Innovation and Imagination in Russia’s Culinary Scene

This delectable 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. You will learn that Russian cuisine goes far beyond borscht and blini.

Explore the enduring open-air markets and their new organic relatives, the czarist and nouvelle cuisine restaurants, and the retro Soviet cafés and vodka bars of modern Russia. Meet famed chefs for hands-on cooking classes and dine in a smorgasbord of restaurants, family homes, and a country dacha, where home-cooked cuisine and traditional Russian culture come together.

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Day Trip

  • Small Group
    Limited to 16 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Russia, Western Russia
  • Cultural Series:
    Moscow to St. Petersburg

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Take a cook’s tour of Moscow
    Take a cook’s tour of Moscow, dropping in at lavish Eliseyevsky’s, the canteen at John the Baptist Convent, and Perlov’s Tea House....
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  • Sip Russia’s premium vodka on a private tour
    Sip Russia’s premium vodka, Cristall, on a private tour and tasting at the Cristall Vodka Museum....
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  • Meet a famous St. Petersburg chef
    Meet a famous St. Petersburg chef and take a class with him, preparing (and consuming) traditional Russian specialties....
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  • Enjoy a quintessential Russian dacha experience
    Enjoy a quintessential Russian dacha experience, dining on home-grown and home-cooked Russian fare....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • 30 years of Russia travel experience
  • MIR’s small group tour, A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture, was honored as a “Tour of a Lifetime,” by National Geographic Traveler
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Russia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • MIR affiliate offices in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk and Ulan Ude
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-4: Moscow

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, Cristall, on a private tour and tasting at the Cristall Vodka Museum. And of course, explore UNESCO-listed Red Square and the Kremlin.


  • Master cooking class at Taste of Russia cooking school
  • Cook’s tour of Moscow, a treasure-hunt for culinary highlights
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Days 5-10: St. Petersburg

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 ryumochnii, 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 the city's specialty stores with some of their products. And enjoy a festive home-cooked dinner at a dacha in the company of its St. Petersburg owners.


  • Historic city center of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The incredible Hermitage Museum
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Tour Dates & Prices

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Please note

This itinerary is currently only available as a custom or independent program.  For a small group tour to this region, see Russia’s Imperial Capitals & Ancient Villages.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in superior tourist class hotels.
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners. A few lunches or dinners are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • 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 (vehicle size 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; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application and instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange an extended program in St. Petersburg, Moscow or Central Europe before or after your tour. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

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Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations we utilize are superior tourist class, please keep in mind that some aspects of the tourism infrastructure in Russia are not up to the standards North American travelers expect. Services are improving in the region; however you may encounter problems with bureaucratic service, road conditions and availability and quality of public restrooms.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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