Our group of four adults had a wonderful two days with Margarita. Her knowledge of art, culture and history, not only Russia, but of Europe and beyond, was impressive. She is a talented guide who is caring of her groups. Generous, all topics can be discussed with respect and honesty. I definitely would recommend her to all.
Carlos Alberto dos SantosBrazil
Margarita is a cultered person, courteous and was an excellent guide. She helped us to find good restaurants, get theatre tickets, exchange money, etc.... She has a excellent sense of humor and taught us a lot of Russian History. We loved St.Petersburg, its palaces, theatres, foods and especially the people. Thank you Margarita for your support for me and my family, your country was a good surprise and exceeded all our expectations! Lia, Carlos, Priscila and Fernando. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Stephani Lee TalumewoIndonesia
I spent 2 days in St. Petersburg with Margarita as my tour guide. I and my family were enjoyed the tour programme with Margarita. She explained so well about Russian history and culture. Even she also take a good care of my brother. She always knew how to manage time between tour and lunch because my brother was hungry easily. After all, my time at St. Petersburg so much wonderful because of Margarita. She also helped us to transfer money to our previous guide in Moscow and helped us in many occasions.
There was probably more driving than I expected on this tour, which proved quite difficult at times due to big events in the city at the time we were there. I think the day could have been planned a bit better in advance. Margarita was pleasant and did know her way around the city and shared some historical insights with us. Thanks Margarita
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I tried to do my best to reduce the time of driving. The city is spread out, sights are far apart and there are many one way roads in the downtown.SP is preparing to the world cup and many roads are being repaired. If I give the standard tour it is better planned as we do all sights step by step. Yours was supposed to be flexible. I like giving my tourists some freedom to choose the places to visit. We visited 3 main attractions plus museum of siege for one day. It is normal itinerary for one day.
Margarita was a fabulous guide. Helpful and with good knowledge of both sites and history of the area. She tailored tour to suit our interests. It was very convenient to have the car to travel in.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for bringing Australian sunshine, being tolerant and polite. I wish you safe journey and everything OK at home.Thank you for walking well.
Anita G.United States
Margarita was awesome! She is a very knowledgable historian. She was very accommodating to our wishes. There were 3 of us so she was able to take us in her personal car - it was so much better than a big tour bus. We had a wonderful 2 days and would highly recommend Margarita to anyone. She's the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anita, Jim and Tracy for two womderful days. Thank you for listening, understanding, accepting and being polite and nice.
Hong Huat PuaSingapore
We only had 2 days in SP and engaging Margarita was a good decision. She is very knowledgeable, accommodating to our needs and takes good care of us in a simple down to heart manner. We learned a lot about Russia history from her and I can tell she tried her best to ensure we are well especially with my 4 years old. I appreciate her candid when we talked about other things like life, politics etc. Thank you Margarita for the hospitality. I wish we have more time, next time perhaps...Pua
Paul DeresUnited States
Margarita has a fabulous knowledge of Russian history reinforced with real life stories of her own family's struggles in WWII. She made us very feel comfortable and welcome on our two day tour of St Petersburg. She has wonderful sense of humor and is willing to spend her own time to make sure we received the total "St Petersburg experience". She is passionate about her country and helps you understand all the changes that have occurred in Russia over the last 100 years. She gave us a wonderful tour.
Susan HamelUnited States
Margarita organized the day well and maximized what we could see in one day. Her knowledge of the history and art was very impressive. Really appreciated her recommendation on Georgian restaurant which we enjoyed on our second day.
Margarita K was an absolute gem! Our two day guided tour of the highlights of St Petersburg was more than everything we had hoped for. She was super knowledgable and engaging. A perfect driver in a very busy city. Book her and you will not be disappointed!! Thanks Margarita! God Bless!!
Evangelina MedallaStaten Island, NY, United States
Margarita is the best !! Thank you for putting up with all 16 of us. My family and friends had a wonderful time at St. Petersburg thanks to Margarita, we have learned so much history and was able to enjoy local Russian food in St Petersburg. We are highly recommending Margarita she is an excellent guide and I would have given her 10 stars if there is such a rating. Thank you Margarita and Tours by locals!!! We will surely be back in St. Petersburg !
Maria PanichelliUnited States
Margarita was absolutely fantastic. A pleasure to communicate with before the tour, and a great guide. I took a full day tour with her to Peterhof and Catherine Palace. She picked me up and drove. We had more than enough time to stroll the gardens and see inside at Peterhof, get lunch, and see Catherine Palace as well. Margarita's English is pretty much perfect, and her knowledge of history - and, moreover, enthusiasm for the history and culture of her country - made for an absolutely wonderful tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maria for high rating and great feedback. Thank you for listening and being interested in Russian culture and history.
Deno BarrogaUnited States
Excellent tour. Highly recommend. Very friendly and got to see many sights and this is a tour not to be missed for sure. You will love it!!!
David BonnetUnited States
Gave us interesting insight into the Russian life and thought
Joy ReedUnited States
Excellent guide! Margarita was knowledgeable and attentive to our wishes and timeline. She provided an overall taste of Russia with great personal insight. I would absolutely recommend her.
Margarita was excellent. She had a deep knowledge of Russian history. Her explanations were easily understandable in good English and she was extremely helpful. She managed to show us the most interesting places in the 2 days she guided us. Robert & Valerie
Philip MadamsUnited Kingdom
Margarita was an excellent guide for our two day trip in St Petersburgh. She knew all about the usual places to go and also other attractions we were interested in. She was punctual in the morning and we were out late on the first night. She was very empathetic and good with children too. It was like travelling with someone you knew who lives there. She helped us when we wanted to buy food from the street vendors and even took us around a supermarket! (u understand a place when u c what shopping is like.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Philip for the great feedback. Your family is unforgetable. I still remember both boys one English and one Italian. My personal thank you to Julian for telling me about Psyche and Cupid. The tour in St.Petersburg is difficult even for young and fit people. Too much to see and absorb.
Azra AlliSouth Africa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Azra. I wish you all your wishes come true.
Ghierstien T.United States
Very informative tour. Lots to see and do. Margarita was excellent. She was very professional and her knowledge of Russian history, art and culture is amazing. I would highly recommend Margarita.
MARGARITA was an amazing tour guide!!! The 2 day tour to SPB was beyond our expectations because she is so knowledgeable. She was insightful, entertaining, highly educated, knowledgable on a wide-variety of subjects and interested in making our experience special. The overall value for the money is excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend her to our friends and co-workers planning to visit SPB in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Theresa. I would be very happy to meet your family again and always ready to help, answer any questions and even cook borsch for you. All the best.
Svetlana KoontzUnited States
It was an amazing tour! Margarita was well prepared, full of information and interesting facts. Her English was excellent. My American guest was very impressed not only with Petergof, but also with the way Margarita presented it. We saw and learned so much! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tour with Margarita! You are going to have a great time even in unfortunate weather. Thank you very much, Margarita! See you next time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Svetlana, for the feedback. I enjoyed guiding you, your son and his girl-friend. I hope the rest of your trip was pleasant as well. Pass my best wishes to Jenia. He is a good boy.
Debra PottsUnited States
I very much enjoyed my time with genial Margarita. Her English is excellent, and she knows her history thoroughly. I chose to spend three days with the same guide so that we could get to know one another, and we did. Examining our histories (I was participating in a duck-and-cover drill as she was running to an air raid shelter) and our pre-conceptions as we toured was one of the most enjoyable parts of my three-week trip to Russia.
Cassandra BurkyUnited States
Margarita was a wonderful guide. We had a group of 4 adults and 1 child ( age 8), she kept everyone's attention. She was very knowledgeable about the city and its history. She assisted us with our itinerary and were able to see everything we wanted in a limited amount of time without ever feeling rushed. Side note: there is ALOT of traffic in the city, to save time, walking is recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great feedback. I give you a high rating too as you didn't complain, walked well, didn't ask stupid questions. My big thank you to a boy. He was excellent.
Ann BrownNew Zealand
We would highly recommend this tour especially Margarita. She was thoughtful of our requirements and suggestions and spoke extremely good English. She was very good driver & knew how to get us into attractions without a lot of queuing. Her knowledge of history & extra gossip was phenomenal. Thank you so much. It was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for walking well, for being flexible, easy,patient and nice. I really enjoyed guiding your team.
Rose EdwardsNew South Wales, 2795, Australia
What a great tour we received from Rita, we saw all the highlights of St Petersburg with a true professional. R Rita was not only highly knowlegeable but patient, happy to accommodate our requests and always on time. We felt we had a great experience and would definately recommend Rita to all visitors as an excellent guide . This tour was personal and well organized, she was able to skip lines and had us in the right places at the right times. Thankyou Rita for a great experience
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rose and your team for being nice, easy, ready to listen and for being patient in crowds. Thank you for bringing sunshine.
Billy PruettUnited States
"Rita" did an excellent job. Her English is spot on. She was informative, friendly, and provided lots of interesting tidbits. One of our "must do's" when traveling is to find the local HD dealer and get a t-shirt. Not only did she make this happen for us, she also took us to some great, little souvenir shops which were of the standard tourist routes. Highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Billy for your rating and great feedback. You are nice and easy people to guide.
Henry RummensUnited States
Margarita was our guide/driver on May 20th and 21st recently. She drove my wife and I in a timely fashion to all the interesting sights and was extremely knowledgable about the history about the royal families in Russia. She was polite and very nice and we had some very interesting conversations. This whole experience and the beautiful things we saw in St Petersburg was awsome! This was indeed once in a life time experience and our guide made it come true. Bravo Margarita!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Henry and Sylvia. You are my unforgetable tourists. You are nice, easy-going and wonderful couple. You have made the tour memorable for me too. All the best, Margarita.
George CipovUnited States
Friendly, Informative, Very flexible, this type of tour fit very well as an add on in front of a River Cruise that started in St. Petersburg and ended in Moscow. Margarita was very personable, and gave a lot helpful information to us. (first time visitors to St. Petersburg) I would recommend allowing more time in St Petersburg as there are so many places to see that require more than just a drive by.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. Thank you. I hope the rest of trip was smooth and enjoyable. Your group was easy to guide. I enjoyed talking to you and thank you for listening and walking well.
Thanks Margarita for 2 great days. Your passion for your city, its history and architecture, along with your warm, sharing friendliness made our short stay in St. Petersburg the highlight of our Scandinavian/Baltic trip. Through you we learned so much about Russia and Russians.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your warm words. I wouldn't mind having the nutcracker you bought in my collection too. It is really special. I hope Bev isn't dissapointed with amber rings either. I enjoyed showing you our city. All the best. Margarita.
Carolyn BurtonUnited States
12 star rating! Margarita took me to Catherine palace and Peterhof palace on a bright November day. Excellent driver! As we traveled through the countryside she gave me a history update on the land we were traveling through. Margarita gave an excellent indepth explanation of the various rooms of both castles! a true look back through history. We walked the grounds of both palaces. although it was lightly snowing we still saw much of these palatial grounds. would take all tours led by Margarita!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!!!!!!!
Peter HibbertUnited Kingdom
A wonderful two days tour. Margarita is very friendly and very helpful. She was able to drive me to all the sites in her car, which was a great bonus. She recommended very good restaurants near the hotel. I gained a fantastic insight into Russian life. I would like to return again soon. She is very knowledgeable about the sites and speaks excellent English. I can certainly recommend her to other tourists.
Cindy AlfonsoUnited States
Margarita is an excellent guide. Her car was very clean and spacious for four of us. We greatly appreciated her sharing what local life is like. We were extremely happy we decided to go with a Margarita versus taking an excursion from the cruise ship. She was on time and very flexible with our tour preferences.
Donald BostonRENO, NV, United States
Margarita (Rita) was most accommodating in meeting our special requests and also helped by providing a very good understanding of St Petersburg and Russia. She was easy to talk with and answered our many questions about the Russian culture. She knew the best times to visit certain areas and quickest ways around the city which allowed us to see many of the significant places of interest. We would definitely book another tour with her.
Stephen WasbottenUnited States
Exceptional day!! Was reminded of the Siege of Leningrad & how gruesome war can be,, The Siege/ St Petersburg history museum is so moving.. Park of the unknown was incredible.. Rita is a super guide!! AND! Has a Chinese car!!! Great!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stephen. Thank you for your great review. Wiski is wonderful. Hope to hear from you soon. You can gen in touch any time.
Stephen WasbottenUnited States
Incredible guide.. Brilliant knowledge of sooo many subjects.. Expert on Soviet times & ALL Russian Culture. Was with Rita for 4 days, my Wife, Daughter & I.. Great choice and enjoyable times, all day long. Evenings were never finished until 1800 hours & beyond.. So so many Important sights plus a nice tour of St Petersburg Sububerbia , Rita's choice of wonderfully cheap restaurants was excellent.. So knowledgeable of all cuisines.. When we return, 2018 World Cup, we will certainly give Rita a bell!!!
Jennifer SelfUnited States
Our three days in St. Petersburg, Russia were the highlight of our two week Baltic Cruise. Our private guide picked us up at our ship each morning and put in long days as we saw the sites. She had tremendous knowledge of the history, art and religion of the city. She was also a joy to talk to about daily life and the cultural differences and similarities between her life in Russia and ours in the United States. It was a great experience on every level.
Anne ShepardUnited States
Margarita was fabulous! She was incredibly knowledgable and her English was great! I was travelling with my 72 year old mother, and being able to do the tour at her pace was amazing. We even went to the post office to buy stamps for postcards! But best of all was being able to share our cultures back and forth, and learning all about Margarita's life and her family. And after schlepping our stuff thru 4 different countries, being able to leave stuff locked in the car was just a treat! We loved Margarita!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anne. I hope the sand of my city will help you not to forget you trip. You are my special tourits. Thank you again.
David BairdChristchurch, CANTERBURY, New Zealand
Margarita adapted our tours to the wet conditions and we had a great time despite the constant rain. She also went the extra mile helping us organize taxis and shows.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for being friendly, patient, polite and organized. I wish all my tourits were like you.
James RambergUnited States
Margarita is an exceptional guide! Her knowledge of St. Pete and if Russia seemed endless. She was always on time and continually concerned about my comfort and well-being. We saw the sites I wanted to see including a new museum that she herself had not been to. She recommended restaurants within my budget. I felt that I learned a lot about Russia because of Margarita.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: James, I have told you many times. You are my favourite. Thank you for your great feedback.
Very informative 3-days St. Petersburg Tours. Magarita has given us a lots of information about russian's history and way of living. She showed us all the important attraction places. She took care of our individual wishes. Our tour have covered different aspects that we could not do by our own in this short periods. We are very satisfied with this 3-days tours with Magarita. Her car is very comfort for 2 of us. It is just perfect.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sumalee, You both are my special ones. Easy to deal with, flexiblle and open. Thank you.
Rita is everything that a guide should be - knowledgeable, interested in her clients, flexible, generous with time and ideas to make the visit very personal and most of all kind and able to relate to all ages. We were a group of three generations - my son, my father and myself and we all agree we could not have asked for more from Rita or our tours. This is the second time I have had the privilege of being guided by Rita and it wont be the last. A wonderful person and a wonderful experience. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Julianne, I am always on line for you.
Ed K.United States
We had a wonderful 17 day Baltic Cruise/Land vacation. Our 3 day tour of St Petersburg with Rita was the highlight. We had the opportunity to book shore excursions through the cruise line but made the best decision by booking our tour with Rita. Her knowledge of St P especially the history and art was amazing. Her local knowledge, arranging tour visas , pre buying tickets etc made for a great 3 days that saved us time and effort and allowed us to focus on the wonderful sights of St P Thank you Rita
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your kind words about me and my tour. I would be happy to guide the toursits like you ever. Thank you.
Gina JadwisiakUnited States
Very organized. Gave great recommendations. Spoke English very well. Knew many historical facts about the sites we visited. We would highly recommend her and would use her again in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gina for your feedback. The tour with you was easy and enjoyable.
Jane J.london, Canada
Margarita had wonderful knowledge of the art inside the hermitage and touring us around the area. She has no driver,so unfortunately lots of time was wasted searching for parking spaces at numerous locations. We, as a result ran out of time and were unable to complete our wish list. Beautiful city.
Orna AzulayUnited States
Margarita was amazing! She was prompt and extremely knowledgeable. Having her own car made touring easy and very enjoyable. We traveled with 2 teens and she was patient and they loved her. We highly recommend Margarita when touring St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Orna for your kind words.The people like you, your husband and kids are always easy to guide. I hope this trip helped your children to get familiar with Russian history and culture.
Thanks Margarita for a magnificent, interesting and informative couple of days in St Petersburg. Margarita often went beyond our expectations and provided excellent and prompt advice in the lead up and during our tour. Very good value for money. Best wishes from Keith Margaret Marilyn and Brian.
Rachael Morris-jonesUnited Kingdom
Margarita was a fabulous guide, She met us at our carriage on arrival on the overnight train from Moscow to St Petersburg. She drove us in her own car which was excellent. We saw everything we could have hoped for in 1 day. She was mindful of what a 10 and 12 year old would enjoy and tailored the tour accordingly. She was highly knowledgeable and interesting, we all had a great day.
Katharine ClarkeUnited States
Rita was a font of knowledge about the history and culture of Russia. She was very flexible during our three day tour, accommodating our varied interests and adapting to our group ages 21 to 87. I especially appreciated discussions of current events and life in Russia today. We loved our time in St. Petersburg and a lot of that was due to Rita!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathy, I appreciate your warm feedback and send my best wishes to your mum and sons.
Donell TallacksonUnited States
She was flexible, knowledgeable and friendly. She went out of her way to accommodate our requests!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Donell for your warm words. The tour with you was easy for me too. You were flexible, adventurous and organized. Thank you.
Susan ChanUnited States
Professional and pleasant.
Frances HallonquistUnited States
We had a fantastic 3 days with Margarita. The best part of out time together was getting to know her beautiful city and country through her eyes. She understood that we wished to 'absorb' the sights and sounds of the city and its people and did not wish to get bogged down with too much detail. She also went at the pace we wanted. We loved our Russian and Georgian lunches together. Great visit.
Amy DeanUnited States
Rita was excellent! Prior to booking our tour, she answered all our questions, proposed a personalized itinerary and was quick with all e-mail correspondence. Our tour tickets (visas) arrived quickly after booking . She has a clean, comfortable auto and is careful in her driving. She was very accommodating and patient with our children (age 3.5y and 6y). She fulfilled all our wish list of things to see and do. She provided history, stories, and answered all our random questions. Very knowledgeable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Amy for 5 stars and great feedback. I enjoyed guiding your family. The girls are in the list of the best tourits I've ever guided. Real travellers. Thank you.
Stephen WeissUnited States
Margatita was an excellent tour guide. She took us to all the places we wanted to see and then some. We would definitely recommend her to anyone who wants to have an unbelievable time in St. Petersburg!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephen for your feedback. You are easy tourists to guide. Thank you for being flexible.
Rhys ThomasUnited Kingdom
Leslie O.United States
Rita exceeded our expectations and made sure our trip was memorable. We highly recommend Rita for your St. Petersburg holiday!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leslie, Thank you for making the tour with you easy and enjoyable.
Mary PrentkiewiczUnited States
My husband and I truly loved our day in St. Petersburg with Margarita. She met us at the ferry terminal in her nice, comfortable car, and planned our day according to our requests. We could have never seen so much on our own. Margarita got us in past the long lines at the Hermitage, and took us on an amazing tour. We learned so much about art in our short time there. Margarita tailored our tour according to my husband's needs, since he has mobility issues. Thank you, Margarita!
Lydia StricklandUnited States
Rita gave us a very informative tour of the palaces and is a very good driver.
Nadire Dilek KiralTurkey
Beside being a perfect guide, she is a wonderfull person. Thank you very much Rita��
Rachel LambNew Zealand
We spent two days with Margarita in August 2014 - we were on a cruise ship. Margarita planned the two days for us so we made the most of our time in St Petersberg. She also said she was happy to take guidance from us if we had any special requests. We saw all the highlights without feeling rushed and Margarita's knowledge is excellent. Her personal stories and experiences further added to our feel for St Petersburg. We enjoyed discussing the current state of affairs and we learnt so much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rachel. It is autumn now and I am not as busy as in summer time.But I often recall my tourists who made my summer really unforgettable. I like all of you. With you I have an experience I appreciate so much. You help me discover and explore the culture and life of your countries. You and Steve made the tour easy and enjoyable. Thank you.
Carol C.United States
Rita was a wonderful guide and I would not hesitate to recommend her. She was very attentive and considerate to my 85 year old mother-in-law, tayloring our 2 day tour to accommodate her needs. So knowledgable in all eras of history. We learned so much through our much appreciated discussions of past and current events. This was a wonderful introduction to St Petersburg- one that makes us want to visit again. Thanks Rita for making our stay so memorable!
Carolyn PrimcUnited States
Our tour with Margarita was one of the highlights of our Baltic cruise. Since we had previously toured St P I sent Margarita a list of places we might like to see. She took us everywhere I suggested and many more. Her knowledge of the sights was amazing, lunch in a Russian fast food restaurant was fun and very good. She was always on time, her English is perfect and her car was very comfortable for the 4 of us.
Rita was a terrific tour guide. English skills were excellent, as was her knowledge of St. Petersburg geography and history. She also had extensive insight into the world of art and literature. We especially enjoyed her perceptions of current political events in Russia and Europe. Her suggested two day itinerary was interesting and she adjusted her schedule to accommodate our requests. Oh yes, and she is a wonderfully competent driver....we felt very safe. Thank you, Rita!
Cindy W.Aurora, COLORADO, United States
Margarit was very attentive to what we wanted to see and do. She was friendly and knowledgeable about what the area. ShTe was also flexible with the unique sights and lengths of time we wanted to spend at each location. Thanks Again!!!!!! :D
We were very glad we had chosen Margarita as a guide for our 2 day family tour of St. Petersburg. She turned out to be the perfect guide for us, very well organized, knowledgable and humorous. She shared a lot of stories with us and apart from showing us all the important sights she gave us an interesting insight of what Russia is like now. Thanks Margarita and we will be back!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I hope you will be back. Any help you know my e-mail. I promise to brush up the words of Soviet songs. My best wishes to Mike, Jonas and Lisa.
Jon L.Dorena, OR, United States
Why am I limited to 510 characters - - I could write a novel! Rockin' in Russia in the Rain with Rita! What a fabulous time. Margarita is resourceful, resiliant, and relentless. She showed us HER St. Petersburg with ardor and pride. The rain only applied a slightly different perspective, but didn't dampen our spirits. Her knowledge of Russian history, culture and politics is encyclopedic. Oh, if anyone needs to know how to parallel park, take a lesson from Margarita! Incredible experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, thank you. It was very very easy to guide you, so open, friendly and tolerant people. I would be happy to recommend you to any guide.(It is a joke)
Margarita was an amazing guide. She took me to places that I didn't go on my cruise and consulated with me each day as to where I wanted to go. Margarita was so knowledgeable and it was great to talk to her about her Native Country. We went to local resturants/cafes to eat and I enjoyed the food and Margarita's company so very much. Thank you so very much Margarita for making St Petersburg the highlight of my long awaited holiday to Russia, Ros Young
Travelling with 3 girlfriends, we had a great day with Margarita in St. Petersburg. She was so knowledgeable in so many different areas. Not a question went unanswered.! Love the idea of ToursByLocals. You get such a more personal insight into the city. Thanks Margarita!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jill. Thank you for walking well, for listening, for being nice and friendly. I liked guiding you.
Gary BluhmUnited States
Margarita was our tour guide in St. Petersburg for two days. She impressed us with her knowledge of the city streets and outlying areas and she regaled us with her understanding and appreciation of Russian history, nobility, and art. Her pride in her city was evident throughout the tour, and she put our interests first and foremost as she encouraged us to see as much as possible during our limited time with her. Thank you for two amazing days, Margarita!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your great comment, Garry and Jan. The people like you are always easy to guide. Polite, easy going and open to any new experience. My best wishes to you.
Rita is an excellent guide. We had a lot of fun visiting all St-Petersburg highlights with her and listen to her stories about Russian history and dynasty. She was very accommodating to adapt the tour to the places with wanted to go. She took us to different stores and recommended us the best of russian delicatessen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Catherine for your kind comment. I enjoyed guiding such easy tourists too. Thank you.
John BridleUnited Kingdom
An excellent, comprehensive and well planned tour by a friendly and knowledgeable;le guide. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: THank you for your kind words. You are perfect travellers to guide.
Sarah TaimurUnited States
Margarita is a very well versed with the area and with Russian history. She made an excellent tour guide and I throughly enjoyed my day visiting Catherine Palace and Peterhof. I highly recommend taking her tour during your time in Saint Petersburg.
Margarita was an excellent guide and her extensive knowledge of art made our trip to the Hermitage much more enjoyable. She readily adapted our chosen tour to suit our age and speed and her passion for her country was infectious. We would heartily recommend Margarita for travellers of any age, but particularly "mature" travellers.
Chris KingsleyUnited States
Rita was great and very knowledgeable about Russian history, architecture, and art.
Harold Zvi MillerIsrael
at least a five star plus! Her timing was perfect, she was most knowledgeable and also very understanding of our needs. She allowed us an insight to the problems of everyday people keeping up with change in economics and ideologies. She also was able to show a history of the different generations. She was able to give insights in the educational system from experience. It was a privilege to learn about the history and present of Petersburg and Russia through her eyes. It was much better than we expected!
Margarita took us to many major St. Petersburg sites. She is knowledgeable about Russian history and the development of the city. As St Petersburg is in constant restoration it is an evolving story to which Margarita is adapting. She is personable and open about life and politics in post-communist Russia. She is flexible and tailored her tour around our needs. Thank you Margarita for a wonderful 3 days.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, David for your nice feedback. I enjoyed guiding your team too.
Rosa G.United States
I worked so hard to find the right tour and guide for our family prior to our trip and I found her- Margarita K. She adapted to the varying degrees of interest and physical limitations that my husband, teenager and I had in what we were doing. She made us feel so comfortable, spoke great English,had a nice car, was a safe driver, and added that personal perspective of being with someone from Russia that we were looking for.She was knowledgeable, flexible and a pleasure to interact with. Great trip. Thx.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rosa for your kind words. Honestly, I liked guiding you. You are 5 star travelers. Easy, flexible with good sense of humor.I wish you good luck.
David T.United States
Rita was an excellent tour guide! She was knowledgeable, friendly and informative. She made our trip to St. Petersburg memorable and enjoyable, removing any worries about transit, food, and access. She picked us up at our cruise ship terminal on time each day, drove us to all the sites we wanted to see, and stayed with us for the three days to assist in all we asked. We would highly recommend her tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, David for your great feed back. In my turn I enjoyed guiding so educated, nice and easy travelers.
Armando OliverUnited States
Having Margarita as our guide felt like visiting a family member in Russia! Lovely experience! Loved traveling in her car around all of the mayor sites. She went the extra mile for us and even took us to some typical local restaurants so that we could have a taste of the Russian cuisine. The best part, and my greatest memories, were all the talks we had, the memories we shared and points of view that we exchanged; as both of us were children growing on different sides of the Cold War! Highly recommended!
Richard HattonUnited Kingdom
Margarita picked us up at the hotel promptly at the pre-arranged time. Her car was very comfortable. She was extremely friendly very knowledgeable with an excellent command of English. Maragarita was able to answer all our questions and was easy to chat to. We had arranged to do this holiday as an unescorted trip and was a little apprehensive about what we'd make of Russia. Our day out with Margarita put us at our ease and was the highlight of our trip to St Petersburg. Thank you so much
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard for your warm words. I'd be happy to see you in our city again.
Frederick LeBlancUnited States
Margarita was a fantastic guide. She was very knowledgeable about St Petersburg and was able to impart this knowledge to us. Margarita designed the tour around our interest and showed us some the best restaurant where we had the best meal while in Russia. She did more than a guide's job whenever she took my wife to a pharmacy to aquire medical supplies for me. We really enjoyed her company and consider her a friend more than a guide. I only wish we had had more time with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you,Fred I hope you'll get this message. I admire your courage and patience. I don't think I'll ever forget the days when I guided you. I wish you good health.
Dianne ArnoldUnited States
Rita was an excellent tour guide! We were lucky to have reserved her services for 3 days so we were able to design our on trip with her assistance. Rita was very informative and knowledgeable. We saw Catherine Palace, Peterhof, Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on Spilled Blood, Smolksy cathedral, Hermitage, St Isaacs and went to the market. We ate at local restaurants and she took us to the souvenir market and helped my Mom find the faux Fabrege Egg she dreamed of!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dianne! I sometimes recall the tour with you. My big respect and admiration to your Mum. In spite of her age she was one of the easiest and nicest people I've ever guided.You tour was really unforgettable. Thank you.
Olga MiakotinaUnited States
Margarita K is a very pleasant person with good English and profound knowledge on great St Peterburg's palaces. She expresses sincere personal interest in history and could make the tour an eye opening event. She maximally shortened time we spent in lines and made accommodations according to our needs. I am highly satisfied with Margarita as a great professional and a very kind and honest person.
Helen HobanUnited Kingdom
I cannot fault the service we received from Margarita. She could not have been more friendly or helpful during our stay. I would recommend both Margarita and St Petersburg to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Helen! I hope you didn't get lost and all went well the next day.You were easy and nice tourists to guide.
Excellent guide. Exceeded our expectations. Responsive to what we wanted to see and know. Flexible and knowledgable without being overwhelming. Reliable and punctual. Also very generous with time and genuinely wanted us to have a wonderful experience which we did! Thank you Margarita. We will meet again in St Petersburg we are sure.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Julianne. You are the tourists I really enjoyed guiding. Thank you for your language, flexibility, patience, sense of humor and bringing me to Alexandre palace. Best wishes to Anne.
Mary B.United States
What a great guide! I booked this tour with Margarita for my parents, both of whom are 84. I had been in St. Petersburg the year before and wish I had booked with her rather than the cruise ship tour. Margarita was EXTREMELY conscientious before, during, and after their tours (2 full days). No question was too small or insignificant and her responses were always prompt and accurate. She was knowledgeable, flexible and catered to their schedule, ages, and requests. I would highly recommend Margarita!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary! I would give your parents five stars too. You must be proud of them.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!!!
Robert GreenbergUnited States
Margarita was a wonderful tour guide during our stay in St. Petersburg. She was knowledgeable, reliable, competent, warm, friendly, interesting and fun to be with. Our visit would have been much less worthwhile without her. We would recommend her without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you,Robert! Thank you for being very special and interested tourists. Guiding you was exciting and unusual for me as well. Thank you!
Margarita was really good and gave us an insight into life both under socialist rule and free. She was prompt both days and acted as a good translator when it came to food and museum sites and knew good and reasonably priced places to eat. She was quite knowledgeable in Russian history, especially pertaining to the revolution and the Russian involvement in WWII. It was really fun in the snow. I definitely would recommend her to others.
Miriam ParkerUnited States
Margarita made our trip to St. Petersburg immensely more interesting and rewarding. Her English is excellent and she truly served as an embassador to her city. Retaining Margarita allowed us to experience so much more than we would have ever been able to accomplish on our own. Our arrival in subzero temperatures in late December did not deter our guide one bit! She proved hearty and flexible. We will definitely be back to Russia and will enlist Margarita's services again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Miriam. You are 6 stars tourists too. Next time in Russia I promise to offer you the sights and the activity which I hope you'll find exciting. Thank you very much again.
Miriam ParkerUnited States
Tom AxworthyToronto, ONTARIO, Canada
Margarita was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable about St. Petersburg sites, flexible in adapting her tours to our interests, and helpful in dealing with any issues that arose. She went above and beyond what was required, even helping a Japanese tourist whose ID was stolen. We highly recommend her for all we learned about Russian history, culture, and everyday life. -Tom&Roberta Axworthy, Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment, Tom. I want to give 5 stars to all of you too. You didn't complain,didn't go to water closets often and were fit enough to see Impressionists. Thank you for knowing who Lenin, Stalin, Pushkin and Alexandre I are. Hope to see you in Russia again.
Jane BardavidUnited States
Jianmin LiaoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating. You are nice people. It was easy to guide you.
Our day with Margarita was just great. She is very knowledgeable and it was really interesting to hear from her not only the history of the places we visited but also her personal experiences as a Russian.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Heidi. I thought it wouldn't be easy to guide you and Ricardo. I didn't expect to meet Spanish-speaking tourists with so excellent English you both speak. You are very flexible, intelligent and nice people to guide.
Thanks to Margarita who came well prepared (with pictures of imperial family members,...) and made these beautiful places come alive, with historical information and interesting stories. She also provided valuable recommendations for the remaining days of my trip.
Thomas NoonanUnited States
Margarita was a wonderful guide. She was warm, intelligent, knowlegeable and enthusiastic. Our three-days were well-organized and tailored to our interests. Margarita was flexible and patient. Her English is excellent (she teaches English to Russian engineers), which made it easy on us. I would highly recommend Margarita.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Thomas. Five stars to you all for the colonnade of St.Isaak. You are the only tourists in June who did it. Five stars to you personally for kvas. You are great tourists to guide.Thank you.
Our party of two couples from Canada arrived in St. Petersburg via visa free tour through the St. Peter Line from Helsinki. Margarita led us on a fast paced tour of the city and the suburbs and made arrangements for a boat tour and an evening folk show. She even drove us back to the sea terminal. Margarita's English was very good and she was quite knowledgeable about the sites and had many interesting background stories. Her car was comfortable for the 5 of us and she was quite adept in the traffic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you,Leonard. It was easy for me to guide you. You walked under the rain and didn't complain.Your sense of humor and good attitude to me helped me to feel comfortable. Thank you.