Even though I'm relatively new to this business, it is my calling and I feel like I've been doing this my whole life.
Perhaps, it has something to do with the fact that I spent my entire childhood in Peterhof, the lovely suburb of Leningrad-St. Petersburg, surrounded with the imperial residences and fountains and couldn't help getting engulfed with their magnificence. It makes me happy to do what I love, especially because it also brings joy to my clients.
My sense of humor and my original approach to tour guiding is what sets my excursions apart. I don't overload tourists with limitless enumerating of useless dates, last names and boring narratives about vases in museums. I talk to them about interesting and relevant facts from the history of my city, amplifying it with fascinating stories and anecdotes. My most important job is to make your stay in St. Petersburg pleasant and memorable. My business is child-friendly, your whole family is welcome! I'm always ready to help and provide tips and answers to any questions you might have. I'm a very open communicative person. I will be that person who can answer anything you wanted to know about Russia but were too afraid to ask. I love my country with all my heart, and, all the same, I objectively assess any situation and don't indulge in unnecessary propaganda.
I particularly enjoy leading St. Petersburg Jewish Heritage tours. From the moment I realized I'm a Jew (I was 12 years old then), I developed a genuine interest in the history and culture of my people. I finished a Jewish school and my daughter now goes to the Jewish Children day-care center. That is why I can share about lives of Jewish people in St. Petersburg and all of Russia based on my own experience and not just books (even though I've read numerous ones on the subject).
Come to St. Petersburg! I will show you around!
A Recent Review of this guide
Helena did a fine job of showing us around Russia with a fantastic knowledge of Russian history. I would have no problem recommending her to my friends and family.
I am licensed to guide in all popular museums and palaces of St.Petersburg and its suburbs. I have city accreditation as well.
I am also good and safe driver. I can take you to some tours on my own car.