Petersburg? It's a city definitely worth visiting. I was born and grew up here. I studied, married and got two wonderful children in this city. I know it very well and really love it.
My name is Irina. I'm a professional licensed tour guide working from 2001. I've got a degree in history and art history from St. Petersburg State University. As a schoolgirl participated in an exchange program with US students. Besides guiding I used to work as an English teacher for kids at school and at a language center for adults.
Worked as lecturer at Guides school for several years. Now happy to see graduates as my colleagues.
When you think of a perfect guide for your private tour you probably think of a friendly, patient, flexible and knowledgeable person and I think I match the description. People are always welcome to ask any questions about me and life in Russia. It's the best way to know the country and its everyday life!
I do care if you like the city and the sights you're visiting and will try my best to make your tour very special and unforgettable.
I organize visa free shore excursions. Worked with individuals, families (with little kids and seniors), small parties and large groups. I'm sure that smaller parties where tours are tailor-made to match your interests and wishes are the best. It's much more personal and I prefer it that way!
I'll be glad to help you with your evening program (theatre, restaurant, folk show) during your stay in St. Petersburg and arrange a pick up from the airport/railway station.
If you have any special interests, want to go off the beaten track, visit unusual museums or some places connected with your family history - let me know and I'll be happy to make a special customized tour for you.
Will be also glad to offer you more programs for cruise ship passengers, tours in various museums of the city - Yusupov Palace, Russian Museum, Faberge Museum, walking tours and a day trip to Novgorod (2, 5 hours drive from St. Petersburg) .
Coming to St. Petersburg from October to April? It's a low tourist season. Contact me before booking to learn about special off season offers.
It would be a pleasure to meet you one day!
A Recent Review of this guide
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.
St Petersburg State University, art history major
Intourist Guide School
Accreditation by St Petersburg Government Tourist Department - 1 category
Licenses to work in the Hermitage
Tsars Village (Catherine and Alexander palaces and parks)
Peter and Paul Fortress
Saviour on the Blood Church
State Russian museum and it's branches
I am not permitted to guide in the Russian language in the museums - only English.
In Russian can be only city tours.