Angela TrustyUnited States
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!
Sharan McKeeganUnited States
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.
Benjama WitoonchartUnited States
Eileen LuddenUnited States
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.
Eric NelsonUnited States
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.
Bev ChertkowSouth Africa
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 NobelUnited States
Adrian KingUnited States
Irina was great. Very, very knowledgeable (particularly if you are into art) and easy to travel around with. Excellent English also. Highly recommended.
Judith BentleyOostburg, WI, United States
We were scheduled to tour St. Petersburg with Irina on Friday, May 13. Unfortunately, Irina had a last-minute emergency and couldn't meet us, but she sent her friend Svetlana, also a tour guide. Traveling with Svetlana was like touring the city with an old friend. She knew how to best navigate the sites and was extremely knowledgeable. Her background in art history made our visit to the Hermitage especially rewarding. We also enjoyed an ongoing conversation about our families
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Judith, I'm so gald that you eventually could come to St.Petersburg and enjoyed the tour and so sorry we couldn't meet.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We're glad that you enjoyed Svetlana's tour. In accordance with ToursByLocals policy, the substitution of Irina's associate was agreed to in advance by the traveler.