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!!!
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 :)
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!
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 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!
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
Yiu Kam WongHong Kong
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Yiu Kam!
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 :)
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 ;)