Eric FalkGreen Cove Springs, FL, United States
Dasha is an exceptional guide. Has a vast knowledge of the St Petersburg and Russian history and a deep education in fine arts. Her English is superb. We covered a great deal in the two days under her guidance a lot more was accomplished with her skill in scheduling us to beat crowds and negotiating with other tours to reduce our wait times. Her driver Victor was also excellent. We would certainly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eric! It was a great pleasure to spend these two lovely days with you. Thank you for your great sense of humor, wonderful stories and interesting and unusual questions. Hope to see you once again in our city - we have much more to examine here ;)
Isabel J.United States
Dasha is an amazing guide. My husband and I spent 2 days in St Petersburg with her as our guide and we couldn't have asked for anything better. She went beyond our expectations to make those 2 days unforgettable. Dasha scheduled our museum visits based on when they were less crowed and we bypassed all crowds and lines. She is extremely knowledgeable, fit in all our requests, her English is perfect and she is the nicest person you can think of. Thank you Dasha for 2 spectacular days. We miss you!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh dear Isabel, how unexpected it is, I am very glad to hear from you, I wish you good luck in the new year Dasha
Gerbrand HaasbroekSouth Africa
Dasha's communication with us before our trip was excellent. She answered our emails promptly, courteously and efficiently. She understood our requirements. During our stay in St Petersburg we found her well prepared, knowledgeable, kind, friendly, accommodating, informative and organised. Dasha was well loved by our group and we can most definitely recommend her.
John MyersUnited States
Dasha is extremely knowledgeable and her English is excellent. She had a plan for the day and a driver who took us around the city so we could see important landmarks without doing a lot of walking. When we went to the Hermitage Museum, she described the history of the building and told us about the artists and the works we saw. She is an excellent guide and we had a terrific day. Thanks Dasha!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: oh thank you friends how nice to hear that you are a knowledgeable guide, great
Janice BarryUnited States
My husband and I did a 12 day Baltic cruise and our time in St. Petersburg with Dasha was by far the highlight of our trip! Dasha went above and beyond to provide the best tours and we covered so much in two days! We enjoyed our time with her so very much that we are hoping she will come and visit us in the US. She made our trip so special and most of all she was an amazing ambassador for Russia. We learned so much and left with a much different idea about Russia than we cane with. We hope to return!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, how sweeeet) Ambassador?:)Welcome back ,we still have a lot to see and discuss
Debbie SmolikUnited States
Our tour guide Dasha arrived at the boat in a luxury car with a driver to escort us to Peterhof Palace and gardens. We entered the magnificent palace with very few other tourists and stayed for the Samson fountain being turned on to music. Following a delicious lunch in town, we visited Catherine's Palace and bypassed all the crowds for our tour. It was a fabulous day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, we were glad to make you a company)
Dasha was a great tour guide, she transmitted us a great love in a beautiful imperial city
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christa, Thank you for your nice review. I will definitely continue work in order to make every trip the best trip ever. Thank you for coming to St Petersburg! Only best wishes. Kind regards, Dasha.
We spent 3 outstanding days with Dasha. She was pleasant, nice and educated and did her best to make our stay great! She took us to the main sites of St. Petersburg and explained it all in a knowledgeable way in great English while trying to be flexible with our time and comfort and making our stay enjoyable. I would recommend Dasha to anyone who wants to experience St. Petersburg in a pleased way!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gera, It was such a pleasure to provide you with the tour. Thank you for coming, it was a wonderful time we spent together. I appreciate your interest in my country. Best wishes to all of you! Sincerely, Dasha.
Howard SimonsUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you & Happy New Year:)!
Kirk BenedixUnited States
Overall we had a very good tour with Dasha, her English was excellent, and she was very knowledgeable. She looked ahead at weather and flipped our itinerary, so we had our boat tour and the Peterhoff on the nice day, and the indoor churches and museums on the rainy day. We like fast paced tour, so if you like to linger, make sure she is aware as this tour is fast paced in order to see everything. I would have given 5/5 except she was late 15-30 minutes both days.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kirk, Thank you for your review. It was a great tour. I didn't know that you are more intrested in Chernobyl' and Pripyat' than in "sparkling" palaces. I really apologize for the inconveniences and will do only my best in the future. Wish you all the best, Dasha.
Martin JohnsonUnited Kingdom
the service was excellent and we had a great tour-she really know how to make maximum use of our time and was very flexible to our requirements.I am convinced this is the best way to see everything in the limited time of two days-she minimised queues and allowed us to view all of the important things at a pace to suit us. On a personal level Dasha had excellent English,and was very articulate and had excellent knowledge-all four of us were very pleased and parted with a degree of sadness.Well done Dasha.
Michael SilverUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the high rating)
Charles ParkeUnited States
See my comments from the first two days of tours
Charles ParkeUnited States
Dasha is a great tour guide. She was the best guide we had on our Baltic trip. She is very precise, attends to detail, very knowledgeable and very friendly. Getting us around to all the things we wanted to see over three days was difficult but she was able to do this expertly. We especially were impressed with her thoughtful planning getting us to many sites before large crowds arrived. We especially enjoyed her knowledge of past and current Russian history. The 3 lunches showed us Russian cuisine nicely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for these kind words, I'm very glad that you chose me)
Awesome excursion to summer palace with Dasha. She arranged everything so that we don't have to wait in line for hours. She's very nice and such a good guide :-) It was a very hot day, but we did have a great time :-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, it was great to meet you. today it was raining and finally it became easier
Romulo CamoglianoUnited States
We really have a wonderful time in St. Petersburg tour, our Guide Dasha was excellent. We saved a lot of time and got shortcuts to the main Museums and attractions, specially because we were on the FIFA Soccer World Cup and there were long lines on the Museums and attractions. Our guide, was very knowledge and explain us about Russian history very well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the rating, come again to eat caviar and pancakes)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for the highest rating
Douglas PaulKnoxville, TN, United States
I will say to start that I would rate it as a 5 out of 5 without ANY reservation. I have traveled many places in the world, had many different guides, and Dasha was superior to them in every way! She not only speaks English fluently she really understands. Making plans for a group is difficult but Dasha responded so positively and so quickly to my inquiries that I knew everyone would be happier than I thought possible.She exceeded our expectations!I will recommend Dasha and 'Tours by Locals' to everyone
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Doug, Thank you so much! It was a big pleasure to guide you. I hope your dream came true. Come again and take care. Best, Dasha.
Mauricio MelaraUnited States
We had a great tour. It was perfect. Dasha really helped us a lot. She gave us one of the best tours I have ever done. We all had a great time with her. Definitely 5 star guide. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the brought California gaiety and kindness
Steve PerlowskiUnited States
Dasha Demidova has a big heart, and a big soul. She is also a very good guide. After our tour of the palaces, she recognized how uncertain, and intimidated, my grandson and I were about getting to the St. Petersburg stadium to watch a World Cup match. Vehicular access to the stadium was sharply restricted, and Dasha walked us nearly to our gate, and then she had to walk almost two miles to catch the Metro to her home. She is outstanding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steve, It was not a big pleasure it was a big luck to guide you! I trully enjoyed our time and hope you too. This year World Cup brought many tourists here and rush atmosphere and I am glad you came too. I am in passion with what is going on here, so my pleasure to help you to bring your dream to the reality! Best wishes and take care, kind regards, Dasha.
Excellent tour We had only 1 day in St. Petersburg on a cruise stop and Dasha was great at showing us the main sights of St Petersburg, including the highlights of the Hermitage, and also the Faberge museum which was of our interest. The tour driver Irina was also great always leaving us on the door of the sites. Our tour was in spanish.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, I'll tell Irina, it was great:)
Ronald T.United States
I highly recommend Dasha. Her English is very good. She is extremely knowledgeable about the region, it's history, culture,and important places. She is flexible, pays attention to her group and was easy to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ronald, It was nice to meet you. I enjoyed as well our short Spanish chat. Hope the cultural life and specially St-Petersburg jazz conference were interesting. Thank you for your attention to the details of the contemporary life here. Best wishes, Dasha.
Whitney KlonskyUnited States
Dasha was great and very knowledgeable. There were some large tour groups at the palace and she was really good about maneuvering us through them so we could see things and get through in a reasonable amount of time. She was also very accommodating and helped us find a watch factory we were interested in visiting then she translated all the information for us during the tour. I would highly recommend her!
Whitney KlonskyUnited States
Really interesting tour, Dasha is extremely knowledgeable. We made some stops along the way to some rarely visited sites as well.
Denise RekstadUnited States
Dasha was absolutely wonderful. She did everything we requested and much more. She was our private guide for 8 hours which cost less than half of one tour for 2 on the cruise ship. We put 3 shore excursions together and had plenty of time for shopping and lunch. Her knowledge and personality showed us St Petersburg the way it should be seen. We highly recommend her to all.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh, how nice it is to hear !!! :) Thanks, come with friends
Our group of three middle aged had an excellent tour with Dasha. She was a wealth of knowledge, flexible, and gave us a little insight into life in St Petersburg. The transport she arranged worked perfectly. She always managed to dodge the very long ques of the big cruise boat tour groups. We came into St Petersburg on a cruise ship and the customs arrangements were exactly as she described in advance. I recommend Dasha without hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Randall! It is very important to me to show you wonderful sights of the city from its best side. I also enjoyed our trip and hope to see you again! Take care, Dasha.
Alina Cristina PopescuAustria
Excellent day with a great tour organized by Dasha!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Оh! I was very glad to meet you and your family! Very joyful, warm and friendly time we spent with you!
Alina Cristina PopescuAustria
It was a pleasure having Dasha as a guide; we learn and see a lot about St Petersburg avoiding long lines and tourists crowd.
Heather W.United States
Dasha is wonderful and we enjoyed our day in St Petersburg with her. She was so flexible and fun. Great experience!
Ronald FriedmanUnited States
Dasha was young, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her city. We loved the lunches at local restaurants and the visit to the subway. Overall the logistics went smoothly. The advantage of being a small group is that while the large groups met at 8am, we met at 9am and there were no lines at Visa control. Also we were able to move the museums, etc. more efficiently.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I really appreciate your feedback; My reputation is growing stronger more and more