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.
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.
Vidyasagar PremkumarUnited States
Irina overall was good - She kept us through the pace, managed the tour and showed us a lot of historical locations. She covered all the locations and the driver of the van (for 12 people) Alexander was very good and took care of the group well. One improve comment for the guide. We were into serious photography and it took multiple requests to her to make her allocate time to take shots. She should listen more. Otherwise the overall tour was fantastic - Good historical facts with right amount of breaks
I would have given 5 stars but for the fact that upon arrival at our hotel and logging on there was an email from Irina advising that she could not do the tour. However, she advised that she had arranged for her friend Anna to take her place. While my wife and I approached the first day with some apprehension given that she did not appear to be registered with Tours by Locals, that soon evaporated. Anna was very personable and certainly " knew her stuff".
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We apologize for the last minute change of plans. Issues can happen at anytime and we are quite glad that Irina was still able to contact you. We are also glad to hear that your tour with Anna was a positive experience. In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
Mary McArthurLONDON, LONDON, United Kingdom
I can only reiterate what others have said about Irina. Our party of 4 found her to be very professional, well-organized, prompt, patient, flexible and extremely knowledgeable. We needed an Art Historian Guide and Irina fitted the role perfectly. We would not hesitate to recommend Irina to anyone.
Evan JonesUnited States
The previous reviews pretty much say it all about Irina, who guided us for five days. But for our party of five, this was especially important: Irina got us into each of the popular and crowded attractions with amazing speed, somehow bypassing almost all of the long queues outside each. As a result, we spent much more time sightseeing and far less time in line than many other groups. I do not know exactly know she works this, but I can tell you she gets it done. An amazing guide in every respect.
We could not wish for a better guide to show us St Petersburg. Irina's vast knowledge of history and passion for art combined with very professional and friendly approach made our visit to St Petersburg very special. We felt like our old friend showing us the best of her beloved city...She went out of her way to help us with advice and bookings whenever we ask for anything. Thanks to Irina we had one of the most memorable experiences in St Petersburg.