Elena was the perfect guide for our 2 day St. Petersburg tour. Her knowledge of the history of Russia and historic places we visited was incredible. She is warm, friendly and her English is fantastic! Because we wanted to see something outside the city, she suggested a town where she spent summers. It was a wonderful day highlighted by eating cucumbers in her mother's garden and a lunch by a river in a local restaurant. Car and driver Yuri were great too! You cannot go wrong with Elena. Fantastic!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marion, that was a pleasure for me to take you around. Please come back one day, it’s still a lot to do. Take care, Elena
Eric C.The Woodlands, TX, United States
A great overview of St. Petersburg and it's complex history. Elena is a wonderful guide!
We spent a wonderful two days touring St. Petersburg with Elena and had a lot of fun. Elena is an excellent guide with a wealth of local and historical knowledge. Highly recommend.
Abbie PutmanUnited States
We had a great tour with Elena! She was very knowledgeable & courteous. She was punctual & professional. The best part about our tour was that Elena was able to adapt her itinerary on the fly. For example... when we had some rain expected on the morning of our tour, she changed up the order of our stops so that we could visit the Peterhof without dealing with rain. We also wanted to eat at a specific restaurant for lunch and she made sure we were able to eat there & still see everything. Highly recommend
Judy GregoryUnited States
Elena and our driver Udy (probably misspelled) went beyond our expectations. They gave us a complete history of Russia, answered all our questions with complete knowledge of every subject. We had to cover a lot of ground in 2 days and they did an excellent job. They made our trip to St. Petersburg very special, from restaurants, tours and shopping they met our every need. Judy and Scott
C Courtney EdwardsUnited States
Elena was very knowledgeable about the sites that we visited, including historical information. She was a little flexible in our request to visit the Fan Zone in St. Petersburg. She also took us to a local store where my friend could buy World Cup clothing for less than the Fan Zone Area. Be sure to let Elena know any specific place or thing you want to do on our trip before hand. Don't expect to make last minute changes as the schedule is set when your tour visa is processed.
John ColleranUnited States
Our guide Elana was excellent. Her English was perfect and she was extremely knowledgeable about everything. She knew all the history and details of all the sites. The tour exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend her and Tours by Locals. Our driver was excellent as well.
It was a pleasure to have Elena as our guide. Her English was excellent as was her knowledge of the places we visited. She took note of our problems with walking & provided a wheel chair for easy access to sites where a lot of walking was required. She was charming, easy going with a good sense of humour. Without hesitation we would recommend her services to other travelers.
Christopher B.United States
I had a wonderful time in my first visit to St. Petersburg and highly recommend Elena! She is very knowledgeable and accommodating. She will adjust the tour to fit your personal tastes, and is very quick and flexible in making adjustments. It was also very interesting to hear her experiences and insight into Russian history. A special thank you to Yuri for quickly getting us around! Elena showed me so much of the city without ever feeling rushed. Thank you, Elena!! I would definitely hire you again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Christopher, please come back one day)) do you remember it’s still a lot to see, to do, to visit. Take care, Elena
Kim ThomasUnited States
This 2-day tour and our guide Elena were fantastic. She took us to the sites that were most important and that we were most interested in seeing but she also accommodated some special requests for shopping and mailing postcards. We enjoyed our two days of touring St. Petersburg immensely and look forward to coming back to spend more time. We definitely will use "Lena" again and would recommend her highly to help make your visit to this amazing city memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you dear Kim, Please let me know if one day you’ll be back. I’ve had wonderful days with you. All the best, Elena
Randall ToltzmanUnited States
Our tour with Elena was a highlight of our trip. She was able to customize a two day tour for our group of four, parents and our two 20-something kids. Having a van, a driver and Elena was VIP and allowed us to make the most of our time (pre-purchased tickets, short cuts, front door drop-off...). In addition to detailed knowledge of the history and sights, Elena grew up in St Petersburg and was able to share what life was like before and after the fall of Soviet Union. Great lunches with local food!
Peter CreswellUnited Kingdom
A very good tour and Elena and driver were charming and very helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter, It was a great pleasure to spend 2 days with you. You are welcome here any time! Elena
Bill DelaneyUnited States
Elena was all one would hope for in a guide. Informative, friendly, accommodating and truly enjoyable company. We would certainly request her again and would highly recommend her. Bill and Deb
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bill, thank you so much! We've had a very good time together! Please come back second time to St.Petersburg. Elena
What can I say but excellent. My husband doesn't like big group tours so this is 1 st time doing a private tour. We will never go back to group tours. Our driver was a young guy using his own car and loved his city. Elena has so much knowledge ,walks very fast, but we loved this. I had booked the diamond room so we arrived at Hermitage museum early and this was the best thing as we arrived before the huge crowds. We could not speak highly enough of this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Deborah, Elena
Mary Jane CryanItaly
Elena was excellent and took into consideration the weather and our interests. She was flexible and got us in and out of many crowded sites quickly and with no hassle. I can definitely recommend her (and our skillful driver Costia ) for visiting St. Petersburg and Peterhof .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary Jane I hope one day to see you in St. Petersburg for a longer time. Elena