From fish and beer to cherries and chocolate: a ready-made plan for a gourmet weekend in Samara

Gourmets traveling to Russia have long included Samara in their successes. Have not yet immersed yourself in the world of seductive flavors of this Volga city? A good way to do it easily and economically go to gastronomic tour “Delicious food in Samara”where you can meet with history Samara through local cuisine.


On a trip to Samara, you get impressions of everything and everywhere: the surrounding landscapes, the friendly locals, the unusual architecture and, of course, the food.

The Russian cuisine of the Volga, due to its diversity, can turn a trip into a whole tasty event. For those who wish to watch it in Samara, an interesting two-day gastronomic tour “We will try delicious in Samara” has been created, which received the Grand Prix in the nomination “Best Gastronomic Route” of the Pan-Russian Tourist. “Route of the Year 2020” Award.

It is indeed a very exciting program that allows tourists to gain new impressions and experiences based on immersion in the history and culture of the city through the acquaintance with its traditional cuisine.

The excursion, in addition to the educational part, includes tasting of dishes and drinks, as well as master classes in the preparation of local specialties.

You will not taste anywhere more delicious Zhigulevskoye than what is made in his homeland. And you can try the most delicious Shiryaevo cherry pie exclusively in Samara and its surroundings.

There will be crayfish according to the recipe of the chef’s signature, a real Volga fish soup in one of the famous restaurants and cherry mead made on the basis of a recipe from the late 19th century. Therefore, the “Tasty ride in Samara” tour is a great way to spend the weekend informative, exciting and very tasty.


The tour program starts on Saturday morning and ends on Sunday night.

The tour guide meets tourists at the train station. You can arrive by a comfortable branded Moscow-Samara train No. 50 with departure at 17:50 and arrival in Samara at 09:47 or No. 10 with departure from Moscow at 20:08 and arrival in Samara at 10:11. There are Samara-Moscow trains No. 49 and No. 09. And the acquaintance with the city starts, of course, not from the hotel, but from the train station, the highest station in Europe.

The cost of off-road tour – 14 350 rubles. per person. Tourists are accommodated at 7 Avenue Hotel & Spa 5 * with comfortable rooms and windows overlooking the Volga and the Zhiguli Mountains. The hotel has a restaurant, a 25-meter swimming pool, a spa complex and a private beach.


Chipolucho’s Sophie and Anabel’s fine pastry has some of the most incomparable desserts in town.

The confectioner says he was inspired by Russian and French nature when he created them. Therefore, every dessert tells tourists a story about the harmony of flavors, the balance of textures and shades. During the process of eating sweets, the author of the culinary masterpiece “Little Red Riding Hood” will go out to the participants of the tour “Delicious ride in the style of Samara” and will reveal the secret of his preparation.

Tourists should also discover the secret of Samara flavors in a glamorous city tour, which is no coincidence called the “Samara Flavors Collection”.

During a walk in the historic center of the city, tourists will not only be able to admire the panorama of the Volga coast, learn how the city was developed and built, but also hear interesting stories about how the Volga cuisine was created, where the first taverns opened.

After this walk, each of the participants will be able to easily answer such difficult questions as, for example: “What did the breakfast of the merchant Samaras and the Queen of England have in common, the dinner of the nobles and the dinner of the barge, edible dishes and scientists Samara? ».


At the legendary bar Na Dne another understanding will come: beer and Samara are not just compatible, but inseparable. After all, it was in Samara at the factory of Alfred von Vakano that the world-famous sparkling drink, Zhigulevskoye beer, was born.

During the tasting, you will learn the fascinating story of the founder of the brewery Zhiguli and you will learn to distinguish the aroma, the taste of the tart and the aftertaste of malt of the four best beers.

Instead of beer, young guests will be offered lemonade from natural ingredients according to authentic Soviet recipes.


Another gastronomic star of Samaras is fish, many different fish. Almost every real Volzhans family has their own recipe for delicious fish soup.

At the Pasternak restaurant, tourists will have the opportunity not only to appreciate the taste of the real Volga fish soup performed by the restaurant chef, but also to learn the secrets of its preparation from his mouth. They will also serve tender Volga “Orly” perch, cooked in crispy batter in Zhiguli beer.

Samara embankment and wishes

After lunch – a walk along the famous Samara embankment, which stretches for almost five kilometers along the Volga. It captivates with the elegance, the beauty of the sunset and an incomparable sandy beach, which is located, incidentally, right in the center of the city. You will not find it anywhere else in the Volga.

Walking along the embankment, you can make a wish on the sculpture of comrade Sukhov and even win a prize by answering correctly the gastronomic quiz prepared by the guide.


Further more. Each participant of the “Delicious ride in Samara” tour will be able to travel back in time and try themselves in the role of heroes of paintings by famous artists. This will take place at the Samara Regional Museum of Art as part of the “Museum with Taste” excursion program.

Visitors will see Russian art from a culinary perspective, delve into the gastronomic secrets of famous 19th and 20th century paintings, and even try to become the heroes of the paintings themselves – with the help of a costume show.

A rich day trip will end in the evening with Russian cuisine at the Russian Hunt restaurant.

Visitors here will be pampered in the truest sense of the word. Baked boar ham will be served in the oven with lingonberry sauce, Volga crayfish flavored with spices according to the recipe of the chef’s signature. He will also do a master class on crayfish cutting.


For breakfast, the hotel will serve branded pies with juicy Shiryaevskaya cherries. This is a special kind of cherry, which was bred in the 1930s by a local amateur breeder Alexei Beshchev.

An interesting fact is that nowhere, except in the village of Shiryaevo, this variety of sweet cherries does not take root. The Zhiguli Cherry Festival has been organized in the village since 2007.

After breakfast, a souvenir shop will be set up in the hotel lobby especially for the participants of the “Delicious Samara style walk” tour.


“Samara is just a place”, many tourists will surely say after tasting cherry pies and buying souvenirs. And yes, they are right in every way.

During the tour, visitors will learn why Samara is called the capital of the rocket and space industry in Russia. Tourists will have the opportunity to see a real Soyuz launch vehicle, discover the secrets of space food and even buy “space tubes” as a souvenir.


Samara is also the birthplace of chocolate. Travelers will tell an interesting story about the appearance of the Rossiya chocolate factory in the city and will reveal the secrets of the company U Palycha, known throughout Russia.

There will be fascinating stories about the world’s first Samara koumiss clinic by NV Postnikov and the healing power of koumiss, of the Volzhsky Posad juices and nectars, of the Samara bakery and its cake for the Russian Book of Reco.

Many culinary delights, which the driver will talk about, of course, will be available for purchase.

On the morning of the second day, tourists will go to the Agropark, where they can try and buy delicious agricultural products: their own cheese, honey from the Samara apiaries, cherry mead made from an old recipe from the late 19th century. century, and, of course, dried Volga fish.


With bags full of delicacies, tourists will be led to the most picturesque observation deck on the banks of the Volga, from where the magnificent view of Samara and the suburbs, the Volga and the islands opens.

On the way for the second day – “cherry” – breakfast, travelers will be informed about the gastronomic festivals “Syzran Tomato”, “Fish – Crayfish”, “My Fish”, “Utevsky Sunflower”, about the festival of folk traditions ” Zhigulev Cherry “, will reveal the secret of folk songs” The snowy cherry blossomed under the window. “

For breakfast will be served dessert writer with juicy cherries by the chef of the private residence Sky Village, homemade lemonade with cherry flavor Zhiguli with citrus notes of red orange. Tourists will enjoy the flavors, looking at the beauty of the Volga nature.


But in about an hour, tourists will already be waiting for a meal full of different flavors.

Anticipating the questions, we will answer in the words of the tour organizers: “The tour” Delicious ride in the style of Samara “has an improving character, since all the dishes are low calorie, digestible. And in combination with fresh air, walking tours, change of scenery, positive emotions, they guarantee vigor, harmony and increased vitality to tourists “.


Lunch at Mr. Hudson will be, as mentioned in the program, festive. The restaurant will surprise you not only with its Samara hospitality, the author’s cuisine, but also with a truly aristocratic atmosphere.

The question may arise: “What has Samara got to do with an English restaurant?”. There is actually a connection. In the 18th century, England had a monopoly on the export of durum wheat flour from the Samara region. And the buns baked from this flour were delivered to the court of Elizabeth I.

For lunch, a classic Volga cuisine dish “for a special occasion” will be served, prepared from beef fillet cooked on puff pastry with mushroom pate.

There will also be a festive, original and incredibly delicious dessert by the restaurant’s pastry chef.

After lunch, the tour guide will say goodbye to the tourists, performing a small prize quiz and locating the gastronomic leader of the Samara flavors collection. It is customary to return from souvenir trips in memory of the trip – this is a tradition of Samara hospitality, remind the organizers of the tour “Tasty ride in Samara”.

Alexandra Polyanskaya

Photo: provided by the Tourism Department of Samara Region


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