Elliott ReeseSanta Barbara, CA, United States
Irina was a very knowledgeable & overall perfect tour guide. Our small group was able to do a quick walking tour of the main area of St. Petersburg, and then a tour of the Hermitage. She was extremely knowledgeable of all the art the Hermitage has to offer, and was able to meet our limited req. of seeing 'the best the Hermitage has to offer in just 2 hours'. I won't do another museum tour without a guide like this. Very conversational w/ perfect English - overall one of the best tours I've done from here.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Elliott! Yes, it was a great day! I appreciate your sense of humour and attention! We had fun and I hope to meet you all in the future! Warm regards!
A very comprehensive tour. Irena has excellent knowledge of the history and artworks ofthe Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum and General Staff Building. Highly recommended.
Arthur DomingueUnited States
Irina was a perfect guide. She listened to what we wanted to see and enabled all of it remaining personable, friendly throughout. The day could not have been better
Ann MillerUnited States
Our tour with Irina was like sitting in on an art history and a Russian history course given by the best professor at the best university. We couldn't believe our good fortune. She is enthusiastic, communicates well, has an impressive depth of knowledge of art and Russian history, is easy to understand, was sensitive to the needs and interests of the three of us. She is the top of the top. She will set the bar for all future guides we have.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh, thank you so much for these nice words! It was my pleasure to have such intelligent, knowledgeable and friendly guests as you are! That exchange and communication that we shared is what I treasure in my work the most. I hope you've had great time in Russia and you are always welcome back! Warm regards, Irina
Stephanie WrightUnited States
Irina's English was excellent and she was helpful, friendly and very generous with her time. Her background in art and architecture was quite evident. She explained things that even our relatively knowledgeable group of 7 did not know and could answer questions about objects in the Hermitage that she clearly had not planned to talk about. Her descriptions included the historical and cultural contexts for each artist or period of art.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the nice words! I really enjoyed our time in the Hermitage and hope you enjoyed St. Petersburg! Warm regards, Irina
Irina is an excellent communicator as well as being very personable, charming and professional. Using email we were easily able to arrange meeting her on site. Irina's was the second tour we had of the Hermitage and her superior depth of knowledge about art and the Hermitage became readily apparent. While in St.Petersburg we had 5 guided tours in total and Irina really stood out as the best.
Peter CuratoloUnited States
Irina was fantastic! We met her outside the Hermitage. She had pre-purchased our tickets, and took us to the head of the queue. This allowed us to avoid standing in line for an hour or so, and by itself was worth the price. Her tour of the Hermitage was incredible. She is extremely knowledgeable in art history, and is entirely fluent in English, including idioms, etc. We saw and learned more in 3 hours than we could have in 8 hours on our own. I highly recommend her to anyone!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter! Thank you very much for your comment, and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your your time in St. Petersburg!
David MiraldiUnited States
Irina's tour of The Hermitage was perfect. She moved at a quick pace and did a great job of highlighting some of the top pieces in the museum. It was obvious that she had tremendous knowledge about art and history. She was enthusiastic about her subject and very engaging. A great tour!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your company! We had covered a good part of the museum exhibition, and still you stayed in the Hermitage for more - so it was my pleasure to guide such interested listeners :)) Hope, you had great time in St. Petersburg. And I was glad for you went to Peterhoff next day, when it wasn't raining :)