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Reviewed July 3, 2018

Valeria is the most knowledgeable of guides with a passion for all the architecture and treasures that St Petersburg has to offer. She is unbelievably enthusiastic and will help you choose your bespoke tour by email before you even set off on your trip. Once in St Petersburg she is organised and efficient and will whisk you from one site to another in an air-conditioned vehicle, managing to beat the queues and even gain access where others don't seem to be able to go. Her English is perfect and after spending 3 days with her we felt as if we were saying goodbye to a friend. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sue L
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

We booked our personalised tour online with Valeria - a very easy process - rather than using the cruise operator tours. Our visas were included. What we got exceeded our expectations - the itinerary was arranged to suit our requirements a car with a driver, a very knowledgeable tour guide who spoke excellent English accompanied us through all the venues we had chosen providing a wonderful and detailed commentary on all we saw. We were made to feel that nothing was to much trouble and have no hesitation in recommending them. They will enhance your trip to the beautiful city of St Petersburg.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Carl W
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

Very high recommendation:
We found St. Petersburg Guided Tours online.
They seemed to offer what we wanted. We were first time visitors to St Petersburg and we wanted both flexibility and advice on what to see and in what order.
Our first contact was answered by Valeria. It was obvious that she spoke English very well. All my questions were answered. The price was not cheap but it was reasonable. We didn’t realise all the value included until later.
Our cruise line and our travel agent stressed that we could have a big problem arriving without a visa to do an independent tour. They said you must book the ships tour or you could miss seeing St Petersburg and have to stay on the ship. (completely false)
Valeria assured us that she would arrange a short visit visa under the St Petersburg visa-free arrangements for cruise ship passengers that require us to be with the guide at all times. We sent her our passport information and she arranged everything. We had the email with the tour tickets before we left home.
Valeria did not ask us to pay when we booked. Not even a deposit.
When arrived in St Petersburg, we had no trouble at Passport Control using just our passports & the tour tickets. Our guide was waiting for us and our tour began.
The order that we visited places was arranged to suit both the weather and the number of tourists at that time and not once in two days did we have to wait in the very long queues for visit the Hermitage, Peterhof, Katherines Palace, the Cathedral on the Spilt Blood or anywhere else. She had pre-arranged priority access and we walked past a lot of very long queues. When you have a short time, this is very important.
Our guides’ knowledge was excellent. More detail than we could absorb in two days but an absolutely wonderful experience.
The vehicle that picked the four of us up at the port was a luxurious 8 seater van. Very comfortable and our driver was good. We never had to worry about our bags or our jackets. He stayed with the car at all times.
We were dropped off very close to all points of interest and when we had finished our guided tour, there was our car back waiting for us very near the exit.
Some of the attractions have very specific booked appointment entrance times but our guide managed all of this for us so we arrived at just the right time.
Our guide was very ethical, easy to deal with, very polite and friendly. She made our visit to St Petersburg a complete success. I am very happy that we did not take the very expensive ships excursion and that we chose St. Petersburg Guided Tours

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Written by GregB from Australia
21 June 2018

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank GregB48
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

We were searching for an alternative to the higher-priced bus tours available from our cruise line, and wow, did we ever pick a winner with St. Petersburg Guided Tours. We were a group of 4 people, and were accommodated brilliantly with a completely private tour - it was just our group and Oleg our guide, and Yuri our driver. While Oleg provided very interesting background, Yuri very adeptly negotiated the traffic and got us everywhere safely and easily. St. Petersburg Guided Tours made all of our arrangements in advance including Visas and tour/attraction tickets, so we never waited in line to see anything on our itinerary, and had no issues with not being able to speak Russian. In fact, all of our advance communications with Valeria were excellent, very professional, and complete. Oleg adjusted our itinerary to make the most of our time, so we never felt rushed. We would highly recommend this company to anyone wanting a great tour of St. Petersburg from friendly people who take pride in sharing their beautiful city, and who will adjust group sizes and schedules for the benefit of the visitors. All in all, it was a personalized and hastle-free tour that was easier on our pocket book too.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Byron M
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ToursInStPetersburg, General Manager at St. Petersburg Guided Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2018

Dear Byron,

thank you very much for your review, detailed and positive feedback. We were pleased to receive you in St.Petersburg and really happy to know that you enjoyed your private tour experience. Thank you for your compliments to the guide and driver - and best wishes from our St.Petersburg Guided Tours team.
Hope to see you again in the future!

Sincerely,
Valeria

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Reviewed June 7, 2018

We were a party of 4 (one being totally wheelchair bound) on a cruise. No tours available off the boat to suit disabilities so I contacted this company and arranged the trip prior to our visit. Valeria my contact was brilliant and it allowed us to plan the trip to our requirements. On the day our guide and driver met us as arranged with a Mercedes vehicle with tail lift. The tour was amazing and our guide Nadia superb not only extremely knowledgeable but also amazing at clearing a path for the wheelchair. I cant thank this company enough they made something which was impossible possible..

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Pete G
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ToursInStPetersburg, General Manager at St. Petersburg Guided Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2018

Dear Pete G,

on behalf of our team we would like to thank you for such a wonderful review and your compliments to your guide Nadia. We are happy to know that the process of booking was easy and we managed to design the itinerary that met you wishes and pace.The most important is that your stay in St.Petersburg was comfortable, pleasant and interesting. Thank you for booking with us! Hope to see you in St.Petersburg in the future!

Valeria G & St.Petersburg Guided Tours

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