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Svetlana U.

Sankt-Peterburg, Russia

Dear Ladies and Gentlmen! I'm Svetlana, in Russian it means - light, so my mission is to illuminate and elucidate the city for you, with all my pleasure!

I'm a professional licensed English-speaking, driving the car and taking photographs (at a time) guide. Guiding is my full-time job all the year through. I can deliver different interesting tours (I extremely enjoy them myself), can organize a private boat for a romantic tour, horse riding, organize theater and folk show tickets, I can also recommend making a reservation for the most interesting and tasty restaurants. I like mythology and secret places of the city, as well as jokes and fairy-tales!
GUIDING EXPERIENCE is more than 10 years. I love guiding, it is the best job in the world!
DRIVING EXPERIENCE - more than 9 years. I love driving!
I've driven 40, 000 km (25, 000 miles) during the last year. I've been driving also all around Russia.
My CAR is - 1 year old, a/c one. And I love it!
I LOVE MY CITY - more than … let's say 30 years;)
I was born in this city, fell in love with it at once, I was getting older, loved some other towns, went to see and love them, traveled a lot around Europe, so I know the things which might be interesting or strange for foreigners in Russia.
Finally, I realized that the only (at least the main)) LOVE is Saint-Petersburg!
Sometimes I envy myself that I have a flat here)) Especially in May, June, July - white nights time!
One of my favorites - is TAKING PICTURES. So I know where to stop the car for perfect pictures.
I remember Soviet time!
I was born in this city, which got the name of LENINGRAD during the SOVIET UNION time. The Soviet Union with its stability on the one hand and constant terror that a bomb from the USA can arrive any moment, on the other hand, we have a lot of good things. A lot of things were given to people free of charge (like flats, education, medical treatment), the other was not possible to buy (like Coca-Cola and jeans). A lot of things were unavailable and forbidden. It was forbidden to be unemployed, in case one was he had to go to be punished. The person with higher education must not work as a cleaner - the state had spent money on his education.
Then, I survived PERESTROYKA with its excitement, starvation, GANGSTERS in the streets, GLASNOST, the sexual revolution, freedom. It seems nothing was forbidden. No money, salaries were delayed for half a year, no food, tickets to buy sugar, butter (something about 1 kg per month), the same with meat, soap, washing powder, vodka. During that time I got used to putting no more than 1 teaspoon of sugar per a cup. But so happy time, it was the end of the cold war (God bless MICHAIL GORBACHEV for that). The dangerous and still exciting and interesting time it was.
Nowadays I enjoy life in Russia, something is forbidden, a lot is available. To tell you the truth, to learn the secrets about the modern life of Russia, you just have to come here. Now it is safe and interesting.
Our Emperor Peter the Great made people drink vodka to learn the secrets, I can do without vodka;)
I'll tell you ALMOST ALL THE SECRETS! Politics, elections, shopping, what else?
Do you happen to know why I prefer to go shopping at night?
Do you know why it takes me 10 minutes to get from my flat to the center of the city in winter and 1 hour and a half in summer?
Why I was terrified to live on the ground floor when I was a girl?
What is the difference between Russian and foreign drivers when they are drunk and sober?
You can make your guess!
I'm so excited to meet you here and tell you almost all the secrets of my beloved city!

Credentials

Tour Guide Accreditation Certificate of Saint-Petersburg Goverment
Member of Association of Professional Guides & Interpreters of St. Petersburg
State University Degree in Linguistics and Cross-cultural Communications
Graduated from Russian College of Traditional Culture
Licenses:
The State Hermitage museum
Peter-and-Paul fortress, Siege of Leningrad exhibition (incl. St.Petersburg history museum, Trubetskoy Bastion Prison, Memorial to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad)
St.Isaac's Cathedral
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's village) in Pushkin town (incl. Arsenal and Martial Chamber)
Peterhof museum
Oranienbaum museum
The 18th century Saint-Petersburg scale model museum "Petrovskaya akvatoria"
National Show-museum" Grand Maket Russia"
Pavlovsk state museum
Feodorov cathedral in Saint-Petersburg

Restrictions

I am not permitted to guide for groups in the Russian language in some museums - English only. (Petergof palace, Jusupov Palace). In case you need Russian, please contact me. I'll find a way how to solve the problem.

Guide Requirements for Russia

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Private tour guide Svetlana

Discover Saint-Petersburg

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Half a day flexible walking tour around Saint-Petersburg

150 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

5 hours

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Private tour guide Svetlana

Multi faced city. Alexander Nevsky Monastery,,...

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One day tour with guide-driver, city & outskirts

355 USD per tour

(max 4 people)

9 hours

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Multi faced city shore tour. Alexander,...

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One day shore-tour with guide-driver, city & outskirts

474 USD per tour

(max 4 people)

8 hours

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Around the city in 7 hours

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One day flexible tour with guide-driver, city & outskirts

270 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

7 hours

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Misterious Saint-Petersburg with Jusupov,...

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City tour with guide-driver including Jusupov palace

362 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

5 hours

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