We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Insider Tour

Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Vasilyevsky Island
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 56 9th Line, Suite 12 | The Basil Island, St. Petersburg, Russia (Formerly Optima Ltd)
Phone Number: +7 812 953-82-33
Website
Improve this listing
Description:

Established in 2003, Insider Tour offers a unique perspective on all things...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 403 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 378
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Insider tour are best!

We were two couples off HAL cruise in June 2015. Instead of opting for ship excursions we decided to use a private tour agency to explore several cities in the Baltics: Tallinn... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Karol1301
,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
via mobile

Similar Things to Do in St. Petersburg

Add Photo Write a Review

403 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were two couples off HAL cruise in June 2015. Instead of opting for ship excursions we decided to use a private tour agency to explore several cities in the Baltics: Tallinn, Stockholm and St. Petersburg. I contacted several tour groups and found Insider Tour to be the most flexible and accommodating to our needs. As we had never visited... More 

Helpful?
4 Thank Karol1301
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I went on a Baltic cruise in July last year. From the start we wanted to avoid the hassle of a large tour group and, based on recommendations on this forum, we decided to try Insider Tour. What a perfect choice indeed! From initial contact to the moment our guide Irene bid us good-bye, we felt we... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank Eva S
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister and I recently booked a five day tour with Insider Tours. We could not be more thrilled with the experience. I contacted Insider Tours by email to organize our itinerary. Jenya was very helpful in putting together an itinerary and suggesting what activities should be included on a tour and what museums we should do independently (Faberge Museum).... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Kate E
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Firstly, we negotiated by email which sites we wanted to visit and then Insider Tour helped us with our visa application - which can be tricky! Flew in and was collected by the driver we were to have for the next 2 days. The car was comfortable and the driver very capable. Our guide Sasha met us the next morning... More 

Helpful?
Thank Charlie M
New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

My partner and I decided to take a break from our busy schedules and hopped on a Baltic cruise virtually last minute thanks to a solid promotional campaign. Overall was a very interesting trip full of memorable stops at many historic cities along the way. We chose to use private tour guides in Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg. The... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank nickerbees
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Realizing that this port was going to be expensive from the cruise co. I set off to find a tour that was reasonable, private (4 adults) and comprehensive. Various sources said we had to get a Russian visa if we didn't take the cruise tours. Totally not so! I found Insider Tours and from the first email to Alexandra and... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank SJKLOtraveler
Massachusetts
Level Contributor
24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Valentina our guide, was terrific, experienced and knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful experience in Russia. We found this tour so interesting and she was a wealth of real life in St. Petersburg. We are fortunate to have chosen this tour company and feel that one will experience the best time with them. We had a boat tour, subway experience... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank tripmoments
North Smithfield, Rhode Island
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We recently went on a Baltic cruise and our visit to St. Petersburg was the highlight of our trip thanks to Insider Tours. We chose a private tour for our group of four and the cost proved to be a better deal than booking through the cruise line. We covered more attractions than the ship's tour did and were able... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Mike C
AZ
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Alexandra was prompt and thorough with pre-trip planning and questions which gave us confidence that booking privately was a good decision. We pre-paid with US credit card to avoid any currency issues. We booked a 2 day private tour for just the two of us. Husband has arthritic knees and we knew we'd enjoy our days in SPB more if... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank karbee
Wales, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Maria, our guide, and our driver, Vladimir, met us from our ship and took us on an amazing 2 day tour of St Petersburg. Aside from a tour of St Petersburg itself, we packed in St Catherine Palace, Peterhof Gardens, Church on Spilled Blood, a trip to a farmer's market, a ride on the underground, Peter and Paul Fortress and... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank suzanne R

Travelers who viewed Insider Tour also viewed

St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
 
St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
 

Been to Insider Tour? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Insider Tour and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Insider Tour staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?