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Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia
About Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg
Best Guides Company was established in 2011 by a group of professional licensed tour guides graduates of St. Petersburg University. Today, Best Guides is one of the most successful and fast-growing tour companies in St.Petersburg. We provide a wide range of private and group tours, visa free shore excursions, mini group shore excursions in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Novgorod. We also provide shore excursions in other Baltic ports: Stockholm, Copenhagen, Warnemünde/Rostock (Berlin), Tallinn & Helsinki. A special feature of our company is the highest level of guiding service. We employ the best local guides. All of them are university educated, creative, intellectual, passionate about St. Petersburg and willing to accommodate guests’ needs and wishes. They are real stars in their profession! 5-star level of service for everyone is our credo, and we do whatever is possible to turn it into reality.
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Best of the Best 2-Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion

A convenient two-day tour of city sights, with visits to the imperial palaces in the suburbs, is great for first-time visitors to St. Petersburg. The comprehensive guided overview includes admission to the Hermitage, daily restaurant lunches, boat tour along the canals, a visit to Catherine Palace, and a hydrofoil ride to Peterhof. Cruise-ship port pickup and drop-off is included.
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2 days
from $295.19

Hermitage Museum Tour with Priority Access

Mini-group (max 8 people) 3-hour overview tour of the State Hermitage Museum with an art- expert guide. Priority access to the Hermitage museum main complex.


During the Hermitage tour you will see the most magnificent interiors and the most famous art masterpieces:

* The Imperial Reception halls
* The Hanging Garden of Catherine the Great
* Italian collection (Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian)
* Flemish collection (Rubens, Van Dyck)
* Dutch collection (Rembrandt)
* Knight hall
* Living quarters of the Romanov Family at the Winter Palace


Enjoy detailed explanations and exciting stories from our art-expert guide. Small-group format ensures a personal experience.


Why do travelers choose this Hermitage tour?


The Hermitage tour is given by experienced art experts. They not only know art in depth but all of them are great guides who speak perfect English and are very much enthusiastic and passionate about showing the Hermitage to their guests.
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3 hours
from $56.16

Happy Tour 2 Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion

This 2-day tour of St. Petersburg is a convenient way for cruise ship passengers to see and do a lot of the city's highlights in a short time. See both central city and outlying attractions, such as the Hermitage Museum and Peterhof. Attend an optional evening entertainment program, and get the chance to sample some local food and drink (including vodka!) too.
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2 days
from $230.39

Catherine Palace in Pushkin/Tzarskoe Selo/ Mini-Group Tour. Amber Room & Gardens

Mini-group (max 6 people) 5-hour overview tour to Catherine Palace and gardens in Pushkin formerly called Tzarskoe Selo.

You will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel (only for central located hotels) between 9 am and 9.30 am. The exact meeting time will be given to you 2 days ahead of the tour. On the way to Pushkin (about 1 hour) your guide will tell you the story about the Catherine place, its design and dramatic history, as well as exciting life stories of its owners. The tour of the magnificent palace (including visit to the Golden Enfilade & Amber room) will be followed by a brief tour of the famous gardens.

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

These tours are given by experienced art and history experts. They not only know Russian history and art in depth but all of them are great guides who speak perfect English (French, German, Spanish) and are very much enthusiastic and passionate about showing the unique palace and sharing their knowledge and passions with you.
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5 hours
from $97.91

White Days: Two-Day St. Petersburg Highlights Package

Enjoy St. Petersburg in winter and save money by purchasing White Days Package available only off-season. This 2-day package (only available in winter) includes a city tour with a visit to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a tour of the Hermitage Museum, and a visit to Catherine Palace in the suburban town of Pushkin—all with a private guide. Skip-the line admission is guaranteed.

Why Travelers Choose This Package:

We employ the best local guides. All of them are creative, intellectual, knowledgeable and artistic.  They really know and love St. Petersburg and ready to share their knowledge and love with you.
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2 days
from $233.27
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I cannot recommend Best Guides highly enough. Our tour guide Irene brought St Petersburg and it’s history alive for us. We loved every minute of it. Our driver Volodya was great too - ensuring we were comfortable throughout our 2 day tour. Don’t miss out!
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Response from MashaV_BestGuides, Owner at Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg
Responded Mar 2, 2020
Thank you for such a wonderful review! Our guides always communicate with tourists with great pleasure, because we love our clients.
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Recently we visited St. Petersburg for the second time. It was a short visit so we could only book two tours: Usupov Palace and the ballet tour. We enjoyed both but we were very impressed by the performances of the young children studying ballet at the Yakobson ballet school. No
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Response from MashaV_BestGuides, Owner at Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg
Responded Mar 1, 2020
Dear 765handes, Thank you for the review. I’m always very happy when our costumes return to us and book with us again and again. I also consider that our ballet tour is one of our most interesting and unusual tours. Now about delays in correspondence. As a rule we answer in 24 h. Yes, I know there were delays with mails from your manager Natalia and it’s of course not good. May I explain the situation… Your ballet tour included 2 inside visits: Yakobson ballet school and Marinskiy backstage tour. If it’s comparatively easy to communicate with Yakobson school, we had a lot of problems with Marinskiy theater. We haven’t possibility to call them and have to communicate via mails. It’s a State Theater and they normally answer in 2-3 days. No chance to rush them. We did our best to provide 2 visits on the same day and believe me it wasn’t easy….We were just lucky they confirmed these tours and gave us appropriate time. So ballet tour is very interesting but it’s very difficult to organize it. It’s probably the reason why we almost the only one company which provides this tour. Hope for your understanding. Of course it’s doesn’t excuse Natalia as she suppose to mail you that we are working at your request…. Sorry for that! I very much hope you will return back to St. Petersburg and stay with us! All the best! Masha Vankova
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Based in TripAdvisor reviews, we retained Best Guides for a four day visit to St Petersburg. We were absolutely delighted with our guide Elena and our driver. We arrived via high speed train from Helsinki, and our driver was waiting and was very helpful with luggage. We spent
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Response from MashaV_BestGuides, Owner at Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg
Responded Jan 27, 2020
Dear danclem, Thank you so much for your warm words about our guide Elena. I know Elena for many years and I’m very pleased to hear it. I will let her know about your review. Thank you! We always will be glad to see you among our clients! Best regards, Masha Vankova, Best Guides Team
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Our group of 6 Aussies booked the 2 day White days package as we didn't know St Petersburg or the language. Dariya was our contact before we left and answered many of our questions and was extremely well organised. Our guide during the tour was Irina and we had such a good time
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Response from MashaV_BestGuides, Owner at Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg
Responded Mar 1, 2020
Dear Cmeve Thank you for the review! I’m so pleased you had good time in St. Petersburg and liked your manager Daria and your guide Irina 😊 I will resend your review to both of them. For our managers and guides it’s very important to know that our guests appreciate their efforts. Thank you! We always will glad to see you again. Masha Vankova & Best Guides Team
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We weren’t sure whether to book a private tour or not for seeing St Petersburg, but we’re so glad we did, and with Best Guides! It was a great way to get around and our guide on both days, Svetlana, was excellent. She is very experienced as a guide and very knowledgeable about
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Response from MashaV_BestGuides, Owner at Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg
Responded Jan 13, 2020
Dear Hld90, Thank you so much for this review. Your review is a great pleaser for me and the whole team. Thank you for the good words about Svetlana. I will let her know about your review. All the best and hope if you ever return back to St. Petersburg you will stay with us.
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