cousins in Moscow, you may be interested to read about some of the resourceful stray dogs in Moscow.

HIGHLIGHTS
2 hours at the Shelter
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:40

During the visit, voyagers will have time to learn about the Stray Animal Assistance Foundation and their efforts to address the issues of strays; play with the animals (mostly with cats).

This is a unique opportunity to visit a local dacha and gain an inside look at typical Russian life. In Russia, tea is a family tradition during which the family gathers together for a hearty conversation. In the old days, a samovar, the symbol of Russian life and hospitality was the centrepiece on the table. Family discussions during teatime typically include everything from family problems to philosophy of human nature.

HIGHLIGHTS
Tea with Russian Family
Dacha visit
DURATION
5 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:30

You are invited to enter the family world of Russian people. You may see how do they live, what do they eat, you may ask them whatever you want and surely you may feel yourself a part of their family. These are private country houses which are located in Komarovo settlement, Kurortny district. Kurortny is a district of St.Petersburg , Russia located about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northwest of central Saint Petersburg on Karelian Isthmus along the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Informal communication, a hearty conversation, delicious tea with traditional Russian pastries await you at a dacha!

There is, perhaps, no folk art more quintessentially Russian than the matryoshka doll. Each softly curved doll is a bit smaller than the last, and they fit snugly within each other. The word matryoshka is diminutive for the old Russian name Matriona, derived from the Russian word for mother. The matryoshka dolls are seen as a symbol of motherhood and were made by generations of women. Today, dolls often depict various scenes from Russian folk tales.

HIGHLIGHTS
Shuvalovka Russian Village excursion
Master class “Matryoshka painting”
Lunch at local restaurant
DURATION
6 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:30

Dolls are generally made from dried birch with an entire set cut from the same piece of wood so that the dolls react to environmental conditions in tandem. You are invited to visit the Shuvalovka Russian Village where you will see typical village wooden structures of the past centuries, listen to a story about traditional Russian crafts, and take part in matryoshka painting master-class. After painting class, you are welcome to keep your matryoshkas as a remembrance of the day.

This ballet school was founded by a famous ballet dancer and choreographer, Leonid Jacobson. Talented children start to attend the school at the age of five, and by age 16 they become professionals ready to continue their ballet activity at various theaters in Russia. Although the school is private, the tuition fee is very low so that those who are truly talented can afford to attend.

HIGHLIGHTS
The Ballet School visit
DURATION
4 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:80

Visit the school and then enjoy a concert performed by the young dancers. You will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with the school’s director and choreographer.

Discover the world of Russian cuisine, one of the richest in the entire world. You will learn to cook the traditional dishes, which reveal the secrets of the centuries-old cuisine, which absorbed the best of each nation, who populated the territory of Russia. ”Kuhnya” is one of the space where cooking class can be organized. It’s a culinary space located in the historic center of St. Petersburg.

HIGHLIGHTS
Cooking in downtown St Petersburg
DURATION
5 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 10
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:20

Instead of the classic cooking classes with a strict boss and dutifully recording pupils it can offer guests friendly gastronomic party. ”Kuhnya” offers their guests the exciting hands-on opportunity to explore Russian culture through cooking. The Chef gives a brief introduction on the traditions of Russian cuisine and about the secrets of making the traditional Russian dishes, which can be tasted by the guests at the end of the class.Take part in interactive courses and enjoy this truly special experience of preparing traditional Russian meals in the heart of St Petersburg, which, in addition to being one of Russia’s most beautiful cities, also boasts a unique culinary tradition.

The original architecture of the wooden building, cozy interiors, soft lightning are the major components of the charm of the place. The open terrace due to the warming stoves has special success even in the rather cold season as it is connected to a pontoon. The specialty of the menu is chef’s special fish to taste with a variety of delicious sauces and garnishes.

HIGHLIGHTS
Fishing and lunch at restaurant ”Russkaya Rybalka”
DURATION
5 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:40

Here you can catch your own live fish all year round. Fishing tackle, bait, catching and cooking are included in the program who wish to try the fishing activity.

After fishing you will be welcomed to have a fish lunch in the warm, cozy and hospitable restaurant.

Russia may be known for its vodka, but beer company Baltika is brewing up a new beverage of choice. Baltika is the second largest brewery in Europe (after Heineken). It manufactures more than 30 brands of beer. Some of the most popular beers include Baltika #3 Classic and Baltika #4 Original. It's also licensed to produce the brands Tuborg, Kronenbourg, Carlsberg, and Foster's in Russia.

HIGHLIGHTS
Baltika Brewery visit
Beer tasting
Lunch at local restaurant
DURATION
6 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 10
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:40

Baltika Brewery awaits you today. Enjoy the excursion including highlights of the company history and activity, beer production technology and visiting main production facilities. Beer tasting is included for passengers aged 18+. You will go through the factory and its rooms, one for each stage of the making of beer. You will visit a cold room that houses the tanks that contain the beginning mixture for Baltika’s beer.After you will enter the control room where the beer masters monitor temperature and ingredients during the process of beer making. These beer masters also experiment with making new types of beer and smaller batches of craft beer. After the beer is finalized the next step is bottling.

But the most interesting part of the visit comes right after the excursion: you can enjoy many beers produced by Baltika Brewery, sitting nicely at a table and having a good time. The experience is definitely worth trying, especially if you like beer. Russia not only makes good vodka, but also great beer!

Have you ever heard about Russian porcelain? Most likely, yes! You will have a chance to get to know it closer during your tour to the Imperial Porcelain Factory.

The factory has produced premium class ceramics from the days of Empress Elizabeth, when the company was founded in 1744. It was the first porcelain manufactory in Russia and the third in Europe.

HIGHLIGHTS
Imperial Porcelain Factory excursion
Porcelain painting master-class
DURATION
4.5 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 10
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:25

It provided elaborate porcelain sets and decorations for the Russian Imperial family. Today porcelain from Imperial Porcelain Factory can be found in the Hermitage, Grand Palace in Peterhof and Ekaterina Palace in Tsarskoe Selo. During the tour local guide will tell you about the history of the manufactory, you will visit several departments of art porcelain, where you will see the best masters of the factory at work. At the end of the tour you will visit the Gallery of Modern Porcelain and a factory shop.

Trademarked pattern of Imperial Porcelain Factory is Cobalt Net. Each individual piece is carefully hand painted by an artist using mineral cobalt and 22 karat gold. If you are looking for something to take home from St. Petersburg, which is authentic, locally made, world famous and at the same time functional - then no doubts it is porcelain from the Imperial Factory! In addition to admiring works from the factory’s history, take a class in porcelain painting for a unique opportunity to feel like an artist. Experienced painters will help you to decorate several porcelain pieces. After baking (it takes 3 days) you will be able to take them back home. You will not only get absolutely unusual souvenirs, but also the brightest, the most pleasant and the most unusual memories of your trip to Russia.

Dostoevsky's name has inextricable ties to St. Petersburg. It is the city where he lived the greater part of his life, where he developed as a writer, and where his fictional characters existed. Here Dostoevsky created such novels as Poor Folk, The Insulted and the Injured, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Adolescent, in which the city itself became the real hero of the work. Depart by bus to the city centre. Your tour begins with a walking tour around the area where the famous writer lived while creating his

HIGHLIGHTS
Walking tour “Crime and punishment”
Dostoyevsky apartment-museum
3 course lunch at “Sonia” hotel
Lunch included
Alexander Nevsky Abbey including Tikhvin Cemetery
DURATION
9 hours
MINIMUM REGISTRATION: 15
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:40

Crime and Punishment; and where he imagined his characters to have lived. Count the steps from Raskolnikov’s apartment to the pawn-broker’s house, walk along the crooked embankment of Griboedov Canal, and walk across Sennaya Square. You will visit the Dostoyevsky Apartment-museum located on Kuznechny Lane 5/2 and the Sonia Hotel, named after one of main characters of Crime and Punishment. The Radisson Sonya Hotel, St. Petersburg is styled after the classic Russian novel. Lunch will be served at the hotel or at a local restaurant (depending on availability). Complete the experience with a visit to Alexander Nevsky Abbey and the Tikhvin Cemetery where Dostoyevsky is buried.

With so much to experience in this fascinating destination, you may wish to design your own tour. In order to help you do this, we can provide you with an accredited local guide and reliable vehicle in which to see the best of the city.

Vehicles are available in a number of sizes for a half- or full-day tour. If you need assistance designing your tour, we will be happy to help.

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