Discover world famous Russian caviar during an unforgettable “ikra” tasting. Nobody loves and knows caviar like Russians. Caviar testing has made its consumption nothing less of an art. Russia’s black gold has a long and thrilling history. While this expensive delicacy may not have originated in here, it has become synonymous with Russia.
The Persians called caviar “cake of power,” believing it increased their strength and endurance. They were the first to consume sturgeon eggs, taking advantage of the incredible resources of the Caspian Sea and the rivers flowing into it. Following the great trading routes of Central Europe, caviar appeared at the Russian court. Caviar was so highly prized in Russia that it was reserved for the sole delight of the Tsar and the imperial family.
In modern Russia, caviar is much more than food. Nowadays, it is a delicacy enjoyed by the rich and powerful and in Europe, it is considered to be the height of all luxuries, above even champagne and truffles.
There are many different types of caviar. True caviar comes from sturgeon, while caviar alternatives come from other types of fish like paddlefish, trout, and salmon. Russian “black” caviar can be divided into the main sturgeon species fished off the coast of Russia, in the Caspian Sea: Beluga, Osetra, Sevruga and Sterlet.
During the degustation, you will try around five different types of caviar. Two types of black caviar of sturgeon: Sterlet and Oseitra. Three types of salmon caviar: Humpbacked salmon (pink), Keta salmon and red salmon (Nekra).
Two traditional accompaniments, blinis (pan cakes) and sour cream, will add to the experience without overwhelming the caviar.
During tasting, you will learn about the history, difference and types of caviar and will participate in a little competition, blind caviar testing. Winners will be awarded with special gifts. After the competition, you may buy black caviar and salmon caviar. Special certificates will be given allowing you to take caviar out of Russia.
We invite you to an exclusive tour to vodka distillery “Ladoga”. Vodka is the most loved Russian drink, and appeared over a millennium ago. It is a fact that in no other country you find so much vodka produced and consumed than what you find in Russia. To give you an idea of how much the Russian people love their vodka, there are over a thousand registered brands of vodka, which does not include the even larger amount of “samagon”, that is a homemade version.
If you are interested in finding out more about the oldest Russian alcoholic beverage take a tour around a vodka distillery. During the tour, you will get acquainted with the factory and history of vodka and see vodka making process. The guide informs you about the distillation process of vodka as you go past the different sections.
In these processes from water, sugar and grain create a fine end product. At the end of the tour, you will be invited to the “tasting room”, where you can smell the variety of flavors of the different vodkas and will have chance to try just made vodka.
And naturally, you will not leave the distillery without souvenirs, which you can get in distillery shop.
Best in Life offers exclusive tour to Mariinskiy opera and ballet theatre, which is one of the best theatres in the world. Opened in 1860, it became the preeminent music theatre of late 19th century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov received their premieres.
We invite you to visit the Russian imperial theatre in Saint Petersburg – Mariinsky theatre (former Kirov). Before the impressive show you have a chance to go behind scenes of this amazing theatre. You will have a unique chance to see ballerinas training classes, to snick behind the stage and in costumes. Also you will have an opportunity to look at the stage from the Royal Box, where Russian tsars and their guests used to enjoy performances.
During this unique activity, you will spend one day at the Russian Army. At the Russian military camp, the group will learn how to use different weapons and martial equipment. Professional instructor will provide all necessary information. Well trained specialists will teach you, how to stay invisible and solve military problems.
The group will be divided into several groups: The first one will do target shooting. The second one will take part in the so-called orientation game “Zarnica”– it is a conditioning course used by officers and soldiers for keeping good fit. The third one will have a master-class of setting up and stripping the automatic weapon. The forth one will do tank riding.
Each member of the group will have an opportunity to try all the above mentioned activities! For correctly performed, tasks teams will get points. The winner will be the team that will collect maximum number of points.
Program will continue with “soldier’s lunch” at the soldier’s canteen. The day will be finished with Russia sauna experience. The program depends on the number of participants.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional cooker or beginner. Our cooking classes suit participants of all cooking levels and by all age group. Our professional chiefs give you a unique chance to learn great traditional Russian recipes and techniques and add it to your own collection. Our classes allow you to take home a little bit of Russian cuisine with you. Share the memory of your Russian holiday with your friends and family.
All cooking classes are hands-on and all ingredients used are fresh and sourced from original Russian brands. After cooking class, you will have sit-down dinner, where everyone enjoys the meal prepared during the class by themselves.
Contact us now if you have any questions – we will be more than happy to help and discuss your requirements.