Hong Huat PuaSingapore
We only had 2 days in SP and engaging Margarita was a good decision. She is very knowledgeable, accommodating to our needs and takes good care of us in a simple down to heart manner. We learned a lot about Russia history from her and I can tell she tried her best to ensure we are well especially with my 4 years old. I appreciate her candid when we talked about other things like life, politics etc. Thank you Margarita for the hospitality. I wish we have more time, next time perhaps...Pua
Paul DeresUnited States
Margarita has a fabulous knowledge of Russian history reinforced with real life stories of her own family's struggles in WWII. She made us very feel comfortable and welcome on our two day tour of St Petersburg. She has wonderful sense of humor and is willing to spend her own time to make sure we received the total "St Petersburg experience". She is passionate about her country and helps you understand all the changes that have occurred in Russia over the last 100 years. She gave us a wonderful tour.
Margarita was excellent. She had a deep knowledge of Russian history. Her explanations were easily understandable in good English and she was extremely helpful. She managed to show us the most interesting places in the 2 days she guided us. Robert & Valerie
Thanks Margarita for 2 great days. Your passion for your city, its history and architecture, along with your warm, sharing friendliness made our short stay in St. Petersburg the highlight of our Scandinavian/Baltic trip. Through you we learned so much about Russia and Russians.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your warm words. I wouldn't mind having the nutcracker you bought in my collection too. It is really special. I hope Bev isn't dissapointed with amber rings either. I enjoyed showing you our city. All the best. Margarita.
Peter HibbertUnited Kingdom
A wonderful two days tour. Margarita is very friendly and very helpful. She was able to drive me to all the sites in her car, which was a great bonus. She recommended very good restaurants near the hotel. I gained a fantastic insight into Russian life. I would like to return again soon. She is very knowledgeable about the sites and speaks excellent English. I can certainly recommend her to other tourists.
Rita is everything that a guide should be - knowledgeable, interested in her clients, flexible, generous with time and ideas to make the visit very personal and most of all kind and able to relate to all ages. We were a group of three generations - my son, my father and myself and we all agree we could not have asked for more from Rita or our tours. This is the second time I have had the privilege of being guided by Rita and it wont be the last. A wonderful person and a wonderful experience. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Julianne, I am always on line for you.
Gina JadwisiakUnited States
Very organized. Gave great recommendations. Spoke English very well. Knew many historical facts about the sites we visited. We would highly recommend her and would use her again in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gina for your feedback. The tour with you was easy and enjoyable.
Orna AzulayUnited States
Margarita was amazing! She was prompt and extremely knowledgeable. Having her own car made touring easy and very enjoyable. We traveled with 2 teens and she was patient and they loved her. We highly recommend Margarita when touring St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Orna for your kind words.The people like you, your husband and kids are always easy to guide. I hope this trip helped your children to get familiar with Russian history and culture.
Nadire Dilek KiralTurkey
Beside being a perfect guide, she is a wonderfull person. Thank you very much Rita��
Carol C.United States
Rita was a wonderful guide and I would not hesitate to recommend her. She was very attentive and considerate to my 85 year old mother-in-law, tayloring our 2 day tour to accommodate her needs. So knowledgable in all eras of history. We learned so much through our much appreciated discussions of past and current events. This was a wonderful introduction to St Petersburg- one that makes us want to visit again. Thanks Rita for making our stay so memorable!
Rita is an excellent guide. We had a lot of fun visiting all St-Petersburg highlights with her and listen to her stories about Russian history and dynasty. She was very accommodating to adapt the tour to the places with wanted to go. She took us to different stores and recommended us the best of russian delicatessen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Catherine for your kind comment. I enjoyed guiding such easy tourists too. Thank you.
Margarita was an excellent guide and her extensive knowledge of art made our trip to the Hermitage much more enjoyable. She readily adapted our chosen tour to suit our age and speed and her passion for her country was infectious. We would heartily recommend Margarita for travellers of any age, but particularly "mature" travellers.
Harold Zvi MillerIsrael
at least a five star plus! Her timing was perfect, she was most knowledgeable and also very understanding of our needs. She allowed us an insight to the problems of everyday people keeping up with change in economics and ideologies. She also was able to show a history of the different generations. She was able to give insights in the educational system from experience. It was a privilege to learn about the history and present of Petersburg and Russia through her eyes. It was much better than we expected!
Rosa G.United States
I worked so hard to find the right tour and guide for our family prior to our trip and I found her- Margarita K. She adapted to the varying degrees of interest and physical limitations that my husband, teenager and I had in what we were doing. She made us feel so comfortable, spoke great English,had a nice car, was a safe driver, and added that personal perspective of being with someone from Russia that we were looking for.She was knowledgeable, flexible and a pleasure to interact with. Great trip. Thx.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rosa for your kind words. Honestly, I liked guiding you. You are 5 star travelers. Easy, flexible with good sense of humor.I wish you good luck.
Excellent guide. Exceeded our expectations. Responsive to what we wanted to see and know. Flexible and knowledgable without being overwhelming. Reliable and punctual. Also very generous with time and genuinely wanted us to have a wonderful experience which we did! Thank you Margarita. We will meet again in St Petersburg we are sure.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Julianne. You are the tourists I really enjoyed guiding. Thank you for your language, flexibility, patience, sense of humor and bringing me to Alexandre palace. Best wishes to Anne.
Margarita was really good and gave us an insight into life both under socialist rule and free. She was prompt both days and acted as a good translator when it came to food and museum sites and knew good and reasonably priced places to eat. She was quite knowledgeable in Russian history, especially pertaining to the revolution and the Russian involvement in WWII. It was really fun in the snow. I definitely would recommend her to others.
Miriam ParkerUnited States
Tom AxworthyToronto, ONTARIO, Canada
Margarita was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable about St. Petersburg sites, flexible in adapting her tours to our interests, and helpful in dealing with any issues that arose. She went above and beyond what was required, even helping a Japanese tourist whose ID was stolen. We highly recommend her for all we learned about Russian history, culture, and everyday life. -Tom&Roberta Axworthy, Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment, Tom. I want to give 5 stars to all of you too. You didn't complain,didn't go to water closets often and were fit enough to see Impressionists. Thank you for knowing who Lenin, Stalin, Pushkin and Alexandre I are. Hope to see you in Russia again.
Our party of two couples from Canada arrived in St. Petersburg via visa free tour through the St. Peter Line from Helsinki. Margarita led us on a fast paced tour of the city and the suburbs and made arrangements for a boat tour and an evening folk show. She even drove us back to the sea terminal. Margarita's English was very good and she was quite knowledgeable about the sites and had many interesting background stories. Her car was comfortable for the 5 of us and she was quite adept in the traffic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you,Leonard. It was easy for me to guide you. You walked under the rain and didn't complain.Your sense of humor and good attitude to me helped me to feel comfortable. Thank you.
Philip MoonNew Zealand
Margarita was an extremely dedicated guide who was always willing to adapt her plans to match our interests. While she is still learning the huge store of knowledge connected with the amazing palaces, parks and museums in and St Petersburg, she already is able to communicate a lot of colorful information and give special insights from a Russian perspective that add depth and and a human quality lacking in any tour book or audio guide. Margarita went beyond her committed time both days.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, thank you Philip and Jenny. Guiding you I felt as if I was showing the city to my friends. It is great to meet free-thinking and educated people like you. It is huge experience for me. Thank you for your English too.
David James FlemingNew Zealand
My husband and I were indeed very fortunate to have Margarita as our guide for two days in St Petersburg. Her knowledge of this city so rich in history and her commitment to ensure we visited all the important sights was so appreciated. We have no hesitation in rating her 5 out of 5 and will be recommending her to any of our friends planning a trip to St Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Wendy. I often recall the tour with you. I want to give you 5 stars too. Usually my tourists are nice people. But you are ones of the best. It is true. Thank you.
Margarita was very good. She had a good knowledge of the sites and was very helpful and flexible. She was able to give us background information before we saw the sites, and then go into details when we did arrive. We enjoyed our stay in St Petersburg with her as our guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for a good comment. It was nice to guide you. You seem to be interested in Russian history, traditions and customs.Thank you again. Margarita.
June AlbertUnited States
Margarita was very willing to accommodate any of our plans. We feel as though we were able to see so much more of St Petersburg because of her guidance. Thoroughly enjoyed the two days spent with her.
Irene FranksUnited States
Besides the tourist attractions, we wanted to see how regular people live. Margarita was the perfect guide for that. Since she has her own car, we were able to drive to a small city about 90 km outside of Saint Petersburg. We shopped at a market and saw many interesting things. She said, we were probably the first Americans there. It was a totally wonderful experience and I can't thank her enough. Margarita had many good suggestions and we felt completely at ease in her care.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Irene. You are the perfect tourists or better travellers. Thank you again.
Margarita was patient, helpful and flexible in her approach to our touring requests. She was able to provide everything we had asked for with some background information on each site. We especially appreciate that she took us for a ride on the metro and helped us purchase our train tickets which would have been harder to do on our own. The only downside was that her English wasn't as fluent as I had hoped and she had some trouble with navigation on the way to Petergof.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I want to explain why the tourists think I have trouble with navigation to Petergof.I chose the shortest way between two suburbs. The roads leading from Puskin to Petergof have been built recently and the there aren't any signs at the crossroads.If I had chosen the old roads it would have taken much more time. I'm sure you'd have never had the tour like you had with other guide. At least I tried to to my best you felt the spirit of our wonderful city even if my English isn't so fluent.