Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in St Petersburg Russia by Tour Guide Irina P. (Guide #631)


Richard Riley

United States
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Tour: #2050, Shore Excursions - 2 Days. Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 5/18

Irina was wonderful! On time...and so much important information was shared. Answered all of our questions. A delightful tour! Thanks so much.

Aleksandr Kigel

United States
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Tour: #2050, Shore Excursions - 2 Days. Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 14/18

wow!!!!

Abby Pruitt

la jolla, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 9/18

We spent a fabulous and interesting morning touring the Hermitage and surrounding buildings with Irina. She knows everything there is to know about the buildings and the artwork, and guided us through the museum (before it opened to the public) on a "greatest of the great" half day tour. Our entire family learned so much and enjoyed all of the time we spent with Irina. She is friendly, knowledgeable, warm, and a pleasure to spend time with.

Abby Pruitt

la jolla, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #2012, Half day St. Petersburg Private City Tour (by car/mini bus), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 8/18

We loved spending a morning touring St. Petersburg with Irina! She is warm, friendly, professional and very knowledgable about St. Petersburg's history, churches and historical sites. She took our family of four around efficiently, tailored the tour to our interests, and taught us all interesting facts about her city. She is a wonderful tour guide and we recommend her highly.

Angela Trusty

United States
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Tour: #2050, Shore Excursions - 2 Days. Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 31/18

Irina promptly answered my questions before the trip & took care of all the necessary info to enter Russia. The itinerary was magical - private canal tour, Catherine's Palace, Amber Room, Peterhof/Fountain park, Peter & Paul Fortress, Church of the Savior of the Spilled Blood, Hermitage/Winter Palace. We never had to wait in line. Irina is very knowledgeable about St. Petersburg, art and history. We all learned a lot without feeling like we were in a boring history class. Loved the tour - she's the best!

Ian David Galashan

United Kingdom
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Tour: #39389, Shore Excursions - 1 Day. Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 30/18

Excellent tour. Irina was a lovely lady, very knowledgeable and passionate about all aspects of Russian history and art. She spoke excellent English, and answered all our questions. Highly recommended tour and guide.

Sharan McKeegan

United States
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Tour: #2012, St. Petersburg Private City Tour - 3 hours in the evening, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 17/18

Sharan McKeegan

United States
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Tour: #2050, Shore Excursions - 2 Days. Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 17/18

Lisa Myers

United States
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Tour: #2012, Transfers during St Petersburg stay(by car/mini bus), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 16/18

In addition to providing us with great tours, Irina arranged transport for our family of four when we visited St. Petersurg in June. The driver and service was outstanding. Clean vehicle, friendly driver, and everything was on time and went smoothly. It provided a great comfort to have the transports to and from the airport as well as a side trip to the stadium all arranged ahead of time.

Lisa Myers

United States
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Tour: 3 days in St.Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 16/18

Irina is a wonderful guide. She speaks excellent English and is very friendly. She arranged for three days of tours on our recent visit to Saint Petersburg. Her knowledge of the city's history and art is extensive and she was flexible and able to adjust plans based on the needs of our two kids, including one picky eater. She also helped us arrange transport to and from our lodging which was very helpful. We really enjoyed our tours with Irina and highly recommend her.

Fred Shriner

United States
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour and museums., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 29/18

Irina was pleasant, cooperative, very knowledgeable, flexible, and she had spoke excellent English. Irina arranged a car with a driver for us. This is the best way to see St. Petersburg and other places of interest in the area. Having a driver solves the parking problem and provided a more enjoyable experience when we were delivered to and picked up from the door step of each attraction. A full day with Irina and the use of the car with a driver was reasonably priced.

Fred Shriner

United States
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour and museums., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 28/18

Irina was pleasant, cooperative, very knowledgeable, flexible, and she had spoke excellent English. Irina arranged a car with a driver for us. This is the best way to see St. Petersburg and other places of interest in the area. Having a driver solves the parking problem and provided a more enjoyable experience when we were delivered to and picked up from the door step of each attraction. A full day with Irina and the use of the car with a driver was reasonably priced.

Jenelle Brazel

Russia
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Tour: 3 days in St.Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Apr 30/18

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of St Petersburg. Irina was a wonderful guide, her knowledge was exceptional.

Richard Stern

Switzerland
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour and museums., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Oct 23/17

Super tour! Irina is a very knowledgeable guide who gets the story and message across perfectly. We had a 6 hour tour with van and driver and saw so much of the city, but still left us wanting more. We stopped for a delicious lunch in a perfect setting. Her command of English is 5-star. We highly recommend Irina especially for an introduction to St. Petersburg. Excellent!

Resa Francisco

Philippines
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Tour: #2050, 2 Days. Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 20/17

Sharon Mayo

Australia
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Tour: #2050, 2 Days. Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 2/17

We spent 2 fabulous days in St Petersburg with Irina who was extremely knowledgeable & pleasant to be with. Communication with Irina was great, We had several emails prior to arriving in St Petersburg & she was very happy to accommodate our requests including purchasing tickets to the ballet. We would thoroughly recommend Irina as your guide & using Tours by Locals.

Lorraine Burio

United States
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Tour: 4 days in St.Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 21/17

Irina was wonderful, English perfect. Her suggestions were just what we were looking for. Couldn't have been happier. Thank you Lorraine

Miranti Firdaus

Indonesia
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour and museums., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 19/17

Absolutely wonderful. With such short period of time, we could experience so much from this tour without any rush. Irina was very friendly and informative, each landmark we visited become more interesting with the background information. Her recommendation was also spot on. Thank you so much for making our visit memorable.

Brett Broyles

United States
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Tour: #2012, Half day St. Petersburg Private City Tour (by car/mini bus), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 31/17

John Dugene

United States
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Tour: #2037, Peterhof Fountains and Grand Palace - Private St Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 16/17

A great, iconic tour well-led by Irina. She was very knowledgeable and responsive to my interests for this private tour. A definite 5-star rating for the guide and tour. I look forward to touring with Irina again and highly recommend her.

John Dugene

United States
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 15/17

A wonderful introduction to St. Petersburg visiting several important sights and spending time being privately guided through the Hermitage. Many thanks Irina! You were wonderful.

Benjama Witoonchart

United States
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Tour: #2050, Shore Excursions - 2 Days. Private St. Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 13/17

Dianne Berman

United States
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Tour: Private St.Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions - Three days in the City. (with Pavlovsk and Yusupov Palace)., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 10/17

Irina was a wonderful tour guide, extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of St. Petersburg's culture and history. We were excited each day when we were picked up for a day's tours, the time just seemed to fly by. Irina was very willing to accommodate our requests as well as to lead the tour at our own individual pace. I would highly recommend her as an exceptionally well qualified, and competent tour guide, she certainly was a large part of our fabulous experience in St. Petersburg.

Julie W.

United States
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Tour: #33298, Shore Excusions -3 Days .Private St.Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 13/17

Irina was a terrific guide for our family including grandma and teenagers - She is extremely knowledgeable and interesting, flexible and friendly. Irina created a fantastic itinerary for us and adapted it to our interests. Logistics were perfect. I highly highly highly recommend her.

Christine Barnes

United Kingdom
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Tour: Private St.Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions-Relaxed program. Two Days in the City., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 8/17

My husband and I, my dad and brother all booked two days excursions with Irina. My dad was in a wheelchair so we asked for that to be taken into consideration. Irina was brilliant at planning two short days for us from 9am to 3pm. We cannot speak highly enough of Irina and was so glad we did not go on a tour with a big coach load. It meant we could have more flexibility and a personal service from a very knowledgeable tour guide. Best money spent!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Christine!

Diane S.

United States
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Tour: #30123, Catherine Palace ,Pavlovsk , Peterhof +day in the city, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 7/17

We toured with Irina for 2 days, one outside St. Petersburg to take in the fabulous Russian Imperial palaces and the second in the city to see many of the key sights and take a great boat tour on the canals. Irina is a pleasure. Tons of knowledge peppered with a friendly and outgoing personality. Not only did she organize great experiences for us but, through great conversations, Irina became our new friend in Russia. The driver she works with is wonderful as well.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was a real pleasure to take you around!

Elizabeth B.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour with inside visits., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 30/16

The perfect way to see the main highlights of this wonderful city with the perfect guide for the job. Irina had the knack of ensuring that we were in the right place at the right time to get the most from our time; so much was included but at no time did we feel rushed. There was even time for shopping and a wonderful lunch in a local restaurant that we would not have found alone. So many amazing sights with Irina's incredible local knowledge - the only way to see St Petersburg! Highly recommended.

Elizabeth B.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #2037, Peterhof Fountains and Grand Palace - Private St Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 29/16

Irina has an incredible local knowledge which makes a day at the palace & fountains the most interesting of days. She manages to bring to life the interior of the palace before a most relaxing time wandering in the grounds discovering many things that we would never have found on our own. Irina manages to time her tour to beat the crowds which gives more time to enjoy this wonderful place. We travelled with elderly parents and Irina went out of her way to ensure that they were not rushed or tired.

Ross Duff

United States
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 26/16

Our group of 4 hired Irina for 3 days just before our Viking cruise last week of September 2016. We texted back and forth numerous times planning our time together. Irina speaks perfect idiomatic English. She is fun, knowledgeable, flexible. My main reason for choosing her was for her to take us to see what we wanted to see in the Hermitage museum, and then we left the rest up to her. We used her private driver and saw so much more than we could have on our own. We were 100 percent satisfied.

Juliet Bickerton

United Kingdom
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Tour: #2012, St. Petersburg Private City Tour + Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 23/16

We had a great tour with Irina. She was engaging, extremely knowledgeable, and easy to be around, enhancing our day enormously.

Marilyn Macaulay

United States
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 9/16

Irina P. met us on time at our hotel to take us to the Winter Palace. She guided us through the five buildings of the Winter Palace(Hermitage) . She catered her tour for us to highlight our specific interest in Art. Her degree in Art History really enhanced our appreciation of artists & their art. She is a wonderful personable tour guide and we hope to see her again soon when we return to St. Petersburg. She's the BEST!!!

Bill Allen

Canada
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Tour: #2012, Half day St. Petersburg Private City Tour (by car and boat), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 1/16

After having spent a wonderful sunny day the day before, this was a bit of a let down. It was quite overcast and cool but still enjoyable. Had the days been reversed it would have been much more enjoyable. Once again Irina and the driver, Nicolai, were fantastic! Nicolai got the van through traffic with such skill and ease it was a pleasure to sit back and relax as we passed these big tour buses and finding parking spaces they could only dream about. All in all a wonderful experience of St. Petersburg!

Bill Allen

Canada
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Tour: #2012, Half day St. Petersburg Private City Tour . Visa free, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 31/16

Irina was wonderful!! She made our Russian experience memorable with both her knowledge of St. Petersburg and her charm. We really lucked out on the weather, the traffic and Irina. A fantastic day.

Gord Stewart

Canada
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Tour: #39389, Private St. Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions - Main Sights in One Day., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 26/16

Irina P. delivered a tour exactly as detailed in our plan. She met the ship, spoke perfect English was knowledgeable about SPB and answered all our questions. Irina was flexible to adjust the tour to our energy level and interest. She was very informative during the Hermitage tour making sure we saw all the highlights . She has a background in Art History which was very interesting. We would highly recommend her as an knowledgeable, professional tour guide.

Howard Whitford

United States
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Tour: #33298, Private St.Petersburg Tour: Shore Excusions -Three Days in the City (with Yusupov Palace and canal tour)., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 20/16

Irina was a very professional and competent guide as well as considerate and personable. She guided us to more sites in less time than we could have accomplished otherwise.I would not hesitate to use her again or highly recommend her to others.We appreciated her efforts and enjoyed her knowledge of St. Petersburg.Many thanks and best wishes.

Diana S.

Germany
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 18/16

Irina P. was our tour guide for the Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg. It was very enjoyable and interesting. She showed us little details we would never have seen or known without her. She piqued our interest and inspired us with her love for art, and didn't just throw historical data out of context at us as some guides might do. This tour was the highlight of our stay in St Petersburg, even for our (teenage) kids. Thanks again Irina!

Jeffrey F.

United States
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Tour: #115303, Private tour to Novgorod - old capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 15/16

This was a wonderful day trip from St Petersburg. A bit off the beaten path, but we really enjoyed our visit to Novgorod. Irina was a wonderful guide and knows the area very well. We were jet lagged and needed to start the trip later in the day; if you do this tour you should follow Irina's advice and start the tour earlier so as to spend more time in the the wooden village museum. We would definitely rebook with Irina in the future!

Harold Kaye

United States
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 30/16

just cannot get a better or more flexible guide .She comes with a driver who is excellent.She is knowledgeable friendly and accommodating,

Eileen C.

United States
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions -Three Days in the City. Variant 3 (with Faberge Museum), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 14/16

Outstanding! Irina is one of the best guides we have toured with- she is professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. She catered to the needs of diverse members of our group of ten, answered questions and provided local insight to our three days in St. Petersberg. It was a pleasure to tour with her.

Michael Walter

United Kingdom
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour+ Faberge Museum, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 18/16

This was a very special day for us. Irina used her obvious skill and experience to guide us expertly around the many areas of the Palace, avoiding crowds and focusing on the most interesting exhibits from the vast collection. Her knowledge of art history was particularly valued and appreciated as an added dimension to a most informative and enjoyable visit.

Kimberly Smith

United Kingdom
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Tour: #2037, Peterhof Fountains and Grand Palace - Private St Petersburg Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Apr 30/16

This tour was fantastic! Our guide Irina was very informative. The tour was tailored to our specific requests without any problems. I would highly recommend this tour with Irina.

Pimpan Netnoparat

Thailand
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg Tour: Catherine Palace (with Amber Room) and Grand Palace in Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Apr 21/16

Pimpan Netnoparat

Thailand
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Tour: #2012, Half day St. Petersburg Private City Tour (by car/mini bus), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Apr 20/16

Wolfgang Pordzik

Potomac, MD, United States
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour with inside visits., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Dec 28/15

My wife and I spent a wonderful day with Irina - who went out of her way. Irina is extremely familiar with Saint Petersburg, she will get you to all sights - providing sophisticated in depth historical background, mixing in insights about contemporary Sait Petersburg. Irina is flexible and will adjust to your interests, if you so desire. We can recommend Irina to anybody who wants to explore this wonderful city. Irina is a 5 Star+ very kind tour guide.

Paul Fretheim

United States
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg Tour: Luxurious Catherine Palace +city tour. Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Oct 5/15

Irina is knowlegable and works very hard to make sure you have a good trip. I ask a lot of questions yand she was happy to answer them. She went out of her way to help me solve some problems acting as a translator. She has a degree in art history and you can tell that she is dedicated to her work and loves guiding her clients.

Jane W.

Victoria, BC, Canada
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 16/15

Jane W.

Victoria, BC, Canada
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 15/15

Irina was a splendid guide, she deftly maneuvered us through the maze of galleries at the Hermitage. Irina has a wide range of knowledge of art history and not only were my memories of art history classes I had taken many years ago revived, but she also had many interesting new pieces of information. Her English is nuanced and excellent, she is an excellent communicator, and very approachable and friendly.

Robert Hollett

Australia
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Tour: Private St.Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions-Relaxed program. Two Days in the City., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Sep 6/15

The tour of StPetersberg was the highlight of our cruise.Irina spoke perfect english and her knowledge of the area and highlights was excellent.Thanks Irina for making our tour so relaxed.

Eileen Ludden

United States
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Tour: #2050, Private St. Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions -Two Days in the City.Variant 1 (with Catherine Palace), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 23/15

What a pleasure it was to have Irina for a guide. Beyond excellent English, Irina has a fabulous grasp of history and art history. She gave excellent descriptions of exhibits, adapted points of interest for my 11 year old sword obsessed daughter, answered our many geeky history questions (spouse is a history buff). All this while artfully guiding us around crowds to maximize our sightseeing. My 70+ year old parents (who've toured St P twice before) said she was their best guide.

John Lintell

Australia
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg Tour: Luxurious Catherine Palace (with Amber Room), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 22/15

For my wife and I, Irina was an integral part of 2 fabulous days in St Petersburg. Very knowledgeable, perfect english, excellent organisation of tours, great company. Irina will always be a part of our fond memories of this city. Highly recommend.

John Lintell

Australia
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Tour: One day in the city, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 21/15

For my wife and I, Irina was an integral part of two fabulous days in St Petersburg. Very knowledgeable, perfect english, excellent organisation of tours, great company. Irina will always be part of our fond memories of this city. Highly recomend.

Wolf Von Kumberg

United Kingdom
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Tour: Three days. Customized tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 13/15

Irena was one of the best guides that we have had. We had her guide us to the some of the most important sites in St Petersburg as well as to some off he beaten track. She as not only knowledgable but also courteous and polite. We had a thoroughly good time with her. We would not hesitate to use her again.

Eric Nelson

United States
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Tour: #2050, Private St. Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions -Two Days in the City.Variant 1, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 22/15

Our tour of St. Petersburg was a great experience. We visited so many historical sites and learned a lot about the history of this majestic city. By the end of our second day our children were worn out but more than one of then had indicated that this was their favorite tour and guide out of all of the tours for our trip. Irina adapted our tour activities to our families needs and interests. I highly recommend Irina and this tour for any family visiting St. Petersburg.

Casey Danielson

United States
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 16/15

An awesome day in an awesome place with an awesome guide - the Hermitage with Irina. Her English is perfect, she understands art, and knows how to make the most of your time. We toured the Old Masters in the main galleries with Irina and visited the Shchukin/Morozov Impressionist/Post Impressionist collection (in a separate building across Palace Square, on the same ticket) on our own. Be aware - those works are a bit scattered, so give yourself at least two hours there. Excellent tour! Casey 7/2015

Elizabeth B.

United States
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Tour: #2037, Peterhof Fountains and Grand Palace, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 15/15

Greatly enjoyed spending the day in St. Petersburg with Irina. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating to our requests. She was instrumental in enhancing our visit.

Bev Chertkow

South Africa
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Tour: #2050, Private St. Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions -Two Days in the City.Variant 1, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 9/15

We spent 2 days with Irina in St Petersburg in July in the height of the season She has a lovely personality, interacts well, is extremely knowledgable and very organized. She moved us efficiently through the Hermitage absolutely avoiding the crowds - it was only on our return after speaking to others who had toured SP with cruise lines previously did I really appreciate the magic of what she had accomplished - we were NEVER caught up in a morass of tourists

Louise Nobel

United States
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Tour: #2012, Extra fee for the Grand Palace and canal tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 30/15

Louise Nobel

United States
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Tour: #2050, Private St. Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions -Two Days in the City.Variant 1 (with Catherine Palace), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 30/15

Kenneth Jernstedt

United States
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Tour: Four days in St.Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 25/15

"Our travel agent booked my wife and I with Irina for four days to guide us in/around St. Petersburg in June of 2015. She was excellent, tops--a ten on a scale of one to ten! We have had some recent experience using guides in Beijing and in Florence. Those guides were very good--but not as good as Irina. She is well-versed in art, architecture, and Russian history: she shared her extensive knowledge with us generously. She was also fun and energetic

Philip Mayne

United Kingdom
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Tour: Russian Museum tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 18/15

Irina is a very knowledgeable about her subject and makes the tour very interesting indeed. The biggest compliment I can pay her, is that time went so quickly I didn't notice 3 hours go by . Her enthusiasm and passion for her city is very clear throughout the tour.

Walton Childs

United States
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Tour: #33298, Private St.Petersburg Tour: Shore Excusions -Three Days in the City. Variant 1., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 8/15

Excellent guide.. knowledgeable..personable..compassionate..art historian...I would recommend her to anyone..

Martha Garzon

Mexico
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Tour: #77480, Half day walking tour of St.Petersburg downtown, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 2/15

Catharine Ozols

Canada
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Tour: Winter walking tour. Low season offer!, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jan 4/15

Turns out Irina was not available so we toured with Maria instead. What a great experience. We learned so much about the history of St. Petersburg and about the buildings we visited.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Catharine, I'm very glad you enjoyed the tour with Maria. Thank you for the kind words!

Alan Anderson

United States
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Tour: Private St.Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions-Relaxed program. Two Days in the City., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Sep 8/14

Irina gave us the BEST tour ever in ST. Petersburg. I would highly recommend her to anyone as she is knowledgeable, and extremely flexible. She will find out what you really want and change on the go if you want to. This was during time of Ukraine Crisis so we did have a little safety concern. There is absolutely no security issues. Your guide will make sure everything is safe and secure. St. Petersburg is a beautiful city with a great history and it is very safe to travel there. GREAT GREAT Tour.

Candy Bagley

United States
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Tour: transportation and a drive to the airport, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Sep 5/14

The guide was very helpful and spoke wonderful English. A perfect ending to our trip.

Candy Bagley

United States
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Tour: #77480, Half day walking tour of St.Petersburg downtown, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 5/14

We spent the day in St. Petersburg With Irina. We had been there three days with Viking, Irina took us inside Church on Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's for great tour and explanation. We had lunch with Irina and our driver, Igor, at a cafe in the theater district. Thanks to Irina our last day is St. Petersburg was well spent.

Douglas Turner

New Zealand
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Tour: Private St.Petersburg Tour: Shore Excursions - Three Days in the City., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 23/14

Irina gave us a thorough introduction to many parts of St Petersburg. Our visits with her to the Russian Museum and the Hermitage were incredible learning experiences. All our visits over the three days were planned for our enjoyment and gave us glimpses into life in this great city. This was a highlight of the cruise port visits. Many thanks Irina.

Margie Rotchford

United States
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Tour: #2037, Peterhof Fountains and Grand Palace, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 8/14

5 out of 5!!! I recommend Irina to anyone visiting St. Petersburg!

Margie Rotchford

United States
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg Tour: Luxurious Catherine Palace (with Amber Room), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 6/14

Irina went above and beyond our expectations. She is a wonderful tour guide. I highly recommend her. 5 out of 5!!!

Maria Borg

Malta
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Tour: Three days. Customized tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 8/14

We just spent 3 days with Irina P of Toursbylocals in St Petersburg and Novgorod.We (2 adults and 2 teenagers) found the tour to be very informative.She was very helpful with any questions we asked and it is very evident that she is well prepared and very knowledgeable of Russian history and cultures.

Adrian King

United States
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Tour: #2050, Two Days in the City, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 2/14

Irina was great. Very, very knowledgeable (particularly if you are into art) and easy to travel around with. Excellent English also. Highly recommended.

Fiona Wong

Malaysia
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour with inside visits., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 2/14

We had a great tour with our two young children

Fiona Wong

Malaysia
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Tour: #2012, Half day St. Petersburg City Tour (by car/mini bus), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 1/14

This is our second tour with Irina and she was very informative and accommodating especially with travelling with two young children . Thank you , Irina!

Rosalind Rosenblatt

United Kingdom
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Tour: Shore excursions: Two days in the city with Jewish sights., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: May 27/14

We arrived at the end of May and the weather was cold and raining Irena was able at short notice to change the tour of the gardens at the Peterhof and take us to an indoor market and see the subway which was fascinating something we wouldn't have otherwise seen .The big sights like the Hermatarge and Catherine's palace Irena was very knowledgeable.As we were going to the ballet she arranged for a taxi to take us and collect. We had a very nice two days with a very professional and interesting guide.

Lisa Cogliati

United States
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour and walking tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 16/14

Irina was a great tour guide. She met us at the Hermitage and had tickets ready so we did not need to wait in line. She knows about all of the art and was very flexible to show us what we were really interested in and the top highlights. She also created a custom tour so that we could see some of the other sights and learn about the St. Isaac's Cathedral and nearby statues. Very knowledgeable about the city and its art!

Ann T.

United Kingdom
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Tour: Russian Museum tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: May 3/14

Ann T.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 2/14

Irina was very knowledgeable both of the exhibits and how to get the best out of the Hermitage, paying attention to our wishes. Just what we hoped for, having heard how other visitors had been disappointed, so glad we decided to have a guide, and very pleased we chose Irina.

Ann T.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #2012, Half day St. Petersburg City Tour (by car/mini bus), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 1/14

Very useful introduction to StP, its history and architecture. We appreciated the introduction to the Metro, the market and the Singer Café. The route was a bit muddled due to many road closures on May 1st, if Irina had had a map and pointed out where we were going that would have helped our confusion and made our subsequent afternoon walkabouts easier. Very informative and friendly guide.

Bob (Robert) Hawkins

United States
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Apr 30/14

Irina was terrific!

Alicia Argano

United States
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Tour: Winter walking tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Feb 9/14

Outstanding! 5 stars is not enough. Irina is extremely knowledgable and energetic. Her passion for the arts and history shine in her detailed tour. You will not be disappointed.

Danny Keyes

United Kingdom
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Tour: #2037, Peterhof Fountains and Grand Palace, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Sep 19/13

A fantastic tour. Irina was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The pace of the tour was perfect, there was enough time to stop and enjoy the gardens and the palace. To take photographs where and when we wanted. We never felt rushed or that we should move on to see more. I suppose the best thing I could say is that if I'm ever fortunate enough to go back to St Petersburg I would certainly book another tour and would hope that it was one that Irina is a guide on. A really great day out.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Danny! It was my pleasure to guide you.

Jill Bowler

United Kingdom
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Tour: #2037, Peterhof Fountains and Grand Palace, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 14/13

Irina was extremely well informed and guided us through Peterhof at just the right pace for a family of 5. We all thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the awe inspiring palaces, for the appreciation of the restoration , the history of the families through to the fun of the trick fountains. We were all impressed with the organisation, collecting us from the port and making sure we found our hotel in the city centre at the end of the tour. It was a really enjoyable day.

James E. Walden

United States
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Tour: #2012, General St. Petersburg walking tour+Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Aug 8/13

Irina is an exceptional guide. She is very knowledgable about art, literature, Russian culture, history and architecture. It was a pleasure to spend 2 days with her in St Petersburg. She has a a great personality and is professional, helpful and flexible.

Gary Deitsch

United States
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Tour: Private St.Petersburg Tour: Three Days in the City for Cruise Ships Passengers. Customized., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jul 17/13

We had Irina for 3 straight days 8-10 hours each day. She made our trip to St Petersburg. Truly most enjoyable. Very organized, flexible, knowledgeable, and extremely pleasant. We were on a 2 week cruise. She was the highlight. We were so happy we chose Irina for our guide. The driver, van and every small detail was just perfect. She even took care of Dinner and show arrangements for all of us-8 persons.

Douglas Welling

Chagrin Falls, OH, United States
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Tour: #2037, Peterhof Fountains and Grand Palace, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 13/13

Totally enjoyable, vey insightful, and absolutely worth every Ruble to have met Irina on our tour of Peterhof and St. Petersburg. This day with Irina and the driver was a highlight of our 10-day trip to Russia. Our family of four simply experienced so much more at a significantly greater depth than had we tried to tour Peterhof on our own. Thanks again Irina! We totally recommend you a for anyone seeking a high-quality tour experience in your home city. Regards, Doug, Vicki, Graham & Paula Welling

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Doug for your great review! I'm very glad you enjoyed the day and it was a pleasure to meet your wonderful family!

Anna Velasco

United States
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private Tour with the most popular museums, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 8/13

Irina was a dream guide! She took my three kids in stride. We had a long list of things we wanted to see, but she never made us feel rushed. She allowed us to linger when we wanted to and never once pushed us to the next attraction. Her commentary was fascinating, her English flawless and her personality was so sweet! We had a very memorable day with her and would recommend her in a heartbeat!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anna! It was a memorable day for me too, as the kids were really great travelers! It was a real pleasure for me.

Burton P.

United States
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Tour: #2012, St. Petersburg City Tour, Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 6/13

We were a group of four adults with just a day to see St Pete and still have time and energy for an afternoon at the Hermitage. Irina was just the guide for us. Time management was flawless. She planned a terrific tour of the city's highlights with wonderful perspective of its history and culture. For dessert, Irina treated us to a marvelous afternoon at the museum as both guide and art historian sharing her passion and depth of knowledge for the artwork, the artists and architecture. I highly recommend.

Aleta Lee

Canada
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Tour: Catherine Palace + Amber workshops + Yusupov Palace, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Jun 26/13

On the day of our tour, another guide arrived at our hotel to pick us up. She said that Irina had lost her voice. I think Irina should have at least sent us an email BEFORE that morning to inform us of the substitution. What's the point of choosing a guide for her education and specialization when you end up with a replacement that you don't know? While researching this guide, I had read on Tripadvisor that she sent another member a substitute guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I apologize again that I couldn't guide your group. I was sick that day and decided to wait until the last moment to see if I would get better and guide you. I sent you a message to apologize for that and made sure the tour was delivered by a professional, knowledgable and friendly tour guide. It was a customized tour and it would be a shame to miss it. Regards, Irina

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We spoke to the guide who was reminded of our substitution policy and now she is fully aware of the procedures to be followed in the rare cases a substitution is required.

Larry Bryant

United States
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour with inside visits., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jun 4/13

I toured St Pete with Irina P. on the last of a 10-day visit to Russia. I was worn out from tons of walking prior to this day, so it was a welcome format for me: an air conditioned Mercedes with an expert driver and Irina feeding me facts in excellent English. We stopped often throughout the 6-hour tour, for photo ops and interior tours of sites. The temp was 34 C. (nearly 100 degrees F.) but Irina was determined to deliver the full content of the tour. I highly recommend Irina P.

Lisa Gionet

United States
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private City Tour with inside visits., Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 16/13

Very professional guide, definitely knew her history and places to see. Made our visit to St. Petersburg a great one, would recommend Irina to anyone who is heading to St. Petersburg as a tour guide.

Alwyn Visser

South Africa
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Tour: Winter visit to Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Mar 30/13

The tour was by Diana Z., not Irina. The tour was too similar to the tour we had with Tatiana from your company the previous night. Diana discussed options with us and showed us what we wanted to see, which was great. She is knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It will be better if she talks clearer or louder.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr.Visser, let me say that you confused the date and didn't appear on the settled day :( I found you another guide (as we settled), who was available the next day, as I wasn't, but it was Maria, not Diana Z. and you went to the Hermitage and St.Isaac's Cathedral as far as I know...and it was your choice where to go. You could go anywhere, the tour was fully flexible.

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: It is ToursByLocals policy that in the case where the guide actually giving the tour cannot be the person shown on our website, the customer is told before booking and agrees to the change.

Sheila Calhoun

United States
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Dec 27/12

Irina made the visit to the Hermitage truly memorable. I couldn't believe how lucky we were to have someone so knowledgeable

Sheila Calhoun

United States
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Tour: Private St. Petersburg Tour: Luxurious Catherine Palace (with Amber Room), Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Dec 26/12

I can't believe how lucky we were to have found a guide so perfect as Irina. She was amazing with our kids and gave us so many helpful tips for navigating the city every day after our tour was over every day.

Sheila Calhoun

United States
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Tour: #2012, General St. Petersburg City Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Dec 25/12

Irina gave us the most magical Christmas day ever!! She met us at the train station (with Christmas gifts for the kids) and whisked us away to St. Nicholas Cathedral where we were allowed to witness the service. She even managed to make it snow for us that day. It was our first day with her, but we were so impressed that we booked another tour for every day that we were there!

Sheila Calhoun

United States
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Tour: Pick up from the railway station, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Dec 25/12

Irina completely took the stress out of arriving in a foreign city. She was waiting with a sign, so we easily recognized her. It was the beginning of a fabulous vacation in St. Petersburg. If we ever get back to that city. I would definitely book her again!!

Henrietta L.

Hong Kong
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Tour: Private St.Petersburg Tour: 4 Days in the City, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Oct 1/12

Irina is one of the best guides we've had. She is very knowledgeable on the history, arts and architecture of St Petersburg. She is very helpful and friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone visiting St Petersburg.

Dan Jernigan

United States
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Tour: Private St.Petersburg Tour: 3 Days in the City, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Date: Aug 5/12

Irina was great. We asked for two and half days, and we got a varied and packed agenda. She was very pleasant, flexible, and knowledgeable. We will be recommending her to others heading to St Petersburg.

Jennifer Gardner

United States
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: Jul 24/12

Arrived promptly at arranged time. Irina was very knowledgeable and professional and we were quite satisfied with our private tour - I would highly recommend her to others visiting St. Petersburg. She made it easy to get into the Hermitage without the long lines and to lead us through the rooms to see the key works of art and areas of interest to us and was able to answer all of our questions.

Clare Witnish

Australia
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Tour: #2018, St. Petersburg Private Tour with the most popular museums, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 14/12

Brilliant guide - excellent knowledge of history. very good English

Clare Witnish

Australia
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Tour: #2031, Private St. Petersburg Hermitage Tour, Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia    view tour
Date: May 13/12

Brilliant guide - excellent knowledge and information