Jenna EliavUnited States
Absolutely amazing tour! Maria is extremely knowledgeable about Moscow history, and was great about answering all of our questions regarding day to day life in Russia. Her English is impeccable, so don't fret if you don't understand Russian. She was always prompt and on time when meeting us at our hotel. I would 100% recommend her as a tour guide!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am happy you had excellent impressions! This was my mission.
Julia PennyUnited Kingdom
Maria, provided us with a fantastic 2 day tour of all the main highlights of Moscow . She was very pleasant, and was extremely knowledgeable about Russian history and all aspects of life both past and present in Moscow and Russia. From life under the Tsars, the USSR and since the fall of communism. She also provided tremendous insight into the artists and individual paintings that we saw in the Tretyakov gallery. I would highly recommend her because a personal guide provides much more insight. Phil
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure too!
Sergiv Posad tour is not meant for people who have no idea of Christianity or those who have extra time and money. Its really a 40 minute tour. 2 hours traveling to and from Moscow + 1 hour lunch. Guide was ok as there was not much for her to do except come with us there. Guided tour is by local monk or the monastery tour guide. On the way Dacha was colorful but the stench inside was terrible. My sister n I sat out. I m sure they could find a cleaner place. Not really really worth it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: There is no airport in Sergiev Posad, and the only way of getting there and see its unique monastery included to UNESCO list is by car or by a suburban train (both are 1 to 1,5 hours one way). Having a local guide booked in advance is prescribed by monastery rules. I have comprehensive knowledge about the monastery history. I used it interpreting the local Russian speaking guide and enreaching her narrative (I told about 3 times more than a local guide usually tell) as well as on the way to Sergiev Posad.
Judith BarhamUnited Kingdom
Maria was a wonderful guide. The plan for our day was ideal for our needs. We toured the main sights in Moscow. The weather was very warm so the metro tour gave a little relief. Maria is very knowledgeable and her English excellent. I definitely recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are always welcome!
Colby CammansUnited States
The tour of the Kremlin is great. It includes all of the major sights and muse(except for climbing the Ivan the Great bell tower). This is an extensive, quick paced 4 hour tour, and is well worth your money. My tour guide, Maria, was wonderful. She is very knowledgeable about not only the Kremlin, but can also explain much of Russian history. I highly recommend this tour, and Maria as a tour guide.
Maria displayed a wide range of historical and cultural knowledge on our tour, from sixteenth and seventeenth century political intrigues at the Kremlin, to nineteenth century artistic styles at the Tretyakov gallery, to the triumphs of the twentieth century Soviet space programme at the space museum. All was delivered while navigating the challenges of Moscow weather and endless Summer roadworks. Thanks for a great tour Maria!
Robert JonesUnited States
Pleased to have Maria as our guide. She was knowledgeable, insightful and a lot of fun. She planned tours around our preferences, but was accommodating to requests. She researched antique stores so that we could find a Lenin bust and took us to a fabulous grocery store. We loved touring the Soviet Space museum and Red Square. Lunch at Gum was a treat! Helpful with cars, translations and general advice, thank you for sharing your beautiful Moscow.
Maria is a fantastic guide! She had no problem leading 16 English-speaking people, while giving very interesting insights and professional descriptions to surrounding places and sightseeing marvels. We all enjoyed Maria's guiding very very much - many thanks Maria!!
Kwok Wing NgHong Kong
Maria is informative, energetic and enthusiastic. Our short stay with her was full of joy and laughter.
Marie-Anne MancioUnited Kingdom
Maria was a fantastic guide - hugely professional and knowledgeable, giving us a real insight into life for Muscovites as well as her Kremlin, GUM, and metro tour. On a curious June day of hail, wind, rain, sun, she made sure we stayed dry without missing out on anything and she timed everything perfectly. My clients loved her and she answered all our questions with grace. This was the first time I had used toursbylocals and I was impressed by the whole process.
Kimberly SullivanUnited States
Had an amazing day on my tour with Maria! Everything worked as planned. She arrived right on time; we discussed the plan for the day and off we went! Because of my last minute booking we were unable to tour the Kremlin. However we substituted an art museum (Russian artists). Maria's knowledge about the paintings, the artists and the history made the pictured come to life! One of the most enjoyable museum experiences I've ever had! And her lunch spot was fabulous! Thank you for showing me your besutif
Irina LyublinskayaUnited States
Maria was an excellent tour guide. Everything was very well organized. We were met by the train, the van was waiting for us, where we can store our luggage. The tour presented must see places in Moscow, including Red Square, Kremlin, Armory, as well as several places around the city. Maria is very knowledgeable and it was very interesting for our group to learn about Russian culture, history, and city of Moscow. At the end of the tour van took us all the way to Domodedovo. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Да, Ирина, хорошо, учту. Спасибо за отзыв!
Robert P.Hopkinton, MA, United States
Maria S is a superb guide! The day trip out to Suzdal was fabulous. Quite a contrast to Moscow and the entire day was expertly arranged. When I wanted to explore a bit around Suzdal she lead the way as we wandered down neighborhood streets to see what it was like outside of the main tourist attractions there. Maria also looks out for you, for example the weather was predicted to be rather cold in Suzdal so she contacted me in advance to ensure I had the right clothing.
Robert P.Hopkinton, MA, United States
Maria is a superb guide! She has all that one would expect of a guide including a solid command and fluency of English, excellent historical knowledge of Russia as well as deep knowledge of all the sites visited whether religious, scientific, architectural or just of general interest. What truly sets her apart is, as she describes herself, the fact she is a "rooted Muscovite". Born and raised in Moscow, this is her home. This connection and attachment is evident throughout the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the nice review!
Vivien KarpUnited States
We truly enjoyed our tour with Maria. She customized the 2 .5 day tour to our needs. She was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. she was incredibly patient with answering our numerous questions with pleasure. Thank you Maria!
Jorge VillanuevaUnited States
Maria was fantastic.She had great knowledge of the city.She was ready to take us anywhere we wanted as well as make recommendations.Thanks to her we had a fantastic day in Moscow
Elizabeth B.United Kingdom
A delightful few hours spent away from the hustle & bustle of a busy city. So many things would have gone unnoticed if Maria was not with us to point them out and then recount her wonderful stories. A very pleasant stroll through side streets, alleys and courtyards to find hidden churches, statues and monuments all with their own unique story. We travelled with elderly parents and Maria had all the time and patience to ensure that they did not feel rushed.
Daniel OconnellUnited States
Maria was an awesome guide. We did 2 days, one driving, 1 walking. We followed her choice for sights and it was perfect. Saw the Kremlin and related sites, some churches and other major sights as well as the Russian art museum. She does not just show you around. She explains how things fit into history, gives you the story of Moscow and shows how the art and architecture flow from the history and fit the culture. Also gave good tips for exploring on our own after our tour. Easy going, friendly and fun.
Gregory MersolUnited States
We booked a 2-day tour of Moscow with Maria S. at ToursByLocals. Our Maria worked with us even before our arrival to put together an itinerary that worked well with the different experiences of people in our group. When weather made one choice difficult, we eased seamlessly into another that was equally worthwhile. Maria was very knowledgeable about Russian art and history. We also appreciated her enthusiasm and energy. We were very happy to have her as a guide.
David BairdChristchurch, New Zealand
Maria communicated well and had arranged a good range of activities. She had the Kremlin tickets pre-purchased which was a help. She was flexible on our starting time and helped us organize an evening show. She was knowledgeable on the things we saw. We couldn't give her 5 stars as she was often distracted with her iPhone.
Maria's vast knowledge of Russian history was portrayed to us in a very interesting and informative way. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Kremlin, Red Square and, particularly, the Armoury Chambers where Maria gave us a very detailed account of the exhibits as we walked through the museum. We are very appreciative of the quality of the tour and will definitely recommend Tours by Locals when we get home. Many thanks Maria.
Mark HarderUnited States
Maria was wonderful. Before the tour, she was very accommodating via email through toursbylocals to my questions about where to meet. She was on time for the tour, answered every question I had about anything, tailored the tour to where my interests were, and entertained my general questions about Moscow. Maria is a delightful person to spend an afternoon with. I don't usually write reviews that are this good, but in this case, it is deserved. Sincerely, Mark
Dana CookUnited States
Maria was a wonderful tour guide. Very knowledgable and a pleasure to be with.
Douglas TaylorUnited States
This was a good tour. We thouroughly enjoyed it
Maria provided an informative, flexible 2 day tour. Punctual and helpful with good English, Maria proved to be a great asset and good company during our time in Moscow. Highly recommend.
Sriram PadmanabhanUnited Arab Emirates
Maria met us on time at the hotel and guided us through the Kremlin and Armoury. We had opted for an additional visit to the Diamond Fund for which she helped us with the tickets. She provided good background to the various areas we visited. Very courteous and efficient.
Maria adapted cheerfully when we changed our plans. She took us on a very interesting and thorough tour of the Metro, which she knows inside out, even going out of the way to the Dostoyevsky Station on request. She made sure we got safely in and out of trains, and delivered as asked to the Tretyakov Gallery at the end of the tour. She is friendly and her English is excellent.
Robert FieldUnited Kingdom
Maria very much delivered on our request - to see some highlights of Moscow, but also to see areas you would not necessarily think of visiting. We therefore had a very personal tour and can genuinely say that we had a great Moscow experience "behind the scenes".
Maria had met us in our hotel and we had a taxi ride to gigantic Moscow University where we started the tour using public bikes. We continued to pass the green Gorki Park and concluded visiting the Novo. convent with ins beautiful incunables. The very interesting cemetery nearby made a good finish for this exciting tour which was guided with much spirit by Maria who speaks very good English and had answers to all of my many questions. All expenses had been paid by her. Last star missing for tour price.
Robert De SimoneCanada
Our family (husband, wife and 13 yr old boy) took two half day tours with Maria while in Moscow. Maria did a great job explaining the necessary details to help us understand the proper context for each of the sites & exhibits we visited while managing to keep our 13 yr old boy engaged....no small feat! The tour flowed perfectly and the time flew by faster than I realized. I would highly recommend hiring Maria for your tour of Moscow
Anthony TerranaUnited States
Fantastic tour, well thought out and enjoyable. Made effeicient use of our time but had fun at the same time. Would highly recommend
Jack LeathUnited States
We booked the flexible full-day tour with Maria for 7 hours. Through a series of email exchanges, we listed the specific sites we wanted to see and Maria suggested a starting time. She met us promptly at the port in her car and drove us to the first site. She had already purchased required tickets, and we were first in line. She was pleasant and knowledgeable and eager to please. We spent almost 8 hours with her and would gladly recommend her.
Maria Carolina FranceseBrazil
Very nice tour, very informative. The vehicle was confortable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Maria!
John BridleUnited Kingdom
Maria was a delightful and very well organised guide who was fun to be with and very efficient
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, John!
Christine PodbielskiUnited States
Maria was friendly, punctual and very helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Christine!
Anne LangsdorfUnited States
Richard KieckheferUnited States
Truly excellent! Maria showed commendable flexibility on this part of our trip, substituting one site for another, and doubling back to one key location so we could see everything we wanted to see. Her English is fluent. At more than one point she provided information that saved us from unfortunate mishaps. She is a wonderful guide!
Richard KieckheferUnited States
Fantastic! Maria went well beyond what we expected of her, guiding us on a two-day excursion to an area of Russia that lent variety and historical depth to our trip. She led us at a relaxed pace all over Suzdal, and she took us to the most important sites in Vladimir. She knows the sites, the routes, the hotels, and the restaurants.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard! It was very educational trip for me, too.
Richard KieckheferUnited States
Outstanding! One of the most important things Maria did was help plan the tour in advance, with detailed and helpful information about things to see and the logistics of getting to them. Interesting comments by a guide who has broad knowledge of Moscow, Russia, and Russian culture.
Good selection of sites for birding, able to communicate effectively.
Michael SarrasinUnited States
My son and I were treated to a wonderful interactive tour of Moscow by Maria. She is Extremely knowledgeable, interesting, informative, and very flexible with what we wanted to see and do. The experience was very well worth it, we had an excellent time. Thank you Maria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael and give my regards to Ben!
Tom HolumUnited States
She took us on the tour of Moscow by car, and she was great! Very informative and friendly. Would definitely recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tom, you were great travellers, too!
Barbara VynneUnited States
Maria, our guide, was delightful and knowledgeable. The Monastery was under repair so we could not see the domes or bell tower, which was a bit disappointing. The museum was great and trip to the springs was an adventure, and in our case a long walk, but worth it once we got there. My companion was absolutely delighted with the whole trip and it was nice to explore out of Moscow for a day.
Julie BlackwellUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! It was an enjoyable day for me, too, despite this wet weather.
Maria is a very informative and friendly person. She gives the Sergiev Posad tour with her car (very convenient for a rainy day) that makes the tour fully flexible and most enjoyable one. I recommend the tour to anyone who wants to have a relaxing, informative and interesting day out of Moscow.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Ali! I also enjoyed that day.