Kirk BenedixUnited States
Overall we had a very good tour with Dasha, her English was excellent, and she was very knowledgeable. She looked ahead at weather and flipped our itinerary, so we had our boat tour and the Peterhoff on the nice day, and the indoor churches and museums on the rainy day. We like fast paced tour, so if you like to linger, make sure she is aware as this tour is fast paced in order to see everything. I would have given 5/5 except she was late 15-30 minutes both days.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kirk, Thank you for your review. It was a great tour. I didn't know that you are more intrested in Chernobyl' and Pripyat' than in "sparkling" palaces. I really apologize for the inconveniences and will do only my best in the future. Wish you all the best, Dasha.
Martin JohnsonUnited Kingdom
the service was excellent and we had a great tour-she really know how to make maximum use of our time and was very flexible to our requirements.I am convinced this is the best way to see everything in the limited time of two days-she minimised queues and allowed us to view all of the important things at a pace to suit us. On a personal level Dasha had excellent English,and was very articulate and had excellent knowledge-all four of us were very pleased and parted with a degree of sadness.Well done Dasha.
Michael SilverUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the high rating)
Charles ParkeUnited States
See my comments from the first two days of tours
Charles ParkeUnited States
Dasha is a great tour guide. She was the best guide we had on our Baltic trip. She is very precise, attends to detail, very knowledgeable and very friendly. Getting us around to all the things we wanted to see over three days was difficult but she was able to do this expertly. We especially were impressed with her thoughtful planning getting us to many sites before large crowds arrived. We especially enjoyed her knowledge of past and current Russian history. The 3 lunches showed us Russian cuisine nicely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for these kind words, I'm very glad that you chose me)
Awesome excursion to summer palace with Dasha. She arranged everything so that we don't have to wait in line for hours. She's very nice and such a good guide :-) It was a very hot day, but we did have a great time :-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, it was great to meet you. today it was raining and finally it became easier
Romulo CamoglianoUnited States
We really have a wonderful time in St. Petersburg tour, our Guide Dasha was excellent. We saved a lot of time and got shortcuts to the main Museums and attractions, specially because we were on the FIFA Soccer World Cup and there were long lines on the Museums and attractions. Our guide, was very knowledge and explain us about Russian history very well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the rating, come again to eat caviar and pancakes)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for the highest rating
Douglas PaulKnoxville, TN, United States
I will say to start that I would rate it as a 5 out of 5 without ANY reservation. I have traveled many places in the world, had many different guides, and Dasha was superior to them in every way! She not only speaks English fluently she really understands. Making plans for a group is difficult but Dasha responded so positively and so quickly to my inquiries that I knew everyone would be happier than I thought possible.She exceeded our expectations!I will recommend Dasha and 'Tours by Locals' to everyone
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Doug, Thank you so much! It was a big pleasure to guide you. I hope your dream came true. Come again and take care. Best, Dasha.
Mauricio MelaraUnited States
We had a great tour. It was perfect. Dasha really helped us a lot. She gave us one of the best tours I have ever done. We all had a great time with her. Definitely 5 star guide. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the brought California gaiety and kindness
Steve PerlowskiUnited States
Dasha Demidova has a big heart, and a big soul. She is also a very good guide. After our tour of the palaces, she recognized how uncertain, and intimidated, my grandson and I were about getting to the St. Petersburg stadium to watch a World Cup match. Vehicular access to the stadium was sharply restricted, and Dasha walked us nearly to our gate, and then she had to walk almost two miles to catch the Metro to her home. She is outstanding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steve, It was not a big pleasure it was a big luck to guide you! I trully enjoyed our time and hope you too. This year World Cup brought many tourists here and rush atmosphere and I am glad you came too. I am in passion with what is going on here, so my pleasure to help you to bring your dream to the reality! Best wishes and take care, kind regards, Dasha.
Excellent tour We had only 1 day in St. Petersburg on a cruise stop and Dasha was great at showing us the main sights of St Petersburg, including the highlights of the Hermitage, and also the Faberge museum which was of our interest. The tour driver Irina was also great always leaving us on the door of the sites. Our tour was in spanish.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, I'll tell Irina, it was great:)
Ronald T.United States
I highly recommend Dasha. Her English is very good. She is extremely knowledgeable about the region, it's history, culture,and important places. She is flexible, pays attention to her group and was easy to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ronald, It was nice to meet you. I enjoyed as well our short Spanish chat. Hope the cultural life and specially St-Petersburg jazz conference were interesting. Thank you for your attention to the details of the contemporary life here. Best wishes, Dasha.
Whitney KlonskyUnited States
Dasha was great and very knowledgeable. There were some large tour groups at the palace and she was really good about maneuvering us through them so we could see things and get through in a reasonable amount of time. She was also very accommodating and helped us find a watch factory we were interested in visiting then she translated all the information for us during the tour. I would highly recommend her!
Whitney KlonskyUnited States
Really interesting tour, Dasha is extremely knowledgeable. We made some stops along the way to some rarely visited sites as well.
Denise RekstadUnited States
Dasha was absolutely wonderful. She did everything we requested and much more. She was our private guide for 8 hours which cost less than half of one tour for 2 on the cruise ship. We put 3 shore excursions together and had plenty of time for shopping and lunch. Her knowledge and personality showed us St Petersburg the way it should be seen. We highly recommend her to all.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh, how nice it is to hear !!! :) Thanks, come with friends
Our group of three middle aged had an excellent tour with Dasha. She was a wealth of knowledge, flexible, and gave us a little insight into life in St Petersburg. The transport she arranged worked perfectly. She always managed to dodge the very long ques of the big cruise boat tour groups. We came into St Petersburg on a cruise ship and the customs arrangements were exactly as she described in advance. I recommend Dasha without hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Randall! It is very important to me to show you wonderful sights of the city from its best side. I also enjoyed our trip and hope to see you again! Take care, Dasha.
Alina Cristina PopescuAustria
Excellent day with a great tour organized by Dasha!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Оh! I was very glad to meet you and your family! Very joyful, warm and friendly time we spent with you!
Alina Cristina PopescuAustria
It was a pleasure having Dasha as a guide; we learn and see a lot about St Petersburg avoiding long lines and tourists crowd.
Heather W.United States
Dasha is wonderful and we enjoyed our day in St Petersburg with her. She was so flexible and fun. Great experience!
Ronald FriedmanUnited States
Dasha was young, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her city. We loved the lunches at local restaurants and the visit to the subway. Overall the logistics went smoothly. The advantage of being a small group is that while the large groups met at 8am, we met at 9am and there were no lines at Visa control. Also we were able to move the museums, etc. more efficiently.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I really appreciate your feedback; My reputation is growing stronger more and more
Dasha is very enthusiastic about St. Petersburg's history and achievements making the visits very fun and interesting. The sites where amazing to see. She helped alot in avoiding long waits at all sites giving more time to visit. Was able to see alot in the one day. I really enjoyed my tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you,your words inspired me greatly
Dasha is very pleasant and knowledgeable of the sites visited. It is a great tour to see the highlights of St. Petersburg. She helped to get through huge line-ups quickly allowing us to see more. I appreciated her insight on the locals' way of life and enjoyed local food.
Bill ShawUnited States
Dasha was very knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. She provided us with the van we requested and a driver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks bill,nice to get a good review
Dasha was excellent! We had 6 people over 3 generations (age 6 to 75) and she managed all of our attention spans. She was well educated on Russian history and provided interesting insight everywhere we went. We definitely recommend Dasha.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Dan for coming and for your pleasant comment! I was very happy to spend time with your wonderful and cheerful company!
Mark BogenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mark!
Excellent guide who exceeded all our expectations. She was always punctual, solicitous and extremely cordial. In all the places visited she offered clear and objective explanations that contributed a lot to our understanding of what she was showing us. We were fully satisfied with the services we were provided and captivated by the friendly person that she is.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Jorge! Every time I meet new people, I learn something new from them at the same time trying to give back as much interesting information as possible. Spending that week with all of you was an unforgettable experince: cordial, entertaining, kind. It was a pleasure for me to be your guide
Julie MorrisUnited Kingdom
A great excursion! Dasha tailored the day to our reduced mobility requirements. Her knowledge of Catherine's palace and Peterhof was superb - she was a fantastic guide around St. Petersburg and we enjoyed an authentic lunch Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you,it was a pleasure to work with you
Angela WhiteEdmond, OK, United States
Hiring Dasha as a guide was the best investment of our vacation! Dasha did not simply tell us a bunch of facts; she used those facts to give us context to understand the past and present significance of what we were seeing. She was a zealous advocate for us (once literally running to save us a good place in line) at sites and restaurants alike. She handled details in advance and communicated thoroughly so I felt informed and confident, and she candidly answered my curious questions about social issues. A+
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Angela! It was an authentic pleasure guiding your wonderful family around our city. We shared many good moments and I really appreciated our cordial and entertaining conversations. Hope to see you again!
Dolores CattersonUnited Kingdom
Really interesting and enjoyable tour. Very worthwhile.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dolores! :)
Dolores CattersonUnited Kingdom
Dasha is an extremely talented guide. She is very good at engaging with her clients and sensitive to their needs. Her knowledge of St Petersburg and its history is impressive. Her driver Yuri was also very personable and attentive. This was an excellent tour. We highly recommend Dasha. Gary and Dolores
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh,thank you ,dear friends,come visit again,we're going to walk around and eat the national delicacies)))Yuri says Hello)
Bulent UnalUnited Kingdom
I recommend Dasha for her extensive knowledge, kindness and attantion to detail! A true guide who is passionate about her job and town.
Larry RaikenUnited States
Our 2 day stay in Saint Petersburg was exemplary due to Dasha's insight and and touring capability. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a guide in this area. She makes the tour quite interesting and does exactly what you want to see while adding important places to visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. That's very important for me. Those eclairs in Faberge were great. Many thanks)
Anne Elise SternUnited States
We took a private day tour with Dasha. This is by far the best way to tour St Petersburg. Our guide Dasha spoke very good English and knew detailed information and history about the city and the country. I went on a group tour the next day to the Hermitage and didn't enjoy it or learn nearly as much as our day with Dasha. We were able to ask questions as they came up and Dasha knew all of the answers. I would recommend this tour over any others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: unfortunately, in Petersburg at this time of year there are traffic jams , but I'm glad you have good memories about me and about our walk .Thank you for the wonderful review.
We had an excellent experience. Dasha is very knowledgeable and provided us a lot of information about Russian history. We had a great two day visit to Saint Petersbourg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thats guys, I spent great time with you! Fue genial!
James SmithUnited States
Dasha made a great experience an unforgettable one for my family. We had a 9 year old boy with us and she took great care to make sure there was a balance of things to see and do. Dasha was very attentive, on time, professional, well versed but most of all had a great personality that makes me proud to now call her a friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Friends,I am very pleased to have a few kind words,hope you're having a good time
Patricia LedesmaUnited States
Dasha is a fantastic tour guide. Her English is excellent! She knows the best sights to see in Saint Petersburg, and knows the Russian history. We thoroughly enjoyed our day tour in St Petersburg with Dasha, she was on time, and very thorough and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend Dasha as your tour guide when you visit St. Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patricia, Thank you for coming and bringing your family to St-Petersburg! I had wonderful time with you. Take care, Dasha.