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
Excellent guide for the Hermitage, shares her knowledge, asks about her client's preferences, manages to work around crowds -- even spotted a place to sit when the cafe was quite busy. The pace was comfortable and we managed to cover an amazing amount of territory.
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.