Abby Pruittla jolla, CALIFORNIA, United States
We spent a fabulous and interesting morning touring the Hermitage and surrounding buildings with Irina. She knows everything there is to know about the buildings and the artwork, and guided us through the museum (before it opened to the public) on a "greatest of the great" half day tour. Our entire family learned so much and enjoyed all of the time we spent with Irina. She is friendly, knowledgeable, warm, and a pleasure to spend time with.
John DugeneUnited States
A wonderful introduction to St. Petersburg visiting several important sights and spending time being privately guided through the Hermitage. Many thanks Irina! You were wonderful.
Marilyn MacaulayUnited States
Irina P. met us on time at our hotel to take us to the Winter Palace. She guided us through the five buildings of the Winter Palace(Hermitage) . She catered her tour for us to highlight our specific interest in Art. Her degree in Art History really enhanced our appreciation of artists & their art. She is a wonderful personable tour guide and we hope to see her again soon when we return to St. Petersburg. She's the BEST!!!
Irina P. was our tour guide for the Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg. It was very enjoyable and interesting. She showed us little details we would never have seen or known without her. She piqued our interest and inspired us with her love for art, and didn't just throw historical data out of context at us as some guides might do. This tour was the highlight of our stay in St Petersburg, even for our (teenage) kids. Thanks again Irina!
Michael WalterUnited Kingdom
This was a very special day for us. Irina used her obvious skill and experience to guide us expertly around the many areas of the Palace, avoiding crowds and focusing on the most interesting exhibits from the vast collection. Her knowledge of art history was particularly valued and appreciated as an added dimension to a most informative and enjoyable visit.
Jane W.Victoria, BC, Canada
Jane W.Victoria, BC, Canada
Irina was a splendid guide, she deftly maneuvered us through the maze of galleries at the Hermitage. Irina has a wide range of knowledge of art history and not only were my memories of art history classes I had taken many years ago revived, but she also had many interesting new pieces of information. Her English is nuanced and excellent, she is an excellent communicator, and very approachable and friendly.
Casey DanielsonUnited States
An awesome day in an awesome place with an awesome guide - the Hermitage with Irina. Her English is perfect, she understands art, and knows how to make the most of your time. We toured the Old Masters in the main galleries with Irina and visited the Shchukin/Morozov Impressionist/Post Impressionist collection (in a separate building across Palace Square, on the same ticket) on our own. Be aware - those works are a bit scattered, so give yourself at least two hours there. Excellent tour! Casey 7/2015
Lisa CogliatiUnited States
Irina was a great tour guide. She met us at the Hermitage and had tickets ready so we did not need to wait in line. She knows about all of the art and was very flexible to show us what we were really interested in and the top highlights. She also created a custom tour so that we could see some of the other sights and learn about the St. Isaac's Cathedral and nearby statues. Very knowledgeable about the city and its art!
Ann T.United Kingdom
Irina was very knowledgeable both of the exhibits and how to get the best out of the Hermitage, paying attention to our wishes. Just what we hoped for, having heard how other visitors had been disappointed, so glad we decided to have a guide, and very pleased we chose Irina.
Bob (Robert) HawkinsUnited States
Irina was terrific!
Sheila CalhounUnited States
Irina made the visit to the Hermitage truly memorable. I couldn't believe how lucky we were to have someone so knowledgeable
Jennifer GardnerUnited States
Arrived promptly at arranged time. Irina was very knowledgeable and professional and we were quite satisfied with our private tour - I would highly recommend her to others visiting St. Petersburg. She made it easy to get into the Hermitage without the long lines and to lead us through the rooms to see the key works of art and areas of interest to us and was able to answer all of our questions.
Brilliant guide - excellent knowledge and information
Simon MellissUnited Kingdom
We found Irina to be a very helpful guide for our half day tour around the Hermitage. Without her help it would have been a pretty daunting prospect trying to find our way around the museum. We got on well with her and she was sensitive to our interests, rather than just ploughing on with formulaic tour. We would recommend her to others.
Dean O'NaleUnited States
A trip to the Hermitage without Irina would have been a disaster! She is very knowledgeable about its art and objects and took us on a great trip through it without the long lines the big groups were dealing with! What a great time! She is highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!
Richard FairchildUnited States
Irina was a fantastic guide, going well beyond the specifications to assure that we had a pleasant and thorough visit to St. Petersburg. Her knowledge is comprehensive and her attitude is extremely pleasant and accommodating. In addition to the Hermitage Tour (outstanding) she got us on the subway and arranged transportation for a brief city tour (unfortunately all we had time for). Irina is a pleasant, intelligent person who can provide the kind of insights that can truly help you understand a culture.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! I'm happy to get all these nice words!