Kenneth GearUnited States
Our 2 day tour with Margarita was interesting, informative, well paced and personal. While touring the "must see's" like the Hermitage & Spilled Blood (among others), Margarita offered educated background to help bring Russian history alive. Her passion for her country and its history was obvious and made our sight seeing come alive. We also shared perspectives on current events during drives between sites. I know this provided me a more informed world view. I would definitely hire Margarita again.
Arthur BerwaldUnited States
There are so many outstanding things to see in and around St. Petersburg; we are certainly pleased that Margarita guided us around for 2 days. She is charming, delightful, well prepared and most importantly, enthusiastic about showing independent travelers her city. She obtained our "Free Visas" for cruise passengers without any problems and it worked out easily. Her knowledge of history, current events and art is amazing and she drives like a champ. A true professional.
Elana DietzUnited States
Margarita is very knowledgeable, flexible, forthcoming and wants to make the traveler happy. She loves Russian history and was enthusiastic about sharing it.
Chris A.United Kingdom
We cannot thank Margarita enough for making our time in St Petersburg truly memorable. Her knowledge of the sights and the history is amazing, her English is superb, and her willingness to adapt the schedule meant we could fit so much into the limited time and still include some places that other tours overlook. Between stops she was happy to chat and gave us a really interesting insight into normal Russian life. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and only wish we could have stayed longer!
Our group of four adults had a wonderful two days with Margarita. Her knowledge of art, culture and history, not only Russia, but of Europe and beyond, was impressive. She is a talented guide who is caring of her groups. Generous, all topics can be discussed with respect and honesty. I definitely would recommend her to all.
Margarita K was an absolute gem! Our two day guided tour of the highlights of St Petersburg was more than everything we had hoped for. She was super knowledgable and engaging. A perfect driver in a very busy city. Book her and you will not be disappointed!! Thanks Margarita! God Bless!!
Evangelina MedallaStaten Island, NY, United States
Margarita is the best !! Thank you for putting up with all 16 of us. My family and friends had a wonderful time at St. Petersburg thanks to Margarita, we have learned so much history and was able to enjoy local Russian food in St Petersburg. We are highly recommending Margarita she is an excellent guide and I would have given her 10 stars if there is such a rating. Thank you Margarita and Tours by locals!!! We will surely be back in St. Petersburg !
David BonnetUnited States
Gave us interesting insight into the Russian life and thought
Philip MadamsUnited Kingdom
Margarita was an excellent guide for our two day trip in St Petersburgh. She knew all about the usual places to go and also other attractions we were interested in. She was punctual in the morning and we were out late on the first night. She was very empathetic and good with children too. It was like travelling with someone you knew who lives there. She helped us when we wanted to buy food from the street vendors and even took us around a supermarket! (u understand a place when u c what shopping is like.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Philip for the great feedback. Your family is unforgetable. I still remember both boys one English and one Italian. My personal thank you to Julian for telling me about Psyche and Cupid. The tour in St.Petersburg is difficult even for young and fit people. Too much to see and absorb.
Azra AlliSouth Africa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Azra. I wish you all your wishes come true.
Ghierstien T.United States
Very informative tour. Lots to see and do. Margarita was excellent. She was very professional and her knowledge of Russian history, art and culture is amazing. I would highly recommend Margarita.
MARGARITA was an amazing tour guide!!! The 2 day tour to SPB was beyond our expectations because she is so knowledgeable. She was insightful, entertaining, highly educated, knowledgable on a wide-variety of subjects and interested in making our experience special. The overall value for the money is excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend her to our friends and co-workers planning to visit SPB in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Theresa. I would be very happy to meet your family again and always ready to help, answer any questions and even cook borsch for you. All the best.
Ann BrownNew Zealand
We would highly recommend this tour especially Margarita. She was thoughtful of our requirements and suggestions and spoke extremely good English. She was very good driver & knew how to get us into attractions without a lot of queuing. Her knowledge of history & extra gossip was phenomenal. Thank you so much. It was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for walking well, for being flexible, easy,patient and nice. I really enjoyed guiding your team.
Henry RummensUnited States
Margarita was our guide/driver on May 20th and 21st recently. She drove my wife and I in a timely fashion to all the interesting sights and was extremely knowledgable about the history about the royal families in Russia. She was polite and very nice and we had some very interesting conversations. This whole experience and the beautiful things we saw in St Petersburg was awsome! This was indeed once in a life time experience and our guide made it come true. Bravo Margarita!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Henry and Sylvia. You are my unforgetable tourists. You are nice, easy-going and wonderful couple. You have made the tour memorable for me too. All the best, Margarita.
Cindy AlfonsoUnited States
Margarita is an excellent guide. Her car was very clean and spacious for four of us. We greatly appreciated her sharing what local life is like. We were extremely happy we decided to go with a Margarita versus taking an excursion from the cruise ship. She was on time and very flexible with our tour preferences.
Donald BostonRENO, NV, United States
Margarita (Rita) was most accommodating in meeting our special requests and also helped by providing a very good understanding of St Petersburg and Russia. She was easy to talk with and answered our many questions about the Russian culture. She knew the best times to visit certain areas and quickest ways around the city which allowed us to see many of the significant places of interest. We would definitely book another tour with her.
Anne ShepardUnited States
Margarita was fabulous! She was incredibly knowledgable and her English was great! I was travelling with my 72 year old mother, and being able to do the tour at her pace was amazing. We even went to the post office to buy stamps for postcards! But best of all was being able to share our cultures back and forth, and learning all about Margarita's life and her family. And after schlepping our stuff thru 4 different countries, being able to leave stuff locked in the car was just a treat! We loved Margarita!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anne. I hope the sand of my city will help you not to forget you trip. You are my special tourits. Thank you again.
Thanks Margarita for a magnificent, interesting and informative couple of days in St Petersburg. Margarita often went beyond our expectations and provided excellent and prompt advice in the lead up and during our tour. Very good value for money. Best wishes from Keith Margaret Marilyn and Brian.
Donell TallacksonUnited States
She was flexible, knowledgeable and friendly. She went out of her way to accommodate our requests!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Donell for your warm words. The tour with you was easy for me too. You were flexible, adventurous and organized. Thank you.
Stephen WeissUnited States
Margatita was an excellent tour guide. She took us to all the places we wanted to see and then some. We would definitely recommend her to anyone who wants to have an unbelievable time in St. Petersburg!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephen for your feedback. You are easy tourists to guide. Thank you for being flexible.
Leslie O.United States
Rita exceeded our expectations and made sure our trip was memorable. We highly recommend Rita for your St. Petersburg holiday!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leslie, Thank you for making the tour with you easy and enjoyable.
Rachel LambNew Zealand
We spent two days with Margarita in August 2014 - we were on a cruise ship. Margarita planned the two days for us so we made the most of our time in St Petersberg. She also said she was happy to take guidance from us if we had any special requests. We saw all the highlights without feeling rushed and Margarita's knowledge is excellent. Her personal stories and experiences further added to our feel for St Petersburg. We enjoyed discussing the current state of affairs and we learnt so much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rachel. It is autumn now and I am not as busy as in summer time.But I often recall my tourists who made my summer really unforgettable. I like all of you. With you I have an experience I appreciate so much. You help me discover and explore the culture and life of your countries. You and Steve made the tour easy and enjoyable. Thank you.
Carolyn PrimcUnited States
Our tour with Margarita was one of the highlights of our Baltic cruise. Since we had previously toured St P I sent Margarita a list of places we might like to see. She took us everywhere I suggested and many more. Her knowledge of the sights was amazing, lunch in a Russian fast food restaurant was fun and very good. She was always on time, her English is perfect and her car was very comfortable for the 4 of us.
Rita was a terrific tour guide. English skills were excellent, as was her knowledge of St. Petersburg geography and history. She also had extensive insight into the world of art and literature. We especially enjoyed her perceptions of current political events in Russia and Europe. Her suggested two day itinerary was interesting and she adjusted her schedule to accommodate our requests. Oh yes, and she is a wonderfully competent driver....we felt very safe. Thank you, Rita!
We were very glad we had chosen Margarita as a guide for our 2 day family tour of St. Petersburg. She turned out to be the perfect guide for us, very well organized, knowledgable and humorous. She shared a lot of stories with us and apart from showing us all the important sights she gave us an interesting insight of what Russia is like now. Thanks Margarita and we will be back!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I hope you will be back. Any help you know my e-mail. I promise to brush up the words of Soviet songs. My best wishes to Mike, Jonas and Lisa.
Jon L.Dorena, OR, United States
Why am I limited to 510 characters - - I could write a novel! Rockin' in Russia in the Rain with Rita! What a fabulous time. Margarita is resourceful, resiliant, and relentless. She showed us HER St. Petersburg with ardor and pride. The rain only applied a slightly different perspective, but didn't dampen our spirits. Her knowledge of Russian history, culture and politics is encyclopedic. Oh, if anyone needs to know how to parallel park, take a lesson from Margarita! Incredible experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, thank you. It was very very easy to guide you, so open, friendly and tolerant people. I would be happy to recommend you to any guide.(It is a joke)
Gary BluhmUnited States
Margarita was our tour guide in St. Petersburg for two days. She impressed us with her knowledge of the city streets and outlying areas and she regaled us with her understanding and appreciation of Russian history, nobility, and art. Her pride in her city was evident throughout the tour, and she put our interests first and foremost as she encouraged us to see as much as possible during our limited time with her. Thank you for two amazing days, Margarita!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your great comment, Garry and Jan. The people like you are always easy to guide. Polite, easy going and open to any new experience. My best wishes to you.
Armando OliverUnited States
Having Margarita as our guide felt like visiting a family member in Russia! Lovely experience! Loved traveling in her car around all of the mayor sites. She went the extra mile for us and even took us to some typical local restaurants so that we could have a taste of the Russian cuisine. The best part, and my greatest memories, were all the talks we had, the memories we shared and points of view that we exchanged; as both of us were children growing on different sides of the Cold War! Highly recommended!
Mary B.United States
What a great guide! I booked this tour with Margarita for my parents, both of whom are 84. I had been in St. Petersburg the year before and wish I had booked with her rather than the cruise ship tour. Margarita was EXTREMELY conscientious before, during, and after their tours (2 full days). No question was too small or insignificant and her responses were always prompt and accurate. She was knowledgeable, flexible and catered to their schedule, ages, and requests. I would highly recommend Margarita!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary! I would give your parents five stars too. You must be proud of them.