Jordan H.United States
We enjoyed our 2 day tour with Polina. She was accommodating with a change of plans one of the days we were there. We were able to make our own itinerary so we were not rushed trying to see everything. Ticket prices were not included in our tour rate but Polina paid for us then we paid her back. She was honest with those prices when we changed plans. Polina is knowledgeable about Russian history, English is excellent, clean car and prompt. Perfect for a cruise tour.
Anil JindalUnited States
Thank you for a wonderful time ...we enjoyed spending the day with you and you did a excellent job ...if you are looking for a private guide Polina V is the one to pick ...
Polina V was an excellent guide with extensive knowledge which was clearly imparted. Also gave us good tips for shopping and restaurants/cafes. Very organised, punctual and nice friendly manner. I would nave no hesitation of recommending her to friends as a first class choice for ones trip Clive & Lynn Levitt
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Clive! It is great to hear such words)
Our two days in St Petersburg were just fantastic. Our beautiful guide, Polina, was so knowledgeable and interesting but also flexible. Her organisational skills are second to none and her English is perfect! I would also like to thank our wonderful driver, Dimitri. Thanks again Polina for the experience of a lifetime in St Petersburg!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lisa! It was a great pleasure to meet you both! And thank you for gift from Australia))))
Polina is so knowledgeable. It was a pleasant trip with Polina
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Yanti)))
Andrew BarclayUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andrew)))
Mark SchloesslinUnited States
Our time with Polina was excellent! She was most knowledgeable, upbeat, and friendly. From the time we first met her to the time we hugged her goodbye, the tour with Polina went very smoothly. Our tour of St. Petersburg was a highlight of our Baltic cruise. After this experience, we would definitely use Tours by Locals again; it's a good alternative to tours planned by the cruise lines.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mark! For very very warm words)))))
Chris JakwayVatican City
Polina did a wonderful job for us. She is very friendly and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend her. If you choose her as your guide you will not be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chris! That was wonderful meeting you!
Alice EllinghamUnited Kingdom
We are a group of 10 ranging from 13 to 82 and I would rate Polina 10 stars if possible. Everything was organised perfectly, from meeting us at the port, to the courteous driver and excellent mini-bus with complimentary bottled water. Polina's expert English plus in-depth knowledge of Russian history complimented her varied and interesting tour, amended to fit around the changeable weather. I cannot recommend Polina highly enough for any tour group. Thank you Polina - we had an amazing three days x
Jeremy FerreUnited States
Polina was great to work with from booking to tour. We made several changes in the itinerary and number of people and made things complicated for her, but she took it with ease. Our group was very happy with the tour provided and Polina as our guide. We highly recommend Polina as a tour guide!
Jeremy FerreUnited States
We found Polina to be an excellent guide and have no complaints. She was willing to accommodate our desires and create a flexible itinerary that worked well for our group. She was knowledgeable about everything we visited during our tour. Highly recommend!
Buz SawyerUnited States
Polina was our guide for three days in Saint Petersburg and she was terrific. She's knoww her stuff as a guide, but as importantly she was happy to improvise and which resulted in us going off the 'beaten path' which we loved! Thanks Polina...and for putting up with all of your questions! Laura and Buz
Cheryl R.United States
Polina did a fantastic job on our two day tour. We saw so many amazing sights in St Petersburg. We went home exhausted because each day was so full. My favorite was rage Faberge exhibit!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!
Darryl StitsonUnited Kingdom
Although we have never used this kind of service before, the tour was everything we had hoped it would be. Polina is professional and knowledgeable and tailored the day to what we wanted to see and do. The day was jam packed with all the main fantastic sights of St Petersburg, as well as an insight into how modern Russian people live. We even managed a market and a Metro ride, finally ending with Swan Lake in the evening at the Alexandrinsky before being safely escorted to our ship by our driver Dimitri.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Darryl! Thank you for this commentaries!! That was pleasure to meet your party!
Thank you Polina. It was a great tour. Perfect mix of arts, St. Petersburg life, interesting details and nice company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! It was nice to meet you!
Steven MartinezUnited States
I highly recommend Polina for your guild to St.P/RU She was helpful with my emails before arriving, explaining the umbrella visa, very easy to use. Polina meet us on time every morning and set our sight to explore her beautiful city, her knowledge was informative and witty, adding extra insights to our 3 Day Adventure. She made sure we had every Picture opportunity from the moment we arrived to the end of the day. Hire Polina, you won't regret it. Great food -Pies and No.1 RU vodka room Borsch/Vodka THX!
Jenny C.United States
St. Petersburg tour was a fantastic for 2 days. Tour covered highlights of this magnificent city and Polina was an exceptional guide. She spoke perfect English and a pleasant, informative and knowledgeable. Driver was great too! Due to the group size, it was difficult to move around from place to place, but, Polina was very patient and handled with her expertise. All in all, this was a great tour. Would highly recommend this tour and an excellent guide Polina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jenny! I was waiting for your feedback! It was a great experience, first time I organized tour for group of 47 people, and I think all went smoothly)
My family and I enjoyed Polina's company very much during our tour. She's very knowledgeable about the history of saint petersburg and I like her small humors in between her explanations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susin!
Brenda NyhofUnited States
Polina was great. She knew the city and sites well. She helped us avoid crowds and lines and still took us where we needed to be. Her knowledge was incredible. She took care of some individual interest like a hockey store and cough drops and finding us coffee when needed. She was very personable, her English was excellent, a great driver, and always attentive to our needs. We highly recommend her. Thanks for a remarkable time. St Petersburg was a highlight of the trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Brenda!! It was such a pleasure to meet you!
Olivia EsquibelUnited States
I enjoyed the day. Polina has excellent communication skills and was flexible to all my requests. She assisted me with all aspects of the days plan. I was prepared to ask specific questions and she worked with all of them. I wanted to plan my next 3 days for some individual exploration and she was very engaged and had information about different considerations such as locations for buying tickets to good restaurants and even a post office. She explained things patiently. I recommend Polina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!
Karl SabbaghUnited Kingdom
Polina was a superlative guide - informative, friendly, considerate, a very good driver, knowledgable about St Petersburg and full of good and unusual advice about what to see and where to go. She looked after our group of four on three separate days and we have no hesitation in recommending her, and would use her again if we return to this lovely city.
Polina is very knowledgeable of Saint Petesburg city and history. I asked a customized tour an thanks to Polina proposed schedule we leveraged as maximum the tour time. Polina is friendly and enjoyable and tour guided by her are nice and flawless. I heavily recommend Polina for anyone visiting Saint Petesburg
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!
Aby JoyUnited States
She is very knowledgeable and flexible. We enjoyed the tour.
Gregory VintUnited States
Polina was an excellent guide while I was in St. Petersburg. She took time to understand my interests and planned my tours accordingly. This was especially important when touring the Hermitage. She also understands the local culture and shared information about normal life in St. Petersburg. Especially if you have specific interests, Polina will make sure that you enjoy your time in the city.
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Gail J.Worthing, WEST SUSSEX, United Kingdom
Polina provided us with a wealth of knowledge about St Petersburg, the outskirts, the different eras and leaders as well as the palaces and gardens we were visiting. She had a superb command of English and was happy to answer our questions. We had a thoroughly pleasant and well organised trip. Excellent value.
Eileen HuyckUnited States
Me, my husband, and 2 sisters recently had Polina as a guide in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was fantastic and very friendly. We had a great time together and saw so many beautiful things. I cannot imagine anyone being a better guide than Polina was. I would rate her as a 5 star plus an additional 3 stars. Fantastic job Polina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Eileen! I have great memories about your visit here!
Knowledgeable guide and excellent tour of St Petersburg.
Richard MuntzUnited States
Polina was great! She was knowledgeable, pleasant, efficient and reliable. She went out of her way to help us tailor the 3 days we had to visit the sites of most interest to us. When this involved some extra time (such as an evening show) she was available to take us, pick us up, and take us to our cruise ship. My wife and I would definitely recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Lynda EdwardsUnited Kingdom
Being a party of eight over 60s we found that Polina covered everything that we asked for at a rate that we managed very well. Her information and knowledge was excellant and the added attraction of the Metro was an eyeopener. If we were to visit St Petersburg again we would certainly request Polina
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Linda! For all your words!
William RathbunUnited States
Polina was very knowledgeable about St. Petersburg. We enjoyed Polina's wonderful attitude, her friendly manner and great language skills. We recommend Polina and Tours by Locals for anyone visiting St. Petersburg. The nice car with a driver was an additional benefit and provided transportation from the cruise ship terminal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Willam! I had wonderful day with your party!
Nick DavisUnited Kingdom
We had a wonderful 2 days. Polina was very flexible, tailoring the itinerary to suit our preferences. Polina speaks excellent English, is very personable and extremely knowledgeable about the palaces and their contents.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nick!
John SheadUnited Kingdom
Polina was a superb guide. Excellent English, immense knowledge and very friendly. Took every opportunity to manage our 3 days so that we got the absolute maximum from St Petersburg which is a superb city to visit. Efficient at bypassing the lines and buying entrance tickets. Helpful in buying things - we had no roubles, and found good and reasonable places to eat and shop. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!!!
Arch GettyUnited States
Fantastic customized tour, and I'm a Russian historian so hard to please. Polina was the best guide I have met in many years of leading groups in Russia and elsewhere . She was very knowledgeable and professional, and everyone in my group adored her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you a lot Arch! It was more than pleasure to participate your tour not mine)))!
Very nice, friendly and knowlegeable leader. Responds to our needs. Speeks calmly so we can follow and absorb the info she gives. Answers all our questions yet remains in control of the time. Simply professional and friendly. Thank you Polina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Wessam! I appreciate a lot knowing you!
Pat JennerUnited Kingdom
We had such a good time! Definitely 5 out of 5. Polina was efficient and kind, helping me by picking up ballet tickets I'd booked when I made a mess of arranging their dispatch. She seemed instinctively to understand how much information we wanted about each place, and left us plenty of time to explore and take photographs. I was very impressed with her flexibility, as we decided at the last minute that we'd like to drop the visit to St. Peter and Paul fortress in favour of a walk in the Summer Garden.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Pat!
Anne GreeneUnited States
Polina was the most perfect guide....She is pleasant to be with and very knowledgeable....We spent 21/2 days with Polina and we feel as though we did everything we wanted to see and do. including taking us to 2 great Russian restaurants for lunch.. She also helped us arrange to see a ballet...which I would recommend it was great. I would highly recommend Polina
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!
John Sandy I.Canada
To have Polina as our personal guide was a real treat. Punctuality at all times, English was fluent, knowledge of product was amazing and ways of by-passing the crowds enabled us to see more. Our vehicle was modern and our driver was certainly competent. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend TBL or their guides; in fact we never fail to rec'm TBL whenever talking to potential visitors!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for these great words!
Steve H.Livingston, TEXAS, United States
We spent 3 wonderful days with Polina in the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg. There is so much to see in the city and Polina made the most of our time. She is a gracious, knowledgeable guide and shared so much information about the history of St. Petersburg as well as insights into life in the city now. We could not have asked for a better guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for this nice words! I appreciated very much when met you and your charming wife)
A wonderful overview of a great city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
George PysorUnited States
Polina is a great guide who knows her way around St. Petersburg. Easy to understand her English. She was willing to go out of her way to please everyone. What a wonderful tour. We highly recommend Polina. St. Petersburg was the highlight of our 6 country tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you George for this warm words!
Nirav RanaUnited States
excellent tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you a lot for this feedback!
Rosemary DalesandroUnited States
Polina was a wonderful guide - very informative and helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your warm words, Rosemary!
Douglas TheissUnited States
Polina gave our group of 8 an excellent two-day tour of St. Petersburg from the cruise ship. She customized the tour to meet our needs and timed everything perfectly to make the best use of our time and avoid long lines. Her English is outstanding. She was extremely knowledgeable about the local area, history and art. She was fun to be with and the vehicle she provided was clean and spacious. We would highly recommend this tour and Polina as a guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Douglas! It was nice to meet your big party!
Frank B.United Kingdom
We were a party of four seniors for three days. It was a pleasure to deal with Polina from the first email. She amended the itinerary to include our requests and shepherded the group through each item with well-chosen information and excellent timing. We were never late for the next visit. Dmitry the driver was a very personable accomplice.We shall all be recommending Polina to any interested friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Frank! I am very happy I met you party and you personally!
William ReiterUnited States
Polina was a superb guide. I spent a prior day with her visiting Peterhof and Pushkin. She brought in a local Novgorod guide, Natalia, expert in Novgorod history. Despite being about 3.5 hours by car from St. Petersburg it was time well spent and it gave me a new perspective on medieval Russian history. Polina is fluent in English and our conversation during the long drive provided considerable insight into current Russian social life. My visit to Russia gained considerable depth from this trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you William!
William ReiterUnited States
Polina was a superb guide. I also went with her to Novgorod on another day. These trips to Peterhof and Pushkin were amazing additions to everything in St. Petersburg and really shouldn't be missed. Polina is truly fluent in English, very knowledgeable and was also very good company during a long day. The time we were able to spend talking while driving taught me much about Russia and added great depth to my trip. I could not have been better satisfied in choice of trip or guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you William! It was a pleasure to meet you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jimena! It was a pleasure!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for stars Adriaan!!!
Nicole HondrosUnited States
Excellent guide!!! ...efficient with time, great prearranging tickets, informative, and also quite a lot of fun. I am a traveler who wants to see everything in whatever location I am visiting despite any time constraints, so when our cruise ship docked in St Petersburg overnight, I wanted a guide who could handle a full schedule. Polina customized our tour to visit every site we requested. She even stayed up until 2am for the white nights ceremony!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Nicole! That's a great meet with you! I enjoyed our 2 days and will never forget you my bright couple ) My best wishes to you!
John BettinsonUnited Kingdom
A most interesting and educational tour of St. Petersberg, that was due to our guide Polina, her knowledge of the city its places of interest and its history was exceptional. We thoroughly enjoyed the two days we spent visiting the palaces & gardens etc., which was enhanced by the attention to detail of Polina's knowledge.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John! It was great experience to meet you and Brenda and assist you as much s possible) I really enjoyed your company!
Paul EstesoUnited States
Polina was amazing and the tour she gave us was illuminating and outstanding. She is very knowledgeable and kind and stop at nothing to accommodate our requests. I highly recommend Polina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paul! It was great to meet you and Claudia! Ciao!
Mark FicklinScottsdale, AZ, United States
Polina was the very best. She has been the best guide ever. We have used Tour By Local many a times and she is one of the best. She knows her stuff and most accommodating. Don't miss your chance to book her for your tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mark! Great to meet you and your party!!!!
Cheryl HowardUnited States
Polina was the best guide we could have asked for! She took us to all of the best sights that we wanted to see in St Petersburg. We didn't have to stand in any lines like most people waiting to get into the museums or cathedrals. Polina knows Russian history and arts extremely well! I believe she said her college degree is in art history. Polina is an extremely nice young lady and her English is excellent. We would definite like to use her services again if we ever return to St Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cheryl! That was nice to meet you here and i hope one day you will come back!
James MordyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!!! I am very happy that we managed to give you great tour and experience despite the troubles!
Maria G.United States
This is the best tour and tour guide ever!!! Polina and Slava the driver were so amazing! Although she is very young, she is extremely knowledgeable of the history of St. Petersburg! She was patient but also stern when she needed to, in order to control our group of 15, keeping in mind that were so in awe that we stopped every two minutes to take pictures. She made sure we didn't stay behind and that we were on time according to the pre-planned itinerary.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Maria! It was so nice to have you wonderful group during your 3-day stay. I had a lot of fun and enjoyed your company a lot!!! Yellow blue bus!!!
Steven TruslowUnited States
Polina was much more than expected. She had all the visa red tape taken care of in advance but also seemed to have the required entrance tickets taken care of also. We wasted little time in line for anything. While our fellow passengers on the cruise ship were seeing 'maybe' 2 sites daily, we were seeing 4 to 6 via her very comfortable auto. Her English was perfect and her skill at moving at a comfortable pace was skillful. We would highly recommend her as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Steven! It was a great pleasure to meet you and your wonderful Theresa!
I highly recommend Polina as a guide. I spent a 4 hour walking tour with her which was very informative and interesting. Richard T
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Richard!
Heather OrchardNew Zealand
We spent two days with Polina. We are an older couple (70's) and Polina paced our tour so well. We saw all the major attractions, she was able to either get parking close by or she would drop us and come back. Polina is knowledgable, enthusiastic about her city, considerate of our needs, she has a pleasant sense of humor. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her. Polina took us to a couple of traditional Russian Restaurant for lunch which was not expensive but very good. A very pleasant experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Heather! It was nice experience for me as well. Hope i was helpful in the most))) My best wishes to you and John! Polina
Carol GrayUnited States
Polina was a wonderful tour guide. She spoke excellent English and gave us just the right amount of information, with a perfect pace, for the sights at hand. When we were hungry for lunch, she picked an excellent and inexpensive cafeteria style restaurant. Polina has a lot of charm and we enjoyed our time with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! *blushing*
Richard HallerUnited Kingdom
We had a wonderful two days with Polina. She tailored the tour to suit our needs, and provided a lot of information on all the places we visited. She also added a few surprises along the way. It was good to talk to a local, particularly one who was always smiling, and get an insight into life in Saint Petersburg. She drove us around in her car, which was very comfortable, and is a very safe driver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard!
I spent a wonderful day with Polina. She is a very knowledgeable, experienced guide who speaks perfect English. We went to Peterhoff and Catherine's Palace, as well as the Grand Choral Synagogue. I highly recommend Polina as a guide, especially if you wish to cover a number of attractions as she has access to a car. No driver necessary - she handles it all. If you are coming to St. Petersburg, you must look into using her fabulous services to show you this beautiful city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you) so many good words) i am very happy that i did your stay wonderful.
Amanda BaszkiewiczUnited States
Polina was an excellent tour guide! She had so much knowledge about what we saw, I feel like I could teach others! We saw so much in our day together, I would 190% recommend anyone take a tour with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello!!! Thank you)))) I feel that day was great) and hope I was useful for your further stay too)))
My wife and I had Polina for a 1 day tour of St. Petersberg. She made a customised itinerary based on what we told her we wanted to see. She was on time and her english is excellent. Her choice of restaurant for luncb was a venue that served Russian food, which was delicious (we loved the Potato Soup!) She was fun to be around, and at the end of the tour we really felt like we had spent the day seeing St. Petersberg with a friend. Thanks Polina for a great tour and a fun day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kevin) that was a pleasure to meet You!
John S.United Kingdom
Polina was a great guide and helped make my limited time in St Petersburg very good indeed. She was quite prompt which I appreciated, and was always in a good/positive mood despite having to show up before the sun came out! Polina's English is top-notch, she is a safe driver (with a new-model car), she appears to know her city inside and out, and she has a quite extensive knowledge of art. Would highly recommend any tour she provides, and would book again myself.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, John!!!!
Orva SchrammUnited States
Polina met us promptly. She was very well versed on the tour of the Russian Museum and selected a nice variety of exhibits to describe. Her suggestion of taking the canal boat tour was also worthwhile. She made for a good experience on our trip to St. Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Orva! That was nice choice of you - to see Russian museum - it is my favorite place in St. Petersburg!
James (Jim) McCullochNewmarket, ON, Canada
Two days with Polina were very special. Her knowledge of the city and region, the special cathedrals and palaces we visited, along with their place in history, is amazing. We spent 2 hours in the Winter Palace part of the Hermitage (we had specified the artists we wished to visit), and I am sure that her knowledge of the rest of that Museum is just as phenomenal. The trips to the Pushkin and Peterhof suburbs showed vividly how the Czars and Czarinas of the 17th century onward were such prolific spenders.
Mark K.United States
We had 2 days with Polina and thoroughly enjoyed our time in St. Petersburg with her. She was very flexible and accommodating and tailored the tour to our wishes. I would highly recommend Polina without reservation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mark for great words for me! I highly appreciate meeting your family! Polina
Just a short note to say how much we appreciated this tour with our guide. Polina is competent, professionnal, knowledgeable and articulate. It is a must for anyone curious about the Raspoutine murder scene.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael, thank you very much! Such a good words! That was so cool to meet person so much interested in Russian history! Thank you!