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Per Person $82 USD
Private Car Transfer (Holds up to 2 people) $149 USD
Private Car Transfer (Holds up to 5 people) $170 USD
Private Car Transfer (Holds up to 14 people) $205 USD
Private Car Transfer (Holds up to 20 people) $241 USD
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On our first visit to St. Petersburg we stopped at a workshop where we sat with children and painted a set of dolls. We still have them and seeing them brings back that wonderful very Russian experience.

The matryoshka doll is a symbol of Russia and its culture. It is truly a doll—a child's plaything—but it began its history just over 100 years ago as a highly collectible art form. The matryoshka doll is a nested doll with two halves that can be pulled apart. The outer figure contains increasingly smaller versions of itself. The painted image on the dolls is most often a woman wearing traditional Russian costume. The woman is a mother; the names Matryona and Matryoshka were common Russian country names for generations. During your visit to Russia, you will see a great variety of Matryoshka dolls with themes that are family-oriented, some very political, and then there are those based on celebrities. All of this is a fun way to combine tradition with today's reality.

We will visit a very family-friendly doll workshop where you will hear a short history of the Matryoshka doll before you begin to paint your fantasy. It is fun to see, in the end, how the set meshes together considering your group will each have their own doll. All materials are supplied and you will be able to take your doll home, a very personlized memento of St. Petersburg.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Artisan-expert guide
  • Materials to make your doll
  • Coffee/tea and cookies included

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 2 hrs - Flexible start time

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• This is a perfect evening experience. It will require the transportation we offer which also includes a licensed Russian guide, who must be with you at all times.
• If you choose to include this in your day activities, you can do so and you will not have to add the transportation.


• This tour may only be purchased in conjunction with a ShoreTrips St. Petersburg 1, 2, or 3-day shore excursion package.
• Minimum of 4 people needed but will try to match you with others.
• The venue is shared. If you would prefer a private venue, please contact ShoreTrips for pricing.