The best guide if you want to know all the history of the city. She was able to explain us with detail all about the buildings, the idiological conflicts, the tsars, arts, food, etc. She is very gentle, passionate about her job, always on time and with service attitude to solve any problem or specific desire.
Anne F.United States
Cheryl K.The Woodlands, TX, United States
Our group of 4 adults spent 4 days with Irina exploring St Petersburg and the surrounding areas. Her degree in Art History really brought alive the local history and culture. We were able to spend an entire day in the Hermitage with her graciously guiding us to many of the best items on exhibition. Same is true for every place we visited. We felt very fortunate to have such a gracious and knowledgeable person bring St Petersburg alive through her eyes.
Christian EsserBritish Virgin Islands
Great Guide with vast knowledge.
Christel BengoaUnited States
Irina exceded our expectations! She gave the extra mile everyday to please all our needs. She speaks very good english and knows perfectly the history of all the places we visited. If there were more than 5 stars to rate her, I will definitely give her a 10!!!!
Linda WangUnited States
Our group all agreed that Irina is the best tour guide we have in St. Petersburg. She is very polite, explained history in a very detail way, we really appreciated her knowledge and her service.
Irina was without a doubt one of the best guides we have ever encountered. Tours by locals is fortunate to have her as one of their guides. Irina is a real pro. Her knowledge and organizational skills was outstanding. We would recommend her to anyone whose wants to tour St Petersburg. Her knack to get us to the front of the line at busy sites was skilfully done. This was our 2nd visit to St Petersburg. Others in our group it was their first. Irina was able to keep our interest through out.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ross - Thank you for your nice words! I had a great time with you and will keep warm memories of the days we spent together in St. Petersburg! You are always welcome back!!
Elliott ReeseSanta Barbara, CA, United States
Irina was a very knowledgeable & overall perfect tour guide. Our small group was able to do a quick walking tour of the main area of St. Petersburg, and then a tour of the Hermitage. She was extremely knowledgeable of all the art the Hermitage has to offer, and was able to meet our limited req. of seeing 'the best the Hermitage has to offer in just 2 hours'. I won't do another museum tour without a guide like this. Very conversational w/ perfect English - overall one of the best tours I've done from here.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Elliott! Yes, it was a great day! I appreciate your sense of humour and attention! We had fun and I hope to meet you all in the future! Warm regards!
Donna OrtegaUnited States
Irina is so good! She managed our group of 10 so well as each had a different agenda. She was able to show us everything we discussed in the time frame that we gave her.
David SteeleReno, NV, United States
Very knowledgable and interesting regarding history of the country and buildings. Highly recommend Irina S as a guide in St. Petersberg. She also navigated crowds well.
What a great 2 day tour of St Petersburg. Everything we expected. Irina was an excellent guide and her knowledge of the city is amazing. So much to see in such a short time - Irina is definitely the person to see it with. Had issues with immigration at the port - took nearly 2 hours to get through - Irina made sure that our itinerary didn't change too much and still managed to fit it all in. Would highly recommend this tour!
Allan WinkworthUnited Kingdom
A good tour well presented and highly enjoyable.
Janine JonesUnited States
Irina spoke excellent English and was an excellent guide. She was informative and flexible. She tried very hard to please. She made extraordinary effort to allow us viewing of the impressionists in the Hermitage which was greatly appreciated by our group of 10. Our only problem was that she was 15 minutes late on our 2nd day of touring which gave us some anxiety as we were the only ones left. Her paperwork to get us through passport control was all in order. Her restaurant choices were excellent.
Robert ThompsonUnited States
This tour was perfect! I saw exactly everything that I had wanted. The guide was excellent and had extensive knowledge of everything. To be able to get a locals view of all of the sites and to be able to get her views on her own history was a treat. I would rate her as the top guide of my entire trip!
Augustus YiuUnited States
Another excellent half-day tour arranged by Irina. We took a short visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and spent the rest of time in the Hermitage. Irina tailored the visit to our needs in viewing the palace and the painting collections. Under her leadership, we were able to maximize our time there. Her professionalism and control of time were outstanding. Thank you so much, Irina.
Augustus YiuUnited States
Irina is so professional and knowledgeable. May 9 was Victory Day. We were able to watch and experience of the celebration because of Irina. The most impressive were the fireworks at Peterhof Gardens and the parade of citizens. When we returned to St. Petersburg in the afternoon, all main roads were closed. Irina led us to visit St. Issac's Cathedral, Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood, and the Faberge Museum by walking. We couldn't have made it without Irina's great time control and efficiency.
A very comprehensive tour. Irena has excellent knowledge of the history and artworks ofthe Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum and General Staff Building. Highly recommended.
Bryan DuttonUnited Kingdom
Irina was outstanding. We had discussed our personal preferences in advance and she helped us put together a very full 5 days. She was very well informed and a fund of information on everything we saw and a wide range of other subjects. She was excellent company, practical in her management of the days, flexible if we wanted to vary detail and full of sensible advice. Her historical and art knowledge is impressive. She made our holiday and I could not recommend her more strongly.
Ken WayUnited Kingdom
A very enjoyable 2 days with Irena. Very knowledgeable and very good comminicator. A very full itinerary which was well managed by Irena. We learned a lot from Irena in a short time and thoroughly enjoyed our Russian pies! Good fun. You will not be disappointed.!
Irina and driver denis were great.
Linda AbramsUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour with ire a. She was knowledgable,spoke English well,sweet and efficient. Ire a is what a tour guide is supposed to be. We would recommend her to all
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice words! It was my pleasure! Warm regards, Irina
Richard AltmanUnited States
We had confirmed with one Irina and ended up with another. The one we ended up with was excellent, and many thanks to Irina # 1 who took it one herself to make certain we were well taken care of my a friend and fellow guide, who is Irina # 2. Irina # 2, was excellent, always on time, and she was able to answer all of our questions and point our many of the highlights of St. Petersburg. The transportation, handled by Irina #1, was excellent, very spacious and comfortable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is true that I had to leave St. Petersburg urgently and that my very good friend and a brilliant TBL guide Irina P. susbstituted me. She asked me to transfer her warmest greetings to you and Andrea and to thank you for the great time you had together and for the gifts! From my side I would also want to thank you once again for your understanding, your sincere support and care! I wish I had a chance to meet you and I wish you more incredible journeys. You are always welcome back to Russia!
Sindee FurshmanUnited States
Chris MurphyUnited States
Irina was superb. Both knowledgeable and actively interested in our experience and understanding, she quickly became a welcome and indispensable member of our small group.
Thomas PrudenUnited States
Had an exceptional 3 day St petersburg experience, with a wonderful and knowledgeable guide irina. Highly Recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was my pleasure to have you as my guests! Warm wishes for the summer! Sincerely, Irina
Arthur DomingueUnited States
Irina was a perfect guide. She listened to what we wanted to see and enabled all of it remaining personable, friendly throughout. The day could not have been better
Anne-Marie FontaineUlverton, QC, Canada
We had a two day tour with Irina. Everything was perfect. She was extremely kind, knowledgeable, intelligent and pleasant. The tour fulfil our expectations. We traveled with our four year old girl, and she was extremely charming with her. A driver took us around the city and he was also very kind and effective. Our experience was really positive and it make us love this great city.