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Russian banya experience with a local!

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 30 reviews.Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

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Experience hosted by Anastasia

2 hours
Includes drinks, tickets, equipment
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Do you want to discover one of the most authentic Russian place? I will take you to the local banya house! We will meet at the Vladimirskaya metro station entrance, near the monument of F. Dostoevsky and then we will go to the local banya house where tourists dont usually go! There you will choose the whisk, or VENIK at first which is the main thing and the most distinctive feature of any Russian banya. Then you will learn how to prepare it for the main procedure – the whisking in the steam room called PARILKA. Oh, it’s real magic and all the magic secrets of the best whisking will be revealed to you! Don’t worry if you feel that the PARILKA is too hot for you – there you can choose a cooler place to enjoy the whisking.
After every session in the steam room you will have to cool off either in a specially designed relaxation room or in the tub or reservoir full of cool or cold water. You will feel how changing the temperatures will affect your body and mind. I will teach you different traditional banya procedures which are considered to be healing and curative ones. After all banya activities your mind will be at rest and you will feel like your body is smiling!
If you have a big group of people (4 or more), we can discuss a discount
Do you want to discover one of the most authentic Russian place? I will take you to the local banya house! We will meet at the Vladimirskaya metro station entrance, near the monument of F. Dostoevsky and then we will go to the local banya house where tourists dont usually go! There you will choose the whisk, or VENIK at first which is the main thing and the most distinctive feature of any Russian banya. Then you will learn how to prepare it for…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Russian herb tea or Kvass
  • Tickets
    Tickets for 2 hours
  • Equipment
    bath whisk, bath tissue
From $50
/ person
Fri, Aug 28
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$62 per person
$62 per person
Sat, Aug 29
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$62 per person
$62 per person
Sun, Aug 30
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$62 per person
$62 per person

Meet your host, Anastasia

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 30 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Welcome to St Petersburg! My name is Nastya! We are a team of tree guides who wants to explain the russian banya traditions for the people from all over the world! My co-hosts are Margarita and Andrew. Going to the banya is a big part of our life. I've got a rich experience in the procedures of steam-bathing and want to share all the beauty secrets with you! Margarita is a co-host, she is talented, well-experienced tour guide and banya-lover! She visits the banya every week-end and has become a ‘Guru of Russian banya'. We are willing to explain our methods and cultural aspects of the steam-bathing! Andrew will teach you how to use a bath whisk so you will know all the technique!
Welcome to St Petersburg! My name is Nastya! We are a team of tree guides who wants to explain the russian banya traditions for the people from all over the world! My co-hosts are Margarita and Andrew. Going to the banya is a big part of our life. I've got a rich experience in the procedures of steam-bathing and want to share all the beauty secrets with you! Margarita is a co-host, she is talented, well-experienced tour guide and banya-lover! She visits the banya every week-end and has become a…
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Where you'll be

We will meet at the entrace of the Vladimirskaya metro station. At the monument of F. Dostoevsky. In a Russian banya you have to be naked in a steam section, thus we have separate sections for men and women . For females I organize this experience in a female section, for mixed groups we go to a private section and wear suimming-suits. If you have a big group of people (4 or more), we can discuss a discount.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 30 reviews.

Katia
March 2020
My husband has really enjoyed the banya experience with Andrew. Andrew knew Russian banya traditions very well, which made this experience unique and unforgettable! We would recommend this experience to everyone and personally Andrew as a guide.
My husband has really enjoyed the banya experience with Andrew. Andrew knew Russian banya traditions very well, which made this experience unique and unforgettable! We would recomm…
Vicente
February 2020
Relaxing and revitalizing with the locals Our guide Margarida received us very kindly and took us to a Banya that was Dostoievskis’ favorite. The Banya was in a traditional building and you can see that this is a place not destined for the traditional tourist, but for locals, which made the experience all the more authentic. As a couple that wanted to enjoy the experience together, we were concerned about the nudity that is common for public Banyas. However, we were in a private space and could do the whole process in swimsuits, very comfortably. The space was not big, but very clean, well equipped, and more than enough for our experience. However, the highpoint was our guide. Margarida is more than a local, she is a Banya enthusiast and was able to share information, the traditions and her love for this aspect of Russian culture with us. The overall experience was very pleasing and we can’t recommend it enough for any visitors interested in relaxing while immersing themselves in Russian culture.
Relaxing and revitalizing with the locals Our guide Margarida received us very kindly and took us to a Banya that was Dostoievskis’ favorite. The Banya was in a traditional buildi…
Sandino
February 2020
The banya visit was a highlight and truly authentic. Lots of personal stories and deep insights into Russian banya culture, made it very unique. Anytime again.
Ruth
January 2020
This is a WONDERFUL experience! I was debating between doing this and just trying to go to one on my own but I’m so glad I chose this. My host was Margarita and she was absolutely lovely and we went to a very authentic local place and she made me feel so comfortable and we had a great time! Also I’ve never felt so relaxed in my life as I did after this Banya! Thank you for a great day 😊
This is a WONDERFUL experience! I was debating between doing this and just trying to go to one on my own but I’m so glad I chose this. My host was Margarita and she was absolutely…
Mayann
January 2020
Margarita was very nice with us. She explained everything clearly and she really showed us her passion for banya. The place itself is really nice and clean. We were a bit worry about it as it is very new and unusual for "occidental people", but we were too curious to discover this part of russian culture ! It's a very relaxing experience and listening to Margarita's stories is very interesting ! Also, the bath broom (aka "Venik") doesn't hurt at all, it's only here to stimulate blood circulation and it's pretty soft. I recommend this tour eyes closed to discover a new face of russians daylife.
Margarita was very nice with us. She explained everything clearly and she really showed us her passion for banya. The place itself is really nice and clean. We were a bit worry abo…
Daniel J
January 2020
Andrew was a fantastic tour guide! He explained the history of the Banya and carefully walked me through the process. He was very friendly and I enjoyed learning more about Russia through this experience. It was unique, and I’d thoroughly recommend it to others. Anastasia was very helpful as well beforehand, providing quick communication and answering any questions I had! 5/5 - thank you both!
Andrew was a fantastic tour guide! He explained the history of the Banya and carefully walked me through the process. He was very friendly and I enjoyed learning more about Russia…

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Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Towel, flip-flops