Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in St Petersburg Russia by Tour Guide Elena L. (Guide #2680)


John Colleran

United States
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Tour: #40417, St.Petersburg 2 -days private tour for 2 people, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 1/18

Our guide Elana was excellent. Her English was perfect and she was extremely knowledgeable about everything. She knew all the history and details of all the sites. The tour exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend her and Tours by Locals. Our driver was excellent as well.

Baiba Kalnins

Australia
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Tour: #40417, St.Petersburg 2 -days private tour for 2 people, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 26/18

It was a pleasure to have Elena as our guide. Her English was excellent as was her knowledge of the places we visited. She took note of our problems with walking & provided a wheel chair for easy access to sites where a lot of walking was required. She was charming, easy going with a good sense of humour. Without hesitation we would recommend her services to other travelers.

Christopher B.

United States
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Tour: #40417, St.Petersburg 2 -days private tour for 2 people, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 21/18

I had a wonderful time in my first visit to St. Petersburg and highly recommend Elena! She is very knowledgeable and accommodating. She will adjust the tour to fit your personal tastes, and is very quick and flexible in making adjustments. It was also very interesting to hear her experiences and insight into Russian history. A special thank you to Yuri for quickly getting us around! Elena showed me so much of the city without ever feeling rushed. Thank you, Elena!! I would definitely hire you again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Christopher, please come back one day)) do you remember it’s still a lot to see, to do, to visit. Take care, Elena

Catherine Zurn

capistrano beach, CA, United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg Private Tour for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 5/18

Elena and her driver, Yuri, were amazing! She shared her knowledge of St. Petersburg and surrounding areas with us and really made the tour enjoyable. We especially appreciated the extra effort she took to help out my sister who broke her leg the day before we arrived in St. Petersburg and was on crutches along with a walking cast. The arrangements she made for us to attend the opera were also very much appreciated. We would highly recommend her tours of St. Petersburg. Such luck to have her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Catherine, I hope your sister is getting better. Thank you for coming Elena

Kim Thomas

United States
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Tour: #40417, St.Petersburg 2 -days tour for 2 people, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 4/17

This 2-day tour and our guide Elena were fantastic. She took us to the sites that were most important and that we were most interested in seeing but she also accommodated some special requests for shopping and mailing postcards. We enjoyed our two days of touring St. Petersburg immensely and look forward to coming back to spend more time. We definitely will use "Lena" again and would recommend her highly to help make your visit to this amazing city memorable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you dear Kim, Please let me know if one day you’ll be back. I’ve had wonderful days with you. All the best, Elena

Daniel Wilson

United States
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Tour: #20788, A la Carte tour, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 2/17

Elena L. provided our family group of 8 with a full day of really interesting sights. She provided us with a very comfortable mini bus with an excellent driver. She was a fun, very informative guide and walked us through a lot of places large groups could not have managed. She took us down "the world's longest escalator" so we could ride on a Russian subway. The full day tour was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Elena was delightful and we would highly recommend her for your next tour in St. Petersburg.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Daniel, That was a pleasure to take you around. Hope you’ll be back one more time to St.Petersburg. All the best, Elena

Nancy Cameron

United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg Private Tour for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 11/17

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Neil Webman

United States
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Tour: #35432, St Petersburg Intensive Tour for Cruise Passengers 1-day tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 10/17

Excellent we were eight person family ages 84 to 50. All satisfied with explanations of all questions asked. Besides that she was a joy and a great organizer. neil Webman. Orlando Fla. 7/17

Randall Toltzman

United States
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Tour: #40417, St.Petersburg 2 -days tour for 4 people, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 30/17

Our tour with Elena was a highlight of our trip. She was able to customize a two day tour for our group of four, parents and our two 20-something kids. Having a van, a driver and Elena was VIP and allowed us to make the most of our time (pre-purchased tickets, short cuts, front door drop-off...). In addition to detailed knowledge of the history and sights, Elena grew up in St Petersburg and was able to share what life was like before and after the fall of Soviet Union. Great lunches with local food!

Andries Hofman

South Africa
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Tour: #35432, St Petersburg 1-day tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 27/17

Professional , efficient friendly. A pleasure to have as a guide.

Michael Lovchuk

Panama Cirt, FL, United States
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Tour: #20788, A la Carte tour, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 25/17

Stop! Look no further! Only Guide I Would Use In St Petersburg!! High energy, very knowledgeable, flexible on agenda, and great personality! Ran into a family that had tour with her earlier in the week...they echoed my statement above!

Dennis Broadwell

Issaquah, WA, United States
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Tour: #35432, St Petersburg Intensive 1-day tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 20/17

Elena gave us a wonderful day in Saint Petersburg. She was flexible, excellent command of English and willing to share her personal experience growing up in Russia. I plan to use her in the future as I lead groups to Russia every year. She also helped us reserve an honest taxi company to and from the airport.

Jim Donovan

United States
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Tour: #20788, A la Carte tour, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 12/17

We really enjoyed our two days with Elena in St Petersburg. She was very flexible and we feel like we saw everything we had hoped to see. Would highly recommend Elena.

Benjamin Seow

Singapore
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Tour: #36003, Grand Tour of St. Petersburg, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 2/17

We really enjoyed ourselves in St Petersburg thanks to Elena and Archie. Elena's knowledge for all the sights, the history, etc, was amazing. Also, both Elena and Archie were very friendly and helpful so it felt a lot more like we were visiting friends who were then showing us their beautiful city.

Lee Scher

United States
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Tour: #35432, St Petersburg Intensive Tour for Cruise Passengers 1-day tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 5/16

Joseph McAdams

United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg Private Tour for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 31/16

Great time with Elena. Gave us history plus personal insights into St. Petersburg/Russia. Much better than sitting on bus with 50 other people and waiting to get on and off. We were quickly dropped off on a corner by the sight and the driver was right where we needed him when it was time to drive to the next destination.

Thomas Johnson

CA, 92545, United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg Private Tour for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 26/16

Elena provided us with an outstanding experience. She is very knowledgeable and very professional. She made the tour very smooth. This was definitely the way to go for a quality experience. Her knowledge of history and the exhibits at the Hermitage was a big factor in the great experience.

Penny Seldin

United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg Private Tour for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 20/16

We were so thrilled with both Elena and Boris, her driver. I was told how difficult it would be to not use the tours from the cruise line because it was Russia and nothing could be further from the truth. We saw more, did more and got to know two wonderful Russians. Elena was so knowledgable, accommodating, and charming to be with. She really went out of her way to do what was best for us, such as getting a wheelchair in several of our stops. A one-on-one personal tour is the only way to see Russia.

Harold Burnett

United Kingdom
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Tour: #37179, Russian Village! Do what Russians do!, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 5/16

I found everything about the tour entirely satisfactory. I would give a rating of 5 [highest] to all questions. Yours truly, Harold Burnett.

Teresa Wu

United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 23/16

Elena is very knowledgeable and well planned. We saw most of the best sight and she even introduced us to very authentic Russian food which we enjoyed very much. It was such a wonderful tour we really couldn't ask for a better one. She gave us the best experiences.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Teresa, Thank you for coming and please come back. All the best. Elena

Ronald S.

United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 20/16

Elena is one of the most knowledgeable guides we've ever had. Her expertise in history, architecture, geography, and current events was seamless. We appreciated both her professionalism and her warm personality. We highly recommend that she be your first contact when traveling to St. Petersburg. Just a wonderful two days...

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ronald thank you very much! It was so pleasent to spend 2 days in your wounderful company to talk about economy of our countries. Thank you for coming and please come back. Elena

Anna Voyler

Australia
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 1/16

We are very happy with a tour and Elena as a provider She put all her love and effort to make our 2 days in st petersburg unforgetable she was very punctial and tolerant to answer all our gestions we will defenately come back to this magnificent city and will recomend you company to our friends.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anna, please come back. It's always something new to do in our city! Elena

Murray Duncanson

United Kingdom
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Tour: City tour, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Dec 31/15

Elena ably supported by Eddie her driver was an absolutely outstanding tour guide! Her English and her knowledge of St Petersburg was absolutely outstanding and brought to life a whole series of major events in Russian history. She joined my wife and I for lunch where she was excellent company Good Luck in her career as she deserves success!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Murray, It was a very good day, you are very welcome. Please come back one day to our beautiful city. Elena

Douglas Taylor

United States
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Tour: #37179, Russian Village! Do what Russians do!, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 21/15

This is an excellent tour if you wnat something off the normal path. We had a fantstic day. Elena was fabulous, energetic, fun, and sponateous. Great day Thanks

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Douglas, You are very welcome! It was very nice to meet you, let me know if you'll come to St. Petersburg again. Elena

Mary Cutrow

United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 22/15

Elena was just fabulous and fun on our 2 day tour of St. Petersburg. We all loved every minute of it. She is so knowledgeable on the history of St. Petersburg and all of it palaces and churches she made it so fun for us. I would highly recommend her to anyone planning on being in St. Petersburg.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mary, you have a lovely family it was a big pleasure to take you around. Thank you for coming, Elena

Farooque Dawood

Canada
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Tour: #35432, 1-day tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 9/15

Erica Schroeder

United States
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Tour: #35432, Tour for Cruise Passengers 1-day tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 3/15

Elena is a fantastic guide! We will definitely have her as a guide again!. Our family was in St. Petersburg for one day while on a ferry cruise. We found Elena based on reviews. She was very accommodating and thorough in her planning: she booked a van and tickets for us, met us at our ferry and dropped us off. We visited Tsarskoye Selo, Peterhof, Hermitage Square and Church of Spilled Blood. She tells great stories, knows so much and is so fun! Excellent English. She even took us to a nice souvenir shop!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my dear! All the best, Elena

Marylou Shockley

United States
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Tour: Ancient town of Novgorod, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 19/15

Excellent! Novgorod has such a rich history. Elena knows the area since she is originally from the countryside near Novgorod. Her personal knowledge blended with the rich history of this city were invaluable in gaining an understanding of the important role Novgorod has played in the development of Russia. Thanks, Elena.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marylou, Thank you so much for booking this tour it was a so nice to be back to the native land. Take care. Elena

Peter Creswell

United Kingdom
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Tour: #40417, St.Petersburg 2 -days tour for 2 people, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 17/15

A very good tour and Elena and driver were charming and very helpful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter, It was a great pleasure to spend 2 days with you. You are welcome here any time! Elena

Philip Mayne

United Kingdom
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Tour: Walking city tour, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 17/15

Elena is very professional in her work but also has an excellent personality . Nothing is too much trouble for her and she the finest example of what the perfect tour guide should be. the best recommendation I can give her , is that my family and I will be asking for her on next visit to St Petersburg .

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Philip, it was a great pleasure to meet you! Please let me know when you'll be next time in St.Petersburg. All the best, Elena

Bill Delaney

United States
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Tour: #40417, St.Petersburg 2 -days tour for 2 people, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 13/15

Elena was all one would hope for in a guide. Informative, friendly, accommodating and truly enjoyable company. We would certainly request her again and would highly recommend her. Bill and Deb

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bill, thank you so much! We've had a very good time together! Please come back second time to St.Petersburg. Elena

John Lange

United States
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Tour: #35432, Intensive 1-day tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 12/15

Elena was wonderful. She is extremely knowledgeable, spoke English very well and budgeted our time well. I would recommend her to everyone coming to St. Petersburg

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you dear John! Please come back any time to our city. Elena

Anjan Chaklader

Canada
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Tour: #35432, Intensive Tour for Cruise Passengers 1-day tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 26/15

Elena showed me various places of interest in St. Petersburg over 5 hours. She is very enthusiastic, energetic and passionate about her city. We saw places of both historical significance and contemporary popularity. Elena is just old enough to remember what life was like in the Soviet Union and can share that with you. Her english is excellent. I would highly recommend Elena for any type of tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anjan, thank you very much for coming! Hope to see you again in our city! Elena

Stephen Wallace

United States
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Tour: #36003, Grand Tour of St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 4/14

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephen. Elena

Carol Cortes

United States
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Tour: 2-day Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 23/14

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Very good!

Emily Searl

Australia
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Tour: Peterhof Park and Grand Palace, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 17/14

My husband and I had a wonderful day with Elena as our guide through Peterhof Park and Palace and Catherine Palace. Elena was extremely knowledgeable about the Palaces but also gave us a great understanding of the history of St Petersburg. 5 out of 5. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my dear! Come back one day to St. Petersburg. Elena

Howard Kristol

United States
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Tour: #36003, Grand Tour of St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 31/14

We toured with Elena for 3 days and she was superb! Wonderful person and a great guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so happy you liked it! )) Please come back one day, Elena!

Bruce Lyon

Hudson, FL, United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 25/14

We had 2 days touring Catherine Palace, Winter Palace&Hermitage, Cathedral Spilled Blood, St Nicholas Cathedral, Peterhof, Peter&Paul fortress, 2 authentic Russian restaurants. Elena, who is fluent in English, is completely familiar with all of the sites. The tour was further enhanced by Elena's broad knowledge of history and art. Tour accomplished with one of us in a wheelchair thanks to Elena's thorough knowledge of all sites visited including location of lifts and special access doors for wheelchairs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are such a nice people! I was very happy to take you around. And we always can do it one more time! Elena

Peter Cruikshanks

United Kingdom
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Tour: Program for Cruise Passengers 1-day tour (Moderate), Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 17/14

We really enjoyed our 1 day visit to St Petersburg. Elena was a great guide to her city, sharing its history and culture. Both adults and children in our family found the visit really interesting - a highlight to our holiday. She took us to more places than a comparable group tour and avoided queues and delays. I would recommend Elena to anybody who wants a personal tour from a local.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Peter, thank you so much. Elena

Charlotte L.

Australia
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Tour: 1 day tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 10/14

Elena is helpful, practical and knowledgeable. We appreciated the way that she structured our tour to take into account our interests and the time available. Her skill in navigating through the Hermitage is most impressive. Elena was also of great assistance in making restaurant and taxi bookings. Her suggestions for the restaurants we went to were all excellent. Thank-you Elena.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are welcome Charlotte! Elena

Daniel J.

Israel
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 6/14

Six stars are not enough! Elena is extremely well organized, knowledgable, and interesting. In addition, she is utterly charming. Six of us spent two full days with her, and we loved every minute. If you have an opportunity to book her, don't hesitate.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I love such a feedbacks! Thank you Daniel)) Elena

Gary B.

New Orleans, LA, United States
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Tour: 2day tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 30/14

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you)

Gary B.

New Orleans, LA, United States
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Tour: Program for Cruise Passengers 1-day tour (Moderate), Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 30/14

We had a great 3 days with Elena. She was knowledgeable, pleasant and flexible. We covered all of the top tour sites, had a private river cruise, went to the Ballet, and dined at some of the best restaurants in St Petersburg.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a good time! Thank you for coming)) Elena

Wayne Richards

United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 12/14

We had a wonderful 2 days with Elena in St Petersburg. She is very knowledgeable and has a sweet personality. If I go back to the area I will definitely use her as a guide again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! And come back one day)) Elena

Ann T.

Brighton, VICTORIA, Australia
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Sep 30/13

Elena, Gaby and I would like to thank you so much for the wonderful day you arranged for us in St Petersburg September 30th. Opting for a different outlook:"daily life experiences" of your lovely city and citizens we thoroughly enjoyed our day at the Vodka Museum, the Cat Museum, visitng a city market, finding the Anglican Church that my Great Grandfather had been married in, the wonderful delicatessen "Eliseevskiy" and much more. We thoroughly recommend your guidance. Thank you(both)for the day.

Richard Kieckhefer

United States
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Sep 4/13

Excellent choice of locations, very knowledgeable and articulate, friendly and helpful. Provided valuable service with travel arrangements, above and beyond the tour itself. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard! Elena

Daryl Bessell

Canada
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 22/13

Despite having pneumonia, Elena arranged substitute guides and checked in with me every evening to see if things had gone well and to verify the next days'activities. I wish I could have met her. She was knowledgeable and very keen to help us in every way. The only glitch was that our plane arrived early and the taxi she had organized for us, wasn't at the airport. We had a great time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Daryl for your respond. I’ve tried to do my best for you so you will have a good memory about my city, Elena

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.

Sheri Papish

United States
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Tour: Tsarskoye Selo with Catherine's Palace, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 16/13

Three of us went with Elena and a driver to Catherine Palace. It was very crowded but Elena was terrific in moving us though the crowds inside the Palace. We chose to eat snacks outside at a small kiosk rather than a big lunch at the restaurant on the grounds. We also had Elena purchase tickets to the Amber Workshop which was terrific.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm very glad you liked it! Elena

Sheri Papish

United States
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Tour: The Hermitage Museum, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 15/13

We visited The Hermitage and a Treasure Room with Elena. The Hermitage was very crowded especially because it was a very rainy day. She was terrific in highlighting various rooms and exhibits. The museum is huge and overwhelming so Elena was very helpful. She also recommended a cute little restaurant nearby. I definitely would use her services again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you))) Elena

Derrick Wee

Malaysia
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Tour: Tsarskoye Selo with Catherine's Palace, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 12/13

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you one more time! Come back in the winter!!! Elena

Derrick Wee

Malaysia
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Tour: Peterhof Park and Grand Palace, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 10/13

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ))) Elena

Deborah Cummins

Australia
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Tour: #40417, St.Petersburg 2 -days tour for 2 people, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 2/13

What can I say but excellent. My husband doesn't like big group tours so this is 1 st time doing a private tour. We will never go back to group tours. Our driver was a young guy using his own car and loved his city. Elena has so much knowledge ,walks very fast, but we loved this. I had booked the diamond room so we arrived at Hermitage museum early and this was the best thing as we arrived before the huge crowds. We could not speak highly enough of this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Deborah, Elena

Vicki Bean

United States
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Tour: #36003, Grand Tour of St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 17/13

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ))))) Elena

Nancy Kemper

United States
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Tour: Peterhof Park and Grand Palace, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 5/13

Elena was terrific! We were able to visit the Palace and Mon Plesier, largely because we were just two travelers, with a minimum of waiting and feeling of crowds. She was fun with excellent English. Elena knew the amount of time we needed and helped us decide how to structure the special day at Peterhof. The driver was excellent also. My only complaint is that we were dropped at the wrong end of the airport for our flight and had to lug bags the whole length of the airport.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nancy, thank you for your feedback. And of course I will find out more about S7 flights. Thank you, Elena

Mary Jane Cryan

Italy
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Tour: #40417, St.Petersburg 2 -days flexible tour, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 1/13

Elena was excellent and took into consideration the weather and our interests. She was flexible and got us in and out of many crowded sites quickly and with no hassle. I can definitely recommend her (and our skillful driver Costia ) for visiting St. Petersburg and Peterhof .

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary Jane I hope one day to see you in St. Petersburg for a longer time. Elena

David Thomson

Australia
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Tour: #37179, Russian Village! Do what Russians do!, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 8/13

Elena showed us a village outside St Petersburg and her mother asked us for lunch at her dacha. We had a wonderful, different and happy day and can recommend Elena highly, especially as she managed to get us a guide at the last minute following a communications misunderstanding. Thank you, Elena.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David! That was a very good day together)) Elena

Lina Platts

Australia
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 26/13

Elena was very friendly, knowledgeable, and we all enjoyed our tour of St Petersburg. We had two very good days with Elena and she organised our tour to meet our needs, she and the driver were very good guides. We were really impressed with the way she got us all into the places we wanted to go and negotiated the crowds. Her commentary was very informative. We would recommend her to other travellers.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lina, thank you so much for coming! Elena

Paul Earnshaw

United Kingdom
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Tour: custom tour, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Apr 6/13

I have had many personal guides over the years and have to say Elena was the best guide we have had to date she made the trip special for my whole family. She is extremely knowledgeable on all subjects, i cannot recommend her enough.If we ever find ourselves in St Petersburg again i would contact her. Thanks for a great trip Elena!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Paul, thank you very much. You and your family inspired me to read more about Russian history! Thank you for coming and take care. Elena

Ron Haase

United States
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Tour: Peterhof Park and Grand Palace, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Sep 7/12

Elena was amazing!!! Perfect english, knowledgeable, flexible in meeting our ever changing schedule and all with a smile. She was one of the highlights to our visit to Russia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ron! I'm glad you've enjoyed our tour. Elena

Cheryl Schlesinger

United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 20/12

This was one of the best travel experiences we ever had! Elena was exceptional in every way - prompt, organized, very knowledgeable and most of all very personable and a joy to spend two days touring! It is the best investment we made and plan to visit again and use Elena as our tour guide! Many thanks for a wonderful experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm very glad you liked it! You are so welcome! Take care Elena

Pauline Orsgood

United Kingdom
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Tour: Welcome to Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 18/12

Elena met me at the airport and no fault of hers,immigration took over an hour. I was disappointed though that I got no map, hints on metro and taxis etc as promised in her description. She gave me an overview of SPB by car and a book on the Church on the Spilled Blood before dropping me off at my hotel. I was tired after 18 hours travelling and didn't take up these points with her - or the fact that no mention was made of the walking tour, I only have myself to blame, but feel that she could have done so

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yes, I've noticed that you've had a long day and then it took you about 2 hours to go through the custom. But as I understood you were happy with tour around the city by car. I will pay attention to your comments of course. Elena

Alan Rolfe

United Kingdom
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 7/12

The tour was the highlight of our Baltic cruise. Elena is a delightful, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and considerate tour guide. We are delighted to have been shown around St Petersburg over 2 days by Elena and cannot recommend her highly enough.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alan, Thank you very much for such a nice feedback! I've been working hard for the last few days. Did you read the book about Hermitage already? Have a nice day. Elena

Ron Bedrosian

United States
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Tour: #36003, Grand Tour of St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 18/12

Dear Elena, You did a fabulous job touring us around St. Petersburg. I would recommend you highly to any discerning traveler. You have a wealth of knowledge, which was very much appreciated on our tour. Russian history is obviously very complicated but you managed to make it understandable and so interesting. Thank you again for a fabulous experience in St. Petersburg! Kindest regards, Cheryl Bedrosian San Francisco, California USA

Norman Fray

United Kingdom
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Tour: Peterhof Park and Grand Palace, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 13/12

Elena was sick so Anna showed us around. Anna we was very knowledgeable and managed to help us by-pass the long queues.

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Elena became ill just before the tour, so it was not possible to let the Fray's know of the change in advance. Normally this would be the case. We're pleased that you enjoyed your tour with Anna.

Norman Fray

United Kingdom
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Tour: The Hermitage Museum, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 12/12

Elena was ill so Anna showed us around, she was very knowledgeable and helped us by-pass the queues.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Norman, I'm very glad you've liked it! All our guides are fully licensed and very professional, besides that have a nice personality. Elena

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Elena became ill just before the tour, so it was not possible to let the Fray's know of the change in advance. Normally this would be the case. We're pleased that you enjoyed your tour with Anna.

Helen Hill

Australia
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 16/12

Elena (Tour guide for tour #17240) top 5 star rating Thoroughly enjoyed tours. Pickups and returns were on time (roomy Mercedes van). Guide very experienced with specialised knowledge. She recognised and took account of the physical limitations of the group (walking in particular). Guide's English language skills excellent. She had particular skills in getting tickets quickly and guiding us through crowds and queues to get us to the most important exhibits

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Helen it was a great pleasure to work with you. Elena

Jill Feinstock

Australia
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Tour: Pavlovsk Palace & Park, orthodox churches of St. Petersburg, Sankt Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Dec 26/11

Elena was an absolutely wonderful guide. Resourceful, knowledgeable, friendly and patient - my friends and I all agree that spending time with Elena was a great way to get to know St. Petersburg. The two days we spent with Elena were well-spent. I would absolutely recommend her as a guide and wouldn't hesitate to use her again the next time I find myself in Russia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jill, Thank you so much it was great to meet you and your friends it was not only a job for me I’ve been very happy to show you around. I’ll be very glad to you one more time here in Russia. Elena

Susan Griffiths

United Kingdom
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Tour: #20788, Your private, flexible tour of St. Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 25/11

Elena is a very pleasant guide with excellent English, very good driver and keen to do all she could to help. She was very prompt to respond to all our pre-tour questions. We were taken everywhere we wanted to visit: especially good was her choice of souvenir shopping which I had requested. I have recommended Toursbylocals to several acquaintances/friends in the short time since our trip and will certainly use this method again. Well done, Elena and thank you. Sue and Ray Griffiths

Susan Griffiths

United Kingdom
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Tour: Folk show, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 24/11

A very enjoyable "night out" in St Petersburg. Our guide, Elena, is very pleasant, speaks excellent English and is a very good driver. She was very considerate of our enjoyment and comfort. The show was excellent, vibrant, energetic and professional. Thank you Elena for looking after us so well.

Angela Zaichik

United States
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Tour: Walking city tour, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 8/11

Elena in St. Petersburg was exteremly knowledgeable and shared many interesting historic and cultural facts about the city. She made sure that the tour was a very enjoyable experience for both the adults and children on our group. I would highly recommend her as a top tour guide and a very sweet person. Definitely, rating is 5

Louise Murphy

United States
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Tour: #17240, Classic St. Petersburg for Cruise Passengers, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 25/11

The tour was outstanding. Elena recounted Russian history to me in a very personal way. Elena is knowledgeable about St. Petersburg and all the palaces and points of interest that we visited together. Her flexibility in adapting to my schedule and accompanying me for 2 whole days was very appreciated and made the trip a pleasant and memorable one. We visited palaces, churches, museums, went to the opera, a Russian folk concert, had meals focused on Russian cuisine and did some fabulous shopping. Great!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Louise, I was so glad to hear from you! Its good that you got home safely. Thank you so much for such warm recommendations. I was busy working for the last few days. It was a great pleasure to meet you! You are such a wonderful and dynamic person! You are very welcome in Russia any time. Tan you for everything. Elena

Ulrike Silkey

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: Private Tour for Charles and Kathryn Cauthen, Sankt-Peterburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 21/11

My guests loved her flexibility and friendliness