Private Dacha Visit
A summer retreat outside of the city is an essential part of Russian life. Written about by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Pushkin, nothing is more Russian than the dacha. A small shack or a large castle, anything can be a summer retreat, but typically a dacha is a modest wooden home set in the countryside well outside the din of the city. Ideally a waterhole will be nearby (think Tom Sawyer!) and there will always be a small garden for the owners to carefully tend from spring to fall.
Today you will step inside this quintessentially Russian world with a personal invitation to spend an afternoon in a charming countryside dacha. You’ll be special guests of the owners today, so expect to be treated to fresh tomatoes from the garden, cucumbers and even berries picked from the fields – all when in season, of course. Russian salads, pickles and other “zakuski” will be laid out in their traditional manner, so expect to feast this afternoon! And of course, plan to enjoy a bit of Russia’s best vodka… No doubt the conversation will be lively over your lunch (no need to worry, while your hosts might not speak perfect English, but your guide will to translate easily). There is no better way to see how Russians live than a day at the dacha- enjoy! Please note that facilities at dachas are rustic and this may involve outside facilities.View Destination Page