Davina PughSouth Africa
Irina was a superb guide. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for her home town was excellent. She went the extra mile at all times. We can REALLY recommend her as a guide to St Petersburg. Thanks Irina for a magical few days.
Julie TrevorUnited Kingdom
Irina, is a Professional Perfect Tourist Guide, with perfect English, we had apprehensions regards the Political Issues, but we found now problems. Her English is perfect and Irina's knowledge of her City St Petersburg and history is incredible. Nothing was too much trouble for this lady, showing us and taking us to local cafes and restaurants. I have and will recommend Irina to friends. Irina has a lovely sense of humour and is willing to help you understand the history of the city Thank You - Julie
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julie, I have no words explaining how wonderful was this trip together. Thank you for enjoying tour so much. It was a big pleasure to guide you. Hope that you will come back. Vladimir and Deni also miss you guys. Best wishes, Irina.
Alexander CattoUnited Kingdom
Irina was an excellent guide for our three day taster in St Petersburg. She was extremely professional, always on time and had a deep knowledge of her subject. Also a very attractive personality. We were able to see all the main sites in the historical centre as well as out of the city at the Peterhof and Catherine's Palace. St Petersburg is a wonderful city and Irina was a great companion and is highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alex, It was a pleasure to show you my city. I really enjoyed empty museums and little bit of the mild winter weather, hope you too. Expecting you in the summer with your wife to show the fountains! Wish you all the best! Take care, Irina.
Lee R.United States
Irina was an outstanding tour guide. She organized an itinerary that perfectly met our requirements and was punctual. She had excellent knowledge of the city, palaces, churches and museums that we visited. We had a very enjoyable experience and would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lee, I am very glad that you visited St-Petersburg right before New Year. It is for sure very picturesque time because of the decoration. As well I think we had great time in all our museums with no rush. Thank you for giving me this chance. It was a pleasure to show you the city in this time of the year! You are always welcome to come back. Kind regards, Irina.
Derald RossUnited States
Irina was absolutely amazing. Her English is excellent and, in two days at a very comfortable pace, showed me all the major sights in and around St. Petersburg. Irina has a thorough understanding of Russian history and culture that made the tours interesting and exciting. She is warm and friendly and answered all my questions without hesitation. The transportation was comfortable. Irina helped me get a ballet ticket. I strongly recommend her for any group of any size. Thank you for two days of fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joann, That was a pleasure to guide you and I am glad that you have enjoyed it. Thank you for your big interest in my country and St-Peterburg! Take care and certainly come back some day) Irina
We should first say that Irina is a charming, reliable young woman who made our & night stay in Saint-Petersburg very enjoyable. Irina customized a 5 day tour that included Peterhof, Catherine's Palace and Pavlovsk that are on the outskirts of the city. She has a mini-van that can accommodate up to 6 passengers and is a careful driver with an amazing ability to find parking spots! She also gave tips on getting around by ourselves, using taxis (can use Uber) and places to eat. We would use her again.
Scott DoneenUnited States
Irina was a star. There were 6 of us and all different. In planning our day in St. Petersburg she was patient with all of us and worked hard to put together a near perfect day. Her English was perfect and her knowledge of the city was vast. I have used private tour guides in the past and she ranks up there as on of the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Scott, So nice to hear from you! I am very glad that we spent wonderful time together. Hope to see you someday again. Warmest regards, Irina.
Lisa StonerUnited States
Irina was very knowledgeable, prompt and friendly. She is from the city and has both personal and historical observations of the city. I would definitely recommend a guide for the city to help with lines at key attractions and to get the perspective of a Russian citizen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lisa, I enjoyed the company of you nice family and thank you for your comment! It is very importatnt for me to let people feel the spirit of the city. So I am glad you liked it. Best regards, Irina.
Tzu-Ying ChuangUnited States
Irina K. was a seasoned professional. She picked us up at the hotel promptly and brought us around to all the sights we anticipated with ease. I was especially in awe of her skills at talking into her microphone while negotiating, as she said "the typical Russian driver." She knew all the best photo spots at each sight, could point out the highlights of each museum for us and had a well planned tour structure so that we could follow narratives across the two days. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So glad to get a review like this! Thank you so much. I understand how it's important to have great pictures from a trip. Hope you will send me some of them. Wish you the best and many cool pictures in the future ;-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the high rating !
Janine M.United States
Irina was great to tour with. She's very well spoken and a lot of fun to have as a guide. Irina was very informative about the different places we visited and we will use her again when we get a chance to go back to Russia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janine, Thank you for coming and hope that you will come back to Russia. It was very enjoyable tour for me as well. Good luck, Irina.
William RothschildHouston, TX, United States
Irina K provided an absolutely wonderful 2 day tour of St Petersburg. She was very helpful setting up our Russia visas before arriving and flexible adjusting our itinerary during the tour. Irena is extremely knowledgeable about all of the sites we visited, describing the history, people, and art in an interesting and informative way. She always knew exactly where to park and where to eat and where to shop and which lines to avoid. Our 2 day tour of St Petersburg was well spent with Irena K. She is great
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bill, I enjoyed your company so much, thank you for the wonderful review. I hope back home everything will be OK very soon. Please come back someday with your families. Best regards, Irina.
John OdonnellUnited States
Gary KardysWynantskill, NEW YORK, United States
My wife and I visited St. Petersburg on an August 2017 cruise. Irina's tour of St. Petersburg was great! It was the best private tour my wife and I have ever taken on any vacation. Irina spoke English wonderfully and her knowledge of St. Petersburg's history was impressive. She was friendly and considerate too. We saw many more sights in St. Petersburg than we would have seen on the cruise ship tours. We would highly recommend Irina to anyone considering a private tour of St. Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gary, It was a pleasure to guide you like my friends and show you best sights of the city. I am happy you did like our tour so much! Best wishes, Irina.
Sollena M.D. SunCanada
Irina was a very very knowledgeable tour guide, her English was excellent. we felt so lucky to have her. thanks to all the chocolates she gave us as a souvenir.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sollena, It was my pleasure to guide you. It is always great to hear how somebody enjoys St-Petersburg. Wish you all the best, Irina
Jim SorensenColorado Springs, COLORADO, United States
Irina was absolutely outstanding. We saw and did everything as planned and right on time without rushing. A fountain of knowledge but not overwhelming with too much data--just right. She was worth more than 5 stars!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great trip together! I really appreciate your high rating of my work. I hope you will come back someday to Russia. Take care Irina
Carl Powellfrisco, TX, United States
On time and very knowledgeable of the area plus receptive to any of our requests. great tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Always a pleasure to organize someone's trip. Thank you for coming!
Lorey HalladaUnited States
We really enjoyed touring with Irina. Not only was her English impeccable and her knowledge formidable, but she took us to some out of the way places that really gave us a sense of the city as more than a tourist and historical stop. Her driving was incredible, too! We would certainly recommend her to future travelers and hope to use her again when we return to St. Petersburg, which we hope to do sometime in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lorey, Thank you for such great words about my job! It is a true motivation to be a tour guide. Wish you to travel to new places in the future and certainly to come back here. Best regards, Irina.
Anne ChalfantUnited States
At my request, Irina put together a tour of Impressionist and Western paintings, which in 2016 were moved from the Hermitage to the General Staff Building. Tour was such a treat. Irina was knowledgeable and organized. I appreciated how clearly she kept in touch during the planning stages. I never doubted that it would all work. Irina secured the visa I needed for a fraction of the price had I done it on my own. I'm so glad I got brave and did a private tour with Irina, and I'll use this company again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anne, It was a big pleasure to guide you. Thank you for sharing very intresting facts about Art. I am always ready to learn more. Impressionist department is one of my favourite places and I hope yours also since this trip. Wish you to write a story about St-Petersburg someday. Sincerely, Irina.
Jose Luis del Val RomanSpain
Although both palaces and places are really huge and fantastic one day is enough for visiting them. Irina was fabulous ... She drove, organized tickets with no queues, and she cared about anything we needed or were interested in. Her comments and explanation about monuments, history and russian life were fabulous ... 10 over 10.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jose, I appreciate your attention and it was a great tour for me as well. I definitely will come back to Spain and wait for your family to come back to Russia. Kind regards, Irina.
Alan FenstermacherUnited States
Excellent ! Irina K is very pleasant & knowledgeable She showed us everything we requested to see. I will definetely recommend her to my friends
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dear Teresa! You brought beautiful family and I enjoyed our trip so much. Wish you all the best. Take care, Sincerely Irina
Adrienne BeckettUnited States
Irina is awesome! She's so flexible, and adjusted our days based on the feedback we provided. She loves Russian history and knew so much about the early days of St. Petersburg up to today. I highly recommend booking her now!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Adrienne, That was wonderful trip with you and your father. I really appreciate your interest in history and country itself. Hope that St-Petersburg now is one of the places you would love to come back! Kind regards, Irina.
Irina was waiting for me at the St Petersburg port, despite me taking many hours to clear passport control, she was still waiting for me, and greeted me with a friendly smile. The tour was tailored to exactly what I wanted to see, and Irina was more than happy and accommodating. I had a great time with Irina in St Petersburg, and I will recommended her to anyone :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review! I think we had very nice unusial itinerary so thank you for your request. And now I know more about military equipment. I greatly appreciate this!
Kay DonaldsonNew Zealand
Irina was a fantastic guide. Her communication prior to the tour was excellent, and answered the many questions we had. The tour itself was amazing, Irina's passion for what she does, and her knowledge regarding the history of Russia and St Petersburg is outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed the two day tour. St Petersburg is certainly a city that we would visit again if ever the opportunity arose again, and can highly recommend Irina as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kay and Rick, Thank you for bringing wonderful party to St-Petersburg! It was a big pleasure to answer all questions. I am so glad that your tour rating is so high. As it looks like your dream came true. Wish you to travel a lot and come back some day ;-)
Bryant JolleyUnited States
Great tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!
Jim NgUnited States
Irina was fantastic, she really knew her way around St Petersburg. We went to all the major sites. Had a great time at all the museums' and she know a lot about all the different pieces or art. She had all the ticket vouchers ready and we didn't have to wait long in any of the places. She also went out of her way to help my son with a personal request to visit a "Magic" store. Overall an outstanding visit with a great guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jim, Please say hello to everybody! Thank you for bringing you wonderful family here. I appreciate your special interest in Russia as it is motivation of my work. I wish you would travel to new places and someday will come back to St-Petersburg. Sincerely yours, Irina.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 days sightseeing with Irina who was so professional and knowledgeable and managed to complete our Wishlist with charm and good humour. I apologise for not having responded earlier - we only arrived home last week and had limited wifi during our travels. Margaret and David Bailey
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Margaret and David, It was my pleasure to show you the best sights of the city. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our time spent together, same with me. Hope we will stay in touch, wish you all the best, Sincerely, Irina.
Melissa VolerUnited States
Excellent guide, thorough explanations of sites. Very flexible with our itinerary. Thanks, Irons. We loved our day in st Petersburg!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! That was a great trip even it was a one day tour. Thank you for beeing so interested in my native city. Best regards, Irina.
Irina was the best guide we wish for. Our trip wouldn't be same without her. She told us a lot about the history and showed us all that was worth to see. If we come back, we would suddenly have Irina again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Guurtje! It was so big pleasure to guide you. Even we got some rain our bright coats looked really good. Hope to meet you again someday. Best wishes
Bruce PincheonUnited States
After over 10 years of hiring guides through TBL we were incredibly pleased to find Irina. Her knowledge, intellect, communication skills and desire to please and inform were off the charts. We have never had anyone who was so perfectly attuned to explaining all there is to know about the art, country, people, economy, history and flavor of their country or city. We are sure that if you choose to let Irina guide you it will be an experienced you will never forget and that you will grateful for. She's a 10
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bruce, I'm so happy to hear these words! It was a big pleasure to guide you. Your were wonderful team. I already miss you. Wish you all the best. Thank you so much. Sincerely, Irina.
Mike LempUnited States
I had one day on my business trip to sight see in St. Petersburg. Irina was knowledgeable, interesting, fun, and packed the day with great sites. She was our tour guide, translator, driver, art historian and even helped us parse the menu at lunch. She purchased tickets in advance, which allowed us to skip long lines at the Summer Palace, and Catherine's palace. I don't think it would have been possible to see as much as we did in one day without her help.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mike, Thank you for coming! I am very glad that you have enjoyed our trip. Wish you to come back someday :) Take care, Irina.
Irina K is a super tour guide. I give her a five star rating. She is not only versed in the history of her city, but has excellent command of English. She was always punctual, considerate and pleasant. We enjoyed our time with Irina who guided us in getting authentic Russian food and souveniers. She is highly recommended as a great tour guide. Therisa, Toronto, Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Therisa, Even out trip was in May I still remember your wonderful team. Such a please to hear that you liked our trip. Thank you for the interesting time we spent together. Wish all of you good luck and take care! Sincerely yours, Irina.
We had a terrific tour with Irina. She was prompt, extremely well informed and willing to adapt to our needs and answer all of our questions about St Petersburg and life in today's Russia. She was warm and friendly. Between booking and arrival in Russia, Irina was extremely helpful in assisting me with dealing with email communication with other vendors, advising on the best transportation options and keeping me on the right track in bookong our holiday. She made our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Curt, I'm sure you also know how I enjoyed your company. One of the greatest pleasures is to see satisfied people. I'm very glad that you liked St-Peterburg and our trip. Take care, Irina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking tour with me and for the 5 star rating!
Roman MatherneSedalia, CO, United States
What a great experience! English was excellent. Knowledge and level of detail was exactly what we hopped for.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Roman, thank you! It is always a pleasure to hear such words. Take care and good luck!
Irina was on time both days. The MB cars provided were clean and comfortable and the drivers were excellent. Irina proved to be an excellent and charming guide. We left our itinerary to Irina to decide, and we were not disappointed. She chose a good mix of places to visit and made the journeys between each smooth & efficient. Her spoken English was very good, and her knowledge of Russian political history, the Russian Royal Family as well as art in the palaces, churches and galleries was very instructive.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeremy, Please say hello to Amelia. Glad to hear that you have enjoyed our trip. Hope to guide your friends some day. Wish you all the best and to discover new amazing places! Kindly, Irina
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Pieter, You are more than welcome! Actually your russian is really impressing. Take care! Best
Irina is an outstanding guide. She is articulate, very proficient in English, extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You could not ask for a better person to show you around the amazing St. Petersburg!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Scott, I'm very glad that I was your guide here. I had a chance to show you St-Petersburg not in rush time. I hope it would be one the reasons to comeback someday. Thank you for bringing your friends as well. It was great to share the same interests) Kind regards to you all!
Brian O'MahoneyUnited Kingdom
I spent two great days in St Petersburg with Irina. She was so kind throughout that her time and patience with us. Very professional and had immense knowledge of her city. Everywhere she was able to add detail and colour to our visit. Not only showing us the sites, everywhere from Sts Peter and Paul and to the Hermitage. I would highly recommend Irina on par with the best guides I have ever had-thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian, Your words are like honey! Thank you so much. It was a big pleasure for me to show you my St-Petersburg. I hope you will come back to see others sights and to visit Moscow. Wish you all the best! Kindly, Irina
Leonard M Young JrUnited States
Irina was a terrific guide. I have been to St. Petersburg several times, but she was able to make arrangements for me to visit several palaces that are not easy to get into. Each was wonderful. I would highly recommend her to anyone speaking English who wants a good tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Leon! It was a great experience for me to visit some places for the first time. I hope during your next trip we will cover the wishlist fully. Kind regards, Irina.
Irina was excellent, knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. I have a degree in Fine Arts History, and I am sure that I am not an easy person to guide as I ask specific questions and already know some things. Irina took this in her stride and responded to my interests. I learned new things from her and appreciated her insights. She was genuinely enthusiastic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lorie, It was a big pleasure to guide you, to learn a lot and actually to see the same things but from a new prospective! Thank you so much.
Irina is the most lovely person who has such a good knowledge of Russia and she speaks excellent English and is very easy to understand! She made our two very big days in St Petersburg very memorable and we all enjoyed her calmness and her sense of humor! I would recommend using Irina as a tour guide to everyone and if we came back, I would try to spend time with her again. Also our driver Andrei was very good, a safe driver and very nice man.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rhonda, Thank you so much for your time with me! I knew that the end of the season will bring new friends! I wish you to come back some day. Again, many thanks! Take care
Josie BorstUnited Kingdom
We had a great three days with Irina. She arrived at our hotel on time every day and made sure we saw as much of St Petersburg as possible. Her English is excellent and she is very knowledgeable. Her lunch choices were great and gave us a good taste of local food in good surroundings.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Josie! I hope that you will come back someday to explore new local sights! I'm very pleased to hear that you have enjoyed my city and this tour) Very kind regards to you all
Doug ZandeUnited States
The tour was as advertised and Irina the guide was outstanding with plenty of history. She was friendly and accommodating. This was a great value.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Doug, Thanks a lot for comming and bringing such a nice team! The whole tour was a pleasure. Best wishes!
Sally S.United Kingdom
Irina is a charming and knowledgeable guide who organised an excellent two day tour of St Petersburg for our family of four. With her guidance and advice we were able to plan an unrushed, personal city tour with sufficient time at each of our chosen sites to allow us, for example, to climb St Isaacs tower and to take in views from St Peter and Paul fortress. We were able to walk in the city and gardens, take a canal boat tour and sample typical Russian food in local restaurants for lunch. Thank you Irina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sally, it was a memorable trip to me as well, a good chance to see something over the usual itinerary. Thank you so much. Take care, kindly, Irina
Dave RabenUnited States
Irina is punctual, knowledgeable, fun, and very easygoing. She has an extremely comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of St. Petersburg as evidenced by her advanced education and the fact she is a native. The best part, she loves what she does and her passion is contagious !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dave, thank you for coming and being in my company. You are beautiful couple and I had so much joy guiding you here. I hope somedays you will come back. Wish you to travel a lot and meet new friends everywhere) Say hello to Anabel, best regards.
Frances HsiehUnited States
We came to St Petersburg on cruise for two days. So glad I contacted Irina before the trip. We had the best time in St Petersburg, we couldn't do it without her. Irina speaks great English, is very considerate and straight forward, easy to work with. She loves history and art (me too) and is very knowledgeable which I really appreciate! She is the perfect tour guide for us. If I ever come back to St Petersburg, I will definitely contact her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Frances, You and Dave have chosen wonderful places to visit and definitely I enjoyed guiding you in St-Petersburg. You are more than welcome to come back! Sincerely
Rachel GrimshawUnited Kingdom
Irina was fantastic, we saw so much during our 2 days in St Petersburg. She is knowledgeable and friendly and made everything very enjoyable and interesting. She was very organised and had all our tickets pre-booked so we didn't have to wait for longer than it took her to collect them, and her timings were great, we always seemed to arrive for things at the right time eg just before the fountains were switched on at Peterhof. Thanks, Irina, for a very memorable visit to St Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rachel, It is always nice to hear from you. Great that you adored the trip with me. I'm sure the rest of the Baltic cruise was remarkable. Hope to see you again someday. Kind regards
Greg SherwinUnited States
Irina is a treasure who made our three day visit to St. Petersburg the highlight of our 30 day European vacation. Irina's knowledge is all-encompassing. Our conversations ranged from history to culture, society, art and architecture. Irina planned our tour meticulously and we always arrived on time at each site without being rushed. We wish we had more time in that beautiful city in Irina's company. Irina's commentary illuminated our unforgettable visit to St. Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Greg, It was a big pleasure to help your dream come true. Doing such active tour in a wheelchair it is unbelievable! I'm glad to know that you enjoyed St-Petersburg so much. I have a great time with you and hope it's not our last meeting. I wish you always to stay in good health, make a new wish and good luck! Sincerely your, Irina.
Bruce RiandaUnited States
Irina was terrific. Her knowledge of the history of Russia and St Petersburg was amazing. She managed to get us into more museums, churches, and sightseeing than I ever imagined could be done in two days. She was also very pleasant to talk to and answered all of our questions about current day and past Russian history. The extra touch going to a couple of local restaurants was very nice and it was an opportunity to really get a feel of how the locals live. I would not hesitate to recommend Irina to anyone
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bruce, That was a pleasure to guide you in St-Petersburg. I spent 2 days like with close friends and really miss you) Wish you all the best! Take care
Shihyun WangUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much!
Scott VidaUnited States
Irina is a knowledgeable, energetic, and personable guide. We highly recommend her and would retain her again in a heartbeat.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The best reward for guide to read such review. Very glad that you appreciated my tour. Best wishes!
James LongUnited States
Irina was wonderful. I have problems walking and Irina made sure I sat down and took a rest as she told us about what we were seeing. I would use her again.
Sally LundbladUnited States
The reason we rated this four stars instead of five had nothing to do with Irina. The traffic in St. Petersburg on that day was horrendous, causing delays in arrival and going from place to place. In fact, Irina was willing to extend the tour to see all of the sights she had planned but we had to be back to our ship for another excursion so we had to cut it short from the offered extended time. Irina is very personable and well-versed about many facets of St. Petersburg.
Joan MelleaUnited States
Unfortunately cannot recommend Irina. She provided little context and assumed way too much knowledge of Russian history. Mostly, she's just bored. It's clear she's tired of seeing the same places day after day. A good guide makes it fresh every time. She sounded more like a recording. Topping it off--she overcharged for every ticket she purchased us claiming prices had gone up. I checked when I returned home and found significant overcharging.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Did not expect such a review. You were a nice friendly family. As for the tickets the advanced price is different from on-line information. A special entrance avoiding crowds or "open before the regular time" is more expensive than usual prices and there is no kids discount. The tour was booked several months before the date and some museums raised the prices like Hermitage, Yusupov's palace and Catherine's palace. I still have a good impression of communication with you. All the best.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We were sad to read about this misunderstanding as Irina is a great partner and honours our business principles so she would never try to get more income in an unfair way. She will set better expectations in her tour descriptions to avoid confusions for future travelers. A refund was issued as well.
Brenda P.North Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Irina has an excellent knowledge of St Petersburg. We learned so much about the treasures and history of the city during the three days we spent with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are very welcome! Thank you for making this trip so fun. Really miss you, Best
Andrew PhillipsUnited Kingdom
Irina was very informative and professional She was very knowledgeable and got us through queues easily Would highly recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: All the best, thank you so much!
Thiam Chay OngSingapore
Irina is a fantastic guide who is very friendly and professional. Our family of 6 greatly enjoyed her guided tour. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about St. Petersburg and its amazing Arts Collection. Hermitage is a must go with her. Superbly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much)
Laurie JacksonUnited States
Irina picked up 4 of us promptly at Eliz Embankment pier dock in clean roomy van. Her English is great, had very informative talk with her in car both ways, especially interesting to hear about her and her family's own experiences in St Petersburg. At Tsar Selo she had convenient parking spot, got ahead of the lines, very good tour guide. We got back to SP early, so she even took us to store she knew and waited there to drive us back to ship.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh, Laurie, so great review ) thanks for coming! All the best
J. Scott SykoraChicago, IL, United States
Irina is a consummate professional! She is extremely knowledgeable across a wide range of local historical and cultural sites. She is very dedicated to providing a first class experience. Over two days, Irina drove us to various sites including Catherine Palace, Peterhof and Kronstadt. She is a courteous and conscientious driver and always made us feel secure. Finally, her English is impeccable. I highly recommend Irina as a tour guide for St. Petersburg and the surrounding environs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Scott, that was extremely intresting for me too. And I'm sure you know it. Glad you helped me to enjoy some different places. Hope your own trip in the Hermitage was nice as well. Take care
Marian ToddUnited States
Irina was a fantastic guide - she customized a two-day tour for us to include some specifics on our list, and was absolutely full of great historical and local information. A pleasure to talk to and travel with, I have already recommended her to a fellow traveler met in transit, and wouldn't hesitate to do so to anyone I know planning a trip to St. Petersburg or surrounding areas. I hope to get back there myself and plan to try to book Irina again if possible. Thanks for a lovely two days - !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Marian, I hope You and Margaret are doing well. That was a pleasure to provide you with a tour. I wish we will meet again somedays. Best regards
Irina was an excellent guide. She was knowledgeable and interesting. Her English is excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: WOW! So glad to receive such rating from you. Only best wishes to your beautiful family :-)
Irina was really polite and helpful. She was great with our student group, as we had a few students who weren't listening and she would help the staff to make them pay attention! Well done Irina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ohh, how cute ;) I appreciate your feedback!
A fantastic guide and woman. Her knowledge is complete of all the places we visited and also about many other facts of St. Petersburg history. She has perfect English and was always helpful and caring about my questions and my hobby of collecting magnets of the places I visit. A wonderful experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jimena, This sounds like music ) Wish you and your family all the best!
Maurice KirkhoferUnited States
Very knowledge and friendly; provided additional information; anticipated my touring specific instructions; chose a very nice luncheon restaurant
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Good to hear from you) I hope you will come to show St Petersburg to your wife! Best wishes, Irina
Peter D.United States
Our 4 day tour with Irina was fantastic. She was very well organized, prompt, extremely knowledgeable especially regarding the paintings in the Hermitage, and very flexible in handling our special requests. pete and chris
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, wish you to open new places and find a lot of inspiration on you way)
Irina is an excellent guide. Her commitment to the local history both present and past made for a very memorable experience. I have no hesitation giving 5 stars.
Francis KoonUnited States
We spent a day and a day and a half with Irina in St Petersburg. She did an excellent job for us. Her English is outstanding and she has an indepth knowledge of Russin history. She was able to book tickets in advance which saved time. Irina and her driver had an excellent working relationship and communicated seemlessly thropugh out the tour. Six of us were very comfortable and well taken care of throughout our time with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow) thank you for all compliments) it was very enjoyable trip for me too. Take care, Best regards, Irina.
Tan Fong Y.Singapore
Irina is very professional and responded very promptly to our email exchanges. She speaks impeccable English and is very knowledgeable about the artwork, sculptures and other collections of the Hermitage. Her passion for the subject is evident and she is also patient in explaining the works to my friend and I. Though we are layman to artwork and biblical stories/background, Irina is able to engage us and explain clearly to us. Much appreciated! I would recommended Irina to anyone visiting St Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, it was a pleasure to guide you) Warm regards!
Irina has shown our family the highlights of St. Petersburg in three days.She has put together a customized tour for us that took account of our teenage boy's interests.She made a reasonable choice of POI's to visit to avoid overloading. She and the driver were always on time, the van was spotless, the driver drove very carefully. Irina paced the tour perfectly, organized all tickets beforehand, never waiting in any queue. We can recomment Irina as a guide without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you and very glad to hear from you! Wish you to come back to St Petersburg! All best with love)
Mark BogenUnited States
This was the first time we used your service when we went to St. Petersburg. We used a guide by the name of Irina K. and cannot tell you how great she was. She arranged the driver and our private tour for two days. My wife, son and I could not have hired a better tour guide and driver. If there is a rating system, I hope you can show the highest rating for her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You know that is the reason why I really love my job. I'm able to show the beauty of my place and I'm happy that you enjoyed it. Thank you for your warm words! Wish you good luck)
perfect guide; everything was organized; everything was on time; Irina is the reference class for local guides!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christian, thank you, for me it was a special tour too. I really enjoyed your team! All best)
William TollUnited States
Irena picked us up at the ship terminal, took us to the Russian Museum prior to the tour, picked us up and took us where we wished to go within the time allotted, and provided knowledgeable and amusing commentary. She enjoys her work & is very good.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, I definitely enjoyed your team too. Take care!
We found Irina to be a fantastic tour guide. She had fantastic knowledge of all the places we visited, she planned the itinerary very well to maximise our time in St Petersburg. Her English is excellent, and having travelled herself, understands other cultures, as well as English language nuances and humour. She has a great personality and we got on really well. She was always well organised. I would recommend her without hesitation.
Michael LaRoccaUnited States
My wife and I were on a cruise and had Irina guide us for the three days, while in port. She was very knowable, professional and enjoyable. Irina met us each morning, at the port and provided a relaxed eight hours of touring. Her personalized service provided us we the ability to stay, at each site until we were ready to go, not when the group time was up. We even changed some of the itinerary to stay at the hermitage longer. We highly recommend Irina to anyone wishing to experience St. Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh, thank you! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed our trip and my city! All best)
We had a great time with Irina. She is a encyclopaedia. She knew the history, small trivia, practically everything about St Petersburg that has been written anywhere. Vey understanding, patient with a boisterous, enquiring group of 8 of us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Sanjay, I hope will come back to Russia in future!
Robin JacksonUnited Kingdom
Had a really great day 1 with Irina covering the must see sites in St Petersburg. She was well organised and extremely knowledgeable when we visited the Hermitage, pointing out things which we would not have noticed if we had been on our own. A very full day and we felt that we couldn't have seen any more in the time available. On day 2 Irina wasn't available but her stand in, Dascha (probably spelled wrong!), was also very knowledgeable during our visit to Peterhof and St Catherine's Palace. Great!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much) I definitely enjoyed my day with you. Wish you good luck!
Dennis WalshUnited States
Irina was great! We spent 2 lovely days together and learned a great deal. Our experience was more personal and educational than any of the large cruise ship tours. Highly recommended!
Tamara BeasleyUnited States
We have used Tours By Locals extensively in the past with outstanding results and our trip to St Petersburg with guide Irina K was no exception. We were a party of 5 and to have such a close relationship with her for two days was invaluable. She not only showed us her lovely city, but we grew to know her as a person and learned a bit of her culture, which in the end is often more important. Thank you Irina for such a lovely visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, I'm very glad to hear from you! Wish you a lot of beautiful places on your way.
Andrea LessardUnited States
Irina gave us an interesting and relaxed tour of Catherine the Great's Palace and its grounds in Tsarskoye Selo. We enjoyed the conversation about St Petersburg, Russia, old traditions and recent changes. The drive out of town and back was smooth, and all worked according to schedule. A very pleasant outing which we thoroughly enjoyed - thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you one more time for your warm words, Best regards!
Janis DuncanUnited States
Irina K is a very knowledgeable tour guide. She made our stay in Russia a very pleasant hassle free experience. We would highly recommend Tours by locals to friends based on the professional way in which Irina handled our tour. Russia is a very beautiful country, but without knowledge of the language our experience would not be as positive as it was with Irina's expertise.
Janis DuncanUnited States
Our trip was a very wonderful experience enhanced by the expert assistance from Ms. Irina K.
Janis DuncanUnited States
Irina provided an excellent experience. Her knowledge and expertise made our experience one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. She was an excellent guide. It was so helpful to have someone who spoke the language to guide us through the various sights. This was an experience of a life time.
James BlesenerUnited States
Very knowledgeable of the tour and very easy to spend a day touring with our group
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm just very glad that you appreciated our tour! Thank you.
Sean McGrathUnited States
Although I know Dostoevsky wasn't her favorite writer, Irina is completely prepared with facts, dates, personal relationships, anecdotes, etc relating to his life and works. She knows where all the monuments and plaques are hidden, and it was quite a memorable experience to walk along streets and squares I've read in his works so many times. I forgot the number of steps from Raskolnikov's to the old woman's. She knew, and she knew the route also. That put a smile on my face. Awesome job Irina. Thanks.
Sean McGrathUnited States
Irina is extremely intelligent about the history and current affairs of her city. She knows many unique places that aren't on the usual tourist agenda. She is very good at steering the tour and conversation to your interests and you can tell by her explanations, that she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with you. Her English is impeccable and she will even discuss current events. Many Russians avoid talk of such topics with foreigners. Thanks Irina for making my time in Petersburg memorable
Irina guided me through the streets, parks and monuments of St. Petersburg, in a sort of informal tour. She was very flexible in order to fulfil my interests and very helpful. Thanks Irina, all the best. Miguel Henriques
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, wish you all the best and many interesting trips ahead!
Robert ReisnerUnited States
I was looking for a walking tour of areas ans sights not seen on the average tour (I had already visited the big attractions). Irina was a terriffic guide covering a wide range of places and things in just a few hours. A visit to a neighborhood pastry shop, a local food market (not a modern supermarket), subway/trolley rides, famous homes, open markets,and even an authentic Russian dinner (cabbage soup and a murmansk caught fish). Irina is knowledgeable, friendly and very god english.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bob, such a bit unusual tours are my favourite) I'm very glad you liked! Wish you good luck, Irina.
Irina was an excellent guide. With her, we managed to cover many of the high points of Saint Petersbourg, and we saw many lovely areas that were historically significant. She did an excellent job and I would strongly recommend her. Ligia Occhini
David A.United States
Best (and prettiest) guide we've ever had! Prompt, creative with our "wish lists". Hermitage came alive with her commentary and the 4 of us think she deserves more than 5 stars. Lunches with locals were a delight, and she even found the cemetery one of our ancestors was buried in. If Irina is any example of the superb quality of Tours By Locals, we will book with you around the world. She made our Russian stay a super memory and we couldn't be happier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, my best wishes to you, Phyllis, David and Sondra) for sure you have a russian friend! And BTW: I cooked a pizza like you advised and all my friends who tried said it was deliciously. Thank you!!!
Anthony B.New Zealand
We were 2 families of 4 from New Zealand and incredibly lucky to have booked with Irina K. Irina has a gorgeously friendly nature, historical and contemporary knowledge of her city belying her youth, passion for her job and importantly, her ability to 'read' us and our requirements was second to none. We highly recommend her as a tour guide if you want quality guidance that is coupled with friendliness and an ability to provide flexible efficient service to suit your needs. Good luck and enjoy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your warm words, I miss you guys! Good luck!
James WhitmanUnited States
Irina was amazing! She was incredibly attentive and responsive. We had a 2-day private tour with her. Both were tailored to exactly what we wanted: a walking tour of the city the first day, and a trip to Catherine's palace the second day. Irina was very knowledgeable. And she went out of her way to make our trip to St. Petersburg go smoothly: she booked dinner reservations for us, bought opera and ballet tickets for us, and even arranged a cab to take us to the airport on our last day! Irina is the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: James, thank you so much for these kind words. I'm really glad that was your guide in my native city! Best wishes to you!
5 out of 5. It is hard to imagine a better guide to St. Petersburg than Irina. To tour the city with Irina is to engage in an intelligent and knowledgeable dialogue about history and culture with a companion who is gentle and pleasant, but nonetheless has limitless energy and curiosity. Irina has a keen sense for what is of interest to her guests, and knows how to match sites and experiences to the taste of her clients . She is also a virtuoso at researching information and illustrations on her iPad.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Louis, thank you one more time! I'm still learning... That was cool experience for me! Kind regards, Irina.