Traveler Ratings of Private Tours In St Petersburg Russia by Tour Guide Irina S. (Guide #208)


Donna Ortega

United States
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Tour: #3267, The Northern Capital in 3 days: private St Petersburg tour. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 11/17

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.

David Steele

Reno, NV, United States
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Tour: #3364, Private shore tour "Classic St. Petersburg" for cruisers. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 18/17

Very knowledgable and interesting regarding history of the country and buildings. Highly recommend Irina S as a guide in St. Petersberg. She also navigated crowds well.

Gillian Reischl

Australia
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Tour: #3364, Private shore tour "Classic St. Petersburg" for cruisers. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 11/17

What a great 2 day tour of St Petersburg. Everything we expected. Irina was an excellent guide and her knowledge of the city is amazing. So much to see in such a short time - Irina is definitely the person to see it with. Had issues with immigration at the port - took nearly 2 hours to get through - Irina made sure that our itinerary didn't change too much and still managed to fit it all in. Would highly recommend this tour!

Allan Winkworth

United Kingdom
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Tour: #7300, St. Petersburg Private Tour: Summer Residences of Romanoffs. All Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 28/17

A good tour well presented and highly enjoyable.

Janine Jones

United States
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Tour: #3364, Private shore tour "Classic St. Petersburg" for cruisers. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 17/17

Irina spoke excellent English and was an excellent guide. She was informative and flexible. She tried very hard to please. She made extraordinary effort to allow us viewing of the impressionists in the Hermitage which was greatly appreciated by our group of 10. Our only problem was that she was 15 minutes late on our 2nd day of touring which gave us some anxiety as we were the only ones left. Her paperwork to get us through passport control was all in order. Her restaurant choices were excellent.

Robert Thompson

United States
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Tour: St. Petersburg in 1 day - Highlights. V.1, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: May 12/17

This tour was perfect! I saw exactly everything that I had wanted. The guide was excellent and had extensive knowledge of everything. To be able to get a locals view of all of the sites and to be able to get her views on her own history was a treat. I would rate her as the top guide of my entire trip!

Augustus Yiu

United States
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Tour: St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: May 10/17

Another excellent half-day tour arranged by Irina. We took a short visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and spent the rest of time in the Hermitage. Irina tailored the visit to our needs in viewing the palace and the painting collections. Under her leadership, we were able to maximize our time there. Her professionalism and control of time were outstanding. Thank you so much, Irina.

Augustus Yiu

United States
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Tour: #14317, Private Tour in St. Petersburg: the best 1 day program for Cruise Passengers. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 9/17

Irina is so professional and knowledgeable. May 9 was Victory Day. We were able to watch and experience of the celebration because of Irina. The most impressive were the fireworks at Peterhof Gardens and the parade of citizens. When we returned to St. Petersburg in the afternoon, all main roads were closed. Irina led us to visit St. Issac's Cathedral, Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood, and the Faberge Museum by walking. We couldn't have made it without Irina's great time control and efficiency.

Linda L.

Australia
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Tour: #666, St Petersburg Private Tour: The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 7/17

A very comprehensive tour. Irena has excellent knowledge of the history and artworks ofthe Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum and General Staff Building. Highly recommended.

Bryan Dutton

United Kingdom
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Tour: #3267, The Northern Capital in 5 days: private St Petersburg tour. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Feb 6/17

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.

Ken Way

United Kingdom
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Tour: #3364, Private shore tour "Classic St. Petersburg" for cruisers. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 10/16

A very enjoyable 2 days with Irena. Very knowledgeable and very good comminicator. A very full itinerary which was well managed by Irena. We learned a lot from Irena in a short time and thoroughly enjoyed our Russian pies! Good fun. You will not be disappointed.!

Robert McFarlane

Monaco
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Tour: #3228, Private Tour to St.Petersburg Highlights in 1 day. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 31/16

Irina and driver denis were great.

Linda Abrams

United States
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Tour: #3364, Private shore tour "Classic St. Petersburg" for cruisers. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 25/16

We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour with ire a. She was knowledgable,spoke English well,sweet and efficient. Ire a is what a tour guide is supposed to be. We would recommend her to all

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice words! It was my pleasure! Warm regards, Irina

Richard Altman

United States
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Tour: Private St Petersburg Tour: the best 3 day shore program for cruisers. All Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 12/16

We had confirmed with one Irina and ended up with another. The one we ended up with was excellent, and many thanks to Irina # 1 who took it one herself to make certain we were well taken care of my a friend and fellow guide, who is Irina # 2. Irina # 2, was excellent, always on time, and she was able to answer all of our questions and point our many of the highlights of St. Petersburg. The transportation, handled by Irina #1, was excellent, very spacious and comfortable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is true that I had to leave St. Petersburg urgently and that my very good friend and a brilliant TBL guide Irina P. susbstituted me. She asked me to transfer her warmest greetings to you and Andrea and to thank you for the great time you had together and for the gifts! From my side I would also want to thank you once again for your understanding, your sincere support and care! I wish I had a chance to meet you and I wish you more incredible journeys. You are always welcome back to Russia!

Sindee Furshman

United States
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Tour: #3364, Private shore tour "Classic St. Petersburg" for cruisers. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 25/16

Chris Murphy

United States
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Tour: #3255, Private St Petersburg Tour: Top Highlights in 2 days. All Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 18/16

Irina was superb. Both knowledgeable and actively interested in our experience and understanding, she quickly became a welcome and indispensable member of our small group.

Thomas Pruden

United States
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Tour: #205818, Private St Petersburg Tour: the best 3 day shore program for cruisers. All Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 11/16

Had an exceptional 3 day St petersburg experience, with a wonderful and knowledgeable guide irina. Highly Recommend

Pamela Quan

Canada
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Tour: #179543, Light St Petersburg 2-day private shore excursion tour. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 19/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was my pleasure to have you as my guests! Warm wishes for the summer! Sincerely, Irina

Adriaan Vorster

Netherlands
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Tour: #666, St Petersburg Private Tour: The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Mar 29/16

Adriaan Vorster

Netherlands
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Tour: #522, Private tour to St. Petersburg top higlights. All-cost Inclusive!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Mar 28/16

Arthur Domingue

United States
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Tour: #666, Private Tour: The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Oct 21/15

Irina was a perfect guide. She listened to what we wanted to see and enabled all of it remaining personable, friendly throughout. The day could not have been better

Anne-Marie Fontaine

Ulverton, QC, Canada
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 18/15

We had a two day tour with Irina. Everything was perfect. She was extremely kind, knowledgeable, intelligent and pleasant. The tour fulfil our expectations. We traveled with our four year old girl, and she was extremely charming with her. A driver took us around the city and he was also very kind and effective. Our experience was really positive and it make us love this great city.

Ann Miller

United States
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Tour: #666, Private Tour: The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 13/15

Our tour with Irina was like sitting in on an art history and a Russian history course given by the best professor at the best university. We couldn't believe our good fortune. She is enthusiastic, communicates well, has an impressive depth of knowledge of art and Russian history, is easy to understand, was sensitive to the needs and interests of the three of us. She is the top of the top. She will set the bar for all future guides we have.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh, thank you so much for these nice words! It was my pleasure to have such intelligent, knowledgeable and friendly guests as you are! That exchange and communication that we shared is what I treasure in my work the most. I hope you've had great time in Russia and you are always welcome back! Warm regards, Irina

Carol Lise Rosen

United States
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Tour: St. Petersburg in 1 day - Highlights. V.1, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 29/14

This was a 4 star tour in my opinion. Irene was knowledgeable and organized showing us as much as possible in the time allotment. She was quite good and I would certainly recommend Tours by Locals to friends.

Geoffrey Marshall

United States
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 18/14

Irina is an outstanding guide - excellent communication, vast knowledge about her city and its treasures, sensitive to all members of the group(young and old) and efficient(she kept the tour moving so that we saw everything and met the necessary time schedule). Irina is also a really NICE person and interesting to be with. It was fun and stimulating. Thank you , Irina.

Bert G.

United States
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 13/14

A most enjoyable two days. Irina was very knowledgeable and made the tour very pleasant.

Vidyasagar Premkumar

United States
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Tour: #3267, The Northern Capital in 3 days: private St Petersburg tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 24/14

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

Aleksandra Khomitskaya

United States
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 20/14

We are extremely satisfied with Irina's services! She's very nice, knowledgeable, punctual. Everything was organized well and very personable, catered to every member of our small group.

Mary Kay Zuravleff

United States
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Tour: St. Petersburg in 1 day - Highlights. V.1, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 26/13

Our scheduled guide, Irina, was unable to do the tour. Instead we had Olga . Olga did an excellent job, and was very knowledgeable about the sites visited as well as the historic and cultural contexts involved. We very highly recommend Olga. MK Zuravleff

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: 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.

Richard Van Sickle

United States
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 23/13

Irina was ill, but had Alexandra substitute for her. We had a great two days and saw most of what we wanted to see. The ship being late made it not possible to see the treasure room.

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: 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.

Peter Smith

Castle Rock, CO, United States
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Tour: St. Petersburg and Jewish Highlights, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 14/13

Great guide, very fluent in English and extremely knowledgeable in Russian history. I had her take me through the history of czars and emperors and she told many fun stories about the families and foibles. The only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is she got us back late on the first day and we had to rush in order to get to the ballet. We made it so the rating should be 4.5 stars.

Harriet Lifshutz

United States
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Tour: St. Petersburg and Jewish Highlights, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 14/13

Irina was so smart and knowlegdeable about St. Petersburg. She is a student of art history and architecture and this showed in her commentary. She knew a lot and offered much more about life in this city and Pederhof. She was flexible and had all our admissions, tours and food stops reserved in advance so no time was wasted.

Stephanie Wright

United States
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Tour: #666, Private Tour: The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 30/13

Irina's English was excellent and she was helpful, friendly and very generous with her time. Her background in art and architecture was quite evident. She explained things that even our relatively knowledgeable group of 7 did not know and could answer questions about objects in the Hermitage that she clearly had not planned to talk about. Her descriptions included the historical and cultural contexts for each artist or period of art.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the nice words! I really enjoyed our time in the Hermitage and hope you enjoyed St. Petersburg! Warm regards, Irina

Florence Fujiwara

United States
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 20/13

Irina was wonderful, so knowledgeable about all things Russian. She is a true professional. I would definitely recommend her to my friends. We all came away with a real fondness for St. Petersburg and much better informed. Thank you very much, Irina.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are very welcome! We had really good time! Thank you for your great sense of humor and positive attitude! Best, Irina

Justin McCarthy

Australia
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Tour: #3267, The Northern Capital in 4 days: private St Petersburg tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Oct 2/12

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.

Ian Shaw

Canada
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Tour: #666, Private Tour: The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 13/12

Irina is an excellent communicator as well as being very personable, charming and professional. Using email we were easily able to arrange meeting her on site. Irina's was the second tour we had of the Hermitage and her superior depth of knowledge about art and the Hermitage became readily apparent. While in St.Petersburg we had 5 guided tours in total and Irina really stood out as the best.

Mary McArthur

LONDON, LONDON, United Kingdom
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Tour: #3267, The Northern Capital in 3 days: private St Petersburg tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 17/12

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.

Kenneth Schweers

United States
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg tour. St. Petersburg in 2 days V.3 - best sites., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 24/12

Irina was a great tour guide and her English was excellent. She knew her history and provided us with wonderful insights into St. Petersburg and its history. Our only suggestion would be for future tours that she show her guests a map of St. Petersburg and where all the sights are for a good orientation. We would highly recommend her to anyone for a tour. She gets an A+ in our books.

John Partridge

Henniker, NH, United States
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 7/12

Our tour was given by Irina P., due to the illness of Irina S. Irina S. let us know about the change and did a wonderful job 'introducing' us to our new 'Irina'. We feel extremely fortunate to have had this guide! Her depth of knowledge from the historical perspective of St. Petersburg, as well as her love of the city, constantly engaged us. She is knowledgeable, personable, and is a strong asset to your company. She left us wanting to return and experience more of her city!

Evan Jones

United States
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Tour: #3267, The Northern Capital in 5 days: private St Petersburg tour for Evan Jones, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 23/12

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.

David Cooke

Canada
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 17/12

Irina was an amazing guide!! In two days we were able to see many of the main points of interest and get a very good sense of the history of St. Petersburg. Irina was very helpful before the trip helping us to organize what we wanted to do and answering our questions. During the time we were with her she was very professional. extremely knowledgeable, very personable and kind and very well organized. Her English is excellent and she went out of her way to make our tour a memorable experience.

Amalia Ortega

United States
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 26/12

Irina is a great it person!!!We enjoyed her company and knowledge every single day. We booked A two day tour with Irina and it has been the best experience with a tour guide in our lives!!! If you planing to visit St Petersburg trust me she is the tour guide you want to have. Thank you for everything Irina, Hopefully we will see you again!!!!!!

Judith Mitchell

United States
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers - New cost for J. Mitchell, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 18/12

Irina and our driver Sergei were right on time each day, picking us up and dropping us back. Irina kept in touch with me from booking to the date of the trip which was appreciated. The size of our group at 8 was perfect. We blew by the bus loads of other tourists. The lunch spots were thoughtfully chosen and great spots. All in all well worth the money and time.

Annette Gallard

Point Clare, NSW, Australia
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 18/12

Irina is an amazing guide with incredible knowledge of St Petersburg. She is very friendly and happy to share her experiences with you which adds to the tour. I would highly recommend Irina to anyone travelling to Petersburg. Thank you Irina for making our tour for two days to your beautiful city so amazing and memorable. Hopefully we will return. Annette & Geoff, Margaret & Doug. Australia

Gail Williams

United States
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Tour: St. Petersburg in 1 day - Highlights. V.1, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Apr 28/12

I highly recommend working with Irina to maximize your St. Petersburg experience. Her masters level education in art, architecture and Russian history allows her to give you the history of everything you see. The story behind the sights brings them to life. Although she is a tiny woman her personality is not. She is cheerful and chatty and will take the time to answer your questions and give you advice on where and how to go for time on your own. We spent 4 days touring with Irina - it was great!

Rozana Kleiman

Australia
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Tour: #3267, St. Petersburg Private Tour for Rozana Kleiman's Family, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Apr 19/12

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.

Constance Christensen

United States
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg Tour: The Yusupov Palace on Moyka River embankment, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Mar 13/12

Excellent English, Nice sense of humor. Only complaint is Yousov ticket price went up 700 RU each and we ended up executing the cash transaction on the street corner after we left the museum. Irina told us before we went in and when I asked if we owed that, she apparently did not understand me. As we fumbled for our wallets, I pointed out to her that in the future she had to make sure not to leave such transactions to street corners.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I brought my apologies for the inconvenience I caused to Constance and Leslie by settling the money issue in the street. It was some confusion about tickets cost that brought us to this last minute financial transaction, but we settled it out later and came to agreement that no raise of the ticket cost happened. I will make sure it will not happen again in the future. We spent great time together and I am impressed by the knoweledge and passion for art of my guests! Only good feelings are left between us!

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've suggested that Irene do money transactions in a more private location.

Constance Christensen

United States
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Tour: Art Nouveau Architecture in St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Mar 11/12

Lovely young woman, excellent English and thorough knowledge of St Petersburg architecture. We also had an excellent driver on snowy streets.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Constance and Leslie - thank you for nice words. It was my pleasure to spend these days with you, I am impressed by your knowledge of history and arts and appreciate your passion for Russian culture and Hermitage!)) Thank you for sharing these tours with me, it was a precious experience for me!

Emilia Joesoef

Jakarta, Indonesia
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Tour: 25-27 December Private Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Dec 25/11

Irina was very very good,the whole group was very happy.. First, your Welcome Goodies consists of bottled water, candies, and champagne was a pleasant surprise, and then you make sure to have bottled water all the time in the car it was very thoughtful of you. The detailed explanations in each of the places we visited was very impressive.Thank you Irina, we will always remember the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg, and should we return to this city, we will ask for you again to take us around the city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! We had great time and I will be happy to see you again in St. Petersburg! I wish you all the very best in the New Year! Please, pass my warmest greetings to everybody!

Baris Dortok

Canada
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Tour: Tickets to the Sapsan train, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Oct 19/11

Baris Dortok

Canada
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Tour: Private Tour for Baris Dortok, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Oct 15/11

Irina was very helpful in making our St Petersburg tour arrangements. Her knowledge of art and history made our visit a very meaningfull and pleasant one. We enjoyed every momemnt of her guidance. Thank you Irina for making our trip a wonderful one.

James Cran

Canada
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Tour: Private tour for James Cran, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Oct 1/11

We negotiated a custom tour with Irina, driving for four hours to view Art Nouveau architecture followed by a two hour tour of the Yusupoff Palace, concentrated on Art Nouveau interior design. She took us to very interesting sites such as the central railway station and the Tolstoy apartment block that we would never have seen on our own. The Yusupoff Palace was absolutely spectacular. So, a nicely chosen tour, plus Irina has encyclopedic knowledge of related history. Altogether a first rate day.

Marisol Vallarino

Panama
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 1/11

Cynthia Graham

United States
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 28/11

Cynthia Graham

United States
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Tour: #14317, Cynthia's 2nd day of the shore tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 28/11

Irena was a superb tour guide. Her knowledge of art and Russian history is immense and she shares it all with you. She is very friendly and speaks English extremely well. Irena's experience and connections allowed us to navigate the crowds and avoid long lines. I would highly recommend her and in fact, my sister will be using Irena in May on her trip to St. Petersburg.

Nancy Carringer

United States
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 28/11

While all your guides were very professional and knowledgable, your real 5+ star person was Irina (with driver Andre) in St Petersburg. I don't know if you have met Irina but she is very petite, pretty, and a dynamo at getting through the massive crowds and dealing with the officials. Three people joined us for that tour and we all agreed that we would have been totally lost without her. Irina is a very special person and real asset to your organization. Andre is a great driver!

Tom Truss

BC, V4K 2T2, Canada
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Tour: #3364, Tom Truss Party - More friends joining, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 18/11

This was an add on of people to our original tour.

Tom Truss

BC, V4K 2T2, Canada
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Tour: #3364, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 18/11

We had a party of 13 and we all thought Irina was one of the best tour guide we have ever been with, she was a wealth of information on a city with long historical past. We saw everything we had talked about and more. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Adriana Witting Segal

Israel
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Tour: Private Tour to Catherine Palace in Tsar's Village and Paul's Palace in Pavlovsk, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 15/11

Irina is a very professional guide with a lot of knowledge and was a real pleasure to spend a full day with her. For us it was the best guide we ever Have in the past. She puts a lot of energy to make the tourist feel satisfied. She also explained us what to see in St Petersburg in the other days. It was a pity that she was busy.

(John) Garry Hayter

United Kingdom
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Tour: #3364, Two-Days Private Tour for John Hayter, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 4/11

Excellent guide and driver.

Linda Lin

Canada
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Tour: #3364, Tour for Linda Lin and her family, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 25/11

Thank you very much Irina for a wonderful two days tour of St. Petersburg. Irina is extremely energetic and knowledgeable about the history, arts and architecures of the city. Her English is impeccable. In addition she is flexible and always willing to accomodate our needs. She was able to help us navigate / avoid the long lines at the popular museum doors (minimum wait time). We would gladly have her as our tour guide again and we highly recommend her service to anyone.

David Brown

Canada
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Tour: Three-Day Private Tour for David Brown, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 20/11

We spent three wonderful days experiencing St Petersburg with Irina. She is extremely knowledgeable and a delight to be with. She skillfully tailored our itinerary to accommodate our requests and then let us set our own pace; we never felt rushed. She knows when to visit the important sites and how to avoid the crowds. We would highly recommend her services. David Brown, Toronto Canada.

Ee-kim Kee

Malaysia
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Tour: St. Petersburg in 1 day for Ee-kim Kee, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 2/11

Irina is amazing. she's like a walking encyclopedia. Just ask her anything at all. anything. she will talk and talk and talk. simply amazing. I will recommend her to anyone who wants to take a quality tour in st petersburg. definitely worth it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ee-kim, thank you very much for your respond! I hope I was not too hard on you with my talking))) When I get good listeners, interested in my history and culture, I am always ready to share! Hope you had great time in St. Petersburg and visited more sites on your last day and got safe and fast to Peter&Paul Fortress)) Regards to your family, Irina

Jeff Gruidl

United States
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Tour: Private Tour to Catherine Palace in Tsar's Village, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Mar 11/11

Irina gave us a full 5 hour tour and even made an unscheduled stop. Very smart and was enthusiastic about her job.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeff and Rose - Thank you for your review, it was a nice day and I am glad we could see another palace where Jeff had not been before ))

Rosemarie Holland

United States
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Tour: Rosemarie Holland Private tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Sep 4/10

Irina was articulate, punctual, interesting, knowledgeable and adapted our tour as we wanted. She was also fun and we felt more like friends rather then clients. We were with Irina for 4 days and she arranged and rearranged our tour to suit our interests mixed with her suggestions. Several days before our tour I broke my leg but decided to go anyway. Irina pushed my wheelchair while my husband took pictures. She turned a minus into a plus. Irina and her driver were outstanding.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rosemarie! Thank you for the nice words! It was my big pleasure to guide you in St. Petersburg, and I was very pleased with you interest in Russian History, Art and everyday life. But what amazed me the most is your courage - we went through all the museums on a wheelchair (hope you will never need another one!), you made all the steps up and down with your leg broken never asking for a break or even to slow down! I had a great time too thanks to you and Paul being so fun! I learnt a lot from you too!

Stuart Byer

United States
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Tour: Private tour for Stuart Byer, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 18/10

Irina was the best private guide we have ever found. Her depth of knowledge of the city coupled with a serious scholarly understanding of art history made our day with her go much too quickly. Thanks Irina.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! I enjoyed your company, and that day was easy and fun for me too! Hope, you enjoyed your last day in the city!

Peter Curatolo

United States
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Tour: #666, Private Tour: The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 12/10

Irina was fantastic! We met her outside the Hermitage. She had pre-purchased our tickets, and took us to the head of the queue. This allowed us to avoid standing in line for an hour or so, and by itself was worth the price. Her tour of the Hermitage was incredible. She is extremely knowledgeable in art history, and is entirely fluent in English, including idioms, etc. We saw and learned more in 3 hours than we could have in 8 hours on our own. I highly recommend her to anyone!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter! Thank you very much for your comment, and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your your time in St. Petersburg!

William Frazier

United States
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Tour: #3228, St.Petersburg Highlights in 1 day V.2, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 30/10

Irina was an excellent guide who made a 9 hour tour very organized so that we never felt rushed or tired. Her knowledge of art history made the Hermitage part of the tour especially enthralling - her special Hermitage tours must be amazing! She was also very informative about Peterhof. There Is no way we could have seen or learned half as much on our own. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear William - thank you very much for your feedback. I am always pleased to see people so interested in the history of my city and arts. I am sure that you had spent wonderful time in St. Petersburg and managed to see a lot in those days you had left after my tour. Thank you again, and regards to my future PhD colleague ))!

David Miraldi

United States
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Tour: #666, The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 2/10

Irina's tour of The Hermitage was perfect. She moved at a quick pace and did a great job of highlighting some of the top pieces in the museum. It was obvious that she had tremendous knowledge about art and history. She was enthusiastic about her subject and very engaging. A great tour!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your company! We had covered a good part of the museum exhibition, and still you stayed in the Hermitage for more - so it was my pleasure to guide such interested listeners :)) Hope, you had great time in St. Petersburg. And I was glad for you went to Peterhoff next day, when it wasn't raining :)

Neil G McMasters

Germany
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Tour: St. Petersburg - the city of Romanovs, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Sep 10/09

We were very pleased with the long custom day tour arranged by ' tours by locals' and the tour guide was first class. She had a great background knowledge of the various places we visited, was extremely patient and understanding of our questions. The whole tour ran like clockwork, an excellent safe driver, easy passage into the various points of interests and a wealth of facts and data concerning everything we attended and saw. Very professional and above all a very personal tour of Saint Petersburg. Great

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Neil! It was my pleasure to be your guide, and I am amazed by the Steffi's knowledge of Russian history! In just one day we managed to see what people usually get on their three days itinerary :)) and all that is thanks to your enthusiastic and positive attitude!

Gary Ark

United States
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Tour: Site Seeing Tour "The Beautiful Domes", Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 27/09

Irina is very knowledgeable and passionate about the city and its history. With Irina you get more than just a sightseeing tour, you get a fascinating journey into Russian history. She can go into any depth on any topic well beyond of what is written in tourists guides - thanks to her her master's degree in Russian history. She also has an upbeat personality, which makes the whole experience a great pleasure. Thank you very much, Irina!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Gary, for these nice words! The opportunity to exchange our perception of the city with your personal knowledge of it made the day in St. Petersburg really more than just sightseeing tour! So thank you for sharing a little bit of your own Piter :)

Nancy Battan

United States
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Tour: Nancy's Private tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 4/09

I'd give Irina an excellent rating for timeliness, knowledge of the city and history, and great communication skills. Because she has lived in the U.S., her American English was perfect. She was very well organized.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Nancy! You've managed to see a lot in St. Petersburg, and I am glad I contributed to your stay in my city!