Ching-Yu LiuUnited Kingdom
Elina has excellent local knowledge. As she has traveled overseas, she was able to put the points across which are suitable for foreigners. She arranged everything well, and we saw everything that we wanted to visit. We didn't have to queue for any of the tourist spots where there were long queues. The restaurants she recommended were also fantastic. Our driver was very polite and courteous. It was a great trip. Thank you, Elina and Dimitri! We had a great time and will certainly come back again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Richard and Peter!!! I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Dmitry passes his regards to you too and is ready to drive you again.
Dianna GibsonUnited States
Elina made our 3 day visit to St. Petersburg exquisite. From the email information she provided prior to our arrival in Russia to helping us choose tours, booking the tours, arranging meeting places, directing us to great local cuisine, figuring out the money, she made everything work like clockwork. She had a very nice and dependable driver with a clean Mercedes to escort us around. Her in-depth knowledge of St. Petersburg and all of it's splendid museums and sites made touring fascinating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Dianne, Liz and kids! Great family, enjoyed working with you so much! Hope to see you again:)
David L.Norcross, GA, United States
This tour is outstanding in every regard. Elina is not only knowledgeable, but also an excellent manager of time and activities. We saw as much as it was possible to see over 2 days, without a wasted step nor any lingering over items not of interest to our group. She is especially good with art and art history, including the many varieties of local stone used in construction and decoration. Her restaurant recommendations were spot on, allowing us to sample cuisines not available at home. Fabulous guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, David! Come back to Venice of the North :)
Anna FegoSorrento, WA, Australia
She was very informative and helpful. Always punctual and hospitable, very obliging, nothing was difficult for her. We would highly recommend her to our friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Anna! Come back to see the rest of our beautiful city!
Rebecca StephenUnited States
Elina was the most informative and in depth tour guide I have ever experienced. Our family probably would not have survived a big group tour and we are so grateful to have had Elina and her kind driver to show us the sites. She is patient, personable, and extremely intelligent. We found a gem of a tour guide! You will not regret booking her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Becky!!! Come back in winter to explore our beautiful city and its weather more :)
Sheila FreedUnited States
5 out 5. She was amazing and our favorite guide. Extremely knowledgeable yet flexible and fun. We can't wait to host her in the US!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Sheila, looking forward to meeting your family again!!!
Anne G.United Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Anne!
Michael DonatFolsom, CA, United States
Elina was absolutely amazing. I can't express how wonderful a job she did and how great her tour was. We spent two incredible days in St. Petersburg with Elina taking us everywhere. Her knowledge of the sites was comprehensive but what I think we appreciated most was how she kept our two children (11 and 14) entertained and engaged. There's a lot to see and do in St. Petersburg and Elina was excellent at knowing when it was to let the kids relax. I can't recommend Elina enough!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Michael!!! Your kids are so well behaved it was easy to keep them interested :) Come back to our beautiful city!
Timothy A HickeyCincinnati, OHIO, United States
Elina was a great tour guide. We spent 2 days with her in St. Petersburg and enjoyed every minute. She was able to avoid long lines at Catherine's Palace and navigate around the large tour groups so we could enjoy the sights. We also had two lunches with her at Russian/Georgian restaurants which gave us a flavor of the country. I highly recommend her. 5 stars.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Tim!!!
Ronald A BorchardtUnited States
Very informative, tailored some extra stops as we requested. We saw many things during our short visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Ron!
Elina is very knowledgeable and professional, and extremely well spoken. Her commentary was insightful and timely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Tom! I learned much from you :)
Lynette SmithUnited States
We had such a great time with Elina and her assistant. She is a fantastic tour guide, knowledgeable, friendly and adapted to all of our needs. We saw so much in St. Petersburg that our heads were over whelmed and there is not enough space to describe it. These our things that you must see for yourself. We were able to eat in all local places and really experience Russian cuisine. She was able to purchase tickets to all churches, museums we never had to stand in line. We would highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, you were a great team, saludos!
Graham KempUnited Kingdom
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Elina which fully met all our expectations. Her English was excellent as was her knowledge of all the places we visited. We covered a lot of ground in the two days but Elina made it as easy as possible for us and was prepared to be flexible to fit in with our specific interests. All in all she made this a very successful visit for us and I would highly recommend Elina to anyone wanting to get the most from their visit to St Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Graham and Patricia. Come back to our beautiful city!
Anne MascarenhasUnited States
Excellent guide! Elina brings the city and history of St. Petersburg to life. She is very friendly and thoughtful. She expertly guided us through the hermitage and brought a unique perspective to the paintings with her expert art knowledge. Overall, an outstanding 2 days!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Anne, it was a pleasure to work with you. Best wishes to Henry and your parents!
Anthony StewartUnited Kingdom
Elina and Alexi were great. Elina was very flexible to our needs especially considering we had two 90 years old with us. Weather was stunning, hot and sunny. Transport was good and we saw everything we wanted to. Private tours are definitely the way to go, many thanks Elina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Anthony, I am still impressed with your 90 year old couple!
Paul WatfordUnited States
Elina was personable and informative. Our trip to Russia was 2 wks before my son started college in London and 4 wks before the G20 conference so Elina gave us the local perspective of international relations helping us broaden our appreciation for Russian history and culture. We traveled to all the historical sites and discovered that Elina is a true lover and specialist on the art at the Hermitage and great catherdrals in St. Petersburg. Lunch at two wonderful authentic restuarants and a menu to take.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I've never been to Chicago but now I know it better :) Thank you!
Jeanette RajamakiUnited States
We couldn't have asked for a better guide! Elina was fabulous…extremely knowledgable, answered our every question, got us to experience true Russian food in an every-day Russian restaurant, seemed to know every painting in the Hermitage and let us into her life a bit as well as the ways of life in present day Russia. If all of your contracted tour guides are up to her standards, we can't wait to use you again. Also, kudos to her driver, Oleg, for navigating us through a fabulous, busy city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael and Virgina, you are so nice couple, wish you to have many more wonderful tours!
John HomerUnited States
We just returned from a wonderful tour of St. Petersburg with Elina. She allowed us to modify her standard tour according to our desires. She arranged for an excellent driver. It was a GREAT two days. Elina was not only very personable, she was very knowledgeable. Every time we asked a question, she had answers. Not just facts & figures, but stories. When we returned to our ship, we compared our experience with those who had booked the ship excursion. They all wished that had been with us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, John and Carol. You are very caring people, I enjoyed working with you!
Elinor G.United States
Elina was wonderful. She has a lot of knowledge about the history of Russia in general, St. Petersburg in particular. She is an art historian -- about as perfect as you could get for a guide through the Hermitage and the other amazing sights. She also knows a lot about architecture and filled us in on the various housing styles we saw. She is a lovely woman, with excellent English. She accommodated our special needs and our needs as we changed our minds and altered our schedule. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Elinor and Rex, it was interesting working with you!