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“Svetlana is seriously gifted!!”

Moscow Private Tours
Ranked #1 of 342 Tours in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Best private tours in Moscow since 2011. Only personal guides, flexible itineraries, hotel pick-up, instant online booking and payments by card. We speak English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed October 11, 2015

As a first-time visitor to Moscow and Russia, Svetlana made the trip most exciting and fun! She is loads of humor while providing a world-class education on her home city and country. Even the smallest tip-bits of information are most interesting based on the manner she presents it. There wasn't a question she couldn't answer!! Her Russian accent is very authentic and provides a genuine sense of being in city. However, it isn't at all overbearing, which makes her near perfect English easy to follow and a delightful. Even my often unrelated questions regarding some of Russia's celebrities, she pulled out her phone to educate me and herself for future guests. Simply put, Svetlana is amazing! The staff prior to my arrival also helped to make this a make this a very, very enjoyable excursion from California.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed October 11, 2015

First full day in Moscow, very jet lagged, and wasn't sure if we would have the energy for the four or five hours "must see" tour.... All that evaporated after the first few minutes with Svetlana.... Later, friends told us how Russians sometimes appear impersonable or standoffish in the beginning, but once they get to know you, they are the warmest and most generous friends... well, that took about 30seconds for Svetlana :)
She was extremely knowledgable about everything we saw...but also about all the off-the-wall questions we had... And we had some unusual questions... We are from California, after all lol.... She paced the tour perfectly... Knew when we needed a break, and was nonplussed about handling hiccups caused by us....
Toured mostly around red square area... Got to learn not just about the buildings and history, but also about how the Russian culture has changed through the years and recently with all the political changes.... Fair amount of walking, so bring comfortable shoes...
We opted for the nicer lunch, and there was a lot of food... Price is reasonable given the cost around that area, and we would never have found the restaurant without them... Farm-to-table sort of place that seems to cater to locals a lot... Excellent food!
We learned a lot about the area, some things I didn't expect to learn about, and she even brought us to a Georgian festival that was going on about 15minutes away after the tour was over and stayed with us an extra hour or so....it makes a big difference when the tour seems to be with a friend... Makes things more interesting and engaging... We even offered to show her around california if she were ever to visit! Hope she takes us up on the offer... We took another tour a few days later with an "official Kremlin" guide which unfortunately Svetlana wasnt "government certified" for, and while that was informative, it was more dry and professional. Ok, but nothing special...
The company was very professional to deal with, and responsive with questions... There's a reason why all the reviews are positive... If all the guides were as good as ours, I wouldn't hesitate to go with them!

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank steve L
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Reviewed October 9, 2015

This was my first trip to the Russian Federation and thanks in no small part to my guide Svetlana and her coordinator, Anna, it was one of the best overseas holidays I have experienced to date. Svetlana was extremely competent, kind, understanding and above all had immense patience in accommodating all my requirements during the two day Moscow tour.

The full day Moscow tour, which included the Kremlin, satisfied my hunger and curiosity with visits to all the important sites, along with some amazing photographs captured by the professional photographer that was included in the package.

The second day was excellent as well; Svetlana worked around my requirements and put together a itinerary that included a visit to a high-end Russian supermarket, a firearm store in Moscow, lunch at the famed LavkaLavka restaurant and a visit to the Russian Submarine Museum.

My Russian experience was simply amazing and I look forward to visiting this beautiful country again during the summer of 2016. Thank you very much Svetlana, for a memorable two days in Moscow!

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed October 6, 2015

Our experience with Moscow Private Tours was first class. From our first contact with Anna to our tours with Sami and Julia, we could not have asked for a better time. Sami's tour of the Kremlin made history come alive. She was so knowledgeable and delightful to be with. The morning flew by.
Julia was our guide for the "Must Sees" of Moscow. She, too, was very knowledgeable and was patient with all of our questions.
We are huge fans of Moscow Private Tours and would absolutely hire them again. They made our short visit a huge success.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Nancy B
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Reviewed October 6, 2015

My husband and I have traveled to numerous parts of the world and we have always hired private guides to maximize our trips and also obtain quality one-to-one knowledgeable experience of the place we are visiting. Moscow Private Tours went above and beyond our expectations and we must add that it has been the best tour company we have worked with! Starting with working with Anna months ago, arranging timelines and transportation's, contemplating additional recommendations by her during our stay, obtaining assistance in reservations of restaurants and venues for both our Moscow and St. Petersburg tours -- making our trip the most memorable of them all! Thank you Anna!

We booked for all tours in the beautiful city of Moscow and added all the optional tours they provided and it was all worth it! It was all breath taking, historical, beautiful, memorable and we have our tour guide, Maria, to thank for this!

We had the blessing have having Maria as our tour guide. Always smiling and friendly, always passionate of the in-depth knowledge of Russian history, sharing with us restaurant recommendations, working with Anna on reservations, always punctual and patient and more. Maria managed a good pace and maximized our schedules -- she went above her hours of duty accommodating our frequent stops for survivor shopping and assisting us at times in taking memorable pictures of us! very patiently!

If you visit St. Pete and/or Moscow in the future, we encourage you to contract this local guide company which will provide you the most professional and memorable compassionate tour guide of the city, always exceeding all your expectations. In Moscow, Maria is the best person to show you the real Moscow, she will not disappoint you.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Tania O
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