Feel like a Russian yourself this afternoon and try to see St. Petersburg through the eyes of its inhabitants. While touring majestic St. Petersburg, one is dazzled by the beauty of its palaces, cathedrals and parks, but the city offers much more than this. You'll visit the metro's stunning stations, intended by Stalin to be the palaces for the people. The best Soviet architects were employed to design St. Petersburg's metro stations. Thousands of tons of marble, granite and limestone were used to face the walls, and sculptures, mosaics and chandeliers were commissioned from leading artists. The first line, opened in 1955, is the most fascinating. You'll be shown a few stations on this line and take a short ride on the train. A peek at St. Petersburg's markets and food stores provides an intriguing insight into local life. Many locals shop for food in the food markets which sell fruits, vegetables, fresh meat and fish, delicious homemade cottage cheese and wonderful natural honey. Sellers in the markets come from all over the former Soviet Union and one can witness quite a variety of nationalities there and enjoy friendly attitudes. You'll be treated to a variety of vodkas and traditional Russian condiments served to compliment this famous Russian drink. After the vodka sampling, you'll be shown to your coach for the return transfer to your ship.
Note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. There are long and steep escalators to reach metro stations and photos are not permitted.
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The tour guide was excellent although I would have to say that if you were looking for something different, this wouldn't be it. The visit to the supermarket showed just how similar St Petersburg is to other major cities. I was also a little disappointed in the visit to the metro (underground) given the hype about the marble halls. It was good in that the tour guide pointed out several historical buildings and gave us insight into the Russian way of life and that we were able to sample the local food and vodka.