Lorey HalladaUnited States
We and our friends had toured with Elina the previous day, so when they left and it was just the 3 of us, we knew we were in for a treat. Elina is very knowledgable, very organized, and her English is impeccable. She was also very helpful in organizing tickets for the ballet and the Russian folk performance, including setting up a taxi for us that night and delivering tickets to us the next day, even though she was no longer our guide. We really enjoyed our time with her and recommend her to all!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again, Lorey!
Robert SwitzUnited States
I don't even know where to begin with Elina. A warm beautiful personality and just a non-stop fountain of knowledge. An incredible command of history as well as art history and techniques. We went past our scheduled time but it did not matter to Elina...she wanted to make sure that we saw everything that was scheduled and left with a good experience. She is so warm we had an instant connection with her. Almost like family. I am convinced there is no better guide in St. Petersburg. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Robert and beautiful Josephine!!! It is so precious to hear from a high professional like you. Come back to our beautiful city:)
Howard RobinsonUnited Kingdom
Where do we begin to express our grateful appreciation of a superb tour of an amazing city. 6 of us were expertly chauffeured in a comfortable minibus to some of the most amazing sites in the city.Elina's encyclopaedic knowledge was delivered in a gently instructive, confident & charming manner.Her organization of the 3 day tour couldn't be faulted, especially how she got us into the palaces before they became too crowded.Her recommendations of where to eat were much appreciated & enjoyed.Thank you Elina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Howard&Louise, Liz&David and Peter&Marianne, you were a superb group. Welcome back to our beautiful city!
R William PearceUnited States
The tour with guide Elina and her driver was the best. She was an excellent guide with extensive knowledge of everything in the area, and especially the history. She had everything arranged for us ahead of time. We also ate (at our request) at a very good local restaurant for lunch. With only one day (8 hrs), we requested to see Catherine's Palace (which was very good choice) and Church of the Spilled Blood (another good choice). We are planning on going back and using her again.
Marla SchroederUnited States
Elina was very flexible, knowledgable and upbeat. We were able to make adjustments throughout the day without wasting time. For example, her suggestion for lunch was fantastic. The food was excellent and she worked with the wait staff to make it very quick - which we needed that day. She was also very attentive to our groups personal physical needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Marla. I'm glad you liked your day, welcome back to St.Petersburg!
Sherry DaloisioUnited States
Elina was knowledgable easy to communicate with, and with a nice and happy positive attitude. She was flexible and her care for my needs and wants was readily apparent and much appreciated. I loved my time with her and hope I get to return and join her for another adventure someday. Highest rating. She is a big "A". She brought Russia to life for me!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sherry, you are a strong and happy lady!
Svein Inge H.Norway
Elina is a very good choice of guide in St. Petersburg. It feels like she knows everything about the places you visit, and about everything else. But everything about the places certainly many other guides can too, so an important thing when Elina is that she is a very pleasant person to be with. She has a wonderful personality and treats people in a very good way. Maximum score without doubt!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Svein! You are a very nice person to be with :)
Dawn FriendUnited States
Elina provided an outstanding tour of St. Petersburg, from meeting us at the train station, arranging an impromptu boat tour and a quick lunch and then finishing the planned sites with time for dinner. Her knowledge of art made the visit to the Hermitage much more interesting than the typical "head sets". She thoroughly explained everything we saw and provided the flexibility we needed for a quick visit. Her English and professionalism was outstanding. In spite of the terrible weather, a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Dawn! The weather was wet, come back when it is sunny :)