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Address: 56 9th Line, Suite 12 | The Basil Island, St. Petersburg, Russia (Formerly Optima Ltd)
Phone Number: +7 812 953-82-33
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Description: Established in 2003, Insider Tour offers a unique perspective on all...
Established in 2003, Insider Tour offers a unique perspective on all things Russian - history, architecture, arts, and present day life. All tours are conducted by experienced career tour guides with your unique interests matched with your tour guide's area of expertise. Fully licensed. No visa required for cruise guests. We also offer Moscow tours.
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Two Days of Expert Guidance

We booked an Insider Tour guide for the first two days of our seven days in St Petersburg and although it was not cheap it was still very well worth it. We selected our own list... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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233 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We booked an Insider Tour guide for the first two days of our seven days in St Petersburg and although it was not cheap it was still very well worth it. We selected our own list of places to visit, in advance, and decided to do so without others, which we still think was a good choice - you have... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Like a lot of travelers to Russia I was a bit nervous about booking a tour. We recently were on an Oceania cruise that stopped for 3 days in St. Petersburg and one of the ship tours included a one day trip to Moscow. Since I likely was not going to be in that part of the world again I... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We were a couple traveling independently and booked IT from the USA. They let us pay with VISA to a Canadian bank before we left. (Our banks blocked VISA in Russia). Valentina is an exceptional guide with a lifetime of experience in the tour business. She was patient, kind and a wealth of information. We were able to make a... More 

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New York City, New York
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My husband and I just returned from a Baltic cruise via Celebrity Silhouette and would like to commend Insiders on a job well done! We decided to hire them based on the raving reviews on this forum and also a co-worker has recommended them. From start to finish it was a truly smooth sailing with them - visas, excellent guides,... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We took a historical & cultural tour of St Petersburg this past June with Insider Tours. Our terrific guide was Valentina. The tour was very well organized and Valentina is exceptionally knowledgable and very patient with us. We were 3 couples coming off the SilverSeas cruise ship. We found the city to be spectacular and the people very friendly. We... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

An excellent value for money, all services delivered exactly as advertised. Our tour guide Marina spoke excellent English and knew a ton of information about Russian history and culture. A stop at a local cafe for pirogi was a real treat! They also took care of our visas and provided a very nice and clean Mercedes van for our family... More 

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Irvine, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Marina was our guide and Sergei was our driver but they really were much more. They could not have been more accommodating. Marina met me and my husband at the cruise dock with no immigration problems at all. We did so many things in 2 days including the hydrofoil to the summer palace, city tours off and on throughout both... More 

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Kiama, NSW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Our group of six friends from a previous cruise decided to "take the risk" and book a St Petersburg tour by a local company. What a good decision that turned out to be. All communication dealing with the booking went easily. We were able to vary the itinerary to suit our needs. With the tour tickets provided, we had absolutely... More 

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Lanaken, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We were a group of 5 that recently travelled on the Silver Whisper; we had 3 full days in St. Petersburg and engaged Insider Tour based upon positive reviews here on Trip Advisor. We generally do not like organized touring, but there is little choice when visiting St. Petersburg; we also realized that we could not accomplish everything we wanted... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We were a company of 4 friends (2 energetic couples) and contacted Insider Tour a few days prior to flying to our cruise. It took just a couple of emails to book Roll like a Russian tour on their website, then a quick personal information exchange to validate our entry tickets to Russia and a credit card payment (all done... More 

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Address: 56 9th Line, Suite 12 | The Basil Island, St. Petersburg, Russia (Formerly Optima Ltd)
Phone Number: +7 812 953-82-33
Location: Europe  >  Russia  >  Northwestern District  >  St. Petersburg

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