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Insider Tour

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Address: 9th Line V.O. 56, St. Petersburg 199004, Russia (Formerly Optima Ltd)
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Phone Number: +7 812 953-82-33
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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.

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‘It was amazing value. Our guide ensured we did very little queuing and allowed us to stop wherever we wished. We saw far more of St Petersburg than others on our cruise who... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Bristol, United Kingdom

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

‘It was amazing value. Our guide ensured we did very little queuing and allowed us to stop wherever we wished. We saw far more of St Petersburg than others on our cruise who booked with the cruise ship at twice the cost.’

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Others have done extensive reviews of Insider Tours so I will keep this short-ish. We were so happy that we had chosen to book a private tour with Insider Tours. Nervous over our travel agency telling us that we had to have our own visas or had to travel with the ship's excursions, the folks at Insider Tours talked and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last time I was in St. Petersburg and Moscow with my husband two month ago and it was very pleasant trip, because Russia has changed a lot and now it becomes more and more popular around American and European tourists. English, French and Spanish speech were everywhere in the city centre. Touristic police appeared on the streets to help innocent... More 

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Kenmore, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a family of 3 adults on Azamara cruise, and lucky to have a 3-day port stay in St. Petersburg, Russia. I choose to book a 3-day private tour with Insider Tours due to a friend who highly recommended the company from their experience last year. And she was totally correct !!! Fantastic tour that was way above &... More 

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On first contact - they were easy to communicate and quick. Moscow - we had Victoria and Nina. Both were good but we really enjoyed Victoria - there was a day when my father could not go into one of the churches as we were not told that their was a clothing policy - no shorts - it would of... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family took a 2 day private tour with Insider Tours to see destinations outside of the city center or that had extensive queues. Being a small group, we were able to skip the long queues outside of the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Catherine's Palace. Our tour guide was Larisa, who was extremely friendly and had extensive knowledge... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour guide was Marina and she was very accommodating and very enthusiastic about St Petersburg. We saw the inside and grounds at Catherine's Palace, St Isaac's Orthodox Church, The Peterhof gardens and rode the subway to see the original stations the first day. No waiting in line and our driver took us right to the entrances. The second day... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is worth the money to book this tour. They have very helpful and competent staff; from the moment we booked our tour until we arrived they were extremely helpful with the visa paperwork. Answers all questions professionally. Once we arrived for our tour our guide picked us up at our hostel on time. We had an excellent and expert... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We heard about this group from some fellow travelers on a recent river cruise. They were highly recommended. We had specific needs and requests for a personalized tour in St Petersburg since we had been there before and had hit the "high spots" already. We were answered promptly and a tour was set up in short order with all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

I arrived in St Petersburg via cruise for a three day stay. Because there was so much to see in a short period of time, I wanted a private driver and knowledgeable guide to take my family around. After much research and weighing the pros and cons of various independent tour companies, I picked Insider Tours. Booking was easy, visa... More 

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