My sister, my husband and I booked a private tour with Alla Tours for August 8 and 9, 2013. Our guide, Elana, was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable and patient with all our questions. We added another palace to our first day's itinerary and she was just as informative about that as she was with other places on the planned itinerary. She was also adept at getting us past lines and crowds at the Hermitage and other crowded spots. Our driver, Sergei, was also very attentive and helpful.
I recommend their private tour because of the added flexibility. On the first day, my husband wanted to go to an internet cafe. With our private tour, we had the flexibility to drop him off, tour for an hour or so without him, and then pick him up. We were also able to add Monplaisir to our trip to Peterhof just because I wanted to go there. Try doing either of those things from a crowded ship's tour bus!
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