Extremely interesting visit thanks to Irina K. She has a very deep knowledge and understanding of the places we visited and of Russian history. She was tremendously efficient in getting us around the city and into the suburbs to see Peterhof and Catherine's Palace and in avoiding the long lines everywhere. We appreciated her sens of accommodation as we made several new requests during our tour. She was very easy going, has an excellent command of English and we got along very well. We highly recommend her
We found Irina to be a special guide in that she overachieved our expectations in every aspect. She was an excellent communicator and great story teller as it related to Russian/European history . She posses an incredible memory for facts , events and rulers dating back to the 1700's . She had passion , was punctual and flexible in the creation and execution of our itinerary . Highly professional and engaging . If she is available I would highly recommend booking her . The best guide ever . A perfect 10.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Henry, Your review is above any words I was told. I am more than happy that you enjoyed our time so much! Definitely we will stay in touch, you know that it was very special tour for me also. I keep missing you even month later. Hope to see you again someday. Take care my dear friends! Best wishes, 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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!
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!
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
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)
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)
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.
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.
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!