We had the most delightful 2 days with Irina as our guide. She is knowledgeable, flexible (essential for a good guide), thoughtful and a pleasure to be with. We would recommend Irina, without hesitation, to anyone who wishes to explore beautiful St Petersburg
Lori Jennings-EmeryAuburn, WA, United States
Irina is a delightful person and the best guide you could possibly have. We have visited St. Petersburg twice and worked her both times. She is extremely thorough, makes all ticketing arrangements and even has her own vehicle to drive you around. She also knows some great places that are outside of the city that most guides won't tell you about. You can't go wrong selecting her. But be sure to book well in advance; she is very busy during "season" because she is so good.
Irina has been a fantastic choice for us. She tailored the tour to match our needs and schedule perfectly. Her knowledge of Saint Petersburg history and important landmarks is just fascinating and equally fascinating is her drive to transfer her love of the city to her guests. We were very happy with her services and would definitely recommend anyone Irina as a guide.
Excellent and very knowledgeable guide. Definitely, we recommend Irina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking this tour with me. 3 great days together! Best wishes for your Swedish study and work!
Diane KaplanUnited States
Irina was the perfect guide for us. She is extremely knowledgeable about Russian history. She did excellent tours of Peterhos and the Hermitage, gave us great restaurant recommendations. She was flexible and proactive. Irina is born and raised in St. Petersburg and knows the city inside and out. She is friendly and speaks English very well. We highly recommend her.
Debra LevinUnited States
Irina was a fantastic guide. She was friendly, knowledgable, and efficient. She was great with our girls (aged 10 and 12) and was happy to accomodate out requests and various unpredictable circumstances. She even arranged an Uber for us to take us back to our hotel at the end of our second day because her car had developed a flat tire. We would certainly do another tour with Irina as our guide.
Madan KandulaELM GROVE, WI, United States
Irina was a truly wonderful guide. She was the perfect companion for our family of 5. We had 2 days in St. Petersburg. Irina's itinerary was thoughtful and efficient. It was so much better traveling with a private guide vs. a large tour group. We would highly recommend Irina for any of all tours that she offers.
Joann ShieldsUnited States
Irina was absolutely amazing. Her English is excellent and, in two days at a very comfortable pace, showed me all the major sights in and around St. Petersburg. Irina has a thorough understanding of Russian history and culture that made the tours interesting and exciting. She is warm and friendly and answered all my questions without hesitation. The transportation was comfortable. Irina helped me get a ballet ticket. I strongly recommend her for any group of any size. Thank you for two days of fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joann, That was a pleasure to guide you and I am glad that you have enjoyed it. Thank you for your big interest in my country and St-Peterburg! Take care and certainly come back some day) Irina
Tzu-Ying ChuangUnited States
Irina K. was a seasoned professional. She picked us up at the hotel promptly and brought us around to all the sights we anticipated with ease. I was especially in awe of her skills at talking into her microphone while negotiating, as she said "the typical Russian driver." She knew all the best photo spots at each sight, could point out the highlights of each museum for us and had a well planned tour structure so that we could follow narratives across the two days. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So glad to get a review like this! Thank you so much. I understand how it's important to have great pictures from a trip. Hope you will send me some of them. Wish you the best and many cool pictures in the future ;-)
Janine M.United States
Irina was great to tour with. She's very well spoken and a lot of fun to have as a guide. Irina was very informative about the different places we visited and we will use her again when we get a chance to go back to Russia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janine, Thank you for coming and hope that you will come back to Russia. It was very enjoyable tour for me as well. Good luck, Irina.
Lorey HalladaUnited States
We really enjoyed touring with Irina. Not only was her English impeccable and her knowledge formidable, but she took us to some out of the way places that really gave us a sense of the city as more than a tourist and historical stop. Her driving was incredible, too! We would certainly recommend her to future travelers and hope to use her again when we return to St. Petersburg, which we hope to do sometime in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lorey, Thank you for such great words about my job! It is a true motivation to be a tour guide. Wish you to travel to new places in the future and certainly to come back here. Best regards, Irina.
We had a terrific tour with Irina. She was prompt, extremely well informed and willing to adapt to our needs and answer all of our questions about St Petersburg and life in today's Russia. She was warm and friendly. Between booking and arrival in Russia, Irina was extremely helpful in assisting me with dealing with email communication with other vendors, advising on the best transportation options and keeping me on the right track in bookong our holiday. She made our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Curt, I'm sure you also know how I enjoyed your company. One of the greatest pleasures is to see satisfied people. I'm very glad that you liked St-Peterburg and our trip. Take care, Irina.
Irina was on time both days. The MB cars provided were clean and comfortable and the drivers were excellent. Irina proved to be an excellent and charming guide. We left our itinerary to Irina to decide, and we were not disappointed. She chose a good mix of places to visit and made the journeys between each smooth & efficient. Her spoken English was very good, and her knowledge of Russian political history, the Russian Royal Family as well as art in the palaces, churches and galleries was very instructive.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeremy, Please say hello to Amelia. Glad to hear that you have enjoyed our trip. Hope to guide your friends some day. Wish you all the best and to discover new amazing places! Kindly, Irina
Irina is an outstanding guide. She is articulate, very proficient in English, extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You could not ask for a better person to show you around the amazing St. Petersburg!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Scott, I'm very glad that I was your guide here. I had a chance to show you St-Petersburg not in rush time. I hope it would be one the reasons to comeback someday. Thank you for bringing your friends as well. It was great to share the same interests) Kind regards to you all!
Brian O'MahoneyUnited Kingdom
I spent two great days in St Petersburg with Irina. She was so kind throughout that her time and patience with us. Very professional and had immense knowledge of her city. Everywhere she was able to add detail and colour to our visit. Not only showing us the sites, everywhere from Sts Peter and Paul and to the Hermitage. I would highly recommend Irina on par with the best guides I have ever had-thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian, Your words are like honey! Thank you so much. It was a big pleasure for me to show you my St-Petersburg. I hope you will come back to see others sights and to visit Moscow. Wish you all the best! Kindly, Irina
Leonard M Young JrUnited States
Irina was a terrific guide. I have been to St. Petersburg several times, but she was able to make arrangements for me to visit several palaces that are not easy to get into. Each was wonderful. I would highly recommend her to anyone speaking English who wants a good tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Leon! It was a great experience for me to visit some places for the first time. I hope during your next trip we will cover the wishlist fully. Kind regards, Irina.
Irina is the most lovely person who has such a good knowledge of Russia and she speaks excellent English and is very easy to understand! She made our two very big days in St Petersburg very memorable and we all enjoyed her calmness and her sense of humor! I would recommend using Irina as a tour guide to everyone and if we came back, I would try to spend time with her again. Also our driver Andrei was very good, a safe driver and very nice man.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rhonda, Thank you so much for your time with me! I knew that the end of the season will bring new friends! I wish you to come back some day. Again, many thanks! Take care
A fantastic guide and woman. Her knowledge is complete of all the places we visited and also about many other facts of St. Petersburg history. She has perfect English and was always helpful and caring about my questions and my hobby of collecting magnets of the places I visit. A wonderful experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jimena, This sounds like music ) Wish you and your family all the best!
Mark B.United States
This was the first time we used your service when we went to St. Petersburg. We used a guide by the name of Irina K. and cannot tell you how great she was. She arranged the driver and our private tour for two days. My wife, son and I could not have hired a better tour guide and driver. If there is a rating system, I hope you can show the highest rating for her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You know that is the reason why I really love my job. I'm able to show the beauty of my place and I'm happy that you enjoyed it. Thank you for your warm words! Wish you good luck)
Andrea LessardMarina Del Rey, CA, United States
David A.United States
Best (and prettiest) guide we've ever had! Prompt, creative with our "wish lists". Hermitage came alive with her commentary and the 4 of us think she deserves more than 5 stars. Lunches with locals were a delight, and she even found the cemetery one of our ancestors was buried in. If Irina is any example of the superb quality of Tours By Locals, we will book with you around the world. She made our Russian stay a super memory and we couldn't be happier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, my best wishes to you, Phyllis, David and Sondra) for sure you have a russian friend! And BTW: I cooked a pizza like you advised and all my friends who tried said it was deliciously. Thank you!!!