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“The Only Way to Visit St. Petersburg” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tailored Tours St.Petersburg/ Private Day Tours and Shore Excursions

Tailored Tours St.Petersburg/ Private Day Tours and Shore Excursions
Mayakovskogo,18, St. Petersburg 191104, Russia
+7 921 7415004
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Ranked #20 of 280 Activities in St. Petersburg
5.0 of 5 stars 51 Reviews
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Owner description: Timofey Kruglikov is a graduate of the St. Petersburg State University in Russian History. He also has a degree in History of Russian Culture of the High School of Religion and Philosophy of St. Petersburg.Since 1998, a lecturer for St. Petersburg Academy of Culture, the author and organizer of numerous successful tours and excursions on Russian politics, history and culture for a diversity of tourists from around the world.Our tours are mostly meant for those who are interested in Russian history and the history of the Russian art, and those who would like to gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of St. Petersburg in the context of the Russian and the world history and culture.We not only give you bare facts, dates and names, but introduce you to the mysterious world beyond the city guidebooks.And not so seriously, but entertaining..
New York City, New York
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11 attraction reviews
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“The Only Way to Visit St. Petersburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

I am writing this with the highest praise for Timofey and his chauffeured staff. My husband and I were not with a cruise but secured our own visa to visit St. Petersburg for four days. Timofey met us at the airport and escorted us to our hotel which was the GRAND EUROPA. He arranged for us to go to the ballet, provided lectures for both European and Russian Art history. He secured tickets for all the museums and special exhibitions as well as permits to photograph. He was extremely professional and spoke excellent English even suggesting restaurants that served delicious Russian food. We would highly recommend Tim for any planned visit to St. Petersburg whether it be with a cruise line or as a solo visitor.

Visited May 2012
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Winter Park, FL
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“7 ladies for 3 days - Oceania cruise - June, 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

We designed a custom 3-day itinerary with Timofey including a full day at the Hermitage and transportation to and from performances at both the Mikhailovsky and Mariinsky theatres. To say that Timofey was professional and knowledgeable is a severe understatement. Within our group were both a museum assistant curator and a Ph.D. historian and all appreciated the breadth and depth of his knowledge imparted with both wit and charm. No hesitation in recommending Timofey's services to even the most discriminating visitor!

Visited June 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Tremendous time with Timofey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Timofey was recommended to us by friends in New Zealand, so we emailed him and he agreed to be our guide for three days in St Petersburg. Timofey was wonderful as he was always prompt, and courteous but friendly, so knowledgeable and willing to answer our questions at all times. He is totally trustworthy, willing to fit in anything extra which is possible, and extremely helpful with the planning for the three days ahead of time. He had a perfect understanding with the car driver who was always in the right place to pick us up as we emerged from a palace, or the Hermitage, or wherever we had been. And we never had to wait in long lines to get into anywhere. As we requested, he took us to local cafes for lunches, and we enjoyed the local pies, and being away from other tourists. It would have been impossible to have such an enriching interesting and thought provoking tour of St Petersburg without such expert guidance. We are grateful to Timofey for sharing his home city with us! Margaret and Geoffrey.

Visited June 2012
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“Invest in a great tour of St. Petersburg with Timofey!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We joined up with Timofey for an action-packed three day tour of St. Petersburg while on a Baltic Cruise with Seabourn Cruises. Another couple on our ship had already booked him prior to our contact, so he put me in touch with the other couple to see if we wanted to share the experience. I'm so glad we decided to do this tour! I was hesitant to do this having just internet contacts, but we ended up being very happy with this choice of guides. Timofey had worked extensively with the other couple on working up the sites for the tour, and we were grateful for their groundwork. We covered so much more by doing this tour than going back and forth from our ship for individual bus tours. And having a small group of four was really great because we could linger for pictures or speed ahead as we wanted. Timofey is a marvellous fellow with so much knowledge to pass on about St. Petersburg. I'm just sorry I didn't video tape the entire three days of tours to remember all the details of what he shared with us! For a first time visitor to St. Petersburg, there is so much to see and do, and he sorted out the best sites for us to experience. We had a wonderful driver as well, who got us to and from really well. Tim and the driver coordinated well when we were done with a site and the driver would come pick us up quickly. We rode in a comfortable air conditioned Mercedes van that had a tall ceiling, making it easy to get in and out of the van. Timofey also was quite adept at getting us to the front of the line in all the sites we visited, and trust me, there are some amazingly long lines at the block buster sites! My husband and I enjoyed Timofey's guiding service tremendously, and if you are interested in history, he will be an amazing resource for your tour to this unbelievable city!

Visited June 2012
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“Wondereful three days with Timofey in St Petersburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Just got back from our Sliversea Baltic Cruise with three days in St Petersburg (June 2012). While researching tours, Tailored Tours popped up and having read the reviews, decided to contacted Timofey. I also wrote to five other well established tour compaines and after several emails to all of them, I decided to go with Tailored Tours. With each email, his responses always came out on top. One company, replied with the incorrect port dates.
Our program was what we requested and more, and we were able to make changes on a daily basis.
Timofey was quite knowledgable about all the sites (being a history and culture lecturer) and we did not have to wait around for tickets or for the driver to pick us up at the many stops.
We were 4 in our party and the van was adequate.
In addition to the usually tourist attractons, we were taken to the local market - quite interesting, and had lunch in a typical russian restaurant, savouring not only the food but the beer, wine(yes wine) and
many flavoured vodka.
Our tour included a canal tour with vodka tasting on board and although I new it was a private tour with just us and Timofey, I never imagined the same large canal boat as the bigger tours used. Was a nice touch having so much space to ourselves. His daughter was on board and she served the vodca and caviar canapes. What a way to spend a summer's evening in St.Petersburg!!!!!!!

The tour was well priced and was less than half the price we would have paid to the ship for going with a bus load and seeing less without the flexibility and slightly less that the bigger tour companies, but we got more for our money.
I would definite recommend any one going to St Petersburg to use this small individual tour operator over the bigger ones who have a large group following a guide holding a paddle so the can be seen among the crowds.

Visited June 2012
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