Elina was simply PERFECT ! We truly recommend her as an expert and efficient guide. She was very professional, helpful and easygoing . She helped us throughout everything and all her proposals were excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was so easy and fun to work with these 5 girlfriends :) I am impressed with how much you could do within only 2 days! Come back to see more.
An excellent guide who was well-informed as well as Charming company and we very much appreciated the time we spent with her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, an excellent group! :)
Kate WhitlockUnited States
Fabulous. Knowledgeable and on time. Interesting and tried to meet our exact needs.
Elina was just a fantastic guide in St. Petersburg. We seen absolutely everything we asked for and more in such a short period of time. All of the Churches, gardens and museums where fast tracked also. We also did a superfast visit to Moscow from St. P as we had a cruise stop over. We knew this would be a full on day also. We got the bullet train to Moscow where we met our guide Jenya. I must say that Jenya was another fantastic and knowledgable guide. Jenya also fitted in everything we wanted to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Roy! It was a whirlwind look at Russia but you saw so much in two days! Come back to see more of St.Petersburg and Moscow :)
Diane OByrneUnited States
Elina designed the absolute perfect tour for our family of 8 adults, all with varied interests. We marvelled at the way she navigated the summer crowds. Her knowledge if history and the arts is simply amazing! Our visit would have been so different without the benefit of her expertise. Don't hesitate or look any further...hire Elina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Diane! You were such an amazing group willing to see everything in 2 days, thumbs up for your enthusiasm and energy :)
Jeremy Q.United Kingdom
Our tour of the Hermitage with Elina was superb. Elina was on time, gave us an easy entrance into the museum and understood our objectives for the tour. She has incredible knowledge of the history and contents of the museum / palace / city and guided us with purpose and clarity of information coupled with good humour and light-heartedness. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and I think reached our capacity limits for the information that we could absorb. We cannot recommend Elina highly enough. Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Jeremy for your kind words!!! I am glad that you enjoyed the tour despite of being so tired :)
Manisha PatelUnited States
We were very impressed with how well she kept our large group of 44 people engaged with the tour. We ranged from age 5 to 76 years old. Very knowledgable and accommodating. We had a BLAST!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Manisha is such a talented tour leader (not being in tour industry actually), she could put together all the 44 family members wishes and successfully fulfill them! The tour was a whirlwind of two largest cities of Russia and I hope to see her again :) Bravo!
Peter Michael WilkinsonUnited Kingdom
Best decision of our 2 week vacation to select ToursbyLocals. Elina has a remarkable knowledge of St Petersburg and she was able to impart huge amounts of information to us. Our personal needs were catered for and we loved every minute. We would also like to thank our driver Maxim (The greatest).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Peter and Brenda! Hope to meet you again :) enjoy your next trips!
Elina Sinyavskaya a complete guide for any international tourist. Very professional but with a very friendly approach. Great knowledge of St.Petersburg City each sites. Very soft spoken, energetic, adjustable and efficient in her job. Very fluent in english and was replying to each of our Question with great patience. Thanks Elina from all 7 of us-Group Members friends from Mumbai-India
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Vikram and friends! Come back in winter to ice skate :)
Absolutely wonderful tour with Elina - she's a professional and knowledgable. I gave her a list of itineraries that are extra from her original tour list and she's able to add them with additional cost - totally worth it. Thank you for a memorable tour:)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Paticha! It was so nice to guide your family:)
Elina is a fantastic guide. She was very knowledgable on every topic and answered all of our questions patiently.She has a great personality and it felt like having a friend around. We loved all the restaurants she reccomended. She even helped us what to do in our free time and and we loved every second with her. I can 100% reccomend Elina and hope to see her again. Thank you!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Romana!!! It felt like we were 4 girlfriends wandering around the city :) Come again!
Kristen LynchUnited States
Elina was great along with our driver. She was extremely knowledgeable about all sights throughout the city and history of the each location. She was also very flexible as we needed to shorten our 2nd day of our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kristen! Welcome back to St.Petersburg!
JUstin PerryUnited Kingdom
ABSOLUTELY phenomenal al guide — and great with kids - my daughter wouldn't let go of her when it was time to say goodbye! Elina tailored a wonderful itinerary for us which really helped us come to appreciate the beautiful city of St. Petersburg - as it shone brightly for the holidays. I cannot say enough positive things - from communication to knowledge —- made our guide in Moscow look very very poor in comparison. Thank you so much Elina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your warm words, Justn and Allegra!!! It was a pleasure to work with your family. I am so impressed with your girls! Come back and explore St.Petersburg in summer :)
Ian CharmanUnited Kingdom
Elina gave us a thoroughly enjoyable and professional tour of The Peterhof Palace (plus a very nice lunch spot) followed by two museums and a private boat trip in St Petersburg itself. She is a very personable guide and made the whole day very enjoyable. I have to say her guide skills through the Peterhof were exemplary and very much enhanced our experience there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Ian!!! Come back to try herring in a fir coat :)
Ching-Yu LiuUnited Kingdom
Elina has excellent local knowledge. As she has traveled overseas, she was able to put the points across which are suitable for foreigners. She arranged everything well, and we saw everything that we wanted to visit. We didn't have to queue for any of the tourist spots where there were long queues. The restaurants she recommended were also fantastic. Our driver was very polite and courteous. It was a great trip. Thank you, Elina and Dimitri! We had a great time and will certainly come back again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Richard and Peter!!! I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Dmitry passes his regards to you too and is ready to drive you again.
Lance LimUnited States
4 of us (3 adults and a 12 yo) spent a day with Elina with Igor as our driver. We went to Peterhof and Catherine Palace. We were picked up on time at our hotel. Van was a very clean, newer model Mercedes. Elina was obviously very knowledgeable and personable. She provided a ton of knowledge about St. Petersburg, its history, buildings, streets, canals etc. She went at our pace and made sure our boy was entertained too. We also had a meal/snack which were excellent! We won't hesitate to recommend Elina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for same day review, Lance!!! Enjoy the rest of your Russian vacation, this country is beautiful :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Lourdes and Rudolf!!!
Dianna GibsonUnited States
Elina made our 3 day visit to St. Petersburg exquisite. From the email information she provided prior to our arrival in Russia to helping us choose tours, booking the tours, arranging meeting places, directing us to great local cuisine, figuring out the money, she made everything work like clockwork. She had a very nice and dependable driver with a clean Mercedes to escort us around. Her in-depth knowledge of St. Petersburg and all of it's splendid museums and sites made touring fascinating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Dianne, Liz and kids! Great family, enjoyed working with you so much! Hope to see you again:)
John BasfordUnited Kingdom
Elina could not have been more accommodating to our group. She was very well informed and we saw and had explained to us a great number of things and places we would not have seen with a larger tour. We were a group of five varying in age from 10 years to 74 years who all gained a huge amount from this two day tour. We would all recommend Elina to anyone who is planning a trip to St. Petersburg - she was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, John! You were such an enjoyable family to work with:)
Bridgit WalkerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Bridgit!
Nancy CameronUnited States
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.
Jennifer SpicerUnited States
We had a fantastic time! Elina was wonderful and so accommodating to our special needs. She is bright and knowledgeable and a joy to know. We highly recommend her!!!!!!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Jenny and Ron! You were such a pleasant couple to work with!!!
Lori DunaiskyDix Hills, NY, United States
Elina was incredible!!! We spent three days touring St. Petersberg with her and had the most amazing time. We saw so much, all of the main sites and some out of the way places as well. She was great about adding some of our special requests like the Dostyesky museum and a private boat tour. She stayed late with us one day so we could do a Vodka tasting and dinner in the city. I will be recommending her to anyone I know who is going to St. Petersberg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Lori!!! You were a fun group. I enjoyed that evening with you and part of the tour off the beaten path as well :)
Owen WingateUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Owen!
Elina was very nice! She has a great english and made all things things possible for us to have a great experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Renata! Hope you loved St.Petersburg!
Lance DublinUnited States
Elina was an excellent guide to show us a combination of historic and contemporary St. Petersburg. She listened to what we wanted to do, see and experience. And then planned a great day that was tailored to us. She is smart and engaging, easy-going and knowledgeable. Elina was a wonderful combination of tour guide and new found friend. We can not recommend Elina highly enough!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Lance! I enjoyed our day off the beaten path and would love to guide you again:)
Joel SpivakUnited States
Elina is an outstanding tour guide and person. She is highly recommended for her suggestions, planning and response to our requests and needs. She contributed to our tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Joel!!! Come back to see Moscow :)
Kelly VassaurKaty, TX, United States
We loved our time with Elina! She was perfect for our family and very flexible!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kelly! It was a pleasure to be helpful! come back in winter, we have a lot of snow:)
David L.Norcross, GA, United States
This tour is outstanding in every regard. Elina is not only knowledgeable, but also an excellent manager of time and activities. We saw as much as it was possible to see over 2 days, without a wasted step nor any lingering over items not of interest to our group. She is especially good with art and art history, including the many varieties of local stone used in construction and decoration. Her restaurant recommendations were spot on, allowing us to sample cuisines not available at home. Fabulous guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, David! Come back to Venice of the North :)
Anna FegoSorrento, WA, Australia
She was very informative and helpful. Always punctual and hospitable, very obliging, nothing was difficult for her. We would highly recommend her to our friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Anna! Come back to see the rest of our beautiful city!