Ingrid FreebairnUnited Kingdom
We were delighted to have had Alexandra as our tour guide for our one-day tour of Saint Petersburg. She was friendly, extremely knowledgeable, very efficient and with a good sense of humour. Her English was excellent. We got fast track into the Hermitage and managed to steer us clear of all the other groups! She was very happy to side-track and take us to other places we wanted to go to (e.g. the Metro and the Mariinsky Theatre) and also managed to secure us tickets for Swan Lake at the last minute.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Ingrid! It was a pleasure to be your guide! Hope to see you in St.Peterburg again!
Susan Burt-CollinsUnited States
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Jim PurtellUnited States
Alexandra was simply the BEST tour guide I have ever had. She provided a private tour for myself, my son, and my two nephews (not an easy task given that 2 of the participants have limited attention spans). She was extremely flexible with us and kept the tour moving. We were very late getting started on our tour on the second day ( our fault, not hers) and she was very understanding and made sure we still made it in time for our designated tour for that day. Simply amazing. I highly recommend her tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jim! Hope to see you in St. Petersburg again.
James NicholsUnited States
My family (me, wife, 2 teenagers and 2 grandparents) went on many private tours during our 2 week Baltic cruise and Alexandra's was by far the best - wish she could have been our guide at every port! Alexandra has a doctorate in linguistics and communicates extremely well. She is from St Petersburg and her knowledge of the city history was superb. She was highly efficient and knew how to get us in and out of crowded sites quickly while ensuring we were able to enjoy the absolute best of St Petersburg!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, James! I was inspired by you and your family! All the best from St. Petersburg.
Kathleen FrankovicUnited States
There is so much to do in St. Petersburg! Alexandra took us to see the highlights, and made allowances for our specific interests. She communicated has comprehensive knowledge of the city's history extremely well (and she also chose great Russian restaurants for lunches). We would recommend her highly to others heading to St. Petersburg.
Mike GormanUnited States
Extremely knowledgeable and willing to extend herself to meet all our individual wants. Getting tourist visa's was a big help. Her historical information was outstanding as well as her flucency in English.
Susan StregackUnited States
Alexandra worked with us to design a tour that included the places we wanted to see. She organized our three days to maximize the stops we could make. I was very impressed with her knowledge of Russian history in general and of each venue we visited. I would not hesitate to recommend her to our friends. I also commend Sergei, our driver, for his efficiency and safe driving. He and Alexandra are a good team.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! You are great travelers!
Amelia HollbergSalt Lake City, UT, United States
Alexandra was an excellent guide for our family! We had two people in wheelchairs, and she was great at working out a tour that fit our needs. She was also very knowledgeable about each of the places that we visited.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Brett! It was nice to work with you and your family! Hope to see you in St. Petersburg again!
Alex WalkerUnited Kingdom
Alexandra provided a fantastic tour for us in St Petersburg. Firstly, in planning for the tour she communicated immediately (and patiently) until we finalised an agreed itinerary, was very helpful in the practicalities involved in using toursbylocals and visiting Russia for the first time. She was punctual, friendly, entertaining, very knowledgeable and flexible on the day. We packed a lot of places into the trip, so we had a brisk schedule, but both she and Sergei (great driver) did a fantastic job.
Chris ArmstrongUnited States
Alexandra is a WEALTH of knowledge on everything pertinent to this tour- Extremely well educated & professional! VISAs taken care of as promised!!! Driver excellent- safe and v comfortable van for family. Quick drop offs, private boat ride. Alexandra is V. Time consious, walks quickly, NO smoking (huge plus for us), manages timing V. Efficiently. Skips line-ups at Hermitage, great Russian restaurant-no lines. PERFECT tour guide, smart, friendly, highly recommend. THE tour for famiies in StP for 1day only
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Chris! The tour was my pleasure. I am glad you liked it. Hope one day you'll come to St. Petersburg again.
Joseph Herve Georges Daniel MorneauUnited States
Third excellent full-day tour with Alexandra. Four small museums. As usual, Alexandra was superb. In one place, in particular, she had to gently impose control on an in-house guide who insisted on going into far too much detail. Then, we went to the Museum of Soviet Lifestyle, which is a great little place, and where Alexandra was able to share stories of her own childhood in the period covered by the museum. A great day out. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Daniel! Amazing three days with you! It was off the beaten path and very intetresting tour. Hope to see you again in St.Peterburg!
Jason H.United States
My husband and I had Alexandra K. as our private local guide and she was superb. She was right on time as we met at the agreed place. Absolutely no problem with VISA issues. We did not need to go through the cruise line excursions as thought. My husband emailed Alexandra about 6 weeks before our cruise since we were interested in 1 specific place we wanted to go that was not the norm. She said she could make it happen and boy, did she deliver. She is exceptionally knowledgeable about all Russian history
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jason! It was a very interesting tour for me as well. Hope to see you in St. Petersburg again!
Joseph Herve Georges Daniel MorneauUnited States
Second of three full-day tours with Alexandra. Morning: Petrograd Side. Afternoon: Rumyantsev Mansion 3 hours. Alexandra set up in advance the tour of a communal apartment at Rumyantsev. She adapted to my last-minute changes on program. She's a great translator. Chooses appropriate places to have lunch. I learned a lot from her from our conversations about Russian life and politics. A pleasure to spend time with.
Joseph Herve Georges Daniel MorneauUnited States
The first of three tours I set up with Alexandra. I was an overprepared client. Alexandra and I had extensive email exchanges prior to my trip, and she was extremely patient with those. Most important: she really understood what I wanted out of my trip, which was to visit sites related to Revolution. She met me at my hotel on time. Her English is very very good. She is enthusiastic. We visited Peter & Paul Fortress, Museum of Political History, and the Kirov Apartment. She was great.
Ronald T.United States
Alexandra is a very knowledgeable, competent, and passionate guide. She was accommodating to our requests and brought a very comfortable van. Groups that like a very fast pace will enjoy her.
A most excellent time was had . A knowledgeable guide how made the whole Expedia effort fun and informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kaylene! It was my pleasure!
Alexandra is a wealth of knowledge, you can throw any question at her and she will be able to answer. My friends and I booked very last minute and she did so well in getting us access into the Hermitage early so we had most part of our tour with very few people. Lunch was at a typical Russian home style restaurant. She really knew her history and we were so impressed! Highly reccomend choosing Alexandra as your guide!
Alexandra is absolutely top class. We had a very intensive tour as we were only in St Petersburg one day. If you could fit anything more in I would be amazed. The Hermitage is huge and needs several days but we got an amazing overview seeing the highlights. We will return. Alex Is knowledgeable charming and efficient. If you only have a short time say on a cruise I would really recomend Alexandra I believe she can do visa free tours for those only in Russia a short time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Terence! It was my pleasure!
Edward Graham IVUnited States
We were extremely pleased with the private tour given by Alexandra and her English is excellent. There were three of us on a two day private tour which included the Hermitage, The Church of the Spilled Blood, Catherine's Winter Palace and Peterhof. Alexandra's knowledge of these was impressive and she knew the history of the many places we passed between the four major attractions. We would have not seen a fraction of St. Petersburg without the expertise of Alexandra. The van service was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Edward! The tour was my pleasure as well!
Alexandra is a wealth of information. She's a prof who does the tours on the side and we learned so much! Her english is great and I enjoyed being with her. I highly recommend Alexandra, especially if you're interested in a more in depth account of St. Petersburg history.
Francisco MehechUnited States
Alexandra was great. She is very knowledgable, a wealth of useful facts, delivered with a great sense of humor. She was very accommodating to the needs of our group (travelling with an injured person) and delivered on all her promises to us. She was very thorough during the booking process making sure that all details were covered and we would be able to have the best 2 day tour possible of St Petersburg. Would not have a doubt to book her again for another more in depth tour of the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Francisco!
Eleanor DziukUnited States
Alexandra is a fantastic guide we highly recommend you choosing her. She is very accommodating, flexible and very informed. She not only took us with a driver (Anton) in a very comfortable car but on the metro train and a boat on the canals in St Petersburg as well. We had a wonderful holiday thank you Alexandra
Marshall DeitschUnited States
Alexandra was very knowledgeable regarding Russian history and buildings. But her attempts to aid us with shopping was not successful. We felt somewhat rushed to stay on her schedule rather then flexible to our pace of travel. Her personality was very pleasant and her English was easy to understand.
Carl PatowUnited States
Alexandra is personable, knowledgeable, professional and engaging. We wanted an in-depth introduction to St Petersburg art history, in a small group, at our own pace. Alexandra respected our needs to view artworks of interest to us, and also expertly guided us to the best of the collections. You might think an all day tour would be exhausting, but her energy, wonderful descriptions and excellent English made it a pleasure. We would definitely recommend her! She is an excellent guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot! It was my pleasure!
Irena M.United States
Alexandra our guide was absolutely fabulous! She answered all our emails promptly, make great suggestions, worked to fit in our custom itinerary, got us to the front lines everywhere, and took us to delicious lunches. She is extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions, (she is like an unending encyclopedia) and yet made the tour interesting, lively, and easy to understand. She was accommodating and truly gave the highest quality tour, that gave us a remarkably memorable experience.