It is the city of my grandmothers and grandfathers, the city where my parents got married and where I have been living, studying and working all my life.
I started guiding 7 years ago when I studied history, then I took a special post-graduate program for guides and this year I have graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University. I am fond of foreign languages, the history of arts, Russian history, travelling. Thus, developed first as a hobby, guiding became my passion, profession and lifestyle.
Saint-Petersburg has its unique atmosphere and fascinating beauty, its charm and magic which make all the visitors feel like coming back one day; feel captivated. Coming here even once in your life, you will fall in love with this city, its broad bridges and rivers, its picturesque streets and spectacular panoramic views.
My dear guest, I want you to admire the city like I do and I'll do my best so that you could get acquainted with the city's rich and dramatic history, its citizens, customs and legends, could feel its heartbeat and unique spirit.
I am here to make it all familiar and friendly to you, and all my knowledge and skills are at your disposal.
A Recent Review of this guide
I chose to do the evening program with Elena on my final night in Saint Petersburg after spending a good amount of my 10 days with her. Elena, as was the status quo, exceeded all expectations with a true local experience. The establishments we visited gave me a true Russian authentic experience and every unique place was warm and welcoming. Her personality and charisma is infectious and it seemed everywhere we went we were meeting new people. As with everything else, I highly recommend Elena for anything.
BA in translation, Saint-Petersburg State University, 2017
MA in Management, Herzen's State University, 2011
Guide-interpreter, Saint-Petersburg State University, 2010
"The history of arts" training program by Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Art, 2016
"The history of Russia from ancient times to nowadays" training program by Saint-Petersburg State University, 2017
- Catherine's Palace
- Kazansky Cathedral
- St. Isaac's Cathedral
- Savior on Spilt Blood Cathedral
- Russian Museum
- Usupov Palace
- Peter & Paul Fortress
- Museum of the Political History of Russia
Accreditation: city tour, rivers and canals (given by the City Tourist Information Bureau)
I am not a driver. I can arrange for a separate car or van and an experienced driver.
I am not permitted to guide in the Russian language in Peterhof, Catherine's palace, Usupov Palace, Savior on Spilt Blood Cath. - only English (inside).