Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in St Petersburg Russia by Tour Guide Nikolai M. (Guide #3021)


John Larivee

United States
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Tour: #43002, Private 3 days shore excursion of St. Petersburg for John Larivee and company, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 7/18

Nikolai was fabulous! He helped us understand the history and culture of St. Petersburg and its people as he guided around palaces, museums, cathedrals and streets. Our 3 days allowed us to see many of those sites as well as a ride on the metro, an evening of ballet, and dinner at a local restaurant. He was knowledgeable, dependable, and patient with us.

James Klein

United States
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Tour: #43002, 3 days shore excursion of St. Petersburg private tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 4/18

Nikolai made our three day cruise visit to St. Petersburg very easy and enjoyable. He, and Tours By Locals, were very responsive to my emails. Nikolai took care of getting our visa documents so that we had no trouble going through immigration every day; he was very prompt; he put together our shore excursion consistent with our suggestions; he made all of the arrangements in advance; he was friendly and very knowledgeable; and he spoke fluent English. I strongly recommend Nikolai as a tour guide.

Sheryl Bennett-Hullin

Australia
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Tour: #18442, St. Petersburg visa-free flexible Shore Excursion, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 3/18

Nikolai is a fantastic guide, he's extremely knowledgeable on the history of the city. We can't recommend him highly enough. His fluency in English made communication extremely easy for us. We had a wonderful day seeing the main sights of this beautiful city. And gaining an insight into what makes St Petersburg tick. Thank you Nikolai. Sheryl & Gary.

Mary Thuma

United States
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Tour: #18830, Non-touristic private tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 24/18

Having traveled to St Petersburg previously we had already toured all of the highlights. This tour was perfect for our return visit to St Petersburg. Nikolai was a great guide.

Ray O.

Australia
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Tour: #18442, St. Petersburg visa-free flexible Shore Excursion, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 17/18

We had two tours with our guide Nikolai and he was very informative and accommodating. He took us to where we wanted to go and showed us what we wanted to see plus more.

Debra Lund

United States
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Tour: #47361, 2 days shore excursion private tour of St. Petersburg for Debra Lund and company, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 14/18

I had A LOT of guides to choose from in St. Petersburg but after looking trough my options I decided on Nikolai.. all I can say is WOW!.. what an excellent choice! I was a little nervous about traveling around Russia, our ship issued a caution warning to the American guests but all my fears were for nothing. I could not have felt more safe and was not at all worried. Nikolai is extremely knowledgeable and gives just the right amount of information. I HIGHLY recommend him, you won't be disappointed!

Kit Murdock

Uruguay
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Tour: #18442, St. Petersburg visa-free flexible Shore Excursion, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 13/18

Nikolai is incredible. He did a great job and. Was super informative. Anyone who gets him for a guide is very lucky.

Rick Roberts

United States
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Tour: #18239, Private Tour to Peterhof and Hermitage for Carol Roberts and company, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 12/18

Nikolai was waiting for our family group of four when we disembarked the Regal Princess in St. Petersburg. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of this remarkable former capital of Russia. He kept us informed concerning all that we passed along the way to Peterhof, and was an excellent guide there and at The Hermitage later in the afternoon. He was particularly attentive to my sister-in-law's needs to walk slowly and to sit when there was availability. An overall fabulous tour experience.

Nancy Simonson

Bend, OREGON, United States
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Tour: #43003, Private tour of St. Petersburg for Nancy Simonson and company, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 1/18

This was our 2nd trip with Nikolai as our tour guide. He is very knowledgeable about St. Petersburg. This trip there were 5 of us and he arranged for a van to take us to the specific sites we wanted to see and added some an additional side trip. He kept our 10 year and 13 year old grandchildren interested in what we were seeing. Nikolai even made arrangements for ballet tickets for us to see Swan Lake - great seats. His English is very good. I highly recommend Nikolai.

Ricki Sernick

Canada
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Tour: #43002, 3 days shore excursion of St. Petersburg private tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 24/18

Hi Nikolai! So hard to believe that's been a 3 weeks since we first met. We are now home in Toronto and are thinking back on our 3 days together. We so enjoyed the time we spent together. It was very intense, so much to see and learn about Russian history! You were exceptional in your knowledge and enthusiasm not to mention you patience at our questions which -in my case-I repeated over and over again. Thank you for making our stay in St Petersburg so memorable and meaningful! Wishing you good luck!

Christine Hsiao

Taiwan
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Tour: #47361, 2 days shore excursion private tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 10/18

Nikolai is a wonderful guide that knows so much about the city and all the attractions we visited. He is very flexible with itinerary arrangements as well and really cater to our needs. We had a lovely time in Saint Petersburg and surely learned so much about it! Highly recommend!

King Huei Sim

Singapore
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Tour: #72107, Peterhof + Pushkin (the Catherine palace) Private Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 7/18

Very good organised day tour of both Peterhof and Catherine Palace at Pushkin by Nikolay. He drives his own car and very safely so you can rest in between touring. Nikolay is a fountain of knowledge about Peterhof, Catherine Palace and Russia in general. My wife and I really gained a greater understanding of Russian culture and history, all thanks to him. We highly recommend this tour. Spasiba Nikolay!!!������

Sherryl Altadonna

United States
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Tour: #43002, Private 3 days shore excursion of St. Petersburg for Sherryl Altadonna and company, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 4/18

Nikolai is very knowledgeable on Saint Petersburg area. Any question you have he can answer it. We were in Russia for 3 days and kept him as our guide for the whole stay. We even ventured to Moscow for the day with Nikoli. Best guide ever! If looking for a english speaking guide with a great personality look no further. Thank you for a fabulous days! Sherryl, Lenny, Mitch and Sue

S K.

Panama
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Tour: #43003, Highlights private tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 3/18

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Umer Hayyat

Pakistan
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Tour: #18239, Private Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and park with fountains, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 30/18

it was awesome experience and the guide was very helpful

Ivor Lee

Cayman Islands
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Tour: #47361, 2 days shore excursion private tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 27/18

Nikolai was a fantastic guide for our trip to St. Petersburg. We were in town for the World Cup and he showed us the many wonders of the city. Nikolai pointed out things that we would never have looked at on our own and was able to get us past all the long lines. He was very patient with us and very knowledgeable. We highly recommend getting in touch with Nikolai as your tour guide for the city.

Loodmila Kramer

Canada
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Tour: #18442, St. Petersburg visa-free Shore Excursion for Looda Kramer, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 24/18

Nikolai was very knowledgeable about St. Petersburg, fluent in English, very attentive and we had an excellent experience with him. I would recommend him highly to anybody planning to tour around this area. His service went beyond that of any other tour guide that we spoke to when trying to choose the tour.

Geoff M.

United States
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Tour: #43002, 3 days shore excursion of St. Petersburg private tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 22/18

We greatly enjoyed our 3 day tour of St Petersburg with Nikolai. He kindly modified his tour itinerary to accommodate our interests and capabilities. We would not have been able to see as much and understand what we were seeing without his help. Thank you, Nikolai.

Ashley Ray

United States
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Tour: #72107, Peterhof + Pushkin (the Catherine palace) Private Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 18/18

Nikolai was a great tour director! He picked us up and gave us background knowledge about the city of St. Petersburg and the two palaces during our car ride. We felt that the pacing of the day was perfect - we were not rushed in either place. We had a great time!

Elsa Martinez

United States
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Tour: #149541, St. Petersburg city private tour with flexible itinerary, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 16/18

Going on a tour of St. Petersburg with Nikolai felt like spending an afternoon with a friend. He took us to all of our points of interest and was able to share unique insights on his city that only a local would know. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and took us to several hidden local gems that tour operators do not regularly visit (which are still worth your time). We highly recommend him. Thank you Nikolai! - Dan & Elsa

Lance Ringel

United States
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Tour: #28384, Private Tour to town Pushkin (the Catherine Palace), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Mar 8/18

We had Nikolai as a guide last year and, returning this year with a friend, engaged him again, this time for a tour to Russia's WW1 museum (which is terrific, but requires the help of someone fluent in both Russian and English) and the Catherine Palace. Not only is Nikolai extraordinarily knowledgeable, he is also incredibly flexible and responsive to his guests' needs; he adjusted the timing and order of his standard tour to our preferences, and made sure we caught the train at the end of the tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad that Lance, Chuck and Renee enjoyed the tour to town Pushkin where we have visited unique WW1 museum in Martial Chamber (founded more than a hundred years ago). Visiting the Catherine Palace completed our visit Tsarskoe Selo and we arrived to the Finland train station in time. I am always happy to give detailed information about sights we visit if this is of interest to my guests.

Chan Ghee Leow

Canada
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Tour: #28384, Tour to town Pushkin (the Catherine Palace), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Oct 11/17

Nikolai's vast knowledge on the city of St. Petersburg and the Catharine Palace made the tour a completely immersive experience. Despite the wet weather on the day of the tour, we continued our visit around the grounds outside the palace. I am glad we persisted as the countryside was absolutely stunning with all the autumn colours in the billowing wind!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. Parks are very beautiful this time of year and not so crowded. Show these places to my customers with great pleasure.

Chan Ghee Leow

Canada
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Tour: #18239, Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and park with fountains, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Oct 10/17

Nikolai is an extremely knowledgeable guide. He knows the city like the back of his hand, and was able to provide insightful commentaries on the sights we passed during our 50-minute drive to Peterhof. His expertise in the history of the Grand Palace itself is absolutely impressive. Highly recommended!

Marx Martin

United States
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Tour: #18239, Tour to Peterhof Grand Palace and park with fountains, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Oct 6/17

So knowledgeable and completely professional. Highly and totally recommendable!

Adrianna P.

Mexico
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Tour: #47361, 2 days shore excursion tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 14/17

Nikolai is a great passionate guide who made sure we understood and loved his culture. Visiting the palaces with him made a great difference, he is very good!

Nancy Simonson

Bend, OREGON, United States
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Tour: #47361, 2 days private excursion tour of St. Petersburg for Nancy Simonson, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 29/17

Nikolai was a great guide. He set up 2 days of touring that included all the sights my husband and I wanted to see. He is extremely knowledge and helped us understand the sights and the history of the sights. He answered our many questions and went out of his way to help us with special requests. He was prompt each day and communicated exactly what the plan would be. Communication before our time in St. Petersburg was always very complete and prompt. We highly recommend Nikolai as a tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to give tours to Nancy Simonson and her husband. It was not too difficult for me to rent necessary folded wheel chair, which we needed during tours in the palaces and museums. I am glad Nancy and her husband Wes enjoyed performance of classical Russian ballet. I was happy to arrange tickets in the private box in one of the theatres in downtown.

Brian Mullen

United States
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Tour: #47361, 2 days shore excursion tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 19/17

We enjoyed our two-days in St. Petersburg with Nikolai. His insights and English are superb. We greatly appreciate that he pre-purchased all the tickets and visa that we needed. Saved us a lot of paperwork and long lines. He led us to the best entrances and really helped us navigate the major sites of St. Petersburg on a busy summer weekend. From the Hermitage to the Peterhof Palace, Nikolai shares the stories and history behind each piece of art and each czar. Highly recommended.

Jetxika Nunez

United States
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Tour: #72107, Private tour to Peterhof + Pushkin (the Catherine palace) for Jetxika Nunez and family, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 12/17

We tailored our tour with Nikolai for Petergof, the Ekaterina Summer Palace and the Hermitage Museum. He knew how to best use of our time; e.g. we entered the main palace easily whereas we could tell it was very crowded by the time we left out. Being a tailored tour, he was very open to tweak it and provided suggestions along the route about what to see and responded all of our questions demonstrating that he is very knowledgeable of these locations. Outstanding job!! Highly recommended!!

Heather W.

United States
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Tour: #18830, Non-touristic tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 10/17

Highly recommend this tour since you get to see the real life in St Petersburg. The best part was the Russian bath which was truly authentic. Wonderful tour experience!

Philip Symon

Israel
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Tour: #43003, Highlights tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 17/17

Michael Walker

United States
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Tour: #18442, St. Petersburg visa-free flexible Shore Excursion, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 12/17

Nikolai met us at the terminal. We toured Michael's castle and the Nevsky Monasery. We ate in a great place with delicious food. He is flexible to go with your desires. It was a fun time with him.

Kirk Martin

United States
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Tour: #149541, Private St. Petersburg city tour for Kirk Martin, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 19/17

I've taken tours all over the world and left disappointed. Nikolai was very polite and helpful, but given the high cost for a private tour, we were disappointed. Communication was very difficult. We don't feel like we really gained a local's insight. He's a good guy, but couldn't answer so many questions for us. This is a very expensive option to not receive high quality insight and clear communication. I cannot recommend tours by locals based on this experience.

Julie Morris

United Kingdom
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Tour: #47361, Private shore excursion of St. Petersburg for Julie Morris and company, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 18/17

A great excursion! Nikolai tailored the day to our reduced mobility requirements. His knowledge of the Hermitage, Church of the Spilled Blood and St Isaacs Cathedral was superb - he was a fantastic guide around St. Petersburg. Highly recommended

Heidi Hood

United States
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Tour: Private tour to the Hermitage museum + hightlights of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 16/17

Our tour of the Hermitage Museum and the best of St. Petersburg truly enriched our visit to this lovely city. Nikolai helped us navigate the huge collection of art at the Hermitage Museum in a way that made the experience more enjoyable especially since we were visiting the museum with our teenage children. Nikolai also toured us around the city with a van and gave us so much insight into the history behind each of the amazing sites. Nikolai spoke perfect English. We highly recommend Nikolai.

Kitty Toll

Danville, VERMONT, United States
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Tour: #18442, St. Petersburg visa-free flexible Shore Excursion, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 15/17

Excellent tour. Nikolai was very accommodating. He spent the entire day with us from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. Could not have had a better experience.

Ivy Liebross

United States
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Tour: #18442, St. Petersburg visa-free flexible Shore Excursion, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 14/17

We had an 11-hour tour in St. Petersburg, Russia, with Nikolai. He was a great guide. He is extremely knowledgeable, especially about the artwork and he told us a myriad of interesting facts, details about the artists, and their paintings/statues in the Hermitage. He took us everywhere, including non-tourist locations, such as a local pickle market, a neighborhood cafe, the train station and some quaint neighborhoods. He had a lot of energy and never slowed down unless we did. We highly recommend him.

Gary Junghans

United States
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Tour: #18442, Private Pushkin + country side tour of St. Petersburg for Matt Junghans and company, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 11/17

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals are committed to quality customer experiences and take all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences and so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further feedback.

David Reekie

United Kingdom
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Tour: #28384, Private full day tour to town Pushkin for David Reekie, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 7/17

Nikolai was very informed about history for all the tours he took me on which were to Peterhof, Pavlosk, Tsarkoe Selo, Oranienbaum and Gatchina. He was very helpful and has a good attitude.

Gideon Loewenstein

Israel
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Tour: #72107, Peterhof + Pushkin (the Catherine palace) Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 1/17

Nikolai is very knowledgeable and experienced, speaking perfect English.He started our tour as we left the city, pointing out historical momuments on our way to Peterhof.He is patient and considerate, going at our pace.We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him.

Gabriel Sasson

Mexico
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Tour: #72107, Private tour to Peterhof, the Catherine and Yusupov palaces for Gabriel Sasson, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 29/17

Excellent tou guide, we could not ask for a better tour or guide I relly recomend him to see as much as you can in saint petersburg

Ramon Arroyo

United States
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Tour: #149541, Private St. Petersburg city tour for Ramon Arroyo, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 13/17

Nikolai is very knowledgeable of the city and was extremely helpful in ensuring we were able to see everything we wanted to see and more. Great tour guide!

Anne Ryan

Australia
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Tour: #43002, 3 days private excursion of St. Petersburg for Anne Ryan, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Apr 25/17

Nikolai is one of the best tour guides we have had. Not only is he very knowledgeable, he was very accommodating in organising and changing our details of tours to suit our requirements. Would not hesitate in recommending his services to anyone visiting St Petersburg.

Lance Ringel

United States
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Tour: #43003, Private tour of St. Petersburg for Lance Ringel and Chuck, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Mar 2/17

Nikolai is as knowledgeable and personable a guide to St. Petersburg as one could ask for. He is also very patient and flexible, as we had to change our requested itinerary more than once due to some mobility issues, and he was always ready to accommodate us. Ultimately he gave us exactly the overview of the city that we needed. We went back to one quirky place he showed us and loved it, and he also helped us get tickets to a show. We recommend him without hesitation.

Marilyn Macaulay

United States
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Tour: #18239, private Tour to Peterhof + Peter and Paul Fortress for Marilyn Macaulay, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 8/16

Nikolai is an excellent guide. He is very courteous and knowledgeable.He catered the tour to our request. We communicated via email and he helped us arrange a schedule that would fit our wants and needs. He purchased the tickets ahead of time to assure us the ability to see the places we wanted to see. He is very courteous & knowledgeable . We highly recommend Nikolai.

Marilyn Macaulay

United States
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Tour: #28384, Private Tour to the Catherine Palace + Faberge museum for Marilyn Macaulay, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 7/16

Nikolai is an excellent guide. He is very courteous and knowledgeable.He catered the tour to our request. We communicated via email and he helped us arrange a schedule that would fit our wants and needs. He purchased the tickets ahead of time to assure us the ability to see the places we wanted to see. He is very courteous & knowledgeable . We highly recommend Nikolai.

Kelly Cheng

United States
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Tour: #72107, Peterhof Grand Palace and the Catherine palace in one day Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 1/16

Nikolai is very professional and knowledgeable not just about peterhof and Catherine palace but also Russian history. Having Nikolai as a guide gave us a greater understanding of these amazing sites. He moved us to the front of the lines at two very crowded and popular places. Nikolai is also a great photographer who knows where the best places to take pictures are. We heartily recommend Nikolai. He has excellent communication skills and is very responsive to email. We are in mid 30s and from NYC.

Joshua Livingston

Monte Nido, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #43003, Highlights tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 21/16

Nikolai was just great. He was super-flexible on matters outside *our* control. He did all we asked, and more. His information was helpful and useful. I only wish we'd found him on the first day of our trip so we could have looked at more places with him. Strongly recommend!

Elisabeth Sutorius

Belgium
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Tour: #43002, Private 3 days shore flexible excursion of St. Petersburg for Elisabeth Sutorius, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 18/16

Karen Fletcher

United States
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Tour: #43003, Highlights tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 15/16

Nikolai did a great job of getting us to and around the sites that we were not able to see with the large tour group we had been with. It was a great day and a grand way to finish our time in St. Petersburg.

Elaine Meldrum

United States
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Tour: #47361, 2 days private shore tour of St. Petersburg for Elaine Meldrum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 8/16

I am handicapped and was worried about visiting Russia but Nikolai made it the most wonderful experience in my life. His professionalism was impeccable. His knowledge was extensive. He was able to obtain a wheelchair when I couldn't use my walker. We never had to stand in line. He also knew the best place to eat. Thank you Nikolai for making our trip so memorable.

Melody Karpowitsch

United States
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Tour: #28384, Tour to the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, suburb of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 26/16

Nikolai was fantastic in his varied description of the details of Catherine's palace and grounds. He was very welcoming and friendly. I highly recommend him as a guide! He understood and spoke English very well.

Donald Bell

Canada
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Tour: #18830, Non-touristic tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 26/16

This was a great tour. Nikolai is both well-organized and knowledgeable about his city. with intelligence and charm, he took us on a interesting adventure that allowed us to have greater insight into this marvellous city. I would gladly participate in any of his other tours.

Yekaterina Zak

United States
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Tour: #18239, Tour outside St. Petersburg with visit Peterhof - former summer residence of Russian emperors, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 8/16

AMAZING! Such a great tour! Nikolai was on-time picking us up directly from our hotel. He told us about tons of places on the hour or so drive to Peterhof. His English was extremely good, so he was able to speak quickly without having to think too much about how to say something. I eavesdropped a bit on some other English tour guides and Nikolai was way better. We had a great walk through the palace itself. He timed the excursion perfectly -- we saw the opening ceremony just as we exited the palace.

David Ziser

United States
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Tour: #47361, 2 days shore excursion tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 28/16

We had two days planned in St. Petersburg and Nikolai was going to be sure that we visited all the highlights. 15 hrs on Sat. and 8 hrs on Sun. We called the day before to see if he could arrange Ballet tickets for us. We had the best seats in the house for Swan Lake at the Palace Theater. The experience was unbelievable! Nikolai was very well informed with all the locations we visited and thankfully was able to negotiate a shortened queue to the city's highlights very efficiently. Highly Recommended!

Amy Rogers

Switzerland
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Tour: Private Tour to the Hermitage museum for Amy Rogers, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: May 7/16

Nikolai listened to the staff and worked with our timings and definitely showed the highlights of the Hermitage museum. Thank you!

Kathy DeFonso

United States
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Tour: #28384, Tour to the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, suburb of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Apr 21/16

Nikolai was a fantastic guide. We enjoyed every minute of the tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I also enjoyed! Thank you Kathy DeFonso!

Patricia Dorsey

United States
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Tour: #18830, Non-touristic tour in St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Dec 24/15

Very pleased that I spent the afternoon touring with Nikolai. He truly enhanced my visit to Saint Petersburg, and the half-day we spent together made me more comfortable in wandering about on my own. Unexpectedly,the produce market was a highlight - I need to return!

Janet Eyler

United States
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Tour: #28384, Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 27/15

Nikolai was a pleasant and informative guide who made the experience both interesting and easy for us. He picked us up right at the door of our apartment building and had arranged tickets so we didn't need to wait in a long line. He expertly guided us through the palace. We don't like to zip through, but really like to get a good look at things, take pictures and go at our own pace; he helped keep us clear of the enormous tour groups and helped us see the palace on our terms. Excellent experience.

Nicholas Harding

United Kingdom
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Tour: #174431, Visit the Catherine palaces in Tsarskoe Selo and the palace in Pavlovsk in one day, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 24/15

Excellent guide who was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and made the visit completely seamless.

Richard Prather

United States
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Tour: #47361, 2 days shore tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 19/15

Nikolai was excellent! Very knowledgeable and professional. He was very congenial and accommodating, making stops when needed, allowing shopping detours as requested, etc. He was fun to be with, and I would use him again should I ever return to St Petersburg! Overall great guy!!

Jane W.

Victoria, BC, Canada
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Tour: #28384, Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 14/15

Nikolai was a very well informed and personable guide. He had a deep reserve of knowledge about the Catherine Palace, the Romanovs, and Russian history. He was able to answer all our varied questions and was pleasant company on the 4:30/5 hour tour. We recommend him without hesitation.

Chris Jacoby

United States
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Tour: #43003, Private tour for Chris Jacoby - High lights of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 9/15

Nikolai's knowledge of St Petersburg is amazing. There wasn't a single place inside or outside of the city that he did not have full knowledge of. A great tour and a great day spent with a wonderful guide. Felt like seeing the city with a friend, not a guide

Barbara C.

United States
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Tour: #28384, Catherine Palace + St. Isaac's Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 7/15

Nikolai is an excellent guide. We rode in his exceptionally clean car to Catherine Palace. On the way he kept a running commentary of historical events relating to the Czars and architects of Catherine Palace and the surrounding areas. We also went to the St. Isaac's Cathedral after our tour of Catherine Palace. Nikolai is extremely knowledgeable, patient and flexible. We will recommend him to all of our friends.

Barbara C.

United States
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Tour: Visit the Hermitage museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Sep 6/15

Nikolai is an excellent guide. He took us on a three hour tour of the Hermitage and gave excellent background on both the building and the treasures. He was able to be flexible and accommodating he was happy to bypass those exhibits we were less interested in yet very knowledgeable when we expressed a special interest in particular items. I had the impression that he knew the history and significance of every item in the entire collection. I highly recommend him.

Barbara C.

United States
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Tour: #18239, Tour to Peterhof - former summer residence of Russian emperors, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 5/15

Excellent tour. By the time that we went to Peterhof in the afternoon my husband was very tired. On the ride over in the hydrofoil Nikolai told us about the history and architecture of the gardens. When we arrived we went to those areas of the grounds that were of particular interest to us or to Nikolai and he described in detail those areas that we were too footsore to visit. Although we were not able to cover extensive areas, we felt that we had a thorough tour of the grounds and fountains.

Martin Gottlieb

United States
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Tour: #18830, Private non-touristic tour in St. Petersburg for Gail Gottlieb, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 30/15

John Renninger

United States
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Tour: #47361, 2 days shore tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 20/15

Very pleasant and reliable guide who was very well versed in both art and Russian history. I would highly recommend him.

Monika Strak

United States
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Tour: #72107, Peterhof Grand Palace and Catherine palace in one day, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 16/15

Nikolai was fabulous and I highly recommend him as your guide to St Petersburg. He is knowledgeable, personable & accommodating. He was waiting for us when we arrived at the port. We asked if he would stop at a grocery store for us and he did. He dropped us off at our micro-hotel and we were so grateful. The building was hidden I don't think we would have found it on our own. Nikolai gave us many tips for the few days we had ahead of us. We really appreciated Nikolai and would hire him again!!!

Stefania M.

Italy
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Tour: #28384, Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 14/15

Timothy Mynatt

United States
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Tour: #28384, Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 26/15

He arrived at our hotel as scheduled and took us to Catherine's Palace for a great tour. He had already reserved our tickets so we were inside the gates quickly. He took us through the palace as well as the gardens and then we had lunch at a little restaurant about 5 minutes drive from the palace. We had a great time and highly recommend him.

Andrea Andraca

Mexico
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Tour: #72107, Private 2 days tour for Andrea Andraca, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 17/15

Nikolai was a great guide, we enjoyed our 2 day tour very much.St Petersburg is a wonderful city.

Bob Quinn

United States
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Tour: Visit Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 15/15

I though this was an excellent tour conducted by a very professional and well versed tour guide. His English was not only very good, it was also easy to understand. To me both factors are important for good communication. Many sites were pointed out and explained as we traveled to and from the main site of the tour. Nikolai had a comfortable car, was a careful driver and patience with my many extra requests for explanations and additional background - all appreciated very much. I highly recommend him

Jay Finkelstein

United States
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Tour: #18830, Private non-touristic tour in St. Petersburg for Jay Finkelstein and company, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 28/15

Nikolai is a marvelous, knowledgeable, personable guide who is a pleasure to be with. He created a comprehensive, full-day introduction to the highlights of St. Petersburg, including 2.5 hours at the Hermitage and an evening canal boat ride. Everyone on the tour was entirely pleased with the structure and comprehensive nature of the tour. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for a good reference! I am glad you enjoyed your visit St. Petersburg!

Jay Finkelstein

United States
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Tour: #43003, Private High lights tour of St. Petersburg for Jay Finkelstein and company, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 24/15

This was our second tour with Nikolai and was intended to focus on the less tourist-oriented aspects of St. Petersburg, including markets, parks, subway stations, canals, roof-top views, etc. Creatively designed. Nikolai is a pleasure to be with and is extremely knowledgeable about the history, architecture, and culture of St. Petersburg and the royality that inhabited it. Highly recommended

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Visiting non touristic places of St. Petersburg is something special for those who want to see a little bit of life of locals. It was my pleasure to introduce you this side of St. Petersburg!

Elizabeth Johnston

United States
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Tour: #28384, Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 22/15

Nikolai is very knowledgeable and shared a wealth of information re: the palace and the czarina with us. He is also very personable, speaks fluent English, and professional. A great guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Unfortunately tickets for Catherine palace weren't avail for evening.Monday evening normally I get tickets right in the palace as I have done many times. After walk through gardens, which was a part of the tour - we got into the palace at 8 pm.We still needed to stay some time in line to get tickets as only one cashier was available.Nevertheless we completed the tour and we had seen many more rooms, than on day tours. I took my customers back to the hotel in time.I bring my apologies to customers

Grant Rogerson

South Africa
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Tour: Visit the Catherine and the Alexander palaces in Tsarskoe Selo, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 13/15

Nikolai M proved to be a very knowledgable guide whose English was excellent and understanding of the Russian history quite amazing. Nikolai collected my wife and I promptly and drove us to the Alexander and Catherine palaces. He imparted great knowledge about his subject matter and was polite and friendly throughout the tour. Most memorable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm happy Mr. Grant Rogerson had enjoyed visit 2 palaces in Tsarskoe Selo. Thank you for the good reference!

Alex Van Rooyen Robbertse

South Africa
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Tour: #43002, Private tour for Alex Van Rooyen Robbertse, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 11/15

Martha Garzon

Mexico
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Tour: #18239, Tour to Peterhof - former summer residence of Russian emperors, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 5/15

Kirsten Kaltwasser

Canada
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Tour: #28384, Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 21/15

Very awsome tourguide very knowledgeable and very good english. If you are looking for a great guide to St. Pete: He is the right one!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Kiki and Vika! I am glad you enjoyed the tour! I hope you also had success in exhibition. Kind regards from St. Petersburg! Nikolai.

Ms.Natanicha Charm

Thailand
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Tour: #43002, 3 evenings in St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Dec 30/14

Thank you Nikolai for the excellent evenings in St. Petersburg! I enjoyed visiting Elagin island and the park is very beautiful there!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad Natanicha enjoyed visiting different sights of St. Petersburg those evenings. Elagin island and Elagin park - favourite places for many people.

Ms.Natanicha Charm

Thailand
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Tour: #43003, Private tour of St. Petersburg for Natanicha Charmonman, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Dec 27/14

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Natanica! I am glad you enjoyed those 3 evenings in St. Petersburg. Thank you for boking this tour with me. Nikolai

Ms.Natanicha Charm

Thailand
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Tour: Pulkovo Airport / train station / sea port transfer + short city tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Dec 26/14

Nikolai provides very good service as a guide and as a driver. My flight from Moscow was delayed, I called to Nikolai and informed him about it. He came to the airport intime, he helped me to bring all my luggage to the car. took me to the hotel and showed around the city. Excellent service! I highly recommend Nikolai to all travellers visiting St. Petersburg!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am pleased to receive this reference! Thank you for booking my tours and for using my service!

Susan Raggatt

Australia
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Tour: #72107, Peterhof Grand Palace and Catherine palace in one day, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 3/14

Nikolai is an excellent Guide. A good communicator with an excellent knowledge, without "bogging down" with information. We mixed up our Tour schedule & Nikolai responded flexibly, to provide wonderful tours of both Peterhoff & Catherines Palaces, without compromising the quality of our visits. He delivered a memorable & most enjoyable tour, maintaining our interest throughout & succinctly answering our questions in an informative & interesting way. He is a strong, accomplished preformer. Great job!

Alex Van Rooyen Robbertse

South Africa
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Tour: #28384, Private tour for Alex Van Rooyen Robbertse, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 20/14

What a fabulous time. Nikolai was a true gentlemen to my mother in law and was able to answer many questions regarding the time period we were iterested in as well as Russia in general. Punctual, accommodating and having done 3 Tours By Locals before this one tour was By far the BEST. Highly recommended. We intend to return to visit some museums and have already told him we are coming back. We will only use and recommend to our friends Nikolai.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the nice review! I will be happy to see and guide you in St. Petersburg again! Nikolai

Leah Wamboldt

Canada
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Tour: #72107, Peterhof Grand Palace and Catherine palace in one day, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 24/14

I booked this tour the day before and everything went as smooth as silk! Paul at Tours by locals was efficient and very accommodating. Nikolai was waiting when I arrived from the ferry with my name. He got us into the Winter Palace within 15 min; avoiding a 2hour line up. I saw as much as one could in 7hours...very flexible and a good driver. So glad I did this, so worth the money!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! I am glad everything worked well! With my experience I know best ways to get around the city:)

Jose Villa

Mexico
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Tour: Private tour for Jose Villa, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Dec 30/13

This is my first experience with ToursByLocals... I'm very pleased to work with you. Since the beginning, all the process were very smooth..The tour proposal was excellent. Regarding Nikolai, he did a very good Job ..the tour went perfect and just as it was planned. Thank you very much for make this trip an excellent and memorable trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: José! I am happy that you had a good time here in St. Petersburg! Welcome back to St. Petersburg maybe in the summer time! Nikolai

Thomas Gusdorff

United States
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Tour: #18830, Private Non-touristic tour in St. Petersburg for Thomas Gusdorff, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Oct 10/13

Great day visiting markets, a banya, metro stops, churches and a synagogue. N was a super guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!!! you were very good tourists ;)

Mary Gerlach

United States
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Tour: Private tour for Mary Gerlach, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 28/13

Hire him ! He is extremely knowledgeable and seems to love his job. Because we had been there before we made unusual suggestions as to what to see and he fulfilled our wishes. In the planning he was very responsive and flexible. One day he drove us to Novogarad for a wonderful 13 hours. He did not know this city as well as St Petersburg but we saw what we wanted to and got enough information from him.His prices are very competitive. Mary Ann

James Cross

United States
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Tour: #18239, Tour to Peterhof - former summer residence of Russian emperors, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 19/13

Excellent guide. He really knows his stuff, has a grey understandable command of his english and drives his own car. The day in Peterhof was amazing and he just made it that much better. He was the best anyone could ask for. Highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the nice reference! I always try to do my best!

Duayne King

United States
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Tour: #28384, Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 13/13

Nikolai is a wonderful tour guide. I can highly recommend him! I was very glad to have a privet guide for this tour. We went later in the morning and avoided a lot of the cruse ship tourist. He was able to show us some of the less visited parts of the ground. And knew a great place to have lunch that was not a tourist restaurant

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am happy that you liked my tour to the Catherine palace and park. The park is quite big and there are many out-of-the-way beautiful places, which I show to my guests with pleasure.

Duayne King

United States
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Tour: #18830, Non-touristic tour in St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 12/13

This tour was the best I had in Russia. The visit to the Banya was worth the trip. The experience with the steam bath, and the Birch branches were more than I had expected. I can't think of anything similar in the states. We were in a real working steam bath. No tourist related frills, just real people doing what they do. Nikolai help us to understand the protocol and procedures, so we didn't look too much like tourists

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Duayne! I am glad you enjoyed esperience of traditional public Russian bath. I myself love the bath and with pleasure take my guests to some of them! Thanks. Niko.

Tara Vu

United States
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Tour: #72107, Peterhof and Catherine palace in one day, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 10/13

Wonderful tour by Nikolai of two great palaces of the Tsars. We had a very knowledgeable guide and learned a lot about Russian history, architecture, and culture while enjoying the great sites!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tara! Thank you for the good review! Niko.

John S.

Philippines
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Tour: White night tour of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Oct 30/12

I would like to thank Nico for really accommodating me on some last minute changes on the tour. A very kind and knowledgeable guide. More Power !

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: John! Thank you for rating my service very high! come back to St. Petersburg in the summer time and I will show you around the city in ¨White nights"