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!
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.
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!
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 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.