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!!!
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:)
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 :)
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 :)
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!
Michelle DeldjoubarUnited States
Elina was a fantastic tour guide and very knowledgeable about the city. Despite the fact that we booked quite close to the date of the tour, she was still able to provide a high quality tour which hit all of the highlights we wanted to see. She was able to answer all of our questions quite thoroughly. She was also able to give us recommendations about some great local bars, restaurants, and activities which helped make the rest of our time in St. Petersburg memorable. I would recommend Elina to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Michelle! You are a cute couple, return to St.Petersburg for honey moon :)
Mariah ProctorUnited States
My mom, my daughter, and I wanted to see the modern art at the Hermitage, something not offered by the excursions through our cruise. Elina was extremely knowledgeable and organized. She and the driver picked us up at the boat and took us to all the sites we wanted to see. Her background in art history was particularly helpful. Her English is beautiful, and she took us to several non-touristy and delicious restaurants. All this for less than a cruise excursion on a packed bus would have been.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Mariah! I enjoyed guiding your "only ladies" group :)
Rebecca StephenUnited States
Elina was the most informative and in depth tour guide I have ever experienced. Our family probably would not have survived a big group tour and we are so grateful to have had Elina and her kind driver to show us the sites. She is patient, personable, and extremely intelligent. We found a gem of a tour guide! You will not regret booking her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Becky!!! Come back in winter to explore our beautiful city and its weather more :)
Elina S. was energetic, VERY knowledgeable, flexible, punctual, cheery, professionally dressed, polite, with excellent driver, clean and comfortable vehicle, and most interested in adapting to our wishes. Elina's English was terriffic. We could not ask for a better guide and Elina extended beyond the planned time at our request. We would use Elina again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Rick & Jacky! Come back to our beautiful country, there is a lot more to see. It will be my pleasure to give you a tour!
Denise JacksonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Elina was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and willing to modify the tour to fit my requests. Good choice!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Andrew!!!
Kenneth LeavittUnited States
I had a two day tour in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I'd been to other parts of Eastern Europe extensively, yet never to S.P, so I was not going to be a "fish out of water" - hence the personal tour As with my personal tour in Israel 8 years ago, this ranks at or above that experience. The young woman Elina was a charm! Extremely bright, fully immersed in her city and tolerant of two "typical" Americans, she made this experience complete. This company and Elina deserve 5 stars made of Gold.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Dr.Leavitt and Rebecca!!! It was a pleasure to guide you as if we a family or friends:)
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!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Deno, it was very nice to guide twins!:)
We are 4 seniors who had the privilege of meeting Elina and enjoyed her knowledge and experience as a guide. Our driver was excellent and car very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the Hermitage museum without waiting in line, we were at the Peterhof Palace in perfect time for the fountains. She recommended a wonderful restaurant for a typical Russian lunch. We felt at the end of our day satisfied with all the highlights she was able to pack into our tour. Our day in Russia was memorable thanks Elina
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Marj! A day in St.P is not enough:) Come back to our beautiful city!
Kris CrawfordUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to quality customer experiences and takes all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences. We have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our normal high standards.
Barbara NicklinUnited States
Elina was nothing short of amazing. She set a perfect itinerary over two days for six people, including my elderly parents. She arranged for transportation taking into account both their walkers and ensuring there was a step to help their ability to get into and out of the van. She knew all the entrances and best routes to take for people with limited mobility. This is my sixth tour by locals and while they have all been excellent, Elina was the best guide I have ever had. Relaxed and perfect day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Barbara!!! I'm glad that your family enjoyed the tour!
Craig ParrishUnited States
This was our first time in Russia and did not know what to expect and we were impressed by the awe and beauty of the sites. Elina is a top notch tour guide and absolutely made our trip special. I cannot imagine that we could have found a better guide than Elina as she is extremely knowledgeable, personable and professional. Elina efficiently managed our pre-tour paperwork so that when we arrived on our ship we were able to pass through immigration without any delays. Our driver, Demitry was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Craig for your interest and humour during all the 3 days!!!
Lorey HalladaUnited States
We and our friends had toured with Elina the previous day, so when they left and it was just the 3 of us, we knew we were in for a treat. Elina is very knowledgable, very organized, and her English is impeccable. She was also very helpful in organizing tickets for the ballet and the Russian folk performance, including setting up a taxi for us that night and delivering tickets to us the next day, even though she was no longer our guide. We really enjoyed our time with her and recommend her to all!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again, Lorey!
Lorey HalladaUnited States
I chose Elina because of previous ratings on this site, and they were totally accurate. We learned a lot and had a great time, despite heavy rain and enormous crowds. In fact, I think one of Elina's best assets is her ability to guide her customers around the hordes of other tourists. That, and her incredible knowledge, good humor, and very pleasant personality. We had dinner together at the end of our tour, at a wonderful restaurant, and our entire group of 7 was sad to part with her afterward.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lorey, come back to see more of our beautiful city!!!
Sheila FreedUnited States
5 out 5. She was amazing and our favorite guide. Extremely knowledgeable yet flexible and fun. We can't wait to host her in the US!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Sheila, looking forward to meeting your family again!!!
Anne G.United Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Anne!
Michael ForslingUnited States
Elina was fantastic! We highly recommed her. Thx
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you much, you were a great group!
Michael DonatFolsom, CA, United States
Elina was absolutely amazing. I can't express how wonderful a job she did and how great her tour was. We spent two incredible days in St. Petersburg with Elina taking us everywhere. Her knowledge of the sites was comprehensive but what I think we appreciated most was how she kept our two children (11 and 14) entertained and engaged. There's a lot to see and do in St. Petersburg and Elina was excellent at knowing when it was to let the kids relax. I can't recommend Elina enough!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Michael!!! Your kids are so well behaved it was easy to keep them interested :) Come back to our beautiful city!
Robert SwitzUnited States
I don't even know where to begin with Elina. A warm beautiful personality and just a non-stop fountain of knowledge. An incredible command of history as well as art history and techniques. We went past our scheduled time but it did not matter to Elina...she wanted to make sure that we saw everything that was scheduled and left with a good experience. She is so warm we had an instant connection with her. Almost like family. I am convinced there is no better guide in St. Petersburg. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Robert and beautiful Josephine!!! It is so precious to hear from a high professional like you. Come back to our beautiful city:)
Alan CharinUnited States
Very knowledgeable and pleasant guide. Would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Alan!!!
Timothy A HickeyCincinnati, OHIO, United States
Elina was a great tour guide. We spent 2 days with her in St. Petersburg and enjoyed every minute. She was able to avoid long lines at Catherine's Palace and navigate around the large tour groups so we could enjoy the sights. We also had two lunches with her at Russian/Georgian restaurants which gave us a flavor of the country. I highly recommend her. 5 stars.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Tim!!!
Could not ask for a better guide Elena was vey knowledgeable and ensured we got the best of the tour. She adapted the tour to our liking and made many worthwhile suggestions. We had a wonderful day in St. Petersburgh. Certainly yes, we would recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Fred!!! Looking forward to meet you next year:)
Allan WinkworthUnited Kingdom
Elina was very flexible and able to accommodate last minute changes in the schedule. A very good & enjoyable tour. Elina showed her extensive knowledge of Art and the Hermitage. The French Impressionist works ebnable us to better interpret the genre and come away with a better knowledge of Russian artists.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Allan. Looking forward to meet you again!
Elina is an excellent guide. She's knowledgeable and very patient, she accommodated our request. She wait for us at the cruise terminal even though the immigration process has been delayed, she also give us and extra time for more city tour after finishing from the hermitage. The program was flexible to our group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Pratch, Ray & K:) You are very positive and energetic, come back to our sunny city!
Elina was a very proffesional guide with very much knowledge about everything she showed us and everything we asked about. In addition, she is a very nice person. We highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tusen takk, Gunnar! You were a fun group, pass my regards to Pier.
Mark A.Kingwood, TEXAS, United States
Elina is fully fluent in English, very knowledgeable about the magnificent sights throughout STP, and gave us some great insight into the palaces, churches, and the Hermitage, and more. We appreciated her friendly and confident manner, as she steered us around some very long lines for tickets! Elina took us to 2 very pleasant lunch restaurants, which we really enjoyed. You can trust Elina to take care of the details, so you can just enjoy your time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mark, thank you so much!!! It's great that you could enjoy the city. Welcome back to St.Petersburg!
Nanette MayberryUnited States
Our tour with Elina was wonderful! She showed us the amazing sights at Peterhof while avoiding long lines. She took us to a typical Russian restaurant where she helped us to pick out delicious things to try. We enjoyed her and her husband driver very much and learned so much about St Petersberg! Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Nanette! Come back to our beautiful city!
Natalia Orlova OienNorway
We had an enjoyable tour with guide Elina, who is very knowledgeable, competent and professional. Her pleasant personality and friendliness added to our most pleasant experience of Saint Petersburg as an enjoyable city. We will recommend her to friends who are going to Saint Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Natalia! I enjoyed my day with your company.
We really enjoyed our evening tour of St. Petersburg with Elina. It was wonderful to see the city at night with the lights on the buildings. Elina was extremely knowledgeable and made every effort to make sure that we stopped at locations which allowed us to take some beautiful photographs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sandra! Hope, you are enjoying your photographs as good memory of St Petersburg.
Leonard StudleyUnited States
Elina escorted me around the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. She is very knowledgeable about the museum and all the artwork. I was very pleased with that she was able to take me to see the Impressionist collection which has been moved to another building and my companions on the cruise ship tour were not able to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Leonard for your appreciation of art!
John McFaddenUnited States
Elina was STUNNING!!! Very responsive to email planning prior to arrival and very flexible to our needs (and weather), Elina's knowledge & demeanor are unsurpassed! Orchestration with the driver was perfect and the door-to-door service impeccable! I would have cancelled (and forfeited) my ship excursions and used her all 3 days in St Petersburg if she had not already been booked! We will not make that mistake again if we are ever lucky enough to visit here again. English is perfect, walking encyclopedia!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, John & Lesley!!! I would love to spend all the 3 days with your company as well! Warm regards to Chris & Liz :)
Elliot JaneUnited Kingdom
Elina is an excellent guide, very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. We had a fantastic trip, even in some bad weather and she couldn't do more to make our trip any better. Her partner was the driver and she was the guide and we had a mini-van for 4 people, providing plenty of room. Getting through customs was a breeze and the working of the tour from ship and back was well thought through. Saw all the sights we wanted and all I can say is 2 days in Saint Petersburg is not enough!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your optimism despite the rain, Elliot, Cassie, Sherry and (uncle) Gary :)
Elina is a charming personality and we enjoyed her tour immensly. Her Eenglish is impeccable. Thank you so much for giving us an unforgettable experience at the Hermitage!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Arto&Maarit, I enjoyed giving a tour to you, do come back!
Elina was extremely helpful and informative. We were able to visit all the main sights in the 2 days we had booked with her. She also took us to lovely restaurants for lunch on both days where we were able to try Gorgian and Russian food and vodka:) we absolutely enjoyed the lunch! Not only is St Petersburg a beautiful city but Elina made our overall experience of the city memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Aunali&Arwa, come to our beautiful city!
Jacqueline LassenUnited States
We had an amazing time in Russia,thanks to Elina and her husband,we saw much more than anyone did on the cruise ship,and for much less.Elina had everything booked so that we had no waiting in lines,and the guide she had for us in Moscow was also great.This really was the highlight of our trip,we would recommend Elina to anyone!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jacky and family! I'm glad you saw Russia in such a short stay :)
Victoria WilsonUnited Kingdom
Having contacted Elina several months prior to our visit we decided on a two and a half day programme to suit our requests. At every stage Elina was informative and helpful organising our programme, making changes as requested and ensuring we had all the necessary documentation for disembarking the ship. We had a wonderful time with her, Elina is extremely knowledgeable and we have no hesitation in recommending her (and her driver) to anyone wishing to book a private guide in St Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Victoria&Terry! I'mglad that you will have wonderful memories of St.Petersburg:)
Ronald A BorchardtUnited States
Very informative, tailored some extra stops as we requested. We saw many things during our short visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Ron!
Gina PrattUnited States
We spent three days with Elina. She made everything we desired possible. Elina knew how to negotiate St. Petersburg sites so that there was no standing in line. She took us to amazing places to eat and made certain that we saw all of the fabulous sites in a leisurely, yet comprehensive manner. Hats off to Elina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Gina! Keep learning Russian and come back to practice more :)
Derek Zijun ZhouSingapore
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!
Warren ShangUnited States
Elina -pleasant, very knowledgeable on Russian history,very accommodating and email responsive. Only improvement is in some organizational skills for the following: * She had us email copies of all student IDs for museum discounts. Half the students did not bring their IDs with them thinking the copies had been sufficient. We were taken aback when she asked for them on the tour so some did not get discounts. * She forgot a headset and also misplaced her ticket to the gardens after we'd all gone through.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: In any museums you are required to have student IDs to get a discount, not copies. I should have told you that and been more clear. I apologise again that I forgot a headset in the bus which you didn't use in all the other museums where we had it as one member of you group didn't speak English
Joseph MicatrottoUnited States
Elina was not merely good she was like a walking computer with great personality. After our time on our first trip we felt SO well informed. I would put her at the top of any touring rating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Joe and Cani, it was a great pleasure to work with people full of energy, knowledge and sun like you :)
Yiu Kam WongHong Kong
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Yiu Kam!
Olga TsytsynUnited States
We enjoyed our tour. Elina is very knowledgeable and at the same time friendly person to be with. We spend two days with her, and both days were well spend. She was professional and at the same time Quick with the friendly suggestions and helping hand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Olga & Slava, say hello to your little princesses :)
Olga TsytsynUnited States
We enjoyed our tour. Elina is very knowledgeable and at the same time friendly person to be with. We spend two days with her, and both days were well spend. She was professional and at the same time Quick with the friendly suggestions and helping hand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Olga & Slava, say hello to your little princesses :)
Elina is very knowledgeable and professional, and extremely well spoken. Her commentary was insightful and timely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Tom! I learned much from you :)
Fabulous, lovely guide, very knowledgable, English excellent. Rated this as the best three day tour I have ever taken thanks to this guide. Great job Elina
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tamara for bringing sun to us :)
Lynette SmithUnited States
We had such a great time with Elina and her assistant. She is a fantastic tour guide, knowledgeable, friendly and adapted to all of our needs. We saw so much in St. Petersburg that our heads were over whelmed and there is not enough space to describe it. These our things that you must see for yourself. We were able to eat in all local places and really experience Russian cuisine. She was able to purchase tickets to all churches, museums we never had to stand in line. We would highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, you were a great team, saludos!
Jan HorneUnited States
My husband and I could not have been more pleased with our 2 day tour of St. Petersburg! Elina was a consummate professional, extremely knowledgeable, attentive to our needs and kept us on track to see as many sights as possible. She selected places for us to eat and all of them were wonderful! Our goal was to experience St. Petersburg as fully as possible and that was accomplished! We'll be coming back and next time we will be doing a 3 day tour with Elina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jan&John, thank you so much! It was a pleasure to show you around and I was impressed with your pace :)
Howard RobinsonUnited Kingdom
Where do we begin to express our grateful appreciation of a superb tour of an amazing city. 6 of us were expertly chauffeured in a comfortable minibus to some of the most amazing sites in the city.Elina's encyclopaedic knowledge was delivered in a gently instructive, confident & charming manner.Her organization of the 3 day tour couldn't be faulted, especially how she got us into the palaces before they became too crowded.Her recommendations of where to eat were much appreciated & enjoyed.Thank you Elina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Howard&Louise, Liz&David and Peter&Marianne, you were a superb group. Welcome back to our beautiful city!
Danny ForceUnited States
Very well versed on the city and its history. Stopped at all the major attractions and gave us detailed history of why it was important, what happened there, and we toured them if touring was allowed. Took pictures of us when asked as well, and even had a little gift for us when it was done. We were very fortunate to have her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Well Danny&K, I am glad that you liked the tour!
Linjie Chou ZanaduChina
Indeed an interesting experience, very good and attentive guide, authentic experience to see a Russian home; highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Linjie!
Norman DyerUnited States
Excellent guide and driver both days.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Norman!
Graham KempUnited Kingdom
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Elina which fully met all our expectations. Her English was excellent as was her knowledge of all the places we visited. We covered a lot of ground in the two days but Elina made it as easy as possible for us and was prepared to be flexible to fit in with our specific interests. All in all she made this a very successful visit for us and I would highly recommend Elina to anyone wanting to get the most from their visit to St Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Graham and Patricia. Come back to our beautiful city!
R William PearceUnited States
The tour with guide Elina and her driver was the best. She was an excellent guide with extensive knowledge of everything in the area, and especially the history. She had everything arranged for us ahead of time. We also ate (at our request) at a very good local restaurant for lunch. With only one day (8 hrs), we requested to see Catherine's Palace (which was very good choice) and Church of the Spilled Blood (another good choice). We are planning on going back and using her again.
Anne MascarenhasUnited States
Excellent guide! Elina brings the city and history of St. Petersburg to life. She is very friendly and thoughtful. She expertly guided us through the hermitage and brought a unique perspective to the paintings with her expert art knowledge. Overall, an outstanding 2 days!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Anne, it was a pleasure to work with you. Best wishes to Henry and your parents!
Thomas PallisterCongers, NY, United States
Our night tour in St Petersburg with Elina was everything we hoped for and we couldn't be more pleased. She was extremely personable and knowledgeable, and geared the tour to our wishes. At our request she even took pictures of my wife and I during which we had a lot of fun. Seeing St Petersburg at night shouldn't be missed and she made sure we saw it all. Elina and Tours By Locals were great!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Tom & Eloise!
Kenneth LaneUnited Kingdom
Excellent personal/private tour. We paid slightly less for 2 on this 2 day tour with a evening at the ballet than the prices on our cruise ship for a place on a coach for 40!Even had seats in the Royal Box as against the stalls. Elina and our driver were both informative and friendly and her knowledge of art was impressive making the museum visits a highlight. Personalised the trip with a metro trip, supermarkets,Perogies(?)for lunch with our hosts and much more. Highly recommend. Visa entry- no problems.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Ken & Beatrice! At 4 o'clock we remember you every day, it's sweet :)
William MillerChicago, ILLINOIS, United States
Elina is the best tour guide that we have every had. I cannot overstate her knowledge, efficiency, and professionalism. She is extremely intelligent and well educated (Art History). She has had her own business doing this for seven years, and is very professional and competent. We never waited in a line anywhere; she knew every bureaucrat and every security person at dozens of places; we got into the best and busiest restaurants and got the best tables. And, most of all, we like her: hated saying goodbye.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bill & Rhoda Ann, thank you for so kind words!!! Wait me in Chicago :)
Helen ShortUnited States
Elina was extraordinary. Very knowledgeable, great command of English. Flexible with schedule to ensure we did not duplicate things we were seeing on ship excursions. Provided insight into history and culture of the area. The driver was also great and got us into drop off and pick up spots that allowed us quick and easy access. Would recommend a tour with Elina to anyone visiting St. Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Helen, Michael, Martha and Malcolm. I enjoyed that day with you!
Anilkumar AgarwalUnited States
We were on a Baltic Capitals cruise and took a 2-day trip with Elina. She made our trip complete by covering all major attractions and our request to customize the trip. Elina was very flexible and helpful. She showed a couple of hidden gems and accommodated our changing itinerary. Elina also helped with tour tickets and local currencies. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Anil, Urmila, Aditya and Nikita, you are a wonderful family!
Very good transfer
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Welcome back!
John R.United Kingdom
The Hermitage is a fantastic museum, and there is so much to see. Elina was both very knowledgable and very friendly showing us round. She told us about the main rooms in the Winter Palace, and then took us to see the highlights of the paintings in the museum, explaining their significance. We would not have enjoyed it so much without her help. (She also made sure we had advance tickets, to save time getting in!)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, John. I'm glad that you liked the tour and I hope you had wonderful time in our beautiful city!
Josephine BatesUnited Kingdom
It was a tour tailored to our requests. Lovely guide Alexandra & lovely car & driver
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Josephine!
Marla SchroederUnited States
Elina was very flexible, knowledgable and upbeat. We were able to make adjustments throughout the day without wasting time. For example, her suggestion for lunch was fantastic. The food was excellent and she worked with the wait staff to make it very quick - which we needed that day. She was also very attentive to our groups personal physical needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Marla. I'm glad you liked your day, welcome back to St.Petersburg!
Carlton BettsUnited States
Elina - thanks so much for all your help in getting us together with our friends in St Petersburg. We especially enjoyed the lunch at your favorite restaurant.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Smoke! I enjoyed the day with you and your friends!
Clare NunnsUnited Kingdom
Elina was a very knowledgable guide in all respects and particularly in the development of painting. There had been a hiccup in the plan but it was all remedied beforehand and everything went like clockwork.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Clare, I enjoyed my time with you!
Sherry DaloisioUnited States
Elina was knowledgable easy to communicate with, and with a nice and happy positive attitude. She was flexible and her care for my needs and wants was readily apparent and much appreciated. I loved my time with her and hope I get to return and join her for another adventure someday. Highest rating. She is a big "A". She brought Russia to life for me!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sherry, you are a strong and happy lady!
Lydia StricklandUnited States
Unfortunately due to illness, Elina was not able to be our guide. She contacted me the night before and offered the services of her colleague instead. Sveta did a marvelous job and we covered all of the highlights and so much more. We enjoyed her company and her enthusiasm. English was excellent and knowledge unlimited.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Lydia. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour and the guide!
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.
Elina was absolutely amazing! Extremely knowledgeable and very flexible; she made sure we had a great time even when it meant she had to go a bit out of her way for us! Would definitely recommend it/her and we will certainly be back!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, pretty Catherine :)
Nicholas HollandUnited States
Elina deserves five stars out of five stars for guiding my wife around St. Petersburg and Tsarskoye Selo. Her knowledge about architecture, art, and history is broad and deep. Moreover, she is a well organized and effective communicator--one of those rare people who are natural teachers. Sincerely, Nicholas D. Holland/Linda Z. Holland
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Nicholas and Linda. You taught me a lot!
Good transfer very professional, I would recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Brett! I'm glad you enjoyed the ride.
Robert ReisnerUnited States
Elina did a great job. Even though she had scheduling difficulties on her side, she made it happen right on schedule. She's very personable, is a St Petersburg native and has near perfect english. It might not be for everyone but it was a fun, informative and very pleasant non touristy experience. Would do again with Elina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Robert. So fast review, I am impressed! ;)
We highly recommend Elina. She was wonderful, her knowledge superb & we felt very comfortable with her on our tour of palaces in StPetersburg. We will seek her out if we return.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Greg! Vegemite was not so bad :)
David EnglishUnited Kingdom
Excellent tour, Elina is very knowledgeable and thoughtful to our party, highly recommended. David UK.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, David!
Sandra B.Kambah, ACT, Australia
Elina did a great job of organising and running this tour. She explained the history of the places and things we were seeing really well. I feel that we got a really good first look at St Petersburg - we saw far more, and in a far more personal way than people in larger tour groups - and I'd now love to come back and see even more of this beautiful city. I'd recommend Elina to anyone wanting to see St. Petersburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Sandra and welcome back!
Fred EbertingUnited States
Elina was probably the best tour guide we have ever had. She was extremely knowledgeable about every facet of the Russian experience. She managed our time wisely and was able to maximize the time we had available. Elina was also fun to be with and was flexible and able to adapt to our endurance and needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Fred. You were very energetic!
Richard LannamannUnited States
Elina was a terrific guide, highly knowledgeable, flexible and able to efficiently show us all the high points, while evidencing considerable depth of knowledge of art history. She also steered us to a very suitable restaurant for an informal bite before we had to rush off to the Mariinsky Theater.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Rick! I'm glad you liked the tour and dinner. You're very cheerful.
John BurkUnited States
The greatest tour yet!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Burk! Boris and Sophia pass greetings to you.
Linda MillerParadise Valley, AZ, United States
We had an outstanding tour with Elina! She and our driver, Hiymel were punctual, got us around the St. Petersburg traffic expertly and well coordinated. They are a fabulous team. Elina was a delight in every way, fun & perfect English! We were given a thorough tour of the city. We were particularly interested in the Hermitage. She possesses a depth of knowledge of this site offering interesting insights plus got us through before the throngs of larger tour groups arrived. She is an expert guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your treatment of us, Linda&Bill, Bruce&Jill! I am still learning: stirrup and goiter :)
Sandra KennedyStoney Creek, ON, Canada
Elina was a wonderful guide full of knowledge that she graciously shared with us. The highlights were our Russian lunches, and the many palaces we visited. Peterhof and the grounds were amazing. We would recommend Elina. She was eloquent, polite and open. We spent 3 full days with her :) choose her if you can. Cheers Sandi & Bill, Art and Colleen ( Canadians)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sandi&Bill, Art&Colleen, I enjoyed working with you and thank you for your sense of humor! Collage :)))
Anthony StewartUnited Kingdom
Elina and Alexi were great. Elina was very flexible to our needs especially considering we had two 90 years old with us. Weather was stunning, hot and sunny. Transport was good and we saw everything we wanted to. Private tours are definitely the way to go, many thanks Elina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Anthony, I am still impressed with your 90 year old couple!
Svein Inge H.Norway
Elina is a very good choice of guide in St. Petersburg. It feels like she knows everything about the places you visit, and about everything else. But everything about the places certainly many other guides can too, so an important thing when Elina is that she is a very pleasant person to be with. She has a wonderful personality and treats people in a very good way. Maximum score without doubt!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Svein! You are a very nice person to be with :)
Dawn FriendUnited States
Elina provided an outstanding tour of St. Petersburg, from meeting us at the train station, arranging an impromptu boat tour and a quick lunch and then finishing the planned sites with time for dinner. Her knowledge of art made the visit to the Hermitage much more interesting than the typical "head sets". She thoroughly explained everything we saw and provided the flexibility we needed for a quick visit. Her English and professionalism was outstanding. In spite of the terrible weather, a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Dawn! The weather was wet, come back when it is sunny :)
Robert SchmauderUnited States
Elina was great. Would recommend her to anyone. Hard to believe anyone else could be better.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you, Robert & C :) I enjoyed working with you!
Paul WatfordUnited States
Elina was personable and informative. Our trip to Russia was 2 wks before my son started college in London and 4 wks before the G20 conference so Elina gave us the local perspective of international relations helping us broaden our appreciation for Russian history and culture. We traveled to all the historical sites and discovered that Elina is a true lover and specialist on the art at the Hermitage and great catherdrals in St. Petersburg. Lunch at two wonderful authentic restuarants and a menu to take.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I've never been to Chicago but now I know it better :) Thank you!
First class guide,we had visited SPB before but on this occasion got to see many things in greater depth & with genuine local knowledge.Totally flexible & willing to discuss present & past candidly.Whether you have knowledge of SPB or not Elina will provide you with a tour to remember.Her driver Igor also deserves praise, he negotiates the sometimes chaotic traffic superbly & safely
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Come back to wear valenki or I will come to see platypus :)
Angela ClarkUnited Kingdom
Elina is first rate, she presented St Petersburg to us on a plate. With only two days to get a taste of the city she excelled. I recommend her to you, her knowledge of history and art, her passion for St Petersburg, and pleasing personality and beautiful smiles, enjoy. Oh and her flawless English which is only one of her 5 languages. August 2013 Cruise
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Angela! You were a company to enjoy. I wish I had spoken 5 languages ;)
Sunil RaoUnited Kingdom
Elina had organised our trip to perfection ! She is very pleasant to interact with, very knowledgeable about the tourist destinations and was extremely patient in dealing with our queries n requests. Her recommendations for shopping, food and theatre were bang on. Thanks a lot Elina for planning our trip so well. Best Wishes !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sunil for a pleasant gift, my son enjoys it :)
Stephen Schoenbaum, M.D.United States
excellent guide; nice and well informed !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nice couple!