St. Petersburg Guided Tours

St. Petersburg Guided Tours

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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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City Tours & Shore Excursions in St.Petersburg, Russia. Private Tours for groups, individual & business travellers. We have implemented health and hygiene global standardized protocols against COVID-19
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Raj P
1 contribution
Oct 2019
We took a private 2 day tour of St Petersburg oct 2019 and was top notch! ALL DONE ON LINE, BEFORE OUR CRUISE STARTED. Prompt and efficient. All information and documents arrived via e mail.The company[Valeria] did not even charge my credit card until the day I started my tour.No hidden charges and no surprises.They delivered more than we expected.
Zara was our guide.University education degree in Russian history !! .Very knowledgeable,fluent in English.Cheerful .I am a railway train buff and wanted to ride the St Petersburg's Metro .She made it happen even though it was not on the itinerary.Alexander was our driver. Extremely professional and courteous safe driver.We felt very safe all the time with him around. Valeria [owner] has a fleet of low mileage Mercedes mini vans,which are very clean and have complimentary bottled water for guests. Anyone who visits St Petersburg should ONLY use this company and ask for ZARA as the guide and ALEXANDER as the driver.

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R Patel
M Patel
Written November 17, 2019
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Dear Raj P thank you for a wonderful review and for choosing us to be your guide in St.Petersburg. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your trip. We always do our best to provide the most positive experience for our guests and we would like to thank you for your compliments to our team, Zara and Alexander. Private tour is the best option if you want to be flexible and see exactly what you want. We hope to see you again in the near future! Sincerely, Valeria
Written September 18, 2020
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Pam K
York, UK4 contributions
Sep 2019
From the very start St Petersburg guided tours were excellent. They were extremely helpful and did everything for us, including the Visa. As we don't have a smartphone, things weren't quite so simple, but they helped with everything, Valeria was incredible, our emails were answered immediately.We were given a price which included everything, we did the Catherine Palace tour, which was mind blowing. We were picked up from the ship by Dimitry and Olga, who were excellent and very knowledgeable, could not have asked for better. We would have no problem with recommending the company. They are BRILLIANT.
A very big thank you to you all, for a very memorable day.
Steve and Pam K.
Written November 6, 2019
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Dear Steve and Pam, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased to know that you had a wonderful travel experience, that your tour was so enjoyable. Your kind words addressed to our team are much appreciated. All of us would be happy to see you again in St.Petersburg and to arrange the best tour of the city and show more wonderful sights. Sincerely, Valeria and St.Petersburg Guided Tours
Written November 7, 2019
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ETO
1 contribution
Aug 2019
I had a 3-day stop in St Petersburg during a Summer Baltic cruise and the cruise company only offered 2-day tours, so I went shopping for better... and boy this was a great idea! For the same price as the 2-day mass tour of the cruise company I found this gem of a travel agency who tailored this 3-day tour to the need of my 5-person group (with ages spanning 6 to 70 years old). Tour went without a hitch. Valeria was our guide and extremely knowledgeable about everything - including the best time to see the Hermitage empty from tourists!! Her English is perfect and her French is very decent too! We were also transported in good vehicles, a Mercedes mini-van for the group and an Infinity compact SUV for a couples outing to the ballet. I absolutely recommend ToursInStPetersburg.com for your travel needs. Absolute 5-star service!! Hoping to return one day.
Written November 3, 2019
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Dear Emmanuel, It`s been such a pleasure reading your review! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We are happy to know that truly enjoyed the time that you spent with your family in St.Petersburg, and hope to seeing you again in the future. Thank you for your compliments to our team. We're looking forward to your next visit! Best wishes to you and your family, Valeria G.
Written September 18, 2020
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Susan B
2 contributions
Aug 2019
Excellent company, very helpful. We booked a two day private tour, whilst on a cruise. Our guide Olga and driver Dimitry were very friendly, helpful, and knew their city so well. We learnt so much about the history of such a wonderful and beautiful city. All the visitor sites were amazing, one of the best guided tours we have been on.
I would certainly recommend Valeria and the company to any visitor to St Petersburg
Written October 25, 2019
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Dear Susan, thank you for your kind review and wonderful feedback about your travel experience with our company, guide Olga and driver Dmitry. We will be happy to seeing you again in St.Petersburg one day.
Written October 13, 2022
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Sylvia L
San Diego, CA6 contributions
Aug 2019
"St. Petersburg Guided Tours" provide fantastic customer service with a 5 STAR guide & driver. All questions, prior to trip were answered right away by Valeria via email. We wanted a 2 day customized PRIVATE TOUR for 4 people, including seeing the Grand Choral Synagogue. Valeria was so accommodating in providing exactly what we requested PLUS a fantastic guide, DARIA & great driver, Andrew. These 2 are the best team. We never had to wait in a line, ever! We saw other tour guided waiting in long lines with their tour groups. Daria, was like royalty and got us in right away. In additon, she stayed with us the whole time and explained everything thoroughly, and never appeared disinterested. Andrew always had his Merecedes Van waiting for us when we finished a site. In addition, St. Petersburg Guided Tours provided us the Best Price and I researched multiple Tour Companies. 3 other tour companies did not provide the customer service, price or tour itinerary we wanted. Our first day in St. Petersburg was a 12 hour day, since we wanted to see many sites and do a canal ride. We got to see all sites on list. Did not go to tourist traps that other tour compaines go to. We wanted a quick lunch: Daria did this. Before returning to cruise ship, Andrew stopped at a hotel so our friend could use the WC. So accommodating! Day 2: tour 9:00 am-4:45 pm to be back on the ship by 5:30 pm. We saw everything on wish list with perfect representatives!! Daria, Andrew and Valeria, you were wonderful!
Written August 21, 2019
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David K
Chattanooga, TN1 contribution
Sep 2019
Private 2 day tour was excellent. Valeria and her driver did great job. Was so much better than any group tour thru the cruise line and not really anymore expensive. Could not have done this without a guide and driver due to visa, language, and distance between sites in St. Petersburg. Fascinating city, could easily spend a week there. Would highly recommend.
Written October 2, 2019
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Dear David, thank you for your wonderful review and great feedback! We always try to do our best to provide the most positive experience for our guests and to show the best of the city. It is great to know that your stay in St.Petersburg has become pleasant and memorable. Thank you for your compliments to our team. It would be great to see you again in St.Petersburg! Sincerely, Valeria
Written October 4, 2019
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Janna C
Dallas, TX9 contributions
Jul 2019
Valeria was amazing! She organized our visas and was waiting for us when we arrived. She was very sweet, knowledgeable and had answers for all our questions. We thoroughly enjoyed our two day tour and would highly recommend Valeria and St. Petersburg Guided tours.
Written August 18, 2019
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Dear Janna, thank you for your kind words, for a wonderful review and for choosing us to be your guide in St.Petersburg. It's been a great pleasure to meet your family and to tour you around the city! I am pleased to know that you enjoyed your trip and have great memories. Warmest wishes from Russia! Sincerely, Valeria
Written August 22, 2019
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Oneshotchasem
Merrill, WI47 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
There are times when one must wonder if money spent on a tour or excursion is truly worth it. After taking a 2 day tour with St Petersburg Guided Tours, I can enthusiastically report the answer is a resounding, "Yes"! I had selected this company based on their 100% Excellent rating on this site when I investigated tours back in February of 2019. A bit of background...my party started out to be just my wife and daughter as we were travelling on the Norwegian Getaway in June. Our itinerary was customized according to sites that I had investigated and thought interesting and can't miss, given our limited time in Russia. These included the Hermitage, Peter & Paul Fortress, Peterhof Palace, Yusupov Palace (scene of Rasputin's murder) the Fabrege museum, etc. The owner of the company, Valeria, answered my many inquiries promptly, professionally and courteously; never once failing to provide the details I asked for. We also had a son in tow that was not going to join us - more on that in a moment. After getting our initial per person quote, we determined to open it up for other guests on our cruise. We were soon joined by 4 others making our party now 7 people; the recommended maximum. Our son, an NROTC Midshipman, had initially been advised it would not be a good idea for him to enter Russia as the Navy might frown on it. After some time - and only a few weeks before we departed for Europe - the Navy changed course and determined that he COULD enter Russia as he had no previous exposure to any classified information. St Petersburg Tours was able to acquire a visa for him even though the deadline had passed and he was seamlessly included into our group.

Now about the tour itself. The only rough patch was our initial entry into the country as the customs process proved to be lengthy; where we had hoped to clear customs by 8:45, we didn't get through until 9:15-9:30a. Our guide and driver (Natalia & Viktor) met us at the dock and we were on our way. Our first stop would be the Hermitage; one of the largest museums in the world and formerly the Winter Palace of the Romonovs. As we made our way through the streets of St Petersburg, Natalia gave us an overview of the history of the city, the Revolution, the building and the items in the collection. Due to the small size of our group, we were able to move to the front of any line we encountered and minimize our delays, thereby maximizing the experience we had come for. Natalia did yeoman's work over both days shepherding our small band, running ahead to get tickets that had been reserved in our names, talking with point of entry guards at the venues, getting us into "reserved" areas and, because of the headset devices we were given, maintain a steady stream of information on what we were seeing before us even though members of our party might be wandering around the room. And the size of the rooms is such that this was a Godsend. I felt completely at ease wandering 40, 50 or 100 feet away from the guide and didn't feel I would miss one word of her narration. A word about our guide...Natalia was well spoken, humorous, fluent in English and very knowledgeable in her subject; often including small anecdotes relevant to the sites we were seeing or passing in the van or larger historical facts including details of the German siege of Leningrad (St Petersburg) during WWII. At one point she told us a bit of her personal history including the point that, in order to be employed as a tour guide with this company, one must hold a Master's Degree.

I won't go into details about each stop in our tour except to specifically note two instances. The first occurred during our evening river tour of the Neva River and canals. As we passed near the Church of the Spilled Blood - not on our tour itinerary - she spoke a few words in Russian to the boat driver. He promptly slowed the boat, executed a left turn and took us down a canal directly past the Church. Even though there was some scaffolding in place - the Church was under "the renovation" as Natalia would say - the architecture was spectacular and provided some of the best photos of the day. After passing, he made a U-turn on the narrow canal and took us back out into the river...more photos! The other instance came on the second day when we went to Peterhof Palace outside of St Petersburg. Once we had toured the grottos and received a quick history on the fountains, themselves an engineering marvel from the early 18th century, she again spoke a few words to the guard and our small party was allowed to pass through a chained barrier and view the most magnificent fountains from a small platform above the throngs gathered below. I imagine this was a view Peter the Great might have had when he entertained visitors and guests but would be denied to larger tour groups as we saw many other tours being denied this access. It is in these small details that an experience can be considered common & mundane or memorable & spectacular. Natalia didn’t have to go to these lengths but she did and it made all the difference to us!

I could go on and on but, suffice to say, my family and I decided that a small group tour is the only way to see such a city with its many options and limited time ashore. Between the personalized experience and attendant efficiency, it was worth the few extra dollars per person. From conversations I heard onboard the ship and posts in chat rooms prior, groups that took cookie-cutter tours with 40-60 persons paid, on average, $250-300 dollars person. Our cost was only very slightly over that figure for a completely customized tour. The other 4 people in our group each thanked me for arranging the tour (I told them no thanks were necessary, I was glad they enjoyed themselves and all credit must go to SPGT) and each stated they would never take a large bus tour again without first investigating a tour such as this.

I don't know if or when I will ever return to Russia but, rest assured that if I do, I won't look any further than St Petersburg Guided Tours.
Written July 15, 2019
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Linda P
Tampa, FL58 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
We were going on a cruise and did not want to be on a tour with a huge group. We had a two day customized tour of St Petersburg with Lena Firsova. We scheduled the tour with Victoria, of St Petersburg Guided Tours, months in advance of our cruise.

We had looked at other tours so we knew exactly what we wanted to see. She tailored our tour to exactly what we wanted. And our guide Lena did not disappoint. She was very knowledgeable about everywhere we went and more. Her English was perfect, she was entertaining and kept our attention.

She went out of her way to make our visit very special. Andre, the driver Lena used was excellent. We never waited on him after we were done touring a location. They were perfect partners for making the tour in unison. I just cannot say enough about the tour. I would use them again and highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a private, perfect tour. This was our favorite stop and tours of our trip.
Written January 1, 2019
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Dprib
39 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
We just spent two days on a private tour of Saint Petersburg
We were so lucky to have had Anastasia as our guide and Sergei as our driver
Anastasia’s command of English was excellent ...she had an amazing knowledge of the history of the city this topped with her love of it led to an amazing time
Sergei managed to drop us off right outside every place and then picked us up right on cue
Anastasia’s passion if art shine again with our tour of the Hermitage ; leaving us in awe of the place
We have no doubt outlivebof Saint Petersburg was due to our wonderful experience with these two guides
Thank you Anastasia and Sergei and thank you Valeria
If you are looking for a well organised well coordinated tour do not go past this company
We highly recommend it
Written August 30, 2018
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