Stephen WilsonUnited Kingdom
Kate is very informative and personable. Not only did we see the main sights of St Petersburg but, at our request, we had a superb afternoon of Soviet history on the Metro and at Finland Station. In addition, Kate found a great selection of local restaurants for lunch each day that really enhanced the experience. Well done Kate.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Steve, thank you for your review. I hope that despite the weather you enjoyed your stay in St Petersburg.
Basil DickersonSouth Africa
Kate was fantastic! She helped make our 2 days in St Petersburg the highlight of our holiday. Our group of 4 found Kate friendly, punctual, flexible and very knowledgeable. We saw as many of the highlights as was possible during our 2 days. Left St Petersburg exhausted and happy. Would not hesitate to recommend Kate
Luis MarconiUnited States
Kate was a great guide. Not only she was very friendly but very knowledgeable about St Petersburg. This tour is highly recommended.
Erwin StraehleyUnited States
From the time that Kate picked us up, we connected. She asked what we were most interested in seeing, she made some suggestions and inquired about our stamina, etc In the old Hermitage, she obtained a wheel chair and pushed it for my wife. Her knowledge of the art and St. Petersburg was impressive and made our tour experience one we will never forget. Our two days with her enhanced our trip to this beautiful city. I would recommend Kate to anyone wishing this personal tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Terry, thank you very much for your review.
Kam MajdUnited States
Kate was fantastic. She was so knowledgeable about the city and its rich history. She made sure we saw everything we wanted to, even if it meant skipping a few of her original plans to do something we had just heard about our looked up. Not only was she a wealth of information but she was flexible, personable, and fun to be around. It felt like she was a fifth member of our traveling group rather than a guide. Overall we loved our experience with Tours by Locals and would definitely do it again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kam, thank you very much for your kind words. I also felt like you were my family and I truly enjoyed time with you all. Watching football with you in a local pub was a lot of fun. I hope you had great time in Stokholm (and not only there).
Fook Chang HengSingapore
Jennifer SpiersUnited Kingdom
Kate speaks very good English was very punctual and knowledgeable about all the places we visited. Even though her car was tiny we did not find this a problem. The highlight was the fountains at Perterhof and her itinerary ensured we did not miss it. She made sure that we visited all the places of interest we could fit in during our two day stay. Our trip to St Petersburg was definitely made more enjoyable having the personal touch.
Kate was really friendly and her knowledge about the places we attended was outstanding. I would highly recommend the tour with Kate, as everything she did was just first class.
Kate is a fantastic guide and we had a marvellous time on our tour through the Eremitage. Lots of cultural, historical and general information given by her in a very pleasant and humorous way. We enjoyed every bit of those hours. Took the tour in German and are very sure that it will be as entertaining in English. Best regards and thanks again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thomas, thank a lot. I had great time with you all. Swiss flight attendants and pilots are great fun:)
We were looking for a 3 days tour in St Petersburg. Kate responded within a day and had a itinerary suggestion. When we started our tour Kate was early to pick us up and chatted to see the pace that we wished to do the tour and our likes and dislikes. Kate was extremely knowledgeable about each of the sights and was always looking to make sure we were comfortable and informed. We were a party of 4 and were all extremely happy with the way Kate conducted the tour. We would highly recommend Kate to anyone.
Phillip CushmanUnited States
This was my second TBL tour and, like my first, was fantastic! We are two elderly men who have trouble walking and who can stand for only short periods. This made it very difficult for us to see the Hermitage but Kate Ges adapted the tour to our needs. Because we were so slow she extended the length to 10 hours to avoid skipping anything. Her knowledge of the art at the Hermitage was excellent. By the end of the day we felt more like family than clients.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Phill and Jerry, thank you very much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you and show you around St Petersburg.
Jaana TarmaUnited Kingdom
Katya was punctual, friendly and accommodating, she took onboard our wishes and tailored the tour accordingly. Her English is excellent. Her company was invaluable at the Hermitage -it's such a huge place that having a guide is the only way to make sure one doesn't miss the highlights. Katya also knows nice little places for a quick lunch or afternoon tea.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jaana, thank you very much for your review. I was very pleased to meet the people who have such deep knowledge and interest in Russian culture.
Margaret PillingUnited States
Kate was helping us set up the right tour even before we set off for Europe! We communicated and she helped us organize our 9 hour private tour to include Catherine the Great's Palace and Gardens in Pushkin which we had not know about. It was amazing! Actually, in was a highlight of our two weeks in Europe! On the way to Pushkin, Kate shared many historical facts and local knowledge about the region. On to the Hermitage Kate showed us parts that we had not even known to include in the tour. She is amazing
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Margaret and Ron, thank you very much for your kind words. I am very pleased to hear that you liked the tour and that you enjoyed your stay in St Petersburg.
Kate was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and receptive to our personalized needs. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review. It was a pleasure to spend a day with people who know so much about my country's history and art.
Kathya was great. She really scheduled the places well...Although the first day had a lot of walking and we were exhausted, but happily so :-) We had also asked to try good Russian Food and she delivered well. The places she brought us to were delicious (and not expensive at all). She had great comments for the sites we visited without going into too much details that can get boring! I would highly recommend her for any tour you have! Thank you again!
Excellent custom tour, very friendly, this the second time I have used this tour guide and throughly recommend Kate to any one wanting to see St Petersburg
Kate is very knowledgeable of the venues we visited, very professional and outgoing. Adaptable and full of energy. In retrospect, would have appreciated visiting a more Russian venue, we saw a very European version of Russia! Perhaps the Russian Museum? Had great three days.
Jill BauerFernandina Beach, FL, United States
Kate did an awesome job! We covered so much more than the cruise ship itineraries, and with a private guide, we could linger or change our plans as needed. Kate expertly navigated us through all the key sites, pulling our attention to the details and unique qualities of the objects or architecture. She know all of the history and background to help us put all the pieces together. The personal touches she added such as her favorite restaurants and a great spot to view the air show made the trip complete.
Chris SaffellUnited Kingdom
Katya is a charming, lively and enthusiastic guide. We had an extensive and informative tour of the Peterhof grounds, which involved quite a lot of walking but Katya was flexible and found opportunities to sit and rest when required. We chose not to have the optional tour of the Peterhof Palace because it is a full enough day as it is. The afternoon visit to the Catherine Palace and park was equally informative and Katya was adept at finding space in the very crowded palace.
Stephen HastingsUnited States
Kate was a wonderful tour guide. She was very knowledgeable about Russian history and the specific history of each cathedral, palace and museum on the tour. Kate was very punctual and a safe and reasonable driver. Her english was easily understood. She took an interest in us and in making our time in St. Petersburg enjoyable. She also had excellent suggestions for lunch and dinner meals.
Mary Jane EvansUnited States
We had a great time with Kate in St. Petersburg. She took into account our age/tiredness factor. We saw so much;her commentary was excellent. I particularly liked the places where we stopped to eat. Also, she modified our excursion to include seeing the impressionist artists in another building. That was such a highlight for me. Also she was open to answering questions about the transition from the Soviet Union to Russia. We learned so much. Whatever else could you say about a guide? Perfection.
Our guide, Kate provided an excellent tour of the Catherine and Pavlovsk palaces. Her Engish is excellent and she delivered the tour in a pleasant, unhurried manner that was flexible to our interests yet efficient and highly informative. She arranged to go to Pavlovsk first and the Catherine's near noon, avoiding most crowded times. We were able to view everything as long as we wished, including the Amber room. All questions answered in pleasant, knowledgeable manner.
Francisco QuinonezEl Salvador
Kathia is not only a great guide. She is well mannered, intuitive, agreeable, and always on time and in good spirits person. Our St. Petersburg visit was enhanced by having such personable and knowledgeable person with us. Her poise, understanding and documented status of the Hermitage did make a great difference in the time we took to make our visit, which was memorable. We gladly give Kathia the best rating there is.
KATE IS AMAZING!!! Kate exceeded our expectations more then I could of imagined. She genuinely cares and wants you to have a wonderful time. She is so flexible and easy to talk to and excellent at coming up with alternatives if the weather doesn't suit etc! She is incredibly knowledgeable of Russian history and culture. She has a great sense of humour and will answer anything! We had an amazing time in st petersburg thanks to Kate. In St Petersburg many things are not in English so a guide is imperative!
Karl GolnikUnited States
We had a very good tour of the major sights to see in St. Petersburg. Kate was punctual, knowledgable and flexible. Would definitely recommend her.
Absolutely amazing, words can't express how good this tour is and how great the tour guide is, I throughly recommend!!!
Timothy CarmannUnited States
Kate was a PHENOMENAL tour guide! She was extremely friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. Both the Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces were visually stunning, but a lot of the history and unique facts about the palaces (and their owners) would have been completely unknown to me if it weren't for Kate. From the time she picked me up in my hotel to the end of the day when she dropped me off, I had a blast and learned more about Russian history than I ever imagined. I would HIGHLY recommend her as a tour guide!
Kathleen ArmbrusterUnited States
Kate was an amazing hostess & guide for my husband and I during our 3 days in St. Petersburg. She let us customize each day to our wants and needs. She has her own car (an excellent driver) and was able to pick us up from the ship and drive us to everywhere. My husband has some walking issues and needed to stop & rest more often than group tours would have allowed. Kate, speaks beautiful English, better than many US citizens. Kate, we absolutely enjoyed every minute of visit there. Fondly, Kathy & Rob
Kate was a great companion-guide on our 3-day tour. She was friendly, well-informed and kind.
Ellen ReznickUnited States
We couldn't recommend Kate more highly. She's a lovely, well spoken woman who knows endless amounts about the history, architecture and art in St. Petersburg and is delightful to be with. I had contacted many guides and organizations before going to S.P. requesting to see the Treasury at the Hermitage. Everyone responded that it would not be possible but Kate was savvy enough to know how to get us in. In fact, she quietly got us through every line and into everywhere we wished to go. Money well spent!
Kathryn BauerUnited States
Kate was an outstanding guide! She made sure we saw all of the highlights. She tailored the tour for our specific needs and wishes. She is energetic and amazingly knowledgeable. We feel we couldn't have had a better guide!
Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. We truly enjoyed our tour around the city of St.Petersburg through her thorough explanation and fun facts. Plus, she had a comfortable car in which she drove us around the city where we could enjoy the beautiful sights of St.Petersburg even more comfortably. We sincerely thank her for the wonderful experience!
Sheldon WolfUnited States
My wife and I toured St. Petersburg in June 2014. We were so fortunate to find Kate. She is a superb tour guide, knowledgeable and informative. We were able to not only get to know this awesomely beautiful city, but to enjoy Russian food, and to enjoy talking about our lives and our countries. She speaks English excellently. There were so many memorable places we saw with Kate. Perhaps best was the Pavlosk palace and park, and the museum of Russian history.
Gad Gerhard EnochIsrael
kate is a wonderfull, pleasant knowledgable guide. she answers all expectations. she is flexible and does everything to make the tour njoyable in every aspect. we were 4 people on the tour and all of us recommend her whole heartedly, and if ever we would have the opportunity, we would use her services again. shlomit&gad enoch miriam&joshua halbertal
Geoffrey P.United Kingdom
Kate's genuine love of the parkland around the Catherine Palace and Pavlovsk around which she led us on atmospheric walks meant that we experienced a dimension of the lives of the Russian Royal Family as evocative as the impressive tours of the Palaces themselves. Kate also responded flexibly to circumstances such as long queues by adjusting the itinerary as we went along.An excellent experience which has helped make our first trip to St Petersburg an outstanding success. Highly recommended.
Geoffrey P.United Kingdom
Engaging and charming, Kate impressed us with her encyclopaedic knowledge and passion for everything she described to us ( which she did in excellent English).Her choice of itinerary played an indispensable part in making our first visit to St Petersburg and indeed Russia an unforgettable and rich experience. Our first day with her went so well we booked a second on the spot. Highly recommended.
It was our first visit to Russia and we had a great time with our guide Kate in fascinating city of St. Petersburg during the tour and learned a lot of things about the beautiful city, great Russian culture, history and the art heritage. So we appreciate Kate for her great guidance performance and I wish and hope to visit Russia and meet again our new friend Kate in the future in somewhere.
Taking a tour with Katia is great. She is knowledgeable and she went out of her way to ensure an unforgettable experience. She likes what she does and it shows. What I liked most is that Katia made sure that I see what is there to see and experience what I need to experience, transforming me into a local in a day. I do thank her and wish her all the best.
I took the walking tour today with Katia. We walked to many buildings and then toured the Hermitage. She was an excellent guide, great English, very interesting and very knowledgeable. 5/5 rating, I would certainly look her up for a further tour when I re-visit St Pete's. Thanks Katia!
Penny AdamsUnited Kingdom
Kate is fantastic, our trip exceeded all expectations and we had a wonderful time with her in St Petersburg. Extremely knowledgeable, amazing language skills, great fun and keen to ensure we packed as much into our trip as possible - exactly what we wanted. We ate at some delicious and reasonable places (food was important to us!) and feel we had chance to ask any questions and understand a little of the complex and exciting history of this great city. Without Kate we would have missed so much. Thank you!
Our one day tour with Kate was fascinating! We saw beautiful churches, historic buildings and learned about the history of the city, all at a relaxed walking pace. We found Kate's enthusiasum and knowledge wonderful.
Amy DoyleUnited States
We were in St Petersburg for three days, and decided to hire Kate for all three days. She listened to what we were interested in, prepared an awesome tour package for us, and really made everything we visited come alive! I would not only highly recommend her, but we would hire her again in a heartbeat.She also got us our travel visas so we didn't have to hassle with that.You won't be disappointed and you will look forward to the next day with her each day you are there!
Steven RudgayzerUnited States
Kate was very energetic, interactive and brilliant, both in her understanding of historical facts and events as well as her ability to communicate well in English. Kate was able to customize the tour specifically for us, and was even able to adjust the tour midstream based on our interests and requests. Overall, her tour was well worth the cost and I would highly recommend it over a group tour or doing it yourself.
Ronald RobertsonUnited States
Kate was absolutely a wonderful guide. she was well versed on her history of St. Petersburg and spoke excellent english. I would highly recommend that those who speak only english request that Kate be their guide.
Sally WakemanUnited Kingdom
Kate was an excellent guide. She was right on time. We did a walking tour through St. Petersburg and she had good explanations about all that we saw and was able to competently answer all of our (many) historical questions about the country and city. She is also pleasant to be with.
Alice BorrelliUnited States
Kate has a unique perspective on St. Petersburg - from Peter the Great's start in his humble cabin to building the cultural center. She has a great grasp of the history which she provides during the tour. I highly recommend Kate who gives not only the historical data, but an understanding of current culture from a young professional's point of view.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review.