Jay FlintUnited States
Irina was been competent and punctual. She answered our questions on culture and historical aspects of the sights so we gained a better understanding of Moscow. She adjusted our schedule to allow last minute sites we requested.
Sergiev Posad is such a beautiful city. Irina is such a nice and knowledgeable guide. We went there on a very special day - Trinity Day, so we witnessed their religious event and culture. We enjoyed the day with Irina very much. She's very helpful in everything we asked for. Next time we are in Moscow, we will contact her for sure!
We have a great time with Irina in Vladimir and Suzdal. She organized everything for us very well. She provided her knowledge about the history and the towns, gave us time to take photos and enjoyed walking slowly to make sure we saw everything we should. Also, she arranged us to sit on a horse carriage, which is really nice, so we didn't have to walk too far. It was a long day to visit both cities in one day but we were tired very happily :-)
Susannah PaymerUnited States
Irina was an amazing tour guide. We took the Jewish tour and then saw some additional sites. Irina speaks perfect English. Her knowledge of Jewish history, Russian history and Moscow are incredible. Our day was fun, informative, perfectly organized and very special. A great gal to spend quality time with in a great city!
Alan Van NormanUnited States
Very pleasant and informative. Gave both the "state" and popular perspective on things as well as a personal perspective. Recommend highly.
Linda B.United States
Nikolay met me at the Airport when I arrived in Moscow, then took me back at the time of my choosing to catch my departing flight at the end of my trip. He was very prompt, informative and engaging, and spoke good English. A bit nicer and possibly safer than other options for transfer.
Irina was extremely knowledgeable and an excellent translator. She was willing to show us as much or as little as we chose. She was willing to go with the flow.
Christina DaymanUnited Kingdom
Irina is an incredible tour guide and we enjoyed our day with her very much. We can't believe how much we saw in just one day! Irina is incredibly knowledgeable and gave us a fantastic understanding of Russian history and the city of Moscow. Would highly recommend Irina for anyone wishing to learn as much as they possibly can in one day! Thank you so much again Irina!
Irina customised a tour just for me and it was perfect. I got a great history lesson along the way, learnt the metro, got a SIM card, changed some money, went shopping at local suburban shopping centre even got souvenirs at local market which I know must be good as Irina purchased gifts as well. Irina had fluent English & could even understand my harsh Australian accent & slang. What a great day at a very fair price. I highly recommend Irina & I know you will not be disappointed. Thanks Irina
Benjamin TrumpUnited States
I had limited time in Moscow, and Irina did a spectacular job showing me all the things that I wanted to see in a condensed time. I took a two-day tour. The first day included a trip to Vladimir and Suzdal. Irina planned this trip ahead of time and made it look easy - beautiful photos and incredible culture. The second day was a tour of Moscow. Irina clearly knows the city by heart - every site was stuffed with insight and stories. Irina is truly a professional guide, I highly recommend!
Paulomi BhattUnited Arab Emirates
If you are in Moscow and need a guide, Irina is the person for you. We recently completed a two day tour with Irina and we were 8 of us. She is a wonderful person , very professional and thorough. She tailored a tour as per our requirements and her knowledge of Moscow is great. We enjoyed greatly and would definitely recommend her
Mary BlythinUnited States
Fabulous tour! Irina took me to Fedoskino village, a tiny town outside Moscow, one of the 4 Russian towns where lacquered boxes are made and decorated. Irina arranged for me to visit the factory to see how the boxes are constructed, and to observe and speak with some of the artists. We also visited the private gallery of Nadia Strelkina, who was trained at Fedoskino and is well known outside Russia as a painter of fantasy. This tour is a must for anyone interested in this uniquely Russian art.
THE BEST! I booked Irina for my parents, aunt and uncle (all senior citizens) who love getting into intricate details of every place they see. Points: a) Courtesy: Extremely curteous and speaks fluent English. Her driver was well behaved too. She patiently answered all questions b) Knowledge: Mindblowing. They added Tretyakov National museum and had a feedback that no amount of research could have matched Irina! c) Comfort: She had a new looking COMFORTABLE Minivan 1000% recommended.
Dalia RatnerUnited States
irina was a wonderful tour guide. She was ready at the airport when we exited for our Airport Layover Tour, guided us expertly through all of the public transport, showed us exactly what we had wanted to see in Moscow (the beautiful Metro stations, Choral Synagogue and Red Square), she was friendly, patient, and pleasant. She told us about the things we were interested in, particularly the people and culture in Moscow, the history of the sites we visited, and was just nice to be with. Perfect!
If anyone wants a professional, well educated, and cheerful, as well as proficient in English and the subject matters, they should ask for Irina. She made our trip truly memorable.
If anyone wants a professional, well educated, and cheerful, as well as proficient in English and the subject matters, they should ask for Irina. She made our trip truly memorable.
Randi WillisUnited States
Irina is a charming girl who was well versed in the Jewish life in Moscow. She shared a photo of her handsome Jewish grandfather who served in the army. Our tour was on a Saturday so we got to experience services in the synagogues. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Irina and would recommend her highly.
Lissa HaagUnited States
Irina knows a ton about history - we learned so much! We saw all the popular sights including Red Square, Armoury, Kremlin, St. Basils, Lenins tomb, Pushkin. She also took us to a great flee market, metro tour, Arbat street , Gum department store. Irina's English is very good and we very much enjoyed our 2 1/2 days with her. Highly recommend!
Idalie SantaellaUnited States
Irina is a wonderful guide and her tour of the Bolshoi the highlight of my trip. At our request, she also accompanied us to the Gulag Museum after the Bolshoi visit. Unfortunately it was our last day in Moscow so I could not book more tours with her, but next time I will. I. Santaella San Juan, Puerto Rico
Debra PottsUnited States
My day with Irina was my favorite in a three-week trip to Russia. We visited a small village outside Moscow, toured Sergiev Posad and the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, and had a leisurely lunch at Irina's neighbor's dacha. Our hosts, a second Irina and her husband Pyotr, were the most warm and generous imaginable, and when the weather trapped us indoors, vodka and Pyotr's moonshine fueled conversation. Lots of laughter, lots of learning. Irina is friendly, quite knowledgeable, and has excellent English.
Robert SwitzUnited States
Irina was fantastic. Excellent English, well organized, knowledgeable, a sense of humor and just plain fun to be with. She is very flexible and accommodates what ever changes you might want to work into your agenda. We loved our time with her as she made our trip very enjoyable and very productive. Flawless execution! Not afraid to speak to current affairs which we enjoyed. We met as client and tour guide and left as friends. Highly recommend!
Amber IsakUnited States
Irina was a great guide for our day tour in Moscow! Her English is excellent & the driver was prompt and courteous as well. We liked that she took us to top sites but also unique spots in the city too. Only complaint is that we did not hit several sites on our original itinerary & unsure if this is due to traffic or time management. She could have been more assertive w/ us to keep us on pace :) We would have spent less time in places had we known we would miss out on others. Overall though, a great tour!
Ben SilarskiPort Kembla, NSW, Australia
Irina was the perfect guide in Moscow. She organised a customised private tour for us to do some family research. She translated everything for us as her English was very good, we couldn't have done it without her. She also took us on a gray day tour of Moscow and her knowledge was fantastic. It was a pleasure to have Irina as our guide and we would definitely use her again.
Vivien KarpUnited States
This tour or service was incredibly helpful. I would recommend to anyone visiting Moscow. The driver, Nicolai was there waiting for us at the airport when we arrived. He also picked us up from our hotel to drive us back to the airport when leaving. He pointed out important buildings and sort of gave us a tour of the city while providing transportation.
Mary Dolores CattersonUnited Kingdom
Really good and interesting tour. Irina is a very knowlgeable and informative guide. Lunch at the teachers' club was a lovely touch and very authentic and not possible without Irina.
Bob MooreUnited States
Excellent service. My driver was right on time and was so helpful. Thanks for a great experience!
Christopher DabskiUnited States
Irina turned out to be a very warm, informative guide who allowed us a glimpse into a peaceful Russian countryside on a pleasant chauffeured car ride that culminated with a visit to her family's dacha. Both Irina and her mother proved to be gracious hosts who served us with a variety of delicious typical Russian dishes followed by a guided tour of the cottage itself, vegetable and fruit garden and nice bucolic surroundings. We enjoyed the conversation and the warm heart-felt
Christopher DabskiUnited States
The car tour of Moscow with Irina and her driver Yuri turned out to be incredible and worth every penny. We managed to see all the important points of interest I had in mind and additionally our charming guide treated us to some unexpected top notch stops like a visit to Tsereteli Sculpture Gallery with a restaurant where we had a nice, Russian lunch with her. At my request we spent a considerable amount of time at Novodevichy cemetery where hundreds of famous Russians are buried.
Bob MooreUnited States
An excellent experience. I definitely want to use ToursByLocals again!
Irina was a great guide. Very good English great knowledge of Moscow and history. We would go with Irina if we where ever in Moscow again. She also had a great driver who spoke good english.
Irwin C.United States
Irina was a charming, knowledgeable guide who planned our tour in a most efficient and comprehensive manner. We truly enjoyed the time we had with her. We always felt comfortable with her and she was always there to point out additional items as we journeyed along.
Buzz V.United States
Four of us traveled in and around Moscow for three days with Irina. She was just terrific. She was knowledgeable, friendly, understandable, enthusiastic, flexible, and sensitive to our needs and desires. We were in touch with her before our trip and worked out specific things we wanted to see and the timing of our daily plan. It all worked just as we had hoped. I know you will enjoy your time with Irina.
Tim AbrahamUnited States
Wonderful tour! Irina speaks English perfectly and is extremely knowledgeable. She is also very friendly. Every expectation was met and we will tour with Irina again when we return. Highly recommend!
David HansonUnited States
Irina is very prompt and efficient, speaks excellent English and knows Russian history more accurately than the history books. She is very thorough and has an equally excellent driver, Yuri. Our trip was well organized and provided us valuable insights into the culture and sights not often experienced by tourists.
Excellent tour of Moscow and area. Our guide was very knowledgeable and always on time. We missed an important part of our tour due to a lack of knowledge about opening hours. Check all timetables and holidays on line prior to finalizing the tour.
Irina is very helpful and we enjoyed the tour a lot - you should definitely book yourself "A glimpse of Moscow" if you ever visit Russia and this will be a worthwhile experience if this is your first time !! Thanks Irina for the detailed explanation on the history and introduction of Moscow! Love it and we hope to see you again very soon!
Orna AzulayUnited States
Irina was amazing! We are two adults with two teens. She arranged a driver to meet us at the airport. We then met her the following morning. She is very knowledgeable and patient and her English is very good. The following day we had another city tour but with her driver as well. She tailored it to our desires and was incredibly prepared. The kids loved her and were pleased with her and her personality. We then went on the third day to an out town trip. It was great and we were very comfortablle.
Grant GochinUnited States
Very knowledgeable, charming, EXCELLENT tour guide. Highly recommended.
Marcy BrownUnited States
A great day. The highlight of our Moscow trip. The day in the country at the Dacha was delightful. Meeting Irina's Mom and neighbors, seeing the summer house and the local and authentic food was great insight into Russian real life. The tour of Jewish venues in Moscow was great and Irina arranged it so we were able to get the most done in a timely manner.
We very much enjoyed the tour. Irena was able to answer all of our questions and adapt to meet the needs of our heavily jet lagged children
I was very excited to be in Moscow and saw almost everything that I had hoped to see. Irina was very pleasant and answered all of my many questions. She met me at the airport (which meant that she had to start her day at 4am!) and took care of all of the necessary logistics during my stay. In addition to sharing general knowledge,Irina was also able to provide information about the Jewish community.The tour was a carefree way to be in a non English speaking environment and suited my needs perfectly.
Benjamin ThomasUnited States
Irina showed up as scheduled and was excellent!
Lesley BoyleUnited Kingdom
Irina was a very punctual, pleasant guide who was very good at providing information on the many places we visited. She chose appropriate forms of transport to enable my wife and I to see as much of Moscow in a short space of time. I would recommend Irina to anyone wishing to have a guide on their visit to Moscow.
Henry MaxwellHong Kong
Irina is an excellent docent and I have learned a lot from her about Russian history and culture. We did quite a lot of walking too which I have no problem at all in spite of my age. Irina was very caring and considerate about this.
Estelle MomrowUnited States
Very knowledge about history, architecture, places of interest, very quiet but in charge . I would highly recommend her
Estelle MomrowUnited States
Irina is a delight, very knowledgeable, and knows a lot of details about various things that make everything more alive, very professional, low key, very knowledgeable. I would recommend it.
Excellent tour and guide, Irina was awesome. She showed us everything we needed to see and knew the answer for every single question we had. Simply perfect, worth every cent! Highly recommended! Thanks Irina!!
Shlomo ShertokUnited States
Irina was great. She waited for us as we got out the airport's doors and started the six hours tour from their. She is professional, knowledgeable, friendly and flexible with the schedule. We felt very comfortable being with her.
Thank you Irina! You not only made it interesting and informative for the adults, you also managed to captivate the interest and imagination of a 6 year old and a 9 year old for the entire 2 days!!
Karl GolnikUnited States
Irina was knowledgable and delightful. We had a very good tour and I would definitely recommend her for a tour of Moscow.
A fantastic tour with an amazing guide! Irina was both knowledgeable and personable and it was a pleasure seeing the highlights of Moscow with her. Highly recommended.
So interesting and informative! We had a lovely time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cara, thanks for your kind words, I am sorry I do not have your email to transfer the photos from the tour.
the tour with Irina gave us a real idea of the life and foods of rural Russia and how they spend time in their summer houses. We really appreciated the food which had been grown in her garden and some preserved by her grandmother. Irina thank you for showing us something that you do not get to see or taste by staying in big cities. Also we enjoyed the time spent chatting with Christina. Graeme and Denise
Christopher ChildersUnited States
We had a magical and historical tour of the famous Bolshoi theatre! We felt like royalty, having the theatre to ourselves, thanks to our guides. If you love glamour and history and theatre, and want to learn about the secret rooms...you don't want to miss this!
Daniel AmosUnited States
I had a great tour with Irina. Thank you very much
Dawn FriendUnited States
Irina was very friendly and informative. In addition to the typical Red Square and Lenin's Tomb she took us to a Grocery and the Teacher's Union for tea time. She was a great help in arranging the transportation from and back to the airport. She provided helpful guidance on other things to see in our time in Moscow. The only complaint was that at times it was difficult to understand what she was saying during the driving portion of the tour. All in all a very good experience!
Andrew TaborUnited Kingdom
Irina was excellent managing to show us the main sites of the Kremlin in the short period we had between flights.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrew, thanks a lot for your comments Irina
Irene ChongHong Kong
Irina was a fantastic host. I had truly enjoyed her hospitality. A unique experience which let me into the life of the locals, which it is must to make your Russia trip more complete! She has very friendly neighbors which is a big plus! She is a great cook too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Irene, It was my pleasure to have you in my house and to share with you our daily life and country traditions.
Harry H.United States
This was a very nice day, away from all the tourists. Irina is fluent in English. We first toured a mid-sized town. Then drove to the dacha village. We had a very nice lunch, and visited with 2 neighboring families, seeing the gardens at their dachas. We walked around the dacha village with Irina, seeing the fine dachas owned by policemen and customs agents. My only negative comment is that the driver, who is not her usual driver, drove very fast, literally passing every vehicle on the road.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Harry, thanks a lot for your comments . I have already had a couple of dacha tours after your visit and I have changed the driver.I am thinking how to make dacha tour more interesting and I would like to include fishing or mashroom hunting . Irina
David WestUnited Kingdom
Irina spoke very good English and is a very pleasant person to be guided by. The pace of the tour was just right and we saw everything we set out to see. We particularly liked the Scientists Club. This was a very good introduction to Moscow and I thoroughly recommend her.
Frederick LeBlancUnited States
Irina was able to show us more than the main sites we wanted to see in Moscow in the short time we were there. She picked us up at our hotel in Domodedovo and returned us to the hotel when the tour was finished. We really enjoyed the tour.
Unfortunately Irina did not give us the tour as she was not able to, but she sebt Daniel P who was very good, and since he had Jewish background, he was a great help. Thank you Daniel
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eddie, Thank you for your feedback Irina
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.
Irina is a very courteous, capable guide who gave us a wonderfully descriptive tour and an insight into Russian life. We all felt that we had had a complete tour of Moscow sights and life.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kay! Thanks for your feedback. It was my pleasure to show you our capital and to spend time together with you and your friends.
Natallia YaromenkaUnited States
Irina was a very nice guide but we can't be certain why she had such high marks from everyone else. While we liked our tour, Irina was very difficult to get information out of. Almost like walking with an awkward or uncomfortable stranger rather than a guide, excited to do her job. While we know no one is perfect, Irina is far from it. We would probably not give two stars to Irina if we wouldn't have four other outstanding guides during our trip to Russia.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Just like Irina, we are surprised to hear those comments since Irina has a stellar history with ToursByLocals.com and our customers. When asked if anything different happened during that tour, she was not able to point out anything and informed us that by the end of the tour the customers seemed to have had a enjoyed their experience.
Kenneth GouldUnited States
We enjoyed our 3 days in Moscow with Irina. She spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable on the historical sites and museums. Irina tour of the subways stations was really fun. Her 3 day tour was very well organized and we covered a lot of ground using public transportation. Recommended
Charles WeissUnited States
Irina was well organized and planned an excellent itinerary. Her knowledge of history, culture, politics and lifestyle was excellent.
Stewart PearlUnited States
The Jewish Heritage Tour with Irina was one of the highlights of my Moscow trip. She took me to two functioning synagogues,one of which had three separate sanctuaries depending on where you came from. Irina spent well over an hour translating a conversation I had with two older Russian gentlemen in one of the sanctuaries, one that opened my eyes to the way America is perceived by other peoples and the world-wide bond of being Jewish. Do not miss the opportunity to see this side of Moscow with Irina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Stewart for your kind words!
Driving tour with Irina was like visiting Moscow on a magic carpet, she was very informative, full of interesting stories about attractions and flexible. This made the tour my best day in Moscow. She also provided me Bolshoi ticket at a fraction of the best price that I could find. Choosing this tour will be your best move in Moscow.
Nancy ReichUnited States
Irina organized a great day based on my specific interests. She arranged for personal tours of the synagogues I asked to visit and organized the rest of the day so that I had plenty of time to see everything I wanted.
James KeaneUnited States
Although we booked Irina with very short lead time she arrived on time and prepared to show us a good overview of Moscow in one day. Irina was knowledgeable and pleasant to be with. I recommend booking with Irina without hesitation.
My niece and I were both very impressed with Irina. She was very accommodating with changing the tour to suit us as we had a very limited time in Moscow that day. Irina guided us through the idiosyncracies of the Moscow metro which was a hugh benefit on our return to the city a few days later with the tour group. She is a charming, knowledgable young lady and her advice stood us in good stead on our return to Moscow.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ellen, thanks a lot for your kind words.how was your trip to Siberia?
Gigi SmithUnited States
Irina did a fantastic job, great knowledge and interesting anecdotes. We would highly recommend her to future travelers.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gigi, Thanks a lot for your kind words,it was a pleasure for me to spend time with you and your friends.Have a great time in St.Petersburg.
Dmitry MinaevUnited States
Irina, thank you very much. I highly appreciate all your help. Irina is responsible and very helpful. You're the best! Thanks! -- Dmitry
Burton KleinUnited States
Irina was terrific. She was quite knowledgeable about all the sites we visited. She changed plans along the way as more and more detours were being set up the day before Victory Day parade. We learned a lot not only about Moscow & Russia, but also about the enormous changes going on in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Benjamin S.United States
This was so much fun! My travel partner had to go back to the US due to an emergency midway through our trip, and I was left with no one to take any photos of me in Moscow. I found Irina and Julia and booked the tour. They were phenomenal, and the photos she took are some of the best of any trip I've been on. She not only took great care to set up some really nice shots, but she edited everything for me and sent all the photos by email within 3 days of the tour. Outstanding, A+.
Sandra GoldbergUnited States
Irina was a pleasure to have as a guide. She did an outstanding job in making sure we saw all the key Jewish sights in Moscow and giving us great background. We learned a great deal; people will be lucky to have her as their guide. Her mastery of the subway system was impressive.
Very professional, will let you see the insider view of Moscow. Great experience. Thanks! Itai and Ron, Tel Aviv
Robert DillardUnited States
Irina's "A Glimpse of Moscow" tour is a perfect and highly recommended complement to any Moscow visit, whether a short-stay such as mine, or as a primer for more in-depth exploration. Irina is knowledgeable of sites and activities, both large and small, and adds a local touch to the Moscow experience. Her selection and presentation of sites was perfect, and her suggestion for a local fare restaurant provided a wide selection of authentic food filled with local ambiance. When in Moscow, book this tour!
Toni BennerUnited States
Irina was very helpful, very knowledgable and gave us a complete Jewish tour of Moscow. We will pass her name to anyone interested in this tour. Thank you.