Lance RingelUnited States
We had Nikolai as a guide last year and, returning this year with a friend, engaged him again, this time for a tour to Russia's WW1 museum (which is terrific, but requires the help of someone fluent in both Russian and English) and the Catherine Palace. Not only is Nikolai extraordinarily knowledgeable, he is also incredibly flexible and responsive to his guests' needs; he adjusted the timing and order of his standard tour to our preferences, and made sure we caught the train at the end of the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad that Lance, Chuck and Renee enjoyed the tour to town Pushkin where we have visited unique WW1 museum in Martial Chamber (founded more than a hundred years ago). Visiting the Catherine Palace completed our visit Tsarskoe Selo and we arrived to the Finland train station in time. I am always happy to give detailed information about sights we visit if this is of interest to my guests.
Chan Ghee LeowCanada
Nikolai's vast knowledge on the city of St. Petersburg and the Catharine Palace made the tour a completely immersive experience. Despite the wet weather on the day of the tour, we continued our visit around the grounds outside the palace. I am glad we persisted as the countryside was absolutely stunning with all the autumn colours in the billowing wind!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. Parks are very beautiful this time of year and not so crowded. Show these places to my customers with great pleasure.
David ReekieUnited Kingdom
Nikolai was very informed about history for all the tours he took me on which were to Peterhof, Pavlosk, Tsarkoe Selo, Oranienbaum and Gatchina. He was very helpful and has a good attitude.
Marilyn MacaulayUnited States
Nikolai is an excellent guide. He is very courteous and knowledgeable.He catered the tour to our request. We communicated via email and he helped us arrange a schedule that would fit our wants and needs. He purchased the tickets ahead of time to assure us the ability to see the places we wanted to see. He is very courteous & knowledgeable . We highly recommend Nikolai.
Melody KarpowitschUnited States
Nikolai was fantastic in his varied description of the details of Catherine's palace and grounds. He was very welcoming and friendly. I highly recommend him as a guide! He understood and spoke English very well.
Kathy DeFonsoUnited States
Nikolai was a fantastic guide. We enjoyed every minute of the tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I also enjoyed! Thank you Kathy DeFonso!
Janet EylerUnited States
Nikolai was a pleasant and informative guide who made the experience both interesting and easy for us. He picked us up right at the door of our apartment building and had arranged tickets so we didn't need to wait in a long line. He expertly guided us through the palace. We don't like to zip through, but really like to get a good look at things, take pictures and go at our own pace; he helped keep us clear of the enormous tour groups and helped us see the palace on our terms. Excellent experience.
Jane W.Victoria, BC, Canada
Nikolai was a very well informed and personable guide. He had a deep reserve of knowledge about the Catherine Palace, the Romanovs, and Russian history. He was able to answer all our varied questions and was pleasant company on the 4:30/5 hour tour. We recommend him without hesitation.
Barbara C.United States
Nikolai is an excellent guide. We rode in his exceptionally clean car to Catherine Palace. On the way he kept a running commentary of historical events relating to the Czars and architects of Catherine Palace and the surrounding areas. We also went to the St. Isaac's Cathedral after our tour of Catherine Palace. Nikolai is extremely knowledgeable, patient and flexible. We will recommend him to all of our friends.
Timothy MynattUnited States
He arrived at our hotel as scheduled and took us to Catherine's Palace for a great tour. He had already reserved our tickets so we were inside the gates quickly. He took us through the palace as well as the gardens and then we had lunch at a little restaurant about 5 minutes drive from the palace. We had a great time and highly recommend him.
Elizabeth JohnstonUnited States
Nikolai is very knowledgeable and shared a wealth of information re: the palace and the czarina with us. He is also very personable, speaks fluent English, and professional. A great guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Unfortunately tickets for Catherine palace weren't avail for evening.Monday evening normally I get tickets right in the palace as I have done many times. After walk through gardens, which was a part of the tour - we got into the palace at 8 pm.We still needed to stay some time in line to get tickets as only one cashier was available.Nevertheless we completed the tour and we had seen many more rooms, than on day tours. I took my customers back to the hotel in time.I bring my apologies to customers
Very awsome tourguide very knowledgeable and very good english. If you are looking for a great guide to St. Pete: He is the right one!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Kiki and Vika! I am glad you enjoyed the tour! I hope you also had success in exhibition. Kind regards from St. Petersburg! Nikolai.
Alex Van Rooyen RobbertseSouth Africa
What a fabulous time. Nikolai was a true gentlemen to my mother in law and was able to answer many questions regarding the time period we were iterested in as well as Russia in general. Punctual, accommodating and having done 3 Tours By Locals before this one tour was By far the BEST. Highly recommended. We intend to return to visit some museums and have already told him we are coming back. We will only use and recommend to our friends Nikolai.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the nice review! I will be happy to see and guide you in St. Petersburg again! Nikolai
Duayne KingUnited States
Nikolai is a wonderful tour guide. I can highly recommend him! I was very glad to have a privet guide for this tour. We went later in the morning and avoided a lot of the cruse ship tourist. He was able to show us some of the less visited parts of the ground. And knew a great place to have lunch that was not a tourist restaurant
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am happy that you liked my tour to the Catherine palace and park. The park is quite big and there are many out-of-the-way beautiful places, which I show to my guests with pleasure.